Name: Daci, Yoni, Dalia and Ike
Location: Minneapolis, Minnesota
Size: 900 square feet
Years lived in: 5 years, owned
When Daci and her husband moved across the country to Minnesota, they found themselves in a small house in a neighborhood of other small houses in south Minneapolis. As their family has grown, they've managed to keep their 900-square-foot home both functional and fun, even with the usual challenges that accompany small spaces.
Daci is a rearranger. I'm sure her home looked noticeably different mere days after I left...as I'm sure it looked a bit different only days before I arrived. A minimal amount of furniture and simple storage solutions creates the ability to have a flexible floor plan and style, which Daci enjoys. Being flexible with your furnishings is a realistic way to live, especially with a toddler and a dog. One of my favorite takeaways from Daci and the wisdom she has gained maintaining her home: "Match your furniture to your dog's fur."
Apartment Therapy Survey:
Our Style: Marie Kondo with a shopping problem (and a toddler)
Inspiration: Local craft fairs, travel
Favorite Element: The dark wood and glass doorknobs. We bought our home at the height of the "all white everything" trend, and I swore I was going to paint everything white. Our realtor looked at me like I was insane, so, wood it was. Thankfully, I grew to love it. I remember making a Pinterest board called "wood." I found two images on all of Pinterest.
Biggest Challenge: Dealing with the influx of toys. It's one of those parenting battles you see all across the internet—should you let Fisher-Price take over your house, or hold onto your personal style? I prefer to keep the toys contained, so I look for storage wherever I can.
What Friends Say: "Wait, wasn't that [insert piece of furniture] over there yesterday?"
Biggest Embarrassment: When we moved in, we ripped up the carpet and found salvageable hardwood floors. Our neighbors told us refinishing floors was simple, so we rented a sander. My husband caught the floor on fire, oh, two minutes into the project. We had wavy floors for four years until we could get them redone professionally.
Proudest DIY: These are all on behalf of my husband because DIYing is not my thing. But I think he would either say finishing our bathroom renovation after our contractor skipped town, or putting dinosaur wallpaper in our daughter's closet.
Biggest Indulgence: Candles! My favorite is Voluspa Mokara and I tell myself they aren't that expensive because I reuse the glass.
Best Advice: Match your furniture to your dog's fur. Buy as many pieces of furniture with storage as you can.
Dream Sources: I would love one of those beautiful couches that's always under a tree in an Anthropologie catalog. But really, one day I would just like to buy furniture I don't have to put together myself.
Basket on top of refrigerator — Target
Bed — Ikea, Hemnes
Dresser — Ikea, Hemnes
Nightstand — Ikea