downsizing

architecture Skinny Downsizing Hello all! Hope your week has been fabulous! So, I had to post this! I’m all for downsizing, as you know…but this…is…well, it’s outside the box to say the least… {images via} This itty bitty, skinny mini house, designed by Jakub Szczęsny of Centrala, is proposed to be an “art installation” in Warsaw, Poland. (It […]
architecture Sheds on the brain… Hello! Hope your week has been going well! Right now, I’ve got sheds on the brain. You see, after much thought we have decided to renovate the detached garage of our rental home. Inspired by the many garage remodels that I have seen recently, I’ve taken the leap and started my own! Don’t worry, I […]
downsizing Fabulous Swedish Apartment Hello friends! I hope you enjoyed your weekend! We had far too much rain here…although it did allow me to spend some time finding inspiration online. I am constantly amazed at the endless sources of gorgeous ideas on downsized living. When I found this amazing loft in Sweden via here, I knew I had to […]
downsizing Urban Gardens Galore Summer is my season to spend afternoons in the garden (when my schedule allows) and really get my hands dirty. I find it both relaxing and rewarding. As many of you know, we are also in the process of downsizing and I often wonder what my next – inevitably smaller – outdoor space will be […]
downsizing Boring Boathouse turned Nautical Guest Cottage Summer is finally here, so when I found this fabulous Boathouse makeover over on Remodelista, I had to share with you. Look at how Seattle-based architects, Bosworth Hoedemaker, converted this rather dull, concrete boathouse into a stunning yet simple guest cottage. Doesn’t look like much from the outside but open up those doors…Front row seats […]
downsizing I’m dreaming of a dacha… Happy Friday! So…ever heard of a dacha? Well, neither had I until I came across a story in Food & Wine magazine. A dacha is a Russian summer cottage and they are widely seen through out the country. Most of these homes were built during the Soviet era and had size restrictions – a majority […]
downsizing Multifunctional Rooms Hi all! It’s been a busy couple of weeks but I’m back with some more inspiration from my real life “downsizers”. One very talented client of mine went through the downsizing shift with grace, settling into her new life and making sure she made room for her beloved grandchildren. A creative whiz and fabulous artist, […]
bikes Bikes and Sunshine – the perfect pair The last couple of days here in Portland have been absolutely gorgeous! Sunny with a light breeze – it’s the prefect conditions for a spin on the bike! Cyclists are always seen in Portland but as the rain begins to stop, more and more people hit the streets on their bikes – including me! While […]
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Aging in Place Pdx Events: “Home for a Lifetime” Fair As many of you know Aging in Place is a big focus of my work (see definition below) and having this knowledge truly helps my clients make their lifestyle one that will last! Aging in place refers to living where you have lived for years, typically not in a health care environment, using products, services, […]
downsizing Bring your Antiques! Just because you are downsizing doesn’t mean you have to get rid of your favorite antique pieces! With a little creative thinking and good space planning those beloved hutches, chests, secretaries and bookcases can come along with you. They often provide ample storage, which is key in a downsized home and they almost certainly hold […]
architecture Portland love: bright designlab In Portland, the first Thursday of every month is celebrated in the stylish Pearl District. Galleries, pubs, restaurants and design studios leave their doors open late to welcome Portlanders seeking out inspiration, delicious snacks and a glass of free wine! What a fabulous combination! I was in the crowd last week, my design radar was […]
downsizing Closet Office I have begun to meet up with several of my 555 residents to document some of their downsizing solutions. It has been so much fun re-connecting with them, touring their homes and having them share their downsizing stories with me. One of my favorite solutions that I have seen is the closet office! In a […]
architecture Kitchen Trends for 2011 – Shaker Style With the Kitchen and Bath Industry Show (KBIS) happening right now in Vegas, I can’t help but dream of fabulous kitchen designs! Downsized kitchens need extra attention to detail to ensure every square inch is utilized but just because it’s  smaller doesn’t mean it has to be boring! One of the hottest emerging trends in […]
bathroom design Bath Design: Wall mounted Vanities In many downsized homes, bathrooms inevitably get smaller too…so how can you make them appear more spacious? The answer : get that vanity up off the floor. Wall mounted sinks and storage not only make the bathroom easier to clean they visually trick the eye by revealing more floor space – instantly the room feels […]
architecture Pre-fab it: Homb Being completely inspired by my last post, I couldn’t resist doing a pre-fab encore. Check out Homb –  a fantastic line of pre-fab homes designed using a 100 sq. ft. triangular system. Go here to view more plans. It turns out, that while squares and rectangles are perfectly fine for building…triangles are way cooler! This […]
architecture Pre-fab it : Logical homes Green building, as you know is something I love. Recycled, re-purposed, re-used, I can’t get enough! So, when I found this fantastic California based, green, pre-fab home company – Logical Homes, I had to share some of their plans with you. Sleek and modern, they pride themselves on filling their structures with light, clean lines […]
downsizing Smart Design – Studio Apartment Found via here, I couldn’t wait to share this fantastic New York studio apartment with you. Within its tiny 450 sq. ft. living space, this transforming custom built-in handles all the functions of the home! Check it out..   Now that’s what I call smart design!   Images by Alan Tansey via here
Community Planning for The Next Great Migration Heavy title, I know…but it’s something cities like Portland, has to consider. I’m biased but the fact is our city is incredibly beautiful, rich in resources and available land. We can count on an influx of our population in the future and people will continue to flock to the Great Northwest  – SO – how […]
Community Poetic Downsizing It’s been a whirlwind of activity with four pending sales in one week, which is fantastic but also exhausting. A trip to my beach house was exactly what I needed. Some downtime. A day or two to rest. Thinking that my weekend would be a rainy one, I had plans to do some creative projects […]
downsizing Downsized Dwellings # 1 Touring homes that have just hit the market allows real estate brokers to have the first look and get a jump on properties that might suit their client’s needs. In this market, homes have to be TOP NOTCH – clean as a whistle, updated, edited of personal photos, great lighting, fresh flowers and the outside […]