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post #21 of 43
A cute little place! You could glass-in or screen-in the front porch, if you wanted a place to hang the coats.

You can also build a little 12 x 12 or 15 x 15 shed on the the hill behind, if the zoning will allow it. The shed becomes the kids play area/project area, with a cute patio next to it. And with some insulation it could be a guest room! The cost of the shed, even if on a slope, will be much less than the cost of moving!
post #22 of 43
Thread Starter 
Ok, cool! I am a buzz of new ideas...

My mother is hugely influential in my discontent. I love her- but she is never ever content- and I think I've definelty inherited it.

We are thinking of either swithing rooms with the kids or building their bed "cubbies" in the walls or the upstairs bedroom (as mentioned in the Do Kids need Bed? thread).

We could also enclose our porch and make a mudroom. Which I have ALWAYS wanted.

I DO NOT WANT TO SELL and get a bigger house- and I"m questioning my argument about our property not being good enough. I believe in God- and I know he will make it known if we are supposed to have something else. (because there is NO way we could afford to move at all)

I'm loving this site right now!

Keep the ideas coming! I think they're helping everyone!
post #23 of 43
I too think its very cute. We 4 (DH, me, 2 DSs, cat and dog) live in a 550 sqf little duplex. We have absolutely no storage either.

I think enclosing your front porch would be a great idea!!! Think of all the storage area
post #24 of 43
Thread Starter 
Heres some pix of my house on the inside- now, keep in mind I did NOTHING before taking these- so, my apologies for the mess.

Heres the family room/living room (whatever!):
http://i50.photobucket.com/albums/f3...e/DSC02258.jpg
We have a sectional, and thats it! Our TV is mounted on the wall you can't see (not a flatscreen, just a little tv)- there is also a bathroom right there and our "office":
http://i50.photobucket.com/albums/f3...e/DSC02261.jpg
Next is the other side of the house- the kitchen (a total mess right now, but you get the idea)
http://i50.photobucket.com/albums/f3...e/DSC02259.jpg
http://i50.photobucket.com/albums/f3...e/DSC02260.jpg
I just LOVE it when dh uses the barstools by the island as his hamper.(sarcasm- in case you didnt pick it up)
Here's our room- it's laundry day- the bed is strip and our hamper overfloweth. Note the gratuitous amount of books and musical instruments on the floor next to the bed. Very chic- very Feng Shui
http://i50.photobucket.com/albums/f3...e/DSC02263.jpg
I forgot to upload the kids room. Oh well- picture a loft bed with alot of junk around it.
post #25 of 43
I just wanted to tell you that I LOVE the wall colors in your house. Especially the green in the living room. I so wish DH would let me use colors like that in our house. Instead we've got a medium tan color (similar to your bedroom) throughout the entire 1st floor (he did allow a light blue for the bedrooms). I like to call it "Chocolate Milk Brown". It's nice, but not fantastic like your green!

And I just wanted to encourage you. I see a lot of potential in your little house. I'd love to give suggestions, but I've always stuggled with my own clutter. I'm trying to get it more under control every day! baby steps... baby steps... LOL!
post #26 of 43
I love how you have turned what used to be a closet? into an office! It is very very very cute! I love it, tons of potential!
post #27 of 43
Your house is even more adorable on the inside than on the outside. I love the pointed ceiling in the bedroom and what you've done with your closet/computer area. The kitchen looks cool too. So much potential there!
post #28 of 43
Well, I have a re-decoration idea for your master bedroom! Basically, built-in shelves on the wall with the window. With doors on the lower part of the shelves, you can store clothing out of site. And having a tall vertical element in the room will emphasize the height... homefully!

See my rendering here: http://www.ihateticks.com/home_decor.html

-SLEEPLESSmOMMY
post #29 of 43
Your place is adorable! It looks like your kitchen is a nice size for the size of your house. My house is pretty small, too (960 sq.ft.) and I find that when it's picked up and put together, I feel a lot more gentle toward it!! Decluttering is making a big difference for me. I just don't have room to store any extra junk. You probably feel the same way.

Could you put a row of hooks for coats and backpacks just inside the door? A shoe rack underneath could be another welcome addition.

How about adding insulation for the kids' room? It's a pretty easy DIY project and would make their area more comfortable.
post #30 of 43
Add me to the small house club! We have 965 glorious square feet which includes our garage. Three bedrooms, three kids, over 100 pounds of dog (2) and too much stuff. I am in the de-clutter process and hope to be done some day.

While I would love a bigger house I find peace that I am not adding to the increased urbanization of my area by buying a cookie cutter home. I also like the face that I always know where the mortgage payment is coming from because we are not over extended.
post #31 of 43
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Originally Posted by SleeplessMommy View Post
Thank you! Thats awesome!

Its very similar to an idea we've had for that room- but it's great to see it drawn onto the room!!!! (wish it'd been kind clean before I took the picture )
post #32 of 43
OH my gosh I think you could do so much with your house. I am totally shocked that I forgot my absolute favorite space saver. A homemade murpheys bed. I saw a kit online with the hardware and needed a bit of hardware. I would love to have my bedroom have one of these ( you can go up to a queen) and then have it flip up in the day for a home office. I think a loft bed for the kids would be fine. Why change? I must have missed that. I love loft beds with play areas underneath.

your little office cubby is great. I aso think a good pantry makes a home seem bigger and a kitchen table that doubles as a family play area. I had a great table that I can put leafs in when I need it. I get all of my furniture off of craigslist etc.

Sectionals are great because children can make forts out of them but I admit they are hard to manuever in a small area. We found at times that our futon was so big it took over our small house. I wish ours had drawers under it. I also love those cubes at walmart that you sit on but that the top comes off and has a storage area. I love endtables that are also book cases and really good overhead lighting. A well placed mirror and lights as well as good wall art helps a lot.

For me what makes a house a home is just creative love and well you probably need a bit of money for wall coverings, and paint etc.

I think your house is awesome and has so many opportunities for you to pour yourself into .
post #33 of 43
Very cute house!!

My kids sleep in the home office because I don't like the idea of them facing the street. The front room is now empty so we live in just two rooms of the three. The third room comes in handy when the IL's stay for a long visit. The home office/girls' room has no closet. I bought a cheap wardrobe from IKEA that has a place to hang clothes, some shelf space, and a couple of drawers. It was around $200 I think.
post #34 of 43
I love your house! it is adorable!
post #35 of 43
I am totally in love with your house!!
post #36 of 43
I LOVE your wall colors and dark floors. And your house looks very loved. I love seeing the backpacks on the floor, for some reason I don't have any storage downstairs in my 2750 sf house! (the vacuum cleaner is always in the middle of the living room floor- not even a little closet to put that in) so I bought a cheap little coat hook/shelf thing at Target last year and even though you can see the coats all the time, it keeps them off the floor. I think it was about $30. The mudroom idea sounds perfect for you guys!
post #37 of 43
Love your house! What I love most is that first picture where it looks like you have nature on your doorstep. One thing that might help is having a 'living area' outside with benches, room for the kids to play etc to help expand your living space.

Wanted to mention:

In the 3rd picture, There's a baby seat on the floor.

I can't tell exactly from the picture, but does it have a thin wire base, then seat is made from cloth over the wire outline and it's kind of bouncy? My niece had a seat like that. One day when no one was looking she wiggled up, pushed her feet against the bottom of the seat (on the wire part), wiggled up and over the harness and fell face forward onto the floor with one of her legs stuck.

She was fine, but it freaked everyone out. She hasn't sat in the chair since. She was about 3 mths old at the time but kind of big and strong (and wiggley ) for her age. Just keep an eye on your baby when they're in the seat.
post #38 of 43
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Originally Posted by ShannonCC View Post
How about switching bedrooms so the kids have the insulated and less scary one? For the coats, can you do a coat hanger thingie on the wall (whatever they are called)?
Exactly.

And you can put up two coat hook/peg thingies side by side if you need the space. You can put one or two in every room!
post #39 of 43
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by ***Heather*** View Post
In the 3rd picture, There's a baby seat on the floor.

I can't tell exactly from the picture, but does it have a thin wire base, then seat is made from cloth over the wire outline and it's kind of bouncy? My niece had a seat like that. One day when no one was looking she wiggled up, pushed her feet against the bottom of the seat (on the wire part), wiggled up and over the harness and fell face forward onto the floor with one of her legs stuck.
I can totally see how that could happen...thank for the advice- I kinda hate that seat- we've had it for 5 years! I usually lay her on the sheepskin on thr floor.
post #40 of 43
I love your house! I also found the wall colors so vivid and alive!

I know what you mean about not being content. i actually did not want to move to our new house and it took me along time to be content but now I adore it! we live in grape country in western ny...there are grape fields in our backyard and it is what I use to keep me sane when I am feeling crazed.
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