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Small spaces: It’s small cool time again

It’s hard to believe a whole year has gone by since Apartment Therapy‘s last Small Cool contest! It’s one of my favourite online competitions because I get to peek inside real tiny homes – not just styled tiny homes. Because while the styled ones you see everywhere are amazing and beautiful… they’re probably not all that liveable in a homely sort of way.

I like my small to be homely and user-friendly.

So here are some of my favourite entries so far. (You can see them all here and even vote if you like.)

Sandy’s Cozy Copenhagen Home

Erin’s Well-Considered Home

Emily’s East Village Energy

Filipe’s Perfect Balance

That’s it for me today. It’s such a gorgeous day (freezing, but beautifully sunny!) so I’m going to make the most of it!

Pin of the day: A perfect home

Rachel & Brett's "Resourcefully Chic" Family Home

In the visual feast of Pinterest perfection that can get a little overwhelming at times, it was so so refreshing, and relaxing (phew, this looks more like my house!) to see this super gorgeous but utterly lived in home, shared by Apartment Therapy.

The retro touches, and the retro house for that matter, are not for everyone. But I love it so much, because it looks loved itself!

Oh yes there is definitely styling here, but it’s styling of objects that are meaningful and more than likely sentimental. And precious because of that, but not so precious that you don’t want kids within 3 metres. That, my friends is what I call a home. It’s the kind of home I aspire to and bit by bit, want to share with you here as we go.

There is so much more to see of this house – please do. Even if it’s just to humour me!

Small spaces: Apartment Therapy Small Cool 2013


More for your money today… I’m sharing not one awesome small space, but a whole pile of them! Apartment Therapy runs an annual competition called Small Cool. Readers can submit their own spaces and then they’re open for voting. So there’s a lot of small cool, but also some small not so cool – each to their own though! What I think is fabulous is not for others, and vice versa.

So go have a look, cast your vote! I’ll be sure to tell you when I enter my house… maybe it’ll be ready in another 5 years or so?!

Above is an entry by Carmen from Singapore – so far it’s got the most votes (in the international section), which is hardly surprising! The definition of space within the space is so creative – despite being so tiny it’s packed full with so much to explore, without being cluttered.

In the teeny tiny section is this entry by John which I am delighted with!


I love how the decor is interesting but not overpowering – proof that tiny doesn’t need to be minimal. Totally love the brick wall, and the curtains that divide the living room from the bedroom area.

I’ll see you later, I’m off to have another look!



Paving the way

Our little patio is progressing further. The goal was to have the stones laid for Miss E’s party, so we’ve been glad for all these public holidays lately to help us get the goal!

After this, I spent many back breaking hours shovelling dirt into a great long line of wheelbarrows, then handed over the job to Andre to sort the more technical side of things. He started with a base layer of builders mix.

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I missed getting photos of some inbetween steps here – there was a lot of levelling, and compacting and laying of sand, and more levelling, before the business of laying the pavers began. We chose natural concrete pavers, because we want them to match (once they’ve weathered a bit) the concrete slab up against the house, that we found under the garden bed there. We also got smallish (300×300) ones because it’s a pretty small area to pave, and we want to grow moss between them, meaning we needed at least three rows for that to look effective.

0211_6094 0211_6099  Apologies – I missed the making of the concrete mowing strip (busy, busy painting fences) but you can spot it just there behind Andre’s feet.0211_6132

Here’s where things got interesting… we took a picnic to the bush one afternoon and picked up a bag of moss on our way out. As guided by Martha Stewart (sorry – can’t find the link anymore, but you can also get the details here on Apartment Therapy) we whipped it up with some yoghurt in the kitchen blender (errggghh!)…

0211_6129 … and poured it into the gaps between the pavers. It didn’t look promising.0211_6134

And what happened? Well… we didn’t actually give it long enough to find out as we had front yard guests arriving in a few days time and the fly-ridden, crusty brown ick didn’t go with the party decor. So for the time being, we’re back to sand and think we will stick with that until we can rely on some damper weather to keep it from drying out, and give it a chance to grow. This spot of the front yard only gets early sunlight, and I actually dug a bit of moss out with the grass, so there is no reason why we can’t stick with Plan A. We just need to be a little patient!

We got 33 pavers at around $160 with a small discount from Bunnings. Another $39 for half a cubic metre of sand (which was way too much), some free builders mix and already purchased cement meant this little project totalled under $200.

I still need to do a paint touch up on the house baseboards, where the painter didn’t get to due to the garden being in the way, obviously grow some moss, and add a whole bunch of potted plants before I can call this done, but it has actually been one of our fastest little projects. We… go… slow…!