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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Top 3 Recycling Stations under $50

start photoOrder is everything, not just in tiny homes, in small apartments, RVs and houseboats.  An orderly home makes a good feeling.  This is also basically the principle of Feng Shui: if the good energy can flow freely in your home, your own good energy can flow freely.  You feel, what you see.

I know, I just got a little too philosophical here, kinda, and all I want is to write about recycling stations.  Well, doubtlessly recycling stations create exactly that: order in the kitchen or wherever you collect your recyclables.

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Top 2 Sliding Door Hardware Kits

TCBunny Country Steel Sliding Barn Wood Door Hardware Antique Style (Brown)Sliding doors are doubtlessly one of the best door solutions for every tiny place.  If you live in a tiny house or even build one, or you live in a small apartment, RV or houseboat, you might want to take a closer look at these Top 2 sliding door hardware kits.

Think about it: sliding doors are space-saving alternatives to swinging doors which require that objects need to be set well away from the doorway.  Sliding doors don’t require any room to swing.  And they look totally awesome.  In my opinion a sliding door adds an incredible elegance to the look of the room.

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Tip: How to decorate a tiny home: Boho Style

start photoThere is a lot to say about the Nordic Style and the Industrial Style which are often realized by people living in tiny homes.  But you know what, the Boho Style is one of the most interesting styles for interior designs at all.  I admit it has something very fascinating for me being light and wild at the same time.  The Boho style transformed from once just being a trend into a real style that so many people like.  Maybe that could be a style for you and your tiny home? (photos I found here)

What is it that’s so mesmerizing about the Boho style?  Well, it is straightforward, very affordable and looks great and cozy.  It’s kind of the way making a lot out of a little.  And this way is based in the love for art and culture.  Bohemians love to choose unconventionality, and yes, lots of colors.

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Top 3 Tall Floor Vases around $50

Elegant Expressions by Hosley Metal Vase with HandlesFloor space is precious in any tiny home, may it be a tiny house, a small apartment, a RV or houseboat.  You want to be aware of every inch floor space you take away with any furniture or decorative item.  Well, I encourage you to still realize your decorating ideas and just try to work around your narrow space.

Floor Vases belong definitely to the group of elegant and extravagant decorative items.  They do take away floor space though, but – if you choose a tall floor vase with a small footprint you still can meet your tiny home’s requirements and create an astonishing effect wherever you’ll place it.

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Top 3 Sewing Machines between $45 and $130

SINGER 4411 Heavy Duty Extra-High Sewing Speed Sewing Machine with Metal Frame and Stainless Steel BedplateI mentioned already that you never should give up on anything while living in tiny home, small apartment, tiny house, RV or houseboat.  Live your hobbies!  Make sport!  Enjoy your precious collections!  I admit some hobbies might be more difficult to practice in a tiny home.  Others though are extremely easy to be practiced even in narrow spaces.

Well, I think of all the sewing talents out there.  Do you like to sew?  Don’t give up on this wonderful hobby just because you live in a tiny place.  A sewing machine doesn’t take away so much space.  You might have a storage unit, a corner dining bench with storage or a daybed with storage where you can put your sewing machine after use.

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Top 3 Kitchen Cabinet Sets under $1,800

10x10 Randolph Oak KitchenBuilding a new kitchen might be even more rare than installing a new shower stall, getting a new bath tub or even building a whole new bathroom.  Well, there are times when you want to remodel or build a new kitchen.  Maybe you build your own tiny house?  You might be interested in these Top 3 Kitchen Cabinet Sets under $1800.

New cabinets will transform your old kitchen into a well organized, overall functional and multi-tasking kitchen.  You can find a big variety of finishes and options with a really good price.  This is the big advantage of stock kitchen cabinets, they arrive fast and come with a lower price than semi-custom or custom kitchen cabinets.

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Tip about how to decorate a tiny home: 5 unusual furniture as nightstand

photo 1Nightstands can be “business as usual”, meaning headboard set with nightstands, floating wall mount nightstands or they can be really extravagant.  Which styling type are you?  I admit I totally like all kinds of unusual ideas as nightstands.  The great thing about being inventive with how your nightstands should look like is that their unique and personal look makes your tiny home, tiny house, small apartment or even RV and houseboat, immediately very interesting.

Take a look at the following 5 totally unusual furniture and things that you can use as nightstands.  You might find the perfect solution for your bedroom decor – or you get motivated to look even more around for other innovative ideas.

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Top 5 Shower Curtains under $15

Magic Vida Creative Shower Curtain Nature Animal Series Leopard Shower Curtain with Vivid Color (72-Inch by 72-Inch, Leopard)One of the easiest ways to make your tiny bathroom look stylish, elegant, fancy or just simply funny happens by choosing a shower curtain.  The variety of designs in shower curtains is overwhelming, can be overwhelming if you don’t know yet what style you want to create for your bathroom.

If you are building your own tiny house and you already got the shower stall kit and the shower curtain tension rod, well, then it’s time to get the shower curtain of your choice.  This last step for your new shower will make all the difference, the optical difference I mean.

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Best Gift Ideas for Tiny Homes

start photoIf you know somebody who moves into a new tiny home, the first small apartment. If you know people who start their new life in a RV or houseboat. Or even better, if you yourself are making one of those big steps. Here are some great ideas as gift for others or as self-gifts that will make the start into a tiny home living easier.

I know, I know. Appliances as gifts are out, definitely out. Well, yes, but how about making yourself a gift with a great appliance that fits your new tiny home perfectly? Every rule has its exceptions, isn’t it. So, just take a casual look at my following ideas that I wish I’d have had when I moved into my first tiny tiny apartment back in Switzerland. I hope that my list will help you, your friends and family.

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Top 3 Sets of 7- or 10-piece Picture Frames under $50

Craig Frames 23247778 Picture Frame 7-Piece Wall Set, Brown Frames, White Display MatsHere I have another decoration idea for your tiny house, small apartment, RV or houseboat.  Picture Frames.  Of course!  They don’t take precious floor space away and decorate a wall that you don’t need for floating shelves or a drop-leaf wall mounted table.  You might even try to combine your picture frames with your beautiful window curtain or your 2×3 feet area rug.

The thing about getting a whole set of picture frames is that you can choose the perfect frame size for the perfect place on the wall.  Some people like to hang the frames together creating a whole wall art.  Others prefer to use one or two frames on one wall and another frame elsewhere in their home.  Which styling type are you?

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