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A Blue Christmas

As many of you know, our master is downstairs. It's a space that my husband and I love, so decorating it for Christmas is always fun. Last year, my sweetie came up with the idea for adding lights behind the curtains and around our bed. He said "it's romantic"....lol. He sure is a romancer! Our basement only has one window, so light in the Winter months is rare, so please forgive the quality of the photos. I added pine and white snowflakes to the head and foot board. Sorry it looks black, in reality, it is a pretty fresh pine green. Not the kind that has a blue tint to it. But again, capturing colors in this space if hard. With all of the white, the pine looks so pretty to me. But again, I can't quite capture the colors just right. We have two trees up, one smaller at the foot of the stairs and the other by the window. Between those and the bed, the lighting is so soft all across the open space. Going to bed is something neither of us have dreaded...in fact, we love to lay in bed and talk about things, our hopes and dreams for our daughters and life in general. We can see the tree from every angle. I kinda like it in the day unlit....it shows the details a little better. The rag garland my youngest and I made sure does. I laid a pair of ice skates and a violin under the tree. I use this tree for "away" family presents an d our tree upstairs for my husband, and daughters presents. It makes it much easier to keep them separated. I'll probably get a green tree for next year for here and use this one upstairs in the pink and green room. We love Christmas, so angels are a given since it's Baby Jesus's birthday. I like to think about what a glorious day that was. The angels were singing and blowing their trumpets in Heaven, I'm sure. He really is the best gift we could all ever receive. This little tree has been around for many, many years. Putting it in the pail bucket makes it cuter, don't ya think? I love adding poinsettias and pine along with ornaments to things, especially to the top of this old gun cabinet. The little sign I made last year gives a little Christmas cheer. And of course mirrors add some sparkle with spreading the light around. The ornaments, topiary and NOEL blocks were all finds at Home Goods a few years back. I love that place! Our sectional is doing well and we still love it! Having the tray on the ottoman helps with drinks and gives me another place to add some Christmas charm. I love this little crown, it makes me think, again, about Baby Jesus. A King was born..... It's just a nice space to be in. It's so soothing no matter what time of year it is. I found this Merry Christmas Mirror at Michael's this year....isn't it pretty?! It looks so nice paired with the other mirror and frame. And as long as I breathe, I will always say Merry Christmas! There are so many more details that you all are missing like the mantle and the office area. The lighting was really low the day I took all of these photos. Maybe I will try again and share those later. But for now, take my word for it...the space is beautiful and dreamy to see. I hope all of you have a blessed weekend!

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Living Large In Small Spaces - Shabby Chic Retreat (Repeat)

It's Christmas Eve and A Joyful Cottage is breaking to celebrate our Savior's birth. I thought this would be a great time to revisit Shabby Chic Retreat, the third post from the Living Large In Small Spaces series. Shabby Chic Retreat remains the most popular post not only in the series (it has received over 106,000 views), but the most popular of all my blog posts ever. I first featured Shabby Chic Retreat on October 4, 2014. If you missed it then, you're in for a treat. And for those of you who have already seen it, sit back and enjoy the tour of Tonita's fabulous space once more. There's so much to enjoy. Merry Christmas to all! "And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying, 'Glory to God in the highest and on earth peace among those with whom He is pleased.'" Luke 2:13-14 Tonita's Tiny House "A Tiny place of enchantment where my heart is able to sing." (Words from Tonita's blog Shabby Chic Tiny Retreat) When I first saw Tonita's Shabby Chic Tiny Retreat it was love at first sight. If ever there was a reason for me to do cartwheels over a truly tiny house this is it. Hey! That's my teapot. Never mind that this little cottage possesses a teapot just like mine. A tiny house is built Tonita had been looking at tiny houses for years when in November 2010 she found tiny house builder Scott Stewart of Slab Town Custom Homes in Arkansas. The AnneMarie Model- Slabtown Customs At the time Scott was offering special pricing on The AnneMarie tiny house model. Tonita contacted Scott and after several phone conversations about customization possibilities she ordered her own tiny house. The house is built on a steel I-beam frame with two 6,000 lb axles. Construction of Tonita's tiny house began in October 2011. Scott's digital photographs kept Tonita visually apprised of his progress. Although 2,000 miles separated Tonita from her builder and house, she was involved in every aspect of the home's design and construction. "Working with an out-of-state builder is not for everyone," she says, "but with computers and phone communication it makes it easier. To maximize the bathroom's space Tonita chose a small tub with shower surround, wall sink and tankless commode. "I originally was going to use a normal home style toilet, but once it was sitting next to the bathtub it was easy to see in the pictures Scott sent me that it was just too cramped. . .I opted to use a RV low water toilet instead. It has a full flush that mimics a normal toilet." The toilet can be tied into a sewer line or a holding tank. Upper portion of the bath and shower surround. To help her visualize the home's interior while it was being built Tonita marked out an 8' x 18' area in her garage with tape. "I cut out cardboard pieces the size of my very tiny bathtub, toilet, bathroom sink, refrigerator, kitchen sink, stove top and counter space," she explains, "and placed them along the floor to mimic the layout of my tiny home." The Tonita Tiny House - Slabtown Customs Scott left the interior wood unfinished so Tonita could paint it as she desired. The flooring is Allure Trafficmaster. By the end of November construction was complete and Scott moved Tonita's house from Mountain View, Arkansas to Springfield, Missouri. Tonita's Tiny House arrives! From there a friend transported the house to Tonita's land. Tonita painted the interior white, and festive decorations were in place by Christmas. Tonita was "waiting with paint brush in hand" when her house showed up. The tiny house has a standard size front door. The house is 8' wide x 18" long and has an 8' x 6' front porch. Even with the cost to transport the finished house from Arkansas to Washington state, Tonita says her tiny house was a "great deal". Tonita stresses the importance of using a standard size front door in a tiny house. "Not so skinny people can feel uncomfortable crunching through some of the tiny front doors used on many tiny homes. This will provide your guests as well as yourself a more comfortable entry into your tiny abode. It will also allow you to move in a table that will seat up to four guests comfortably, that is if you build your home at least eight feet wide by eighteen (ish) feet long. Of course, there is always an option to purchase a table with removable legs or a fold down compact table and chairs in order to move it through a tiny door that is not a standard size. However, with tiny non-standard front doors your furniture options become a bit more limited." Romancing the tiny house Filled with her vintage and shabby chic decor, Tonita's tiny house is now a romantic retreat. She jokes that the cottage has been "girly-fied". The front porch is a study in wicker and lace. In the summer Tonita's porch serves as an outdoor sitting room. Thrift store lace panels block the sun and cast fanciful patterns on the porch walls. A wicker loveseat ($25 Craigslist find) offers comfortable seating. Ready for guests. Mismatched chairs and a wicker table keep the mood relaxed. The little table was a "free" roadside discovery that Tonita brought home and painted white. A white wreath and antique French key on the front door whisper "Welcome". The Great Room Walking through the door of Tonita's tiny house would be like entering a fairy tale. One could imagine this as a cottage belonging to a princess. Quaint gingerbread trim and whimsical decor are found throughout the cottage. There's a sense of timelessness and enchantment in every detail. A vintage screen door was repurposed as the pantry door. Make no mistake, though. The house is equipped with modern conveniences. Built-in apartment size refrigerator with bottom freezer. Electric cook top, double sink and full size faucet. The kitchen has ample counter space for preparing meals. The dark stain Tonita used on the maple butcher block countertop contrasts nicely with the white cabinets. The counter does double duty as a buffet for entertaining. Tonita gave the base cabinets a beadboard look, painted them and added glass pulls and knobs. She added the backsplash and shelves, too. Christmas kitchen A built-in shelf unit keeps things organized. Note that the front of the shelf is a ladder. The shelf unit's ladder can easily be removed and used to access the two sleeping lofts. Ladder to the guest loft. The guest loft is above the reading nook and bathroom. Tonita furnished the guest loft with a twin feather bed, which allows for extra storage room. A chandelier and fairy lights cast a dreamy glow. Ladder to the master loft. The master loft is above the front entrance. Master loft. Tonita furnished the master loft with a double bed, although a queen would fit, too. Cozy reading nook The reading nook is fitted with a comfortable chaise lounge, an abundance of pillows, and a throw for curling up with a good book or settling in for a nap. Reading nook windows Just enjoying the lovely view of Tonita's property is an option, too. "My favorite piece in my tiny house - My chandy from Spain, dressed for Christmas." ~ Tonita The reading nook's chandelier is one of nine that hang in Tonita's tiny house. "Lots of mirrors in the tiny house to reflect light" ~ Tonita A $2 vintage medicine cabinet was repurposed as a spice cabinet. Christmas mantel Tonita dressed up a built-in wall heater by placing a faux fireplace in front of it. The mantel was made from an old chippy door. The delightful bathroom is unabashedly frilly. One of the many lovely vignettes in the tiny house. Tonita's small space doesn't keep her from entertaining. "You have to be creative to live in a tiny house and even more creative when you entertain in one." ~ Tonita She hosted an "I'm Dreaming of a Pink Christmas" party for four friends in her tiny house, planning ahead of time how she would accommodate winter outerwear. "A large vintage coat and hat rack inside my bath tub area held the guests' large, bulky and dripping winter coats," she explains, "while their purses sat inside my little bathtub." Tonita says her dining table seats 4 comfortably. A vintage apron adorns an old theater chair. For seating she uses old theater chairs that fold flat when not in use. "Just because you live in a tiny house doesn't mean you can't decorate it." ~ Tonita Tonita's use of small scale free standing furniture instead of the hard edged built-ins typically found in today's Tiny Houses makes it comfortable, inviting and very livable. Le' Chicken Chateau While Tonita was waiting for her tiny house to be built she repurposed an old playhouse into a chicken coop for her rare breed lavender Orpington chicks. Before After Shabby chic chicken coop. "Why not?" Tonita quips. The coop interior includes a chandelier, washable wallpaper and chicken art on the wall. An old milk can stores organic chicken feed. "A vintage tractor seat makes a nice place for me to sit and hang out in the coop and watch my little chicks grow," Tonita explains. "I found these wonderful vintage nesting boxes on Craig's list. They came from and old egg production barn that was over a hundred and fifty years old. I just love them." ~ Tonita Tonita found old table legs ($1 each) and added them to the nesting box to give it "the look of freestanding furniture." The hens' names are painted over the nests "just in case [they]start to squabble over what space belongs to them." Fall at Le' Chicken Chateau An enclosed chicken run -- accessed from the coop - was added later. Chicken run door. The chickens free range when Tonita is home. The Cottage Storage Shed Tonita stows seasonal decor and other possessions in her storage shed. "Even in a tiny house I feel it is important to be able to change out furniture and décor," she says. "I could not imagine living day in and day out, year in and year out with the same stuff in the same place all the time. I would go stir crazy and be bored to death." The 10' x 20' shed is larger than Tonita's tiny house. Tonita made over the original plain storage unit to give it a cottage look. Here's a rundown of budget-friendly materials she used for the project: Used French doors found on Craig's list for $65.00. New windows with interior grids purchased at a discount contractors overstock supply - $35.00 each including screens. Faux shutters made from scrap cedar wood. Metal scroll work pieces found at a local craft shop for about $7.00 each and painted white. Vintage lace valances hung on the inside of the shed were $2.00 each at a local thrift shop. She hauled the old cedar deck section, destined for the burn pile, from her friends' old property. Metal flower boxes were purchased at Grocery outlet for $12.00 each. Road side picket fence sections complete the cottage look she wanted. "My tiny house on the left, the chicken chateau & run in the center and the shed on the right." ~ Tonita Tonita has created a charming, one-of-a-kind homestead. I asked her if she had anything she wanted to say to those considering a tiny house. Here's what she wrote: "What I would like to say to people interested in downsizing or shifting to a small or tiny home is this… There are no rules to tiny or small home living. Just because you live in a tiny space you DO NOT have to be a minimalist or get rid of everything you own. I think it is important to fill your space with the things that make your heart sing, and you can have a storage unit or outbuilding to store items and then rotate them in and out with the change of your mind or the seasons. Also tiny homes may provide a mortgage free living option for you but remember they are still illegal to live in (due to size regulations) in most areas of the United States. Do your homework before you build a tiny home." Great advice from someone who's living large in a small space. Thank you, Tonita, for sharing your tiny house and Le' Chicken Chateau with us. (All photos are the property of Tonita and used with her permission.) Since this post was published, Tonita has moved from Washington state to the Appalachian Mountains where she purchased a "really old" 570 sq ft farmhouse. She blogs about her farmhouse, country life and her tiny house (which she moved with her to North Carolina) on her blog" Shabby Chic Tiny Retreat. See Scott's video tour of Tonita's completed tiny house before it left Slabtown Customs. Very informative! Join me next Saturday for another post in the special series Living Large in Small Spaces See more home tours in the Living Large In Small Spaces Series here.

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