Our Floorplan

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900 sq ft

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Call us crazy, nuts or temporary loss of senses. That's what they said....this is about the quiet quest to simplify our life! The process of eliminating the clutter and stress and taking back our freedom. Like many small business owners….we were hit hard due to the economy. We found ourselves rethinking the direction we were heading. Should we gamble and keep the big house and "stuff" because that's what everyone does or do we reexamine what is truly important in our lives? 9 Hundred Square feet is an open-ended journey in living “Smaller, Simpler and Stress-Free” lives!

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Small Space....Time To Decorate

Modern Manor
Juan and I really wanted to furnish our house simple yet well-designed AND of course our own flare (meaning cool). It’s going to be a small space so we need to make sure the things we buy fit AND are “multi-functional. I’ve always loved the “Mid Century Modern” Style whether its houses, furniture and other “kitschy” style accessories. We stumbled upon a great shopping area here in Phoenix AZ.  It’s on 7th Avenue between Indian School and Camelback (For all my local readers). It’s called the Melrose District and it is a smattering of vintage/retro boutiques, thrift shops and great ethnic restaurants. My love for mid century modern era furnishings I’m sure is due to growing up in the late 60’s-70’s.

Phoenix Metro Retro

The first several weeks of “shopping” these stores, Juan and I found ourselves reminiscing and strolling down memory lane. Things like the big thick glass ashtrays in dark green or amber, the cool teak wood furniture that had great storage for every need. The bars…oh those fabulous bars with the leather trim and stocked with all sorts of wine and spirits. I can see my Mom and Dad dressed fabulously, Glenn Miller records playing on the stereo and the fondue pots simmering with broths, cheese and of course chocolate (for dessert) to plunge your favorite food in.

PMR-Vintage Desk

Okay back to the present. So we are moving into a 900 square foot home and furniture today is typically oversized and overstuffed. So what to do? Go for the mid century modern furniture. Why? “It’s perfect for smaller spaces…sofas, bedroom suites, side tables, buffets and chairs, all fit perfectly!”- quoted from Doug from Phoenix Metro Retro based in Phoenix AZ.

Eames, Arne Jacobsen, Harry Bertoia, Hans Wegner….All the cool pieces of furniture maintained all these years. Well, with the help from Ryan & Kylie of  Modern Manor and Doug & Heidi of Phoenix Metro Retro, two great places that find, refurbish and sell these mid century modern masters.  

MM-Entrance View
MM-Vintage Lighting

Modern Manor and Phoenix Metro Retro are side by side in the Melrose District. You can’t go wrong in shopping both places. They have great finds from furniture to accessories for the home AND if there is something they don’t have, just let them know and they will keep an eye out for it and contact you when they do. At times, they will reupholster pieces to give it a new and fresh look. When it comes to anything mid century modern, you will be impressed with Ryan’s and/or Doug’s knowledge of architects, designers and fashion of that era. I always walk out of there learning something new.  I’ve included their websites (click on the store names in the posting and it will take you to their website) AND you have to check them out on facebook. These links will take you to their facebook pages; Modern Manor and Phoenix Metro Retro!

Next…What did we buy and how does it look in the new place?....


  1. So, your already in your new place? Or these are all plans in the making?

  2. I feel like I should be your younger sister :) Everything you say, I'm right there with you. Ryan and I after having Mercy were trying to be the suburban parents, planning to have another child, and buy a second car. Then we looked at our lives and had to laugh because it wasn't us, we were living our life the way we thought we had to being a new family. Now that we're in Patio this feel more like us. Being younger I'm hoping that we can keep living our lives the way WE want to and not try and fit into a social standard. I'm reading your words as mentoring thoughts, and I think that your journey is really special. And hey, at least you have friends here that understand you wanting to live in 900 square feet of space!

  3. Awww Momma Manda! That was so sweet of you. Wlel the good news is that you are so young and YOU are doing it YOUR way... the right way. No one is saying not to build a big bank account....but do you need to fit in this specific special little box that everyone expects? NO...you don't. I applaud you for figuring it out now rather than later (my age LOL. An yes, the best part of living in the 900 sq ft is that I have so many others around me that are loving caring neighbors that "get it" too!