Small Home Big Style

May 11, 2018

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Karen and Mike recently got their own place located in downtown Sacramento, CA. New house, new community. It may seem a bit small but that’s the price you pay for living in downtown anywhere; it’s always going to be expensive and small. The house is a 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom with a living room and kitchen. There’s no dining room so there’s no room to put a small dining table. The good thing is that there is a regular sized island in the middle of the kitchen to add bar stools to. This house is perfect for a newly married couple. Michael just graduated from nursing school which is why they decided it was time for them to get their own space. They have a little angel, Easton, who is 5 months old and he is just the most beautiful baby. They have a very particular style and they know what they want, mid-century modern.

To maximize the space they have, I made sure to decorate simple and clutter free. I went with the focal point being the gallery wall. The couch is something they already owned so the design was centered around this green couch. Here you can see the before pictures and six tips on how to maximize your small space.


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1. White paint – It makes your home look more airy and spacious. Opt for painting only one color throughout the house. Ideally you would go with light colors like white or creams.


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2. Maximize your space – Think about how you want to use your space. If you have kids, try buying furniture you can use for more than one use. Like this TV stand, it can hold the baby’s toys in some simple baskets and they’re out sight. This TV stand was also something they already owned, it was a great find at HomeGoods. Just add your own touch to it and it looks like something that cost a fortune. What I did was buy washi tape in gold and made different criss-cross lines and voila! It’s something super simple that anyone can do.


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3. A couch that serves different purposes – This couch is actually a futon. If you ever have a guest that needs to stay over, you have a bed ready for them to use.


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4. White curtains – Adding white curtains will give your space the illusion of a larger space. To give these curtains a more personal touch as requested by them, I added a bit of black ribbon to liven them up.


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4. Lighting is important – Opt for using a floor lamp or if you have the option of putting a pendant that would be even better. Here we went for a mid-century chandelier. Simple, but with a ton of style.


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5. Refresh your space with plants – Give your home some life with plants. They can be low maintenance faux ones or even big ones, your preference. Plants will always give your home some light and the space will look bigger and flow better.


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6. Big pieces on your wall – Don’t be scared of adding large pieces to your wall. If you have a big space don’t be scared to fill it up. Rules are meant to be broken and it’s not true that small spaces require small pieces. A gallery wall on a tall white wall looks amazing. This gallery wall was personalized just for them. Like the D for their last name and their anniversary date in Roman numerals. Of course, we couldn’t forget their little angel. In the kitchen I went for two frames both 24×36 with some sconce lighting on top to give it an elegant touch. This wall does not have wiring for the lights so I added some small battery operated lights held together with Velcro. It has a small remote that can program the lights to different times or just simply on and off. Don’t they look awesome?


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I hope you all enjoyed this post as much as I enjoyed transforming this space. I’ll be back with more of what I love to do and I hope these tips helped you out with our space. I’ll see you next time and don’t forget to follow me on my social media networks for more tips and inspiration!

Lizbeth is a paid blogger. She writes Home & Fabulous. She’s a mother, wife, grandma to an adorable puppy, and an interior designer. Whether it’s building a gallery wall, styling a tabletop, or picking out the perfect accent pieces, she loves to show her readers how to do it with glamour and flair.


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