Small Space- Big Style

Lemme start this one off by saying, downsizing? It’s a mega pain in the boot-ay, folks! Add two kids under 5, and 3 years of accumulated crap in almost 3,000 square feet of house, and you’ve got yourself a recipe for an episode of hoarders. Alas, we recently found ourselves wanting to return to the Chicagoland area near our extended families. Memphis vs Chicago real estate is ridiculous in comparison, so a major downsize was inevitable. We are talking 4 people and a dog in 1000 square feet of living space. I went forward kicking and screaming. If I was going to have to sacrifice space, I’ll be damned if I was going to sacrifice style! I love a good reno blog post, and since my boys still want to share a room, the third bedroom was mine for the taking. Enter our office/spare room.

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I had not seen this space before we purchased the house. In fact, we purchased it based off listing photos and a FaceTime walk-through session with my mother in law. Planning this room was a bit difficult not knowing the size visually and not having ever stepped foot inside. We painted the walls a light grey to brighten it up, as it was a darker tan. I am a firm believer in white or at the very least, light colors in a small space. You need to amplify what you have, and a light color will always do the trick. Given there is a large sliding glass door in here leading to our outdoor patio, we get tons of light, and the entire room now feels so much more open and airy.

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The first piece I had to have was the DHP Furniture Vintage Tufted Sofa Sleeper by The Novogratz. I’ve had my eye on this sofa sleeper for ages, and this was the *perfect* space. It doubles as an excellent reading nook and a bed for guests when they come to visit. It’s absolutely gorgeous, and such excellent quality. Next up, came the nuLOOM Vintage Corbett rug. Y’all. Can we talk about those colors? *Swoon* Adding the variety of colors in this rug allowed me to get silly with color everywhere else, and y’all know I love some color!

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Let’s talk gallery walls. They make me giddy. I’m notorious for not being able to make a decision, narrowing down is not my forte. This 35 piece mega-fabness is the wall of my dreams. All my favorite pieces in one glorious spot. I was able to mix and match frames and styles as well, thanks to that kick ass nuLOOM rug.

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Because I can never leave y’all hanging when it comes to my favorite finds, here’s a few that make up my gallery wall that you just cannot pass up. The “Remember Why You Started” print from Life With Peanut was a must. As a maker, I find this is a mantra I must live by. And you see that cutie-patootie, rainbow, unicorn-horse-deer head? That’s from one of our faves, Horrible Adorables. I contacted Jordan, and asked her to go to town on rainbow felt and faux animal head goodness. She did not disappoint.

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Not only is that “Girl on Fire” print legit on fire, but with each purchase Live Love Studio donates one meal to a hungry tummy in East Tennessee, through the efforts of Second Harvest Food Bank. Brightening the world one person, one moment, one MEAL (and one extremely rad print) at a time!

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There is nothing that quite competes with an actual photograph. I have such a love for the art of photography, and mad respect for those who do it well. Sonja Quintero of Squint Photography is no exception. Each photo is better than the next. Her retro radio and fun slide pics were some of my faves, and they HAD to be a part of this space.


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Let’s talk fab pillow covers! My girl Whitney over at Madly Wish has some of the best prints when it comes to baby and children’s bedding. I asked her to whip up some gloriousness for this couch, and that she did. My fave is her pretzel and sloth prints. Nothing quite says, ‘pop a squat and stay a while’ like rainbow sloths and soft pretzels.

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No home office is complete without a desk nook. This guy was a happy accident when my husband took down the closet doors to paint. Despite needing every square inch of storage space in this joint, I couldn’t bring myself to put them back up once I saw it. A clearance desk and chair from Hobby Lobby, a narrow file cabinet from IKEA, and a gold unicorn lamp from Target? Yes please!

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Shelf tchotchkes are my JAM! The hand lettered travel globes from We Trust in Wanderlust are to die. The perfect flair for any shelf, desk, or table-scape.

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There isn’t a more fitting piece to end this blog upon. The Satsumas plant stand from IKEA. Three trips. THREE. IKEA is easily an hour long drive (both ways), and $11 in tolls for me. I spent more in tolls than I did for the damn plant stand. But, as anyone who has renovated a space knows- if you love a piece, you’ll go to great lengths to secure it!



Of course I worked some magic and have a super-fly giveaway attached to this reno. One lucky winner can take home the following:

$20 shop credit from Life With Peanut

$20 shop credit from Madly Wish

$30 shop credit from Horrible Adorables

$25 shop credit from Lookie Loo Loo

$50 shop credit from We Trust in Wanderlust

ONE in stock print from Squint Photography

ONE 8×10 ‘Girl on Fire’ print from Live Love Studio

$200 shop credit from nuLOOM

You can enter here!
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