Anyone who lives in a small-ish space knows that thoughtful storage can upgrade so many aspects of your life at home when it’s done right (and it can be a daily frustration when it’s not done well or at all). No matter how big your rooms are or how many you have, you just want to be able to access things easily & keep them in a smart spot – and downsizing from our 3150 square foot house to this 1400 square foot home last year definitely challenged us to be even more mindful about how we incorporate the most useful storage systems into our home. Suddenly we were living in 6 rooms (down from 14!) and we also no longer have a garage, an attic, a big outdoor shed/workshop, or even a closet in most of the bedrooms (of our 3 bedrooms, only 1 had a closet when we bought this house!).
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Over the weekend I toured some nearby model homes in a new housing development. I love peeking into model homes to look for creative design ideas. These designers/stagers had some great takeaways which I was going to share on Instagram but instead decided they were worthy of a blog post.
I shot these with a cell phone so the quality is not as good as if I had brought my dSLR camera, but they capture the the spaces and details adequately enough. I’ll share more closeups and video in today’s Instagram stories.
Think bigger: display large scale art instead of a gallery wall of smaller frames.
Turn macramé curtains into a bed canopy.
Say yes to subtle patterned wall to wall carpet.
Classic hue + modern shapes = this opaque blue glass tile mosaic.
Blend different shapes of porcelain tile flooring.
Consider rectangular open cabinets instead of floating shelves for storage.
For drama, stack rectangular natural stone tiles in a shower.
Group smaller tables to create one larger interesting coffee table arrangement.
Tuck an ottoman under nesting tables for texture and/or extra seating.
Hang wall cubbies asymmetrically in kids rooms.
Stained wood slats over dark paint make a dramatic backdrop to bookcases.
Better in threes: group small pendants in corners or above nightstands.
Hang white brick wallpaper on one wall for subtle texture.
Install textured tile in creative stripes inside small showers.
Display opportunity: Shelves in front of windows.
Small spaces are perfect spots for focal point wall treatments.
Group same size mirrors together in an abstract wall display.
Which one is your favorite design element?
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I had a lovely birthday weekend! My best girlfriends picked me up on Friday and took me wine tasting then out to dinner, and the rest of the weekend I’ve been relaxing and taking it slow. Practicing the art of slow living leads to such good things. Food tastes better, plants and flowers are more lovely, time with friends and family is savored.
It feels rebellious to slow down in our fast paced world and appreciate things as they are in the moment, but should it? If slowing down makes life more meaningful then I’m starting to believe the ones caught up in a fast pace or the ones wanting more more more might be doing it wrong. 🙂
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Today I toured some model homes near me and I’ll share the design takeaways in tomorrow’s Instagram stories. 🙂
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