Downsizing. Well, that was fun! ‘Small’ Peek Take 1

Downsizing. The modern day buzz. You hear it in coffee shops, see it on magazine covers, bump into it around each corner. But what does it really mean? How do you go about downsizing anyway?

Well. I thought I knew. We decided now was the right time for this next step. I had a plan and thought it was good. My Mr. was on board with rolled up sleeves. We even got a jump on move out/move in crunch time by starting early. We donated, sold, and generally spread the wealth of our too-much-stuff around. In the early phase things were rolling along like a well oiled machine all in preparation for this snapshot of our downsized space.

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Not bad, right? Built-in storage – check. Modern kitchen, great outdoor living space – check, check. Open concept footprint – yes.

We even managed to put some things away in the beginning of this process. Yes, I was feeling pretty swish.

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We worked with our new landlord to swap out the basic builder’s chandie and give this space our own touch…

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We’ve got this! I’m pretty sure that’s what we said.

We were sad to say goodbye to our trestle table handcrafted by my hubs, but happy it would stay in the family and be put to use in Sea to Canvas studio by Ursula mom! These are the kinds of decisions you will be faced with when you embrace living in a smaller footprint home.

Monastery Table

Letting this meaningful piece go meant we had to find a replacement table that would be a good fit. We enjoy meals with friends, so our new table had to be expandable for our lifestyle yet fit into a condo size space. We were also wanting a classic Mid Century piece. That’s been our dream. I scoured the UsedVictoria ads every.single.day. hoping for a teak set to come our way! They don’t come up that often, at least not when you start to align budget, dimensions, condition, location and then of course answering the ad fast enough for even the slimmest shot at being first in the queue. Yes, Mid Century tables go fast!

So knowing all this, we were thrilled when money changed hands and WE got to wrestle this 1960s Danish Modern set into our new home! Don’t let the small profile fool you – teak is solid hardwood heavy and this table was no slouch in making us work for her!

Danish Modern Teak Table Rattan Chairs

The two table leafs slide in under the table top when not in use. Typical well thought out Danish Modern design! So far our plan was coming together…

But as the days began to tick by getting closer to our move-in date, our many trips of stuff began a slow creep…

Downsizing Creep

Wait, what? We really did go through our things and yes we really did let stuff go! Where did the zen of our small space go? Ugh.

So at this point we are now fully moved in. ‘All’ our stuff we opted to keep is here. And yes, we are literally boxed in. No, seriously. We ARE boxed in! Honestly, if you think downsizing is a cinch, I say you better cinch twice and then cinch again!

I hope you will pop back to check up on our progress. In the meantime, I’m off to list a few more things to sell, compile yet another load for the thrifts, and send out an SOS to family that if you need ‘it’ we probably have one or two!

If you’ve lived the downsizing move, what did you do? Please share your tips and strategies, because trust me, others need to know!

Thank you for stopping by!

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Modern Kitchen Design with Retro Style: Pantone 2016 Meets Big Chill!

Welcome to my modern retro kitchen!

When I was invited by Lisa Tilley, Community Coordinator for Big Chill, to create a style board, well I was excited! You see, Big Chill specializes in cutting edge retro inspired kitchen appliances. They are designed based on the look of Mid-Century models, but with more function and space than Betty Draper would know what to do with!

And the colours? Oo-la-la, the colours!

Big Chill Standard Colours

These are the standard colours offered by Big Chill, but don’t fret. If you want something else there are over 200 custom colours to choose from!

For my style board, I was challenged to use a Big Chill stove as the centerpiece. We know the stove is the heart of the kitchen, and with these stoves, no need to question centerpiece! Now if you’ve followed along with Pantone’s dual colour surprise of the year, then you know it’s all about Serenity Blue and Rose Quartz. And of course, Big Chill can accommodate!

I have created two identical style boards for you to see just how incredible the heart of the kitchen can be!

The first style board features Big Chill’s fabulous 36″ retro stove in Pink Lemonade topped by the matching retro Bungalow Hood.

Retro Modern Kitchen - Big Chill Pink Lemonade

In keeping with the retro inspired stove, I chose to go with classic black and white tile flooring. And because I am a fan of industrial chic, have gone in that direction with the pendant lighting and the brick behind the stove. The marble clock, artwork and area rug bring in a few modern touches, and the vintage teacup and Mid-Century pitcher shake hands with the era that inspired the stove. I picture exposed raw beams with large, undressed windows, and maybe stainless, quartz or concrete countertops. I envision a simple table with dark, watered down stain applied to the top, paired with sleek mismatched EamesWegner and Cherner chairs…

In the second style board you see the same stove and range hood featured in Big Chill’s versatile Beach Blue.

Retro Modern Kitchen - Big Chill Beach Blue

I have left the Rose Quartz swatch in the mix to demonstrate just how versatile this Beach Blue is. I wanted you to see that pairing Rose Quartz and Beach Blue in the kitchen in no way feels like the nursery of pink and blue twins!

And when you take a second look at the teacup, notice how each feature colour gets pulled in. The key when working with these modernized retro colours is to let them steal the show! Everything else in the room should play a supporting role, but never try to compete.

If you could pick one of the nine colours above, which colour would you choose? If you could only pick between Pink Lemonade or Beach Blue, what would you do? And how would you work with Pantone’s 2016 shades of pink and blue?

Thanks for stopping by!

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I was invited to write this post, but this is not a sponsored post. All opinions are 100% my own. Style Boards also created by me.