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.

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

You fill the space that surrounds you

It was this photo that made us toss all the garage estimates for now.
Live a simple life.
Carry what you need on your back.

Carry what you need in a backback

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Tiny white house

Cleaning my files and came across this folder of images.

Small house with a big welcoming entrance:
small white house with a welcoming large entrance

The centerpiece fireplace accented with one leather chair.
Combining the rooms make a small space look larger.
combine living  room with kitchen for more space

Minimalism to strive for:
open shelves in minimal kitchen

Lots of windows for light and a no maintenance backyard.
small backyard no maintenance

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Purple panic

I told him to donate all our old CD's.
"Just stream music when you want to hear it."
Then Prince died.
Listen to the music on Spotify....nope.
Listen to the music on YouTube...nope

There in a box, under the stairs, in the dark corner were my husband's collection.
Did he keep it?

Pile one......nope.
Pile two......nope
Pile three...nope.
Look again, I may have missed it...nope.
Pile four at the bottom I struck the purple prize.

So glad he didn't listen to me.

CD cover of Prince's Purple Rain

Sunday, March 20, 2016

Will work for the homeless

homeless sign -framed in display by jani leinonen

Homeless signs collected around the world from beggars were displayed into an art institution by jani leinonen at the ARoS Museum in Aahus Demnark to bring attention to those less fortunate.

While these frames contained signs scratched on cardboard and paper, the frames were valuable.

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Keeping this just..."because"

The Power of Observation - Broadening your field of vision from ReD Associates on Vimeo.

ReD  associate's job is to observe people and how they interact with the things around them.
I spend so much time thinking about where an object goes and what it's function is in my life.

How do we make decisions on the things we surround ourself?
Is it based on memories,value,function,or just because?

The final thought in this video:

"It's in the tension between how people want to see themselves, and the observable reality of their lives, where there is a truth worth taking seriously and betting on."

Monday, March 7, 2016

How Roche Bobois can make a space fun with cushions

Wouldn't it be fun if a house was just one room with cushions?


Watching this Roche Bobois promo is just as fun.

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

How to undecorate

I tend to dwell on what things that have a place of honor in this small house. 
The empty bathroom wall was my next project.

My wavering of pounding in a nail led me to attaching a temporary hook for the holidays.

The hook then remained empty for two months.
What do I put there?
What artwork would inspire me or have importance?

Finally I realized it needed nothing.
There doesn't have to be ANYTHING in that space.

The birth of my unorthodox decorating:

permanent marker on wall, how to undecorate

Friday, February 12, 2016

Abstain from clutter

I was sent this recently.
Apparently it has been floating around facebook this lent season.

So much easier than giving up chocolate.

a lent challenge to dispose of 40 items for lent

Thursday, January 14, 2016

Monday, January 11, 2016

My space is small. My life is big.

I am reborn in small house living after reading the article by Graham Hill.
He transformed from being very wealthy and accumulating, to one who lives in 420 sq feet.

Anyone who would like to read the article called, "living with less. A lot less. read it here.

Saturday, January 9, 2016

The virgin mary needs a home.

The best things in life are free and craigslist proves that.
I have now started a new category for all of my discoveries.

Virgin Mary statue

Thursday, January 7, 2016