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bathroom design Aging in Place – Advice from a Neil Kelly Designer Last week I had coffee with Rhonda Knoche, a fabulous designer for Neil Kelly Remodelers. The Neil Kelly Company just won 11 regional CotY (contractor of the Year) awards from the Nationals Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI). Rhonda won an award for Whole House Remodel under $250k! Kudos to Rhonda and Neil Kelly! As many of you know, I was […]
Community Lake Oswego Streetcar Support While most couples go out for cocktails and dinner on their anniversary, my husband and I headed to the Lakewood Center of the Arts to attend the open forum regarding the Lake Oswego Streetcar Project. We waited three hours so I could testify my support.  It was well worth it and over eighty people stood […]
Community Mass transit in my neighborhood By now, I’m sure you have realized that I am really into mass transit. I try to incorporate it into my life locally and whenever I travel. It not only decreases our carbon footprint it unites communities. As a real estate agent, I am actively involved with my clients and their changing needs. When people […]
downsizing “Troubles out of sight” Listening to the Nutcracker Suite and dancing in my head, yes I use to dance on my tippy toes! Everyone have a “Merry Little Christmas” and may your “troubles be out of sight” for 2011! As I head to the beach cottage for New Years I will leave you ponder this photo and ask- Is it Sculpture or […]
downsizing Garden House on the Oregon Coast You know I love the coast! It’s the place I go to recharge and regroup in the quiet and peace of my beach cottage. When I discovered this tiny, garden home on the Oregon coast, designed by architect, Obie Bowman, I knew I had to share it with you. This little gem of a home […]
Community AMAZING space saving furniture Don’t think downsizing is a trend? Well…it looks like the design world is responding to it in a BIG way! This amazing line of  space saving furniture is not only beautiful but incredibly efficient for small and multi-functional rooms. Designs like these are making the shift towards downsizing even easier. Get ready to be wowed […]
Community Car free in Germany I’ve been out this week with clients, touring some of Portland’s up and coming neighborhoods. We focused on the Alberta and Mississippi districts and I’m so impressed with how far our city has progressed. Check out more info on Portland’s fabulous communities here. So, with urban design on the brain, I had to share with […]
downsizing Update: Jay Shafer from Tumbleweed Homes A couple of months ago I did a post about Jay Shafer from Tumbleweed Homes – a man on a mission to build and live in tiny homes. Got a little update for you! He, his wife and their baby boy have moved into a larger home! By larger, I mean a 500 sq. ft […]
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downsizing Big trends towards tiny homes Hello friends! How’s your week going? It’s been a busy one for me so far but I had to share this wonderful piece on Tiny Homes done by The New York Times. Gorgeous photos and an enticing look at the appeal of living on a smaller scale… {Click here to view the video} Some gorgeous […]
downsizing Old Garage turned Mini Dream Home! Hello there! It’s been a busy week with a trip to Seattle for the Picasso exhibition and a drive out to the coast but I knew I had to share this amazing remodel with you before the week came to a close. Everyone loves good makeovers and the ones involving tiny spaces, creative design and […]
downsizing Less Traffic = More Friends! I was just over at Treehugger.com and was fascinated by this research. This revealing study was completed back in 1981 by Donald Appleyard (1928-1982), who was a Professor of Urban Design at the University of California, Berkeley. It clearly shows that neighborhoods that had less traffic were more social – its residents had more friends! […]
Community small homes; BIG help Let’s face it, most of us are incredibly spoiled. We have everything we need when it comes to the basic needs and yet we often complain about things that others only dream about. Our big homes, fridges full of food and our fluffy king size beds – we have so much to be thankful for. […]
downsizing Transformer Apartment Living in smaller spaces has many advantages but it comes with its challenges too. The amazing Hong Kong architect, Gary Chang, came up with this incredible solution! Watch and be amazed… Talk about taking downsizing to a whole new level!! What do you think about this? Could you live here? Have a great Thursday! Video […]
downsizing Inspired by Oberlin College Spent the last week in Ohio at Oberlin College, getting my son all set up and ready for the new school year. I can’t believe how fast summer flew by! I have to share this great shot of Peter with his life all packed up in four…yes FOUR, boxes! How did we go from a […]