So Long 2015

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We had a relatively quiet Christmas and New Year’s at home this year. I took a break from work and the computer entirely for a week.  It was a much needed break.  

It gave me a moment to pause and reflect on a year with many highs and a few lows.  Learning to work and travel for work while trying to be the best mother I could be, brought me to tears more than I would like to admit.  But I am very proud of how our little family has stayed true to our ideal of living small with less things and that we have reached 2.5 years in this space with a toddler.  When we added our Murphy Bed 2 years ago I don’t think we ever thought we would make it this far.

I was reminded of some of the wonderful features we had this year when the Roundup Posts of 2015 came out on Apartment Therapy and Life Edited.  It was a dream to be featured on sites I have admired for years.  Here are the Top 2015 links below…

Top Tours of Tiny Apartments 2015 - Apartment Therapy

Top Posts of 2015 - Life Edited

Final Installment of Kids in the City: Meet Alison of ‘600 sq ft and a Baby’

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Photo: Apartment Therapy

This is the final installment of Kids in the City, a series that showcased families who embrace compact urban living - in all of its forms (condo, townhouse, duplex, etc).

When I started my Kids in the City series, a friend of mine recommended that I check out a blog, 600 sq ft and a Baby, by Alison Mazurek. She writes about living in a 600 square foot apartment in Vancouver with her husband, Trevor, and their two year old son, Theo. Her family’s apartment - recently featured on design websites like Apartment Therapy and Poppytalk - is so beautiful that it might convince even the most ardent McMansion lover to trade space for a more simple life.She makes it look so easy and…..desirable.

Here are Alison’s thoughts on city living in a compact home (you can see more photos of her gorgeous space here):

Keep reading

Jillian of the wonderful blog This City Life which focuses on how to live in the city with a small family (right up my alley, yes?) asked me some thought provoking questions about our choice to live in the city with a toddler. Thanks so much Jillian!  Click on the title to read the whole interview.

Poppytalk Feature

Poppytalk, the iconic design and handmade blog is celebrating their 10 year anniversary with an online magazine.  I recently did an update on our small patio and some photos and details are featured in the magazine.

Thrilled to be a part of the Poppytalk and the talented company Jan and Earl keep.

Hop on over here to read more… Poppytalk 10 years.

Can’t help but mention my dearest friend Tina Lau of Tarte Pop is also featured!

Interview with a Minimalist:

Danielle from the beautiful and inspiring blog and instagram -  Hippie in Disguise, asked me to answer some questions about life as a minimalist.  Of course I said yes, I was so honoured to be asked!! But then I got quite nervous… me, a minimalist?? Was I?  Who am I to speak with any authority on this topic?

I am most certainly not an expert or perfect at a minimalist lifestyle but while answering Danielle’s thoughtful questions I realized that I am a minimalist of sorts.  And most importantly she helped me realize, that I am an (amateur) minimalist by choice.

We choose to live small and we continue to make choices everyday to make it work.  And our minimalist choices have brought us more happiness and lightness to our life than we ever expected.  So we will keep heading down this minimalist path as long as it keeps serving us so well.

Click the heading above (or here) to read the whole post.  Thanks again to Danielle for giving me a moment’s pause to reflect on where this whole small space living has taken us so far.

Check out her wonderful blog here: Hippie in Disguise

Instagram here: Hippie in Disguise

Photos By // Danielle Chassin

Morning Love and Chaos

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Our crazy talented friends @maryandthejoel, who I have mentioned before here caught us a bit off guard as our house guests a few weeks back and snapped some pics of us getting ready for work and daycare after a long weekend away. Our mornings are generally chaos with a toddler and two working parents trying to navigate each other in a small space.  We chose this life and we love it but it’s not always pretty. We are getting dressed, packing lunches, folding up wall beds, doing dishes, changing diapers and making plans.  

What a gift to have friends capture the reality of our mornings.  Our house was a mess and we were scrambling, and I could not love these photos more.  maryandthejoel always remind me that you can’t style your life and that reality is always better than anything you can make up or try to make look pretty. My half done hair, Trevor unloading the dishwasher, Theo’s bed head… this is us.  Though I did conveniently leave out the photo of our mess of a kitchen with last night’s dishes and wine still hanging out (sorry Mary!).

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Photos // maryandthejoel

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