Welcome to Little Big Life!

I originally come from Switzerland, one of the smallest countries in the world, size-wise of course. About 70% of the Swiss live in rented apartments, many of them are considered to be really tiny (the apartments not the Swiss).

When I started off to live on my own, my first apartment wasn’t much more than one small room for sleeping, living and eating. It had a tiny kitchen and an even tinier bathroom. I learned fast to be aware of every bit space I had. Quickly I learned how I can arrange myself in a tiny space without losing quality of life. Well, there are actually numerous ways to still feel comfortable in a tiny space without giving up on esthetic and functional details.

English isn’t my first language but I hope to share with you my experiences and my research about how to live a big life in the smallest way.

Every post is always kept up to date allowing you to find the current items as described in the posts. Still there will always be some items that temporarily aren’t available. Through the here given links you will be  able to find more similar products.

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Tip: How to decorate a tiny home: Use of Colors

sweet-home-style-12Sometimes decorating a tiny place is about adding a look-through furniture made of glass or an unusual space saving furniture idea.  At times it’s about distracting the eye from the narrowness of your place and creating a spacious feeling.  How can you do that?  It might sound simple, but you can actually divert your attention by using colors.  Use the right colors at the right place and you refresh the look of your small apartment, your tiny house, even your RV, boat or houseboat.

designis-my-museI admit I’m one of those people who is reluctant to paint a wall.  Maybe this is still a reminiscence of my apartment living experience in Switzerland.  According to Swiss apartment rules everybody has to re-install the apartment when they move out – re-install it the way it looked when they moved in.  And yes, the walls of Swiss apartments are mostly white.  So every time I was thinking of painting a wall I had to be aware that at one moment in the future I will have to repaint it white again.  That was a good enough reason for me to keep me away from changing the look of my apartment with wall colors.  Well, I certainly missed out on some exciting and amazing home improvement ideas.

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Top 2 Corner Dining Benches

Linon Chelsea NookCorner Dining Benches are cozy, there is no denying of that.  A wooden corner dining bench calls for sitting and eating together.  Isn’t that so? I love the wooden corner dining benches with comfortable colorful cushions.  If you have a small spaced kitchen or a tiny dining area a corner dining bench might be just the solution for you.

A corner dining bench emanates warmth and the memory of Grandma’s homely kitchen with the smell of fresh baked cookies.  But!  You don’t have to give up on style and your modern aesthetic ideas with a corner dining bench.  It adds seating to a small space, no question about that.  However, it supports as well the open design of modern living spaces.

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Top 5 Bar Stool Sets around $60

Bar stool design ideaBar stools are great, I mean, really great.  Even if you don’t want to recreate your favorite bar at home – but if that’s the idea, this would be awesome – with bar stools you always get that indescribable overall look of elegance and coziness.

You don’t know how much space normal sized chairs take away until you live in a tiny place.  Normal sized means most often even over-sized.  You actually don’t need those kind of chairs in your small apartment, houseboat or tiny house.  You are totally fine with those space saving cool looking bar stools.

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Top 4 Toilet Seats, round and elongated, around $20

Mayfair 46EC 047 Molded Wood Toilet Seat with Lift-Off Hinges, Round, BlackSometimes – and I admit that’s probably rather rare – you have to install a whole new toilet.  Sometimes it’s only about replacing the toilet seat.  And you know what, if your toilet is still working fine and fulfills the low-flow rates of today’s models, just renewing the toilet seat can give you the impression of having an entirely new toilet.  It really works, I tried it.

In many reviews you can read: “It’s a toilet seat, what else can I say.”  Well, that’s true.  A toilet seat is nothing more than an essential piece of furniture.  On the other hand a toilet seat is a great opportunity to spiff up your bathroom – in style and colors.

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Top 2 Hanging Chairs

Eero Aarnio Bubble Chair (White)Besides floating furniture and multi-functional pieces I like all kinds of hanging off-floor furniture for tiny living spaces such as small apartments, RV, houseboats or tiny houses.  Hanging chairs are of course a great furniture for all kinds of uses, may it be on your porch as a chair hammock or may it be for your kids in their rooms.

Hanging chairs don’t take away any space – and you can use it indoors as well as outdoors.  Well, when I started to look for the Top models of hanging chairs I found that there are essentially two main styles out there.  Both models are available in different colors, with different style cushions and hanging hardware.  But your decision for your future hanging chair will happen between these two models.

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Top 5 Freestanding Bookshelves as Room Divider

Baxton Studio Psinta Modern Shelving Unit, Dark BrownThis is a furniture I had in my first tiny one-room apartment in Switzerland: a freestanding bookshelf as room divider between my living and sleeping space.  My bookshelf was long, but only about 4 feet tall in order to give free view to the only window I had there.  If you live in a tiny house or small apartment you might take a look at this ingenious piece of furniture.

Well, I don’t really need to speak about the advantages of a freestanding bookcase because they are so obvious.  But because I like this kind of furniture so much I do it anyway. Imagine you can have a wall where you want it, build one here or take a wall away over there.  Your flexible wall, well, is the freestanding bookshelf.

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Top 2 Metal bed frames/Mattress foundations for Queen Size around $90

Classic Brands Hercules Platform Heavy Duty Metal Bed Frame Mattress Foundation, Queen SizeIf you are in the situation that you need to buy a new bed frame and you live in a small place such as a tiny house, houseboat, RV or small apartment you might take a look at this ingenious metal bed frame.  It provides portability and a quick set up – and most of all it offers a great under bed storage.  A must for any living in a tiny space.

A metal bed frame is definitely a great replacement for the traditional box spring which is heavy to lift and move and doesn’t give any free space under the bed.  I also read that having free air flow under the bed is very important for health and comfort.  It allows the mattress to breathe and be free from dampness and dust.  Well, since I don’t remember anymore where I read this I can’t guarantee for its truth, but it sounds reasonable to me.

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Top 4 Epergne Basket Racks between $20 and $60:

3 Tier Chrome Triple Hammock Fruit  Vegetables  Produce Metal Basket Rack Display Stand - MyGiftAgain I can present a great idea as storage solution that you wouldn’t think of in the first place.  Epergne Basket Racks are just awesome, aesthetically pleasing and provide great storage space.

For you living in a small place it is important to take advantage of every space that is available.  You get used to think vertically.  Therefore, the least used space is generally the space above floor, countertop or any other surface, well, vertically as just said.  So, every storage unit that uses vertical space is just perfect.  Like basket racks!

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Top 3 Drop-Leaf Wall mounted Tables between $30 and $120

first picture drop leaf wall mounted tableThis post is for all the people who live in a tiny place, a really really tiny place.  The questions you ask looking at your small living space is: where do I eat, where do I work, where do I play?  Well, all you need is a drop-leaf wall mounted table.

Being very space-conscious you will like that all these drop-leaf wall mounted tables fold down easily taking away zero space when you don’t use it.  What an ingenious piece of furniture!  I would have wished to have one of these in my very first tiny one-room apartment in Switzerland.

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Top 2 BioBag Food Waste Bags / Compost Bags under $20

Biobag, Food Waste Bags, 3 Gallon, 25 Count (Pack of 4)Being able to compost at home is just great.  I think there should be a possibility to compost for everybody.  It shouldn’t matter if you live in a small apartment, a tiny house, a RV or houseboat.  If you can’t have your own compost tumbler or composter because you have no backyard, you still are able to bring your composting material to a nearby municipal composting site.

In my post about compost bins I mentioned that some people like to use bags in their compost bins.  Well, in Switzerland I did the same, just for cleaning reasons.  Even if today’s models of compost bins are made of stainless steel and therefore easy to clean, you still could use a Food Waste Bag or Compost Bag.

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