Saturday, January 18, 2014

inspiring spaces

lately, i have been so deeply inspired by a few really small spaces. in awe of the way some people are able to minimize all the 'stuff' in their lives. feeling more motivated and focused to push forward on my personal journey towards living more simply. i know we have too much stuff (i pretty much never stop talking about it), but i also hope that this year can be our tipping point. the year we make some genuine strides in reducing what we have, what we feel we need and what we know we can do without.

i randomly stumbled upon this beautiful blog and have been smitten ever since. james and erin live in a 240 square foot apartment in brooklyn, and have a perfect, beautiful and functional tiny space. they have a series on their blog called 'life in a tiny apartment' - survival tips and outside-the-box ideas for making small spaces work, and sifting through their archives has become completely therapeutic and wildly inspirational for me.

2014- the year we reevaluate, streamline, and cut it all back.

(all images borrowed from style me pretty living)


  1. For some reason displaying knives seems super taboo to me....I'm not superstitious normally, but this may be my one thing. I heard you aren't supposed to give them as wedding presents either, and I even get weirded out buying knives, so I have the worst knives naturally. And they sit in our utensil drawer really hazardously so you'll be grabbing a spatula and SHIT! cut yourself. Or almost.
    Anyways, just so you know, we ate my disaster of the oatmeal square recipe last night. It was great. I'm so lucky to have a husband who lays in bed with me laughing at me having 3 pots on the go, stirring them all simultaneously and then yelling at him "help! help!". Sigh.

  2. (for real though, it says "what good should I do today?" but it's under a rack of knives! Just seems kinda sarcastic, but also pscyho! Ok, I'm done!!)

  3. I was thinking about it (no, I'm still freaked by the knives) but over Christmas I got really into minimizing (I have you to thank for helping inspire me!). One thing I do now is I think that my house is going to burn down and I have to make a list of everything we own. So I will clean out a drawer, then take a photo which I save on my computer, and that saves time from having to actually write everything down. My goal is to keep everything the same, or replace. So my 2 pairs of scissors in the kitchen don't become 3 or 5. Does that help at all? I did this with all of Charlie's stuff from birth to now, from bottles to clothes. Each container is photographed, then I can just go through photos to know what I have rather than lists or stuff. The whole "what would I replace if a fire burned it all away?" mentality is one that works for me, albeit kinda freaks out Justin!

  4. bahahaha!!! oh jacquie!! all these comments made me laugh so hard! the knife thing is hilarious- totally funny about the sign- i didn't even think. my husband is totally weird about knives too. i wanted a knife magnet thing like the one pictured so bad, but he was totally against it- so we have a big knife block taking up space we can't afford in the tiniest of kitchens. also, I'm so glad your husband is a trooper and the oatmeal dish tasted good despite it being a total chaotic mess. and finally, i LOVE your fire idea. hahaha! so perfect!