Itsy Bitsy Teeney Weeney

9 Sep

I started writing a post about small spaces the other day, but never finished it.  Tonight I watched this week’s Design Star (thank goodness for On-Demand)…and what did they have to do?  Design an entire tiny house!  What they came up with was pretty cool, but I am not sure I could live in a 100 sq foot home…do you think you could?

Yikes! That's it! Via HGTV

I know a little about tiny living because I lived in a one bedroom condo that was less than 400 square feet for about 4 years (and for part of that Kevin lived there with me)!  400 square feet doesn’t sound like much at all (and it really isn’t), but you can make it work with some careful planning.  My condo had everything you need:  bath with tub and shower, bedroom with closet, living space, desk area, kitchen with fridge/micro/stove/oven/dishwasher, eating area, and even a hall closet and washer/dryer.

Obviously you need to make use of every inch of space.  Check out this photo taken from Apartment Therapy:


Storing books overhead via Apartment Therapy

They found a creative way to organize and display books where there would be otherwise wasted space.  At my old place I did something similar with my books (excuse the grainy photos…these we taken with my old camera):

Books displayed overhead

The above picture was taken from the living room looking towards the bedroom.   The area where the books are is actually the ledge above my bedroom closet.  I made the most out of this space by displaying books on the living room/kitchen side and then added baskets on the side of the bedroom which held sweaters and/or items that I did not use frequently.  I was lucky enough to have a small storage unit in the basement of my building; this allowed me to rotate my clothes for the seasons…no point in having your down coat take up valuable closest space in the summer!

Another great space to really utilize is under the bed…


I love how they lofted the bed in this room without making it feel like a dorm room.  I could have done something like this, but I opted for more of a “bed nook:”

Bedroom Nook

You can see I have a couple of under the bed boxes that I used all the time to store articles of clothing.   These rectangular baskets were from Ikea and slid in and out easily with the felt feet on the bottom.  I do not have a photo of it, but at the foot of the bed I had a shelf that held more baskets filled with purses and various accessories.  I also don’t have a pic of the pretty black crystal chandelier I had hanging over the bed…trust me, it was cute.

In tiny spaces it is important to select appropriately scaled furniture and do not block the windows.


My small and comfy sofa worked well in the tiny space:

My old living area

It fit perfectly against the brick wall (I really needed some art above the sofa, but these photos were taken before I listed the condo for sale and I was going for “less is more”).  One thing you can see in this photo is the ottoman/coffee table/storage bin…having multiple uses for items is key in a small space!  That little ottoman was actually my linen “closet.”     I was also able to fit two small bar stools against the kitchen peninsula which served as the unit’s eating area.    Opposite the sofa wall was my little desk that also fit just right.

Office Area

I still have the desk and that print hanging in my new office/craft room (the new room is probably about the same size as my old living room and office area combined!).

Now as far as the kitchen goes, it definitely could have been tinier…like this guy’s:



Now that’s a tiny kitchen!  I do like to cook so I chose a unit with a larger kitchen and decent counter space.  I actually think the kitchen in my condo was planned better than the one in our house…

Well laid out condo kitchen

And there is just one other little room that we can tour…

Full bath

Just because it was small doesn’t mean it had to be boring;  I loved that vessel sink and the damask  shower curtain.

What do you think, could you live in a tiny house or a small condo?  I think the more room you have the more stuff you get!

Have a great weekend 🙂


4 Responses to “Itsy Bitsy Teeney Weeney”

  1. stephanie@cre8tive September 9, 2011 at 10:06 pm #

    Wow, you really did make GREAT use of your space. It was so cute and funcitonal. I think I could of lived there for sure.
    And your trip to Vegas? I had never heard about the neon grave yard. Not to mention that Trump had a hotel there…where have I been? The Belagio…oh how I love their food, your dessert plates were so thoughtful, love how they wrote in chocolate on the plate.

    • cornerofmain September 10, 2011 at 10:06 am #

      Hi Stephanie, thank you so much for your sweet comment and for stopping by! You must check out the neon graveyard, and the next time you are eating at Bellagio tell them you are celebrating something very very special then order dessert 😉

  2. mominhighheels September 10, 2011 at 1:49 pm #

    Thanks for stopping by my blog. I love creative uses of small spaces. Your condo was gorgeous. I recognize quite a few pieces from my favorite store: IKEA! In Europe the apartments are notoriously small and they make good use of every square inch. I need to learn how to do that better.

    • cornerofmain September 11, 2011 at 9:31 pm #

      Oh yes, the bed and the nightstand are from IKEA! Good Eye 😉 I am sure everything is super tiny in Europe…that has to be a challenge!! Thank you for visiting Corner of Main!

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