Category Archives: Small Spaces

For a king & a fairy princess

My last post got me a bit motivated to move things along another step in the kids bedroom. Actually it was less that, than the fact Miss E’s feet were hanging over the end of her toddler bed – a sure sign she was ready for a “proper big bed”!

So the last couple of weekends have been about furniture shuffling and a little shelf install. Fun times!

And version 4.6 of the kids room is…. here! And today it is tidy, which is as good as you’ll ever get from me. Styling to perfection is not going to happen despite my best intentions. So that creepy dark thing on the wall? It’s not a giant bug – it’s a peacock feather which looks perfectly charming in reality, it just doesn’t photograph well (or look particularly harmless in the middle of the night!).

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Here’s how it looks from the lofty heights of King W’s bed (a bit scary to be honest when I’m up there making the bed, but he’s fine with it!):
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And here’s my little fairy princess doing her best to untidy the room (which I totally am ok with because it tells me she loves hanging out in here!), and she’s super excited that Version 4.7 gets underway tomorrow with a “princess bed” pick up planned.

0925_7105Let’s hope she can hold that excitement for a while, because Mum’s gone and bought yet another thing that requires some Daddy DIY to get it functional. Stand by kings and princesses!

 

Small spaces: A dream come true

Living a life on wheels isn’t everyone’s dream. But it’s mine!

Right now, thinking about how life on wheels could (or couldn’t) work frazzles my mind, but it’s there as a “one day” dream… It’s my fall back dream. And actually, it is a dream Andre & I have already had the great fortune to live, for a few blissful (ignoring the fairly regular tantrum days!) months. That was pre-kids, pre-home ownership, pre-proper career, pre-overinflated sense of responsibility.

Now, that over-inflated sense of responsibility gets in the way of such dreams, but I still have hope to quash that and just do it anyway.

Part of my plan is to devour every post and picture that encourages that dream!

This darling home on wheels by Tiny Heirloom, via my scandinavian home, has added a lot of determination. How could it not?! Creature comforts, and a sense of style are not forgotten!

Small spaces: Traditional vs contemporary

A Pinterest trawl this morning stopped me at this remodeled barn type house. Anything that says small and cosy has me peering closer…

We love how this #kitchen fits into the house like a puzzle piece. www.remodelworks.com

And despite my ignorance as to what this one is all about – it links to here, but I can’t spot it – it has me intrigued with it’s well executed combo of traditional style and contemporary fitout.

It would make a perfect mini flat out the back of someone’s big ol’ house, or a cosy holiday house in the woods. Amp up the contemporary style and it would look equally as at home near the beach.

I love the porch-tree-swing, the farmhouse table right alongside the kitchen, and the built in seating that tucks right up to the shelving and the windows. Gorgeous!

Small spaces: A bridge house

If ever you have a difficult building site, or just an extra special landscape you don’t want to mar… the bridge house could be your thing.

Besides “touching the earth lightly” this one by Max Pritchard Architects is packed with eco features such as a black concrete floor for thermal mass, huge north facing and double-glazed windows, steel louvres for summer shade and solar water heating.

Gorgeous innit?!

PS. Anyone know that ol’ railway bridge on the left just at the southern edge of Ohakune village? The property it is on was for sale a while back and I reeeeeeeally wanted to buy it and create a house on the bridge. Big old arches and all. How fun would that have been? And it looked straight up to Mt Ruapehu. Amazing… but not to be.

Small spaces: A brick loft

brick house sectional exterior

That brick?! Inside AND out. Love that.

This one is a small one bedroom loft guesthouse, in San Fran. The architect made use of a small footprint by going up, up, up! On the lower level is the kitchen and living area, and the mezzanine bathroom is accessed by the ships ladder. Up top, across a glass walkway is the sleeping loft. Apparently it’s been described as a treehouse. Pretty amazing treehouse!

A guesthouse conversion in San Francisco

I love the texture palette, and the natural colours mixed with bright white. Gorg!

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Small spaces: Families sleeping small

I had something else in mind for today, but on further investigation… it’s not as small as it first appears, and I couldn’t think of a good enough reason to include it in this weeks Small Spaces. But have a little look, as there are a few ideas to steal for a much smaller space – like the sunken bath, and some built in furniture.

So, another from my Pinterest filing system…

Cozy sleeping space / via Brooke Brooke on VSCO

It’s the time of year where I start getting itchy feet and think “this year? Will this year be the one we get to go on a family holiday in a campervan again?!” But with little Miss still hit and miss (with sleeping through the night) I’m not sure how relaxing it would be…

So I’m just looking at small spaces instead, and I love this combined sleeping area, for how well it could work for a small family (of good sleepers!).

You could use the lower bed as lounge seating during the day, simply by shifting the cushions up against the sill/shelf along the wall and making it a comfy day bed!

For a family with a couple of littlies, I’d have to make some modifications for safety, add a curtain to pull across at sleep time and ensure the sleeping nook up top would happily take two mattresses as I’m not sure how much sleep they’d get all in together! Another option would be to create bunks, but sacrifice some storage.

Although the storage is one thing I love about this layout!

I also love the white on white with the addition of natural colours and textures. It’s a somewhat surprising (to me) direction we seem to be heading in our bedroom…! And to be honest I’m enjoying the extra space we have in our l’il house with a third bedroom back in action. It’s ok to like small spaces at the same time as liking a few more useable square metres in our fulltime house isn’t it?!

Small spaces: Textures in Antwerp

This image had me doing a double-take when I spotted it on Pinterest this week, because at first glance it resembles the little flat we lived in in London! Not that ours was nearly as modern and tidy, but the layout and the white and neutral tones are a very close match.

One difference is that we had a dividing wall between the kitchen and the dining/living area that made it more poky and a lot less amazing than this apartment in Antwerp.

Nevertheless, it makes me long for the simple life of living small in a big city! I remember the only baking I ever did was a packet mix brownie that came with it’s own foiled cardboard baking tin! And it actually tasted pretty good!

While I couldn’t resist adding some personal touches if I lived here, I do like the pared back colour palette, and the textures in the brick wall and the plywood cabinetry. And the sofa.

Happy hump day!