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.
And that’s just one great idea…read on for more inspiration. Continue reading
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
Two 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.
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.
Etsy’s Holiday Gift Guide has hundreds of unique ideas for gifts and you won’t have to pay a fortune, either. Gifts for Him, for Her, for Kids, for Pets, and for Home and Garden.
A Few Suggestions
I’ve found a few examples for you, all under $40. Continue reading
Saving Money in the Kitchen – 6 Simple Tips
Photo by hue12 photography on Unsplash
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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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.
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 the 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
Location, location, location…
Whether you are self-employed, frequently work from home, or are a student, finding a place to work in a small space can be tricky.
- It needs to be easily accessible, able to contain your work or study necessities and relatively private, depending on the situation.
- You’d also need access to an electrical outlet in order to plug in a task light and cords for computer and printer, etc.
The little office in this picture is about as simple as it gets if you happen to have a staircase niche where you are able to tuck a small desk and chair.
Clever Side Yard Garden on Pinterest
One of the most clever ways to maximize living in a small space is to add outdoor living wherever possible. If you have a deck or patio area, you’re all set to jazz up your small outdoor living space!
Decorating an outdoor space is lots of fun and very rewarding. And it can be accomplished on any budget…small budget or “the sky’s the limit”.
I moved to my townhouse in Minnesota in February when there was snow up to my waist. I had a tiny private patio and I couldn’t wait to sit outside on a warm summer day with a glass of wine or iced tea.
I had months to browse the internet for ideas. Pinterest is my favorite place to find unique solutions to most decor dilemmas, including outdoor living spaces. Here are a few of my favorites!
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Get ready for holiday fun, food, and festivities!
Can you believe it? Summer is a thing of the past and fall is in full swing.
Next thing you know it’ll be Halloween, then Thanksgiving and then Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanza and there will be Halloween candy, Thanksgiving turkeys, parties, gifts, school concerts, and more.
Holiday Decorating Tips for 2018