Living Large In Small Spaces - Sweet Small Home in Upstate New York

Welcome to the 112th post in the series
"Living Large in Small Spaces".

Today it's my pleasure to welcome AnnMarie of the blog Musings of a Vintage Junkie to Living Large In Small Spaces. AnnMarie is sharing the darling home of her niece and her husband, and the story behind it.


I am a regular follower of Nancy's blog and I love her series,

Living Large in Small Spaces. You can imagine my excitement then, when
I realized that my own niece, her husband and daughter are
doing just that. Thank you to Nancy for allowing me
to share with you their sweet, small home
in Upstate New York.


When you see a turquoise mailbox post amongst the regular brown ones all down the street, you can assume these homeowners love color....

And you'd be right!

This cute updated ranch home built in 1991,
is full of color and charm, design and character.

Behind the turquoise door

and the pretty turquoise accents on the porch....

is a DIY lovers remodeled dream home decorated
in a contemporary eclectic style by its owners,
my niece Danielle and her husband Mike.

Together, with their almost 3-year-old daughter Bria, they are 
living large in this small space. The square footage
is 1176 with about 700 more square footage in the
recently renovated basement.

The home didn't look this fresh and cute when they first
bought it in 2013. As a matter of fact
the homeowners insurance was cancelled
until they removed the overgrown landscape. This home
had been neglected for some time.

They pulled out all the old trees and bushes around the house back then
and recently had the new patio installed in the front and back.

They planted the new landscape themselves....

along with a vegetable garden in the back.

They did most of the interior work
themselves over the past four years. The first year
they gutted the inside, painted the walls, put the 
floor in and painted the kitchen cabinets.

Danielle and Mike are fortunate to have the same
taste in decorating. Mike is a master at painting
and they chose the colors and décor together,
Danielle having the final say of course!

Let's take a look inside. You will see some different themes 
throughout, like turquoise accents, wall stickers, 
bold colors and Mickey Mouse!

Walking through that pretty front door you are greeted by this sweet wall.

From here the home opens up to reveal bedrooms
 to the left,  living room to the right and kitchen and porch in the back.

Here is some of that color I mentioned....

As you can see, Danielle loves pattern and color and texture.
She has a degree in interior design and finds lots of inspiration  from HGTV (the channel and the magazine),
the Property Brothers in particular.

I can see that!

She also gets inspiration from her Mom. 
Growing up in a beautifully
decorated home with a lot of different design elements, she 
can take advantage of her Mom's eye for decorating and 
have the benefit of some great hand me downs.

The kitchen is painted a bold pink

with white cupboards and turquoise accents....

and lots of other colors mixed in.

The doorway into the living room was recently opened up by Mike 
which gives it all a better flow.

What you don't see anymore are dark cabinets and floor, old appliances
and one of those drop down cupboards over an island.

There are sweet wall stickers on the doors and walls throughout
which adds so much personality.

The one above is on the kitchen door to the garage and the next one
is on the basement door. Danielle has a love of
Mickey Mouse as you will see throughout the house.

Words with nice sentiments are sprinkled throughout...

Across from this door is the hallway to the bedrooms and bathroom.

The cute chair is a hand-me-down from Danielle's Mom

and the light fixture is something her Mom found while
out of town. Danielle loves light fixtures!

There is so much going on in this little hallway and a
look to the left or right fills your senses with
more color and texture and design.

The use of gray walls just makes the color of the décorative items pop.

Every wall and corner is used to its full potential.

In the second year the bathroom was completely gutted

and Mike did all the tile work, painting
and installation of everything new.

The dramatic colors and pretty tile makes for a very pretty bathroom.

Across the hall is Bria's room. Did I mention that Danielle loves pink?!

There is a guest room/office

and the Master Bedroom.

Danielle did the vertical wavy stripes on the opposite walls
with complimentary colors.

Off the kitchen is an enclosed porch where Bria has

her toys and play time.

And finally, the newly renovated basement. A contractor did

the walls, the structural elements and the bar.
Mike and Danielle did the rest.

They added another full bath in the basement

with a Florida beach theme.
They lived in Florida for 3 years
and brought some back with them.

All of this work and decorating inside plus
the siding, roof, landscape and patio was
done in the last 4 years.

For a young couple to have a home like
this in that short amount of time
is just remarkable.

Is it their forever home?

There are more projects coming up
but until then, every day
they are Living Large!


Thank you, AnnMarie, for taking us on this delightful tour of Danielle and Mike's home.

Join me next Saturday for another post in the special series

 Living Large in Small Spaces

See more home tours in the 
Living Large In Small Spaces Series here.


  1. What a fun little home, so happy and cheerful. I can see this couple coming home from working in a hum-drum world to opening the doors of they home and feeling pure joy. Not afraid of color is an understatement, but this girl knows how to combine it all and create a home to be proud of. I really like the way their front sidewalk circles around and welcomes you in. I'd like to do something like that one day.
    Nancy, thank you again for this fun series of small homes. I look forward to each and every post.
    Connie :)

  2. Looks like it's a pretty big place. I admire people that can decorate because I was born without that talent. She does put together these strong colors pretty well. Very beautiful place.

  3. What fun! I love the way they used the colors they loved. And the Mickey and Minnie Mouse theme. Oh, my! so cute.

  4. So colorful! Love it. Everywhere you look is Wow!

  5. It's a very cheerful home... But it's considered a normal sized home in France!

  6. Thank you for sharing this home Nancy! It's a wonder of color and I love it. What a happy and cheerful place to live! The dark gray walls with white trim are such a great backdrop for all of Danielle's colors.. love the pink and black especially, with pops of turquoise and other pinks and yellows. I would never know how to combine that all and have it end up looking so "together"!!! And their yard and patio.. wow. Marilyn

  7. Such a cheery home! I love all the little bird sitting on switch plates, etc - cute idea! They should be very proud of themselves to have accomplished so much in 4 years!

  8. What a sweet and charming home, AnnMarie! Many thanks to your niece for allowing u a peek inside. I just love her use of colors and textures.

  9. Very cute home and love the neighborhood. Is that a full size tree in front? That's the only thing that would give me pause, because it's too close to the house if it is. Otherwise adorable.

  10. Very cute home. Love her Minnie and Mickey collection! The Florida theme is really nice. They have done so much in the past 4 years. What a great accomplishment. Beautiful.

  11. Truly a beautiful home filled with the most delightful of colours, accents, furniture, design and vignettes of beauty. Love all those uplifting sayings scattered throughout. Danielle and Mike have truly created the loveliest of homes.

  12. Hola amiga querida,,, me encanto esa casa , y qye bonita colección de Minnie y Mickey ,,, espero que tengas un bendecido fin de semana

  13. Oh, how pretty!! Just a charming, darling home! Thank you for sharing. :) God bless you, sweet friend.

  14. I found this home a delightful treat.
    Much different for me, out of my norm.
    I appreciated their unique style and freedom with color.
    A fun house for sure.
    I congratulate them for their DIY Talent.
    I think I need to spark myself up a bit with more COLOR!
    Loved their landscaping, curb appeal.

  15. This is such a colorful and fun speaks volumes of the family that lives here. I love the details and the funky Florida vibe! I hope they stay and enjoy their little bit of paradise for a while!

    Jane x

  16. I love the gray and red as neutrals and how they make the colors really pop. The do have a flair -- and anyone who uses turquoise is a design pal of mine!

  17. What a happy home, filled with personality and love. Their use of color is so well done! As a turquoise lover I'm smitten with their front door :)


  18. Wow, what a fun house!! I can see that they love their space very much, it shows in all the details!

  19. What a lovely, welcoming home. I like the way it already pulls you in with the blue door and pink flamingo.

  20. Whimsical and Wonderful!
    I bet their neighbors love them!

  21. What a beautiful home, AnnMarie! I love all the color (I'm partial to pink, too) and their landscaping is just wonderful. Thanks for sharing :)

  22. There's a lot to love behind that turquoise door! WOW!!!!!!! The house is beautifully transformed on the outside with the simply idea that gardening is essential to hug a house and make it a home. Then the pop of color (that aqua sends me sailing!) and then the perfectly coordinated colors. That gray wall with the pops of colorful art, that bathroom with a surprising and perfect marriage of black and pink, the kitchen, that great room with all that makes for a HAPPY HOUSE!

    Ah, don't you just love the "challenges" of living large in a small space?

  23. Love the gardens, so peaceful and relaxing.

  24. Such a sweet, darling and happy home! The colors, the vibes it all feels so good!

  25. Such a darling home . Love it . Lots of hard work but looks like it all paid off . So glad you shared . What an inspirational post . Hugs and blessings , Cindy

  26. With every room as I scrolled through this post I was in awe, beauty after beauty and the! What a fantastic decorating job, just plain fun. :)

  27. With every room as I scrolled through this post I was in awe, beauty after beauty and the! What a fantastic decorating job, just plain fun. :)

  28. wow what exquisite post my friend!
    you made my day to share this virtual visit to your friend.
    what lovely couple!!!
    and what Marvelous house they live in .
    gloriously decorated and brilliantly maintained with bright colors!

  29. Real cute house decorated in today's young style for sure my favorite is the sun porch love the ceiling
    That is one thing I want and don't have at my old house a sun porch

  30. Absolutely darling! I love how they have infused their love of color and Mickey into this home. It's obvious that they have worked very hard on it. I love it all, but that bathroom is a wow! Thanks for the tour! This was fun!!

  31. I love, love the colors and quotes! A great tour, Nancy.
    Thank You!

  32. What a fun home for this sweet young couple and their daughter!

  33. What a fun tour of this incredible home. Loved it!! xo

  34. AnnMarie, your niece and her hubby have created a beautiful and incredible home for their family. What a great job they have done in such a short amount of time. Love the little birds at the switchplates and the "wishes" on the doors. Really pretty colors and the green surroundings are wonderful..Happy Wednesday..Judy

  35. What a fabulous home AnnMarie. Love all the colour, especially all the pink. Danielle is my kind of girl. :) Love it!

  36. I just love every inch of this house, AnneMarie! The turquoise accents on the exterior reminded me of you - that gene must run in the family! The house is whimsical, but sophisticated. Kudos to your niece and nephew for a wonderful restoration!

  37. Ann Marie! What an amazing guest post! I love the house your niece and husband have worked so hard on, it is amazing! So many sweet and special touches all throughout the home! I love the color pink but don't decorate with it, however, she has made me think again about pink! It looks amazing with what she has done :) I'm so happy to read your guest post today here on Nancy's amazing space, always an inspiration! Hugs to both of you today :)

  38. What a darling and happy home! I love the attention to details, like the switch plate covers. SO nice!

    Thanks for the tour!


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