our home was selected for small cool 2015!

Small Cool 2015I know it’s silly but I always wanted to be a part of the Small Cool contest from Apartment Therapy. (visit our page here)  Since moving into our new lofty space inside a converted creamery building I was more excited than ever to try to get in. To my surprise, even with a late entry, our place was selected to be added to the voting pool. We found out while out on vacation and tried our best to rally up support with votes but having a late entry gives you a bit of a disadvantage as they gradually add entries on the site to be voted on and some had a 200+ vote advantage. It’s also hard to rally support using your phone and trying to not be super annoying vote beggar. Needless to say we made it in and I did tell myself I’d feel good if we got that far – and I do.

Here are some of our entry photos – a huge thank you to everyone who supported us with a vote or share. There’s always next year (maybe). Or a house tour! (even cooler)

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Our living area (which has since had extra ductwork added) I’m still trying to figure out how to decorate the wall above the TV. I was thinking the space above the papasan chair could be a few hanging planters that are made to hang against a wall and a large statement piece above the TV. small cool
The kitchen area – to the left it’s a big empty wall above the sink area. Still debating what to do there.  I bought three large 20″x20″ frames from our last trip to IKEA and imagined enlarged photos from travels. I feel art and decor should always have a meaning and not just look pretty.
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The bedroom (there’s been additional ductwork added since this photo was taken). I got this really great idea at a speakeasy we were at on our trip for the small mantle right below the brick which currently has small battery operated candles. I hope to do a DIY for that in the near future. I’m at a blank what to do with the brick wall – Not sure I love the photo there. A huge piece of art would be awesome but expensive. I really love the idea of two large hanging lights going down each side, too. I still need to paint/stain the side tables we got. I also want to do something with the walls but at a loss.
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This is the corner adjacent to the living area and across from the kitchen. I’ve been thinking about trading the ladder shelf for a straight up and down shelf for a while – so one day that may happen. I also want to find better storage for the DVDs – only keeping the boxes for our favorites.  Not sure about the wall – I was thinking of hanging framed memorabilia here (once I get it framed, that is)
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The last photo in our entry is our hallway. It’s a huge space that I’m still trying to figure out. I am thinking to add some pouf seating at the bottom where the shelf is. Heck, maybe even get rid of the shelf and make it a lounge area with a huge piece of art.

Looking forward to decorating more and adding more personality to our place and maybe next year we can try again :)


tried it: one pan cacio e pepe

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One Pan Cacio e Pepe

This is such a great recipe to make when you want pasta but just don’t want to spend a lot of time making it. Everything is done in one pan and takes little effort to complete. It has a subtle cheesy taste that is light and not overwhelming so if you want low effort pasta that doesn’t feel as heavy as pasta can, this is your dish.

Check it out here: One Pan Cacio e Pepe