Built-in me up, Buttercup!

I am OBSESSED with built-ins lately.  We are hoping to expand our family someday but not our home, so my mind often wanders to dreams of having a kids room on our third floor or turning our guest room into a kids room or moving to an undisclosed island in the Caribbean while someone else takes care of the kids.  Wait…that last one is my I-need-a-vacation daydream.

Anyway, here’s some built-ins-in-the-bedroom eye candy for you this lovely Thursday morning…

Let's take a moment to admire the function of the built-ins below.  They creatively fill the space under the eaves.  They afford each bed owner their very own shelves for photos, alarm clocks, etc.  They have beautiful open storage up above and functional, yet still stylish, storage underneath.  The effective use of bead board and horizontal paneling to further personalize the space is just the icing on the cake. 

This space is more for functional beach-house dormitory living…but I like the layout of three beds along the wall…not sure we’re planning on expanding to three at the moment, though.

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Tiny House

"I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately. To front only the essential facts of life and see if I could not learn what it had to teach and not…" – Henry David Thoreau

Thoreau, one of America's greatest Transcendental writers and the father of Environmentalism, lived deliberately in his tiny, 10’ x 15’ self-built cabin next to Walden pond where he began his experiment in “simple living.”

Today “simple living” has manifested into the Tiny House Movement, where people are downsizing the space they live in, and thereby simplifying their lifestyles with beautiful results.

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