Friday, June 28, 2013

Costco peace of mind

Its always good to know when I go to buy my groceries at Costco...
shopping cart at Costco

I can pick up a garage...
garage at costco

and an extra bedroom.
blow up inflatable at costco

Thursday, June 27, 2013

TKP Architects

This mountain cottage from TKP Architects reminds me of a hobbit house.
Look at that gentle curving entrance beam.

How nice to have timeless furniture made of rock.

The focus of the inside must always be the fireplace. Always.
Looks like they replaced the traditional kitchen table for two comfortable leather chairs...good choice.
Hidden lights showcase a few treasures...surprise.
I call the side near the feet are always cold.
That ladder looks cool for the kids to climb into the loft.
Look what awaits....
Circular windows, slanted sinks, open storage for towels...detail, details details.

Find more photos from TKP Architects here.

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Nothing to store in that Nike shoebox

Interesting packaging concept to replace the traditional shoebox as seen on fubiz.


Tuesday, June 25, 2013

How to entertain a child

A daycare in Japan with no furniture.
A daycare built around a tree

Japanese style playground.

Monday, June 24, 2013

Sunday, June 23, 2013

Red carpet finds the right home.

The red carpet has found a home with a similar-minded owner.

Here is the original contact sheet of photos taken:

Here is the updated contact sheet.

A perfect match.

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Number one secret of tidy families.

1. Their whole family has less stuff. And by less, I don't mean "boy, I really should get to cleaning out that coat closet": I mean, drastically less stuff. Think of all you own. Now halve it, and you're getting close. A friend of mine with four kids lets each kid have one shelf above their bed for toys and books. The kids share one closet. They are some of the happiest, most well rounded kids I know, and their room is always clean.


Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Condiment hypocrite.

Just realized we had FOUR sets of salt and pepper shakers in our house until we emptied the refills. Sigh.

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

bioi design studio

Bioi is based in Alberta Canada. The Warburg house shown below was awarded the highest EnerGuide rating by combining heated floors, optimal window placement and other sustainable features.  
bioi wartburg house

What a great example of using the beauty of wood, 
bioi wartburg house wood front

and lighting, to make a great entrance.
bioi wartburg house wood directional lighting

Monday, June 17, 2013

Come on over to our tent.

I never understood why graduation parties are held outside or in the garages of people's homes.  
graduation party tent

Friday, June 14, 2013

Cabin fever

It started with the multiple salt and pepper shakers separated by timers.
salt n pepper shakers

Then moved on to fly swatters.

The thought of having only duplicates was refreshing.

Since all these needed a majority vote to reduce, 
the only thing that could be eliminated was the dumb game of Cranium we brought up.

Thursday, June 13, 2013


Smallworks is a builder of small homes in Vancouver Canada.  Their philosophy has such interesting statements like, "allowing for a gradual sense of arrival" to making sure "the hearth is at the center of the home". The slideshow didn't disappoint either.

Interesting concrete floors and etched glass.
Dynamic use of light and beautiful wood floors.
Efficient location of utilities and storage.

Intimate entryways and tasteful color combinations.

Attention to interesting brick formation and color.

Cheerful colors and lofty ceilings.
Landscaping with minimal maintenance.
Making alleys more welcoming.

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Coach houses

A coach house is a smaller house that usually shares a common property with a main house on a single-family lot. In Vancouver, the aging demographics led the city to explore more economical housing options. For example, parents could live in the backyard coach house and rent out their existing house to their kids or use rent as income. These coach houses are part of Smallworks sustainable laneway housing project.

Read whole article.

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Never underestimate the power of a thank you

There once was a wooden dresser.

One shelf held thank you notes scanning many years and covering all ages.

Hallmark could not compete with the imagination of a child drawing the heart of a grandma.

No material present can hold a candle to the time and effort of those who stopped to take a moment to write.  The dresser is mine now.  The tradition lives on.

Monday, June 10, 2013

MU Architecture

House and garage become one.
MU Architecture home with green roof
The green roof blends the home in with the green terrain.
MU Architecture home with green roof
Favorite room. Favorite furniture.
MU Architecture home with lots of windows
Lots of outdoor options.
MU Architecture home near water
Light and design blend.

MU Architecture privacy window
This home was 2400 ft, but the ideas could be squeezed into a smaller space. Find more work at their website.