March Update

*Warning… this post is going to be a long update, grab your drink of choice and settle in*

Yes, yes, I am fully aware that it is almost the end of April and I’m just getting around to uploading my pictures from March. I would like to say this is because we have been out having fun, but sadly that is not the case. We have spent most of the month prepping our big house to be rented out. Hours and hours of scrubbing, painting, yardwork, carrying heavy things, etc., but we are finally seeing the light at the end of the tunnel. Once that huge project is done, I’m hoping we can complete the last of our tiny house projects and finally get officially settled in.

I don’t want to sound all negative though, we have been enjoying our evenings in tiny house¬†immensely. Our lounge is the most comfortable thing in the world for dinner and movie nights. There is also much less rain here than where we were previously living, which has been a nice change of pace. Last week we had snow in the morning, but by the end of this week, it will be in the low 70’s. Amazing. Finally time to switch out my snow boots for my sandals. YES!

We are quickly approaching the one year anniversary of when we started this (insert adjective here… crazy?) project. I stumbled across these photos of when we were in the beginning stages. I can’t believe I’m sitting in our (almost) completed house less than a year later writing this blog post.

Now onto more current pictures… We have our lounge cushions! I feel like I’ve been talking about them for forever and we finally got them! Since our built in seating was a custom size, we knew we’d have to have something made for us. And while I enjoy sewing, I wasn’t up for such a big task. We ordered them online from Cushion Source and could not be happier.

I decided on a charcoal grey and plan on adding in a bunch of colorful pillows to give that area some color. I also did end up ordering 2 back bolsters and covering them with fabric so we’d have something to lean against. I just have 3 more pillows to make until the seating area is finished. I’m so antsy to post pictures of the completed area!

Here is a sneak peek though of one of the pillows I’m designing. It’s a pillow replica of our house. I had a blast researching house quilt blocks and sketching it out.

Another project I’ve been working on is my fridge spice magnets:

I saw something similar on Pinterest and thought it would be the perfect space saver. I ordered 2 1/2″ tins online and then found a free download of these cute labels. A few minutes in photoshop and some sticker paper were all that was needed to create the labels.

Then, I glued (several) magnets to the back, filled with spices, and BOOM! No more spices in the cupboard. And they look adorable. The hardest part was narrowing down which spices to include. I decided on 22 basics that I use often. If a recipe calls for something else, I’ve been buying the exact amount from the store’s bulk spice section and that has worked out perfectly so far.

I’ve also been working from the tiny house 3 days a week. It has been wonderful to pull the table up to the lounge and have a large work area. And when I need a break, I can just bird watch from the window or take a quick walk. I was nervous that working in tiny house would make it less relaxing during other times of the day, but I haven’t found that to be the case.

I have been meaning to write about our interior paint for quite awhile. I think it’s one of the most important interior decisions and really changes the vibe of a house. I love color and I had originally planned on at least having some color on the walls. But with the size of the house, all of greenery outside, and with the accessories I knew we’d be bringing in, I decided to keep it all white. However, once I started researching the perfect white paint I quickly realized there were a lot of options.

I decided to go with a Benjamin Moore paint because I had read a lot of good reviews and it was in our budget… Who knew paint could be so expensive! I settled on my favorite 7 swatches and hung them up on the wall. I would check them throughout the day with different lighting. I was super serious about this. But then I found the perfect one:

I absolutely LOVE how it looks in the house. We painted everything that color… ceiling, walls, trim, kitchen cabinets, etc. It is not too bright and while I think it leans to the green side of white, it feels very warm. My only issues with the paint are that it dried way too quickly while painting and it scuffs easily. However, it is very easily to clean so that is nice.

Another project we tackled in March was moving our mattress to tiny. We had been sleeping on an inflatable mattress since January and we finally were at the point in our move (and weather) that we could move our real mattress. It was so nice to get the inflatable out of there and prep the loft for the real mattress.

What we didn’t plan on was that our measurements of the loft opening were much tighter than we thought, so we really had to bend and maneuver to get it in. Not to mention it was super heavy and awkward to move. I was in the loft pulling and B was on the ground floor, pushing the mattress over his head. I don’t think we’ll be moving it again for awhile. :)

I also had time a few weeks ago to start organizing our cabinets and our closet. We still are nowhere near done, but I really like how our upper cabinet is shaping up. I’m hoping to keep it this uncluttered in the future, but I doubt that will happen. haha. And we have a special stash of things in the upper left for visitors :)

Here’s the first picture of our tiny house with the snow melted. I think my mother in law is going to plant lavender around the trailer. Cute right?!

And lastly, my dog and unofficial mascot of everything I do turned 4 in March. I take his portrait every year on his birthday and this is the one for this year.

Thanks for reading friends! Have a great rest of April.
-S