A small house tour with tons of tips and ideas to make the most of your small home. | chatfieldcourt.comHi and thanks for stopping in today! I’m so excited to be joining up with 12 amazing bloggers as part of a small house tour, hosted by Stacy from Not Just a Housewife, to share tips and ideas on making the most of your small space. If you’re coming from Doreen’s at Hymns and Verses, welcome!

Small House Tour hosted by Stacy Risenmay

Since this is a small home tour, I’ll fill you in on a few details of our home. My husband and I live in a 1950’s brick ranch with 3 bedrooms and 1 very small bathroom in just under 1200 square feet, we also have an unfinished basement. This house is the smallest we’ve ever owned so making the most of the limited space has been quite the learning experience and, at times, a huge challenge.

Let’s start the tour in our galley kitchen, that’s been undergoing a major renovation for the past year. When we moved in, 2 1/2 years ago, there was very little storage space and no pantry. We tried to remedy that during our renovation by building extra cabinets on an empty wall, and adding this awesome barn wood shelf for our everyday dishes.

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This renovation has been a labor of love for us. Yes, it’s taken us more than a year to do but we’ve tackled it all on our own from the subway tile backsplash to the granite countertops (that we cut and installed ourselves) to the plank ceiling. We also added quite a bit of extra storage, like this custom-built drawer that holds our garbage and recycle bins. I love having them hidden away.

A small home tour with useful storage tips for living with a small galley kitchen. | chatfieldcourt.comNext is the smallest of our 3 bedrooms. This room was a huge challenge when it came to furniture placement and storage because it has three doors, three windows and is a walk-through from the kitchen to the bathroom. Phew…a lot of obstacles but I think we made the most of it.

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Because bed placement was a huge issue we built a platform bed to fit the space, adding cubbies with baskets for storage and locking wheels so I could move it to clean or to make the bed. We also added more barn wood shelves in this room, since there were no surfaces for decor, and an antique armoire for additional storage. One of the most challenging rooms in the house has turned into my favorite.

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I’ve always used mirrors when decorating any home that I’ve lived in but they serve a greater purpose in a small home, they open up a room. Now that I live in a small home I use them in every room, all shapes and sizes. In my master bedroom though, I went big and tall and it’s really made a huge difference.

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The only bathroom in the house is teeny tiny, which meant I had to get really creative so we could store all of our necessities. I’ll admit, I purged a lot when we moved in, because there just wasn’t enough room, but I was able to keep everything that I really needed.

We used open shelving for towels and I keep all of our soap, cotton balls and cotton swabs out in pretty glass jars so that they’re handy. In the vanity I used drawer organizers and added a sliding basket to keep things neat and easy to see. I also added a small cabinet under the built-in shelves for all of our extra toiletries.

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Our living room is actually 3 spaces in one, the entryway, the dining and the living area. Dual purpose furniture is a real necessity in this room and we have utilized every inch. The ottoman holds our throws and a game or two and, since we have limited surface area for decor, I use it to show off my latest favorite finds.

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The media cabinet, which just got a makeover, was a bedroom dresser in a former life and offers lots of storage space for movies, candles and my photography gear. The previous owner left an electric fireplace here when they moved out and this piece offers so much more.

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I am much more selective when it comes to my decor since we moved into this house. I only buy what I really love and I make sure that whatever it is that I do buy can be used in different rooms. I’ve walked away from plenty of really lovely things because they didn’t fit my criteria. Not always fun but hey, I’ve probably saved myself a ton of money by sticking to my two simple rules and it’s kept me from getting stuff that would just sit in a box in the basement. Clutter is a killer when you live in a small home, and for me, that’s the number one tip for living in a small house.

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Thanks for stopping by and taking our small house tour.

Looking for more small home inspiration and tips? Check out the other awesome bloggers participating in the tour.

February 25th
Stacy Risenmay – Not Just A Housewife
Jessica – Mom 4 Real
Jennie – Craft-O-Maniac
Janel – Nellie Bellie
Vanessa –Tried & True
February 26th
Lindsay – My Creative Days
Jennifer Rizzo – Jennifer Rizzo
Shannon – AKA Design 
Jessica – Decor Adventures
Doreen – Hymns and Verses
Kristi – you’re here! 
Megan – Balancing Home




I seem to visit this topic often, especially when I’m decorating for a new season, but it’s something that I’m still trying to work through myself…small space decorating challenges. Over the 29 years we’ve been married, we’ve lived 10 different homes, with the largest at 3500 sq. feet and the smallest, our current home, just under 1200 sq. feet. In our largest home, we had so much space that I had to buy “stuff” just to fill some of the least used rooms in the house. In that house, the decorating challenge was that there was almost too much decorating space.

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In the house we are in now though, I’ve had to learn how to decorate in a different way. I am someone who enjoys decorating and moving things around a lot, like furniture and pictures. My go-to pick me up for a room was to move the furniture around, change a few accessories and BAM, you had a new room for no money.

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When you live in a small space, there’s no moving furniture around, because it usually only fits in one spot, and you have limited space for decor, so you have to be choosy about what you display. In my current living room (the biggest room in the house) I only have 3 areas, which consists of 2 chests and a tray on an ottoman, to display lighting and a few decor items. Not a lot of space for someone that likes to change things up.

Small Space Decorating Challenges | chatfieldcourt.comSo instead of moving furniture, I have found that rotating my decor, either monthly, or sometimes, every other week, allows me to change things up a bit. I’ve also found that by keeping larger items neutral, like the couch, rugs and bedding, and by keeping my color palette cohesive throughout the whole house, I can switch out the pillow covers or accessories in any room and have an instant change without a lot of expense or effort.

Small Space Decorating Challenges | chatfieldcourt.comNow, when I shop online or in a store and I see something that think I would be perfect for my home, I make sure that I have several places to put it in any room of the house, and that I love it…really love it.

In the grand scheme of things it’s just stuff anyway, right? Hey, at least I can say that I can clean my house in 2 hours and be done, the big house was 2 days. 😉

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Big home or small space, what decorating challenges do you have?

I hope you have a great Labor Day weekend. I don’t want to jinx it, but we are supposed to work on our countertops this weekend. Fingers crossed.



I consider our house to be a small space. We have around 1100 square feet of living area and it’s, by far, the smallest house we’ve ever lived in. I know that a lot of people live in much smaller spaces, but to us, this is small and it’s been quite a challenge for me to get used to. Even after living here for two years, I sometimes find it difficult to maximize storage and to find a balance between decorating using too much and not enough. Here are some tips I’ve found helpful for the challenges of small space decorating.

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Mirrors. I know I’ve mentioned this before but mirrors really are a great way to open up a small space with added light. I have them all over my house and I feel like they do make a difference in making a small room seem more spacious.

Tips For Small Space Decorating | chatfieldcourt.comTips For Small Space Decorating | chatfieldcourt.comMulti-purpose furniture. Almost every piece of furniture that I have in my house is multi purpose. I really had to choose my pieces wisely and consider its storage capacity, its size in the space and surface area. I have very few surfaces to place decor and lamps, so I had to be very thoughtful with my choices. One example is my ottoman, which has storage for blankets and, with a tray on top, serves as a spot to place your drink or an area to place a few decorative pieces.

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Knick knacks. When you have a small space and limited area to place treasured decor, you don’t want to have tiny knick knacks taking up valuable real estate. I try to choose larger items and place them in groups of 3 or 5 and I often use a tray. It really adds a little extra to a grouping of items.

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Exposed legs on furniture. Most of my furniture has exposed legs and I think it makes a huge difference in our small space. Even in the bedroom, the legs on our bed are exposed and I don’t use bedskirts.

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Tips For Small Space Decorating | chatfieldcourt.com

Small is ok. This is by far the most difficult one for me. I read a lot of blogs every day and looking at big homes with lots of beautifully decorated rooms, when mine is small, is sometimes tough. I just have to remind myself that small is ok and that I need to make the best with what I have (then I remember how much work it is to clean a big house with 3 bathrooms and I feel better).

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Have you ever been challenged decorating a small space? Any tips you care to share?




Spring is here for most of us with summer soon to follow, and that means that we’re busy getting our outdoor spaces ready to enjoy. Not everyone is blessed with a large outdoor area to fill with a big family dining table or fire pit though, so whether you have a small backyard deck (like I do) or a tiny balcony in a city apartment, there’s so much you can do to make your space a beautiful outdoor oasis.

Small But Beautiful Outdoor Spaces - small deck with space to lounge with a cool drink

Adding a rug helps to define your space and makes it feel more put together. Using fun items like the green lantern and the round tray coffee table create a homey feeling.

Small But Beautiful Outdoor SpacesELLE Decoration 

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When you have a small space you want to utilize every square inch and sometimes that means going vertical.

Small But Beautiful Outdoor Spaces

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Keep it simple but comfy and cozy when you decorate your small outdoor area by using furnishings that draw you outside to sit and relax.

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Decorate your small space with furnishings you would usually see inside, like this pretty, ornate mirror.

Small But Beautiful Outdoor Spaces

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It will make your outdoor space seem larger, just like it would if you were using it in a small indoor room.

Small But Beautiful Outdoor Spaces - small brick patio with beautiful mirror

House and Garden

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Less is sometimes more in small outdoor spaces. You don’t have to have a lot of “stuff” to have a beautiful and functional small space.
A small but beautiful outdoor space in the middle of New York City.

I hope you found some great ideas from these beautiful small outdoor spaces that you can use in whatever size space you have.

 Do you have a small outdoor space? Any tips on how to decorate it?

A collection of Small But Beautiful Outdoor Spaces




I’m not gonna lie…getting used to small space living has been tough (have I mentioned that before?) but we are adjusting. I’ve shared tips for the bedroom, living room and bathroom before and now it’s time to turn to the kitchen. In my opinion a small kitchen is probably the hardest room to adapt to because it’s where you spend a lot of time doing a lot of things and you need a lot of stuff to do it. We have a galley kitchen in this house and it is probably the smallest one we’ve ever had, we don’t even have room for a microwave…gasp…I know. 😉 So in my quest to try to make good use of the small amount of space that we have, I’ve found some great storage and space-saving ideas.

5 Tips For Small Space Living: Kitchens | chatfieldcourt.com

Not enough storage space for your pots and pans? No problem…just hang them on a wall using some cool, industrial looking pot hangers.

5 Tips For Small Space Living: Kitchens | chatfieldcourt.comHolly Mathis Interiors

If you’re like me and you don’t have a pantry, this is a great way to store canned goods using space that you wouldn’t normally use.

5 Tips For Small Space Living: Kitchens | chatfieldcourt.comClassy Clutter

How about using simple tension rods in a cabinet to keep cutting boards and large platters neat and organized.

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Easy Kitchen Storage Solution

Installing slide out metal baskets or drawers are a great solution to use all the space under the kitchen sink that is often wasted.

5 Tips For Small Space Living: Kitchens | chatfieldcourt.comBHG

Because we have very little wall space in the kitchen and no home office I use the inside of our cabinet doors for calendars, cork boards, etc. I also post my lists of things to do for Mr. C², because we are big list makers don’t ya know.

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Now we’ve hit on all the rooms. I’m sure as we move forward and learn how to use our space wisely, I’ll pass on some other tips.

Care to share any small space living tips I didn’t mention? I’m always ready to learn something new.


A while ago I did a couple of posts on tips for small space living in living rooms and bedrooms. Today I’m going to continue with 5 small space living tips: bathrooms. Most of these tips are about storage because, let’s face it, we all need space to store all of our necessities…towels, makeup, toiletries, and storage is always at a premium in small bathrooms.

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If you’ve been following me for a while then you know that our house, that we moved into in June 2013, has been an experiment in small space living for us. We have just under 1200 square feet of living space with 1 bathroom and, I know that many people are living with less, but for us, it has taken some time to figure out what works and what doesn’t in such a small space.

1. Storage in Unused Spaces

Storage space is so important when living with a small bathroom so you need to find and use it wherever you can. Jordan from The 2 Seasons built a shelf to fit over the door to store towels. It looks great and it uses up the empty space over the door.

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The 2 Seasons

2. Utilizing the Storage Space In Your Vanity

I have a small vanity in my bathroom where a lot of my toiletries are stored. I would love to add a shelf but, because of the water pipes, I wasn’t able to put one in to utilize the space. Instead I found a way to use the open space near the water pipes to store my toilet paper (which would have taken up a lot of real estate if it had to be stored on the floor of the vanity).

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 3. Hanging Basket Storage

Carmel from Our Fifth House came up with a clever and pretty way to add extra storage. Using baskets is always a great storage solution but when you can hang them on a wall and out-of-the-way, it’s a huge bonus for a small bathroom. Not only do they look great but you can store towels in them, toilet paper, a hair dryer…so many possibilities.

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Our Fifth House

4. Shelves for Storage and Decorating

Everyone wants their space to look good, even those of us with small bathrooms. Melissa from 320 Sycamore hung shelves on an unused wall for storage as well as a display area for some pretty decor. Using baskets to hold supplies is not only helpful but it also adds warmth and texture to a room that can sometimes look sterile.

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320 Sycamore

5. Light Paint Colors

One thing I have learned is that when your bathroom is really small, like ours, you want it to be light and bright. Our bathroom had dark wood trim, a dark(ish) vanity, dark slate tile and a dull paint color on the walls. The slate is staying, for now, but painting the vanity, trim and walls made a huge difference, making it feel bigger.

5 tips and tricks for making the most of storage space in small bathrooms | www.chatfieldcourt.comThese are my 5 tips but now I turn it over to you…Do you have a small bathroom? Any tips can you give for living with a small bathroom? I always love to hear what you think. 😉

Check out my other Small Space Living posts…

5 tips for small space living: living rooms | chatfieldcourt.com5 tips for small space living: kitchens | chatfieldcourt.com

5 tips for small space living: bedrooms| chatfieldcourt.com