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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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How Built In’s Help!

These days we move into a new home with more than ever before. Moving trucks are getting larger and our things are piling up! Storage is one of the most must haves in homes these days and a built in can do that for you.

I need to save this one for sure! I am always overwhelmed when decorating a bookcase. Great Decorating Ideas for Styling a Bookcase @Laura Jayson Putnam - Finding Home

Built in’s are an amazing way to store all those necessities and keep the room looking fresh and clean. They also give the room some character which is another must have these days.

wood shelving. Reminds me of a spa. Would be great in a bathroom

Taking unused space and making it functional gives the home more value. It may not seem like it in square footage but it can be a deciding factor in a buyer.

Start at Home: Built In Shelf {the easy way} & tutorial Perfect for the NW corner of dining room to put nic nacs on

It can be as easy as taking a corner that seems unusable and reinventing it’s purpose.

Search for "French inspired" - 14/47 - Home Bunch - An Interior Design & Luxury Homes Blog

Or providing storage space where you’d want it but most homes don’t have!

Home in Tennessee by Austin Bryant Moore

There are so many great spaces to have a functional built in.

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Home Inspiration: Small Bathrooms

Small bathrooms are pretty common when it comes to any bathroom except the master! Working in those small bathrooms to make use of most of the space, create storage, and keep it looking clutter free and gorgeous is a hard accomplishment. Here are some really well done bathrooms for some inspiration:

Loving this relaxing bath? Style Spotters shows you how to get the look and find the products featured:
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I really like the storage under the sink.  I also like the off white and gray colors.  And a shower with no door - great - less to clean.via theultralinx

Small Bathroom Decorating Pictures with White Wall Tile 22 Ideas Small Bathroom Decorating Pictures by christy.cantillonordlundvia indulgy

Powder Bathroom Inspiration Take 2 | The Wood Grain Cottage
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Home Inspiration: Open Shelving

When moving into a home, each little bit of square footage can make a difference! Something you might want to consider is open shelving.

Gray cabinets & rustic open shelves.. love!!via lizmarieblog

Having open shelves can give you that sense of extra space since your eyes aren’t blocked. The extra depth can go a long way in making a room feel open and airy!

LOVE this open shelving over the exposed brick walls. #homeinspirationvia porch

Not only does it create storage in places that might not currently have storage but it also keeps you from hanging on to cluttered items that are so easy to hide behind doors. Starting out clutter free when you move into a new home can really make it easier to stay clutter free as you enjoy it!

escapade: Chic Ikeavia escapade

You’ll also be right on trend with open shelving. Industrial and mixing vintage with modern these days are really taking off.

Modern small home office with open shelving and white plastic chair with nickel legsvia greenmuse

Could you picture open shelving in your space?

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Home Inspiration

One thing that I absolutely love about older homes is finding those built in shelves that have been a part of the homes character from the beginning! Although some might not be as stunning when you see them at first, it doesn’t take much to make built in’s stand out and shine!

we should contemplate built in bookshelves in the formal living room as well as the informal dining space.via dawnajones

You’ll notice most placements of built in’s in older homes have amazing placement like the one above. It’s a great use of what might otherwise be a wasted space.

Built-In Structure - Built-in shelving units surrounding a fireplace make the components read as one, creating an eye-catching focal point for this living room. The symmetrical arrangements on the shelves draw attention to the fireplace in the center. A black frame around the firebox accentuates the fireplace even more.via bhg

At first glance those built in’s might not seem as amazing as they are cracked up to be, but a quick coat of paint can make an amazing difference.

Living room/ study w/ stripe carpet and black built ins dreamstodiggs

They also serve an awesome purpose as well! Although it may not seem apparent that open shelving great storage, there are great ways to store items without them being a distraction to an eye. A cute basket can be great visually and also hide away things!

bookshelves around door…for downstairs patiovia huntedinterior