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downsizing The time has COME! After assisting so many people downsize the past 5 years- it is now MY TURN! I have sold the 4,000 sq ft home in suburbia – and I am heading URBAN- to a small 900 sq ft rental cottage I own. This is a side step since the dream is to build a new modern […]
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 […]
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, […]
bathroom design Seattle Weekend by Train Hello friends! Hope you had a fantastic holiday weekend. We went on my favorite quick getaway and caught the train up to Seattle. I absolutely love the train ride – reading magazines, sipping wine and just relaxing. By the time I arrive, I have unwound and I’m ready to enjoy the city! Traffic and parking […]
Events 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 […]
downsizing Closet Office I have begun to meet up with several of my 555 residents to document some of their downsizing solutions. It has been so much fun re-connecting with them, touring their homes and having them share their downsizing stories with me. One of my favorite solutions that I have seen is the closet office! In a […]
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Community Home Tour : London Style Hi all, My name is Ivette and I’m guest posting on Candace’s blog today. She sent me out on assignment yesterday! Where? On a huge, red, London-esque double-decker bus, of course! Yup, at 10 am me and a gaggle of Windemere real estate agents boarded the cherry red bus for a royal real estate tour. […]
furniture Wacky Weather, wacky furniture Up here in the Northwest, Spring can’t seem to figure out if it’s coming or going. One minute, the sun is out and it’s in the 60’s, the next it’s hailing like crazy and in the 30’s! It’s a wacky time of year so when I saw these ridiculous pieces of wacky furniture, I couldn’t […]
Community Poetic Downsizing It’s been a whirlwind of activity with four pending sales in one week, which is fantastic but also exhausting. A trip to my beach house was exactly what I needed. Some downtime. A day or two to rest. Thinking that my weekend would be a rainy one, I had plans to do some creative projects […]
environmental design Old Barn – New Home Happy Friday! Hope your week has gone well. So, after my last post, I was eager to find a beautiful home that used reclaimed materials in the building process. This one caught my eye…. Would you believe that this gorgeous residence used an old barn frame for the main living quarters!? Yup…an old barn in […]
Community The Greenest Building Hello friends! Hope your week is going well. So, last month, I had the privilege of viewing a very relevant and thought provoking film titled, “The Greenest Building“, produced by Wagging Tale Productions and directed by architect/film maker, Jane Turville. I viewed the documentary at the beautiful Gerding Theater within the historic Portland Armory building. […]
downsizing Boxes on my mind After my last post where the Feng Shui cube was featured, you could say that boxes have been on my mind. In fact, I found another fabulous article in the New York Times with these teeny tiny micro homes created by Derek Diedricksen. How cool are these? Talk about designing in a box! Using salvaged […]
Community Ghost of the Saber Tooth Tiger @ the Woods Last Friday night, we got the privilege of seeing the band, Ghost of the Saber Tooth Tiger at The Woods. The Woods is a fantastic, eclectic venue that is a funeral home turned concert hall, bar and lounge, nestled in the historic neighborhood of Sellwood! They even do bingo/bourbon nights! As unique as Portland itself, […]
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 Small Kitchen Design by Julie DeJardin Today, I wanted to feature one of my favorite people – Julie DeJardin.  I met Julie when I was working as a designer for Neil Kelly and she was the president for the National Kitchen and Bath Association. She’s an amazing designer, a dear friend and she really knows how to downsize in style! Julie […]
bathroom design Old & New – Arthotel in Salzburg I have been organizing my photos from all of my adventures this summer and I had to share with you our experience at the Blaue Gans Art Hotel in Salzburg, Germany. It holds rank as the oldest inn in town – I’m talking 660 years old! But In 2002, it was masterfully remodeled transforming it […]