Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Remain simple

The tiny tree as landscaping. The interesting arch that frames a rounded door
The cobblestone patterns in the street. The skylights on the metal roof.
The single string of ornaments in the window.
Remain simple.
Small living quarters in city with lovely rounded door and frame entrance

Found here.

Monday, December 21, 2015

Multiple Monday payoff

Last week our realtors sent an email congratulating us on our one year anniversary in this lovely 950 sq ft h-o-m-e.

Thanks to all the Multiple Monday posts and purging we are so very very happy.

With no room for a large Christmas tree, we bought a lit branch that shines in the bay window. The beauty of this non-traditonal tree is that it lets light in and allows us to hightlight the ten ornaments we selected last year. 

I am here to say that for the FIRST time that I can remember, I really enjoyed hanging these ornaments. No untangling the string of lights,testing bulbs or expectations of the family gathering around for ornaments they had no connection to. 

This little box. 
A few minutes of my time. 
Showcased memories. 
I love my little life.

Friday, December 18, 2015

Costco supersized Christmas gifts

For the person who has everything. 

Costco sells gigantic teddy bear and nutcracker

Too late to get one for yourself...the last one sold.
big bear sold at Costco

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

The little red house that could

Came across this holiday painted red house with a green roof as I was searching for stock photos today.

Monday, December 14, 2015

Life can be found in just one room

My reaction leaving the nominated flick called "Room," may be different than other movie goers.

Perhaps others saw a mother and a child trapped inside a shelter for many years, yet the movie suggested that the confined area they lived in was actually nurturing.

The line on the movie poster claims " Love knows no boundaries".

As Jack reached his birthday, the mother, wanted more for him.
Was escaping the shed healthy and safer? Yes.
Was having the whole world now better for their relationship? It didn't seem so.

Some of my fondest family memories are those on vacation when we are jammed in a hotel or up at our cabin when we exceed bed limitations.

Brie Larson, the main actress tells Terry Gross on Fresh air tells that as a child she spent time in a small space and credits that time as one of the best periods of her life.
Start listening to the interview at 5:58.

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

First class home inside a jetliner

Portland brings us another interesting house made from an airplane.
Not for me since I noticed him raking leaves.

Friday, November 27, 2015


This T-shirt was found in the children's department at Nordstrom.Some say over-indulgence is a form of child abuse.All I want is everything printed on a T-shirt

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

IKEA gives suggestions for living in small spaces

IKEA highlights ways to create multi-function small living spaces

"It's not about giving up your dreams. It's about shrinking them"

Friday, November 6, 2015

Monday, November 2, 2015

FLOR carpet tiles for stairs

Taking care to make each small part of our small house special, I designed a way to cover the slippery wooden stairs leading to the loft. 

When considering Flor for our other rooms I had come across a box of unused samples.
With so many options to choose from I laid them all out on the stairs and decided not to decide and use them all in a random pattern.

Note: Due to the threat of slipping and danger on stairs, Flor was very clear they do not promote use of their tiles on stairs.
Flor carpet samples used to cover wooden steps

Here is how I did it.

1. Collect a variety of samples in the same color scheme. 
Place Flor samples ($1.00 a piece) in a pleasing/random fashion on each stair.
Mark placement of row with tape so it is easy to position full row later.
Flor carpet samples used to cover wooden steps

2. Cut the Flor stickers in half. 

Flor carpet samples used to cover wooden steps

3. Wipe back of tile and adhere sticker in middle of sample. 
With sticky part up attach to one piece and then connect with next sample.
Flor carpet samples used to cover wooden steps

4. Remove the entire attached row of carpet sample squares. 
Masking tape remains to show positioning for later.
Flor carpet samples used to cover wooden steps

5. Wipe down any dust or dirt for a clean surface.
Make sure surface is dry.
Flor carpet samples used to cover wooden steps

5. Find a strong carpet tape.
This one had the best reviews on Amazon.
Flor carpet samples used to cover wooden steps

6. Cut a length to go under the row of samples.
Remove one side of the tape and press on stairs.
Flor carpet samples used to cover wooden steps

7. Use two strips for extra grip.
One roll was enough for two strips on 13 stairs.
Remove the top paper once both strips attached to expose sticky top.
Flor carpet samples used to cover wooden steps

8. The fun part.
Take your row of carpet samples and lay them on top the two rows of sticky tape.
Flor carpet samples used to cover wooden steps

Flor carpet samples used to cover wooden steps

Friday, October 30, 2015

Friday, October 9, 2015

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Free for the taking

The following is a collection of items I found under the free section of Craigslist:

A little bit of snow won't hurt these patent leather shoes:

A few more legs and either of these chairs will work fine:

Blame Pinterest on this clothespin lampshade:

Personal ad for an anemone:

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

No grass allowed

I have lost the fight to endless crab fact I think I gave it fertilizer to grow monster size.
Next season I am thinking native plants and places for bees and butterflies to hang out.
small house with no grass lawn and a purple door

Note to self: a purple door looks great with sage green siding.

Friday, August 28, 2015

So little. So much.

In the middle of work an email pops up with an update from the open road crew. I swiped through the photos and stopped at this one. Everything seems to be aligned in their universe. From the perfect vantage point to see the sun set to the child returning back from exploring. Everything for a family of four is in that van. Everything.

The quote that goes along with the photo:
A dream is not just a want, it is something worked towards, focused on and fed the nourishment to grow and thrive.  Dreams are made reality by doing, not wishing. What are your dreams? Have you outlined how you can make them come true? Have you worked towards that goal today?  They will remain a want unless you set them into motion."
family of four explores world in a van

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Share shop brings life to unused items

Usually things that clutter up my space are sent to the donation center to find the person who "needs" it.  Perhaps if I lived in the UK, I could drop it by the new "Share Shop" designed to connect little used items to those who temporarily need them.

They quote in this article that the average electric drill is only used 15 minutes in a lifetime.

Great idea and a sustainable one too

There is a similar online borrowing service in the UK called borroclub.

Monday, August 10, 2015

Small house made of stones

Little-stone-house-in the-woods
This was my favorite little house of stone as I drove through Wisconsin this summer.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Honey, I think we need to buy a Subaru Outback 3.6R.

Subaru knows who their target market is.
Middle aged woman seeking an affectionate Bassett hound and four wheel drive.
(The small house may have been added to the original ad.)

Subaru ad with a bassett hound running through the field

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Do American's have too many clothes?

I came across this listing of a parent selling their child's clothes on a facebook garage sale site.
She is selling 15 pairs of 4T jammies. That's a new pair every day for over two weeks.

The following documentary shows where all our clothes go to if they are not sold through the thrift stores. So wasteful.

Unravel - Trailer from Soul Rebel Films on Vimeo.

Saturday, July 11, 2015

Have I ever regret moving to a small house?

This funny post from Lauren on Hipstercrite voices the concerns of how one lives in a small space,

The answer to the question she poses, "Do you ever feel like you made a mistake?", is no. I don't regret it a bit. Her questions are directed to those in 250 sq ft, so my mansion of 950sq ft is not as confining.

Lauren asks good questons like:

Is there enough privacy?

With both our work desks in the same room and an arm's length apart, I will leave that room at night so that my rap music doesn't mix with his 80's punk. There can be too much togetherness.

Where do you put everything?

We each have one towel and a set of bedding.  Unlike the micro houses, we have a washer and dryer. A tiny river does sound inviting tho.

Here is my favorite part of her post:

"I f’ing love the idea of downsizing and living a “simple life,” but seriously, where do you put your shit? You still have some clothing and shoes and towels and all that jazz, right? Or do you just wear overalls now? Overalls and Birkenstocks and one towel that you share with your entire family. Where do you wash that towel, hmm? Do you have a tiny river that runs behind your tiny house? I bet you do. I bet your whole Goddamn property is whimsical."

This article is just hilarious--you gotta read it. 
Bravo Lauren.

So far my only pet peeve is that the silverware drawer hits the towel rack so it can only slide out halfway.
I can live with that.

Monday, July 6, 2015

Best small house design of 2015 awarded this 550 sq ft structure as this year's best small home.

First, find a picturesque hill near a remote lake:

Make a spacious bathroom with terry cloth robes for the B&B feel.

Find a table that is one piece of wood with industrial steel legs and burn calories as you stand.

Pack no trinkets, no paintings or artwork---just bring an animal skin for carpet:


Friday, June 19, 2015

The litttle spark

Our move is over, the 952 sq ft home is all fixed up...I should be content.

Then I see designer Kim Lewis and her tiny home.

Every LITTLE detail I adore.


Her house has room for two pets while we contemplate about adding a two car garage.

Why not just have just enough dishes?
Love the worn leather belt shelves.
400-sq-ft-home kitchen with few dishes

This bathroom...oh this bathroom.
The care of creating the floor tile that reads, "You look good".

The spark has been lit...this journey is not over.

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

A gingerbread cookie fit for a tiny home

I made these gingerbread cookies for the open house this past weekend. 
Each comes loaded with flower boxes and pink geraniums just like our tiny house.

Gingerbread cookie in shape of a small house

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Thursday, April 9, 2015

24 hour Bazaar

Go ahead and ask me,"what do you want to be when you grow up and what is your American Dream?"

"I want to be this woman on top of a mountain full of colorful homemade blankets traveling the globe with my family in an RV."

While getting lost in my car this weekend, Public Radio International had a story on this family that set out to go on a vacation for six monthes. They are now two years into their trip and have no plans of coming back for another five or so. I raced into the house to listen to the podcast about how they afford to do this lifestyle and manage a family in an RV.  

Enter the cool concept of the 24 hour bazaar. 
As they travel, they connect with local artists and sell their artwork on the our open road website.


Read their whole story here or listen to the podcast below.

a family travels the globe selling local artists works