Small Space Design

Aging in Place 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!  
architecture Family Learns to Love Discomfort – LifeEdited Family Learns to Love Discomfort – LifeEdited.
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 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 […]
downsizing 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 […]
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 […]
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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 – […]
bathroom design Saving space: Wall hung toilets Hello there! How has your week been? As usual, mine has been a whirlwind of activity – in a good way! My downsizers are always looking to save space and make the most of their square footage and a tiny bathroom can prove challenging, that’s why I just love these wall hung toilets. Typically seen […]
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 […]
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 […]
architecture Skinny Homes around the World With the biggest food themed holidays just around the corner, not many of us are focusing on skinny (there’s plenty of time for that in Januray)!  But it looks like “skinny” is a growing trend around the world as land becomes more scarce and people continue to downsize! Check out these “skinny” homes from around […]
architecture Artist Studio & Guest House I always enjoy seeing multifunctional design. It takes thought, precision and creativity to fully utilize a space and have it work on many levels – just like this fabulous Artist Studio/Guest House designed by Virent Architecture. The owners of this sleek new out building are quite the creative team – one being a graphic designer […]
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 […]
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 Skinny Downsizing Hello all! Hope your week has been fabulous! So, I had to post this! I’m all for downsizing, as you know…but this…is…well, it’s outside the box to say the least… {images via} This itty bitty, skinny mini house, designed by Jakub Szczęsny of Centrala, is proposed to be an “art installation” in Warsaw, Poland. (It […]
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 […]