We officially moved into our new home two weeks ago! We have been busy unpacking boxes, arranging furniture, and finding a place for all our stuff. That last job hasn’t been easy.
A Cozy Space
Our home is 1050 sq. feet and so, it’s cozy! One thing I have known about myself for a long time is that I have simple taste and this house definitely reflects that. So when we decided to go for this cozy house, while a part of me fretted and compared this house to the bigger houses of our friends, another part of me just knew I would relish the simplicity and coziness of a small home.
The size is definitely forcing us to declutter. We’ve always had relatively few possessions, preferring a simple lifestyle, but now we must re-evaluate each item and keep it or sell it based on if we use it on a fairly regular basis. There are still many boxes of items we are deliberating on and it has slowed the unpacking process down quite a bit.
Simple Size, Simple Style
I like that our home reflects our desire for simplicity both in size and style. During the weeks we waited for our house to close, Steve bought me an early birthday present: A decorating course called, Simplified Decorating by Emily Lex at Jones Design Company. Through her class, I learned how to identify my style. I named my style “cozy farmhouse cottage” and it fits perfectly with the atmosphere of our new home.
Below are some ways we have already implemented my style into our new space. I’ve include some affiliate links. If you purchase a product by clicking on my link I receive a commission at no additional cost to you. Here are some things we’ve done to create our cozy, farmhouse cottage.
1. Craftsman Trim Around the Doors & Windows
We wanted to replace the existing builder’s grade, ugly brown trim with white, simple craftsman style trim. Since we were doing it ourselves and were on a timeline to finish before we moved in, we decided to keep it simple with a wide 4″ piece on top and more narrow trim (about 2″ wide) on the sides. We would have loved to have tall baseboards but since our ceilings are pretty low we didn’t want it to look disproportionate for the house. Instead we opted for a 3.25″ baseboard with a simple curve at the top.
2. Industrial-Style Light Fixtures
Steve loves the industrial look and since it complements a farmhouse style really well we went with it. We found a two pretty rubbed bronze chandeliers (still to be installed), one for the dining room of course, and the other for the bedroom (I decided to splurge and get fancy) and a few other industrial light fixtures for the kitchen and hallways. We also matched the door hinges and knobs in oil rubbed bronze. It looks pretty sleek, if I do say so myself.
3. Soft Gray Paint and Carpet
I knew I wanted to have gray walls. They are, after all, all the rage on Pinterest. But I had no idea there would be so many grays to choose from. It was a bit overwhelming to try to find the perfect gray from paint samples at the store, so I searched on Pinterest for gray walls and noted the gray paint colors’ name and number that particularly drew my eye. Benjamin Moore’s Revere Pewter kept jumping out at me, but we wanted to use Sherwin Williams paint. I literally just compared paint chips to find the closest match. In my opinion, SW Worldly Gray is the best match to BM Revere Pewter. I wanted a little variety so I also chose the next shade darker, SW Amazing Gray. Finally, we chose SW Sea Salt for a soothing and complementary blue for the bathrooms.
Meanwhile, we collected a few carpet samples from a local carpet installer. Hardwood would have been a really nice option, but determined that it would be too cold given our raised foundation and the fact that we don’t live in California anymore.
We compared our paint samples to the carpet samples to try our best to make sure they would match. With the carpet, I knew I wanted a textured, multi-toned carpet because of its elegant look and ability to hide dirt well. We ended up purchasing the Mohawk Hidden Attraction Smart Strand carpet, which is less expensive than nylon and yet similar in quality and durability. We chose the color hearthstone. Together, our carpet and paint create a soothing, warm, neutral background. I’m very pleased with how well the carpet and paint match. The white wood trim and bronze fixtures gives just enough contrast to give our home a great feel.
More Ideas for Our Cozy Farmhouse Cottage
We have many more grand plans to transform our home into a cozy farmhouse cottage as time and money allow. In the future, we plan to:
1. Revamp the kitchen — put in new white cabinets, hardwood floors, a farmhouse sink, subway tile back splash, and butcher block counter tops. For more of our ideas, you can see my Pinterest board, here.
2. Add closet organizing systems. This place is short on storage and so we need to make the most of the space that we have. For now, our backyard shed and garage will hold the things we can’t find a home for and aren’t ready to let go of.
3. Make the shed into a tiny guest house. Once the shed is emptied of homeless items, we hope to turn it into a tiny guest house. It already has insulation, electricity, and running water so we would love to install a heating system (probably a space heater which as we have tested, heats the space pretty well), a Murphy bed, and possibly even a small bathroom and shower. Since our family lives out of state, it would be wonderful to be able to create a space for them to stay when they come visit us.
What home projects are you working on? Have you identified your style? I’d love to hear from you. Please share with me in the comments.
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