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

10 thoughts on “March Update

  1. Almost all white (simply white), and yet totally amazing, I stand in awe, at how beautiful your house is looking, and the black fixtures really pop and add just the perfect texture, enjoy your tiny house living!

  2. Ahhhh! What a wonderful abode! The two of you have done an amazing job. Maybe I should say “three” as he is a very fine dog indeed. Thanks for all the inspiring pictures!

  3. Hi S: I truly enjoy your writing style. You entertain and educate, simultaneously. <3 And I'm of the same camp regarding "Research! Research! Research!" I'm an architect and I'm constantly telling my clients "Think, First. Then Think, again! One more time for Luck…and THEN buy/build!" I've reviewed blueprints for client's where the original architect left the FRIG out of the kitchen! I've seen homes perched on Lake Michigan where there were NO WINDOWS facing the Lake!!!<at a $1 Million dollar price tag for the property, alone! You did right by yourselves to view the colour swatches in all available lighting situations…good going, S!

    I'm just curious: I've read a couple of pages of your blog and you mention your In Laws, often. Are you living on their property? I love my In Laws and am blessed with having them in my life. Sounds like yours are wonderful, too. :)

    • Hi again!
      I totally hear you on the research thing. I feel like we researched the heck out of this, and there are still things I’d do differently… But mostly I think we accomplished what we wanted. I can’t believe someone wouldn’t have windows facing Lake Michigan, that makes me sad!

      Yes, you read correctly, we are on our inlaws property. They have been very generous to let us park here. It really sped up the time we were able to get out of our big house. When we moved they weren’t living here, it was more of a vacation property for them. But recently they have moved up here permanently, so we are one big happy family :)

      • “I can’t believe someone wouldn’t have windows facing Lake Michigan, that makes me sad!”

        It REALLY would have been sad, if I hadn’t caught it! No, I’m no genius; this couple are dear friend’s of ours and know what I do for a living, so they just wanted me to have a “look-see” at the blueprints that a local Michigan arcitect drew up for them. I’d like to think the guy had just graduated from Uni but come on….a million dollar piece of lake property, a house on the bluff over-looking the lake and you don’t have a SINGLE WINDOW facing the frickin’ lake on the main floor???? Oh, and he also forgot to include a REFRIGERATOR in the kitchen, too…in a 6 bedroom retirement home with an extended family of 24 kids/grandkids!

        All I did was move the cabinets, relocate the fireplace, change the position of a mirror in the 1st floor bathroom…super minor changes on paper…and they ended up with glorious views AND a screened in deck overlooking the lake. And, before anyone asks…they continued working with the architect but had me review each change. Maybe they felt sorry for him? ~shrug~

        So, it goes to show you, RESEARCH IS CHEAP! Materials are EXPENSIVE!!!

        • Oh I’m so glad you caught it! That makes the story much less sad. Glad they asked you to look over the blueprints!!! They are lucky to have you as a friend.

  4. Just found your blog via Tiny House and I think your tiny home is the nicest I have seen so far! I am curious as to how you deal with moisture problems that occur underneath your mattress to prevent mould growing? Your mattress seems to sit straight onto a solid floor with no ventilation or am I missing something?
    Michelle in Australia.

    • Hi Michelle!
      To combat moisture issues we have a plastic vapor barrier to prevent water from going into the fiberglass insulation and we try to keep the house ventilated often. As far as the mattress goes, that wasn’t one we had thought about in terms of moisture, but we just checked under the mattress and there is no evidence of any kind of moisture. It is sitting on tongue and groove pine, not sure if those grooves help?

      Thanks for checking out the blog!
      S

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