Dems da berries.

October 17, 2009

Last weekend, in an effort to prepare Tiny House for the onset of autumn, Mr. Living Small and I unpacked the hacksaw and set to work pruning the summer growth that was threatening to engulf our mini-manse. Naturally, this effort left us with stacks of stalks and branches, all of which wouldn’t fit in the city-issue yard waste bin. (Not to mention, many of these arms were, in their severance, still lovely to look at.) I sat on our stoop, puzzling over several cut-off canes of heavenly bamboo, fresh with sprays of rust-red berries.

Then, smack!

Rewind seven days. Rewind to my science fair–themed birthday party. Rewind to my friend Sly’s gift, a three-foot, vintage glass beaker. I put 2 and 2 2gether:

Reminds me of spring ’09’s fleur de toilette:

Better than blossoms that’ll pout in three days, better than buying roses flown in from Texas. This foliage grows right outside my front door, and it lasts forever. Righteous, to quote my friend Jill.

What blooms in your ‘hood? What do you cut?

Interiors know-it-alls tell us that an inviting (and functional) entryway is paramount to creating a good space. But what if you live Small? Typically, tiny homes and entryways don’t mix; not enough room, right?

Maybe not. Small Lady wants to hug these teeny entryways. Here’s one:

Puny and pizzazzy. See this beauty and six others — plus the accompanying tips for creating a lively, lovely entryway — at AT.

WHO: Tereasa Surratt and David Hernandez

WHERE: Sugar Creek, Wisconsin, by way of Beardstown, Illinois

WHAT: An itty-bitty weekend retreat, rescued from certain destruction

SIZE: 121 square feet

11 x 11: a prime example of petite perfection.

It may not be Tereasa Surratt and David Hernandez’s home base, but this teeny-tiny lakeside retreat smacks of Small living, stem to stern. Once part of a 1920’s-era cabin court adjacent to Surratt’s grandmother’s house in Illinois, this 121-footer had certainly seen better days: the abandoned cabins were a set of sad little structures, completely dilapidated and ready to be razed.

But Surratt and Hernandez saw potential; “History has value,” she tells Chicago Home + Garden‘s Gina Bazer. So, in 2006, the couple plunked down $500 for the tiny place, trucked it to their lakeside Wisconsin property, and set to work restoring the space to its original Roaring ’20’s glory, complete with vintage furnishings and old-school details. See for yourself: Chi H + G‘s got a pair of slideshows, one cabin-focused, the other zeroed in on the Smalls.

Via AT.

Fleur de toilette

May 24, 2009

It’s springtime in Seattle! My hot pink azalea is all abloom, and that means posys for the Living Small house. They’re cheery in my tiny space — especially in the bathroom. There’s something kinda luxurious about flowers near the shower, n’est pas?

How do you bring spring indoors?

ps. Yes, that’s my bitchin’ Camaro necklace on the shelf.

WHO: Cyril Aouizerate and family (that’s three more, folks), plus Scott the Labrador

WHERE: Paris

WHAT: Space-age design in a small family space

SIZE: 431 square feet

C’est magnifique!

Would you believe a family of four, plus their big-boned Labrador, live in this 431-square-foot Paris apartment? The key is clever storage, including a murphy bed for the parents and a hidden fridge behind one of those ubiquitous white panels.

Check out the full slideshow at Côté Maison, en français.

(ps. Hearts afire for that kids’ room. Wonkavision meets 2001. Holy HAL.)

Via Apartment Therapy.

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