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Living in a construction site and living in a small space is quite the challenge. Honestly, it felt like the kitchen renovation had taken over our entire home (all 640 square feet of it!) until eBay reached out to share their new partnership with Havenly, an online interior design service. I knew it was time for a dining room refresh — especially because we had just re-painted the accent wall! Alexis, the Havenly designer, took that color into account when she sent the design options, which was so helpful. From there, she sourced everything we needed to get our dining room ready for hosting holiday guests — and all from eBay!
I love the holiday season! It’s a time for yummy drinks, gorgeously festive home decor, and lots of time with friends and family. And speaking of friends and family, raise your hand if you’re hosting some (or all) of them in the next month or two. Now raise your hand if you also live small and have absolutely no idea how to squeeze more people into your house. If this is you, I totally feel your pain. Ever since I bought the tiny bungalow, I have hosted a Christmas brunch for a few of Sean’s family members… last year we squeezed 8 people into 640 sqft! Fear not, though, for it can be done! You just have to be a little bit strategic about it. Follow these tips and your holiday hosting will be a cinch!
Let’s be real here for a moment: shopping for any sized home is difficult enough, but when you limit the square footage… well, that’s when things get interesting! Over the past 3 years, I like to think I’ve become an expert when it comes to small spaces. After all, #mytinybungalow is only 640 sqft total. I definitely have some favorites when it comes to finding furniture and storage pieces, so I wanted to share my holy grail list of small-space friendly stores with you!
Whether you live tiny or not, everyone is hungry for more storage space, right? Every time I post to Instagram about our storage hacks, or even to ask for advice, I am blown away by how many people in ‘normal size’ homes can identify as well. Although I have to say, we tiny house folks usually have to get a bit more creative when it comes to finding places to tuck stuff away, especially if you live in an area with four seasons like Seattle (not to throw shade at residents of more temperate climates… they just don’t have to store as many coats!). And even though I’ve been working hard this year to eliminate “stuff”, we still have plenty small space challenges in #mytinybungalow. After three years of living small, we’ve picked up a few tricks along the way, so I wanted to share them with you today!
I can’t help myself: I am kind of excited that fall is on the horizon — especially after Sarah’s centerpiece DIY yesterday. Here in Seattle, we’re still in the early fall stages where the leaves are sloooowly changing and the light is shifting. Everything feels a little bit moodier, which I absolutely love. There’s something about darker light that makes colors pop more and creates even more of a dramatic feel. For this fall themed tablescape, I embraced the sunset tones that make me think of this time of year: dusty pale pink and coral orange, especially. Then I used natural tones of woodgrain and linen to make them pop just a little bit more. I’m really happy with how unexpected this tablescape feels for me, too… like a departure from some of the past tables I set.
This post is sponsored by Value Village & Savers. All opinions are my own and always will be! Thanks for supporting content that keeps Jojotastic going.
I’m always beyond excited to share more of my styling work with you guys, especially because taking on more styling projects is one of my goals for the year. Just last week, I shared huge news on Instagram: Value Village & Savers had approached me to design a living and entertaining space in a shipping container using only thrifted items. And I immediately asked, “Where do I sign??” Talk about the stars aligning! In celebration of National Thrift Shop Day, I teamed up the wonderful team at Value Village to shop at the store near me and pull together this dreamy, eclectic, modern space — that I desperately wish was mine! Come with me as I give you a tour of the small space + share tips on how to score incredible thrifted finds for yourself.
I don’t necessarily claim to be a minimalist or someone who never over consumes. But it is a topic I get a lot of questions about, especially on Instagram. Ever since moving into #mytinybungalow and choosing to make some changes to my lifestyle, people want to know what they can start doing in their lives to move towards owning less. I don’t know if it was ever my intention to become a resource for something like this, but I freaking love it.
The truth is, just like all things worthwhile in life, living with less and in smaller spaces requires a ton of prep work and effort. Minimizing your life is no easy feat, so today I want to share all the tips and resources I have to help people interested in living this lifestyle.