Thursday, November 28, 2013

Ricardo Gonzalez photos from the Mabel project





Richard Gonzalez work.
See more pictures here from Mabel.

Leftovers deserve more.

Happy Thanksgiving.
Any leftovers?

Doug Rauch proposes a solution to the above question with his new entrapenurial idea for eliminating some of the waste in the amount of food that is thrown away.  He is naming his store the "Daily Table", and it will sell food that is still good but has gone past the sell-by-date.  In the New York Times article called "In the Old Days, You'd Smell the Milk", Doug explains how the outdated marks on food create a system of excess food going to waste.


Wednesday, November 27, 2013

It becomes a habit

There has always been a donation box in our room.
 I recently put it in the closet to keep the room clean.


I had to snicker when this freshly washed salt and pepper shaker arrived in the area without the box.

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

What makes a good home?

Bought these exact house plans three years ago.
I have official facebook permission to park it in Chuck's backyard...and that is legally binding.

What am I waiting for?

 
TINY: A Story About Living Small (Teaser Trailer) from TINY on Vimeo.

Monday, November 25, 2013

Multiple Monday Series #23: Hangers

Mirror, mirror on the wall, who has too many hangers of them all?
Plastic ones for T-shirts, flocked ones to keep slippery clothing intact and wooden ones for those heavy items. These all had a place in my bedroom until last week's closet tsunami.

The thought runs through my head, "what if I need ONE more hanger?"
"I should keep the wooden ones for the holidays for guests coats."

I look into that dresser mirror and say to myself, "fine...pick two more and donate the rest."
Thank you mirror.



Friday, November 22, 2013

Mizuishi Architect Atelier

Three people live in this 29 sq meter home in Tokyo designed by Mizuishi Architects Atelier.

Utilizing this small space, it is hard to believe what is on the inside.

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Outside, the three slabs of concrete combined with one roll of sod creates a useful space to read, grill or enjoy the rain under the overhang.
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The location is close to the city, a walking/bike trail, and the provides a view of the river.
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Every inch is calculated and well used ... just look both ways.
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Inside is lofty, bright, and surpassingly spacious.
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30 drawers are allowed for the essentials.
Green plants create the natural spa decor.
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The no-fuss kitchen has all the basics and maybe even two freezer drawers.
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My favorite view below with extended seating and storage underneath.
Computer, television screen and books ... it all fits.
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 Well lit loft for the day and portal at night to gaze at the stars.
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Thursday, November 21, 2013

You caught my attention


Built over 100 years ago, this 820 sq ft home is now available on the MLS.

High ceilings, lead glass, lime green pillows ... who staged this beauty?

Patterned ceilings.
 I would tie a bow around my towels if my bathroom was this clean.
Long hallways for long boarding teens.
Maybe there are other houses out there.


Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Up for auction

Anyone need a pitcher's mound to complete their landscaping? Details here.


Next up is this little coffee shop.
I called the number and it is being sold with three other buildings for a mere $500.00.


Imagine attaching a large bundle of balloons and jumping in.
This can't be done....or can it?

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Melanie VanHouten, "Reclamation"

Near Stillwater, Minnesota is a beautiful sculpture garden you can roam for free called the Franconia Sculpture Park.

I came across this small house sculpture called, "Reclamation" by Melanie VanHouten.


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Melanie describes her vision of the piece below:
Through sculpture and installation I revisit places, moments, and memories to which I feel a strong sense of responsibility and an intense, personal connection such as the development and urban sprawl that are threatening the family farm or the tension that exists within a family that is separated as it struggles to survive. These are but a few examples of the significant losses that together our society faces daily. My work examines the universality of loss and grief and subtly reveals a collective longing that creates a tie between us all. The objects and spaces that I create act as relics; recording the existence of a moment or memory they become three dimensional documents of time and place. Materials that change or decompose bare a certain lifespan of their own that is explicit in the work. Often they are familiar materials that engage the viewer through personal associations derived from their own memories. The connectivity between the viewer and the object unfolds and ideally results in an awareness that some link exists among all people, places and things; that our actions and inactions affect one another. Reclamation reveals an awareness of the disappearing rural landscape that is indicative of the struggle many farmers face while attempting to maintain sustainable living for all of us.

Monday, November 18, 2013

Multiple Monday Series #22: More umbrellas

I glanced up at the shelf in our walk-in closet to see two umbrellas staring at me.
Don't worry, you can stay for now...you are both collapsable.
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Duplicates of things appeared as I took a closer look.
If the apocolyse is near, my husband will have faultless shirts.
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Why have two gallons of distilled water when we have over six options to buy more within five blocks?
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With my husband gone on his first weekend hunting trip, I had total control and proceeded to drag EVERYTHING out. Closets are life-sized junk drawers.

Two days and two coats of paint later.
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I went through my wardrobe to see how far I could peel it down this round.
I am at 50 pieces including snow pants, the black dress and the token Brett Farve Jersey.
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Out went the eight bed sheets I used for drop clothes when the real drop cloth was still sitting in the basement.
painting-clothFinally I left out the biggest challenge for me of all....photos and videos.
I 'll try to suggest video watching instead a movie next week to see if we can toss some.
Eventually the negatives and the yellowed adhesive photo books will need to be dealt with.  
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Thursday, November 14, 2013

This is war.

Fall is beautiful with the leaves ON the trees.
The plastic shroud around the canoe is a sign that they all will soon drop.
What? Could global warming be on our side by blowing the ton of leaves on the neighbors lawn this year? See his riding mower with the two bagging attachment? I put my feet up and gaze out the window with relief.
Tick-tock.Tick-tock.Ten days pass as they WAIT until the winds change back to our lawn.
We had no choice but to put up a fortress to protect ourselves.
45 bags and one large bin to be exact.
This is war.



Wednesday, November 13, 2013

The Not So Big House by Sarah Susanka

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Sarah Susanka is an architect who believes we should not focus on square footage of a house, but how we live.  Numerous clients in large houses come to her to create a "home". She specializes in creating blueprints for the way people live and defining spaces by what activity and how time is spent in various spaces. 

She showed how this 3000 sq ft house can look so small.
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On the same page, she showed how this 900 sq ft house can look so big. 
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It is important to have a entrance that highlights something and welcomes you.
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So I placed our ceramic birds in the entrance. Come on in.
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The number one request that Sarah received from clients was to have a "light filled house".
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I looked at this photo of the kitchen and noticed how the tools were always within reach.
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So I imagined my top utensils. Even though they are mismatched, they work.
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Indoor lighting is important as well.
Sarah showed how you can change the focus from the meal in this photo...
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...to the adjacent entertainment area.
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I am way ahead of Sarah with my Halloween lighting.
I start with the timed lighting of candles and twinkle lights...
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...to the two pumpkins in the entertainment area.
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Although this book was written over 15 years ago, I still found it interesting and inspiring.

 I found this book in the give-a-way table up north.


Tuesday, November 12, 2013

This is what a 10 year house looks like.

My stalking days are over.

After getting past the big dog, I knocked on the door and introduced myself.
She greeted me with, "the past owners said you would be stopping by eventually".
I was given the tour to see the walls had changed colors and the bathroom gutted.

I asked, "so are your plans to live here forever or are you just passing through?"

"This is a 10 year house for me", she replied.

Sigh.