It's hard to pick one thing that I love most about my small home. Apart from the beautiful view of the Toronto waterfront that I have been blessed with, it's filled with light and very cozy. I've never felt like it's too small (even when I have parties!), perhaps because I've created separate quarters for living, eating, and lounging.
I've customized and DIY'd a lot of my furniture and accents, like my feather ceiling lamp, magenta couch cover and Dorothy Draper-inspired dresser. This makes my home feel 100% 'me'. I ignored the traditional rules of small living - to declutter and live minimally - and have surrounded myself with the things that make me happy - books, my collection of magnets from countries I have travelled to, and have filled up every wall and shelf with art and photos of friends, family and travel.
Every time I walk in the door, I feel a sense of belonging, which is the feeling a home should invoke.
Three of My Best Tips and Tricks for Creating a Successful Small Space::
1) Don't be afraid to be bold. Small spaces invoke fear that too much in the way of colour or decor will make their home look smaller, but let your personality shine through! You live there, it should make you happy every time you come home.
2) No need for forced minimalism - you can have the furniture and decor that you want, just ensure it's size appropriate. Lay out your furniture so you have a division of living space - this really makes your small home seem much larger. And when in doubt - a big mirror will open up a space.
3) Get organized. In small living quarters, you'll need to ensure that everything in your home works a little harder. Choose furniture that does double duty, and look around for extra space - like under the bed and behind doors. Consider customization - add in an extra rung to your closet if what you were given isn't enough. And don't be afraid to show off your favourite things! Arrange jewellery on hooks or display fancy shoes on a shelf.