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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A Vintage Home With A Vintage View!

I thought now would be a good time to take a small pause and share our news.

Soon we will be moving to a vintage home with a vintage view!

Mount Baker View

The story behind this area is fun and fascinating. It involves rum runners between here and the US during the prohibition years, a look out point, a cove that housed a dynamite factory in the late 19th century… and now a beautiful rural-feeling area shrouded in trees with the heart of the City just a stone’s throw away. The streets are quiet and narrow, more like a lane, and only lit by 2 lamp posts the entire way!

Welcome to where we will soon call home.

Welcome Home

We knew in an instant it was calling our name.

There are many original features still in place…

Living Room

We love the hardwood, the old heat-vent grate, the cove ceiling corners tucked here and there, and the addition of this stand-up bar in a Mid-Century way!

Dining Room

We will have two decks to enjoy, one up that gets full sun and takes in the view, and this lower one that steps out to the private back yard and is more shaded for the hot summer days.

Back Yard

We will have new neighbours, and some we didn’t expect to meet… the kind that borrow your yard to eat!

Neighbourly Pets

Life has its way of making changes come along. We are sad to be leaving our current community and all that it has brought to our life, but we are grateful that we will only be a short drive away.

We look forward to carrying on with our Saturday Cocktails by Clemens served in Audrey Would! wares, sitting up to the MCM bar and being immersed in our ‘new’ character laden vintage setting.

Bamboo Cocktail by Clemens

If you have noticed fewer posts here or fewer new listings over at Audrey Would!, just know that right now we are neck-deep in purging and packing, and sorting our things… and prepping for our July 4th garage sale – 6283 Selkirk Terrace, Duncan – 9:30 to 2:00…ish! Yes, there will be 2 sweet, need-to-be-restored Mid-Century dressers in the mix that I ran out of time to fix!

Though we are moving it is not goodbye, it is another step in the journey…

Thanks for stopping by!

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Photographs by Sheila Zeller. Please link and credit if you choose to use!