*Lyrics from Human by Daughter off their album If You Leave. I found this on spotify (naturally) and really enjoyed their acoustic “spotify session’s” version. I recommend you check it out before you hear their original album version. The song felt appropriate for my first substantive post in a while. After all, we’re all just human, underneath it all.
I know. I know! It’s been a long, LONG time since we moved in. Since I shared anything relevant to design. I know. Let me make it up to you?
So, here it is, the Pied-à-Deux: our tiny, sweet, tiny, small, cozy, small, bitty, efficient, annoyingly small living room. And it’s our entryway, and our closet, and my office, and our guest room, and part of our bedroom in that the TV sits on a dresser 2/3 full of our clothing. It’s small. It’s been tough to cope with how small it is, but we really tried to make it as beautiful and practical as possible. And we do like it very much.
And, I can finally reveal that we chose to go with the upholstered bench/ottoman for a coffee table in here. (I hope you weren’t waiting with bated breath after this post.) We ordered it in July, but it didn’t come until late-August, and then life (visiting niece, vacation, other projects, etc.) got in the way, and I never felt ready to share.
I think a part of me felt that because this space isn’t perfect, because there are things I would change design-wise if I could start again, because it’s been really, really tough downsizing and trying to make things work together that weren’t ever meant to co-exist (and generally adjusting to a radically new lifestyle after we sold the house) that if I shared my unfinished work I’d just feel like a hack. And that’s the last thing I needed.
So, here are some source details (on the things that weren’t in the original Pied): sideboard/dresser/TV stand was a craigslist find that we had in our old dining room; ottoman/coffee table is from Ballard Designs; glass entryway table is from Crate & Barrel (similar to this); mercury glass lamps from Room & Board (similar here); blue and white sofa pillows from HomeGoods; throw blankets from Brahms Mount (via Serena & Lily).
Small space living isn’t easy, but it is enlightening. All of those things you thought you needed? You don’t. All of those things you miss? Well, you get to really pay attention to what you miss and why, when you’re forced to face it all, up close and personal.