My daddy built the cutest, little playhouse when I was a girl. As far as I was concerned, though I had two sisters and two brothers, I always felt that the playhouse was all mine. Perhaps that was the beginning of my love of small spaces.
There are some definite advantages to small space living. The most obvious one is saving money. There's lower power bills, lower tax bills and lower insurance premiums.
There's also less maintenance. A small home is easier and quicker to clean. You have more free time to pursue hobbies and interests.
Small space living is environmentally sound. It encourages a simplified lifestyle with less waste, less clutter, less use of power and less water consumption.
Of course, small space living requires careful planning and simplifying your lifestyle. There’s no room for clutter or unused items in a small home.
Clever decorating is necessary when living in a small home. Furniture must perform double duty, and storage challenges must be addressed by looking down (under beds, under tables) and up (tall furniture pieces and built-in cabinetry).
If possible, take advantage of outdoor space. Create an outdoor living area on a porch, patio, or deck. Consider this an extension of your home.
Take a look at the examples below and see for yourself some wonderful inspiration of small space living.
I showed a few pics of studio apartments above. Good cyber-friend, Lisa, featured a wonderful studio apartment space on her blog awhile back, Small Space Style. This 400-square foot apartment was designed by Toronto designer, David Overholt, and featured in Canadian Style at Home magazine. (Incidentally, Lisa's also showing a really cute 200 sq. ft. apartment on her blog today, if you're interested).
I don't live in a mansion, but I also don't live in a small space. Sometimes I long for a small pied a terre in New York City. Or a board and batten, beach cottage by the sea. Or a log home in the mountains. Heck, I'd be happy with a little guest house/studio in the back.
How about you? Don't you want a small space of your own now, too?
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