environmental design

architecture Tiny hillside cottages Hello everyone! How has your week been? I haven’t had much time to peruse the web but I did find this fabulous post over on Remodelista and I had to share it with you… Here’s a little synopsis of the project: On a steep, wooded lot in Mill Valley, California, the challenge was to add […]
architecture Take your work into the garden: Shed turned Office Space Hello there! How have you been enjoying Spring? With the warmer months approaching and the sun showing its face more often, it can be a little dreary sitting in my office. In Oregon, when the sun shines, you need to get OUTSIDE! That’s why I just love this idea of turning an outdoor shed into […]
architecture Weekend Getaway – The Shack As the weather warms, many Oregonians begin to plan camping trips – and why wouldn’t they? We are surrounded by beautiful, wild forests, mountains, rivers and lakes. It’s a natural playground that we all cherish…but for some, pitching a tent might be…well…a stretch. So how about a “Shack”? Constructed by the architectural team at Broadhurst […]
architecture Cool Hotels: Treehotel Hi all! Hope your week has treated you well! I’m excited to share this unique and innovative hotel with you today…check out the Treehotel in beautiful Harads, Sweden… This is just one of the five “tree-houses” that you can book for your stay! So cool! Built on the pillars of green architecture and conservation these […]
architecture Cabin in the Woods Hi all! I don’t know about you but the days seems to be zipping by, it will be Spring in no time! This week in Portland we were lucky enough to get a nice dose of some SUNSHINE – much needed! Today, I have for you a fabulous structure created by Olson Kundig Architects – […]
architecture Glorified Granny Flat in Seattle Hello everyone! We had breaks of sunshine today in Portland and it just made my Friday! Finding this fabulous, glorified Granny Flat with wonderful design and green building elements has only added to my sunny mood! I had to share… Isn’t it gorgeous? With stunning standing seam copper walls and cedar wood…it makes quite the […]
architecture Design Idea:Urban Infill Solution in Portugal Hello there! Sorry I have been gone for a while but I’ve been busy working on re-creating my website and moving my blog to this new location. No easy feat, but luckily I’ve got some great tech support on my side. Today, I bring you a rather innovative idea using pre-fabricated buildings in conjunction with […]
architecture French Garage Makeover Hi all! Happy New Year! I’m getting back into the swing of things finally and today, I have a fabulous garage make-over to share with you – all the way from Bordeaux! (You all know how I have a thing for garage projects!) This tiny 441 sq. ft. space was designed by the ingenious team at […]
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downsizing Airstream Dreams Downsizing is all about priorities. What do you really need to live, work and play? What are the essentials? Arriving at a place where your space is smaller may actually lead to a larger lifestyle. Mobility, less financial burden, a clutter free existence – FREEDOM! So, I love it when I see successful people living […]
downsizing My New Old Shed Hello friends! I’m back! Summer was busy, busy and my time spent with family and friends was top priority! Now that Fall has come and everyone is getting settled back into their schedules, I have found time to work on my blog once more. As I mentioned in a past post, my son and I […]
architecture Small Spaces : A Jewel Box of Ideas Hello! Hope your summer is going well. Mine has been very busy – working, gardening, planning my remodel and visiting with family and friends! Finally had some time to check out the internet for some inspiration and I had to share this with you… Found this amazing design contest  via Jovoto, that has closed but […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
environmental design Montreal Townhome Happy Friday! Found this fabulous townhouse transformation via homedsgn.com and wanted to share it with your for a little Friday inspiration! The owners of this modest Montreal home wanted to add a second story and expand their 800 sq ft. but when building codes and restrictions ruled out this option, the ingenious team at naturehumaine […]
Community What makes a great place to live? image via KDA Developement What makes a great place to live? It’s a good question right? I was recently listening to webinar on AARP about this very topic. Click here for the webinar handout full of good resources! Certain ingredients are needed to create a truly wonderful place to reside and walkable communities rank among […]
environmental design Old Barn – New Home Happy Friday! Hope your week has gone well. So, after my last post, I was eager to find a beautiful home that used reclaimed materials in the building process. This one caught my eye…. Would you believe that this gorgeous residence used an old barn frame for the main living quarters!? Yup…an old barn in […]
Community The Greenest Building Hello friends! Hope your week is going well. So, last month, I had the privilege of viewing a very relevant and thought provoking film titled, “The Greenest Building“, produced by Wagging Tale Productions and directed by architect/film maker, Jane Turville. I viewed the documentary at the beautiful Gerding Theater within the historic Portland Armory building. […]
downsizing Boxes on my mind After my last post where the Feng Shui cube was featured, you could say that boxes have been on my mind. In fact, I found another fabulous article in the New York Times with these teeny tiny micro homes created by Derek Diedricksen. How cool are these? Talk about designing in a box! Using salvaged […]