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.
I came into this apartment with the idea of challenging myself in terms of paint techniques and mixing styles.
The views overlooking the ocean calms me down after a hard working day.
And this home is stylish and yet relaxed. You keep your shoes, you don't have to use a coaster.
I love every inch of my home - the exposed brick, cement floors, large windows, and tall ceilings bring everything to the next level. Steve Urkel could look cool in here. The building's great bones are undeniable and the location is unbeatable. Being just east of downtown, the rooftop has an amazing view of the skyline. Not to mention the live music venues on every corner and the farmer's market down the street. And during the fall, the state fair is walkable (meaning I can justify that extra corny dog).
There are so many things I love! For one thing, I love that my tiny home expands outside, blurring the boundary between inside and out. With skylights, french doors and lots of windows, I have a view of nature from all directions. I also have a large deck that doubles my living space, where I can dine and entertain many guests. I also love that my interior allows for multiple uses. With my multi-purpose furniture, my "great room" functions as a dining room, living room, guest bed, media room, and yoga room. The sofa is a bed and has storage. The portable coffee table can be used for storage/dining/side table. My kitchen is large and functional, and taking a shower is a joy with a view of the trees from the window. But my favorite is watching the moon and the stars at from my bedroom loft! Lastly, I love that my house has minimal impact on the earth by being off the grid. I use solar panels, propane gas, greywater system and passive solar heating and cooling.