• A Goodbye Tribute to the Shoebox

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    Howdy friend! We are settling deeper and better into our new home each day, but in all the hullabaloo I haven't posted an official goodbye tribute to that special basement apartment of ours, The Shoebox. Here it is. I knew The Shoebox was the right place for us the moment I stepped through the rusted door. ...

  • How to Make Your Home Work For You

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    Hello there, all you lovely small-living enthusiasts! So happy to have you over at Smallish. :) My heart is budding with much to share with you about Shoebox living, but there is just not enough time! My "off" minutes are far and in between, and now that you know I'm growing another baby, you can ...

  • Adding Beauty with a Simple Project

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    In our old house we had a large brown wall. We painted it Santa Fe Brown because we liked the color and also because we had lots of very creative ideas to make the wall interesting. In the end, it sat blank for over three years. Empty, big brown wall. I never minded too much ...

  • The Balance of Contentment in Imperfect Now

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    "I hate this house!" Red's Arctic-blue eyes intensely searched mine for a reaction. On his forehead a red bump glared. The wall hadn't moved when he somersaulted into it, and this was the apparent reason for the passionate declaration. It was a test, of course. He was merely parroting an outburst I made a few weeks ...

  • Our Experience: Small Home Q&A

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    A couple weeks ago I received an email from a reader wanting some general small home advice. He and his wife are considering building a tiny house, and they had some good questions. I don't seek to give advice much but I'm happy to share our experience. (That is, after all, what this whole blog ...

  • What We Miss About England

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    Caveman and I met in a Starbucks in England. I was shy, green apron clad behind the counter. He was loud American in a red North Face jacket waiting in the clamoring line trailing out the door. We spent the budding three years of our relationship in Harrogate, arguably the most beautiful town in the ...

  • “One Prayer” Update: Wisdom

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    Wisdom hit me like the sharp smart of a stubbed toe at 2 a.m. It didn't feel like I would imagine wisdom to feel—all enlightened and luminous and grateful. Instead it felt a little more like a punch in the gut, and it took me awhile to get back to sleep. So I'm mulling over ...