This October, we’ll be celebrating four years of living in this tiny home. It’s a bit nutty to think that aside from our childhood homes, this is the longest that either of us has stayed put in a single place. When I think about jumping around in college (where I ultimately met Scott as my neighbor), it sort of makes four years feel like a long time. And although many of those college-y homes were much larger than our current day casa, I’d like to think this place is a bit, um, cleaner. You know, without all the raging parties (Mom, we’re fine!) and what have you.
With this anniversary of sorts, we thought it would be fun to look waay back to the photos we snapped when we were considering purchasing – and all the phases in between. After all, this little slice of web was born two years after moving in, and each room has seen their fair share of rights and (really) wrongs.
We were the first owners to take the reigns on what was a freshly rehabbed building, and there were two glaring challenges: 1) space and 2) all those khaki-colored walls! (Say hi to my little sis!)
We tackled the walls first, and as color lovers, we went a little, um, bold. And while we would have loved to splurge on furniture and decor, a new mortgage didn’t allow for much wiggle room. For the first few months, we worked with what we had from our first city rental – a hodge podge of dark carpets, black tables, and overstuffed couches.
Over time, we gradually began playing with layout (moving the couch to the window wall and even adding a small seat to act as a room divider), and we slowly saved up funds for a lighter area rug and a sleek and pretty couch, among other things. We even toned down our kitchen walls for an easy, visual flow.
Of course things don’t stay the same for too long (you know we like to shake things up – even if it’s just a pillow, a table lamp, or in this case, new paint and furniture!), and as we become more inspired, we pinch pennies (getting in touch with our inner DIY), and bring in change.
We couldn’t get rid of all that color, so the foyer still pops with Behr’s Chlorophyll. (But down the road, who knows?) A rotating crew of art and fresh flowers keep things lively, and it’s a far cry from those sad, khaki walls!
For those that know us well, you totally get that we’re still editing and fluffing and floofing all the time. This easily explains why the above photos – snapped only a few months ago – already seem to be missing the upholstered ottoman, our Bazaar-cracked-vase and even terrarium numero uno (among other things).
But with every tweak, we still take a moment to revel in our favorite city nook. Like you, we cuddle up on the couch. We cook chili all day, and we burn fall scented candles. We go to bed early just so we can feel how soft our bed is, and we curse when the morning alarm goes off. We sing to our pets, and we dance with them around our home, and we still sit on our back patio and will do so until it’s 20 degrees cooler.
We’ll show you the back half of our home in the coming days, and if I can get myself in order, we’ll throw in our first crack at a video home tour. (It’s filmed, but goodness knows my skills are less than stellar, and it may only be 20 seconds or so. But dammit, we’ll show you.)