Today our guest is Cindy Santiago from the very popular home blog "My Romantic Home". Cindy has been featured in many publications such as Romantic Homes and even has done a guest appearance on HGTV! If you are not a reader of Cindy's blog, I highly recommend it and she even showcases some of her beautiful treasures in her etsy shop!
TJBH: Tell us a little about your Jewel Box® Home? What type of home is it? Are you in a suburb? Do you have large rooms, but few? What is the home style? Is it a new home? Apartment? Condo? Do you have outdoor living space? Just a brief summary of how you came to live in your current small space.
Cindy: My little home is an apartment which is part of a four-plex and it’s located in the Silicon Valley area of California. It’s very small, just a little over 900 sq. feet. The complex was built in 1969 and it has the living area downstairs and two bedrooms upstairs. We have a small private patio area off of the living room. The little backyard is what made me fall in love with this place. It’s hard to find an apartment with a private yard around here. I also love that it was a two-story.
TJBH: What are some of your favorite storage secrets in your home?
Cindy: I actually have quite a bit of storage for such a small place. There is a huge walk-in closet under the staircase. It has shelves on one side and that’s where I keep all my old magazines and my cookbooks. I turned the entry way closet into more storage for my kitchen. I just took out the clothing rod and put in a large shelving unit that I found on craigslist. I also have a large linen closet upstairs and then another walk-in closet outside. I keep our bikes, tools and Christmas decorations out there. I utilize every hidden space as well, there are things tucked under my beds, under my sofa and under my hutch!
TJBH: How do you individualize your home in such a small space?
Cindy: Most of my home is done in blue and white so the color scheme is consistent throughout. I think that is really important in a small space.
TJBH: What (or who) influences your style of decorating?
Cindy: Most of my inspiration has come from magazines and now from blogs. I originally chose the shabby chic style because the look could be achieved on a tight budget. I bought most of my furniture at thrift stores and painted it myself.
TJBH: What has been your biggest challenge of small space living?
Cindy: Arranging the furniture has been a bit of a challenge. I like to move things around to get a fresh look but because the space is so small there isn’t much I can change.
TJBH: What is a spot in your house that makes you very happy?
Cindy: I love my dining room. I love collecting dishes and it’s fun to play with different ways of displaying them.
TJBH: Do you entertain much in your Jewel Box® Home? Tell us a little about your favorite get togethers and some entertaining secrets.
Cindy: I would love to entertain more than I do but because my place is so small I don’t. I do belong to two supper clubs and so I host the dinners at my house once in awhile. It’s nice when I can open the back door and extend the party out onto the patio. It makes my small space seem larger.
TJBH: Describe your home in five words.
Cindy: Small space, lots of décor!
TJBH: What is the best piece of decorating advice you’ve ever received?
Cindy: Buy what you love and you will find a place for it.