Amber's Liveable, Loveable Family Studio

Amber's Liveable, Loveable Family Studio

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Name:
Amber
Location:
Seattle, WA
Square Feet:
365
Division:
Teeny-Tiny
What I Love About My Small Home:
That we’ve been able to make efficient enough use of the space so that 2 adults, a baby, a dog, and a cat can live comfortably. It’s definitely a challenge, but I love it. It’s an ongoing project—I’ll never be finished with this home.
I love the 1920’s architecture with the windows that make the space feel bigger than it is and allow for a lot of natural light. The location can't be beat; we are within a 10 minute walk of my 2 favorite Seattle parks (Greenlake and Ravenna).
Bringing our baby home to this place has been a great learning experience. We've really had to consider what is the most important to us as a family, and it has nothing to do with a house and the things in it and everything to do with a home and the people and relationships in it. Even though this isn't our forever home, I hope we take the lessons learned here with us forever.
Three of My Best Tips and Tricks for Creating a Successful Small Space::
1. Get rid of all the things. I really realized what a thrift store junkie I was when we moved into this studio. We are constantly donating, gifting and tossing things that we don’t absolutely need or love. Less things to find homes for makes the space feel less like it’s closing in on you.
2. Create a home that works for you. My mantra has been “how can I make this home as livable as possible for as long as possible?” We approach our home almost as a living and breathing space. The decor and arrangement changes frequently to suit our needs-I think we rearranged the place 4 times in our son's first 3 months.
3. Keep it clean. Pick up after yourself. Give everything a home, and preferably not on a countertop and preferably hidden in something beautiful. One cup on the counter or towel on the floor makes the space feel cluttered. Keeping the place tidy is easy when you follow #1 and #2.
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