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Life Lessons From 10 Years of Living in 84 Square Feet

Dee Williams was looking for a richer life. She found it by moving into a very tiny house Full Story
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animaducta
@ChickieD - A sentiment of yours really stopped me in my tracks and made me think.

You said:

"...the value of having a little cottage is that when people come over they feel welcomed and warmed, not impressed. They feel relieved; their own house measures up just fine."

My hubby and baby and I have recently moved into our first home (it was true *LOVE* the moment I walked in the front door at the showing). And I am EXCITED to share it with all our friends and family whenever they come over! I stand in the entryway smiling, just radiating the love I have for the place.

I always thought this was 100% simple and pure enthusiasm, but upon reading that sentiment of yours, I realized:

I do, I think, also kinda wait for my guests to be "impressed".

It's a sly and subtle expectation (because there's also just that big honest helping of hoping everyone enjoys it as much as I do). But it's like you shined a light on a little bit of pride. And I'm glad you did.

No matter its square footage, there's nothing I want more from my home than for it to welcome me, my family, our friends by being a warm, inviting, happy, and never-prideful place - just like that little cottage you describe that is never boastful, always approachable, warm and wonderful. A place to be together.

So thank you, ChickieD, for that wake-up. My house is still "big". But my head just got smaller. :-)
last Friday at 2:24pm     
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julietviney
As I sit reading this, we are in the midst of a down-size to a small cottage after living in a large (rented) house for a year. We have sold all our big furniture to a lovely young family who will appreciate and use it. I am looking forward to less cleaning, smaller bills and less clutter. After two encounters with breast cancer, I need more space in my head and a lot less space in my house! Great article - thanks!!
last Friday at 3:18pm     
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mishka
I'm so inspired by your article. This is something I've wanted to do for about a year now, but am struggling with adjustment issues, how would my friends react, would they think I'm cheap or community people turn up their noses at me. You see I live in a society where people think of everything big, even with the socio-economic issues we are having. I want to trade-in my car for something less expensive and move into my own 750 sq. feet of living space. I just cant seem to get the push to do it. Today you have really motivated me not just to think about it,but to do it. Thanks a lot.
last Friday at 7:00pm     
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wuff
@chickieD, it is not just Americans that could use a little less, Australians have gone mad with big houses as well, and like you we live in a cottage, that ppl come and visit often, it is marvellous and we too can put our kayak into inlet, only 150 metre walk. We drag it.
last Saturday at 1:03am     
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biertrappist
In Citizen Kane and per se Randolph Hurst the American dream is personified with large properties and the ability to exclude the daily humbug of the common folk, you are pinnacle not fabric, so to speak. How much better is this wonderful lady who realises - indeed says explicitly so, that community is part of daily life. American society once had strong community. Chicago tenements had communal kitchens and laundry until corporate leaders told politicians this was gasp horror - communist. It is not, it is as Ms Williams says, "community." Library, pubs and coffee houses are excellent places to meet and interact. Public gardens too to see mother's and their children. To help with community projects. To not just see life but contribute to it with help and kindness means you shape positively your community and society. How much better not to need a gated community. Far better than the false American dream of a big house to hide the world away from you. Well done Ms Williams. (and if you have not partaken I'm hoping that a Trappist ale, especially a triple, is one you would just love.)

I'd suggest a book to you, but that for another day.
last Saturday at 5:31am     
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My Houzz: Relaxed, Classic and Collected in New Jersey

Artfully displayed collections speak to thoughtfulness and creativity in a jewelry maker’s home Full Story
     Comment   last Wednesday
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lovrtodecorate
Too much clutter!!
April 13, 2014 at 2:00pm     
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jankajane
Wow, what a Perfectly organized Hoarder!
April 14, 2014 at 1:28am     
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dawnbc1
I love the neutral rooms but the collections would benefit from editing. There's just too much stuff and the eye can't take it all in. It's better to have a small group so you can pause and examine each piece. I had a girlfriend who collected a specific type of animal. There were about 40 in the dining room. It was utterly overwhelming. When she re-did the space she brought out 6 of her favorites. That's when I looked at them the first time.
last Wednesday at 6:11am     
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jansgirl
I have to choose? One?
April 13, 2014 at 8:36am     
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bsellers1394
Google would answer the question but sharing the question is half the fun. It's what little bit of kid left inside. Wonder what is the history of the Paisley?

@Jeannie, do you mean to include quilting and tiling patterns also?
April 14, 2014 at 1:47am   
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wildwyo
Paisley. And most definitely COLOR!!! Why live in a boring monotone, whether it's beige, tan, white, black and grey. Live a little! Splash some color!
April 14, 2014 at 11:55am   
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Designers Get Creative in a D.C. Show House

With a historic home as a canvas and a worthy cause as an incentive, designers pulled out all the stops for the 2014 project Full Story
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marmetionwv
I don't like this at all!
April 9, 2014 at 6:57pm     
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My Houzz: A Texas Home Dances to Its Own Beat

A couple’s Lone Star roots on one side and Norwegian dancing heritage on the other bring eclectic flair to a North Dallas pad Full Story
     Comment   April 13, 2014
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So much style!! While I can't say most of it fits my own aesthetic, that's absolutely one of the reasons I think it's ultra fabulous. You can tell by the design they have a great sense of themselves and rock it out hard through their living space. So fantastic.
April 11, 2014 at 7:26am     
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I meant on the side of the room we don't see in the photo - the side where you took the photo from. Is it one continuous room? Do you want it to read as one space or divide it into separate furniture groupings?

FYI - 5x8 is a rectangle, not a square.
April 8, 2014 at 8:23am     
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groveraxle
Your art is wee bit tall for over the sofa, but if you lower it so it is at least closer to the sofa than the ceiling, I think it will work. Your wall seems to have a green undertone, so I think the jute rug in platinum from West Elm might be a good choice: http://www.westelm.com/products/jute-boucle-rug-platinum-b744/?pkey=csolid-rugs-flooring&cm_src=solid-rugs-flooring||NoFacet-_-NoFacet-_--_-

I'd like to see some graphic black and ivory pillows in the space.
April 8, 2014 at 6:45pm     
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groveraxle
I don't know lena. I plop it down and stretch it to fit so all your furniture feet sit on it. You will have to measure to see what size you need. However, your original white rug looks to me like it might work size-wise if you turned it the other way.
April 8, 2014 at 6:56pm     
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midcenturycas
I hit one room at a time taking out what I don't like anymore. Then I scout the consignment shops buy some new and sell the old. I take anything else to goodwill or charity shops. Try to be green reuse and donate give away what you can.
April 8, 2014 at 11:43am     
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olldroo
Spring cleaning to me is purely cleaning and opening the house wide to the warm spring breezes to blow away the fog of winter, especially if it has been a wet one and the house feels cold and clammy. Doonas, blankets, mattress and pillow protectors get washed and hung in the sun and breeze to dry, mattresses and pillows go out in the sun to air, curtains are taken down and washed, windows cleaned, walls washed and carpets shampooed and freshened. Winter clothes are washed and repaired and either packed away where necessary or culled. At the end the house feels like new again and I am ready for summer and the long hot days where it is hard to do anything other than the basics.

Decluttering is done on a regular basis and I agree it is very therapeutic but I don't rely on seasons to do that.
April 8, 2014 at 11:03pm     
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Christina Lowe
I am a very tidy, clutter free person. I have 4 big dogs and I have to admit since having so many animals I'm cleaner then ever. I pay bills as soon as I get them and throw out junk mail immediately. I don't buy magazines because it's clutter, I look at them at the library for free. I put dishes in dishwasher every time I dirty one, so they don't pile up. I keep my closets immaculate so I don't have to struggle to find clothes. I do vacuum and clean hardwoods every single day and dust every 3 days. Before I had dogs I was more lax with chores but I love when I have people over and they tell me they would never believe I had so many critters if they didn't see them with their own eyes. It's really easy to stay on top of it and do a little every day. My home is my sanctuary and I feel relaxed and happy when I'm in it.
April 5, 2014 at 8:01pm     
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Christina Lowe
My crew
April 5, 2014 at 8:18pm     
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margaretk
We are in the process of moving things to our cabin. Everything is in total disarray. I can barely walk through my office. I told a friend today that it would be easier to just burn the house than to clean it. I know that I need to do some downsizing - but not yet. I am going to take all the things I truly love to the cabin - which probably means that we will need to add another room! And, to top off my clutter - I have added all my mothers stuff. She moved to a nursing home recently. So I have all her papers, documents, and letters to go through. Top that with some of her furniture and you will see a very, very, messy, disorganized house. I am so ashamed of my home at this time. And, I won't be able to make things better for at least another month. I just pray that no one decides to visit!
April 9, 2014 at 2:07am     
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rredpenn
Chin up, Margaretk! Just tell everyone your household is "in flux" and realize that life is a process. Don't be embarrassed! We've all been there, or will be...
April 9, 2014 at 2:27am     
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inkwitch
My biggest clutter problem is my computer room. There isn't enough storage in the WORLD to organize this mess -- so I've just given up. It's papers. How do we accumulate so much of the stuff? Being a writer makes it worse! I envy those photos of neat little desks with just a computer -- NOT happening!
April 9, 2014 at 2:32am     
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Room of the Day: Putting the Dining Room to Work

With a table for meals and a desk for bringing home the bacon, this dining room earns its keep Full Story
     Comment   April 9, 2014
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stevedenver
Putting the dining room to work is a splendid idea, but I'm not attracted to the clutter. Curtains that draw over bookcases make sense to me. The Junior Symphony Show Home in Denver once featured a bedroom that had once been a library. The designer hung sheer flat panels from the ceiling that were pulled and positioned by rods. I think that idea would help some of these rooms to look less like storage when being used as an office.

I'm also a big fan of using tall table lamps on dining tables instead of chandeliers. This way a table can be pushed against a wall to make more office room and the lighting moves with it. It seems that chandelier placement is initially dictated by table placement, but then the table becomes a slave to it.
April 9, 2014 at 12:29am     
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siouxxie
this is a great idea!

our formal dining room has become my husband's art and music studio. he paints and plays guitar, and had been considering building a small studio in the yard--if we could even have gotten permits for that--until one day i had a brainstorm and said, why not put the dining room table (6 feet opens to 9 feet--when we gather, there are 16 of us counting our kids, spouses and grandkids) in the over-sized and under-used great room?

it looks like the dining room set always belonged there, we've filled wasted space and emptied a little used room (we now eat at the dining room table every day instead of in front of the TV) and he has a new art studio with south-facing windows, the juke box, rock posters on the walls, a giant easel, and his painting supplies! (plus we still have a formal living room for overflow)

unexpected bonus--clearing out the dining room table made a huge open area in the middle of the room where the grandkids love to play, and listen to their music, and they're not underfoot! (it looks they will also be inspired to do more drawing/painting!)

we couldn't be more pleased!
April 9, 2014 at 1:13am     
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judygilpin
I appreciate the multi use of this dining room, but I'm with stevedenver.......the shelves and clutter of the desk area need to be covered by something....doors, drapery panels, whatever. Dinnig rooms are pretty much public rooms meaning, one of the first things your friends see when entering your home. I wouldn't want my friends to feel like they're walking into an insurance or law office when coming to visit.
April 9, 2014 at 4:04am     
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cindinfocus
We have a 70's Ranch with a large living room and matching den. I needed a painting studio. Voila! No living room! No one I know uses their living room. ..ever. Every party, family gathering has every one either in the kitchen or den anyway.
April 9, 2014 at 5:57am     
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soberg
I like the idea of staying orange for the cushions, but with a material with a distinctly different texture.....Ultrasuede, tweedy linen/cotton blend, velour....something with presence and chutzpah texturally, but able to blend in chromatically. Great sofa BTW, have never seen anything like it!
April 5, 2014 at 4:33am        Thanked by hypnokeka
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Myrone Delacruz
Armchair maybe, table for your keys/mail, maybe some storage/baskets underneath the table.
December 16, 2013 at 2:42am     
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jamunc09
We painted our door on the inside and it looks great!
March 10, 2014 at 12:42pm     
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Is it possible to place the recliner on the other side of the floor lamp, as it seems to be blocking the entryway. Could you show the third angle of the living room. you need art above the sofa, a rug, may be 8' x 5', a narrow longer unit below TV, same as the length of the TV.
March 5, 2013 at 9:13am     
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jansgirl
I like the idea of making the two windows looks like one. I, personally, would not choose red panels. Or at least not solid red. I'd prefer to see a pattern in the green. Also, move the front legs of your furniture onto the rug and away from the walls if possible. Do you have a photo that shows the full room? I'm wondering if you can angle your rug in front of the fireplace.
April 8, 2014 at 10:10pm     
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Crystal Cevallos
Do they need to touch the floor? A 84" lined to the window doesn't touch the floor. Should the rod be lined with window frame or higher? How many panels of I use when unifying it and do I need sheer panels inbetween?
April 9, 2014 at 11:51am   
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housegal200
I just picked some examples from different places. The one above and this one came from Overstock: http://www.overstock.com/search?keywords=taupe+chocolate+drapes&SearchType=Header

I don't have advice about hanging them, but some other Houzzer will weigh in. You can do a search for advice on that.

Wayfair is another online place that might have what you want. Just type colors you want into your search engine, then go to the images and see if anything looks right. You'll need to be careful about the ivory/taupe colors to make sure they fit in with your walls. A white with a tan stripe would work.
April 9, 2014 at 2:06pm     
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Lisa M.
My current house does not have an open concept family/kitchen room. I would have preferred it... Now that I am actually in my new space it doesn't bother me. Instead of the whole house looking messy, it's more confined to one room. My kids are not babies anymore and I don't have the need to keep my eyes on them every minute.
April 9, 2014 at 11:13am     
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YourCeiling
I know several people that prefer an open concept room; however I would rather have two separate areas in my home. I enjoy having the kitchen or dining area, and then being able to walk away from it all and relax in the living room area.
April 9, 2014 at 11:33am     
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12 Key Decorating Tips to Make Any Room Better

Get a great result even without an experienced touch by following these basic design guidelines Full Story
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jdforney
Great tips!

My husband & I are both very tall. Hanging our art was a bit of a challenge: my eye level is 70", his is 72". We more or less split the difference & hung art at 63" on center. It's too high for average people, but works well for us.

I agree about resisting the theme urge. Far too many people shop at one store or follow a specific theme. Beach, hunting lodge, ski house, Pottery Barn, RH, etc. I'm not saying everyone needs to follow an eclectic aesthetic. Mixing things up with antiques or vintage pieces go a long way in giving a house a home & not a showroom feeling.
March 10, 2014 at 3:59pm     
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kellystevens
Very good advice, especially the part about the star player and supporting roles. Too often people try to find the coolest table, the most amazing light fixture, the intense paint color -- then put them all in the same room and end up with a really over-the-top look. Restraint and limiting the ideas allows the room to have focus.
March 10, 2014 at 8:50pm     
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Samantha L
The paint! Yes... I was asked so many times what colors I was going with before I moved. Every time it said I wouldn't know until I was in the house and could see my furniture in the space I got the strangest looks.
March 10, 2014 at 9:44pm     
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Why It's OK to Hate Your New Custom Sofa

It takes time to get used to bold new furniture, but dry your tears — the shock can be good for you. Here's what to expect Full Story
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caajbb
I am one of those people who do not like change. I freak out after EVERY new furniture purchase is delivered. I have learned to give it some time to grow on me, and I usually end up very pleased with the results.
March 30, 2014 at 7:18am     
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I would try to avoid orange which will reflect the tones of the floor and wood in a garish manner. Using cream and tan will work or play on the grey spectrum with pale grey walls and deep grey tones to add contrast. will you be adding window screens or curtains? This helps to know if you make a feature of the windows as they are, or how much will be hidden.
March 31, 2014 at 11:50pm     
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lucidos
I think you need to allow the walls and accessories to have the color. The tone in the wood is already very orange.
April 1, 2014 at 12:02am     
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My Houzz: 2 Tools + 1 Resourceful Guy = Lots of Great ‘New’ Furniture

With scrap wood and a hands-on attitude, a San Francisco renter on a tight budget furnishes his bedroom and more Full Story
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Kevin Hoff
Taylor, your apartment looks great. It's nice that you gave me credit for teaching you, but you take it to another level. Simple, elegant, clean. Really nice work. .....And Thank you, Nanette. Nice article.
March 28, 2014 at 7:13pm     
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rezchick1
Its so refreshing to see a real home, not something put together by a designer.
March 29, 2014 at 6:08pm     
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plant_it
Totally hot, sexy, masculine space. Creative. I love it.
March 29, 2014 at 9:23pm     
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marilyn0418
"Gorgeous, light-filled sun room"? I have to laugh. That's what we old-time SF'ers call a utility porch. You can see the faucet for the washer and the vent for the dryer. I'm just surprised there's not a fourth roommate using it as a bedroom, given the rents here. But I do applaud Taylor's creativity, his use of recycled wood/parts, and his refusal to settle for furniture-out-of-a-box.
March 30, 2014 at 1:05am     
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Carla NN
I hope that those that are always complaining that there are no stories for the budget minded are happy now. Pull out your saws...
March 30, 2014 at 6:33am     
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