Friday, February 28, 2014

Tord Boontje

This beautiful book by Tord Boontje was recently taken to Half Price Books.
book about Tord Boontje

The cover was very tactile with a net cover.

On the inside, all content pages were punched with this beautiful bird design.
punched pages-of-tord-boontje-book-bird design

I stumbled across Tord Boontje after buying some holiday products at Target.

The book is full of his experiments with cut-outs.

Much better than a hammock:

 I took the money and bought this book.

Trading one form of inspiration for another.

Thursday, February 27, 2014

The end of the entertainment center era

No one was interested in inheriting my mother's entertainment center. 
Made of 100 percent wood, it was purchased in 1987 for $927.20. 

We called it the beast and began listing it on Craig's list for $100. After a few days we reduced it to free and still no calls.  We called a local charity and it surpassed their maximum dimensions by 6 inches. The beast was hauled to Savers, the only thrift store that would take it. It went on the showroom floor with a price tag of $9.95 and was gone the next week.

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Is the sustainability sky falling?

Is it too late to worry about sustainability?

How does one pick a home after reading this article in the Guardian?

If only I had begun picketing for no plastic bags in Kindergarten instead of bringing my sister for show-n-tell, I could of made a difference says James Lovelock, a well regarded scientist in England.

From a man who invented a way to detect CFC's, which then led to information regarding the o-zone layer. His article says attempts to turn things around at this point are futile. He give us another 20 years before extreme weather will be the norm and catastrophe is inevitable.

I'm not in the mood to look for a small house today.

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Within the boundaries of a sheet

refugee center in bulgaria, just a sheet for privacy

This photo of a refugee center in Bulgaria won first prize for the 2014 World Press Photo Contest -News category.

Monday, February 24, 2014

Monday Multiple Series # 34-nail polish survivors

three colors of nail polish and a clear coat

At first glance you may think the above photo is an ad for essie nail polish.

In reality these four nail polishes were hand selected from a whole bin of contenders. I was able to witness how a teenager goes through her supply of nail polishes to find the ones she is going to keep.

For your Monday viewing get to witness it too:

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Just like that, I am cured.

To the most important reader of my blog,
Thank you for sending me the only thing that would cure me from Square Foot Schizophrenia. 
If I filled each room with one of these, my house wouldn't seem so big.

The distraction is working...I can't keep my eyes off the long-earred beauty.

basset hound puppy

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Square Foot Schizophrenia

 I am the first one to contract Square Foot Schizophrenia.

As with any mental disorder there is a breakdown in thinking that anyone can have a small beautiful house ...until the architect says that basic garages start at $50,000.

I have poor judgement when a friend posts this lovely retro 2000 sq ft house in Richfield that Jay Nuhring staged, and I immediately lust it...tossing all downsizing principles aside.

Side effects include hallucinations.
You probably just see a small piece of unusable land...

This is what my brains sees.

I don't even think twice when considering this cottage, even though the pipes have burst.

Today I had double vision.
This house listed months ago has just now appeared again.

This is a cry for help.
There is only one remedy.
Those who really care will email me a photo of a Basset Hound to distract me immediately.

Tuesday, February 18, 2014


Brock Davis is a creative director in Minneapolis.

I love this broccoli tree house and his account of a normal day:

"...wake up. drink coffee. play with my son and daughter. drive to work. (ride my bike in the summer) think in traffic. make things for clients. try to avoid meetings. go home. play with my son and daughter. listen to music. stay up late making things for myself. go to bed."

Piece of broccoli that has a miniature tree house in it

Monday, February 17, 2014

Monday Multiple Series # 33- TWO-thbrush

The second one is in case she loses her toothbrush on the college sleepover trip.
That was three weeks ago.

two toothbrushes in a holder

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Zen retreat

Note to self:
Use Feng Shui principles when thinking about a place to live.

Find a color that makes me feel alive.

Have a grand entrance.

Keep it simple and useful.

Make sure I can see the stars from where I dream.

This treasure can be rented while traveling through france.

Monday, February 10, 2014

Monday Multiple Series # 32- Girl Scout day camp songbook

Two girl scout songbooks.
Someone recently sent one version through the laundry ... not I.

After paging through the book, I only recognized three tunes.
This was an easy toss.

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Olympic downsizing commitment

In honor of the the opening ceremonies of the Olympics tonight, I brought all our skates to "Play it again sports".

figure skates and hockey skates

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

The Finnish Kosketus (Touch)

Here is an example of the architecture from Puuwoodholzbois.
Fabric umbrella entrance.
Creative wood exterior.

Bright interior.

Grooming area NOT inside a bathroom.

We sail at nightfall.

See more here.

Monday, February 3, 2014

Monday Multiple Series # 31- Superbowl Storage

After the Holidays, Target greets me with multiple products to organize my life.
Target after christmas organizational display

I have never felt the pressure to store my wreath in a circular plastic container.

As retail changes from Organization to Valentines Day, the aisles still shout at me,
 "Do you have the RIGHT container and the RIGHT color to organize your life?"

Although I can't be hypnotized, I must have the capacity to be brainwashed.
I own two orange bins for Halloween and three green bins for Christmas.

Now with the perpetual purging, I am am left with this pile.
Orphaned covers with no containers, cracked bins that were kept in denial.

During Superbowl Sunday I will watch the commercials and when the game plays I will TACKLE this. The bookers want to know...are you cheering for me the underdog, or the hometown favorite Target?