Well hello, sweet friends! So happy you stopped by today! I’m going to be sharing three items every small home should own! Ya know, I think these ‘need-you-in-my-life’ products are great for any size home. 🙂 Let’s get right to it, shall we?
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The buzz in the air is that galvanized metal is on its way ‘out’ of décor trends. However, I say if you love it, use it in your home! I love it, so I use it! Heehee! I purchased this beautiful, not-so-little tray on clearance at Walmart for $5.50! I know…Crazy cheap, huh?! Right now, I don’t see a similar one available on Walmart’s website, but I would suggest going into the store to check out their selection and prices… I ALWAYS see them in-store! This tray is a pretty stinkin’ versatile item….
Here, I’m using it to corral a vignette!
And here is what I use it for most of the time….
Because I live in a small home (by myself), I often eat my dinner sitting on the floor and either work on the blog/social media or, once in a while, watch HGTV! It’s wonderful to put my whole dinner on the tray and transfer it from the kitchen to the living room, all in one fell-swoop. Before I got this tray, I was making several back-and-forth trips from the kitchen to the living room with my plate and glass in hand, then salt and pepper, then…. That was a lot of 5-step trips! 😉 One more thing I LOVE about using the tray is that it acts as my placemat… no more spills on my rug/carpet. Pretty nice perk, huh? (This pic reminds me… I need some new ‘blogger’ glasses. My classic Coke glasses are dear to my heart, but don’t photograph well, at all! 😉 )
Another option I’ve thought about doing is using chalkboard paint on the inside of a tray like this and having my daughter (who is quite gifted at lettering) write a lovely quote or verse on it and then hang it on the wall! Wouldn’t that be so sweet? (Another day, another post, right?)
MAGNETIC METAL WALL STRIP
I first saw this type of magnetic strip when I was reading a blog on tiny homes. The home that was featured was SOOOO pretty, and the owner had one of these on the kitchen wall… I was sold!
This PBK Stainless Steel Magnetic Knife Strip 15 Inch was on sale for $10 when I purchased it on Overstock.com. Right now, it is regular price, but Overstock.com often has deeply discounted sales on their products. Just watch for it!
The PBK strip has worked quite well, but if I ever decide to replace it, I will go with the KUNGSFORS magnetic knife holder from IKEA. At just $15.99, I like the thinner line of the metal strip, which gives it the ability to be more utilitarian AND decorative! It has lots of accessories to add to it, which don’t necessarily fit on the PBK strip. How do I know this? See those hooks…
Those are the hooks for the KUNGSFORS from IKEA. They do the job, but they don’t fit *exactly* right. Give me all the accessories and pretties for the KUNGSFORS and I’ll be a happy tiny-home dweller (for now). 😉 You can bet it’s on my Wishlist!
The last item I want to share with you today is another IKEA item! Don’t we all just love IKEA, for one reason or another? Well, one reason I love IKEA is the cutie-patootie SILVERAN storage bench… happy-sigh and all the hearts! I love this perfect little bench for several reasons. And, at under $50, I feel it is well worth the small investment. First off, just look how perfectly it fits in my small ‘entry-way’! (It’s so pretty!)
It’s a great seat for putting on my shoes when I leave the house, as well as a “purse-landing” when I come home. Along with the pretty little aqua hooks that hang above the bench, I have created my own little mudroom nook! (Did I mention how pretty it is… love me that beadboard look!)
And the thing that I REALLY love about it???? Of course, it has storage! In a small home, double-duty is often a deciding-factor on whether an item gets invited to stay. LOL! Inside the SILVERAN, I store my Homeright Steam Machine Model 53, all the attachments, AND a gallon of distilled water (for the cleaner). I can even fit more in there, if need be (and I do)! Tiny-house-storage for the win!
So, which one is your favorite item? Let me know how you use items like this in your home! I’d love to hear from you!