1920’s Charming Yellow Cottage Redo

Take a tour of this Charming Yellow Cottage complete with a wrap around porch and white picket fence!

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Charming Yellow Cottage complete with a wrap around porch and white picket fence!

Like how the red front door gives it just the right amount of “pop.”

This home is actually for purchase at time of this post (Austin, TX MLS # 8631467)

Now, let’s dive right in!

Charming Yellow cottage

Cottage Living-Room

This charming 1920’scentral Austin bungalow features an open concept floor plan for the kitchen/dining/living.

Kitchen with Breakfast Bar

Looks like inexpensive stock cabinets coupled with tile granite countertops (rather than a solid slab.)

Dining Area

Love the hardwood floors

Master Bed

This certainly appears to be a generous size master bedroom for this little cottage. My thought is you have enough space for a little reading nook.

Master Bath

Like the bathroom cabinets much better than the kitchen cabinets, that’s for sure! Like, bright bath. Notice the “almost” claw foot tub.

Secondary Bedroom

Secondary Bath

In this bathroom picture, you can see the bathtub tile reflected in the mirror.
Swimming Pool
Seriously love this backyard oasis. I’ve been thinking about doing a small pool like this in our backyard. Just enough to cool off in the hot Texas summers.

Jamie and Shawns Tiny House

I am so happy to present this tiny house today. Check out the tour here.

[adrotate banner=”30″]Oh, the fun of a tiny house. Even though SmallHouseLife.com is mainly about downsizing to a smallish (1200-1800 sq. ft.) home, I like to feature the tiny houses sometimes as I know ya’ll like to see them!

This house is owned by Jamie and Shawn, designer-drafter for THE small HOUSE CATALOG.. and they have lived in this tasteful, functional 200 square foot tiny house for approx. two years.

tiny house exterior

tiny house entrance

This cutie is about 200 square feet. 🙂

tiny house living room

The couple designed and built the house themselves to live in as a builder’s cottage while they decided what and whether to build on their lot.

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Check out their kitchen!

tiny house kitchen sink

Are you inlove yet? I so am! 🙂 You know, the house is sitting on their own land and hooked up to a sewer/septic system.

tiny house kitchen

It’s a small house but why does it look sooooo comfy.. right?

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tiny house cupboards

Isn’t it clever? Space saving, indeed.

tiny house pathway

You can never have too many jars – that’s what I always say.

tiny house shelves

… and there’s even room for books! Lot’s of ’em!

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So here’s how this tiny house looks at night..

tiny house exterior at night

Jamie and Shawn have lived in this house for approx. two years. Unfortunately, local zoning, like most places, does not allow you to live permanently in a tiny house since it’s technically considered an RV. Their county and special district will only allow a tiny house like theirs for temporary living for up to two years if they are building a “real” house. 

The house they are building right now, the Beekeeper’s Bungalow  is roughly a 750 sq. ft. one and half story small house. Can’t wait to see that one. 🙂

Ten Tips to Get House Ready for Winter

Is your house ready for winter yet? If not, this is the time to get ready. Check out these must-dos to get your house ready for the cold season.

[adrotate banner=”30″]Like it or not, winter season is just right around the corner and there’s no stopping this. Now, this means a lot of things. Frosted leaves and almost ‘naked’ trees, really cold nights, warm cocoa, additional undergarments, etc. But you know, here at Small House Life, when this season is about to approach, we can’t help but think of ways to get our house ready.

Actually, if we can, we’d want to get ready for winter as soon as possible. Why? Well, first of all, we want to have peace of mind our home is prepared properly and enjoy the cold season. We can’t do that if there’s a broken window, old and clogged filters, etc. Also, since we love our house so much, we want it to be able to take on the winter ‘hits’ and still (hopefully) be in tip-top shape during and after the cold season.

So, without further ado, we bring you the ten tips to get your house ready for winter.

Inside Your Small House:

1. Have the heating unit / system checked. Test it yourself or call an expert to check your heating system. Make sure that it’s thoroughly checked and working properly, and that the filter is brand new. Go and take advantage of those summer discounts!

2. Change air filters and dust those registers or baseboard units! Air filters are supposed to be changed regularly anyway as it improves the air quality inside. This step also protects your heating system. Dust buildup is inevitable so vacuum or dust, dust, dust those registers and baseboard units.

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3. Check your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. Make sure that they are working properly. If you don’t have them, this is the best time to have them installed in your home.

4. Get those carpets cleaned. Well, if you have a carpeted home, this is the time to make sure that your carpets are very clean. As you know, this will also help improve the air quality in your home. So go, and get them ready for winter!

5. Check your doors and windows. You can actually do this one yourself, or hire a home contractor to do it for you. This will help decrease those enormous energy bills during winter as it will certainly prevent the cold air from entering your home. If there are broken windows, now is the time to replace them.

6. Have a fireplace? Get your chimney checked. Getting the fireplace ready before the winter season is really great. Make sure that you have them cleaned – if you haven’t done that for a while. It also helps if you have a screen or some sort of cap on top of your home’s chimney.

Outside Your Small House:

7. Roof and gutter inspection. Make sure that you check and replace worn roof tiles or shingles. Check and clean your gutters – it’s not the easiest chore but it is rather important to make sure that there will be no (again, hopefully) ice damming.

8. Ready your snow shovels, ice scrapers and sidewalk salt. It’s better if you know where to get them (and you can easily get them) when needed.

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9. Prepare your lawn. Aerate, fertilize and reseed your lawn. Do this before Halloween. Before you store your lawnmower, make sure that it is clean and that the gas is drained.

10. Goodbye summer décor. Hello winter. If possible, patio furniture should be stored during winter. If not, make sure that you have waterproof protectors to cover as the winter season will not be so nice to them. If you plan to put up some winter decorations, go ahead and do this as early as now.

IKEA jumps on Smaller House Bandwagon

Newsflash! IKEA designers have teamed up with Ideabox and helped designed its (Ideabox) debut prefab home called ‘Aktiv’. Wow, IKEA knows small homes!

Small house and IKEA? What’s the connection? Well, you’re about to find out!

IKEA design house
IKEA design house | Photo from Ideabox.us/models/aktiv/

IKEA, as we all know (and really love), is known for its ready-to-assemble furniture – designs and products. They have come a long way and their products are being sold worldwide. How cool is that?

Not so long ago, it has been reported that IKEA designers teamed up with Ideabox and helped designed its (Ideabox) debut prefab home called ‘Aktiv’. Well, even though IKEA designs and sells ready-to-assemble furniture, you won’t need your wrench on this one. This small home is already ‘assembled’ and will be delivered to you as is or in two big pieces.  Cost? >> $86,500.

IKEA design house living room
IKEA design house living room | ideabox.us/models/aktiv/

And since this small home was created in collaboration with IKEA (Portland), a brand that we already trust when it comes to our furniture, this looks to be a really good deal.

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So, what does it say about small spaces? Well, as you know, small house is really ‘in’ at the moment. And we, at Small House Life, think that this isn’t just a style that will be ‘obsolete’ in the coming season – or years. This is more than just a ‘hot trend’. It means more than anything like that. With all the usual but never-ending problems homeowners (not just in the U.S. but worldwide) encounter such as huge bills, mortgages and more, it’s no wonder that most of them are becoming more and more interested in living in small house. This is, of course, to gain the huge and helpful benefits of living in one.

IKEA design house bedroom
IKEA design house bedroom | Ideabox.us/models/aktiv/

What are the benefits, you ask? Well, aside from the lower bills and stuff, living in a small home is kind of liberating. Mind you, living in a small home goes hand in hand with downsizing; therefore, it’s a lifestyle choice. It may not be for everyone but if it will give you a peace of mind financially, it’s definitely worth a try.

Anyway, for small home owners, IKEA jumping on the ‘small house bandwagon’ is a really good sign. And a really good news at that. Since a lot of people (including us) trust IKEA when it comes to their furniture, it’s certainly good to know that they are now designing and selling furniture purposely for small spaces. This doesn’t necessarily mean that they are selling smaller furniture though. Rather, they are selling furniture that is cleverly designed to fit, work and be used in small houses. Well, that’s really good news!

More info on the ‘Aktiv’ model when you visit Ideabox website at ideabox.us/models/aktiv/.

!! Modern Small House in West Hollywood

Here’s a tour of a modern small house in West Hollywood. Small but wonderful – let’s take a look!

[adrotate banner=”30″]Small but modern. Limited space but the owner made the most of it. We proudly show to you today the 1,200-square-feet contemporary small house in West Hollywood that was cleverly and modishly designed by Mark Egerstrom, an interior designer.

FYI: The house that you’re about to see was first a small cottage (under 600 square feet). The owner, however, wanted to expand to make the most of it. And so he did – here’s the end result. Photos courtesy of Lisa Romerein / HouseBeautiful.com

modern small house exterior

So modern … I love it! It looks simple but you just know that there’s more to it. Since the house is on a tiny lot, it meant that the owner had to make vertical additions to his 600-square-foot cottage. “It’s a tall, narrow box,” he says.

modern small house living room

Well, here’s the living room. Clad in the same ebonized cedar as the garden walls, the fireplace wall appears to have floated into the glass-walled living room. A Kensington leather sofa by Timothy Oulton and Rue Royale lounge chair by Ralph Lauren Home covered in English Riding Velvet are a plush counterpoint to metal floor lamps, Egerstrom-designed stump tables, Gerrit Rietveld’s Zig Zag chair, and Philippe Starck’s red plastic La Bohème stool for Kartell.

modern small house kitchen

One of the many cool advantages of having a house encased in glass is that you never have to worry about the brightness of the room. Just take a look at the kitchen. Wonderful, right? And you know, it appears bigger than it really is.

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The wood floors of the kitchen extend out to a coordinated deck through glass shower doors, creating the illusion of a much bigger space. The walnut cabinetry was designed by the owner: “It’s my take on old farmhouse kitchens, updated to the 21st century.” It was fabricated by Gary Ferguson of Case and Grain with Glacier White Corian counters and custom inset handles.

modern small house kitchen sink

Let’s take a closer look. Open shelving and a pass-through window open sight lines in the kitchen. “The trick is not to put too many things on them”, says the owner.

modern small house master bedroom

The master bedroom certainly looks unique. In here, the bed is recessed in a 24-inch niche lined with Cole & Son’s Woods reflective foil wallpaper.

“It opens up the space both physically and visually. It’s surprising how big a difference two feet can make in a small space,” the owner says.

modern small house master bathroom

In the master bath, a Duravit wall-mounted toilet is concealed by a skirted sink, “a homage to my Swedish grandmother’s Minnesota farmhouse, where all the lower cabinets had curtains,” the owner says. The shower opens to a private outdoor deck.

Private outdoor deck … now, that sounds really fancy! 🙂

modern small house kid's room

Believe it or not, this is the kid’s room. This home proves to be very unique – in a really, and I mean, really good way. Take a look at the Pop Art and woodsy linens in the kid’s bedroom.

modern small house guest bathroom

This is the guest bathroom. It doesn’t look tiny at all. Tucked under a staircase, a combination powder room and guest bath has slatted teak floors in the shower: “I used the most minimal fixtures, including a Kohler WaterTile recessed into the ceiling.”

modern small house courtyard

Courtyard in a small house … Can’t believe it? Just take a look at the photo above.

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Baby’s Tears ground cover, native to Sardinia, gives the tiny deck area just off the kitchen a plushly carpeted look. The owner fabricated the fountain — based on old trough fountains he saw in Tuscany — from a metal planter.

modern small house roof deck

This is my favorite part of the house – the roof deck. On here, a curvy Verner Panton lounger contrasts with West Elm Wood-Slat armchairs and Gus Modern Lightbox tables.

5 Storage Tips for Homeowners with Cramped Closets

Here are five storage tips for homeowners with cramped closets. These steps will help maximize your closet space.

[adrotate banner=”30″]When looking for a new home, storage and closet space is often of the most important things on the homeowner’s mind. Therefore, if your home suffers from a dearth of closet space, this can quickly become a source of annoyance as time passes. However, there’s no need to make the most of your situation, and do something about your lack of room. For homeowners with cramped closets, the following tips can help you achieve effective storage and maximize your closet space:

  1. Add More Space. If you’ve completely exhausted your clothes racks and drawers with items, then one possible option is to create more storage space on your own. For example, organizers and hanging baskets are valuable options to make use of any unused vertical openings. In addition, storage bins are a great way to pack items away, as well as make use of unused floor space. Another storage tip is to keep clothes stacked in small piles in drawers, instead of hanging them on racks. Doing so will fill up more vertical space, allowing you to use them for heavier coats and articles of clothing.
  2. Install Shelving. Do you have empty walls that are simply serving as dead space? If so, then you may want to make use of the space by installing shelving.  Shelving are great for items that cannot be easily hung on racks, such as shoes or towels, and can get them out of your way. When assessing the layout of your closet, determine the height and width to see whether you can add multiple shelves. Make sure that you leave enough space between shelves, lest you end up with inadequate shelving.[adrotate banner=”29″]
  3. Practice Organization. One reason why your closet may feel cramped is due to the lack of method to the madness – instead of orderly placing items away, perhaps you have a tendency to just pile everything into the closet. However, disorganized messes are more likely to take up more precious space, leaving you with little to work with. Therefore, try to instill organization when storing clothes and other items away. For example, place similar objects together according to size and color, so you can find items quicker and easier.
  4. Remove Unwanted Items. If you tend to collect items or have a bit of a packrat mentality, then you may want to spend some time going through your closet. These items may be taking up valuable space, making it more difficult to utilize your closet to its full potential. Look for clothes or accessories that you haven’t worn in several months or years, and put them in a separate pile. You can either place these items in more permanent storage, or donate them to a charity organization.
  5. Explore Beyond the Closet. If your closet space is simply not enough for you, then you may have to look for storage alternatives. Luckily, there are a variety of ways in which you can store your items throughout your home. Look for whether you have any unused cabinets or drawers that are waiting to be used. You can also invest in furniture that also doubles as storage space, such as coffee tables or beds with pull-away drawers. Don’t feel as though you’re limited to simply your closet, not when your home provides endless potential for storage.

[note color=”#F8f8f8″]Christine Cooney is a writer at TheHouseDesigners.com, writing articles on DIY and home plans online on The House Designers blog. She loves learning about architecture, home décor and design.[/note]

Elegant Fancy Small Home

Join us as we ‘tour’ a sophisticatedly designed small home for a young family. You’ll surely get inspired – we promise!

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The words ‘elegant’ and ‘small’ are not always seen together in a sentence. But this is quite an elegant and fancy small home. What a treat.

But in our house tour today, you’ll find that those two fit well together, and that a small-spaced home can be easily described as ‘elegant’ (and then some).

Take a look and see for yourself … Photo Credit BHG.com

small home front door entrance

Grand entrance, anyone? This small home is definitely designed to change our view of small spaces. A row of built-ins offers storage and display space just inside the front door. By painting the inside of the bookcase black, it gives the wall a recessed look. A large, custom fish-eye mirror completes the look.

small home living room

Oh, those sofas are definitely calling my attention. I love them!  Any family will love to have this living room! This decorating scheme incorporated family pieces, including two red sofas, two large Empire Era chests, and a pedestal table. Blue accents calm the space and are the perfect companion to the vibrant red sofas. A mix of patterns on the pillows and chairs infuses the room with a youthful attitude.

small home fireplace

The fireplace. It just looks so modern and absolutely creative. The artwork above the mantel is from the owner’s childhood home. They were just waiting to find the perfect spot for it.

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Check out the simplicity of the living room below.

small home family room

Here’s the family room. Oh wow! A mix of geometric, organic, and ethnic patterns gives this room a playful persona.  The homeowners chose to create a casual space for relaxation and covered existing sofas in durable brown corduroy.

small home kitchen

In this small space, this kitchen’s crisp white cabinets, dark wood floors, and beautiful granite countertops create an ultimate kitchen any cook would love. Okay. Do you remember what I said earlier? Elegant and small in one sentence?

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Here you go. Elegant small kitchen. Based on the photo alone, I think we would never have guessed that this kitchen is from a small home / apartment. I mean, would you look at that? This is the dream kitchen.

small home dining nook

Oh, I love the dining nook! In the kitchen, every surface and fabric can be wiped with a sponge, including faux-leather pads on the banquette, laminated David Hicks fabric on pillows, and a Roman shade in the dining nook. The antique dining table was a wedding gift.

small home master bedroom

Amazing! A disco ball-inspired chandelier takes center stage in the master bedroom, where chartreuse cut velvet covers the headboard, Roman shade, and bed skirt. I love the fact that every room in this small home is somehow ‘themed’
small home kids bedroom

The kids’ room is absolutely stylish! Velvet twin headboards, bed skirts, and a Roman shade boast pretty green hues in this super-sophisticated kids’ room.

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Oh, lovin’ the desk nook below.

small home office

Sweet and tidy! A built-in desk area opposite the dining nook is command central for this family.

Sassy and Chic Small Home

Having a small home doesn’t necessarily imply that you, as an owner, can’t accommodate a lot of guests.  On the same note, it also doesn’t mean that you can’t make your small home look grand, and utterly impressive.

Have a look at this sassy and chic small home / beach house that can be found in coastal Marin County, California.

Photos Credit Alec Hemer/ Housebeautiful.com

small home living room

Would you look at that living room?  So elegant, I love it! The owner said that the dutch doors and hand-carved detailing make this feel like a “Hansel and Gretel house”. When the picture window had to be replaced, the owner saved the original to create a kind of shadowbox for a collection of sea-themed paintings found at flea markets and garage sales.

small home family room

The lower level was transformed into a family room. I love that the owner decided to add a family room. From the looks of this one, any family member would be glad to spend their time here.

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Over Brian Kennedy’s metal fireplace, you can see a portion of the new foundation. Industrial baskets from Aurora Mills Architectural Salvage, turned upside-down, became coffee tables. Blue slag glass from Artefact Design and Salvage has the look of sea glass. 

small home kitchen

White (Snow on the Mountain) and vintage. Lovin’ the combination. The owner became obsessed with finding just the right vintage stove; he spotted this Chambers range on antiqueappliances.com. The blackboard on the breakfast bar is an opportunity for an intriguing quote. Subway tiles by Heath Ceramics remind the owner of the inside of a shell. Gemini ceiling lights from Alfa. Paint throughout the house is Benjamin Moore’s Snow on the Mountain.

small home dining room

Here’s the dining room. Don’t you just love how everything, so far (from living room to here), is strategically decorated and designed? In the dining area, Shaw ceiling lights from the Urban Electric Co. hang over an antique trestle table, paired with vintage captain’s chairs. A banquette, with more storage underneath, doubles as a guest bed. Genius! Vintage French linen — it reminds the owner of sailcloth — hangs casually from Restoration Hardware rings at the window.

small home outdoor dining area

An outdoor dining area? You gotta love this house! The honed Calacatta marble counter in the kitchen extends outside to make passing food easier.

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Tolix Marais stools from Design Within Reach are pulled up to the counter.

small home master bedroom

Simply gorgeous, right? Closet mirrors in the master bedroom expand the sense of space. The CB2 platform bed is covered in vintage French linen.

small home bathroom

A bunk room bath for family members and guests. The owner of this house is brilliant! As you can see, the bunk room bath is fitted with lockers for family members and guests. The owner had the faucets on Kohler’s Brockway sinks stripped down to the brass. The wall paneling is painted in alternating bands of flat and semigloss paint, echoing the stripe on the Pottery Barn towels.

small home guest room

Take a look at the guest room … and the view! Wow. I would certainly love to have a visit, and even if I own this house, I think I’ll stay here, thank you. 😉 The owner took the guest room ceiling up to the rafters and opened it up with a Juliet balcony. Linen curtains lined with blackout material let guests sleep late.

small home deck

It’s just so amazing that a 1,650-square-foot beach house can still have a stylish deck. I’m in awe, that’s for sure. “The setting is the star,” says the owner, who kept the outdoor dining area simple. An assortment of galvanized metal furniture — including Crate & Barrel’s Lyle chairs and 1934 Dining Chairs from the Sundance Catalog — are gathered around a table covered in Sundance’s Americana tablecloth, made of homespun cotton and linen.

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small home back of the house

A peek at what the back of this lovely beach house / small home looks like. A deck and galvanized metal Juliet balconies on the upstairs bedrooms add to the square footage.

1200 Square Foot Destin Lake Cottage

Step inside lovely 1200 Square Foot Destin Lake Cottage. Don’t let the modest size fool you.. this small house is packed with design ideas.

[adrotate banner=”30″]Everyone loves the architecture and the charm of Fairways. It is a quiet area of homes on the lake with docks, established landscaping and convenient to all the amenities in Sandestin.

This cottage has a view of the bay and is on the lake too. It has a screened-in porch to relax and enjoy or go hang out in the sun on the dock and fish. They catch big bass in this lake. The floors have been updated with 16″ tile on the diagonal and the kitchen is light and bright. Courtesy of destinpropertyforsale.com

Front view

“The home where your heart is”. The lamp post situated at the front of the house just before the steps gives out the “this is your home” vibe. The landscaping is really impressive as well.

Living Area 2

Bright red sofas. White walls and red-colored sofas definitely complement each other. One more thing I noticed here is the windows built all around which gives the living room a more welcoming vibe. Your visitor friends will love it there.

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Living Area

This is the other angle of the living room – overlooking the porch. The floors have somewhat dated 16” diagonal tiles. Multi-colored carpet right under the center table adds nice touch. The glass doors going to the porch definitely a plus.


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Dining Area

I love that the dining area has a view of the lake side. I also like the glass table here with the gray-colored chairs going along with it. The windows here are rather huge, right? And they are all over which is a good thing, I feel.

Bedroom 2

There are two bedrooms in this house. This is one of them. Two single beds really makes this carpeted room spacey enough for kids or visitors.


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Take a look at this photo of the screened-in porch! You’ll be in awe on this one. With the view of the lake side and the bay area as well, you will surely want to hang-out in this part of the house more often. This looks breezy and decorated enough to make it your favorite part of the house especially during summer. You can also choose to dine here, if that makes it more appetizing in the sense. There’s a dock right outside the porch and you can fish there.

View From Lake

This is the lake-side view of the cottage. The landscaping is lovely. There is a dock, as I have mentioned above and you can choose to fish or just sit there at the end and dip your toes in the water as you contemplate..

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Coolest PreFab Home by Home Depot

Home Depot’s prefab Living Home is the absolute coolest prefab home I’ve seen to date. Find the floorplan and all the gorgeous design features

The LivingHome Long Beach beauty is the coolest prefab home I’ve seen to date. You will love, love the small house design elements.

I am absolutely in love with this revolutionary new prefabricated home that combines clean, modern design with an environmental program and inspired materials

This affordable prefab LivingHome offers:

3 bedrooms – 1,232 sf
42′ w x 36′ d x12′ h
$145/sf – starting at $179,000

Of course you have to figure that the cost does not include garage, the lot or land, utilities, prep, etc.  The Home Depot Photos courtesy of Livinghomes.net

Small House Floor Plan

The C6 includes 3 bedrooms, 2 baths, and 1232 square feet.  There’s another one called the C6.2 that offers 2 bedrooms, 2 baths and 1,100 square feet. Both feature open floor plans, and lots of storage, light and warmth.

Small House Front Elevation

The Home Depot Living Home is designed by LivingHomes staff in collaboration with Make It Right, a nonprofit founded by Brad Pitt and architect William McDonough to build 150 affordable, sustainable homes in New Orleans’ Lower Ninth Ward.  This was the neighborhood hardest hit by Hurricane Katrina. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of each C6 will help support the efforts of Make It Right.

Small Home Living Room

Small House Kitchen - Dining Area

This house has everything.. windows in the kitchen, a breakfast bar, lots of storage, even an amazing dining room light fixture!  Check out the pantry to the left of the fridge.

Small House Master Bedroom

Look at the transoms over the windows for added light.

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Small House Bathroom

Again, big transoms for lots of light.  Love the sinks.  These are my fav kind of sinks right now.. You can get them at Home Depot or even Amazon.

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Garage Storage to Maximize Space

Maximizing space in your garage is not really a big problem anymore – with the help of some efficient garage storage. Storage tips

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It’s spring cleaning time! Maximizing space in your garage has never been easier with all the cool and nifty AND efficient new garage storage items available to us.

If you’re tired of looking at your messy… and what seems to be.. small garage, then we have some cool storage ideas that will get your garage spiffed up in no time.

But I have to tell you, if your garage is a wreck, then first and foremost, you have to do a big spring cleaning. Get rid of the junk and then start organizing what you have.

messy garage

Garage storage.. Do I really need it?

Yes! …yes, you do. It’s going to help you get organized and put everything in it’s place. Garage storage and cabinets are worthy additions to garage spaces of all sizes. Having some garage systems will definitely make your garage neat and clean, to say the least.

Here are some garage storage ideas that will surely take full advantage of your space – small or otherwise.

No place on the floor anymore? Install a ceiling storage in your garage!

ceiling storage Overhead storage bin

Having a ceiling storage installed will be one step to maximize your garage space. If you have a small garage, then getting one of these overhead ceiling storage units will be very practical – especially if you have a vehicle parked inside your garage. Easy and quick to install, you’ll make the most of your garage space in a few minutes (with the right tools, of course).

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Garage storage system

The most popular way of maximizing garage space, or any space or room for that matter, is by shelving. Shelving has a lot of benefits. For one, it will remove the “messy” look of your garage as it will surely reduce the clutter.

Aside from the obvious fact that it will maximize your garage space, it will also get you organized with the different tools, items and products that are normally stored in your garage. So remove those unwanted paper boxes – shelve the contents instead.

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Utilize your vertical space…

Pegboards for garage storage
… and that means hanging and storing all kinds of tools in one place – on the wall. Pegboards are known to do the trick of effectively hanging all kinds of tools, even bikes.  Pegboards are also known to last for a long time, and they don’t even cost that much.

Organize, organize, organize!

We mentioned it at the beginning of this post.. You really can’t skip this part when you want to maximize your garage space. Even with the above-mentioned storage ideas, if you are not organized, your garage will still end up messy and not easy to look at. Not to mention, you’re really not maximizing your garage space when working tools and garden products, for example, are not stored correctly. So make sure that you identify and group things accordingly.

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Electronics Simplify your Small Office

Having a small office or just a home office doesn’t mean that you can’t splurge a bit on the electronics or

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Having a small office or just a home office doesn’t mean that you can’t splurge a bit on the electronics or gadgets in it. In fact, the more creative you are with the electronics you gather to your office, the more you are to think that the size of your office doesn’t matter.

Small office or otherwise, as far as I can see it, there are two main elements that determine how functional your work space is:  the small office design and the gadgets you have.

Here are some of gadget and electronics ideas for your small office.

Gotta have that Kindle Fire!

Electronics for small office - Kindle Fire

If you love to read books like I do, then your book collection can take up a lot of space.  Now I’m not advocating giving away all your books, but you can certainly cut waaaay back by weeding out the books you don’t care that much about anymore, and purchasing your new books to be read electronically.

The newer Kindle Firehas a higher price than the older one but it comes with a lot of possibilities and additional features, such as the vibrant color touchscreen you won’t see and experience in the regular Kindle.

Kindle Fire covers

When you have a Kindle Fire, you have to make sure that you have a cover so as to protect it against any impact or from plain scratching. You’ll need a durable Kindle Fire cover or case for that matter.  Think of your Kindle Fire as an investment.

Gotta Get that new Apple Ipad

Here are some of the upgrades to the newer iPad3:

Apple iPad 2 - Electronics for small office

    • 2048-by-1536-pixel resolution at 264 pixels per inch (ppi) This is a biggie!
    • iSight camera: 5-megapixel with autofocus; tap to focus; face detection in still images; video recording, HD (1080p) up to 30 frames per second with audio; video stabilization
  • FaceTime camera with VGA-quality photos and video at up to 30 frames per second

The weight is now 1.44 pounds (652 g) as opposed to 1.33 pounds (601 g)

Laptop or Desktop for your Small Office?

Small office Electronics - Slim CPUPersonally I have both a laptop and a desktop computer.  When you have a small office, it doesn’t mean that you have to think small as well. You just have to know what you need and look for alternatives that have reasonable sizes – not necessarily tiny.

For example, if you are more comfortable with a desktop computer, get that one instead. Nowadays, there are LCD / LED monitors and slim CPUs that will surely fit your tiny space. Don’t purchase a laptop just for it’s size… because there are an abundance of super slim desktops on the market today.

Laptop computer standOn the other hand, if you are a laptop-or-notebook-kind-of-person, then a small space won’t be a problem for you.

If your small office is really short on space.. like maybe you have just a corner of your room, you can just put the laptop on a laptop computer stand, and voila, you have a nice ‘little office.’

Compact Portable Printer for Small Office Space

Portable printersThere are lots of portable printers on the market for your small office space..

These printers are designed to be light and mobile without sacrificing the quality of printing it can produce. And I say, forget the cords and go for an inexpensive wireless printer!

Wireless Headset: The new “in” toy!

Wireless Office Headset: Small Office ElectronicsTechnology has, indeed, made our lives easier in a big way. Yes, you can now talk to a client even if you’re 300 feet away from your office phone. Isn’t that fantastic?

Some of these babies actually have a noise-cancelling microphone that filters out whatever background noises your place may have. A wireless office headset can make your life a whole lot easier.

That’s it folks!  I hope you found some new toys for your small office.

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Five Inexpensive Ideas to Brighten a Small Room

Five Inexpensive Ideas to Brighten a Small Room whether it’s a living room, bedroom or guest room, our creative ideas

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Making a small room ‘light and bright’ can be an easy task – with the right creative ideas. Be it a small living room, bedroom, study, bathroom or a simple guest room, it’s much nicer to look at when you can see all of it. It makes everything bigger, as a matter of fact. Certainly does the trick.

Brightening up a small room also gives out the home-y feeling I believe all of us want in our own abode. So not to worry if you have a small space.  Embrace it!  ..and lighten it up so your small room lives large!

How, you may ask. Well, here are some ideas on how to brighten up a small room.

Brighten Up a Small Room with Bright Fabrics

Fixate on the words, “bright fabrics”. You’ll be surprised on what an appropriate bright fabric like this window curtain can do to your bedroom, for example. In your bedroom, make sure that you choose a color that makes you happy.. perhaps a bright curtain, bedspread.. or even just a pillow or two to bring a little pizazz to your small room!

I know, I know, if your favorite colors are neutral, then we may have a problem :). But if you really want to brighten up your room, you may want to add a cheerful pattern. At the least, add a bold red or blue, or some pop of color to your neutrals.

Brighten Up a Small Room with Paint

Paint the town.. so to speak! But not a dull, boring color.. but something light and bright.

It’s obvious. If you want to lighten up the mood of the room, small or not, you will want to settle on white or other shades that resembles the color white. Beige, cream, ivory, magnolia, vanilla, white wine; these are all shades of white. Go nuts! Paint your room with any of these colors.

[note color=”#FFffCC”]I found (in Coastal Living magazine)  a new white paint I can’t wait to try. Tim Clarke recommended it because he said it’s “a creamy white hue that isn’t bright and reflective like other whites.” Pratt & Lambert China White (33-8)[/note]

Brighten a Small Room when You De-clutter

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I am not a messy gal but sometimes even with the best of intentions, my surroundings start getting a bit cluttered. Especially my office area.

I work at home so I’m in ‘it’ 24/7 ..  But if you want a light and positive mood going around your home (small house or not), you will want to de-clutter and remove those unwanted things scattered around. This may be a bit hard to maintain especially if you have a toddler, or work full time outside the house.  So, I really suggest decluttering – helps a lot in sooo many other ways.  I say declutter your home, declutter your mind.

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Brighten a Small Room with Indoor Plants

Add house plants. They help clean the air inside the room. There’s nothing more comforting than to see something leafy inside your lovely abode. Indoor plants tend to produce a calm, stress-reliever effect.

Brighten a Small Room with Natural Light

The simple solution sometimes when lightening up a room is to let the natural thing take over. Open those windows, push aside your curtains and just simply let the great sunshine in your room.  FYI, You can get this bright and cheerful Comforter Set here.  Light and bright small space – I can live with that!


Asheville Condo with Stunning Views

Asheville, NC penthouse condo. True upscale elegance in a modest sized condo. Built in 1894! Ultra modern and lavish for the ultimate

View to downtown Asheville

With a breathtaking view like this, who needs a big house?  Gorgeous living in this small space.

Asheville, North Carolina penthouse suite is a two bedroom, two bath condo at approximately 1,273 square feet of small space.

Another cool factor is that it was built in 1894!  Hard to believe with the ultra modern (and lavish) interior but that’s what is listed in realtor’s docs.  Stunning views of the city & the mountains from every room of this Penthouse located on a very private knoll just 5 minutes from downtown Asheville.


Here’s the kitchen. Wood-mania! I love it! Those light wooden cabinets look really neat. And since, there’s a lot of them, you will not have a problem storing those china plates or any kind of plates you’ve been collecting. This Nova custom kitchen counters is definitely a plus for this house.

Kitchen 2

Here’s a focus on one of the countertops. I included this image to give you a closer look of that Nova custom counters in the small kitchen? Are you lovin’ it? I am!

Open Room

It’s still not furnished but this room gives you a lot of good vibes. The glass windows really fit here as you can see those breath-taking views. What a feeling, right?  Ahhh, imagine at night gazing out at the city lights!

Open Room2

Here’s another angle of this room. Again, I have to reiterate the view. It’s magnificent alright. The bamboo flooring makes it unique and more enticing. Love, love the windows.

Open Room3

They even squeezed a fireplace in. Yep, this is one is strategically situated in that corner. Notice the private balcony to the right. A little outside furniture to that balcony and you’re ready to sip tea, or enjoy a cocktail while relishing the view!
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Open Room4

This is the other angle for this room …


Look how classy the bathroom is! For a minute there, I thought, “Why two toilets?” and then I realized, it was a mirror! Ha!  I love to use mirrors to expand space.  This bath looks spacious enough as well, don’t you think?

Here’s the balcony!  The bannisters are so classic. And another look at the view, too.

Garage - Storage

Yes! This house comes with a two car garage / storage facility which makes it much appreciated being that the ‘house’ is really a condo!

Photos and info Courtesy of Realtor.com MLS# 508554

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