Old & New – Arthotel in Salzburg

By , September 28, 2010 1:05 pm

I have been organizing my photos from all of my adventures this summer and I had to share with you our experience at the Blaue Gans Art Hotel in Salzburg, Germany. It holds rank as the oldest inn in town – I’m talking 660 years old! But In 2002, it was masterfully remodeled transforming it into a true work of Art. Its designers’ expertly blending the old with the ultra modern, creating beautiful architectural juxtapositions.

Super sleek exterior above…

Centuries old caverns below! This stone vault lies beneath the restaurant! How cool is that?

Can you imagine having a private event down here!? Pretty amazing!

The dining room was a delight with its crisp white chairs and tables contrasted with the rich, old wood floors, paneling and historic murals.

Now for the rooms! They were fabulous. Too cool!

How beautiful is that antique door that opens to a minimalist modern suite?

The above pics are via the hotel’s lovely website. I couldn’t resist taking a handful of my own…

I love the shocking chartreuse against the coolness of the tile. The floating wood towel shelf is a nice touch and adds warmth to the palette.

Our room was beautiful, simple and extremely functional.

To top off this amazing trip we had an official Rick Steves spotting. I ran after him trying to get a picture! ha!

What do you think of pairing old with new? Do you do this in your home?

Have a great Tuesday!

Transformer Apartment

By , September 23, 2010 8:46 am

Living in smaller spaces has many advantages but it comes with its challenges too. The amazing Hong Kong architect, Gary Chang, came up with this incredible solution! Watch and be amazed…

Talk about taking downsizing to a whole new level!! What do you think about this? Could you live here?

Have a great Thursday!

Video via YouTube

What’s under the stairs?

By , September 17, 2010 3:24 pm

In my last post, I discussed maximizing your space and today I wanted to share some really innovative solutions for that space under your flight of stairs!

Why waste this perfectly good spot?

Have you considered this commonly overlooked space as…

Or a…OR (and I love this one)…

Just some fun ideas! More here. Do you have any creative solutions for the wasted space in your home?

Happy Friday!

All images via home-designing.com

Maximize your space

By , September 15, 2010 10:35 am

Smaller spaces demand organization. Less square footage means multi-functional rooms and typically, minimal storage. What to do? We are so used to our big attics, garages and basements (which typically get jammed full of stuff we don’t actually need) that we often resist giving them up. When we do downsize we have to change the way we look at our space, minimize clutter and well, think a little outside of the box!

But with a little ingenuity every nook and cranny can have a purpose. Check out these fantastic ideas from good ole’ Martha Stewart

By storing platters and cutting boards vertically you can save valuable shelf space in your pantry. These dividers are simply tension curtain rods! Brilliant!

Giving up the wine cellar can be tough but use square cubbyholes like this to house your favorites. Here’s the how to.

Counter space a little lean? Consider putting things up on a pretty pedestal to maximize space below.

No linen closet in the bathroom? No problem! Stacking towel bars vertically allows for ample hanging space.

Pedestal sink got you wondering where to store toiletry supplies? Look up. Above the door is a perfect place to install a shelf. Put your products in some pretty containers or coral them in baskets and voila – instant storage!

Sometimes a home office is not part of the floor plan in a smaller home but utilizing a quiet corner and a petite secretary might just give you and your laptop a place to work.

Double duty dining room! Why not incorporate some storage for your home office into the dining room?  Now that table will finally get the use it deserves!

Those ugly black file cabinets are so over and they take up far too much valuable space. Convert a bedroom chest into a portable work center. How to here.

Don’t overlook a window sill. By adding an extension you can create an additional work, dining or display space.  Project info here.

These are just a few ideas to get you thinking! Do you have any fabulous organization or space-saving ideas to share?

Have a great Wednesday!

All images via MarthaStewart.com

Get Wild…

By , September 8, 2010 3:34 pm

Looking for something fabulous to do with your Friday night? Why not get a little wild and come to this wonderful event put on by the Columbia Land Trust? Wine, dine and do some good for this worthy cause…

Columbia Land Trust works to permanently conserve the natural resources of the Columbia River region. We conserve, restore, and manage signature landscapes, vital habitats, and working farms and forests in Oregon and Washington from east of the Cascade Mountains to the Pacific Ocean. These lands are at risk from overdevelopment, unsustainable practices, and other threats. By working positively with landowners and local communities we can sustain the unique qualities of the Pacific Northwest for our children and future generations.

We all love wine and we all love the pristine beauty of the Northwest. You may be giving up your big backyards as you downsize but it just means you have more resources to protecting the true “backyard” of our community – acres of breathtaking wildlife preserve – that will bring great pleasure to generations to come! Talk about a sweet gift to your grandkids!

I really believe in this organization and was co-chair/coordinator of the live auction back when it was called The Three Rivers Land Conservatory. It has been amazing to witness the growth and support increase over the years and a lovely treat to just sit back and enjoy the event this year!

If you join us, be sure to look for me at the “Wild Wall of Wine” where a display of 100 bottles of wine, all concealed in identical wine bags will be up for sale. Buy a magical, mystery bottle for $25.00! I love this!

Hope to see you there!

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