Living in a small space? Decor tips for your condo-sized bedroom

Happy Family Day to readers living in Toronto! We finally have some warmer weather today and the sun is shining so I hope you get the chance to get outside and spend the day with loved ones.

Something you might not know about me is that I live in a condo. A 750 square foot condo to be exact. By no means do I feel like the space is too small. I actually love the size of my space (Matt might feel differently about this). It’s cozy, comfortable and easy to clean! But when you live in a small space you need to be smart about the decor. The decor should flow from space to space, having a similar colour scheme and feel. When you are a renter there is some things you can’t change depending on your landlord like the colour of the walls, appliances, the floor etc. so I recommended finding one colour scheme that works well and go with it. For us it was easy, we found a couch that we absolutely adored from Urban Barn and ran with it. The couch is a light blue-grey colour so I decided that would be the focal colour with white, black, yellow and metal (silver, copper) accents. After about a year of living in our space and time spent saving money I feel like our space is the way I pictured it would be. Over the course of the next little bit I will show you the different spaces in my condo so stay tuned! For today I will start with our bedroom.

When we moved into the condo we purchased a new queen sized bed and acquired a beautiful cherry wood cabinet. Both of these pieces are large and I knew would take up a lot of space in the bedroom so we had to be mindful of any other pieces we wanted to bring in. In addition, one whole wall of the room is windows which adds beautiful natural light and warmth into the space but leaves us with only three walls to work with. I decided I would start by purchasing the bedding and work from there. Turns out that was pretty easy as I found a duvet cover and shams I fell in love with when we bought our couch at Urban Barn.

The duvet and shams are in a deeper shade of grey with a white lattice pattern. Ideally I would love to have more throw pillows but I know they drive Matt crazy so I went with one yellow accent pillow. In the pictures you might notice that the duvet is not a full fluffy one you might usually see. Matt and I went with a natural wool filled duvet as he has really bad allergies. It’s not as fluffy as I would like it but is warm and much more breathable in the summer months.

Those photos above my bed I took on a trip to Europe when I was in high school. I love that I can add personal touches throughout my space.

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In the corner of our room by the window I added a low ottoman for extra storage. Storage in condos is SO important. So I tried to add small pieces for extra storage wherever possible.
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This is the top of the ottoman with a silver tray from Home Outfitters, some personal picture frames, a candle from Chapters and of course a milk vase (which is new to my collection, thanks mom!) filled with some fresh tulips. I love this area of my room. It really adds a feminine touch without being too much.

Last is our bedside tables. I think these were the most difficult pieces to find and for Matt and I to agree on. I wanted something that was airy and appeared less bulkly beside our bed. Matt wanted something with drawers for storage. After many outings to different home decor stores we finally agreed on these from Target.

The black adds a pop of bold colour against the white accents and light coloured walls and the wire design creates a lighter look. For the lamp shades I went with a narrow all white shade that has a simple quilted design. I added more photo frames, a jewellery dish from Chapters and a cactus plant from a local flower shop.

That’s my bedroom and I love the way it has come together. What is your favourite room in your space? What is the decor like? I’d love to hear from you guys!

“The best way to spread Christmas cheer is singing loud for all to hear” – Elf

Ah Christmas…my absolute favourite time of year! I love the decorations, the music, the lights, the time spent with family and friends – the feeling. Therefore the décor in my condo this time of year is very important for me. Last year we had moved into our condo in November and had already spent quite a bit of money on other necessities so we were minimal with the Christmas decorations. This year I made it my mission to have a condo full of decorations and even a full size Christmas tree (in a 750 square foot condo). To say my boyfriend was sceptical is an understatement.

I decided this year to go with a “woodland” theme for the décor. Since I didn’t have much décor to begin with I could start with a clean slate and have a theme. This idea was actually sparked when I went to a Christmas event at a local décor shop. My sister and I had picked out the most adorable woodland creature tree ornaments. From there I was hooked on the idea.

The colours in my living room are blue, grey, black and white so I didn’t want to go with traditional Christmas colours as they would clash being in such a small space. I pictured this theme having a lot of greenery with gold and white accents, birch wood, faux fur and accents of décor from family members. So below you will see how it all came together!

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This is the top of my front hall console. I tried to utilize a lot of my current décor and add a seasonal flare to it. The Mason jar was filled with greenery and cranberry stems. Since I did not have a real tree I thought it was only fitting that I had a candle that would resemble that scent. Here is the Illume Tin Candle in Balsam and Cedar from Chapters Indigo. It smells soooo good! On the bottom of the console are two reindeer that my Opa made. He has now passed away so it is really special and important for me to have those are part of the décor.

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Next is my media stand. I purchased the birch candleholder over a month ago at a crafting show. The silver pillar candleholders I have out all year but I swapped the usual pillar candles for the ones that have small twigs embedded. I have had the nutcracker for a while not and then added the garland and cranberries to finish the look.

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Lastly, my Christmas tree! I am so in love with my tree. My tree has a mix of old and new. I was fortunate enough for my Oma to give me some of her old decorations. I mixed those with some new woodland creatures from Chapters Indigo, a star topper from a local home décor shop, burlap garland, and white, gold, and silver accents!