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downsizing The Edible Balcony Summer is just around the corner and we have been reveling in the ample sunshine that Portland has been getting lately! All this sun and warm weather makes me want to get out into the garden and get my hands dirty. I am loving this new book – “The Edible Balcony” by Alex Mitchell. It […]
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 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 […]
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 […]
Aging in Place I love this smart savvy Lady! I am so excited to introduce you to Michele Reeves, I just met her myself this week at the Waluga Masonic Lodge in Lake Oswego. The meeting that Michele was presenting was “Fundamentals of Thriving Downtowns”. You all know how I thrive to promote urban downtown living and that I am very active in being a stakeholder […]
interior design Building room for your hobbies : Weaving Studio Just recently, I had the pleasure of meeting Leah Hersey of Jersey Girl Weaving. She’s a client of mine and when she told me about her home studio, I wanted to know more! Over tea and snacks, she told me the story of how her newly built studio was born. Leah has always had a […]
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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 […]
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 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, […]
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 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
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 […]
downsizing Blog Love & The Selby I just stumbled upon a fabulous small space design blog that I absolutely love. You have got to check out loving.living.small. Fabulous ideas, gorgeous pics and creative solutions for living in 1000 sq ft or less! What’s not to love?! Via this blog I discovered this amazing small home in Brooklyn, NY – meet The […]
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 […]
downsizing Coffee Chat with Good Daughters It is raining, as usual, so it’s the perfect time for me to clean and organize my home –  it being on the market and having weekly showings doesn’t hurt to keep me motivated either! Plus, my recent coffee chat at Chuck’s Coffee with Jan Harju from Good Daughters was truly inspiring! Good Daughters is […]