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Shelter or Sculpture?

By , June 28, 2014 3:53 pm

Often my posts are about the newest, smartest way too live small or how to downsize and stay sane.

Since summer is here everyone is trying to find the best beach rental cottage, camp ground to pitch a tent or the latest boutique hotel to land and relax at the Oregon Coast.

This month I have a art exhibit at Manzanita News & Espresso and it poses the question – are those beach driftwood forts, shelter or sculpture? Here is my artists statement.

photo7 Shelter or Sculpture?The crowds are gone, I walk on the beach and come upon driftwood that has been assembled into primitive shelters with only washed ashore elements, gifts from the sea, wood, stones, seaweed or when viewed in solitary to me  they become solitary sculptures, left over remains of another existence, often I would feel like a archaeologist.

Viewing the art in the context, seeing it in its natural environment. Some of the pieces are ephemeral, persisting only for a few hours or days- exposed to erosion and wind and the sea, striving to fight the elements of nature, their creators have vanished.

I started to document the pieces for the last 5 years, feeling like  My physical interaction is as important as the viewing. I would enter any portal, to find choirs and alters, shrines the view looking out to the sea was peaceful and safe. I would feel the energy of the people who built the piece, was it a couple a family, how old were they? Why did they build this, and what conversations took place, and how did the construction bring them together?

Why do we still build shelter with no intention of using it? Such a primitive instinct.

Each work grows, stays and decays.  I am the observer the one who captures the serenity. The tide will once again regain and re-give.
It reminds us that nothing can or should last forever.
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Owned by Bunny and Star they have a devoted following of locals and tourists. This is where you pick up your CSA box on the front porch. There is a long waiting list to show your art at the famous coffee shop in town, mine was three years.

On the corner is a lovely shady patio and water bowl for Fido and the inside is filled with magazines- good mags and all beachy unique local artists jewelry. There are surf magazines and newspapers if you really want to know what is going on in the world. The chess set has had many matches played with my son.  There is no wi-fi – but rumor is that they just bought into it.

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The greeting cards are $5 each and I am donating all the funds to Lower Nehalem Land Trust. The land trust has a beautiful garden, but you must wait for that post another day. I am hanging out in a beach shelter!

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So what do you think Shelter or Sculpture?

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Enjoy the summer where ever your travels lead you.

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Sydney Stylist

By , March 10, 2014 2:53 pm

Across the pond – I discovered Bettina Deda who lives in Sydney Australia and helps space challenged downsizers achieve stylish interiors without breaking a budget.


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Her new book Downsizing in Style has a 5 Step Process to make it easy to transform your new home.

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As in Portland Oregon – she saw a major physical change in Australia where the city was going through a transformation and people preferred a urban lifestyle close to amenities and a low maintenance lifestyle. It does not matter what city, country or age- the downsizing trend continues!

Here is her video for de-cluttering:

Her website- is bright and fresh with new ideas. You can also Follow her on Pinterest 

Best of Luck Bettina!

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The Junkbox?

By , November 7, 2013 5:07 pm

When I tore down my garage to build an ADU/granny flat, the debate was “Do I really use this garage?”

What do we use garages for? Is it really to keep a car out of the elements? More often it looks like this-

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Here is another favorite shed on Modern Shed

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 Often when I am previewing homes for my clients I will come across a real gem.

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So maybe it is time to clear out the garage and make way for using it as a studio or guest house.

OR tear it down and build a ADU

Go here for some creative ideas for 6 garage conversions.

What do you use your garage for?

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Clearing out the junk to make way for the new ADU!

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Lean-to Garden Shed and Salvaged Beauty

By , August 16, 2011 9:00 pm

After attending an event over at Rejuvenation featuring Recycling and Re-purposing Master, Joanne Palmisano, (see her book below) I’m a little obsessed with salvaged materials!

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Of course, I love the green factor but you gotta adore the aesthetic value salvaged treasures bring to a space – the gorgeous texture and colors of salvaged wood, the chippy paint of an old barn window or the rust and patina of used metal. I can’t get enough of it and I plan on using these kinds of materials in my garage remodel and shed project.

Speaking of the shed project…I’ve been spending a lot of time in the garden and I’m thinking a sweet lean-to shed is just the thing! I want it to be funky and fun with quirky details and a well loved look. Scanning the internet, I was thrilled at all the salvaged ideas I found!

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How cute is this little shed using reclaimed windows? So charming!

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I love the beauty of old watering cans, rustic baskets and worn metal basins. These kind of textures just belong in the garden.

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Jazz up a boring brick wall in the garden by turning an old window into a mirror!

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Use old windows to create greenhouse like structures to protect your precious plants OR…

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create an entire greenhouse from salvaged windows! Want more old window projects…go here.

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New bricks are boring! Why not recycle and create a garden pathway using old bricks…weathered charm included!

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This darling shed is made entirely from salvaged materials…

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and so was this one….WOW!

My mind is full of ideas and inspiration for my little shed! I will keep you posted on my progress!

Have you used salvaged materials in your home or garden? Do tell…

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Images via here.

Boring Boathouse turned Nautical Guest Cottage

By , June 22, 2011 8:02 pm

Summer is finally here, so when I found this fabulous Boathouse makeover over on Remodelista, I had to share with you. Look at how Seattle-based architects, Bosworth Hoedemaker, converted this rather dull, concrete boathouse into a stunning yet simple guest cottage.

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Doesn’t look like much from the outside but open up those doors…bosworth boathouse ext doors open e1308776354212 Boring Boathouse turned Nautical Guest CottageFront row seats to the lovely Hood Canal

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Building codes prevented the team from making exterior structural changes so they had to focus their creativity on the interior space.

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The stairs can actually be raised so a boat can be stored here during the winter months…love the seasonal functionality here. A small space has to work extra hard to meet all your needs and this one does just that!

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I really love the plywood walls – a rustic and suitably nautical touch. As for the industrial lighting – perfection!

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Ahhh…my favorite spot – the sleeping loft, with gorgeous views!

I could sure spend some time here…couldn’t you?

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Images via here and here.

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