how to host guests in a small space

Living in #mytinybungalow, I get asked A LOT about how on Earth we ever have guests stay with us. And you know we have them because my bestest friends live in totally different cities! We tend to get lots of house guests because people love to visit Seattle (ahem, only in the summer)… and because I always insist that people stay with us. What can I say, I’m proud of owning my own house! But anyways, everyone is always curious about how to make it work space-wise, so today I’m here to answer this question.

There are a few key things you want to make sure you do to
host guests in a small space:

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how to go on a shopping freeze without turning into a hermit

how to go on a shopping freeze without turning into a hermit, a personal essay about minimalist living. #minimalism #shoppingfreeze #minimalist #personalessay #smallspaces #tinyliving #tinyhome

Ok, today’s post is going to cover a question I’ve been getting lately regarding going on a shopping freeze. I think it’s a super legitimate concern and one I’ve had myself, so it deserves its own post.

The question: how do you go on a shopping freeze without completely turning into a hermit?

To be frank, I think every situation is what we make it, and it’s no different for a shopping freeze. For me, I try not to make it a big deal to myself or others. If I keep a more relaxed perspective, and not worry about things like becoming a hermit because I want to spend my money more wisely, then the pressure to avoid it kind of floats away. That’s not to say I never have those thoughts, though. So when I do find myself in certain situations, this is how I’ve been handling it:

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An Eclectic Brunch Tablescape for Three on Mother’s Day

An Eclectic Brunch Tablescape for Three on Mother's Day in a small space. #smallspaces #entertaining #tablescape #spring #mothersday #brunch #springtablescape

I live about 3,000 miles away from my mom, so Mother’s Day is always a bittersweet holiday for me. I always send a card and flowers, but a big part of me still wishes we could celebrate together. Now that Sean and I are engaged though, we spend the day with his mom and it’s almost as good. I’m so lucky to have found a partner who’s family is welcoming, loving, and just plain awesome. So this year, we’re planning to celebrate with a brunch that’s a bit eclectic in feel.

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Pi Day pie tasting party tablescape

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For March’s small space entertaining post, I want to change things up a bit. Instead we’re talking about a quirk of mine — my love of Pi Day. It’s not so much that I’m a math nerd — in fact I am quite terrible at math. But it is a day when it’s perfectly acceptable to eat lots and lots of pie, which just happens to be my favorite food. Add in that today is just a few days away from my birthday and well… pie for everyone! Recently I hosted a super-cute pie tasting party at the tiny bungalow so that I could share my favorites with my friends. Thanks to the easy-to-use P-touch Embellish, I was able to custom label the types of pie, making my tablescape even more chic!

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a moody & dramatic Valentine’s Day tablescape for two | small space entertaining

a moody & dramatic Valentine's Day tablescape for two. small space entertaining. #smallspaces #valentinesday #tablescape

To be honest, this Valentine’s Day tablescape is all about yesterday’s cloche centerpiece. It’s literally my favorite one that Sarah has ever done and really captures everything that I want our Valentine’s Day tablescape for two to reflect. While traveling through Amsterdam a few years ago, I became obsessed with this painting and have always wanted to translate it somehow into a blog post. Sarah indulged me in my unexpected color palette, so I pulled dinnerware and glassware to complement it, rather than detract. This simple tablescape is really all about the centerpiece.

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warm scandinavian modern holiday tablescape | small space entertaining

After styling an over-the-top, more-is-more tablescape for Thanksgiving, I felt drawn to a more pared down vibe for my Christmas setting. More than anything, I wanted my holiday tablescape to feel casual. To achieve this, I simplified the settings and layered together pieces to create a warm and inviting table with some major hygge, Scandinavian vibes.

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