Friday, January 13, 2017

Zero clearance beauty

Love this "out of the box" thinking with the door opening as wide as the window.

Leave all possessions behind except my Marmont coat and hang my running cow Marimeko print. 

The hound would keep this floor spotless.

Friday, December 2, 2016

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Small living that is portable.

Who says a tiny house has to be on a trailer?

I came across this attractive cube on inhabitat.

One large drape floods the space with light

Why do most traditional houses have 12 steps when 7 is plenty?
Lovely neutral walls frame the black kitchen--does one just eat on the couch?
One box of stuff-that's it.

Look at all the green space for a Bassett Hound to roam. 
Do you think a minimalist would own a riding mower?

I would hire this architect based on their toilet paper holder design,

When the only thing blocking your view is a door.

Never ever make the bed.

Thursday, October 13, 2016

The risk of tiny houses

California woman’s tiny home stolen
SACRAMENTO, Oct. 12 (UPI) — A California woman was shocked when she return from walking her dog to find that thieves had driven off with her home.
Malinda Crichton returned from her walk to find her 13-feet tall by 33-feet long by 8-feet wide “tiny home” had disappeared, according to KCRA.
“I let my little dog out, and I was totally shocked because my house was gone,” she said.
Crichton became even more worried when calls to her landlord and local towing agencies produced no information about the location of her home.
“I was like, ‘Oh God, this is serious.’ I don’t know who did this. I have no idea. So that’s when it got scary,” she said.
Crichton eventually contacted West Sacramento Police Department, who were baffled by the odd case of theft.
“I’ve never heard of a tiny home theft until now,” Sgt. Roger Kinney said. “Certainly with house prices going up we’re hoping that this trend doesn’t also go up.”
After asking around Crichton, eventually learned from a neighbor that her home had turned up near a local market.
“I don’t know if whoever stole it didn’t have a big enough truck,” she said. “I don’t know if they were drunk and a few blocks away were like, ‘Wait, this actually isn’t a good idea.’ How do you hide a tiny house?”
Crichton spent about $40,000 on the home since she began constructing it in August 2013 and told FOX 40 it would cost about $50,000 by the time it was complete.
“This is for me to live in so that I don’t have to worry about rent. I don’t have to worry about mortgage. I’m a singer and a musician, so this is going to allow me to follow my passions,” she said.
Police are still investigating who was responsible for stealing Crichton’s home.

Friday, September 16, 2016

Neighborly visit

Today, I was invited in to see the progress of a neighbor's decluttering project.
We all have a system of what to start with and how to process stuff in or out of our lives.

Most of us store the things we don't look at very often in some corner of the basement.
For this woman that was the case and I was treated to the treasures of her world.

Check out this box FULL of handwritten letters.
This extinct form of communication was divided with string and notes of importance tucked in.

box of letters

These two metal boxes were content as a placeholder on the shelf.

As I was leaving, this piece of furniture was pointed out to me.
It used to be painted white and used for storing athletic equipment.
With some loving attention it was transformed back into the pie shelf it started this life as.
Hand crafted metal panels highlighted it's beauty.
Refurbished pie shelf

It was a fun break in the day to share in each other's journey.

Friday, June 17, 2016

Staffan Svenson

Southern states don't need to fuss with basements and garages.


That leaves more room to sit over a canopy of trees.

open roof staffan svenson

Lewin Residence designed by Staffan Svenson at

Sunday, June 5, 2016

No one will want that stuff

I have heard that the majority of garbage comes from remodeling, so when we started updating the basement I had to try and repurpose the material.

"Just throw it away--no one will want that stuff," I heard from upstairs.

24 hours later on Craigslist, we had a knock on our front door.

"Are those boards still available? "

The WHOLE load was loaded into the van for his daughter's playhouse.
As he drove off he yelled to me, "Thank you!"

No, thank you.