Studio dwelling


Less than ten days away from moving into my teeny studio condo and more than three-quarters of my current one-bedroom still to pack, I am slowly coming to terms with the reality of it all.



I have toooo much stuff that I don’t organize properly so I end up never finding things when I need them and then end never hardly using them. I often fantasize about a clutter-free, super-organized, everything-is-where-it-should-be living space but, truth be told, I wish someone else would do it for me.


Inspired by strategies to de-clutter over on AT, I hope to change this as I move into my new digs. Determined to live large in a small studio that feels uncluttered, efficient, and inspiring, my plan is to divide the space into little functional zones.


For instance, I love the idea of having a coffee bar. Coffee is such a big part of my daily routine and it would save so much time (and $$) to make my own espresso drinks  everyday. Give my coffee sets, espresso maker, and specialty coffee beans the love they deserve.


Another must-do is to give my bookcases a makeover and style them better. I also really like the idea of having in this setting instead of the living area or bedroom.


I am also toying with the idea of a pendant swing for additional seating. It seems like a great way to reduce the number of furniture pieces competing for floor space and adds a fun visual element to the layout. Havent dug deep into styles and costs yet, but my initial searches I came across this handwoven swingchair made using bamboo and recycled cotton.


You guys, I am bursting with ideas for my place. Just need to stop procrastinating packing and the actual move…wish me luck!


via: AT

living large in small spaces


It has been a while since I hung out here. Just so much going on and whenever I do have time to blog, a million other urgent priorities/interruptions steal my time. I cant remember the last time I didnt feel guilty about browsing through shelter mags… Well, now I have a reason, and a good one too. My lease is up for renewal soon and I am on the hunt for a more affordable place to call home. I have yet to find a place that I like, is comfortable, has lots of natural light, updated and fits my teeny budget, and I absolutely despise moving, but on the brighter side, I am excited to decorate! Loving these great ideas for living large in small spaces.



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Wake me up when its all over

A sun-loving, beach-bum tropical gal in me has nothing love to about this damp cooold- wind-chills-below-freezing-weather. The skin burns from the 60plus mile wind is far more painful than any sunburn I have ever experienced. I pretty much live in my ski-jacket, and have debated wearing ski pants to work.

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Except, one thing.

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It gives me the biggest reason to spend more time at home. More time to snuggle up with my pup, curl up in warm comfy bedding, read a book (ok, that’s a lie), watch back-to-back movies, and sip cider. Even organize my bedroom, plan to get new pillows and sheets, put away the mountains of clothes piled up on the chair, use my dyson more frequently, (like, everyday), possibly invest in a better memory foam mattress to help with my back pain, turn up the zen feel in my bedroom and turn into a winter-hibernation cave.

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Or something like that.

So, it turns out, staying in does have its benefits. One for silver linings playbook? I think yes!

ps: Happy 2014!!

images: Rue mag and Lonny. last image is of a bedroom in morocco. a boutique hotel, peacock pavillions, in marrakech by maryam