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Sunday, June 22, 2014

Small Spaces

As John and I search for a forever home we often joke that we will one day buy a big home and probably live in one room of it. Since our current place is an expansive 500 square feet, we have grown to love cozy places. Even our current rental in Nantucket is one that we continuously choose to rent since 2009 is a petite barn with two bedrooms, which feels down right humongous to us. So after seeing this adorable home and it's incredible use of space which is also about the same size of our current apartment...I got to day dreaming and by day dreaming, I mean house-hunting. I found this little gem on Nantucket and started thinking of just how fabulous it could be with a little stylish retouching and renovating it could truly be. 

The Cottage 

I would replace that table setting with some chic outdoor furniture for lounging and a table for dining {who wants to sit on hot metal in the summer anyways}

I always dream of an all white kitchen, but not like this one. 

With some new appliances & cabinetry I would use the below image as inspiration. The open shelving and butcher block counters are low maintenance with the all white palette is clean and crisp.

Instead of a boring dining area, I would amp up the cozy factor with lots of plush pillows, variety of seating and an oversized table like the image below. 

A steel framed shower wouldn't cut it in a beach style home. 

A small corner shower can still ooze style in a modern color grey & white color palette and clever use of space for storage and bathing.

Finally the family room. The high ceilings with the exposed beams are just lovely but a little outdated.  I would paint the trim and banister white as well as the space in between the beams. 

All white walls and simple furniture keep the small room feeling cramped. I would eliminate the track lighting and swap out the table lamp vignette above for something more beachy like the look at the bottom. 

So what's your dream space, big or small?

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