5 Small Space Design Rules You Should Totally Ignore

To shake things up and expand House Of Hipsters’ wings, my girl Erica Reitman (you may know her as VintageDesignMe on Snapchat, and if you don’t, go follow her now because she will make you laugh out loud…she’s also my #followfriday on Instagram today) is going to be a contributor! When I asked her, I totes expected an, “Umm, no, I don’t think so sweetie.” I mean, she writes for Elle Decor, HGTV, and Domino. So imagine my surprise when she said, “Heck yeah! Sounds like fun!” Can you say mouth on floor? Holla!!! She’s funny, sassy, and likes to swear…you’ve been warned…oh, and she claims she can kick your house’s ass. BTDubs, she can…she’s also a small space design expert. AND I love her dearly.

Truth time: I never really set out to become a small space expert. But I lived in NYC for 12 years and I was def *not* a bazillionaire, so that translated into tiny apartments with all sorts of design and space challenges. I woke up one day, and realized BOOM: I’m officially a small space design ninja.

After loads of trial and error while figuring out my small spaces, I decided I wanted to make it my mission to help others on the #smallspacesquad with me figure out easy ways to kick their tiny house’s ass.

Today I’d love to share with you 5 pieces of small space design advice that you should totally and completely ignore. I mean, you should take this advice, stomp on it, set it on fire, and then throw the ashes around in your tiny little garden. I want you to break the rules…and I mean break em’ hard.

1. DON’T USE DARK COLORS

5 SMALL SPACE DESIGN RULES YOU SHOULD TOTALLY IGNORE by Erica Reitman (vintagedesignme)Photo By Nicole Cohen for Domaine (Erica Reitman’s Home)

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Decorist DesignOff with Jojotastic & House Of Hipsters – Part 2

It’s an exciting day here at House Of Hipsters. Today is the big reveal of the Decorist DesignOff mood boards, and I need your help. Hold up, are you asking yourself, “What are these mood boards you speak of?” Well, if you want the full monty, you can catch the instant replay over here on this post, but if not, here’s the quick recap. But real quick, before we get started, Decorist is offering a super generous 20% off your next design project. Just use the promo code DesignOff20 when you check out.

So here’s the dealio, my girl, Jojotastic and I recently purchased new homes, and we were both jonesing for a project…mainly because we are a glutton for punishment because who in there right mind says,  “Hey I moved! Let’s get crazy”. Decorist heard the news and thought wouldn’t it be fun to have a friendly little competition and teamed us up with two of their fabulous interior designers and let you, my sweet kittens, pick which interior design board concept to move forward with…insert Weary Cat Face emoji (and yes, I had to visit the Emojipedia for that definition…and yes, there really is an emoji dictionary URL. Thank you Google.) Holy run on sentence. So I’m putting my fate into you. Well, you and Ashley Redmond my Decorist DesignOff interior designer extraordinaire. This chicky is the bomb dot com and has style for miles.

After happily agreeing to these shenanigans, I put all my trust into her with only a tiny bit of Pinspiration. But I already knew what kinda of fun I was getting myself into. Ashley and I teamed up last year and decked out the guest room in the old house; so you can only imagine how thrilled I was to learn we’d be working together again.

Wanna get into it? Let’s roll. Can I have a drum roll please…

Hang onto your hats because HERE THEY ARE…

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The Decorist DesignOff with Jojotastic & House Of Hipsters– Part 1

Moving day officially arrived last Friday. It feels like it took forever, but it finally happen it, and it only took 1 semi-truck plus 1 large package truck and 8 burly men to get us out of one space and into another. Oy! It was a crazy hot day without air conditioning on the hottest day of the year (that’s a whole nuther story)…but we made it! As I was moving chairs and sofas from room to room, the space just felt like home. It didn’t feel new, but instead felt warm and cozy…like we had lived there for years. I guess that’s probably how it’s supposed to feel. However, you know how I like to shake it up…itching for something new, so I reached out to Decorist for some virtual online design fun because this one can’t hold still for long. We have dubbed this project The Decorist DesignOff.

Decorist DesignOff with House Of Hipsters and Jojotastic. Living Room Virtual Interior Design. Makeover. Mid Century, Hollywood Regency Farmhouse Chic Boho style. Before Decorist DesignOff

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BSHT Summer Blogger Home Tour

How crazy am I to sign up for The White Buffalo Styling Co.’s Summer Blogger Stylin’ Home Tour on moving day? Ummmm, very; and I’m really hoping this post doesn’t turn out to be a dud because there is a lot of blank slate below compared to all the other homes on the tour. The only pieces I’ve hauled over in Layla (the lifted vintage monster truck) are my most favorite pieces. The pieces that are most precious to me.

Even though the new house is fairly empty and unfinished, I thought I could take you through what I’ve done and what might be happening soon. Hopefully you’ll also have some ideas, input, inspo, or thoughts on certain rooms that you can share in the comment section, cuz opinions and ideas are always welcome here. Oh, and don’t leave here without jumping over to the killer giveaway happening with Tuft & Needle. It’s your chance to win a queen sized mattress, and it’s gonna end soon. Enter here. Don’t worry, I’ll wait for you.

Blogger Stylin Home Tour - Summer Edition

If you saw yesterday’s Snapchats (HouseOf Hipsters), then you know my photobooth got hauled out of the basement and into the new digs. That booth is a beastly old girl, and she put up a fight…god bless the guys from A&A Studios. There were moments that we thought it was mission impossible, but as I’m writing this, I’m sitting here in my kitchen listening it hum. It’s running. It’s working. It’s in. Phew! One less thing to worry about…trust me, that booth has been a stress factory for the old noggin’. I’m glad that part of the move is done.

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World Market Boho Patio Makeover Challenge

Do you remember my seriously sad patio? Bare, cold, and blah about sums it up. If you’ve been watching my Instagram and Snapchat ( houseofhipsters ), then you’ve already seen sneak peeks and some smack talking to my challenger Jojotastic (aka Joanna). Her and I are in this knock down drag out fight…errr, ya no, it’s really more like a friendly little boho patio makeover challenge, sponsored by World Market. BTDubs, they’re having one sweet sale right now…the deets are at the bottom of this post.

Boho Patio Makeover with World Market. Tribal inspired pink and navy table runner. Saturated navy and pops of pink with hits of brass tea lights and hanging moroccan lanterns.

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