old home studio tour!

i am so excited to be sharing my home tour with you on the blog today! i must say, over the last year i’ve mastered the art of living in small spaces and it all began with this one! (the original #thislittlespaceofmine.) my name means “humble” or “small,” so maybe that’s part of it–who knows?!

a huge part of why i love home tours and interiors is because you learn a lot about someone from viewing their space. sharing where you live, eat, breathe, work, and sleep is such an act of vulnerability. i hope this posts adds a little beauty to your day!

i’ve since moved from this spot (and am working on beautifying and personalizing my new space!), but i’m really proud of how i transformed this space into a place i loved coming home to. i didn’t really have a theme or color scheme in mind when i decorated my space, but i knew i wanted it to be bright, modern, and filled with color.

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i didn’t really take many before photos before i moved in last year, but i will say that the walls were a green-beige color (eek, not my style!). i tend to prefer more white, modern, and clean interiors, so once i did some initial cleaning, the absolute first thing i did when i moved in was paint the walls white. white makes small spaces appear larger and brighter, because it reflects light.

*fun tidbit: tyler helped me paint these walls soon after we started dating, before i was even his girlfriend! i mentioned to him that i had just moved and was planning to paint, and when he offered to help and actually showed up at my door it was one of the first times i knew he was serious about us. apparently painting is a way into my heart! haha.

true story: the first color i chose ended up being more of a grey than a true white, so i went back to home depot for a true white color and did a top coat myself. lesson learned: make sure you either bring a swatch of paint color home with you, or test the color on the walls before you buy a gallon of paint!

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my dresser was an ikea rast hack! i bought a bunch of cool drawer pulls from hobby lobby and drilled them into the dresser after i white washed it.  my bed and lamp are also from ikea.

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i love candles. like, love them. hence, an abundance of candles everywhere. #noshame

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does this desk look familar?? it should! ;) here’s what my diy hairpin leg desk looked like in the space!

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i had been collecting frames for a few years, and was so excited to put them to use to build a gallery wall! the frame of the cactus print was a white elephant gift from the holiday party at my old full-time job! can’t believe that will be two years ago this december! the cactus print is from a trip to tucson and is available in the paulina print shop.

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one thing i discovered from seeing all the florals throughout wedding season last year was that i really love eucalyptus. i recently went to the flower mart to pick up some fresh pieces for the new space!

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i’m so grateful to have lived in this space and am amazed at all i was able to accomplish there. it’s a true testament to the idea that “you don’t have to live large to live beautifully.” i achieved and lived through so much in this little space of mine. as time passed, i realized i needed a place where i could run my business without having to worry about roommates’ schedules, among other things. to put it quite literally, i outgrew the space and needed a bigger, true live-work space sanctuary i could call my own. i’m so enamoured by my new studio space and i can’t wait to share more of it with you! it’s my first space all on my own and is literally a dream come true!

follow along on instagram (@thislittlespaceofmine for interior-related posts) and snapchat (@helloitspaulina) for behind-the-scenes sneak peeks as i turn my new studio into a home.


“all things are possible for one who believes.” —mark 9:23


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  • wall color: behr, ultra pure white
  • frames: assorted; some from ikea, michaels, target
  • photos: assorted; rose bowl flea market, etsy, google, paulina print shop
  • desk: diy: see this post for details
  • nightstand/dresser: ikea rast
  • black & white calligraphy print: rachel jacobson
  • blue mexican blanket (used as floor runner): amazon
  • candles: pf candle co, ikea
  • red, velvety soft decor pillow: bed bath & beyond
  • office chair: office depot
  • girl with glasses print: etsy, jessica illustration