My fiancé, Derek, and I recently settled down into a cozy little apartment. The first big decision we made in our new home was to open our doors to cats. Our apartment is great, but it's also pretty cozy (read: small), so we had to make some adjustments to accommodate the new members of our little household. Here's what we found works for us. Some of this information is cat-specific, but a lot of it applies more broadly to keeping any mix of pets in a small apartment together, like multiple dogs, ferrets, or bunnies…
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When my husband and I met ten years ago on Orcas Island, we would spend a considerable amount of time dreaming of living alternatively. The thought of a house in a neighborhood bored us to tears. We wanted different, we wanted a little hardship in our living, and we wanted to physically work for what we had. The standard American way of living never looked that lovely to us. And then one day it all became clear. This little family of four + one old lab needed a boat.
Ever since I was forced by circumstance to live in my car one summer, I have been obsessed with living in a tiny house. I would eventually LOVE to refurbish a bus, or a flatbed trailer, into a tiny mobile home. But for now, I am acting incrementally by moving into a cozy, 480 square foot studio/garage apartment. I am beyond stoked to be stepping onward to this process, but I have no idea where to begin planning for this move.
We live in a medium-sized town, that is situated in the middle of Amish country in Pennsylvannia. Our home is unique due to the fact that is a two bedroom with five people. My husband, myself, and our three children. Our two son's (ages 11 and 4) share the big bedroom, while our daughter has the smaller bedroom. My husband and I sleep on a king sized mattress on the floor that doubles as a very large couch during the day.
My husband and I recently downsized to a pretty amazing 875-square-foot apartment, and because of that we sold a lot of our furniture (including the kitchen table). So with the holidays coming up, I was wondering if anyone had any suggestions for awesome-looking, space-saving tables that could easily be folded up once the guests are gone?
My fiancé's father passed away in Feb 2012. His mother had passed in 2006. His step mother took what she wanted from the house after Dad died, and then moved away. We were left with a 12 room house FULL of stuff. Almost a year later, the house is empty and we finally have full use of our apartment again. Here are some tips that I learned while trying to put my things, my fiancé's things, and the things we salvaged from his parent's home into our small urban apartment.
My decorating style and clothing style are one and the same: lots of texture, pattern, and color, and a mix of old and new, femme and butch. Plus lots of purple and lots of pink, from my hair to my lipstick! I want my home to feel not just lived-in, but full of items you can't wait to pick up and find out more about.