Location: Orange, CA
Size: 480 Sq/ft Bungalow
My favorite resource for the last two years has been Apartment Therapy, of course! In addition to AT, I enjoy the wealth of antique stores in my neighborhood if not for the actual item, at least for the inspiration.
What inspired you?
Starting over. After living for a few years in a rented bedroom with a shared bath, I wanted this erstwhile garage to become a truly livable space; a place to live, entertain, and feel as if I were on vacation. Also I have two boys (8 and 11) and needed a place that they could stay and feel as if they were at home.
Keeping all of this in mind, I deliberately chose to keep things minimal and truly take my time in choosing the furniture pieces. Instead of finding a way to maximize my space, I looked for methods to minimize my needs. I was not in a rush, waiting for the right piece to come along, and letting it settle before making another addition. Not featured here is the yard with a gazebo that serves as my dining room in the warmer months.
Have a complete vision for your home; draw it many times over on paper; pick through all of the magazines and websites you can handle; dig through and walk away from 95% of what catches your eye; and be extremely patient, making sure that it fits your vision, whether choosing pieces of fu! rniture or knick-knacks for a shelf in the bathroom.