If you have been following me over the past few months, you’ll remember that we moved into an apartment in the basement of my parent’s home back in May. Some of you have gone through the whole thing with me…
NOW I’m finally “ready” to show you the finished product of months worth of work! Before I show you the pictures…please know that as a DIY-er, I will never be “finished” with this space. I am not showing you these pictures because I feel it’s finished…but I know that if I don’t show you pictures before I start school…they would get put off for a long time!
I even made a video tour for you at the bottom of the post…which is a little scary for me (you also get to see Buckley in action…HAHA!).
Let’s begin this tour with the bedroom, because it’s the first door once you walk into our place:
I am in love with our bedding! I gave all the details about it in this post…and I still love it so much! It does get pretty wrinkly…but it’s definitely something that doesn’t bother me too much.
You might recognize the nightstands from this post. The lamps on the nightstands were both thrifted bottoms, spray painted O.R.B., and the shades were from Wal*Mart.
Our bedroom is small, but we have enough room for what we need…one dresser, hamper, 2 nightstands, and our big sleigh bed! I also love the window that gives us lots of natural light.
OK, turn around and we’ll go to the bathroom. I documented the whole transformation in this post
I also shared how I organized my bathroom cabinets in this post
OK, we’ll turn around and go into the kitchen.
Notice the backsplash on the left?! Yay!! My dad and I finished putting it up on the left side…we’re still planning on adding it to the right side, but that won’t get done for a little while. It’s all from Lowes.
I love how my new $2 ReStore fruit “bowl” goes with the color scheme
Right outside of the kitchen is our main living space, with a BIG window that makes us feel like we’re not living in a basement at all!
Oh YES! That’s my brand spankin’ new slipcover from UglySofa.com! Shameless plug here – just about the cheapest you could pay for an AMAZING brand of slipcover…you have to go check out their website! Amazing! I think my napkin pillows look pretty great on the new slipcover 🙂
Oh, and look behind the sofa…there’s the chest I just refinished!
Art & Lamp: Target (from our wedding registry) … Ribbon organizer: Kohls … Printer: FREE from FreeCycle … Chair: IKEA!
Then my crafting area is on the other side:
In the above picture, you see my stenciled desk, my reupholstered & painted chair, my DIY Moulding Frame & Inspiration board, and my pretty button organization. And that paper “lantern” on top of the desk was a $4.99 clearance Crate & Barrel find. Love!
And, scary moment here…I made a video “tour” for you!! Please don’t make fun of me. You also get to see Buckley trying to catch a fly…oh a day in the life of Buckley. This is totally un-edited (it won’t take you long to figure that out).
So…my tips for living in a *small* space?
1. BE INTENTIONAL
There’s not much room for purely decorative furniture – all of our furniture serves a specific purpose. We don’t have furniture in the space that isn’t used…there just isn’t room for that without making it look super cluttered!
2. REDUCE CLUTTER
I love knick-knacks, but they tend to clutter up a small space VERY quickly. I think it looks a lot nicer and cleaner to have a few statement decorations instead of a bunch of cute *things* around.
3. CLEAN OFTEN
In a small space, there isn’t a lot of room for mess. My husband’s actually the “clean one” in our marriage…but living in a small space sure has gotten me cleaning up a lot more! Even with a few things on the floor or on surfaces, the house looks a lot messier. Now, my house definitely doesn’t look as clean as it does in the above pictures all the time (I cleaned especially for you guys!!) but it’s not outrageous when it looks like that.
4. HAVE A SPACE FOR EVERYTHING
When everything has a “home”, it makes clean-up so much easier and more efficient! We’re really working on establishing a space for everything in our closets and our living space, so we don’t have all of those random things that end up getting shoved places.
5. LIGHTEN UP
It really is true that lighter colors help a smaller space feel bigger! We chose light and airy neutral colors, and everyone comments on how this space feels so much bigger than it really is.
6. HAVE FUN! 🙂
Being in a small space can have it’s challenges, but I know we’ll look back and miss this place someday! We’re incredibly blessed to have this space, and we never want to feel otherwise. Own the space, and make it yours!
Thanks for visiting my space…I loved having you over 🙂
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