Downsizing Your Home With Style

Downsizing Your Home With Style

I am a small house person. I am! Even though I have always dreamed of Old World mansions, castles and I currently live in a not-so-small house of 4300 square feet, still I am a small house person at heart. I like to be cozy and snug as a bug. I love the feeling of being in control of my house and not having my house in control of me. Bigger houses mean more stuff, more heat, more painting, more cleaning, more everything. And more is not always a good thing, contrary to popular belief. Remember the saying Less is More ? Good advice.

Lots of people these days are following that motto and trying to live a life of less. Less junk, less clutter, less stress and less house. So how do you downsize your world when you’ve spent your life accumulating stuff? I can tell you from personal experience, I downsized at one point many years ago from a larger house to a 1900 square foot English cottage and it was a complete disaster. I had stuff out on my lawn that wouldn’t even fit in the front door of my new home. So embarrassing! I was selling stuff for cheap just to clear the yard before the rains came. Eventually I worked my way through my stuff and found great delight at having only what I needed in my little nest. I learned a big lesson, planning your space before you downsize is essential. I had to learn the hard way, downsizing requires some careful thought!

If I had only had a guide to helping me with my move I could’ve have saved myself countless headaches and lots of money trying to make my big house stuff fit into my little house walls. This is why I am pleased to announce the release of a new book that is certain to help anyone through this difficult and emotional process.

I had the pleasure of speaking to interior designer and author Lauri Ward recently about her new book, DOWNSIZING YOUR HOME WITH STYLE: LIVING WELL IN A SMALLER SPACE. This handy book would be perfect for just about anyone wanting to live with less, from homeowners squeezing into a tiny apartment, to families who want to downsize from the stress of a large home, to people wanting to plan a second home on a small scale, or even for people just wanting to have less to manage in their current home. Empty-nesters and not-so-empty-nesters alike will find tried and true principles to get them through the challenges. Downsizing doesn’t have to mean losing your style either. In fact, when you do this right, you can end up with even more style with less stuff. I like that idea.

Downsizing Your Home With Style

The author of several best-selling books, Lauri Ward, is known for her common sense approach to stylish interiors. The founder of Use What You Have® Interiors in New York, Lauri revolutionized the interior design business in 1981 with a simple concept, using what people already have in their homes as a foundation for a more stylish, comfortable and updated room without spending a lot of money. Lauri is widely recognized as the pioneer of the groundbreaking redesign approach to affordable interior decorating.

Downsizing Your Home With Style

As a way to bring her unique philosophy to people around the world, Lauri founded the Interior Refiners Network®, a professional organization comprised of Interior Refiners she has personally trained and mentored with proven design principles and methods. Lauri has appeared on The Today Show, Oprah Winfrey and HGTV as well as countless other programs and publications. She is also a contributing home design expert at iVillage.

Downsizing Your Home With Style

I am fortunate to have been trained by Lauri and be a part of her incredible organization of women who help clients take the stress, expense and mystery out of interior design and help them to find beauty in what they already have. It is my privilege to recommend this book to you, knowing that it too will help countless people learn to use what they have more effectively to create beautiful and livable homes. Figuring out ways to have less stuff and more style sounds good to me, I just might get inspired to move back into a tiny cottage. Less is more, and this book will help you find the perfect balance.

Downsizing Your Home With Style

“Ward offers helpful advice for a difficult problem–how to pare and purge if you plan to downsize, then stylishly rearrange what’s left. ” – Chicago TribuneDownsizing Your Home With Style

Photo descriptions and credit: Real-life homeowners and solutions to make the best of less space as featured in the new book (click to go to amazon.com): Downsizing Your Home with Style: Living Well In a Smaller SpaceDownsizing Your Home With Style

Extravaganza, festivities and more

Extravaganza, festivities and more

I am glad you all enjoyed the home tour! I added a couple of extra photos on this post for your enjoyment. I think I can safely say we are all crazy for Sunday drives through the neighborhoods! One of my friends always calls them “Drive Bys” but I think that sounds a little violent! LOL! We are just looking and shooting our cameras, not endangering their lives with weapons !

From now on our home tours will be a regular feature for us here, snooping around to find the coolest houses ever! I’ll be on the lookout for some Christmas front porches too as the season gets under way! I always go on some holiday Christmas tours inside of houses, but I have a feeling photography of interiors might be a no no. We’ll see what I can do!

So, this week we are going to kick off the holiday season with a bang! This Friday, November 2, I hope you will join me for my 100th post extravaganza! Just to make it super fun (well, that is the idea anyways so humor me here!), we are going to be setting up our own satellite party to coincide with the holiday festivities going on at The Blissful! Oh, yeah! While they are partying in Ohio, we’ll be partying at The Inspired Room blog. Hopefully we will get to peek in on The Blissful party and just have a great time getting in the holiday spirit. Maybe I’ll show some more holiday ideas from my house, too.

So start thinking of your favorite hors d’oeuvre, beverage or perfect hostess gift ideas to bring along to the party, because that is your ticket to get in! And if you invite your friends via your blog, all the better, you get BIG bonus points for that. Especially if you show your holiday party outfit on your blog (link from my comments so we can visit too!), so we know what you are wearing to the festivities! You do all those things and you are my BFF and I give bonus points in the drawing for BFFs. But, if you can’t manage the BFF thing, come by anyways! I’ll still like you. Come in your jeans and bring Velveeta if you want.

We’ll have a giveaway or two, including the mystery gift from The Blissful ( I am truly making this up as I go along so bear with me! ) and get pumped up about the holidays! I can’t wait! Mark your calendars for November 2, so you won’t forget! I’ll be putting out a few more posts before then too so stick around. Maybe you’ll sneak a peek at the mystery gift before Friday!

In other news, I have a couple of people to thank for awards, one goes to Plum Water Cottage for a You Make Me Smile Award and the other to Nunnie’s Attic for the Spirit of Christmas award. Thank you both so much for thinking of me, you are both so sweet! I haven’t yet had a chance to put together a list of folks to pass it along to, but I did want to acknowledge the awards before more time passes and you all think I am pathetic for not playing along! I’m just slow. I also have been tagged for a meme by Jacaranda Cottage (aka Cottage Contessa), which I will get working on too!

Also, I want to thank {this is glamorous} for spending the weekend finding the perfect craft for me! Clearly she was worried and didn’t want me to fall flat on my face trying to make an elaborate craft for my Pay It Forward project, and was determined to find something suitable! Thank goodness people watch out for me! What a sweetheart, I really appreciate it! I owe her big time now. I’m so excited, I’m gonna give her idea a try and you can all laugh at my attempt! It does look easy though, so maybe I’ll set up my own shop soon!

I also want to thank everyone who submitted ideas for easy crafts, I will announce the bonus winner of my craft giveaway this Friday along with our other festivities! TTFN!

Extravaganza, festivities and more

Extravaganza, festivities and more
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