an essential guide to tiny homes

Screen Shot 2014-06-17 at 10.48.00 PMHello, friends and hello, Wednesday! As some of you perceptive folks may have already noticed, I often quote other literature that either pertains to or directly inspires a specific blog post. I just cannot help it. As human beings, we naturally create comparisons in our mind in order to comprehend, well, everything basically. That’s how we function. Us creative types take it one step further. Not only do we compare other work that we like to our own, but we are basically just recycling what we have seen and are adapting it and calling it ours. Some are really good at this (Marcel Duchamp’s L.H.O.O.Q., or various works from Banksy, or how Claude Monet and Pierre-Auguste Renoir inspired the whole Impressionist art movement), while others are blatantly ripping off others (for instance, the lawsuits against musical artists like Johnny Cash, The Beatles, and Coldplay). However, I do not see anything wrong with this, as long as we give credit where credit is due. If not, then it is plagiarism. This is how we become inspired and how we keep on pushing ourselves to grow creatively, through seeing, hearing, or reading these influential pieces. If we always keep the bar higher than the level that we are at now, there is no telling how far we will go. Am I right?

That said, the reason behind that big rant of an introduction is that this week I will be posting an article from Saskatoon HOME Magazine. However, it is one that I wrote! It is my most recent and highest paying freelance job thus far, and I could not be more excited than I am right now to share it with you. What is it on? Small houses of course, what else would I be experienced enough to write about?

Oh Little Green, you keep on guiding us even after we have left your four sheltered walls. You are like a wise Buddha as well as a comforting Mother. I wish that all life lessons are just as clear, and just as enjoyable as each one that you have taught us.


5“Tiny Homes: An Essential Guide”

The average house in North America has increased by nearly 1000 square feet since the 1970s. Yet over the last decade there has been a shift in some segments of the population towards the building of much smaller houses. It is called, appropriately, the Tiny House Movement. This movement is founded in the belief that a tiny house of 300 square feet can offer just as many life perks as one 3000 square feet or more. They grant the homeowner power of homeownership at a more affordable price point minimizing the feeling of being “house poor”, while also lending to a potentially greener lifestyle.

If you are the proud owner of a tiny home, here are some essential tips to help you make the most out of your space.

Look To The Walls

When your house has a lack of floor space, make use of its wall space. Now is the time to get creative with storage units. Make use of long and narrow shelving, pieces with multiple cubbyholes, and wooden crates of all sizes. Hang your electronics. Use flat surfaces on top of your furniture and appliances. Jamming in crafting or reclaiming items to fit the unique needs of your home is more often than not the best solution.

Why Swing When You Can Slide?

Do not hold onto the idea of interior swinging doors when sliding doors are the better option. They will free up several square feet of much needed floor space. If you build your home, choose sliding doors that are installed directly into the wall. If this is not a possibility, then purchase an inexpensive barn door kit. Either option is more attractive and distinctive than traditional swinging doors.

Let There Be Light

It is imperative for every room to feel as light and airy as possible. Windows naturally illuminate an area while good quality windows can save homeowners hundreds of dollars a year on electricity and heating bills. Lighter shaders of paint instantly create bigger and brighter rooms. Horizontal and vertical stripes on a wall give the illusion of added length and height. Donate or recycle any low hanging, low emitting yellow lighting and invest in units that give off a generous amount of illumination. Quality lighting can do wonders for small rooms.

Away With Room Labels

Do away with the titles of conventionally designated rooms. Each room must serve its own unique roll. If the original function of a room itself is not necessarily needed, then change it into the one that will be valuable to the overall home. This may mean turning an attic into a bedroom, office into a bathroom, or entryway into a dining room. Just because the rooms in your house were designed to serve a particular purpose does not mean that you have to stick with it.

Go Green Or Go Home

If you plan to live in a tiny home, you have made the decision to live greener than ever before. With a lack of room for major or oversized appliances, you may find yourself ridding your home of a dishwasher, dryer, microwave and even a toaster. Your garden may only be watered with purified grey water while your roof may suddenly be covered in solar panels. Want to reduce your output of sewage? Try installing a Loveable Loo (a particular brand of eco toilet). A greener lifestyle is not only healthier for Mother Earth, but for a home’s inhabitants as well.

Less Is More

This mantra holds great reverence in the Tiny House Movement. Keep in mind that you only need to possess the bare minimum. Truly love every item that you do own, and to get rid of those that you do not. Do not let your closets or cupboards overrun with items. Custom build your furniture if nothing else fits. Purge your home of clutter a few times a year. The bottom line is that there is simply not enough space for all of your stuff.

Bigger Is Not Always Better

In these earth-conscious times, owning the largest house on the block is no longer a bragging right. Tiny homes are a great lesson that can teach us the distinction between what we want and what we need, how to live within our means and how to reduce our carbon footprint. Rather than a house becoming a product of its inhabitants, it is tiny homes that shape those who live in them. Size is all relative.

Emory Ann Kurysh


take your mama out all night

This post is dedicated to my mama. No, she didn’t die. She’s just really, really awesome. I’ll get to why in a minute.

Over the past few weeks, I have made some adjustments to the layout of my blog. These changes have been so subtle that many of you probably haven’t noticed. However, if you are the avid fans that I hope you are, and you did notice, then good for you! You get five gold stars. ;-)))

The reason why I give mention to the layout is because one of the modifications that I did make was to the top menu bar. I decided to get rid of it when I decided to close the (virtual) doors to the Hello, Scarlett Store. The store was launched around the same time that I started up this blog. In a way, I’ve always associated the store with my blog. Yet, over the past few months Canada Post has significantly raised their prices twice, coupled with a lack of time to photograph and post my merchandise, and eBayers who would lowball my items and subsequently not pay for them, I’ve had a declining interest in keeping the store open. That being said, if it wasn’t for my mama, the store would never have been as successful as it was. Each month I came out on top, and her items were always my best sellers. She made the Hello, Scarlett Store what it was, I merely put the finishing touches on it.

It felt awful to tell my mum that I would be closing down the store, but like any good mother, she understood why. However, this is not the end. I already have a pop-up shop in the works, and a revamped HS Store will be coming soon on Etsy. The new store will mostly feature handmade items with some leftover and vintage clothing from my original business.

So, dear readers, here is my latest prairie fashion video. It has many of the clothes that were once featured in the store, and many of which were supplied by my precious mama. Get ready!

Screen Shot 2014-03-19 at 1.40.45 PMEmory

how do you organize your blog?

PHOTO.jpg PHOTO_2.jpgPHOTO_3.jpg PHOTO_4.jpgPHOTO_5.jpg PHOTO_6.jpgPHOTO_7.jpg PHOTO_8.jpgPHOTO_9.jpgToday’s post is really based on a question. How do you keep your blog organized? I have been blogging for over a year now, first on Tumblr and now on WordPress. At first, I blogged whatever came to mind. If you’ve ever taken a look at Tumblr, you might have noticed that it is mostly a site for art photography and GIFs rather than a place to express long write-ups. As a result, I was posting photographs of our travels, house, pets, films, and eventually, DIY projects. At first, there was no organization to my blog. However, after a couple of months, I began to notice that my DIY posts were getting the most likes, and soon enough I was regularly being featured on Tumblr’s homepage. That’s when I started to take blogging more seriously. Within 6 months, I was inspired to switch to WP so that I could really take off on this blogging adventure. 

That being said, I have also become much more organized. I feel that if I have a general layout of the next few days, weeks, or months, that it will positively affect my blog and its overall flow. I want it to feel organic, but subsequently, not too structured. I would love to return to posting 5 days a week, but with the effort that goes into each post — from conception, to preparation, to photography, to editing, to the write-up, to the final draft, it is just not possible. I don’t know about you, but each post takes me hours on end. Right now, I can only come up with 3 to sometimes 4 posts a week. Even that is tough!

Getting back to my initial question, this is how I organize my blog. I work with two calendars, the bigger one serves as my rough draft, whereas the smaller of the two is what I use to finalize my plans. I then keep these calendars in my blogging station, which also consists of DIY books, multiple cameras, and camera gear. Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays are when I usually blog, so I will try to split the week into one DIY post, one lifestyle post, and one recipe/outfit post. However, I aim to never designate a day to any given theme. I tried that in the past, but it felt too stiff. I also write down which days I will be taking the photographs for the upcoming posts. So, my blog ideas are written in big, block letters, while my days to shoot are written in smaller letters and in parentheses. Additionally, I have everything planned out up to two months in advance. This way, my thoughts never get forgotten, and I feel a huge relief knowing that I am well-prepared. How’s that for organized? 


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  • Hello! My name is Emory. I am a wife, mother of four (three on earth in heaven). This is our life on the Canadian prairies.

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