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Design Dilemmas: Putting a bed in front of a window

Design Dilemmas: Putting a bed in front of a window

I’ve been pretty confident in my design decisions up until now. I know what I like, and I’ll search the ends of the earth to find it. (Once a librarian, always a librarian.) But the predicament in our master bedroom has me stumped. There’s no other way to arrange it, the bed in our “master” bedroom has to go in front of a window. The room is fairly small and I think the best arrangement will be putting it under the window on the left side of the picture below.

A Small Home: Before Pictures: Back Bedroom

The “master” bedroom, before we tore it to shreds

Ok, so that’s settled, right? Well, yes and no. Truth is, we’re running low on funds (a huge post on budgeting is coming soon), so I’m not keen on spending even a couple hundo for a bed. I also want a bed that is low to the ground, as to not block all the natural light from the window, so we’re going to build something ourselves. I’d like a bit of storage underneath the bed for socks and undies– a simple box with drawers will do. (Similar to what we built in the Airstream.) Buuuuuut, here comes the hard part, what should we do for a headboard?

Here’s the options I’m thinking: Continue reading

A Video Tour of Our New Small Home

I finally got this video uploaded and posted on YouTube! YouTube coupled with country Internet makes me want to gouge my eyes out. It literally took a full day to upload. Oh well, it’s ready now! I thought it might be nice to have a little walkthrough tour of the “before” version of the house. Sometimes it’s hard to envision layout and spaces in photos.

I hope that I can now move on to our progress shots which are scary, but encouraging. Ya gotta tear it up before you build it back up, ya know what I’m saying?!

As always, let me know what you think in the comments!
– Melanie

A Small Home: Before Pictures of Our New House

A Small Home: Before Pictures: Living Room

Living room from the front door

Ok ya’ll, so this is it. The interior before pictures. In all their glory. Since the pictures are pretty low-quality phone pictures, I must admit, the house doesn’t look that bad. But let me assure you, this was and still is one fixer-upper. Let’s point out some of the fun issues going on, shall we?! Continue reading

Our New Home

Our New Home! First things first: we bought a small house! That hunk o’ junk in the picture above is ours!

Ok, ok, I know this might seem like it is coming out of the blue, but it’s actually been a long time coming. Let me explain: the real, honest truth is that we purchased this house months ago. But I had a full-time job outside of this blog that I was trying to protect and I couldn’t tell anyone online because the house we bought is quite far from our current Airstream home– like 4 hours away. But I can now spill the beans because I recently quit my job and fingers crossed, we’ll be moving to our new location and our new home soon. Continue reading

Link Love: 63

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Related: a quick, but useful primer on backpacking.

This Airstream trailer makeover is gorgeous!

Le shack! I know it’s only a retreat, but I could live there full-time.

6 things that helped me to stop worrying about money. I don’t know if I’ll ever stop worrying about money, but with a substantial savings account, I definitely worry about it less.

The joy of letting go of stress. “The problem is that we are holding onto what we want everyone else to be, what we want ourselves to be, what we’d like our work and families and life to be.”

Change your story to change your life.

Finances (and life) is a game of inches. Don’t get discouraged.

Perennial veggies?! I never even thought about it, but I need to add a few to my garden this year.

My friend, the Petersons, started their own tiny stove company! So proud of them. It makes me want to get one of my own!

Looking for cheap gifts? This chocolate almond ginger bark looks divine! I’ve also got some ideas on how to save on gifts and low-cost gifts to DIY.

I’m so looking forward to the holidays and a break. What about you?

love,
melanie

Link Love: 43

link love 13 clever built-ins for small spaces.

I’m in Toronto this week! I’d love to see this small, loft house.

Remember how I said George and I have been talking a lot about container homes… well… when I research, I really research. Here’s some of my favorites:
This well-designed shipping container house cost 40K.
I love the black exterior on this one.
These designs are a little more rustic, but seem very do-able. They have no footprint?! And what a location!

How to help two (young) kids share a room. I shared a room with my sister until I was a teenager. We loved it and I really think it helped me learn some valuable lessons.

These woven wool swings are gorgeous and functional!

A solar panel made out of aluminum cans?!?

CleverLayover finds cheaper flights with layover cities.

How my digital hiatus increased productivity.

You’re never going to retire. And if you do what you love, you shouldn’t want to.

How to slow down your family’s schedule.

We all “deserve” better. Focus on opportunities instead.

I f’in love Chrissy Teigen. She recently stopped editing her Instagram photos, here’s why.

I also love Amy Schumer. She gets it. Case in point…

Yay for vacations!

love,
melanie

Link Love: 37

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Calculate your time until financial independence. I found this a little disheartening, but it’s an exercise in realism, I suppose.

6 foolproof rules for hiding things you hate about your home. We all have them…

Have you seen these beds that lift up for under-bed storage from Ikea? It’s genius.

Some really great creative furniture hacks.

5 furniture pieces you can live without.

“Owning less provides more money, more energy, more time, and more opportunity to pursue our greatest passions.”

This couple hiked the entire Appalachian Trail! That’s a feat that only 1 in 4 people complete. Part of the trail runs through my home state and I’d love to hike at least part of it one day.

This is a beautiful idea for a DIY gift. It would be perfect for just about every occasion, but it’d be especially great for wedding gift.

Don’t forget, we’re reading The Power of Less for our next book discussion!

And just for fun, this video cracks me up.

Happy almost Friday!

love,
melanie