Decorating Small Spaces - Our 1st Condo

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In our many years of marriage, we have owned 9 houses... but this is our first condo! We own a big house on Cape Cod which we consider our home but we bought this condo in the Boston suburbs for our off-Cape life, with easy access to my job, friends, family, airport, shopping etc! Having fun decorating it and appreciating the ease of maintaining a small space!

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I decided a wall hanging would be a great way to cover the circuit breaker panel!

I decided a wall hanging would be a great way to cover the circuit breaker panel!

Powder Room.  Had a small pedestal sink when we bought the condo, but soon realized when decorating "small spaces" you need storage space wherever you can get it!  Had vanity installed within the first month!  Vanity and mirror from Lowes.  Paint:  Benjamin Moore, HC 165 Boothbay Gray.

Powder Room. Had a small pedestal sink when we bought the condo, but soon realized when decorating "small spaces" you need storage space wherever you can get it! Had vanity installed within the first month! Vanity and mirror from Lowes. Paint: Benjamin Moore, HC 165 Boothbay Gray.

Tray Ceiling - Paint: Benjamin Moore HC-68, Middlebury Brown.  Walls, BM Ashley Gray HC-87.

Tray Ceiling - Paint: Benjamin Moore HC-68, Middlebury Brown. Walls, BM Ashley Gray HC-87.

Tray Ceiling - Paint: Benjamin Moore HC-68, Middlebury Brown.  Walls, BM Ashley Gray HC-87.

Tray Ceiling - Paint: Benjamin Moore HC-68, Middlebury Brown. Walls, BM Ashley Gray HC-87.

Dining Area - Furniture from Boston Interiors.  Pictures from artist on Newbury Street, Boston.

Dining Area - Furniture from Boston Interiors. Pictures from artist on Newbury Street, Boston.

How weird is this?  The circuit breaker panel right inside the front door!  Knew I had to do something about that...found the perfect wall hanging!

How weird is this? The circuit breaker panel right inside the front door! Knew I had to do something about that...found the perfect wall hanging!

Kitchen.  Paint, Benjamin Moore, Ashley Gray, HC-87.  Rugs, Ballard Design.

Kitchen. Paint, Benjamin Moore, Ashley Gray, HC-87. Rugs, Ballard Design.

Paintings - Scenes from Boston's North End:  Hanover St. and Paul Revere & Old North Church.  Brownstone on Beacon St.  Bought from an artist on Newbury St. Boston.

Paintings - Scenes from Boston's North End: Hanover St. and Paul Revere & Old North Church. Brownstone on Beacon St. Bought from an artist on Newbury St. Boston.

Paintings - Scenes from Boston Public Gardens:  Make Way for Ducklings, George Washington, and Swan Boats.  Bought from an artist on Newbury St. Boston.

Paintings - Scenes from Boston Public Gardens: Make Way for Ducklings, George Washington, and Swan Boats. Bought from an artist on Newbury St. Boston.

Living room/dining area.  Furniture from Boston Interiors and Jordans.  Drapes from Pottery Barn.

Living room/dining area. Furniture from Boston Interiors and Jordans. Drapes from Pottery Barn.

European Tapestry "Tree of Life" Wall Hanging. Bought on Overstock.com - was a perfect fil to cover the circuit breaker panel.

European Tapestry "Tree of Life" Wall Hanging. Bought on Overstock.com - was a perfect fil to cover the circuit breaker panel.

Kitchen,  Bar Stools, Pier 1, Paint:  Benjamin Moore, Ashley Gray, HC-87, rugs from Ballard Design.

Kitchen, Bar Stools, Pier 1, Paint: Benjamin Moore, Ashley Gray, HC-87, rugs from Ballard Design.

Master Bedroom - Duvet Cover (Penelope) and Dust Ruffle from Pottery Barn.  Paint Color:  Benjamin Moore CSP-830, Peaceful Garden.

Master Bedroom - Duvet Cover (Penelope) and Dust Ruffle from Pottery Barn. Paint Color: Benjamin Moore CSP-830, Peaceful Garden.

Master Bedroom:  Window Treatments by Barbara (me!) Bedding by Pottery Barn (Penelope). Paint:  Benjamin Moore CSP-830 Peaceful Garden.

Master Bedroom: Window Treatments by Barbara (me!) Bedding by Pottery Barn (Penelope). Paint: Benjamin Moore CSP-830 Peaceful Garden.

Exterior of our new condo

Exterior of our new condo

Shops & Restaurants in the complex

Shops & Restaurants in the complex