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 focuses on small space gardening, which is perfect for your downsized home. Check it out… here.
Here are some inspiring images of gorgeous small space gardening ideas…
I love all these wonderful ideas! Who knew a small space could provide such a rich bounty of produce! So don’t fret if you gave up your acre lot…you can still have the garden of your dreams, just get creative!
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 two studio spaces—one for an artist, one for yoga—without disturbing the soaring redwood trees that surrounded an existing main house.
“We definitely wanted to make this project as ‘green’ as possible, and to have it be visually integrated into the land,” said architect Jonathan Feldman. The solution was two separate buildings, nestled on flat sites against the hillside. The lower studio, visible from the windows above, got live plants on the roof, mimicking a common style in environmentally conscious European cities. (In Stuttgart, for example, green roofs cover 25 percent of the real estate, the result of public policy originating with Europe’s “green party” movements in the 1970s.) Here’s how Europe’s modern vernacular translates to Northern California:
I just love the rooftop gardens!
Ample light and simple finishes help the interior blend well with the natural setting…
Don’t you just love these!? Innovative, green and yes…downsized.
Have a wonderful weekend and Happy Mother’s Day to all the Moms out there!
All images via here.
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 a work space…
All images via here.
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.
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 Architects this creative project – aptly named, “The Shack” was the perfect solution for one family’s desire to have a simple, yet comfortable weekend getaway minus all the tent set up. Located on the southern slope of South Fork Mountain, near Upper Tract, West Virginia the occupants enjoy the year round beauty of the rolling hills and pastures.
Here’s the description from the architects themselves –
“The shack was created as a logical step between tent camping, and the yet unrealized weekend cottage. This fundamental shelter has no electricity. Oil lamps provide light. Heat is provided by a small wood stove, which is also used to heat water that is delivered to the “kitchen” sink by a gravity system. The vertical drop is achieved by using a hand-powered bilge pump to fill an overhead storage tank. Rain water is collected from the roof as part of the outdoor shower system. Acknowledging the constant struggle between mouse (and occasionally rattlesnake and bear) and man, the shack sits upon four wood posts with rodent barriers, a detail borrowed from local corn cribs. The board and batten siding is locally milled pine. The roof is standing-seam terne.
The southeastern façade of the building is opened to a cantilevered wood deck with an overhead-acting aluminum and glass garage door. A removable canvas awning serves to shade the deck and extend the living space during wet weather. Small windows on the northwestern façade allow the mountain breezes to flow through the building, and allow occasional views of cows on the adjacent pasture.”
Clearly, a lot of thought went into meeting the owner’s needs while maintaining a simplistic and environmentally friendly take on the project. Love that!
So wouldn’t you take this place over a tent? I would!
Have a fantastic weekend!
All images via here.
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 amazing, modern structures seem to float midair among the tree tops. Talk about getting away from it all…literally!
The Treehotel guests enjoy an amazing bird’s eye view of the world. Leave all your stress on the forest floor.
I could spend all day in bed with a good book, gazing out through the forest. So peaceful, right?
Guest enjoy showers, hot meals and other modern amenities at the main lodge (on the forest floor) complete with warm and friendly hospitality!
What an amazing experience! I just love seeing such creative use of materials and space! Go check out all the rooms and more information here.
Images via here.
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 in commercial installations, these compact, sleek designs are showing up in downsized homes all over the world. They are easier to clean, save precious room and look great too! Gotta love that!
All images via Houzz.com
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 open-air platform structures to create urban infill in the Portuguese city of Porto . The brains behind this ingenious design – Filipe Magalhaes and Ana Luisa Soares – who entitled the project, Polikatoikea. The talented team took 1st prize in the Architectural Origami Competition – which challenged architects to devise a way to fill abandoned and unused urban lots. See more about the design project here.
The pre-fabricated pods would be air conditioned so the inhabitants could escape the heat when needed but in the pleasant climate of Portugal, outdoor living is a way of life. So, most of the square footage is expressed in the open-air platform.
The platforms could be erected over existing lots, fitting nicely into the urban landscape while providing affordable living quarters for many residents.I love seeing imaginative solutions for growing urban environments!
All images via here.
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 FABRE/deMARIEN.
Check this out before shot…dull, dingy and dark.
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 in downsized homes whether it be a condo, apartment, town-home or trailer! Check out this fabulous retro airstream that has only 150 sq. ft of living space and has been refurbished by landscape architect, Andreas Stavroupolo.
Andreas actually works from a second trailer that provides ample natural light, plenty of desk and wall space to spread out his plans and is equipped with solar panels that power his laptop and other electronics. Now, that’s just plain cool (and green)!
Stavroupolo loves the freedom this lifestyle affords him and the ability to live and work on or near his work sites helps him personally connect with each project.
Images via here.