Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Good Things Come In Small Packages

I have mentioned multiple times in posts that we live in a little house.

We wouldn't change it for anything.

It may be small, but our bedroom is full of color.

I mix and match the bedding- 

red sheets with blue bandana pillow cases

 blue stripe sheets with red check pillow cases

white sheets with red pillow cases.

The bedskirt, small pillow and curtains are made from a set of  Tommy Hilfiger sheets I found on sale at TJ Maxx.

The painting, "Land of the Lofts"  is a view from JP's loft in downtown Los Angeles.

He no longer lives in the old Pacific Electric Building, but it had great views!

The bookcases came from the study in our former home.

When we moved to the beach, I had no place for the bookcases so we just stored them in the garage.

Horace Mann said, 

“A house without books is like a room without windows. No man has a right to bring up his children without surrounding them with books, if he has the means to buy them.”

We had no place to put our books anywhere in our house and I hated it.

I felt that our house did not reflect the occupants - avid readers - so I found a place in our bedroom.  

When we changed bedrooms, the bookcases were moved to the hallway, after being painted white.

Now they are at home in our bedroom.

The left bookcase is mine and I have books arranged by color, baskets filled with socks and boxes full of jewelry.

Steve has the right bookcase, but gradually I am encroaching onto his side.

Last summer I hung 3 of my hands from my collection on the wall to hold my necklaces.

They are hanging to the right of the bookcases and I regret hanging them in that spot.

I really like how they look and wish I had hung them in view.

I only see them when I get into bed or when I'm selecting a necklace to wear.

I suppose I could move them, but my guess is that won't happen soon.

I bought this tiered rack at an antique store the day I completed the comprehensive exams for my Masters Degree.

It cost far more than I would normally spend, but I was rewarding myself for accomplishing a goal.

It has moved around from the entryway holding shells to the hallway and then the living room.

Now, my bracelets are constantly on display.

Previously, I used clear glass plates on the rack, but I like the colorful plates and basket.

And, sometimes I actually use it for its intended purpose and display candy or cupcakes on it at parties.

You are probably looking at this photo and wondering why it would be included, but it shows a really important addition to our house.

Several years ago we began a Domino Effect alteration to our house.

In order to put in forced air heating, we needed to go up into the attic which meant installing the pull down attic stairs.

The installation of those stairs is what allows us to live in a small house.

In February, Steve traded a custom painting for the completion of our attic which means we now have the full floor plan of our little cottage available over our heads.

One of my summer projects is to completely organize the attic.

Our entire cottage, and especially our bedroom, is tiny, 

but we think good things come in small packages.

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  1. Carol, I so enjoyed this tour! I too live in a small house and I love to see what others do with small spaces. Yours is beautiful. I love the colors and I like how you hung your jewelry. Doing something to hang mine is "on the list" along with a zillion other things. I got a peek at one of your other posts too and have to go and take some more time with it. The photos are great! Thanks for visiting and commenting at Quirky Vistas. That's how I found you!

  2. Your bedroom may be tiny, but it sure looks comfy and inviting. I love color and you use it so well. The painting above your bed is a wonderful focal point.
    Mary Alice

  3. Your bedroom is so inviting! Love the pop of colors in it! Your painting is the perfect fit in this room!

  4. I love your charming small bedroom that is full of color like the rest of your home. So cute and I really would love to downsize. I know the older we get the harder this house is going to be to take care of. Hubby won't leave his garage though until we are ready to be carried off to the old folks home. lol

  5. Remember that good things come in small packages. It's not how much space you have, but what you do with it. You've created a beautiful, warm, and cozy home. Love that painting over your bed and all the fabulous colors you've used.

  6. HI Carol~I love your little home~so so sweet~ The colors in the bedroom looks so cozy and fun! That painting is gorgeous!! Thank you for taking us on a tour~
    I think I'm gonna go change out my bookcases to colorized books instead of by design :)
    Have a great weekend~
    I hope to meet you soon~

  7. Thanks so much for stopping by! I am in love with your little beach cottage! We are looking for one, but we might wind up with a condo, because we won't be living there full-time. I hope mine will be half as charming as yours.