Living Large in A Small House – 2023

Today I’m going to share with you Living Large in A Small House – 2023. A year in review. You’ll also want to read about what is in store for 2024.

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Family Events

Last year was our year of weddings and we thought we would have a break for a bit but then Kenny got engaged to Mila. We celebrated with friends and family; hosting an Engagement Party at our home this past summer.

In May Annie and Tommy announced that they were expecting our first grandbaby. In October we hosted a baby shower and then right before Christmas, we welcomed Harrison Rhodes Nellen.

Home Improvements

Peel N Stick Wallpaper in Emma’s Apartment

We installed Peel N Stick Wallpaper in Emma’s Chicago Apartment in July. She lives in a 1920’s Walk-up. The wallpaper in the dining room with paint on the cove molded ceiling brought the room to life. The video was one of my most watched videos on YouTube.

enjoying cocktails with friends in the new dining room decorated with peek and stick wallpaper

Baby’s Nursery

In October we went to Dallas to create a nursery for our grandbaby. “Handy” also installed a new front door and back patio door. Along with Tommy they also put up shiplap on one of the walls in their living room. This left the nursery to Annie and me!

a corner of the room with a view of the bookshelve wall, toy tent, and mural wall with a crib

I also fulfilled a bucket list trip while we were in Texas. I went to Round Top, Texas during the fall Antique Fair.

Best Guide for A One-Day Trip to Round Top Antiques Show. This was a bucket list trip for me. Sharing what we did in one day.

Primary Bedroom

This year we did a refresh of our primary bedroom that included painting the hardwood floors white and then liked it so much that we extended it into the hallway and down the staircase.

I made use of a beautiful antique Persian rug that I own by putting it under our bed. It looks beautiful against the white floors.

The Blog

I haven’t posted a recipe post since September and there is a reason for that. After much research, I felt like my recipes needed a home of their own.

I’m so excited to share with you that I will be launching a new blog called “Small House Kitchen” and it will be where I share all of my recipes on a food blog. My goal is to get ready to publish in February.

Living Large in a Small House will continue to be where I share my home decor, organizing, gardening, holiday, and DIY ideas.


Yes, I will be organizing again in February for all of you who want to join me. When I pack away all of my Christmas decor, I always want to press the reset button and that starts with purging, organizing, and deep cleaning my house. I’ll share more about that in the coming weeks.

Thank You

Thank you to all of my loyal readers who continue to show up and follow along with all the goings on at the Small House. If you are following along with my Recollection Series, I really appreciate all the feedback. It’s one thing that I’ve started that makes my heart swell at how much you all are invested in my life.

The fact that my little stories have helped some people change their own lives for the better is why I do this every day.

Thank you!

Peace, Love, and Happy New Year!

Meet Me

I’m an Interior Designer, Professional Organizer, and Party Planner who lives in the suburbs of Chicago in a 1,300 sq., ft., home with my “Handy” husband, Keith.

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  1. I am new and am excited about your blog. Looks like you had a wonderful year, grandbabies are the best!

    1. Hi Marlene – I’m so glad you found me! I’m leaving Dallas on Thursday and it’s going to be so hard to be so far away from this little guy. I may be creating content from Dallas more often 🙂 Thanks for being here!