Living In and Loving a Small Space

I wanted to share the cool home of Lizzy Carnie, a designer with EuroTrash.  EuroTrash in the brainchild of my best friend, Annie Brahler.  Ok, Annie doesn’t know I exist, but I think she’s divine!   Her home is my favorite house ever (to see why, check it out here).  Anywho, Lizzy is a cutie-pie with a very hip 1,000 square foot home recently featured in Country Living.


This little kitchen is fabulous.  I love that she has the guts to hang an over-the-top Belgium crystal chandelier over that rough hewn island.  Her walls are Benjamin Moore’s Amherst Gray, which work beautifully in this kitchen.  Punches of color like the turquoise refrigerator and pink flowers keep it from feeling somber.  Ooh, I gotta get me one of those peacocks!


Lizzie doesn’t have space for a dining room, so IT”S IN THE BASEMENT.  Genius, I tell you.  Think outside the box, people!

This is my least favorite room in her house (sorry, Lizzie) because she could really use some pattern or color besides pink or brown.  But whatever floats her boat – it’s her house and she gets to decide what she loves!



Lizzie loves pink, and she shows it off in her glamorous bedroom.  I saw a cream version of that duvet at Anthropologie the other day.




Lizzie’s home has two bedrooms, but she really needed a big closet.  So, guess what?  She has a one-bedroom house with the most awesome walk-in closet ever!  Notice how she wrapped the walls and ceiling in gray?  And she painted that British flag on an old outdoor rug she had!

Take a lesson from Lizzie.  Decorate how you love, whatever that means for you.  Think outside the box, do your own thing.  Don’t need that extra bedroom, dining room, den?  Make it into a room you’ll actually use and enjoy.   Mix – don’t match!  Create a one-of-a-kind space you will love coming home to.   That’s what decorating is (or should be) all about.


Photo Credits:  Country Living.


Get my special report "Child and Pet Proof Decorating"
Free when you subscribe to my email updates!

Share this Post

19 thoughts on “Living In and Loving a Small Space

  1. Karina Aguon says:

    What a great house! I too have a 1,000 sq ft. house but need to cram 4 people and dog in it. Sure would love her walk in closet! HA! That would be heaven on earth. 🙂

  2. Debbie says:

    Saw this in Country Living the other day and thought of YOU, Kristie. I LOVE the kitchen (painted ceiling makes the room), the dining room/wine cellar and the 2nd bedroom/closet!

  3. Terry says:

    Love, love, love that chandelier and all those grey areas! I’m steadily getting up my courage to go Grey… but ONLY in my interiors… I’ll be making an appointment for a rinse very soon! As usual, love your posts Kristie. 🙂

  4. JuanitaBeasley says:

    I have a small house, as well and I’m also single! My house is a 3BR, and I turned one of the bedrooms into a walk-in closet! It is awesome. The other bedroom is currently ground zero for the security system, but it’s on it’s way to becoming an awesome library.

      • JuanitaBeasley says:

        The library is now complete! Somewhat Louis XV style for the most part. I’d still like a pair of chinoiserie lamps and a reproduction Louis XV/XIV console…but I’m keeping my eyes open for vintage ones.

        I ADORE the house you posted. It’s different from mine (except the Frenchness which is all over my library ooh la la LOL), but looking at it again…

        I’m seeing other things I love. The backless frames (or did she paint the backs to match the wall color?) are luscious. The stuffed peacock and the busts are also really fabulous. And yes the closet is great. If I have kids, I have no idea what I’m going to do…can’t..give..up walk…in…closet…. 😀

  5. Pingback: One fridge, two fridge, red fridge, blue fridge… « Cozy Crooked Cottage

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *