Instagram and I have a love/hate relationship, but one of my favorite things about it is that I’m able to connect with some truly wonderful people. In this case, I’m talking about Mary Interiano of This Thrifted Abode. I’m not even entirely sure how we connected, but Mary is one of the loveliest, most genuine people I’ve had the honor of meeting through that platform. Her home is artfully layered with boho touches spread throughout. I knew she would be the perfect interviewee for my Small Space Squad series, so let’s take a step inside and tour this small home!
Home Tour: Inside the Artfully Layered Home of This Thrifted Abode
Who: Mary Interiano of This Thrifted Abode
Where: Phoenix, Arizona
Number of years spent living small: 3
To start, tell me your story about how you ultimately ended up choosing a small space?
We knew we wanted to live in the city and being in a community that was close to schools, local shops and restaurants was important to us. When we began house hunting three years ago, we made the decision to live small and prioritize the culture city living provides.
What is your biggest challenge in your small space?
The biggest challenge for sure are summers! It is hot in the summer and we are mostly inside. It can be a challenge navigating indoor playtime for the kids.
What is your favorite part about living small?
My favorite part is the closeness and community it creates within our family. My kiddos are so close and play together all the time. I don’t know if a larger home would facilitate that.
What is your number one hack for living small?
It all comes down to your mindset. When you think of space differently it changes your priorities and what you feel you really “need.”
Do you ever feel pressure to be “minimalistic” or feel guilty about buying things you don’t “need” for your home?
Intentionality is key. We constantly need to edit what we no longer use to avoid clutter. I think the one thing in, one thing out rule really helps with this.
What have you learned about yourself by living small?
I have learned that alone time is key for me. It is a challenge in a small space, but carving out that time in the early morning or in the evenings helps me reset and recharge.
What’s your number one storage hack?
Ensuring spaces are multipurpose and utilized to their fullest. Our dining nook also has bench storage. Our TV stand is also a dresser. Our dining chairs serve as desk chairs as well. You can do a lot with a space if you get creative.
Who is your biggest small space inspiration?
My initial inspiration for living small stemmed from my love for small homes. I’ve been fascinated by the practicality and creativity involved in creating a haven with less square footage.
What do your friends and family say about your choice to live small?
A lot of our friends don’t really understand our choice to live small, but we are content with our decision and it has taught us so much. We wouldn’t trade it for anything.
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Photography by Elizabeth Wells Photo, used with permission.
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