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Wrapping Up The Old House

There’s an opportunity to win $10,000 from BLACK+DECKER at the bottom of this post! This project is largely inspired by them and their new “Your Big Finish” campaign. This movement celebrates getting those little projects out of the way. 

The old house (it feels so weird calling it that!) is still on the market. Understandably, showings crawled to a stand still as soon as the holidays arrived. We don’t expect it to pick back up until January. We’re using this downtime to continue to improve the house and get it even more show-ready. And yea, I’ll use any excuse to spend a few more hours over there any day. It’s still my baby!

One of the things on our list is re-installing the master bedroom door. We removed the door a very long time ago, when the room was first used as a living room, and it never got replaced. Now that it’s the main bedroom, I’m sure it looked a little odd to buyers that the door was missing. Aaron popped a couple of blood vessels getting this huge, solid wood door back on but we have success!

Wrapping Up the Old House

Here’s a fun picture of the living room in honor of #throwbackthursday. Check out that sweet stack of DVDs in the corner! Such fancy.

Living Room for Contest

I could go even further back, to the era of the super embarrassing pumpkin-orange overstuffed sectional. But I won’t. Because what you put on the Internet stays there forever.

ANYWAYS, it feels great to have the door finally re-installed. It’s a big project… one of those that bothers you in the back of your mind until it’s completed. Below is another one. Remember when I finished the bathroom back in February? But never finished installing the wallpaper? And then a super fancy pants photographer from Better Homes & Gardens discovered said missing wallpaper? Well I finally got that fixed too. It feels so good to have it done!

Wrapping Up the Old House

ANYWAYS, there’s something that feels so good about finishing projects. Especially for this house. To leave it better than I found it I guess. I partnered with BLACK+DECKER because their Your Big Finish campaign is all about finally, finally finishing those projects you’ve been leaving to the side. And I am so on board with that.

Now it’s your turn to show off a completed project you had been putting off. Do it. I promise— marking it off the list will feel so good. As for motivation, $10,000 sounds pretty good to me!

For this “Your Big Finish” campaign, there are Weekly Prizes, at approximately $439.91 per prize, and one Grand Prize of $10,000. The Weekly Prizes include one of each of the following:

BLACK+DECKER prize package comprised of one (1) of each of the following:
• BDCDE120C 20V MAX* Lithium Drill/Driver with AutoSense™
• BDEMS600 Mouse Sander
• BDCS40BI 4V MAX* Lithium Pivot Screwdriver
• BDCDCMT120 Matrix 20V MAX* Lithium Drill/Driver
• LCS1020 20V MAX* Chainsaw
• BDCMTRS Matrix Reciprocating Saw Attachment
• BDCMTI Matrix Impact Driver Attachment

To enter, visit the Your Big Finish campaign landing page, and enter your First Name, Last Initial, Email, City, State, Phone and upload a photo of yourself and your completed project. The contest ends December 28th, 2014.



p/s: A big shout out to BLACK+DECKER for sponsoring this post!

Vote For My Small Cool Home

If you don’t want to read and just want to vote, here is my contest entry page. You “favorite” it to vote for it. (Thank you. SO. MUCH.)

Small Cool is an annual contest on Apartment Therapy that celebrates small spaces. It’s been going on for 10 years and I’ve participated in 2011, 2012 (got close with 4th place), took a break in 2013 to get married and am back in action for the 2014 edition.

2014 Small Cool Contest Entry

Click to see the full entry on ApartmentTherapy.com

Guys, I actually have a chance at winning my division this year. I am in first place and have been for about a week. I have been holding off talking it here because schilling for votes is right up there with painting cabinets for me—awkward and painful. *takes deep breath and keeps typing*

I am honest when I say I am indifferent about the prize (I don’t really have any room for new furniture…) but what I do care about is getting some recognition for my kick-ass minuscule (relatively speaking) house. My house, which stood vacant and disgusting for a decade, may now be winning an Internet contest. I think that would be an awesome 100th birthday gift for my 1914 home. Although I’m guessing my house doesn’t know what the Internet is…

I need your help to keep me at #1. You have to register to vote but I promise it’s 2 or 3 clicks and then done. Here is my contest entry page where you can “favorite” it aka vote for it.

I’ve learned a thing or two in my third year of competition. I thought it would be fun to look back at previous years’ entries. Dear house, you’ve come a long way. (And I think we can go further together, just don’t tell Aaron I said that.)

Bedroom – 2011, 2012 and Today In 2011, this was still the living room. I don’t own any of the furniture in this room anymore. The sofa, now in a grey tweed cover, lives with my sister in Illinois.

2011 Contest Entry

In 2012, it became the bedroom. This was prior to Aaron officially moving in so I’m still rocking the mattress-on-the-floor look. This layout is essentially how it is today. I actually like that dresser on the right better than what we have going on now. There’s a big chair there currently but while it works just great, I like the symmetry of the double dresser more.

2012 Contest Entry

And I’ve shared this photo a million times but here is where this room is today. This bed is actually broken at the moment so Aaron and I sleep squished to the left, because the right side is collapsed. I may or may not have used this bed as a step stool / jump landing one too many times. Classy!

2014 Contest Entry

Living Room – 2011, 2012 and Today In 2011, the space planning side of my brain was obviously on vacation because this space was made into a weird sitting room / front room of some sorts.

2011 Contest Entry

In 2012 it became the living room, which is what it is today. This is where my painting-black-walls-back-to-white experience began. I still find black here or there. And this is a different angle. The bedroom is to the right, the kitchen (you can see the wallpaper poking out) to the left.

2012 Contest Entry

And here is the living room today. The pillows have since changed and the brass peacock is on top of the bookcase, but you get the idea.

2014 Contest Entry

If you want to dig deeper, here are the full 2011, 2012 and 2014 entries.

So yea, PLEASE go “favorite” my 2014 entry over on ApartmentTherapy.com. My house and I are SO APPRECIATIVE. Do it for the house!!!

(But seriously, thank you.)



p/s: I am totally aware that for this year, the person with the most votes does not necessarily win (the top 5 in each divison go to a judge’s choice to select a finalist) but I don’t have any control over that so I’m just erasing it from my memory for the time being. :)

Living small.

The AT Small Cool contest is a wrap. I cannot believe how well I did. I ended up in fourth place (out of 24 entries in my division) with 533 votes.  I have a strong feeling that had a lot to do with you. And I am so grateful. Really, REALLY grateful. (For context, I received 300ish votes last year and ended in 11th place.)

I participate in this contest to connect with people like me. People who love to live small. People who don’t bat an eyelash at a single room acting as an office/bedroom/closet/kids room/craft room/storage room.

Emily Snuffer

1st Place - Small Division - Chezerbey

Will I always live small? I’m not sure. Do I think I could live in my 900 square foot home for quite a long time, despite how my family might grow? Absolutely. For one thing, my mortgage is $816/month. That’s it – and that includes escrow for insurance, property taxes, etc. It’s crazy cheap. And it’s hard to walk away from hella cheap, especially if it belongs to a space you are so connected with. When I have kids, I’ve got some cozy corners in my house with their name on them. Not whole rooms. Kids are tiny, they don’t need big rooms! Maybe a big drawer. KIDDING! (No, I’m not anywhere near having kids, but I do get the, “Will you look for something bigger if you have kids?” question a lot.)

Emily Snuffer

2nd Place - Small Division - Ryan's Perfect Blank Canvas

Here’s something else – a small house forces me to avoid clutter. Clutter in a large house looks like an episode of Hoarders in a small house. It’s just too much. So I shop with intention (sometimes) and buy only the stuff I really, really love (sometimes). But seriously, on a good day, there is no clutter.

My basement on the other hand is a home decor nightmare. Chairs, poufs, lamps, rugs, oh my. I am planning to sell a lot of it via Craigslist. I’ll let you know via a post if I do.

Emily Snuffer

3rd Place - Small Division - Lisa's Not Everything's Bigger in Texas

They (and by “they” I mean the mysterious source behind all those inspiration quotes) say you should strive to collect moments not things. And you know what? I’m really, really bad at that. I like things. Things can be purchased instantly while moments take planning. I’ve been known to pick a handbag over a trip. But I did manage to get the moments vs. things right when it comes to my house. My small house and its small payment allows me to go on big-to-me road trips (even if it’s just Florida!), save a chunk of change and DIY my little heart out. It’s a size I can actually handle in a smart way. So, out of all the times I’ve passed up a moment to buy whatever something I was craving that week, I somehow got it right when it came to my house. I didn’t go big.

Ooo, one last thing. Less cleaning. This is a big one for me as I am a clean freak. As in, freak out if dust is showing on my baseboards freak. I just get overwhelmed. I cannot imagine having anything bigger to keep up with, especially due to the hours I work. And then of course there are things like smaller heating bills, smaller lawns, blah blah blah. Those matter, too!

Emily Snuffer

4th Place - Small Division - ME!!!

I guess I’m just trying to explain why I choose to live the way I do. And it’s not like my house is THAT small, especially compared to the 300 square foot homes in the contest. It’s just that it’s not the norm, and when anything is a little weird, you tend to get a lot of questions and confused looks.

Emily Snuffer

5th Place - Small Division - Adam's Afternoon Light

And of course, there are huge downsides to living small. Hosting family events and bigger gatherings is almost impossible. Guests often sleep on the sofa or an air mattress. Spending some quiet time in another room to get some work done just isn’t possible in close quarters. And I’m sure there is more.

What about you? Do you live small? Have you downsized or upsized recently? Why and what to?

Did I mention I love you guys? Like whoa.

xo, emily

p/s: I voted for the awesome Dan Kanter (of Manhattan Nest fame) in the finals. You should, too (It’s Daniel’s Amazing Bones)