Friday, August 29, 2014

Tiny Houses

A few months back my husband made a comment about down sizing.  Huh?  What?  It's funny he said this because I'm always joking about packing up and moving into a bigger house.  You can imagine the confused look on my face when he said this though.  Sure, we did buy a house a little larger than we really needed but we figured we could grow into it.  At the time we purchased it, we only had one kid but knew we were planning on having one more.  Our house is fairly big and on a day to day basis, we don't use every square inch of our house.  Sometimes it is frustrating cleaning four toilets knowing they hadn't even been used over the past week.  He mentioned downsizing because he figures it would be easier to maintain and our expenses would decrease.  Yeah I get it but not going to happen.  We have come to call this place home.

After this conversation, I thought about an episode of HGTV Star where they had to design and decorate an 86 sq ft house.  In this house they had to fit a kitchen, bedroom, bathroom, and living area.  The results were amazing.  This really got me thinking, do people really live in houses this small?  Why, yes they do.


They are called tiny houses.  Tiny houses are pretty small, ranging from 100 sq ft to 500 sq ft.  This is perfect for someone seeking financial freedom and doesn't need a lot of space to live.  In actuality, living in a tiny house decreases your financial obligations because there are minimal expenses with their small footprint.
 


 


Even though these houses are small, owners are still packing a lot of style and custom features in them.  After seeing these, you have to ask yourself how much space does a person really need to live?

It's a simple life.  Is bigger really better or are we forced to think that living in today's society?

 
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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Get The Look: Modern Traditional Living Room

I love seeing pretty spaces and like most people, I want to know where the pieces in the room come from.  I love the grays and yellows in this living room.  The room is modern but still very classic.  It's a space I wouldn't mind kicking my feet up in.

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I've found some affordable decor items you could use to re-create this room.

Gray Geometric Pillow
Yellow Trellis Pillow
Ikat Pillow
Yellow Pillow
   
You're reading Get The Look: Modern Traditional Living Room by Andrea, originally posted on Decorating Cents.  If you've enjoyed this post, be sure to follow Andrea on Facebook, Pinterest, Bloglovin, and Hometalk.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Easy DIY Clipboard

I've been wanting to do this project for a while but never got around to it.  I can't believe it took me so long because it's super easy.  This is a fun and colorful clipboard that you can customize to any style with scrapbook paper.


I picked up a clipboard from the Dollar Tree.  I also used: 
scrapbook paper
mod podge
foam brush
scissors


I first traced the outside of the clipboard and cut it out.  I traced on the back of the paper so my pencil line wouldn't be seen on the pretty side of the paper.  I cut it out a tiny bit smaller than the actual shape of the clipboard to it wouldn't hang over the edge.  I also had to cut out space for the metal clip at the top.


I then brushed on a layer of mod podge on the clipboard.  I carefully placed my scrapbook paper on the clipboard and smoothed out any bubbles in the paper.  I wanted the final product to be smooth and bumpless.  Next, I brushed a layer of mod podge on top of the paper.  This layer went on top to bottom.  After this layer dried, I did another but this time I painted left to right.  I think this method makes the appearance of lines less noticeable when it dries.


Just the start of the accessories on my daughter's desk.  Yeah, we finally bought her a desk.  I'll show you soon.  A few more things I want to add first.
 

The clipboard is a good way for her to be able to write without destroying the finish on the top of the desk.  I was also thinking about a desk pad but they're never that attractive and tend to be bulky.  Using the scrapbook paper allowed her to choose a color and pattern she wanted.  Of course it was pink that day but tomorrow could be blue.
 


I'm working on styling her desk.  Not like it will stay that way though.  She's requested another clipboard with a different pattern and I think I may do one for myself.  

Such an easy project right?  With all the paper patterns out there, the possibilities are endless.

  
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