Inspiration for 324 Square Feet

It’s official, and I’m so excited to finally share it with you! Today I sign my lease for my 324 square foot space.

I literally couldn’t be more excited for the adventures to come. I’ll be sharing photos and updates soon, but in the meantime, here’s all the inspiration I’ve been collecting.

Furniture + Storage

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My two main concerns with living in 324 square feet are storage and sleeping space. I need things to be orderly, and I can’t sleep in a room that is also my office (and my kitchen and my living room). This Expedit Bookcase from IKEA (featured in both photos above) works amazingly for storage, and is also a pretty good faux-wall.

Cait Weingartner’s studio (the first picture in this post) is pretty much my dream space. You can see the rest of it on The Everygirl.

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I’m obsessed with the idea of having a bed that has storage underneath (do you hear me gods of Denver Craigslist??). I also love the idea of creating a pallet/curtain wall as an alternative to the Expedit bookcase. It makes the bed into a nook, which seems like the coziest, best idea ever.

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I’ll only have one window in my studio. Why not make the most of it by surrounding it with books?

(P.S. Don’t click the photo to look at the  stunning townhouse by Elding Oscarson that the room in the above photo belongs to. You will die of jealousy.)

Sheer + White + Light

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I love the idea of using sheer curtains to divide off the sleeping area of a studio. White (curtains, walls, floor, bedding, everything) also works wonders in making a little space seem bigger.

Cozy + Me

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While I’m all for having things seem light and airy, I also can’t feel like I live in a hotel. It’s cool to be a minimalist, but I also need to feel at home when I get home. I think the space above achieves being homey while still feeling light and open. The key is in the textures and patterns that are subtly included. Must find nubby rugs, all the patterned throw pillows, and that amazing wall paper.

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Having a white couch makes me have anxiety, but I love how it grounds this funky room. Seriously considering having a white couch if it means I can have a crazy rug, beach wood coffee table, and eclectic art.

I’m so excited to share some photos of my little space with you. Stay tuned! In the meantime, more inspiration for little space living found here.

101 Things | 54 down, 47 to go

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I don’t know about you, but at the end of every summer I start to panic. The year is almost over!

Maybe the problem is that I grew up in Michigan, where the changing of the seasons is really definite and anxiety inducing. Does anyone else start thinking about when it’s going to snow for the first time around the end of August? No?

Usually, this is around the time I audit my list of 101 things I’m supposed to be accomplishing for the year, and find myself really behind. I always forget to spend a whole day at the beach.

This year was different though. I’m actually ahead.

I’m chalking it up to the fact that my goals were a little more realistic this year (when I was 18 my first goal was buying a house…ha!) and I think I’ve gotten a little braver, knowing I have to be accountable to you.

So thanks.

And here’s what I got left:

47 things to do before December 31, 2014

1. Visit every locally owned business on your street. (I think I have to start over since I moved to a new city.)
2. Create/build/decorate patio.
3. Have a patio dinner party.
5. Travel out of the country.
7. Publish writing in 3 places.
8. Submit work to 3 major contests.
10. Go to a poetry reading.
14. Send Valentines to everyone you love. (Better late than never?)
17. Complete task list for home improvements on Wealthy Street. (Hmm…not sure how this is going to go…)
19. Be a better listener.
21. Spend a whole day in silence.
22. Spend a whole week without social media.
24. Be more fluent in Spanish.
25. Buy some original art and hang it.
27. Hang up a world map and mark where you’ve been.
34. Spend a weekend with Giselle.
43. Bring baked goods to work.
44. Knit a scarf and give it to someone.
45. Get a bikini wax. (Why did I wish this upon myself? Why?)
46. Bake a loaf of bread.
47. Go wine tasting.
49. Visit a temple or church and pray.
52. Drop everything and help a friend.
55. Eat a food you’ve never tried before.
57. Print, frame, and display pictures.
59. Work hard. Stay humble.
65. Go canoeing or kayaking.
66. Get wet in a waterfall.
67. Take Giselle to Frederick Meijer Gardens.
68. Make a bookshelf bed.
70. Have beautifully organized closets.
71. Try to read every day for 30 minutes.
73. Buy cute, warm, winter pajamas.
75. Meet with Brent, Pamela, and Miriam, my professors from college. (Skype?)
82. Buy personal calling cards.
83. Go horseback riding.
84. End the year with at least $500 in your savings account. (This was ambitious.)
85. Bake someone a birthday cake.
88. Put together a writing portfolio.
91. Go to the Grand Rapids Public Museum.
92. Take a kid to the Grand Rapids’ Children’s Museum.
94. See a play, opera, or other theatrical production.
96. Up-keep “This Little Space” blog for a year. (See you soon one year anniversary…see you soon.)
98. See an ocean.
99. Have a tea party.
100. Buy a dining room table (and stop eating on the couch).
101. Complete this list.

(The numbers are in order from the original list…I’m not that shitty with numbers.)

 

What’s left on your list for this year? Comment and tell me!

Inspiration Lately | 8-19-14

In the last week I a) bumped into a group of pedestrians with my Jeep, b) hit a post in a gas station parking lot and took out my headlight, c) fell down my front steps and sprained my ankle, d) shattered my cell phone screen, and e) still have not found an apartment in Denver.

Here are the things that are keeping me inspired, anyway.

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All mixed everything.

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Boots and socks and tights (for when my ankle isn’t the size of an orange).

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A darling, handwritten note from the most beautiful friend. My first piece of mail in Denver!

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Well-behaved cat children who were troopers through 1200 miles, 27 hours, one crazy Nebraska tornado-rain, and a 4-hour trip to Pep Boys when our Jeep stalled in the middle of the road.

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Brain food and 2015 business plans for This Little Space.

IMG_20140815_122107Cutie vintage moccs from PlanetDetroit that showed up just in time for me to wear them to work.

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Long, sunny Saturdays spent getting a lot done at Stella’s Coffee Haus.

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An unexpected walk around City Park that brought me here.

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Skype dates with my best pup, and my mom for hanging on to him until I find a place here.

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And frozen peas. All the frozen peas.

What’s keeping you inspired this week?

 

I Made It

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I’m officially a resident of Denver. I even have a King Soopers card.

It didn’t really hit me until last night, and I’ve been here since Saturday. I’m staying with a friend of my new boss while I search for a new little space to call my own. Last night, she was showing me around her beautiful neighborhood and explaining how all of Denver’s streets run alphabetically or numerically. A perfect street-and-alley grid system. She showed me where her free recycling bin was, and the dumpster she and her neighbors share.

“So you all split the cost?” I asked. In Michigan, everyone has their own trash can, and you pay to have it picked up each week.

“No, it’s paid for by our taxes. The city provides it. It’s free.” She explained.

“God, I want to live in Denver.” I said.

We both laughed as I realized that I do, indeed, live in this magical city of free trash pick-up, recycling, and beautifully organized streets.

I’m so excited to fall more in love with Denver every day, and even more ecstatic to find my next little space.

Stay tuned!