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Apr 23, 2014

The Hunt Continues

Hi Everyone!

Happy Humpday loves.  Wow, guys.  Thank you so so much for all the love and support from our Patio Style Challenge reveal.  I was so nervous and anxious going into it, and ya'll sure know how to make a girl feel special. 

I want you all to know how much you mean to me, and I'm so honored to be able to share a small piece of your day. I never in a million years could've imagined that something I love so much could be so joyous. I'm so thankful for, and am humbled by all the opportunities that have come my way. Thank you a thousand times.  

So as of today we are 7 days away from our house being officially sold! That's absolutely insane!  I haven't even started packing yet.  What can I say, I'm a glutton for punishment! Honestly though we just got word yesterday that things are on track per our original close date.  If you've bought or sold a home ever before, you know how easily things can get pushed back, so we wanted to wait until we knew for sure before committing to an apartment.  Thankfully we were able to find a place that accommodates short term and month to month lease options so we can easily transition into our next house when we find it, without the stress of lease contract limitations.

Because of our current house being in escrow, we slowed down our house hunt a bit.  We didn't want to run into a situation of finding a home we love and having our offer rejected due to the contingency of our house not being sold yet.  It just made sense to get through one hurdle at a time.  That being said we picked up the hunt again yesterday. This little gem had us considering the possibilities long after leaving.

House # 3 aka {Oh, The Possibilities}
 
 
Built 1961
1400 sq ft
2bd 1 ba
 

 

 

 


 
 

 
Picture overload, I know, but this house had so much potential y'all. It was cute from the curb and we were quite surprised by the inside.  We loved the stone fireplace, all the windows, and the general layout.  The listing specified it as a 3 bd 1 ba, but once inside we realized its actually a 2 bd 1 ba with a huge addition which has a "closet" so I'm assuming that's what the listing agent is considering the 3rd bedroom.  While we were pissed about being misled, we soon realized the addition could possibly have bedroom potential. We loved the large backyard as well.  There's plenty of room for a pool and a large covered entertaining area. We are gonna talk to a couple of contractors to get an idea of the cost and scope of transforming the addition to bedrooms. It may be worth it. 
 
Until next time....
 
Xo-Shavonda
 

 


Apr 22, 2014

Patio Reveal

Hi Everyone!
I hope everyone had a wonderful Easter weekend. Bry is headed back to school today and I've just begun the packing process. You really never realize how much stuff you have til its time to put it all in boxes.  Am I right?  Wish me luck guys.

While I'm busy becoming besties with cardboard and tape, make sure you head over to the Home Depot Apron blog.


 
Today I'm there sharing the full reveal of my Patio Style Challenge space! It was a fun project to be part of and I'm so thankful for the opportunity. Have an awesome day loves.
 
Until next time....
 
Xo-Shavonda 

Apr 18, 2014

Small Home Big Style: Anna Lane

Hi Everyone!

I hope you all have had an awesome week guys! Today we are headed back home from a very relaxing Spring Break visiting family and friends in Southern California.  As hard as it was, Im pretty proud of myself for unplugging and really relishing my time with Naomi and the kids.  Tomorrow we jump back into the swing of things with a visit to an open house.  The listing looks promising, and Im curious to see it up close!

When Anna contacted me with her small space story, I couldn't wait to share it. While Anna typically blogs about modern day motherhood, and daily antics over on her blog, Misadventures In Motherhood, she also dabbles in interior decorating on occasion.






 She's a riot, incredibly witty, and she's hanging with us today to share how she lives and loves in her small spaces. Take it away Anna:

Where/What city do you live in?
Los Angeles

Who do you share your home with? 
My Husband, my 15 month-old son, Noah, two cats and another munchkin on the way

Do you own or rent? 
Rent

How many sq ft is your home? 
1700 square foot, side-by-side duplex

What do you love most about small space living?
 I love that living in a small space really forces you to use all of the available space for living.  There are no wasted rooms in our house - everything is lived in!

What challenges have you faced?  
It's often really challenging only having one rather small bathroom for our family (we do have a powder room downstairs but we never use it except in emergency situations, i.e. pregnancy bladder).  I feel like the bath toys multiply while we sleep and that I'm constantly falling over rubber duckies and weird-colored sea creatures when I'm just trying to put on some deodorant.  Plus one bathroom is not exactly conducive to the already limited amount of privacy I have, but c'est la vie.  I was also worried about giving up my home office to turn it into baby #2's nursery, but it turns out that having the computer downstairs is SO MUCH BETTER.  It's been great to be able to respond to emails while Noah eats breakfast.  

Any unique storage solutions? 
 I don't think this is all that unique, but boxes and baskets and furnitures that look pretty but that also has lots of storage is the only way to cram lots of stuff into a small space.  And keeping things organized is a must!  When there's not a lot of room it's super important to banish the clutter.  

What's your favorite room in your home? 
Noah's nursery!  I love that it's appropriate for a baby but yet still appealing for adults to hang out in.  I have this intense hatred for anything overly juvenile which was kind of a challenge when pulling together his nursery.  I'm so happy with how it turned out and I think it's really calm and peaceful in his room but also has room for him to spread out and play.  

Do you every wish you had more space?  
Yes!  I would love to have a giant, eat-in chef's kitchen with two ovens and two refrigerators and a separate playroom so all the toys were no longer asexually reproducing in my living room and my own bathroom with a giant spa tub and an en suite wet bar!

Best piece of small space living advice? 
Go up!  The best thing I ever learned from living in a teeny-tiny New York apartment is that you can always find space above.  There's a reason you can buy "air rights" in Manhattan - when you can't spread out, spread up!

 Ok, so two words: that office.  I mean seriously!  So clever squeezing so much function into a tiny alcove.  I couldn't agree more with her advice to design up. You'd be surprised how much space you gain  when you put your walls to work.

Thanks so much for sharing your home with us today Anna.  To get to know Anna better make sure you pop by her blog.  Happy weekend loves.

Until next time...

Xo-Shavonda

*all images courtesy of Anna Lane





Apr 11, 2014

Small Home Big Style: Bliss At Home

Hi Everyone!

Happy Friday loves! Its been a whirlwind week over here guys. 

This week we've had the home appraisal, pest inspection, signed lots of docs, and have the home inspection today. It's been a lot to deal with emotionally, and there just aren't enough hours in the day! No excuses (because I don't believe in making them) I'm simply saying finding the time to sit down and write quality content has been difficult.  I miss writing, and I miss you.  I'm hoping you'll stick around.

Now other than the fact that its the start of the weekend, you wanna know why I love Fridays? Because I get to share another small home story, of course, and today my sweet blog friend Kristin is here dishing on how she lives and loves in her small home. Kristin is the creative mind behind the blog, Bliss At Home.  She's such a sweetheart, and her home is full of inspiring spaces. 







 

Where/What city do you live in?
 
I live in Rock Island, Illinois. It is one of 4 cities that make up an area called the Quad-Cities right on the Mississippi River in Northern Illinois. A bridge separates the Iowa side from the Illinois side.
 
Who do you share your home with? 

I live with my husband, Dave, and our two sons. Also, my daughter, I mean my puppy, Zoey.
 
Do you own or rent? 
 
We own our home. We bought it a few years ago and it is the home I grew up in.
 
How many sq ft is your home? 
 
1,350 sq. ft.
 
What do you love most about small space living?
 
I have always been a fan of smaller spaces. They feel cozier and more inviting to me. I also like that it breeds major creativity and you really think about how to use every inch in the most thoughtful way. 
 
What challenges have you faced?
 
Since our home was built in 1954, there are a lot of things to replace and update. Our home is definitely a fixer-upper, but it has been so fun to make it ours. We are just taking our time with it. 
Being a smaller space, we only have one bathroom at the moment that we are remodeling. Yikes, right?! We have plans to add a second one in when we finish off the basement, but for now one is all we have. So, there have been some interesting moments to say the least with two little boys.
We also have to be really smart and have spaces that multi-function. Our dining area is also my office and workspace. Our closets are all getting revamped and larger too so that has been a bit of a stress. 
 
What's your favorite room in your home?
 
My favorite room is our living room. Probably because it is the only room that feels finished at the moment. We added in Ikea BILLY bookcases and gave them a custom feel with molding and library lights. Our fireplace got a facelift with some paint and Carrara marble tile. We also added a mantel. This room also gets great light with a large picture window. It's full of our flea market treasures and exudes who we are and our style. 
 
Do you every wish you had more space?
 
I do wish we had a bigger backyard, but as far as the house goes not so much. We entertain here, have plenty of seating and have held large dinners. It works for us and no one has ever complained so I think we do a good job of making it all work.
 
Best piece of small space living advice?
 
Let your creativity flow and customize it to how you live. Our home changes as our kids grow. We did have our boys share a room and now they have separate rooms. I also had to add in a home office recently. I feel like our home is ever evolving. I think in a small space you have to be open to shared spaces and creative changes as your life takes shape
 
I couldn't agree more, Kristin.  Home is all about customizing it for the way you live, no matter what size it is.  Thank you so much for sharing your home with us today Kristin.  For even more of her beautiful home head over to  Bliss At Home.
 
We are headed out of town for Spring Break next week so Ill be away from the blog.  Ill be back next Friday with another inspiring feature, and in the meantime you can find me on IG (@ahomefullofcolor).  Its my jam! Have a wonderful weekend loves. Until next time.....
 
Xo-Shavonda
 
 

Apr 4, 2014

Small Home, Big Style: Hello Little Bungalow

Hi Everyone!

Happy Friday loves! Today I'm happy to be sharing the sweet little bungalow of my IG buddy, Jessica. The first time I saw a picture of her adorable house I was absolutely smitten. 


Picturesque, right!? I can only imagine how gorgeous it is in the Spring and Summer.  I was thrilled when Jessica agreed to let me share how she lives and loves in her small home.  Take it away Jessica:

Where/What city do you live in?
I live in downtown Weaverville, NC, nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains, right outside of Asheville. Downtown Weaverville is like a quaint little Mayberry. Lots of older homes in a walkable community. We walk to coffee shops and restaurants. The neighborhood kids all play between our yards, and in the summer we rotate backyard movie nights. It's a true community in every sense of the word.
 
Who do you share your home with?
My husband, and our two young boys. Although in a small, tight knit community, where neighborhood children are always running through the house, and friends show up without any need of an invitation, it can feel like we share it with more than that. Which I love.
 
Do you own or rent?
We own our house. This April will be our third year here.
 
How many sq ft is your home?
Approximately 1650 sf. (650 of which is an upstairs attic conversion into a bathroom and play area)
 
What do you love most about small space living?
I like how it steers me towards living with less, which is something I really value. I can certainly get caught up in the desire for more from time to time, and living in a small space helps keep me focused on only bringing things into my home that serve a purpose, or have meaning to me.
 
What challenges have you faced?
 Sifting through clutter has always been a challenge. In a smaller home, I feel it gets out of hand a lot quicker, and I have yet to find a great system that works for our whole family. I also admittedly have an itty-bitty, tiny galley kitchen. Surprisingly, the space hasn't bothered me as much as the need to make it feel more open, and less cut off from the dining area. I think having a good, open flow in smaller homes really helps everything feel more cohesive and connected, so I'm itching to tear down that kitchen wall and make a more open space!
 
Any unique storage solutions?
Storage can be an issue in a smaller home. You have to be really intentional with what takes up space. Furniture that serves multiple purposes is key. We recently bought the IKEA Moheda sectional pull-out sofa for our upstairs den space. It serves as both a sofa and a guest bed, and has an amazing full-length storage area underneath. Likewise, our buffet holds everything from cloth napkins to art supplies. Storage ottomans are also perfect for hiding toys in our smaller living room.
 
What's your favorite room in your home?
Inside, I would say our living room. It feels cozy and inviting, and gets great afternoon light. I tend to think of our front porch as a room as well, since we spend so much time on it in warmer weather (and it's actually larger than most of our interior rooms anyway). It's the main place we congregate with friends, sip wine on summer evenings, and watch the kids run. It's a very social neighborhood, so choosing to be on your front porch and engage with everyone walking by is important to us.
 
Do you every wish you had more space?
From time to time, yes. I imagine as we raise two teenage boys in this house that we may need to think of some creative, small-scale addition options (they currently share a room). However, we really want to keep with the style and intention of the house. It's easy to get swept up in wanting more space, but ultimately, living small really suits the value's of my family.
 
Best piece of small space living advice?
Surround yourself with intentional things that serve a purpose. Since there is less room for "stuff", I think it's easier to create a room that you really enjoy the look of, with just a few key pieces. Make sure those pieces work for your family's lifestyle. And be creative; smaller homes can really showcase unique features and elements easily. Make your home yours!


I love that she optimizes on space by treating her porch as an extra room.  I imagine North Carolina summers must be perfect for porch culture.  Porches aren't very common here and its one of the major things I miss about the south, well that and sweet tea and shrimp n grits.

Jessica just launched her blog this week so make sure you pop in and say hi. To see more pictures of her bungalow head over to her IG (@hellolittlebungalow).  Thank you so much for hanging out with me today Jessica.

Have a happy weekends loves.  Until next time....

Xo-Shavonda



Apr 3, 2014

Sale Pending

Hi Everyone!!

Crickets.

That's pretty much what y'all have been hearing from the blog for the past few day. I know, I know. Bad blogger.  I'm sorry loves, but I have a really good reason for my absence. 


We've got a buyer!! Two and a half weeks, and multiple offers after listing we are officially in escrow with a close date of Apr 30! We are incredibly happy and a bit shocked at how fast it all went down. Now the hard part begins, at least in my opinion. We have to get through appraisals and inspections and all the other little things that make the real estate world go round.

Not gonna lie guys: I have fears. I think I have the typical worries most sellers have, though. What if something goes wrong at inspection? What if there's an issue during appraisal? What if the buyer changers their mind and walks? I know for the most part these fears are irrational, but things have been known to happen. 

With this being said: Ish just got real loves!  Its go time and by go I mean packing, finding a temporary place in the interim (most likely and apartment), finding a new home, going through the buying process, and moving again.  Oh and we will be taking a break for a week during spring break so that's even less time we have to get stuff done. Phew!

Our goals to downsize our home and upsize our lives are well under way and we could be happier.  I'm so glad you all are here to share in it with us. My motto of the year is in full effect: here's to new adventures!  I'll be sure to keep you all posted.

Tomorrow I've got a great Small Home Big Style feature to share.  Until then.....

Xo-Shavonda

Mar 28, 2014

Small Home Big Style: Cabin Fever

Hi Everyone!

Guess what day it is!!!? No its not Hump Day, but I was thinking...why isn't there a super awesome commercial for Friday?  I mean, isn't that the whole hype about Wednesday? That its the segway into the last leg of the week before we reach the weekend?  I say Friday gets its own talking animal commercial and I say the mascot be a giraffe. Sound good?!

Happy Friday loves. By now you all know of my torrid love affair with small space living.  I get out right giddy over well designed humble homes and cleverly executed storage solutions, but when is "small" a little too small? Is there such a thing?

For a while now I've been captivated by the concept of the "Tiny House Movement".  Its fascinating what can be done with next to no space at all. When we first started discussing the idea of downsizing I thought of all the tiny house dwellers and I just imagined,  My gah, a family of 5 living comfortably in 600 sqft? I don't know, guys...how could this possibly be? Somehow people are doing it everyday and its just plain incredible. There's one lovely lady and her family, in particular, who absolutely blow my mind. 

If you guys aren't aware of who Carmella is, she's nothing short of amazing.  I discovered her blog long ago and have been pretty much obsessed since.  Her family's story of how they came to live in their tiny cabin is inspiring and so is her beautiful home.  Guys, she has 3 boys and a dog, and they make life happen in a mere 665 sqft!! She's my hero.

 


 

 

 

Amazing. That is all.  I almost died when I learned her black counter tops is just chalkboard painted plywood sealed with a couple coats of wax.  Freakin genius!  They look like soapstone to me. And don't even get me started on the boys bedroom loft...again, genius.

How can you not imagine the possibilities with inspiration like this?  This just solidifies my belief of Less House, More Home.  Though I'm about 99.99% sure Naomi would never approve of a home quite this small, it's really great to see. 

So tell me...could you live in a tiny house?  Do you think its just plain crazy?  I think I might be somewhere in the middle. Until next time loves....

Xo-Shavonda

*All images via assortment blog.