Small Spaces: The Ultimate Shopping Resource

Hi all! Hope you are doing well! Been a hectic week for me, as usual but I did manage to stumble upon this gem of an article via apartmenttherapy.com and I had to share it with you. Go check out this fabulous shopping resource list for all the items you might need to furnish your tiny space.

Go here for the full list! Happy Shopping and have a wonderful weekend!

 

 

Image via here.

Posted on April 25, 2012 at 9:44 pm
Candace Kramer | Category: downsizing, interior design, Resources, Small Space Design | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Garden Makeover

It’s been an active summer for me with lots of time spent digging in the dirt! I love it! With my garage remodel in the works at my rental home, it was time to tackle the overgrown, under appreciated back garden! At one time, it was a lush thatch of earth full of raspberries and fig trees with ample space for growing fresh garden veggies. Unfortunately, my renters – even with their good intentions – failed to care for it and mother nature took over. The result – a tangled, weedy, thorny mess!  SO…I called in my hardworking and willing son, Peter, who is currently home from college. We toiled away in the sun, happily pulling weeding, trimming shrubs and planting new vegetables and herbs. Two of my favorites – sorrel with its lemony goodness and watercress, with a peppery bite that is fabulous on a BLT!

It’s looking SO much better! Thank you Peter!

As you can imagine, with all this gardening going on, I’ve acquired quite a few gardening books and have been hanging out at the local nurseries. Some of my favorites – Cornell Farms and of course, Portland Nursery. Oh, and if you happen to be out near Hood River, you must stop by Good News Gardening – a fabulous gardening center with a lovely Garden Cafe! It’s such a delight to visit these places and come home full of inspiration!

What’s going on in your summer garden?

 

Posted on August 10, 2011 at 2:20 pm
Candace Kramer | Category: Garden, Resources | Tagged , , , , ,

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, and conveniences which allow you to remain home as circumstances change.

This Saturday, the local remodeling firm, Neil Kelly will be hosting a wonderful event:

The “Home for a Lifetime” Fair…

Click below to download the flyer for more info:

Home for a Lifetime Poster

Should be a fantastic, informative and inspiring day!

For more information about Aging in Place go here.

 

 

 

Posted on May 17, 2011 at 3:23 pm
Candace Kramer | Category: Aging in Place, Community, downsizing, Events, Lifestyle, Local News, Remodel, Resources, Universal design | 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 | Category: architecture, Community, downsizing, Events, interior design, kitchen design, Portland Love, Resources, Small Space Design | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

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 the highest for their livability!

Here are some bullet points from this wonderful article about walkable communites:

  • Housing Values are Higher where its Walkable
  • Walkable Communities Attract “New Economy” Workers
  • Walkable Communities are becoming a Business Relocation Alternative
  • Walkable Communities Reduce Commuting Costs
  • Walkable Communities Cost the Taxpayer Less
  • Walkability Attracts Tourists
  • Walkable Communities Can Capture an Emerging “Lifestyle” Retail Market

What’s not to like about those stats!?

image via walklive.org

So what ingredients are needed to create a walkable community?

  • Sidewalks, bike lanes, crosswalks – encourages pedestrian and bike travel
  • Good, safe, public transportation – reduces car traffic, pollution and noise
  • Community services and events – things like farmer’s markets and festivals encourage community participation and local commerce
  • Parks & Green spaces – encourages healthy lifestyle, recreation and exercise
  • Places for fun! – cafes, local boutiques, community pools – places to gather and socialize strengthens communities

Does your home town have these? If not, consider getting involved in your Community Planning groups and let your voice be heard. Having these elements in your community not only creates a more pleasurable place to live, it raises home values too! If you are wondering how walkable your community is, go here and get your walkability score!

We all deserve a home where we feel safe, happy and enriched by our community. Get involved in your town and make it a better place to live.

Call me if I can help and I’d love to hear more about your hometown!

 

 

 

Posted on March 16, 2011 at 5:10 pm
Candace Kramer | Category: Community, environmental design, Resources | Tagged , , , , , , , , ,

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 a designer for NK  for 10 years and still think they have some of the best talent out there!

Some of their beautiful work…

Gorgeous right?

Anyway, I wanted to pick Rhonda’s brain about Universal Design , Aging in Place and local information about these issues.

Like Jane Austen says ” There is nothing like staying at home for real comfort!”

Rhonda is a CAPS designer, Certified Aging in Place Specialist or as Rhonda puts it,

“Universal Design is subtle design and appeals to those that value sustainability.”

Music to my ears!

In her last seminar, she shared with the audience her recent accident, breaking her leg and how she dealt with the physical limitations and mobility issues in her own home.

The big three items she covered in the seminar were;

1. Enter and Exiting home

2. Stairs and Ramps

3. Kitchen & Bath modifications.

Be sure to click here for all their up coming seminars.

Patrick Roden RN,PhD, has a website and blog, aginginplace.com – where he address all the issues of how to continue to live in your home throughout your maturing years, safely, independently and comfortably. He grew up living with his grandma in a multi-generational home and his impressions are truly inspiring.

Thank you Rhonda for some great ideas on living & aging gracefully in the comfort of our homes! Glad to see that your leg looks better too!


p.s. Right now in 2011 we have 70,000 centurions in 2040 there will 700,000 in the U.S.



Posted on February 10, 2011 at 1:31 pm
Candace Kramer | Category: bathroom design, downsizing, environmental design, interior design, interviews, Lifestyle, Remodel, Resources, Uncategorized, Universal design | Tagged , , , , , , , , , ,

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 a group of moving experts specializing in transitioning seniors into their new homes. Their slogan is: “It’s your move – We Make it Happen!” Reassuring to say the least! 

Moving and downsizing, as we all know, can be overwhelming and downright stressful. Fear not! Downsizing is something Good Daughters does best! Not only does Jan and her team help you decide what to do your four fondue sets, three popcorn poppers and endless paper stacks – she knows how to transport household goods overseas or just down the street into your new home.

Jan and her husband, Arnie are Oregonians that have had long careers in logistics, transportation, and human resources.  They now blend these skills and assist families, large and small, to tackle the arduous tasks involved with downsizing. Jan is reassuring and non judgmental – the perfect neutral party to step into the family dynamics.  By developing a personalized moving plan and time-line, Jan makes your move HAPPEN!

Some of her favorite resources and supporters:

The best secret I discovered is that Jan takes whatever does not sell to charitable organizations – her favorite is Willamette Valley Humane Society, there are two stores in Salem and 100% of the proceeds go to an animal shelter.

Jan, you really do know how to take care of it all in a compassionate and efficient way!

Give Jan a call at 503-522-6637 or email info@gooddaughters3.com

She inspired me to go back and start recycling and donating the items I really do not need! Very good rainy day projects.




Posted on February 8, 2011 at 4:06 pm
Candace Kramer | Category: downsizing, interviews, Lifestyle, Organize Me, Resources | Tagged , , , , , , , , , ,

Coffee chat with Organizers Northwest

I had the pleasure of chatting with Missy Gerber at Chucks coffee shop. It was very informative (no wonder) with her 10 years of experience. I wanted to share some her valuable tips with you!

With a keen sense of organization and a passion to make a difference in people lives, Missy founded Organizers Northwest. Her and her seasoned team tackle clutter and combat mess, creating peace and improving the lifestyles of their clients.

Missy prides herself on establishing authentic connections with her clients, be they homeowners or business owners, providing dedicated service and expertise. She also conducts popular seminars at Storables, where she breaks down her technique into 5 easy steps. I gotta check one of these out!

Here philosophy brings the relative concepts of the here and now to the forefront.  Be mindful of the present and ask yourself  the 5 whys to discover the true answer to the question, “Do I really need this?”

In this day and age, we don’t really need to hoard magazines, cookbooks, movies and music – all of this is available online. My mom had a huge collection of cookbooks and I inherited this too! After my conversation with Missy, I went straight home and purged my stash of cooking mags!

Missy helps many with that annoying office clutter – you know the stacks and stacks of paper that seem to accumulate effortlessly on our desks, tables and counter-tops?  Clutter is really just postponing decisions and Missy is excellent at making you examine the emotional attachments we have to  our STUFF.

Here are some before and after pictures of her work:

Quite a difference right!?

Best of all, many of her resources, including recycling are local to Lake Oswego. Here are just a few:

  • Do you have a collection of vintage cell phones, and an old microwave lurking in your garage? Far West Fibers recycles electronics and more!

Downsizing and re-organizing your life can feel overwhelming and exhausting. Often, Missy’s clients call her feeling panicked, stuck and suffocated by their clutter but when she is done, they have renewed energy and more time to spend time with family and friends! They enjoy a new lifestyle – CLUTTER-FREE! Or in Missy’s words:

Less mess, less stress, better life. Period.


Missy you are a true expert in space & time! Be sure to contact Missy at 503-245-3564 or missy@organizersnw.com

Where could you de-clutter in your home?

I’m off to go get rid of some more of MY stuff!


Before & After images via Organizers Nortwest


Posted on January 28, 2011 at 9:56 am
Candace Kramer | Category: downsizing, interviews, Lifestyle, Organize Me, Resources | Tagged , , , , , , , , ,