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.
Design Tip: 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.