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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.

Aging in Place – Advice from a Neil Kelly Designer

By , February 10, 2011 1:31 pm

Last week I had coffee with Rhonda Knoche, a fabulous designer for Neil Kelly Remodelers.

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The Neil Kelly Company just won 11 regional CotY (contractor of the Year) awards from the Nationals Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI). Rhonda won an award for Whole House Remodel under $250k! Kudos to Rhonda and Neil Kelly! As many of you know, I was a designer for NK  for 10 years and still think they have some of the best talent out there!

Some of their beautiful work…

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Anyway, I wanted to pick Rhonda’s brain about Universal Design , Aging in Place and local information about these issues.

Like Jane Austen says ” There is nothing like staying at home for real comfort!”

Rhonda is a CAPS designer, Certified Aging in Place Specialist or as Rhonda puts it,

“Universal Design is subtle design and appeals to those that value sustainability.”

Music to my ears!

In her last seminar, she shared with the audience her recent accident, breaking her leg and how she dealt with the physical limitations and mobility issues in her own home.

The big three items she covered in the seminar were;

1. Enter and Exiting home

2. Stairs and Ramps

3. Kitchen & Bath modifications.

Be sure to click here for all their up coming seminars.

Patrick Roden RN,PhD, has a website and blog, – where he address all the issues of how to continue to live in your home throughout your maturing years, safely, independently and comfortably. He grew up living with his grandma in a multi-generational home and his impressions are truly inspiring.

Thank you Rhonda for some great ideas on living & aging gracefully in the comfort of our homes! Glad to see that your leg looks better too!

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p.s. Right now in 2011 we have 70,000 centurions in 2040 there will 700,000 in the U.S.

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