small space accents: color block glass

Posted on: October 19th, 2012 by rebecca


When we stopped into Terrain a few weeks ago, I spotted a very cool item that would make an awesome small space accent – color blocked glass. In the same design style of dipped decor, color blocked glass has a partial moment of color style. I just love the look of this – the simple glass paired with the bright pop of translucent color – perfect! What do you think of this design style?


(Images by loving. living. small.)

small space accents | bookends

Posted on: September 14th, 2012 by rebecca



I hope you all had a great week. The weather *finally* has turned cooler in DC. I actually wore a jean jacket the other day. After 40+ days of 90+ weather, I am super happy about this.  I am also still fixing up our new home. It’s taking a bit of time because we’ve been busy and we are on a budget so, little by little, details are coming together. We recently unpacked a ton of books and decor that we had previously stored. These goodies are now living on our new bookshelves in our family room. I do love the look of stacking books but I am also into the old school style and some bookend love. I was thinking of picking up a new set and I was reminded of these awesome acrylic animal ones that I spotted in Florence last summer. Aren’t these great? I love the look and feel of these and think they would add an awesome detail to any space – big or small.

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go big, small space dwellers

Posted on: September 10th, 2012 by rebecca

I am so excited about my new and big (2 ft tall) G in my office and very excited to share it with you guys. I love the idea of using big accents in small spaces. We have a brick wall in our tiny home office and were debating about what to place on the wall. A mirror to open up the space? Shelves for storage? Nope – we went totally whimsical. I have always loved those large marquee letters and finally took the decor plunge and bought one for our tiny home office. (My new married name starts with a G now). I am all for going big in small spaces when the scale works. We still have a lot of open space around our G and it works with the height of the ceiling. Do you have large accents in your small space?

small space detail | storing jewelry

Posted on: July 23rd, 2012 by rebecca





Are you a good at storing your jewelry at home? In all honesty, I am not the best. I have had various jewelry boxes throughout the years but never really used them, or used them well. Necklaces tangles, bracelets forgotten, I just never really had a space for my baubles. When I moved into my new home a few weeks ago, I decided to focus on these goodies and create a real space for them. Since the standard box never worked for me, I decided to go with something more suited for what I was looking for. Enter a ceramic deer and my fave ikat bowl. Not only is a lot of my collection on display but the cute setup makes me smile when I see it.

How do you store you jewelry in your small space? And do you have more tips for me?

{Images by loving. living. small.}





light love for any small space
rose gold

Posted on: May 30th, 2012 by rebecca


I am so excited to share this awesome light fixture with you guys. My husband and I spotted it in Provence during our honeymoon adventure a few weeks ago. We spent the entire morning at the St. Remy market, the small town that we stayed in for five days. (Awesome market post to come – can’t wait to share that with you too) The town is full of winding streets, lovely shops and quaint architecture. We popped into a home decor shop that was full of decor, accents and great lights. I immediately was drawn to the Foscarini Myesterio Suspension white and rose gold pendant light. Much like my Tom Dixon Beat light love that I spotted in Florence (my pick as best decor when InStyle asked me to contribute to their Style-Setter colum last November), I loved the contrast of texture and design style of the light. Simply put – it’s a hot light!

Lighting in a small space is super important and can really make your small space appear bigger. Embrace lighting in your home and think about your lighting plan. Trust me, you don’t have to be a lighting expert, you just need to create lighting to balance your space so if feels light and bright and spread out evenly. Balance and harmony in a small space is one of the best small space tips to consider.

{Images by Rebecca Orlov}



small space accents Missoni for Target ottomans / perfect small space addition

Posted on: September 20th, 2011 by rebecca

Say what you will about the craziness swirling around the general Missoni for Target experience but their ottomans simply rock. When it comes down to it…either you like their products or not. I have to say that the ottoman is by far the best item in the 400 piece collection, in my opinion. Really well-made, priced just right and the perfect small detail addition to boot (the piping is the floral fabric from the other ottoman set) – if you want ‘em, try to get your hands on ‘em. Plus ottomans are the best small space accent – part foot rest, part seat for guests and part side table – I am happy to add them to my small space.

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small space tip love your lighting

Posted on: August 4th, 2011 by rebecca

Ok small space dwellers, this is an easy one for you to do in your small and sweet space. Consider your lighting in your home. You’d be surprised at how making your lighting bright and balanced can make your small space feel much bigger. And less is not more in this case – add in several lighting options in your space. One room can accommodate a lot of light. I spotted these very cool and unique chandeliers while I was in Stockholm and thought they’d be a great addition to a small space. And because they are such a design element, add in more neutral styles of lighting around it, like simple table lamps.
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small space style letter love

Posted on: June 8th, 2011 by rebecca

Long before I wrote for I started loving. living. small. and wrote for Apartment Therapy, I had a thing for initials, letters, etc for home decor. Thankfully I found that the design community online also enjoyed a little monogram and letter style as well. I was not alone :) I love adding in personal style to a small space and why not include your own names, initials or a word that’s special to you? Lately I’ve seen tons of industrial lettering available at hip shops and flea markets. I also love the look of the classic tic-tac-toe game in black and white. Adding small details to your small space really can make your house feel good. 

Want to see some more type love – click here to follow my pinterest board for type design and signage. 


small space accents felt vases

Posted on: March 28th, 2011 by rebecca

If you’ve been following loving. living. small. then you know that I love introducing and mixing textures in my home. I think this small detail adds a ton of personality and dimension. My newest texture – felt! I recently bought this adorable felt vase and absolutely love it! I think it adds a pop of color and design interest. And adding some fallen leaves and a blooming flower from right outside my front door tops it off.
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small style makes a big impact

Posted on: February 8th, 2011 by rebecca

Don’t you *love* these flowers? I absolutely do! I received this cute  + small vase of flowers as a gift from sweet hostess Jaimi {of Fiore Beauty) – who threw a fun and fab birthday for talented wardrobe stylist, Catherine {of The Life Styled} the other day. I wanted to share it with you guys because I think it’s a great example of small style making a big impact in a space in both color and emotion. Yes, I feel happy seeing this little guy – love the yarn bow too. I placed it on my kitchen tray and smile every morning when I make my coffee.