Firstly, we love being homeowners at 24! We were basically given a blank apartment (no floorings, no doors, no kitchen and not even a bathroom sink!) so I really love that after the transformation, everything has its place. Also, because it started out bare and a new build, the house had no character at all, so we had to take risks on elements that could give the home a little more of that. Each room feels a little like a sanctuary for its task - our living area is cozy for both gatherings and for Netflix date nights, my office is fun and inspirational, and the master bedroom is like a private spa, you could hop out of the tub and get onto the massage chair before sinking into the luxurious bed.
Having a small home has really made me more conscious about what I put in there, but at the same time, I didn't want the home to be super minimalist and clutter-free because I wanted it to look lived in and part of us!
Three of My Best Tips and Tricks for Creating a Successful Small Space::
#1: Never forgo art. Art was one of the first things we bought for the home, and the Iris Grace painting remains a conversation piece during dinners.
#2: Buy only what you need, and then accessorize that. Instead of buying a ton of furniture to maximize storage, buy only what you need for each of your items and then accessorize and organize that. Anything that doesn't fit goes away. That way, storage is kept to a minimal (so you won't buy unnecessary things) and storage is both neat AND beautiful.
#3: Know your flow. In a small space, the flow is extremely important - how you use your kitchen typically will dictate whether you choose to build drawers or cabinets; and how you enjoy watching TV or eating dinner will dictate where you place your coffee table and dining table. There is a flow to you getting to work in the morning, and you winding down for the night at night. So know the flow and plan accordingly!