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'A little clutter can cause chaos': Dubliner Susan takes us inside her 256sq ft log house

Susan Crosbie’s home was built within a month.

EACH WEEK, WE ask an Irish person with a passion for interiors to share one photo of their favourite spot in their home.

When it comes to Dubliner Susan Crosbie’s home, the phrase “less is more” certainly rings true. Measuring just 256 sq ft, Susan’s log house was built in April 2016 and she moved in to the Rathfarnham property one month later. 

This week, Susan (@tinyinteriorz) talked us through the space in her home that she loves the most: her living area. 

Screenshot_20190226-235539_Photos (1) Source: Susan Crosbie

What do you love most about this part of your home?

There are so many aspects that I love about this space, particularly the high ceilings and exposed wooden beams. There is lots of natural light flooding through this space, which makes it appear larger than it is, thanks to a large kitchen window and two glass double doors that open out into my small deck area.

Talk us through some of the objects in the photo.

My main larger pieces of furniture are all from IKEA as I needed to make everything multipurpose to work for me and IKEA is a great place for that. My curtains and rug are both from Laura Ashley. The throw and cushions and most my soft furnishings are from Homesense and TK Maxx. I’m there so often I should have shares with them.

I love supporting local Irish designers when it comes to crafts so I have a lot of Irish-designed pieces throughout my house. In this picture, there are a few pieces on the walls from two designers, KaroArt ceramics and Mary Neeson Ceramics. I’m also forever at craft fairs – they’re my heaven. Over the years, I’ve hand-picked each and every single piece that has gone into my tiny house to show my interests and personality.

What was your inspiration when you were putting the space together?  

The style throughout my space would have to be Scandinavian with it being a log house.
I’ve a lot of aspects of hygge thrown in, too, to make it cosy and homely. As you can see, I have candles and throws galore! 

How well does this photo reflect the rest of your home?

This photo reflects my tiny house as it shows I’m into soft, warm tones to keep the space as airy and bright as possible, and this has been kept the same through to my bedroom and bathroom. 

Be honest: how much tidying did you do before taking this photo?

When it came to cleaning my house for taking this photo, I honestly didn’t have to do much as I generally keep the space looking like this all the time. Living on my own and in such a small space, I really need to keep on top of the housework as very little clutter can cause chaos. I’m also really enjoying lots of cleaning and organizing tips from Mrs Hinch and Marie Kondo. 

Do you have a spot in your home that you’re particularly proud of? Do you enjoy styling the different rooms in your house? Are you always adding and changing little things to make your space stand out? If so, we want to hear from you! Email amy@thejournal.ie with a few lines about yourself and your home for a chance to feature in My Home in One Photo.

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