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Coffee with Collin: Hello from Idaho

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Phew! As many of you know, it has been a long, long, long time since I have filmed a Coffee with Collin video. But I am here to tell you that I am officially back in action and am hoping to post videos on a more regular basis! πŸ˜€

After moving all the way across the country from North Carolina to Idaho, I can finally say that I feel completely settled in my new home, my kiddos are adjusting to their new schools and making friends, and I am loving being surrounded by family and even some good friends from high school. Life is good!

With that being said, I felt that it was only appropriate to start off the 2012 Coffee with Collin video series with a film about my new life in Idaho. This video will give you a sneak peek into my new home where I will share some tips for maximizing small spaces, as my new home is definitely on the tinier side.

So you know the drill… grab a cup of coffee (or tea or water!), get comfy on your couch and come check out my new life in Idaho! Enjoy!

* If you can’t see the video, go here to watch it.

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  1. Rhoda

    Best of luck in your new home. You did a great job utilizing space.

  2. JoAnn Cousino

    Where do you get your photo canvas done? Love the idea.

  3. jen

    so does anyone else have there home on the internet in pictures or a video? Im obsessed with aparment therphy and seeing other peoples homes (small homes are better LOL). I love your kids room collin! Your daughters room is the same size as mine now (and I’m doing the one room living thing. May have to look into a loft bed.

    • Natalie

      We built a loft bed for the kids. It was easy ,inexpensive and they love it!.Check for plans online if you’re handy at all.

  4. karinakoji

    LOVE IT! thanks so much for inviting us in! kidland is fantastic, and all the space savings tips are awesome. i too live in an older home, and we have had to be very creative with storage and liveable space. beautiful warm friendly place you have created!

  5. Tara B.

    Collin, your new home is beautiful! I love all of the space saving ideas – I’ve seen some of those on Pinterest! Best of luck in Idaho!

  6. Sarah R

    Your home is adorable! I love all the colors! You have great taste!

  7. Kira C.

    Collin, what a cute house you have!! It is small, but the space saving things you did are fantastic!! Love it!!

  8. Amanda M

    Love your new house! Super cute!!!!! & I love all the space saving ideas and your decorations πŸ™‚



  10. maria

    this is so cute Colin! My husband and I are looking at houses now, and I love how you are making a small house work…so great!

  11. Anne

    Collin–this was really inspiring–and brought back so many memories!!
    #1) If IKEA is not paying you, they really should be. Love IKEA for all of their cheap space-saving ideas–and you did them well!!!
    #2) I grew up in a house with a “Kidville” attic, but since I was the youngest kid, I never got to play upstairs (like my brother & sister). Oh wait, it was jam-packed with my parents “treasures” anyway. No one really got to play in it:)
    #3) Loved how you used the photo canvases to ID the space.
    #4) Loved how you used a loft bed to give your daughter a darling little kitchen space
    And finally……..
    Welcome back to the NW!!!!!!!

    • Jaime

      yes I was thinking the same thing about #1 πŸ™‚

      love your home, Collin! it’s so beautiful and homey.

  12. charla

    Collin, your home is beautiful. I love the system for hanging kids’ artwork. Can you explain where you got it or how you made it? Thanks!

    • AG

      IKEA sells it.

  13. Marcia

    Collin, Thank you for the tour of your new digs! Part of why we adore you so much is your willingness to let us see the personal side of you which makes you feel like a friend to us. Your home is adorable and truly does look comfy and nonpretentious. A true reflection of you.

  14. Jenny

    You need to show this video to Nate Berkus! He would love to see what you have done with your little house. The colors and decor are AMAZING! I’m so jealous. I moved right around the time you did too but my house is no where near as put together!


  15. brdavis55

    Welcome back to Idaho Collin and glad to have Coffee with Collin I miss those. Your house is so comfy and cute, love all the colors you have throughout the house.

  16. Nicole

    You have the Paris picture in your room from Ikea that I have been wanting forever! I actually went there this summer and I stood right at that vantage point on one of the bridges!

  17. adavis72

    Thanks so much for letting us all in your personal space Collin…it was great!!! I am going to take some of those great ideas and use them in my boys room. Love the storage on their wall…saves so much space….so happy for you and thanks again for all you do….God Bless

  18. Mel

    I love your videos!!! The secret play area is so cute and laid out very well! With that area it’s like you have 3 bedrooms and a bonus/loft area! I love IKEA! Did you use any IKEA storage bins or baskets in your closets? I’m trying to transform a closet into my scrapbook area!

  19. amanda

    Im so jealous of your house, it is literally the cutest thing I have ever seen!

  20. anthony

    Where did you get those pictures of your daughter and two sons that are on the wall of their bedrooms? I really like them and would like to get some for my family too.

  21. Angela

    Thanks so much for showing us your home. It looks so bright and cheery and cozy. Thanks also for the great ideas.

  22. shelley

    Thanks for the tour of your lovely home ! Gotta scoot—- I am off to IKEA.. you have given me some great ideas. Thanks again. πŸ™‚

  23. Toni S.

    Thanks for the tour, looks so cozy! After living in a small home for the past 33 years, I have found so many ways to make the most of what space we have.

  24. Cody

    Love your new home. And love the way you decorated it and used the space. Love the kids areas and the art hanging thing in the kitchen. Love love love it. Thanks for posting.

  25. Linda

    Hi Collin! Congrats on the new house! I was wondering where you got that thingy that holds some of you kids’ art from school?? I love putting up my son’s art work but my fridge is so over crowded!

  26. DMarie

    It was so great to see “Coffee w/ Collin” again! Loved it! Your home is lovely and so warm. I love how you organized your childrens space & the super cool play room. I think I will try and make some book “shelves” like you did for your son’s top bunk bed. Thank you for sharing!

  27. jen

    Collin, Can you please tell me the name of the rack you use for your kids artwork in the kitchen?? I went on Ikea website, but can’t find it. Ive been looking for something like this forever!! Your house looks amazing!!!

  28. Caligrl

    Collin great job on utilizing space!Your home looks awesome and super cozy! πŸ™‚ Funny because this past weekend was my first time to an IKEA,it was AMAZING!i saw those clip art you used to hang your kids art work! NICE JOB!

  29. Elle

    I LOVE IKEA, I really wish we had one in KC or close by!

  30. mj

    I love Collin …..!!!!!! she is the cutest women ever ………………..

  31. Steph

    I knew your house would be cute! You have a good eye. Now, about your sectional…I love it! Ikea, too?

  32. Julie

    I am always so impressed when people have the ability to make things so cute and homey. Loved the video Collin – thanks for sharing πŸ˜‰

  33. Brandy

    The your house, my husband and father in law actually built a bed much like the one for your daughter and it cost us around $100.00. She loves it too and calls it her floating bed! She also has a kitchen under hers.

  34. C

    Adorable! Id also love to know where you got (or how you made the artwork hanging feature).

    • Pamela

      IKEA has those. They are meant to be for hanging curtains.

  35. Jesse

    Even though I’ve been a hip2save fan for a year or two now, this was my first hip video- loved it!
    I too dig small houses, preferably old ones with character. All I have to say is I have to clean it, so the smaller the better πŸ™‚

  36. sheeba

    I loved your video…firstly i have to say you are definitely at ease with the camera(or so it seems) and secondly I am in envy with your family’s home…even if you have a tiny home you have utilized every single inch of it…that’s a lot than what most of us have done…great paint color schemes and utilization of IKEA…Enjoy ur space…

  37. Porsche' Robey

    LOVE IT! im so glad coffee with Collin is back! : ) i started out watching your videos online and thats how i found your site! you have a very beautiful home btw! congrats on the smooth move and some very cute ideas! : ) i CANT WAIT until we can afford to build a house of our own and be done with renting! : (

  38. Martina

    Loved the video! Your kids are so lucky! Kidville looks awesome and I love that your daughter has an art area. (My parents gave me lots of opportunities to create, which is why I am an artist now)

  39. CC

    I love what you’ve done with your new place, Collin!! Thank you for sharing. πŸ™‚

  40. Christa

    Such a cute house with fun spaces! Man I wish we had IKEA in NY πŸ™‚

  41. sne3103

    I love the color scheme!

  42. Mrs Kimberly A Walser

    Congratulations on your new home you are sooo creative. I also have a smaller home with 5 of us you have gave me some really good ideas. πŸ™‚

  43. Sarah Flowers

    The house is without a doubt adorable, but I’m not sure if I’d classify it as “tiny.” Until you live in a 744 square foot 2 bedroom apartment with two others, you can’t really understand the meaning of tiny.

    • Nancy

      Five people living in a 1200 sq ft home is 240 sq feet per person.

      Three people in 744 sq feet is 248 sq ft pet person.

      I think Collin gets ”tiny”

  44. susanne

    Adorbs !! Love the kids “secret” room !!

  45. Cheryl

    You should be so proud of such a beautiful house and family! Great job with the blog too!

  46. SK

    Collin, I love your house! Bigger is not always better, and your older home is so homey and charming. You’ve put a lot of love into the space and your kids will love growing up there!

  47. A

    Your house is great, you did an awesome job! I missed your videos too.

  48. Missy

    I’m sorry, was I watching a commercial for Ikea? Honestly…just say Ikea gave you the stuff.

    But so glad you and your family are settled into your new home. Looks cute.

  49. Kamila

    Great house, love it !!!! Can you decorate my house too ???

  50. sofatchick

    I like your new house a lot!

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