I loved Lizzie Carney's house the moment I saw it in the pages of Country Living Magazine...sleek and urban with a touch of vintage whimsy, she made her tiny 1,000 square foot home a bungalow fit for a princess. What grabbed my attention most in the article was Lizzie's free-wheeling spirit that allowed her to break all the "Rules" for decorating a small space. She tossed those out the window and created her own!
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Old Rule: Small places require small Furniture.
New Rule: Tiny often leads to clutter and too much "busy-ness". Opt, instead, for fewer, larger pieces.
Old Rule: White walls are a must when square footage is limited.
New Rule: Dark colors create the illusion of depth in small rooms. Cozy!
Old Rule: Cramped quarters call for clean lines.
New Rule: Ornate, embellished details given even the tightest spots a sense of grandeur.
Old Rule: Hidden storage is key to keeping a tiny house tidy.
New Rule: When storage can be beautiful and interesting, why hide it? Dining room AND wine cellar!
Old Rule: Get extra mileage out of a guest room by having it double as an office or den.
New Rule: Turn over the entire room to a single indulgence, like a walk-in closet!
I just love Lizzie Carney's attitude toward life! Instead of wishing for a larger place to accommodate the finer things in life she turned the reality into her dream! "Don't wait to enjoy the good stuff," says Lizzie.. "Use your china when eating a hamburger. If you love a piece of furniture, find a way to make it work." She definitely makes every day a special occasion in her home. This cottage gives new meaning to the term "tiny grandeur". I love it!