The open floor plan -- it’s both the thing we love most about our home and the biggest challenge in furnishing it. The open space is perfect for our small family. It allows us to feel connected and close, while allowing for all the functionality of a larger home. And while towing the line between cozy and minimal can be a challenge, there is a sort of liberation in not feeling obligated to fill a larger space with non-essential possessions. We’ve really embraced the idea of less = more, striving to only add pieces we love and absolutely need.
I love our beautiful teeny bathrooms with their impossibly tall ceilings and wooden beams! They are probably the smallest bathrooms with the tallest ceilings that I've ever seen, and they get amazing light (they have one window and one skylight each). I also love that we have outdoor space in the front yard, so we're able to throw our door and windows open to let the California sunshine in. The thing that I love the most about our small home, though, is that although it's technically an apartment, we're able to make changes and paint it. During 10 years of renting, I longed to have a place that wasn't off-white with white trim and hideous carpeting. (Don't make fun of me because I only went with grey and taupe! It's so crisp, yet neutral and calming. I love it!)
What I love about my minute 224-square-foot junior one-bedroom apartment is its absolutely charming character. Its handsome exposed brick walls and French doors emanate a certain kind of comfort, reminiscent of childhood days running around a field of flowers, and hot chocolate during a rainy day. Although I do not have access to a meadow or flower field, I still feel like I do... but hot cocoa on a rainy day is definitely always attainable! ;)
It's a happy fresh start for my husband, son and I. This cozy beach house is a place the three of us are creating together. Although it's small in size, there is plenty of room to make large memories with our families and friends. It's a home from the 1930's, so it's full of character and charm. Being close to the ocean more than makes up for the lack of square footage. We're learning less can actually be more!
Our home is filled with tiny treasures, soft blankets, too many mugs, 3D-printed sculptures, and paintings by friends, family, and my husband. We love our bedroom, a relaxing little nook away from the bustle of the city. But more than anything, we love our giant wall of books. We love lending them out to friends, giving them away, and putting them back in the wrong order. Right now, they're arranged by color so that we can stumble on a random poetry collection by accident, or find that strange old novel we didn't know we were even looking for.
We love the 16 foot ceilings, which makes it seem much larger than it really is. The entire villa is upstairs and all you see out the windows are green trees, so we feel like we live in a tree house! Also, living small allows us to have a bigger life doing the things we love.
There is one large window in the entire condo, but my unit is south facing and lives like an incredible tree house. There is not much space -- and I detest clutter! -- but the three closets allow me to stow everything away and showcase only the pieces I love.
After years of living in rented apartment, we finely bought our own and got the chance to decorate it the way we felt home should look like. It reflects our interests, and we like the fact that most of redecorating was done by ourselves having fun together.
Despite its smaller size, our home has everything we need and nothing that we don't. Small spaces are great at forcing you to really consider what is valuable to you. This extra editing has given us a place that really reflects who we are.