I'm always excited when I come across another small"ish" home. I love larger, beautiful homes but I couldn't buy one for a number of reasons, plus the upkeep would have killed me. I also find smaller homes cozy and inviting.
This month's Better Homes and Gardens shares an adorable cottage bungalow in California. ( you know how I feel about Cali and right about now I wish I lived there!)
Chelsea and Greg Shukov own this adorable home. Chelsea also co-owns the fabulous stationery shop, Sugar Paper - Los Angeles. The interior designer that helped with the project was: Leslie Hunt.
The article specifically highlights a "live-in" kitchen area. The square footage shown encompasses a kitchen, family room and eating area. When living in a smaller home, each zone needs to be well planned out. I think they have done a beautiful job! The white washed vaulted ceilings really help this home feel more spacious.
Here is the "before shot" of my unfinished three season porch. All winter it ended up being more of a dumping ground since it was far too cold to sit out there. I plan to paint the room (if it ever warms up) and all of the woodwork a warm white color. I'll add more pillows and a new light fixture too. I would like to eventually winter-ize the room by adding heat, all new windows, a new wall to wall seagrass rug and french doors. I will probably try to raise the ceiling too. After those design changes it will be used as a small family room. I certainly could use the extra living space!
** I'll be sure to share the updates. (I can't convert the entire room yet) ;)