I love being in the heart of the Pearl District. It gives us access to all Portland has to offer. It also forces me to curate my things so we don't get overwhelmed with clutter. I love that it only takes 5 minutes to pick up. Being surrounded by cheery color and my favorite things makes me happy.
Three of My Best Tips and Tricks for Creating a Successful Small Space::
Paint - It is cheap and makes a big difference. With a small space you can get it done in a weekend. I painted the bedroom all by myself in a day.
Storage - Get creative with storage. I made that desk/entertainment center to create a lot of storage and hide all the wires that my husband needs for technology. With less clutter the place feels bigger
Curate over time - my place is full of hand me downs, art from my trips, and Craigslist scores. The couch and entertainment center were custom to perfectly fit the small space. It took 4 years for my condo to look like this and it continues to change as I slowly change things out.