Simply put...everything. Though I've always loved homes and spaces, owning a house was never part of my "American Dream" - that was, until I walked into a place that was built in 1895 as a garage, born its own property in 1999 as a fully-functional, hidden little house in middle of the city. Weighing in at a little under 800 square feet, split between two floors, it's the perfect size for a girl and her dog (okay, and her cat, too). Between the brick walls, barn doors, exposed clawfoot tub, peaked ceilings and a private little yard, I have so proud to own a house that is chalk full of character and charm that has truly become a part of my little family.
Three of My Best Tips and Tricks for Creating a Successful Small Space::
1. Live in reality. It's a small space so everything has to shrink down - having an oversized couch or a dining room table just does not work in my house and that's okay with me. You must adapt to the space and figure out how to make it work for you. I chose to have a larger picnic table to host dinner parties on my patio instead of inside - making me a much better host in the summer than in the winter. 2. Think about visual space. In a small home, everything needs to be cohesive and work together but that doesn't mean you can't mix styles. For instance, my coffee table and bar stools are part of the peekaboo acrylic collection from CB2, while the rest of my place is a bit more vintage and flea market-y. But clear furniture doesn't take up visual space so they work well in harmony. 3. You've got to edit. A rule I have is that if I buy something new, I have to get rid of something else. Every detail and purchase matters so make it count (i.e. LOVE-IT-CAN'T-LIVE-WITHOUT-IT count).