Multi-Purpose Storage Ideas for Small Spaces

Multi-Purpose Storage Ideas for Small Spaces

Multi-Purpose Furnishings = Smart Storage = Smart Decorating

It’s true!

It doesn’t matter one whit what size room you’re furnishing but it’s especially smart when your space is small.  

It’s all about Smart Storage

In the living room, bedroom, study…

  • Small chests make great side tables in the bedroom or living room.
  • A small chest is a good place to store books, magazines, and that remote control that’s forever getting lost.
  • Place a small chest by your front door, hang a mirror over it, add a small lamp and you’ve created an attractive and useful entryway.
  • A basket for mail could sit on top.
  • Mittens, hats, keys, maps, etc. can be stashed in the drawers for use when you need them but out of the way when you don’t.

In the Kitchen…

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Unique Modern Area Rugs and How to Choose Them

Unique Modern Area Rugs and How to Choose Them

Unique modern area rugs as a focal point

Handwoven Unique Modern Area Rug

Handwoven Area Rug from Etsy

If you have a small home without a lot of wall space, a unique modern rug can stand in as a focal point.

It’s a great way to choose colors for accessories, too, to tie the room together. It’s all about area rugs that complement your design style without overwhelming the room.

Notice in this picture that the coral color in the rug has been carried into the throw pillows on the sectional. Just the right pop of color.

 

 

So what are some considerations to think about when choosing area rugs?

#1 Color

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The Best Links for Small Space Decor Ideas

The Best Links for Small Space Decor Ideas

6 Best Online Decorating Magazines

Buffet in Room

Decorating and organizing a small space doesn’t have to be impossible…you just have to know where to look.

I’ve been a decorating magazine hoarder for years!

Honestly, I have stacks of magazines everywhere in my home…on chairs, tables, on the floor…and I love nothing better than to curl up on a couch or chair and read them over and over.

Each time through an edition, I’m looking for something different. Maybe a wall color or a certain piece of furniture or a way to repurpose something I already have.

Nowadays, there are editions of my favorite magazines online! So I just find the website for whatever magazine I’m into at the time and bookmark it for easy reference.

There are so many resources out in cyberspace that give excellent advice and that tweak your decorating creativity.

Here are links to a few of my favorite online resources:

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Tiny House Designs in 2019

Tiny House Designs in 2019

Tiny houses are perfect multi-purpose dwellings.

They’re incredibly popular and, although most people think of them as just tiny houses, I know a writer who has one in the family’s back yard and it’s her writing studio.

The average size of a tiny house is 500 to 700 square feet which is about the size of a studio apartment but many of them are much smaller and still meet their owners’ needs.

A tiny house could be a lake home, a guest cottage or a yoga studio. They’ve even been constructed for businesses as retail kiosks.

Here’s how a family in Massachusetts built an amazing backyard building on their $10,000 budget! It’s amazing.

A backyard building on a budget

This is a beautiful backyard addition to their home. It even has an outdoor shower.

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Using Mirrors in Small Spaces

Using Mirrors in Small Spaces

Loddon Weathered Wood Scrollwork Wall Mirror

Lodden Weathered Wood scrollwork Wall Mirror

Why You Should Use Mirrors in Small Spaces

Regardless of the size of the room, light is an important element in home decor. Light enhances the furnishings and the colors in the room.

Natural light is ideal but sometimes it’s lacking in a space so including mirrors in room design is a favorite choice by many interior designers.

Mirrors and Light

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4 Creative Decluttering Tips for 2019

Cluttered RoomTwo New Year’s Resolutions

Vowing to become a healthier person is one of my resolutions for 2019. I make that resolution every year and every year it eventually falls by the wayside. This year I intend to keep it and hopefully, this post will keep me accountable. Maybe.

My second resolution (Plan B, maybe?) is to get a grip on the clutter in my house. I’ve downsized twice in the past few years and for some reason, I end up with more “things” than I need. I don’t know how that happens but it does.

So I’ve been researching ways to declutter and stay decluttered. I’ve zeroed in on four good suggestions about how to go about this without burning out.

Leo Babauta of Zen Habits says that clutter is actually procrastination. That makes sense! We procrastinate clearing clutter and before you know it we’re at a breaking point.

Which is why you’re here!

1. The 80/20 Rule

This isn’t typically a decluttering rule.

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Gifts Under $40 from Etsy

Here’s the thing about Etsy. On the website, there’s this definition:

Etsy is a global online marketplace, where people come together to make, sell, buy, and collect unique items.

There’s no Etsy warehouse – just millions of people selling the things they love. We make the whole process easy, helping you connect directly with makers to find something extraordinary.

So it’s a great place to buy gifts because there’s a better than even chance there won’t be duplicates.  Whether you’re shopping for gifts for the home or jewelry, clothing, things for pets, artwork, you’ll find just the right gift.

A Few Suggestions

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6 Simple Money Saving Kitchen Tips

Saving Money in the Kitchen – 6 Simple Tips

(Updated 3/36/2019)

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I’ve been thinking about some of the little ways I’m saving energy and there are several items that I use that have become second nature.

Living in a small space is an added incentive.  That’s it. Nothing too expensive or fancy involved. Just plain old common sense tools. If it was good enough for Grandma, it’s good enough for me. What do you think?

Money-saving Tip #1

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How to Personalize a Small Space Rental

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The Challenge:

Renting rather than buying your home presents a new challenge. How do you personalize your small space while keeping within the terms of your rental agreement?

The primary challenge for living large in a small space is how to create a warm and inviting home while finding the best use for every square inch without creating clutter.

That’s quite a challenge in itself.  But it’s not impossible. It’s totally doable.

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How to Use Color in Small Spaces

How to Use Color in Small Spaces

Color WheelColor Basics & Theory

Remember when you got your first box of Crayons? I do. It was a box of 24 and I thought it was the best thing ever!

I created colorful clothes for my paper dolls. I drew pictures and colored them to match whatever my mood was at that particular time. Color was freedom to express myself through my art.

It still is.

The Basics 

We learned these color basics in elementary school and found them in our boxes of crayons.  They’re what we still use to add color in our homes.

  • Primary Colors are yellow, red and blue.
  • Secondary Colors are created by mixing the Primary Colors and they are purple, green, and orange.
  • Tertiary Colors are six colors made by mixing Primary Colors and Secondary Colors to create red-orange, yellow-orange, yellow-green, blue-green, blue-violet, and red-violet.

This video from Better Homes and Gardens illustrates how to choose colors from the color wheel. It’s short but sweet.

Color Theory

Color theory is a set of principles used to create harmonious color combinations pleasing to the eye and senses. It provides us with a common ground for understanding how colors can be used, arranged, coordinated, blended, and related to one another.

Color theory is about why some colors work together aesthetically, while others do not. Thus, it’s about color mixing and the visual effects of color. (Source: Study.com)

There are warm colors (reds, oranges, and yellows) and cool colors (blues, greens, and purples).  They set the mood for whatever room or space you’re decorating.

What are the rules for using color in small spaces?

There really are no rules, but there are a few guidelines that will help when deciding what colors to paint the walls or to use in your furniture or accessories.

We’re taught that dark or warm colors will make a space appear smaller and light or cool colors will visually expand the space. But that’s not necessarily so! 

Use Color to Create a Focal Point

Remodeling and Home Design

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