Choosing a home is such a loaded thing! After all, this is the space where you live, eat, breathe and create memories day and day out. We're renting, and even the level of a year's lease commitment freaks me out sometimes, so I have to imagine that when the time comes one day for me to sign papers to actually buy something, all of my hair will most likely fall out on the spot. In the meantime, finding a new place for us to call home for at least the next year was a bit arduous. As any dog-owning renter knows, not everyone is welcoming to our furry friends, and many who are only do so because their space is in such bad disrepair that they just don't care what else happens to it. Herein lies the recipe for a stressful house hunt.
|We're a package deal, folks.|
|Oh hi, new five-burner gas range with hood. Come to mama and let me cook on you.|
When I was in seventh grade and my family lived in Holland, we rented a small cottage for the year. I shared a room with my youngest sister, and the memories we created during that time, in that tiny, closet-less room, bond us to this day. Our refrigerator was the size of a hotel mini-bar, and we made due by shopping more frequently and eating incredibly fresh food as a result. And after college, I shared a one-bedroom apartment with my two best friends in San Francisco for a year and a half, and we still all love each other dearly, so somewhere in my being is the knowledge of how to make living in small spaces work.
|Overnight bus ride in Vietnam, 2001. |
Some of the best times of my life have been had in the most cramped of spaces.
Apartment Therapy has always been a great source of inspiration to me for small-scale living, and I love their mantra that "simplicity and luxury are not mutually exclusive". I'm especially enamored of their current "Small Cool Contest", where readers with homes under 1000 square feet submit photos in the hopes of being dubbed smallest, coolest home. It is incredible what some people can do in such limited space!
|I love this dining space in a 350 square foot NYC home! 350 square feet!|
|Beautiful, multi-tasking living room in a 560 square foot apartment in Australia.|
|Crazy cute closet.|