1. When I buy something for the house now, I ask, "would I use this in my future downsized home" … I must answer yes!…Been doing lots of "letting go" … Our downsized home still has to large enough for family and friends…we do lots of entertaining and often have out of town guests…Love those gorgeous quilts in the bedroom…you have made living "cozy" a masterful art!

  2. I love seeing all these photos of your cozy home, Brenda. What more could you possibly need, you have all your heart desires right there!

  3. I have been trying to find your post(s) about your floors. I'd love to read about them. Sorry I missed it.

    1. The floors were put down before I moved in. I believe they had just had a fire here with the previous resident. So I told them I'd much prefer vinyl flooring than carpet. So that is what is throughout my apartment, except for the tile in the bathroom.

    2. I'm really not sure, since I wasn't here when they installed it. I think it was very thin vinyl, as debris they didn't sweep up bumps up through it where you can see it.

  4. I really like the gazebo you added. It is such a nice feature to your patio garden. I love all the color flecks between the pads of the concrete. Did you put something there to make that confetti color? I have learned the past couple of years that it is not easy to keep everything under control in a small home. xoxo Su

    1. Those are flat marbles I've bought over the years at Hobby Lobby. I just hollowed the space out a bit and pressed them into the dirt.

  5. My new favorite appliance is an electric steamer. You can steam all kinds of food and it is very healthy eating. I see them all the time in thrift shops for a few dollars. I think you would like using one. Just a thought!

  6. Oh, I hate gas stoves too! Had a very bad experience with one many years ago. Here I have an electric cooktop and a small oven in the wall. I like it a lot. We downsized from a much larger home to about 600 square feet last year. It is two bedroom, one bathroom, and the bedrooms are quite small. However, we are really glad we have the second bedroom as we use it as an office/library and occasional guest room. We have a daybed in there, a desk, and a wall of bookcases full of old books that I don't want to part with. And adding to the 600 square feet of living space there is also a basement here which has been great for storage. I don't know what we would do without it, even though we purged more than half of our stuff when we moved here. We also have a garage too that I keep all of my gardening supplies in.
    Like you, I just garden in containers on my little patio out back. Being disabled that's all I'm up for these days and hubby helps me out a lot with them too. Gardening has always been an enjoyable and relaxing pursuit for me.
    Brenda, I think you use your small space very well. It is both functional and beautiful. You've certainly given me good ideas to use for my small space as well.

  7. Brenda, no matter where you live, it would be warm and cozy! You could lived in a shed and it would be unique and cozy. Your just a talented lady and you have two neat puppies. Keep those pictures and ideas coming, we all enjoy them.

  8. I have come to love my small space. I am lucky to have two bedrooms so I can have a craft area and somewhere for guests to stay. I could live in less but my 900 sq ft us very comfortable. I do wish I had a fenced patio like you do. Right now the deer eat most anything we plant. Oh well.

  9. I enjoyed reading this! I too am enjoying small space living–at 1300 sq feet it's larger than you're writing about but it's the smallest house we've lived in since newlyweds. As Doreen said, I could go much smaller if alone but going from 3 1/2 bathrooms to 1 bathroom has been an adjustment. Other than that I love having this small house to care for and I'm thrilled to no longer have a big gas stove. Sure would miss my electric stove though.

    Your small house feels large to me because of the tidy way you arrange it. It very much always looks like just enough, not too much and not too little. And always cozy. I think mine is cozy too but I have a long way to go in purging more stuff. I know it will be a process, especially living with someone who is not old enough to have lived in The Depression, but lives like it!

  10. We live in a 2500 square foot home but we just purchased a home that is 925 square feet, we will move when my husband retires and I can't wait to downsize. I have already started giving, donating, trashing or selling items and it gets easier and easier to get rid of things when you are motivated.

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  12. Wow, that gas stove incident is very scary! I don't blame you at all for being leery of them. Unless one is a big baker or entertains alot, a single person doesn't really need a whole stove anyway and you've figured out the alternatives beautifully.

  13. Your space might be small, but it sure has a lot of character! I'm at the stage if I buy something new, something has to go. Having said that, I'm just not buying much these days. I have all I need. I know the day will come to downsize, so I will remember this post which makes so much sense to me. An outside space is something I really don't want to do without.
    Thanks for sharing Brenda

  14. Is that the tree that is causing so much trouble in the photo of your garden – in the back left? If it is, I can see why. . . .

  15. Brenda – you have made a lovely home, inside and outside. Very functional for you, but also really pretty and charming. Your outdoor space in amazing – I would be sitting under that canopy every minute I could. I enjoy your blog very much – down to earth and real, with lots of useful info to boot !! Thanks so much.

  16. Being solo is a huge difference. If I were alone, I could easily get by with less space, (but I still wouldn't want to give up a dedicated craft/work space). Living with another person(s) puts a whole nother spin on it.

  17. Your 725sf apartment is a very generous size. I lived in a 3 bedroom house once that only had 1025sf. That is definitely cozy. I think my smallest place I ever lived was a studio that was only 300sf and it had a kitchen, dining area, bedroom/living and bathroom all in that 300sf.

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