Hello friends! I hope you enjoyed your weekend! We had far too much rain here…although it did allow me to spend some time finding inspiration online. I am constantly amazed at the endless sources of gorgeous ideas on downsized living. When I found this amazing loft in Sweden via here, I knew I had to share it with you!
Let’s take the tour of this beautiful 657 sq. ft. dwelling…
Pale floors and walls make the space feel expansive. The playful pops of color add interest and create focal points. Love that pink couch!
Wall mounted shelving provides plenty of storage without visually taking up square footage. Streamlined tables with slender legs keep the furniture light.
Before we head to the gorgeous kitchen and terrace…let’s take a peek into the bedroom and bath…
The whimsical wallpaper really gives the room personality and is perfectly balanced with the white bedding. So fresh! Notice the sweet floating bedside table too – remember the more floor you see the bigger a room feels!
Although simple, this bathroom has a lovely appeal with the candy striped curtain and punches of red!
On to my favorite part…the kitchen and terrace! Wait till you see it…you won’t want to leave.
Isn’t it fabulous? I love the contrast of the light wood floor with the dark tile of the kitchen. Again, the use of bold colors in the back-splash balance all the white and you gotta love the abundant sunlight! Speaking of the sun, ready to step out onto the amazing terrace?
I know, breathtaking, right? This is where I would be spending as much time as possible!
What did you like best?
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So…ever heard of a dacha? Well, neither had I until I came across a story in Food & Wine magazine. A dacha is a Russian summer cottage and they are widely seen through out the country. Most of these homes were built during the Soviet era and had size restrictions – a majority of them under 270 sq. ft! Oh yes – gorgeous, downsized homes that are abundant with charming character and summer spirit! I knew I had to share their beauty with you…
So blissful right? I could definitely spend my summer at one of these!
Where is your favorite place to be in the summer?
Have a lovely weekend!
Images via here and here.
I have begun to meet up with several of my 555 residents to document some of their downsizing solutions. It has been so much fun re-connecting with them, touring their homes and having them share their downsizing stories with me.
One of my favorite solutions that I have seen is the closet office! In a smaller living quarters, sometimes the office space is the first to go but with a little creativity, one can put that workspace back into the plan! One of my “downsizers” did just that!
By lining the space with shelving and inserting a desk top she has given her husband a workstation that didn’t originally fit into their home. The best part – when it gets messy she can just close the door!
Here are some other fabulous closet offices…
What do you think? Do you have a closet just waiting to be cleared out and transformed?
In many downsized homes, bathrooms inevitably get smaller too…so how can you make them appear more spacious? The answer : get that vanity up off the floor. Wall mounted sinks and storage not only make the bathroom easier to clean they visually trick the eye by revealing more floor space – instantly the room feels more open! The vanities at our 555 townhouses are all like this and people always wonder why…it’s smart design!
For more inspiration, check out this fabulous round-up of “floating” vanities…
Pretty cool right? Would you consider one for your downsized bathroom? If so, you might want to take a peek at Ronbow
– they carry a wonderful line of these space-saving vanities.
Have a wonderful Monday!
Being completely inspired by my last post, I couldn’t resist doing a pre-fab encore. Check out Homb - a fantastic line of pre-fab homes designed using a 100 sq. ft. triangular system. Go here to view more plans. It turns out, that while squares and rectangles are perfectly fine for building…triangles are way cooler! This ingenious line is created by the brilliant marriage of two amazing companies: Skylab Architecture and Method Homes – both committed to designing spectacular architecture AND respecting the environment – gotta love that! Look at how beautiful these Homb structures are…
Aren’t they stunning? Would you consider living in a pre-fab home?
p.s. Wanna see what the Skylab Architects are up to in Portland? Check it out here!
All images via Homb