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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

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

HOW TO DOWNSIZE TO A TINY HOUSE

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This past fall I did my very first periscope and it looks like it was my last, because I haven't done another since, ha! My periscope was a tour of our tiny house. It was really fun and I loved getting to share our small space with all of you. At the end of my periscope I did a small Q&A. One of the questions y'all asked me was how we downsized to our tiny house. 

At the time the questioned stumped me and I could only think of how we currently manage living in our tiny house.  I thought back on our experience and I wondered, "how did we do it?" How did we go from living in a two bedroom, two bathroom apartment, to living in 325squ. ft?

IF YOU'RE NOT IN LOVE, CHUCK IT

When we moved Tyler and I had been married for two and a half years. During that time the items and furniture we accumulated were mostly hand-me-downs, garage sale finds, or cheap Ikea pieces. Not that any of those things are bad, I love hand-me-downs, garage sale finds and cheap ikea furniture, ha! The only thing was that a lot of the things we had we weren't in love with. We had no idea what kind of place we would be moving into next, but we did know that wherever we landed we would start fresh. With that in mind, we donated ALL of our furniture. Every single piece. We had a friend come over, who was in need of lots of furniture, and she put sticky notes on everything she wanted. We had other friends in our Bible study come over and make claims on the rest of what we had left. We gave it all away

If you're thinking about moving into a tiny house, spend some time thinking about your current furniture pieces. What are the items you're willing to let go of? What items may work in a tiny house? 

We currently only have a few large furniture pieces; a love seat, a tv cabinet, a storage bed, and our standing desk/cabinet. That's it. Because we started with zero furniture it was easy to settle into a tiny house. It was also cost effective because we only had to buy a few things, ha! 

PURGE

People talk about purging all the time, right? Go through that closet, go through that drawer, ect. ect. In our experience, this was the purge of the century. We were only living in a two bedroom apartment, but once I started going through everything I couldn't believe how much we had. I thought about our stuff in two different ways. One, if we hadn't used it within the last 6 months, it had to go. Two, if we weren't going to use it within the next 6 months, it had to go. 

When we purged, we went room by room and we did multiple sweeps. We kept the same mindset for this purge as we did with our furniture. If we didn't love it, we didn't keep it. We went through clothes, books, dvds, dishes, craft supplies, fabric, odds and ends... everything you could think of. 

Our downsize was very intentional. We decided we would be moving with a 4x8 trailer and nothing larger. This really forced us to think hard about what was really important to us. When downsizing it's important to not let sentiment get in the way. Moving into a tiny house means the items you keep, are the items you need...you keep the items that you use most. 

Living in a tiny house cuts down on having people stay over and indoor entertainment. We really miss both of those things, but we kept that in mind when downsizing. We knew we wouldn't need to the same amount of kitchen items and I let go of things I used for parties and big group get togethers. We know that living in a tiny house isn't forever and we have loved the experience. Living in a tiny house has really forced us to be intentional with our purchases and only buying what we need. 

Have you considered living in a tiny house? Have you thought about downsizing? xoxo. Samantha 


5 TIPS FOR PHOTOGRAPHY YOUR HOME

Since sharing a tour of our tiny house, I thought it might be fun to share some tips for photography your home. Sometimes it can be really  tough, but it can also be really fun! Our space is so tiny and tight that I had to get creative with tucking myself into corners to get everything I wanted in the shot, haha! I really loved photography our home though. It helped me to see all the little details and gave me a lot of appreciation for our tiny space.

USE NATURAL LIGHT, WHEN YOUR HOME IS THE BRIGHTEST

If you are able to do this it will help tremendously at properly lighting your home. You want the light to be streaming in as evenly as possible and you want everything well lit to photograph. Our home is the brightest in the early morning and in the late afternoon. When I shot these photos of our home I shot between 2:00pm and 3:00pm. I have to keep tabs on light in our house, ha! We have so many trees that block the light. 

USE A TRIPOD

Even when our home is the brightest there are still areas or corners that are lacking light. When photography our tiny house I wanted everything to be well lit so I could highlight all the details. Using a tripod sealed the deal and I was able to capture our home in the best light. The tripod is so important because it allows you to have a long shutter exposure letting in lots of pretty bright light.

SHOOT RAW

Shooting in natural light and shooting with my tripod sets me up for the best picture I am able to achieve. Shooting in raw allows me to take it to the next level. Even if my photos aren't as bright as I would like them to be or the temperature or tone of the photo is off, I can make those adjustments in post and shooting in raw allows me to make those changes.

REMEMBER THE DETAILS

There are certain things I love in our home and others things that aren't necessarily my favorite. For our tiny house tour, I did my best to photograph everything, but I found myself highlighting the things that I loved most.  I also took note of details, like smashed pillows and I took the time to fluff them before the shoot. Taking notice of those details will go a long way. Before taking photos of your home take a look around for any details that you would like to "fluff." For me it was folding our couch blankets and fluffing our pillows.

SHOOT STRAIGHT 

Avoid taking photos of your home at crazy angles. Shooting straight allows the viewer to see your home at a more natural view. Visitors in your home usually don't view your home at crazy angles and when we photograph our home we want to share it with others as though they are coming over to visit.

Guys, photography our homes can be such a joy. After I finished snaping all the photos for our tiny house tour I was reminded how much I loved our home and how blessed we are. Have you done a house tour? What are some of your favorite things to photograph in your home? What have been some struggles you've ran into when photography your home?

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