I love that we have stuck with this home through all situations and states of repair - from a hovel-like misery box that we purchased because it was the only thing we could afford, through five years as absentee landlords, and finally an extremely long DIY renovation that we flew between the North and South Island for every second weekend. This flat has been a labour of love for us. It's our first and only property, and after ten years and a lot of anguish and false starts, it finally really feels like home.
Three of My Best Tips and Tricks for Creating a Successful Small Space::
1: Don't restrict yourself to using spaces as they were originally intended. We use our master bedroom as a combined music/art/living/dining/spare bedroom space with the help of lots of multifunctional furniture like a console that converts to a dining table, and a cute-as mid century styled sofabed. Everyone thinks we're crazy for having our bedroom in such a tiny space, but there's only two things you do in there, right? 2: Don't be afraid of dark colours. Originally we painted our whole flat white, but in the end the boldness of the darker tones won out. Black is the best colour to decorate with! 3: If you don't like it any more, get rid of it! Donate it, sell it, if it's really busted just take it to the dump. Don't worry if you can't afford to replace it right away (beds could be the exception here, nothing's worse than an air mattress!), if it's making you cringe or roll your eyes every time you look at it it's time for it to go.