Pretty and Functional: 5 Design Tips for Small Spaces {Guest Post}


Decorating a small space is usually perceived as a challenging and tedious task that doesn’t offer many options. It’s time to change that. Having limited alternatives will give you the opportunity to display your creativity and to come up with an unconventional and beautiful design. To avoid any decorating disasters you need to follow these simple tips for each of the following five areas.

The layout is the basis of your design. It is important to work with what you have, without trying to rip off a design right out of the pages of a magazine or from the internet.  Usually small spaces have a particular architecture.  Think about the function of the room. If you are designing a small kitchen you should make it user- friendly. Ensure enough floor space in order to move freely. When dealing with a living room, you need to make the space enjoyable and flexible .Arrange the space, while having in mind the domestic cleaning. Small rooms usually get cluttered quicker than the regular places. You need to make cleaning and organizing as easier as possible.

Painting your walls is the easiest way to visually enlarge a room. Neutral and pastel shades work best for small space. You can boldly use intense colours such as brown and green. The earthy tones will set a soothing atmosphere and will create depth.

Don’t be afraid to purchase big furniture. Many people think that buying smaller appliances will make the place more spacious. This is a common misconception. Pick large pieces that blend with the floor and the walls. It can be either transparent or similar shade.

Look for furniture that is multi – purpose and mobile. Expandable dining table is ideal for the times when you have guests, without taking up too much space all the time.  Clever storage solutions will help you get the most of the small space. Very often these come in interesting shapes and will give your design a unique touch. On the other hand, if you have furniture that you don’t need or use, get rid of it. The same goes for any item in your home. If it doesn’t serve any purpose, then it doesn’t have place in your home.


Minimalism works best when it comes to small spaces. Instead of buying decorations, incorporate items that you use on a daily basis. For instance, incorporate open shelving and display interesting objects. This works particularly well for kitchen. Organize the shelves by mixing and matching bowls and plates or displaying vintage tea set. If you want to visually expand the room, simply use the old – school trick with the mirror. Don’t place it directly against the wall. Let the mirror face an open space.

Storage Solutions
Organize the place, so it meets your needs. Think of areas that can serve as a storage space. Such places are under the bed, behind the doors, the vertical wall space and even ceiling. If you want to have you personal office at your home, you can set it up in closet. It will give you plenty of storage space  and flexibility.

For more helpful storage tips, visit this site.

This post was written and submitted by Ella Andrews, an avid blogger by hobby, and copywriter by profession.

So, how do you decorate your small spaces?

Happy Decorating,

A Family Affair {Family Portrait + Engagement Session}

Last spring, I was contacted to conduct a dual photo session - an engagement/mother/daughter/family shoot.  Basically, an all in one.

We started the session at a local pool hall, since the couple enjoyed time there.

Then we traveled to a downtown area to take some family portraits.

Finally, we went to a nearby park and took some more engagement/family pictures.

Part of my new style is to make sure that when doing a family session that each family member has a picture with their parents, without the other siblings.  When daddy passed away, I remember my brother struggling to find a picture that just the two of them had taken together.  Trust me, it was really difficult.  Since then, I've made it a point to make sure that that won't be the case for any family that I photograph.

I'm sad to say that Robert passed away during the Christmas holidays, so one special little girl lost her daddy and one bride-to-be lost her soulmate.  In spite of the sadness, I am happy that I was able to give this family a set of images that they can always cherish.  And when the little one gets older, she'll always be able to remember the time when her daddy was able to hold her in his arms.

DIY Tea Organizer


I love tea.  Lately I've been drinking a cup or two on most days, so my stash is definitely dwindling.  However, in my quest to organize my kitchen space, I looked for ways to reduce the amount of paper tea boxes for the bagged teas.  At the Container Store (online), I've seen a really nice tea organizer for around $13, but the nearest Container Store is about 2 hours away and I was also looking for something a little less expensive, so I decided to make my own organizer.


  • a container that would allow the tea bags to "stand up"
  • foam board
  • contact paper
  • paper cutting supplies
  • tea of course

  • Cut two strips of foam board the length of your container.
  • Cut smaller strips to act as partitions between those two foam strips.  
  • Tape into place.
Now if you want to "prettify" your box:
  • Cover the foam board with contact paper.
  • Tape pieces into place.

Now I could throw away those boxes and place this container in my kitchen cabinet.  I still have more loose teas than bagged teas, but the loose ones are stored in pretty metal tins.  :-)

So for all you tea drinkers, how do you store your tea?

Update on the Kitchen Organization Project

Hello, Hello.

If you recall, I mentioned on New Year's Day that I had embarked upon this quest to organize my space even more.  I'm still working in my kitchen, because if you've been around this space a while, you know that I've got lots of "stuff" around my home.  I don't know if it's because I'm getting older, or in a different phase of life, or can't think with so much extra these days, but the idea and reality of purging my home is looking better and better.

I've been working my way from one end of the house to the other, so right now I'm in the middle - the kitchen.  In order for you to understand all the rest of the videos (like after versions), I must reveal the ugly of what I was starting with.

Below are a series of videos to help you get a better idea of where I am at present.  Hopefully I will wrap this project up soon because my new set of classes started on Monday.  I think what's left is to finish cleaning out two cabinets, the microwave cart, and then figure out how to properly store things in the empty upper cabinets so that it frees up the space in other parts of my home.  In essence, I'm looking to maximize every inch of the space.

Here's what's been going on...

I did donate loads of kitchen items to a local center, so that made me feel good.  There are obstacles along the way especially in working with an older home, but I'm still looking forward to continually making this space truly my own.  :-)

Happy Organizing,

Happy New Year! {2015}

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Hello all,

I trust that you're doing well and enjoying being a part of this brand spanking new Year!  Some family came to visit on New Year's Eve and my mom and I enjoyed having them.  While there, we ate yummy food of course, then we went to visit a bereaved family.  Our church donated groceries to them and so we went to spend a little time and of course deliver them.  Afterwards we visited another family and wrapped up the evening.  As for New Year's Eve, I spent it quietly at home watching back-to-back Christmas movies while dreaming up new organizational projects.  (Oh yes, before I settled in, I did slap a couple of extra coats of paint on my bathroom closet shelves.  Thankfully that project is coming to a real close.  The contractor is coming back next week to do his final touches like installing towel bar, making some minor adjustments I discovered, and hanging the door back.  Then I can show you!)

I never make New Year's resolutions, but one thing that has been on my mind since last summer is this desire to continue purging my home and do more things with intention.  Not buying randomly.  Not accepting random items from well-meaning people.  Not living in clutter and disarray.  Just doing things with intention.  And no, that's not my word for the year.  lol  It's just something on my mind right now.

My new semester of classes start on January 12th so I have no idea what this semester has in store for me, but in the midst of it all, I hope to be able to accomplish these small home goals.  Trust me, I enjoy going out from time to time, but I really enjoy being at home.  So I figure, if I'm going to be there, why not have it truly reflect who I am and of course be quite comfy and inviting for others.

A friend of mine and I went out to find her perfect planner and me some organization items for my refrigerator from the Dollar Tree, but it was really nice to have all the doors open to the rooms in my house when she came over.  Was it that every room was perfectly arranged?  No, but it wasn't a sight for sore eyes.  I've not had that feeling before, but it felt good.

So, here's to a start (or a continuation of a start) to something new for me.

I have enjoyed meeting you all through blogging and I look forward to continuing our online journey throughout the year.

Happy New Year!