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FLOATING BEDSIDE TABLES FOR TINY LIVING

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We’ve lived in two of the most expensive places to live in the country, needless to say, we’ve unintentionally become tiny living enthusiast. When cost of living is high and you’re trying to pay off student loan debt, you get incredibly good at living small and doing without. Our first tiny house experience was when we moved to New York and we lived in a 325sqft cottage. After that we moved into a small apartment, gained a few more sqft and a bedroom. I was over the moon happy to have a bedroom.

While our space is tiny and we’ve given up things like a conventional stove and oven, we’ve figured out how to really make things work, and keep our stuff to a minimum. Because our space is limited we get creative with furniture or the lack of furniture. When we went looking for a new bed frame we knew we needed something with storage and we found this Brimnes storage bed from Ikea and it was perfect. The large drawers meant we could avoid having a dresser, saving us space in our bedroom.

Our next step was to figure out some kind of bedside table. We wanted to find something inexpensive, easy, and that would work with our bed. We knew we had to find something that we could easily attach to the walls.

We headed to Target and found something perfect, a wood file organizer. In it’s simplest form it’s a wood box and in our case that was just what we needed.

Installation was easy. Tyler pulled out his drill, and he simply anchored the boxes to the wall. We picked the height that was going to work best for us and it was high enough that we could open the drawers from our bed.

We have loved these creative bedside tables and I found some amazing alternatives that I think ya’ll will love. Wood filling or organizing boxes are easy to find and they are just as easy to paint to suite your decor aesthetic .

FLOATING BEDSIDE TABLES FOR TINY LIVING

Organizer Crate : These are the closet wood boxes to the ones we currently have and they would be so easy to paint any color.

Wood Storage Cabinet : I stumbled upon this wood organizer and thought it was so cute and perfect as a bedside table. I love the little drawers in it.

Wood File Organizer : This wood file organizer is another amazing find that would work great as a floating bedside table. Again, this could easily painted any color.

Keep in mind that all of these options are on the smaller side and are ideal for small spaces. We have a full size bed and our bedroom is small too, so having small bedside tables worked for our space.

DIY FLOATING BEDSIDE TABLES

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This past year I was wanting to change up our bedding in our room and I loved the contrast of navy blue and white. I ended up dying the bedding we had, which was a mint blue. It took a few tries to get the darkness I wanted, but in the end I loved the navy. I found y’all some amazing navy quilt coverlets and white pillow covers.

Navy Quilted Coverlet : I loved the texture of this bedding set. Texture is such an easy thing to add to your space, that allows you to keep things simple, but not boring.

White Pillow Sham : These pillow tufts are on point.

Navy Lightweight Coverlet : This navy blue texture has a beautiful feminine feel and I love that.

DIY FLOATING BEDSIDE TABLES

GIFT GUIDE FOR PHOTOGRAPHERS: HER

I was looking at my gift guide from last year and looking at it you can definitely  tell I made it specifically for photographers and photographing gear. And while I'm a photographer and appreciate photographing gear, I started falling in love with the idea of a gift guide that was geared towards a photographers lifestyle, more then just gear they might need. Plus, I love compiling some of my favorite things that would be perfect for gifts, haha! 

LowePro Photo Hatchback: My favorite photography hiking pack. This bag actually goes with me everywhere; if I'm traveling, hiking, having a day in the city, or anything else I can think of. It is by far one of the most comfortable packs I've carried my gear in. 

Adventure Pencil Set: The perfect set of pencils for your office or to use as photography props. I love finding the perfect items to use when creating brand photos. 

Love Knot Stud Earrings: I've been crushing on these stud earrings for months. They are delicate and minimalistic to boot. 

Storage Utility Cart: This cart rolls to every room with me when I'm doing photo shoots. It holds a huge amount of my photography props and it's just so darn cute. 

Instax Mini Camera: I have a few instax prints on my fridge and we had the very best time in Colorado when Amy brought her Instax. The perfect camera to add to any photographers collection. ;) 

Blanket Scarf: Blanket scarves are perfect for two reason. One, they keep you warm and looking cute. Two, they are perfect for photography backdrops and backgrounds.  I have used my blanket scarf plenty of times to change up a backdrop. #winning. 

Lash Boost: Perfect for anybody who would love longer looking and darker looking lashes! It's all about conditioning your lashes to enhance their volume. 

The Magnolia Story: Who's not in love with Chip and Joanna Gaines? I haven't read through a book faster than this one. It's perfect for a few good laughs, a few good tears, and a whole lot of gumption and inspiration to carry you through your own creative journey! 

Happy shopping! xoxo! Samantha 


HOW TO CREATE A HOME STUDIO IN A TINY HOUSE

HOW TO CREATE A HOME STUDIO IN A TINY HOUSE

When we moved into our tiny house we knew we would need to create a work space. The idea of working from home in a tiny house didn't scare us, we just knew we had to be creative with making our space work. We never wanted to get to a place where we had too much stuff so we made sure to focus on the things we had to have verses things we had simple to have.

Within our tiny house we knew most of our furniture pieces were going to be multi-functional and serve dual purposes. We knew were weren't going to have a "home office," but we were going to have a "work space."

DESIGNATE YOUR WORK SPACE

Designating our work space was the first thing we set in place when creating our tiny house work space. In our case we used our couch to separate spaces. Behind our couch would be our work space and in front of our couch would be our living room. Tyler and I really love creating custom pieces so when we decided on our designated work space we built a custom standing desk. Once our desk was in place we added shelving to add to our desk storage.

USE MOVABLE PIECES

One of the main things that functions within our work space is our rolling cart. When we first purchased our cart we knew it would be useful but we weren't sure how we planned on using it. Our cart has been through many different phases within our tiny house, ha! At one point it was a catch all, at another point it had books and housed our paper shredder, but as of late, it has become the hub of our work space. Our cart houses lots of photo prop goodies. Because it's moveable I can grab it and move it when working on photo shoots. It also has plenty of space to add more items.

GET CREATIVE WITH STORAGE

Storage is huge when living in a tiny house and we have had to be creative in all aspects of our home. When creating a work space we knew everything work related wouldn't be in one space. We knew we had to be creative and flexible about where we stored different items. When we built our storage bed we knew we would use the cubbies to store camera and office supplies. We have 4 different cubbies dedicated to "home office" items.  Two are dedicated to actual office supplies; paper, pens, notepads, and computer software. One is dedicated to all my camera supplies, and another is dedicated to craft supplies.

Another huge storage aspect that has worked wonders for us is making sure we utilized digital storage. If there is anything that can be stored on our hard drive, we make it happens. A lot of things I do on a day to day basis all happen on our computer.  I have worked to make sure to create systems that function digitally so that I don't have store a bunch of papers somewhere.

One thing that I love about our tiny house is that it really puts in to perspective what we really need; not only in running a business, but also just in everyday live. What are some creative ways you have created your own at home studio? xoxo. Samantha

5 TIPS FOR DESIGNING SMALL SPACES

5 TIPS FOR DESIGNING SMALL SPACES

When we moved into our tiny house we took on a whole new design challenge. How do we design and live in a space that is only 325squ ft. Neither Tyler or I had lived in a space that small, but we were up for the challenge and excited for the possibilities. Before we moved in we were dreaming of ideas, different ways to make things work, and sketching out ideas. We were perusing all things Ikea, scouring Pinterest for small living ideas and determining what we needed to make things work.

We only had a few items that came with us that we would work into the design and everything else would be built or bought. I couldn't wait to make our space livable. One of the main things we were hoping to accomplish within our design was storage. How were we going to create livable pieces that also serviced as storage?

5 TIPS FOR DESIGNING SMALL SPACES

CREATE CUSTOM PIECES

One of the first things Tyler and I knew about our space was that we were going to have to build custom pieces. Most of our furniture pieces were going to have to serve dual purposes. While there are lots of storage furniture pieces out there, we had to create one's specif to our space. The best example of this is our storage bed. If you scroll to the last photo you'll see our storage bed. We used two ikea square cabinets and one rectangular cabinet to create the base for our storage bed. Once we had those three pieces Tyler build a frame that would hold the weight of the bed and within the frame is where we store all of our goodies.

USE ALTERNATIVE PIECES

Because our space is so small we had to look for pieces that would fit certain dimensions and meet certain needs. For this particular instance we were looking for an entertainment cabinet... basically anything we could put our tv on, ha! During our search we looked through tons of "tv entertainment" options, but we couldn't find anything we felt would work. During one of our Ikea trips we were walking through the kitchen section and we found a small kitchen island.  We didn't need a kitchen island, but we needed a tv stand and this kitchen island fit the bill. When designing for small spaces be open to alternative pieces.

AVOID STORAGE DISPLAYS

It takes no time at all for our tiny house to look like a hot mess. When you're living in one small space just a few things out of place begin to look messing. Tyler and I knew we wanted to optimize storage and we wanted to avoid clutter. If you're living in a typical size home it's easy to get creative with different ways to store and display items. One thing I love is throw blankets. I used to love the idea of having throw blankets displayed in some way. However, I knew that wouldn't work in out tiny house because things begin to look cluttered quickly.

CHOOSE SMALL PIECES

Tyler and I love having guests and we love being able to open our home to others. When we were looking for couches we desperately wanted to find one that would fit in our space but included a sleeper also. Guys, this is was so hard. We found plenty of couches that we loved that had a sleeper inside, but they were all too big. There were couches that would have fit in our space, but there wouldn't have been any space left over. We decided to choose a smaller couch to make our space feel bigger. Because we chose a small couch we were able to create a defined "living room space."

CREATE A COHESIVE COLOR STORY

With one small space things can begin to feel a little crazy, especially if you have too many colors floating around. When Tyler and I were designing our space we decided on one color story for all 325squ ft. We wanted the colors we picked for our bedding to compliment the colors all throughout our space as well. We decided on gray as our base and went with a gray couch and a gray cabinet for our tv. We then added color through our others pieces, which was teal, yellow, and red. Incorporating similar colors through the whole space gave us a cohesive color story.

We have loved living in our tiny house and we loved the challenge it provided. We love designing spaces and we can't wait for our next design adventure. What has worked for you when designing small spaces? xoxo. Samantha