This and That

Long time no post! Summer has been dragging us in many different directions; it’s wedding season, time to hit the beach and just so hectic in general. We can’t slow down! However, we have a few mini projects on the horizon around the house..

We have this delightful little corner at the end of our kitchen cabinets, right before the entryway to the house and around the bend is the hallway. The previous owner had a huge fish tank that fit perfectly in this space. Nothing against fish, but I was looking for a much better use of this little space!

I just have a quick after photo, but check out what we’ve done here:

DIY and home improvement style

  1. This shelf holds a bit of history for us (and some knickknacks of course). It was an ugly brown shelf once – in our old house – when our mantra was “down with brown”. We painted it white and then brought it with us to the new place.
  2. The stool was a quick Target purchase. We’re using it as a spot to place our bags, but it could easily double as a seat when entertaining several guests.
  3. The basket also came from Target (love that place)! You can never have too much storage, especially stylish storage!

I think all that’s missing from this little corner now is a few hooks. I could see a few specialty hooks right below the shelf. Even if they go unused, they would at least be artsy and fun to look at. We’ll see what we can find!

We also have a bit of a bedroom re-style going on. Here’s a snap of our old bedroom setup/style for reference:

Our remodeled bedroom

We know we want to re-do our “headboards” (not pictured above, but they are currently just plain black), get some new curtains and a new duvet + pillow cases. We started with the easy part – the new bedding. We loved our old bedding, but it just doesn’t go quite right with our beloved Wavescrest. So, we opted for a lighter-hued subtle print from West Elm:

West Elm BeddingMy thought process here is to keep everything light and airy. My plan for the curtains is similar and my idea for re-doing the headboards is to switch out the black that went with the old style, to something big, bright, bold and floral. I want to keep the patterns and colors within the bedding and curtains subtle so I can really play with the headboards, but I don’t want to go all drab either. We’ve been impulse buying tons of curtains, trying them out and returning them. I have a few on the way – hopefully one will be a winner!

Check back for my next post to see what we ended up with for our bedroom curtains!

Chair, There and Everywhere

Wow, it’s been awhile, hasn’t it? Like we said, big projects have really slowed down around here, and between the holidays, work, traveling all the time to see family and friends, we just haven’t gotten around to posting. But, you’re in for a treat because all that time off from posting means we’ve got a little extra material to share with you, so there will be another post coming from Andrew pretty soon after this one! Let’s get to it…

Seating has always been a predicament in our tiny house. You may remember when we decided to part ways with our love seat as Part 1 of turning the office into a guest room. Well ever since then, we have to admit, we’ve missed the additional seating. If it’s just me and Andrew, the main couch is perfect. But if we have guests, it could be a little awkward to squeeze them in the middle of the couch between us. We love our friends, but seriously, that’s just a little too close for anyone’s normal comfort level.

First of all, neither of us could stand the fact that our desk chair was on wheels, scraping up our pretty floors that are, in the grand scheme of things, still in their infancy. We had been looking for a better desk chair that wasn’t on wheels, but nothing seemed to really call to us. In a chair, we like comfort, but style as well…we wouldn’t settle for just a cheap folding chair. Most chairs online and even at Ikea were just a little too high in price. I mean, come on, it’s a chair!

Long story short, we noticed some pretty cool chairs pop up at Target that seemed perfect and they were only just about $30. We jumped right on this since we knew something like this would sell out quickly. It’s a good thing we did because they were gone by the following week! Meet our new desk chair:

Desk chair from Fresh Nest Blog

Not only did we get a new desk chair, but we also decided to add a new comfy chair to the living room AND even a new slipper chair in our bedroom! We found these beauties on Wayfair.com.New denim lounge comfy chair from Wayfair Our new slipper chair

Now we have another seat in the living room and this one was SO easy to put together; it took about 5 minutes. This makes room for 6 in the living room right now with the new desk chair, old Ikea chair (now fashioned with some lovely accents), the new comfy chair and the couch.
Maximizing living room space with seating

As for the new slipper chair in our bedroom, that was an offer I just couldn’t refuse. We also got this chair from Wayfair, on sale for just $89. Most slipper chairs we were seeing were well over $100 a pop. I am constantly frustrated with the lack of places to put things in our bedroom. We have my dresser, but the cable box for our TV lives there and that really limits my surface space. I really wanted a chair that would fit in without taking up too much space, so that I could lay out my clothes for the next day or just sit down while I tie my shoes. These were just minor annoyances, but adding the chair has been great. I was worried it would be too cluttered in such a small room, but I think it is just fine and it gets the job done, that’s for sure.Our new slipper chair

We O.D.’d on chairs and we don’t care! Now we have more seats for our guests and nice accents, to boot!

A Place for Everything

We’re not going to lie; things have really been slowing down around the house. Our kitchen countertops were sort of the icing on the cake for us. I guess you can say we are almost DIY’d out by this house! We have painted everything (well 90% of the upstairs at least), we’ve gutted and re-done our bathroom, we’ve made-over our kitchen…what else is there to do? This makes us pretty happy, but it doesn’t give us very much material for the blog. However, we’re going to keep filling our dedicated readers in on little projects here and there, as much as we can. So while you shouldn’t really expect much from us on a weekly basis, you can definitely expect at least one update per month. And there is always Instagram! You can follow me here and Andrew here to see what we’re doing almost everyday (everyday we take a picture that is, which is most days).

With that being said, we do have a little bit of an update for you. We have rearranged our dining room again! We have done this at least 3 or 4 times now. We were talking the other night and we think this is due to the fact that our house is tiny. As long as we are living in this house, we will always struggle to create more space that, frankly, we just don’t have. However, having a tiny house is a healthy challenge to stay neat, organized and clean and to make the most efficient use of your space. Creating a place for everything and getting everything into its place is definitely rough, but in the end, it’s worth it. I guess you could say that’s always been sort of a motto for me, “A place for everything, and everything in it’s place.” I like to apply it to being organized in the house as well as in my mind. But before I get all philosophical on you, I’ll keep things within the realm of DIY and home improvement and get to the point of this blog post.

We have a lot of books and most of them, up until now, were stored away in a bin somewhere in the basement. Thanks to our favorite store, Target, we now have a little book shelf in our dining room.

DIY and home improvement bloggers get organized with new book shelfThis thing cost about $20 bucks and it took Andrew all of 15 minutes to put it together. It’s definitely on the cheap, which is why it was the perfect shelf for the job. By adding this book shelf, we have done a few things:

  1. Once again, made the dining room space a little more usable, more efficient (at least for now until we change our minds and move things again)
  2. The dining room seems a little more inviting. Will I sit in the dining room, pick up a book and start reading it? No. But at least I have the option.
  3. We added another surface. If you have a small house, you know surface space is a precious commodity. Right now, we’re using that surface space to be a little festive for Halloween, but when we aren’t in the midst of a holiday, I’m sure we will be finding a great, practical use for this surface space.
  4. We’ve brought some of our favorite books out of hiding and put them on display. This also gave me the chance to style the book shelf to also make it sort of an accent piece. I added our crafty gold ampersand as a book end and tried to get symmetrical with styling some books standing tall and others laying flat in neat little piles. My OCD kicked into overdrive here and I made sure all of the arrangements had the books going in order from largest to smallest in size.

DIY and home improvement techniques for staying organized DIY book shelf stylingNow the dining room just feels…better! I still think it’s a waste of a room, but little touches like this book shelf have made it at least seem a little more useful, and if nothing else, fun.