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Living Smaller

With the new year usually comes goals of living larger. For the past few years we’ve noticed a trend in going smaller when it comes to homes. Whether it’s a financial reason, to be energy efficient, or just to be happy with less; we are curious if this trend is going to continue through 2016.

This casual Hill Country cottage pours on the Southern charm with its familiar farmhouse form, picture-perfect proportions, and inviting front porch nestled beneath a curtain of large oak trees. The stone facade and metal roofing nod back to Fredericksburg's original German-style architecture. We'd love to kick up our feet and wind down our week in this soulful country home.:

There’s something special about a well designed home that leaves a smaller footprint. It can feel like a larger home by simply making it feel more open.

House Tour: A Smartly Designed 362-Square-Foot Bungalow. Tiny House Tour. Living Small. Simplicity:

Getting creative with storage is another key. We all come with a certain amount of things that we aren’t really to let go of. Having creative storage spaces gives you more square footage.

11 Ways to Squeeze a Little Extra Storage Out of a Small Bedroom | Apartment Therapy:

This trend has taking over in 2015 and proved to provide more security, financial stability, and been beneficial to our economy. What do you think? Is 2016 going to continue living large in smaller homes?

5 Tips to Make Small Rooms Worker Harder in Your Home. Click to see how I used them to turn my laundry room into a sunny breakfast nook, mudroom and household storage space.:

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Different Lighting Provokes Different Moods

We’ve all heard the statement – mood lighting. But can lighting really effect you mood? We think so! Here are some examples of lighting we recommend for a welcoming home.

beautiful foyer....tile mixed with wood flooring, white washed wood plank ceiling accent, mouldings, columns, lanterns...

Light fixtures should be fit according to the size of a space. A larger room would fit better with larger lighting fixtures.

Kitchens That'll Never Go Out of Style: 7 Ingredients for a Timeless Look

The style should be cohesive with the rest of the decor as well! The black hardware and lighting above go together but the fixtures also stand out a little. That’s a great balance!

From Magnolia Farms. Just bought this light fixture! Need bigger kitchen table!

Picking lighting fixtures based on a trend isn’t always a great idea. Keeping a classic style keeps you on trend and can still be fun to look at!

I love this bathroom! Gorgeous finishes and brilliant ideas for space-efficient solutions at

But most importantly, lighting should make you feel good about your home.

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Get Your Home Ready for Spring

Spring is here and it’s time to get back to bringing the outdoors in and spending more time outside than inside!Big old plantation house with wild flowers in the yard. beautiful carefree lifestyle. (no mowing).

Here are some simple ways you can get ready for spring this year:

Timeless design, moments of whimsy, and classic New England coziness—with a tiny bit of fabulous mixed in for good measure |

Declutter! If it’s not useful, get rid of it! You’d be surprised how little daily cleaning and picking up you can get rid of when there isn’t things to clean up and get rid of!

greige: interior design ideas and inspiration for the transitional home by christina fluegge

Bring the outdoors in! Keep something fresh and alive in your home at all times. It’s a great pick me up and fills the room with a beautiful scent.

Spring Wreaths, Hydrangea Wreath, Spring Decorations, Online Wreath, Etsy Wreaths, Spring Hydrangeas, Spring Home Decor. $85.00, via Etsy.

Decorate your door! Give it a more welcoming feel.

white farmhouse sink with white custom cabinets and black granite countertops (

Keep surfaces and windows clean. Let the warm sunlight in and let it shine on all the reflective surfaces!

20 Easy and Cheap DIY Ways to Enhance The Curb Appeal. Not just gardening ideas, but other easy home improvement projects.

Get your hands dirty! Adding simple touches outside can really change the look of your home!

I love everything about this pin…the wicker furniture, lantern lighting, spring colors, and beautiful rug!

Step up your outdoor space! Make it a place where you actually want to spend time.

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Home Office Inspiration

When you are a work from home employee, there are certain things you might be looking for when purchasing a new home.

Is there space? Home offices do not need to take up much space, especially if you aren’t hosting clients in your home office. In this case, you can get creative with smaller square footage.

Are you going to be able to concentrate? Sometimes other things make it harder to focus when working like dirty dishes in the sink or little ones running around. In this case, you may want a door you can clothes to hide from all those distractions.

Does it make you happy? There’s no point in having an office in your home if you are dreading it the second you walk in. Make sure it’s in a spot where you love to be!

Look at the big picture. When you are searching for a home, the room might be labeled as the dinning room, a bedroom, a nook. Think outside the box and really imagine yourself in it, where your things would go, and how you’d spend time there. It is your office after all.

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Home Inspiration

One of the things we look for in a home is outdoor space. Having indoor square footage is almost as important as outdoor! There are times we have built a deck or added a fence onto a home to give that extra space a little updgrade and show off all it has to offer.

Here’s some ideas for some outdoor space that might just inspire you to enjoy a little extra square footage:

Definitely am going to have an outdoor fireplace. Preferably right by the water like this. via paperblog

Love it when you can throw you're doors open to the garden! A lovely patio with plants & seats... <3 Garden
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Outdoor deck
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Trellis, pergola, they all stem from the same architectural idea.  If you have a sunroom and still have space to build from it, this is a smooth transition from it to the yard.
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