What do you call it?

Here is a great video about ADU's, granny flats, accessory dwelling units, laneway housing or mother in law studio?

I call it SMART! Watch it here and than decide what you call small housing!

 


Posted on March 26, 2014 at 11:31 pm
Candace Kramer | Posted in Aging in Place, architecture, downsizing, interior design, Portland Love, Real Estate, Remodel, Small Space Design | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , ,

Pdx Love: Kask Bar

Hello friends! You know I’m a total sucker for re-used, re-cycled and re-purposed when it comes to building so when I found this fabulous bar in Portland it was love at first sip! Meet one of the newest, hippest and greenest bars in Pdx – KASK!


This intimate cocktail lounge serves up delicious concoctions on their rough-hewn walnut bar that is supported by a rock-filled gabion wall. I saw this kind of construction when I was in Austria –  it was everywhere! They would make benches and fences out of it!

Can’t go wrong with good ole’ rock!

The eco-friendly cork floors keep the green vibe and instead of wasting paper, ever-changing black boards inform patrons of what’s on the menu. Love that!

Kask is owned by the restaurateurs from neighboring, Gruner – another fine establishment with a focus on the warm, rich flavors of “Middle Europe”. Go check out both destinations for amazing food, drink and a peek at some creative green building materials!

Hope your week is going well!

 

 All images via here.


Posted on October 25, 2011 at 8:29 pm
Candace Kramer | Posted in architecture, Community, downsizing, food, interior design, Local News, Portland Love | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Rejuvenation and Rummer

A couple of nights ago, I attended a fantastic lecture at Rejuvenation – one of Portland’s most loved vintage lighting and home wares store. This lecture series is sponsored by a wonderful organization called P:ear – they creatively mentor and inspire homeless youth! Check them out here.

A nice bonus to the evening: famed, local architect, Robert Rummer was in attendance and celebrating his 85th birthday too! His wonderful designs were prominent in the 1960’s and still are en vogue today. His homes are modern, one level and abundant with natural light thanks to his signature atrium at the heart of the space. Rummer homes are seen all over Portland

And a peek inside…

images via here

I really love his clean, contemporary lines and open floor plans! So perfect for us hip Portlanders!

Okay, so I am off to Seattle via train for a fabulous weekend in the city! Stay tuned…I’m sure to bring back some stories.

Have a great Memorial Day weekend!


P.S. If you are going to be in town make sure you don’t miss Rejuvenation’s huge Memorial weekend sale!!


Posted on May 27, 2011 at 5:12 pm
Candace Kramer | Posted in Events, interior design, Portland Love, stories | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , ,

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 it can be hard to pass up my charged up little Vespa, nothing beats a ride around the lake on my beloved bicycle.

Like most bike enthusiasts, I always have my eye on the latest and greatest bikes on the market…this one is drool worthy and so sleek…don’t you think?

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Meet the Vanmoof! Fun to say and even more fun to ride this sexy urban bike is aiming to be the “car” of the future and might end up on my Christmas list…

Oh, and did you know that tomorrow is the official Bike to Work Day? Yup…so now you really have a good excuse to dig that bike out of the garage!

Here is a little sunshine & bike inspiration round up…

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Hope the sun is shining in your city!

p.s. If you are a local and want more info on biking in Pdx check out this.


Posted on May 19, 2011 at 3:05 pm
Candace Kramer | Posted in bikes, Community, downsizing, Portland Love, Transportation | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

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 on and I found myself enamored with a new interior design firm – bright designlab. bright has over 25 years of experience in the arts of interior design, graphic design and architectural photography, plus they are LEED accredited! Gotta love that plus, who couldn’t like a company with these values:

work hard and be nice to people . design through simplicity and elegance of form . focus intently . behave with integrity above all else . always seek out beauty . never stop growing and learning new things . treat creativity like breathing.

Check out their simply gorgeous retail space…flooded with natural light and a symphony of textures, you can really feel the creative vibe in here!

bright’s partnership with local cabinetry company, Hammer and Hand, is evident and their stunning installations are seen throughout the space.

I absolutely love these retro, bright fridges from Smeg appliances! Perfect scale for smaller kitchens too! They were stocked with beer for First Thursday!

What a wonderful space!

Hope your week is going well!

 


Posted on May 11, 2011 at 4:35 pm
Candace Kramer | Posted in architecture, Community, downsizing, Events, interior design, kitchen design, Portland Love, Resources, Small Space Design | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,