Hi everyone! It’s Courtney here today. A few weeks ago, my mom announced the news that my sister and brother-in-law bought their first house. Kylee will be telling you more of the details and sharing her story soon, but as you can imagine, she’s had her hands full with a new house and a precious new puppy :)
But today I’m sharing some news of my own! Over the past three years, I’ve had the opportunity to live with my five of my best friends in rental homes. We’ve learned so much together–like what it’s like to live on our own, cook our own meals, and how to kill spiders in the house without our dads saving the day. You can tour our first house’s living room here! I’ve been so thankful to live with these amazing women.
After we all graduated college last spring, we knew this next year would be a transition and that we would all be looking for new houses to rent. As luck would have it, my search began right around the time that my sister found their new house! The layout of their new townhouse is perfect, with a bedroom and attached bathroom on the entry floor. And that’s where I come in!
I’m so excited for the opportunity to live in this space as a new chapter in my life. I’ve been sharing a room for the past several years in dorms and then continued to share in my rental homes. I currently have a bunk bed that I share with my best friend since first grade. That has been so fun in its own way, but I’m definitely ready for a more grown-up space of my own.
I knew I had a challenge on my hands when I first saw this room, however, because it is tiny. So small that when we first saw it we all thought “can a bed fit in here…?”.
The photo above is from its listing while still for sale…so it’s totally distorted and makes it look larger than it really is. Instead of running from the challenge of its size, I started to think about some of the benefits of living in a small space. These benefits have been guiding my design choices and getting me so excited for small space living!
Here are three of my favorite benefits of a small space:
1) Small is Cozy. Sometimes the smallest rooms can be the coziest, can’t they?
2) More Bang for Your Buck. Every new piece I’ve brought into the room so far has made a massive impact. Simple changes and little additions make a big statement that may otherwise get lost in a larger room.
3) Less stuff. As I move out, I’m starting fresh and am loving the idea of paring down. When you don’t have a lot of space, you really are forced to focus on the things you really love or really need.
I have tons of plans for this room, many of which are already underway. The latest development is my new bed that was delivered this week–eek! I can’t wait to show you the process soon and fill you in on all the details!
Source for house illustration: Rebekka Seale Illustration
What are some things you love about small spaces?