Home Cures for Colds

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I am currently battling the worst cold known to mankind. I was committed to using my mama’s old standby – a tablespoon of honey dipped in cinnamon (she takes her straight, I put mine in tea, because I’m not a total hardass) but it’s not seeming to work.

Over-the-counter cold medicines and things like Tylenol always make me feel awful. Today I tried to take cold medicine and fell asleep in the middle of my work day and missed some pretty important work things. No bueno.

What are your go-to home cures for colds? Give them all to me, please.


Inspiration Lately | 9-9-14


Black + white + wood. And maybe a little bit of gray.


The most beautiful kitchen on planet Earth (from one of my favorite bloggers) and a tutorial to make this utensil rack, which I desperately need. (Note: things you don’t really look at when you tour a 325 square foot studio apartment…if the kitchen has any drawers.)


Shaker pegs. Shaker everything. (And a nice tutorial to make your own shaker pegs from the darlings at A Beautiful Mess.)

324 square foot studio. www.thislittlespace.comA normal-sized bathroom with good light to call my own.


This gorgeous home, which makes me feel okay about mixed woods.


Bringing the outdoors in.

IKEA Brimnes parts. www.thislittlespace.com

Putting together my first piece of IKEA furniture without crying, throwing more than one power tool, and/or getting too drunk.


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Lodge living. It’s been a dream.

Friends that will let me sob hysterically on the phone, Tweet at them about proper names for baby animals, and remind me that no matter where I go, I’ll always have people that love me.

And a reminder from my mother that I can be very predictable.

The past week in my new little space has been both wonderful and terrifyingly lonely. But today I found a vintage, counter-style writing desk for $20 at Goodwill. I’m going to remember the feeling of seeing it across the store every time I feel like crying and whining and missing my friends and family. I’m so grateful they put up with the bratty tendencies that I have when I haven’t been writing.

Who knew moving 1200 miles away from everyone you love and everything you know would be so hard?



First Glimpses | The Lodge

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Welcome to my new little space, The Lodge.

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There’s a canoe on my patio, which is right behind my favorite bookstore on planet Earth.

2014-09-02_11.45.31_1There’s lots of good light, amazing tile floors and counters, and two (yes, two!) closets in my 324 square foot space.


It’s been like Christmas unpacking boxes and finding all my favorite things.


Of course, if you’ve been following me on Instagram, you know that the first few days were not like Christmas at all. They were like living in an apartment with burst pipes and two massive holes in my ceiling.

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Now that’s the mess is finally cleared up, I’ve been settling in by building IKEA furniture and drinking Coors Banquet.


I loaded an IKEA Brimnes bed into my Jeep by myself. And met one of my amazing new neighbors (a girl my age from Ohio! hooray for fellow Midwesterners!) as I nearly killed myself trying to haul it up my apartment steps at 9:30PM.


IKEA doesn’t recommend building this bed (the Brimnes) by yourself. Mainly because there are approximately 80 billion pieces. But I did it semi-drunk and I’m not dead (and the bed is still standing), so…

IKEA Brimnes. www.thislittlespace.com

This was the hardest part. That’s why tools are thrown everywhere. I like this picture because it shows how big my apartment feels, even though it’s less than 350 square feet. The bed I bought is a full-size. Look how much space I have!

IKEA Brimnes. www.thislittlespace.com

You can see I’m still making use of the power screwdriver I bought for my birthday. I literally can’t imagine how long it would have taken me to put together the bed without it. With it, building the IKEA Brimnes took about 4 hours, but I was also a little drunk and texting/dancing/making dinner in my adorable baby kitchen.

Tiny studio kitchen. www.thislittlespace.com

It’s been so good to finally settle into my new little space and the city. For the last month, I’ve been staying with a lovely friend of my new boss, and she was AMAZING. She was the kindest, best host, but I felt like I was on vacation. Having my own space – with all my books and art and towels around me – has really made me realize that I live in Denver now. 

Which is good. Really good.



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



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.


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.


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



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


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.


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!