Cozy quarters

{not our house}

We recently had some "acquaintances" drop by our house (I use this term b/c they're the relatives of a friend of ours and they're not my most favorite peeps in this world). Anyway, these aforementioned acquaintances are no strangers to money (*cough* trust fund *cough*) and as we gave them a house tour, they weren't impressed. Eh, you can't win them all. The clincher was when they wandered into our miniscule kitchen and there were outbursts of "Wow! How do you cook in here?" and "Why would they build a house like this?!" I actually laughed at their reactions.

Now I'll be the first to admit that if I had the chance to rebuild our house, I would make the kitchen and bathroom bigger first and foremost. Honestly though? We've always lived in cozy quarters (our previous townhome was 624 sq ft--yep!). And though we were thisclose to buying a bigger place, it just didn't feel like home to us. Our current house is 1600 sq ft (about half is unfinished space so that is on our major to-do list). Soooo we're really living in 850 sq ft of space at the moment. *Gasp* It's not our "forever home" but it's home for now. Living small forces us to live simply: streamline and de-clutter. Also, cleaning's a snap!
Just curious....would any of you lovely readers care to share how big your home is
and if it's your forever home? I promise, we won't judge =0)
*no offense to any trust fund peeps out there!

52 comments:

  1. Ok, we live in a tiny 533 square foot apartment. It isn't our forever home but I don't think that matters - if you're not happy, you won't be any happier somewhere else. And you're right - cleaning is easy! :)

    By the way, I think your home is adorable.

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  2. Ewww...the nerve of some people. You rock your house and everyone loves it!

    It's got a lot of space on mine!

    Our 1960's brick ranch is at a lovely 1300 sq. ft...and, we couldn't be happier : )

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  3. What assholes!

    Your home looks absolutely beautiful to me.

    My last house was 800 sq feet and it never felt that small to me! Why is everyone so obsessed with bigger???

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  4. That sucks - very uncool. :( We've been renting a loft for the last 3 years and it's 1,200 sq. feet - but has no walls except for 2 bathrooms and 2 walk in closets... we're actually house hunting now though for a home, that likely won't be our forever one!!

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  5. Wow they kinda suck! we live in a1044 sq ft. 1954 bungalow. It's small, the bathroom is tiny, the kitchen can't fit two people side by side. But it'll do for now. I don't plan on living here forever. At least it's mine. :) You're style and house rocks, don't let em get to yah.

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  6. Those people are just plain rude. And WRONG. Your house is amazing.

    jbhat

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  7. I love your house.

    Our townhome is about 3,000 square feet (all finished) and it's ridiculous. It's way too big. We have rooms I don't go into for months, and levels I don't venture into for days. It's so silly, considering it is just the two of us (and two chihuahuas and a cat).

    I'm a fan of small spaces- I grew up in a small space. I miss my 700 square foot apartment sometimes. Husband, however, likes big open spaces. Compromise, I guess. *sighs*

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  8. I live in Southern California and am condo hunting right now. The places I am looking into buying approximately 1100-1300 sq. ft. Although this is tiny, I justify on the same grounds - it's not my "forever home." I'm young and will be buying completely on my own. So, despite the size, I feel will not doubt feel proud. This is tough because I too have trust fund friends who didn't go to college, had babies and live in gigantic forever houses. Such people will never understand the plight of working folk.

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  9. Wow. I can't believe those comments would actually be muttered aloud, let alone for you to hear!

    Our house is a 1 1/2 story, with 24' by 24' exterior walls. We have 1200 sq ft of finished space, across 3 levels. It's quite cozy. :) We plan on making it our forever house, as we have almost an acre lot and plans for expanding to a 2200-2400sq ft.

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  10. Wow, the nerve of some people.

    Our house clocks in right at 1000 sq. ft., but it's not our forever home. I'd like to double that amount on our next move. :)

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  11. Wow indeed. They're LAME. Your house is BEAUTIFUL.

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  12. How rude! Your house is adorable!

    Our home is about 1500 square feet (and actually, sometimes I think it's too big - especially when I'm cleaning!). It's not our forever home, but I love it anyways!

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  13. Our home is 1950 square feet, and it IS our forever home. I would rather it be located somewhere else, but grandbabies are only a mile away, and as long as THEY are here, WE are here. Have lived here twenty years, invested in solar (which I highly recommend if you live somewhere hot and sunny). My husband is a kitchen designer and has heard the most unbelievable comments from people with *cough*trust fund*cough*, such as, " but I wanted all the grain in my wood doors to match" *stomps foot* Uh...they're wood...If you want perfectly matching cabinet doors, paint them.

    I LOVE your house, by the way, and my chandelier (copied from your office) is on its way from Urban Outfitters, so thanks!

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  14. Our casa is about 2,800 sq ft. is our 'forever home' (we think). It has a 1 acre lot and sits backed up the woods so we like the local. We live in about 850 sq ft at the moment - lovin it.(actually it's nice not having to clean the rest of the house! Shhh don't tell my mother-in-law I am letting dust add up in those rooms)

    I believe that it is not the size of the house, but the punch that it offers. You can go into a huge'o house filled with drab furniture and dry people - no fun. Or a house like yours that is designed well, with cool people, and has handmade touches, and some major elbow grease!

    I think your house is great and those peeps need to stay out...trust fund or not.

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  15. Emily in CharlotteThu Feb 19, 06:27:00 PM

    We are surrounded by people like that - they like to keep up with the Joneses...We live in a 3000 sqft house - there are four of us w/no pets and we wish we had a smaller spot to live! The one plus side is a fantastic kitchen and the kids have a play room - so no toys in their rooms! We can't wait to build our forever house, we want it to be about 2200. Love this post!

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  16. Yuck, those people wouldn't even get an "acquaintance" title from me - maybe frenemy, probably just enemy.

    We're in 1800 SF with the world's tiniest back yard. I would trade the SF for a bigger yard in the future if I had to choose. It's not our forever house, but we'll love it forever!

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  17. OK, these people are morons! It's not quantity of a home, it's quality and you freaking have loads of it! The nerve of some people, seriously! We have a total of 2700 sq. ft in our home and that includes the walk out basement. We do not use that space, so we are living in 2,0000 sq ft, which is a lot for two people. Our first home together was a 350 sq ft condo.

    Your home is gorgeous and money does not buy taste!

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  18. My condo is a little under 1500 square feet. It's not my forever house...I knew that going in. I think if I were to build from scratch, it would be a 2000-2400 square foot ranch. Since it's my forever house, I figure one day when I'm old and senile, I might not be able to do stairs.

    The colonial I posted about was just under 3000 square feet. Definitely way more house than we need, but for the right house (and the right price), I'm willing to go a little bigger. I wouldn't want anything bigger than that, though.

    I'd like to think that if I were a trust fund baby, I'd still have a little class...what a bunch of jerks!

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  19. Well some people are just class-less! I totally agree with Suzie! It's not the quantity it's the quality! Your home exudes style!

    Our home is 1300 Sqft. We bought it as a fix and sell type of property. Now that we have the twins we are busting at the seams! But I do like having the kiddos close. Not on another floor or the other end of the house!

    Keep up the great work!

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  20. We are living in our forever home (at least we hope) and it is about 3000 square feet. Keep in mind, that I have 3 children.

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  21. Hi! First time to your site. Like it. Our first home was a 370 sq. ft. studio loft. We rent it out now and have no problem keeping it occupied. We stayed there until my son was five months old. Yes, people thought we were crazy, us included but hey - you do what you have to do. That was what provided me a chance to stay at home with my little baby. Now we live in a 1700 sq. ft. townhome. I like it. My sister also lives with us as we feel like this is a huge home. It's all relative. Your home is stunning.

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  22. Ours is too big -- something like 2500 sq ft. But its a total PITA to clean and we wouldnt upsize if we had a family here!

    The nerve of those people is astonishing. Blech.

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  23. Those people are poop! You're house is fabulous. They're just jealous of your fantastic taste.

    Our house is 1280 sq. feet. It's not our forever house, but I wish it could be. I love the coziness.

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  24. I've been living in a tiny 500 sq. ft. apartment while I've been going to university... As I live by myself it's plenty of space for me 95% of the time, but there are days when I wish I had more space to have guests stay over or an extra few feet of counter space so I didn't have to play "juggle the pots" while cooking.

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  25. Don't listen to them. From what I see your house is super cute. It's very cozy and inviting and you have done an AMAZING job of decorating.

    Those people are just jealous that they can't decorate and don't have 1% of the creativity that you do.

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  26. We have far more space than two people need - 1500 sq. ft upstairs, and a full finished basement that doubles the space to 3000. We hardly use the basement, it's ridiculous!
    I don't see it as our forever home, due to the location and lack of land. But I'd be happy for our "forever home" to be just like it!

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  27. WE live in about 1100-1200sq feet home! I love it..its not our forever home either, but its easy to clean and keep up with. WE are busy a lot so we dont 'need much of a home!

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  28. How tacky of them to make those comments! Money doesn't buy class that's for sure.

    Our current townhouse is 1700 square feet and I think it's perfect for the two of us. We've lived in apartments that were 500 sq. ft. to a home that was 3000 sq. ft. and I have to say that I liked the smaller, cozier places the best. For our "forever" home, I'd like to have about 3500 sq. ft. because we hope to have three children down the road. However, for the two of us (plus new baby) 1700 sq. ft. works just fine. : )

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  29. Our house was built in 1927 and is 1400 sf. It only has one bathroom and a small kitchen...and I love it! I want to stay here as long as possible but the hubby plans to upgrade to a slightly bigger place once we have kids. I love your blog, and house, by the way!

    P.S. - Not all "cough* trust fund *cough*" people act like that :)

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  30. I just wanted to say that I love your home!! It's beautiful :-)

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  31. Wow, what classy people. Someone has been kind enough to invite you into their home and they simply belittle everything (all your hard work).

    I have to say I'm a new reader (stalker/obsesser) of your blog and I have been simply blown away by not only your style, but also your ability to totally remodel your home in what seems like a short amount of time. You have truly been inspiring. I was just wondering the other day...how can this young couple be doing all these improvements?? They must make a lot of money. I too am a homeowner (1261 sq. feet, single gal with a live in boyfriend) and we have yet to do half the improvements you all have done.

    I think your home is lovely...I've even snagged a few of your decor ideas (I must find that Lowe's rug in your office). My home isn't my forever home, but it suits us just fine. Our kitchen is small our bathroom is tiny, but yet we have no problems with having friends and family over for some really great parties!

    It is obvious that those individuals were out to make themselves feel better. I feel bad for them...their home is probably cold and lifeless, with no real character of it's own...it's probably filled with impersonal stuff, from some overpriced decorator. They will never know the joys of making something their own.

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  32. You're a better person than I am, as I would have done more than just laugh at them when they said those rude comments... anyhow. Our current rental is about 1500 sq ft. We are currently building a house though (which, no will not be our forever home) that house is around 1300 sq ft WITHOUT having the basement finished. It is a walk-out, and we will be finishing it, so at around 1700 sq ft, I think it will be PERFECT for us.

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  33. Okay, first off I love your home and what you have done with it.

    I also want to offer another perspective about your "aquaintances". I do not know how they behaved the rest of the time that they were their, but I am also totally understand their reaction to what they perceive as a small kitchen. Who knows I who am in no way a trust fund kid, might have blurbed my mouth and said the same thing. I know that I am used to somewhat larger kitchen and have always wondered about how people manage in a small kitchen. Since I also have a hard time holding in my surprise reaction, I too might have been surprised and wondered how could anyone cook in such a small kitchen. I can assure you that me saying something like that would be a mere expression of my surprise and mean no insult at all.
    SO if your acquaintances are like me and have a tendency to blab, then it is possible that they too did not mean to belittle your home. Just a thought?

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  34. Wow!! I'd like to thank everyone for commenting! I wanted this post to be a forum for getting a different perspective on how we all perceive space and our homes. It's so fabulous to hear from you all about what's right for you. THANK YOU!!!!

    And many, many, many thanks for all of your kind words and compliments on our home. I truly did not mean to fish for compliments, I swear. I don't deserve your kindness! I'm sifting thru everyone's blogs so that I can "meet" each one of you lovely people.

    Anonymous~ You bring up a very good point. We were actually not even offended by what the acquaintances said (like I wrote, I laughed at their reactions), as I know we have a tiny kitchen (I'm always mocking this fact) and a small home by some standards. That being said, these acquaintances ARE blunt and judgemental people by nature. I guess we've been lucky as they've spared us thus far?

    As a person who strives to be tactful yet honest, I do think we all should think before saying something. But again, their words did not offend me in the least. If anything it made me look at our home w/ a different perspective and in the end I love it even more b/c it reflects us.

    Thanks for your input and comments!

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  35. Wow!! "Why would they build a house like this?" actually says alot about their character.
    Personally-i'm in awe of your home. I think its gorgeous, and I'm in envy! 1600 sq. feet is actually quite large, and you have 2 people living there-why would you even want it any bigger? I always love cozier houses anyways-much more character than behemoth homes!

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  36. omg - the nerve! You're house is lovely and you and your hubby have made it a real home by putting so much hard work into it. Some people - I swear!

    I need to start posting more pics of my home - but we live in a 900 sq ft condo, one bedroom and yes one bathroom. When we first moved in people would say WOW it's small. Like no crap people! We know this. But it's our first place and we've made it a home and we love it!

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  37. Our home is about 1050 square feet. It's not our forever home (I hope), but I really like it. There are a few people who have told us it's too small for them, but hey, my house payment is half of theirs! I am happy living here until I need to move to a bigger space.

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  38. We (two adults and two kittens) are perfectly content in our 1250 sf house. We don't even use one of our 3 bedrooms. It's not our forever house but I foresee us being here at least through our first kid.

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  39. First off... Your house is SOOOO adorable!

    Second, I too live in a 1600 sq ft house.

    There are times when I wish the sq footage was moved around... (i.e. less in the master br, more in the kitchen) but I definately don't think it's small!

    I read an article about minimalism in some magazine recently. It was about a lady who sold her 3500+ sq ft home and moved to an 800 sq ft. cabin by a lake. She said something like 'I was sick of working overtime to make enough money to heat the rooms I never used".

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  40. Bought our 1950s house back in 1982. Done a little remodeling (during earthquake of '89, but that's another story) which brought it close to 1800 square feet. Kids are in college now, so no free money. This starter home will probably be our home forever and that's ok. I don't think i could take care of a huge home anyway. It may not be fancy, but at least it's paid for!

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  41. I just stumbled u[on your blog, thought I'd share. My house is 1900 sq. feet. It probably will be our forever home, and if we do have kids our home is layed out so it would be really easy to add on two more bedrooms over the garage, which would make the garage the same height as the house. We have three bedrooms now, 1 master, 1 used as an office, and one is my husband's room to make a mess in.

    I love the house we have now. :) It is layed out really well, and it makes it feel alot bigger I think. Plus, it is in a super great location. I can't imagine living anywhere else.

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  42. Some people just dont have any class and I bet they wonder why they dont have close friends. Our house is a little over 1600 square feet. We hope to buy a larger home in the next 3 years with a larger yard and garage. We have a list of things that we would want in our next house, but we are content for the moment.

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  43. We live in a tiny farm, my "livingroom" is 4x4 m2.

    And I Love it! It's cozy, eazy to clean.

    Decorating and optimizing a small space is so much fun.

    Love your blog especially the beautifel pictures.

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  44. Eh, screw 'em. You have the right attitude, FC!

    I have to confess I'm laughing a little bit at the people who have about 2000 square feet who think they have small homes. That seems spacious to me. I guess it's all based on your perspective right? :)

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  45. Freckles! I love your home! It is too bad when people forget to be gracious guests...it sounds like you responded as a truly gracious host though!

    I have 4200 sq ft. ***blush***. I am dying to get into a smaller house but really hesitant to sell in the current market. My home is leftover from my divorce and I didn't want to upset my girls' world right away. 4 years later, I'm ready to give us a home that feels like us....I've been hanging on to pictures from your house because I love your style...clean, welcoming, and chic.

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  46. Your guests would have gotten a smackdown from me.

    Our home is about 1100 square feet, and we pretty much use half of that. I definitely wish our kitchen and living room were bigger, but in 1918, that wasn't the way. And, there have been a multitude of families that have been raised in the house. I find that reassuring.

    As for a forever home... I think it may be. But, we also talk about moving out of town, so it may also not be. It's undecided. But, I think I could be happy in our current home forever.

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  47. I have always envied those around me who know that they are in their "forever home". Our home is a 1690 sq foot townhome. When we bought the house brand new, we had no kids and while it is still plenty big enough for us (with two little boys), our plan was only to stay for 5 years (it has now been 7). Sometimes I feel like I could easily get caught up in the whole bigger is better mentality but really, I am content with what I have (besides, this is already enough to clean and tidy!). It won't be forever here for me; I would need a single family home with more of a yard for that!

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  48. My condo is between 740 and 760 square feet. I love it!!...Though it's not my forever home.

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  49. Wow,,, you just can't explain how rude some people with "money and class" can be!

    Your house ROCKS... Hey small homes are the next "most wanted item" in this economy. I have one and,,, I LOVE IT.

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  50. Used to live in a 6 bedroom home, and recently downsized. And let me tell you big homes = big headaches...my life is sooo much easier now that I don't have to clean so many rooms. My current home is better designed to suit my needs, costs less, and easier to maintain.

    As for your acquaintances they lack class and respect (very nouveau riche behavior). Money can't buy manners. Just be thankful you have them.

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  51. Your visitors are jerks and your house is awesome. More space doesn't necessarily equal more class or more money anyways. :P

    We live in a split foyer with 950 sq feet on each level, so I don't know if you want to count the basement or not. It not above ground, but it is finished.

    The space is laid out kind of weird though, so it feels like less space than it is. I'd love to remodel someday to open it up, but I probably won't bother since it's not our "forever" home.

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  52. Well, if they read your blog, you don't have to worry about them coming back!! :)

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