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.

Doesn’t look like much from the outside but open up those doors…Front row seats to the lovely Hood Canal

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

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!

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

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

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

 

 

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I’m dreaming of a dacha…

By , June 17, 2011 11:34 am

Happy Friday!

So…ever heard of a dacha? Well, neither had I until I came across a story in Food & Wine magazine. A dacha is a Russian summer cottage and they are widely seen through out the country. Most of these homes were built during the Soviet era and had size restrictions – a majority of them under 270 sq. ft! Oh yes – gorgeous, downsized homes that are abundant with charming character and summer spirit! I knew I had to share their beauty with you…

 

So blissful right? I could definitely spend my summer at one of these!

Where is your favorite place to be in the summer?

Have a lovely weekend!

 

Images via here and here.

Windermere Community Service Week

By , June 16, 2011 12:03 pm

Just wanted to pop in and do a quick post about what’s been going on at Windermere this week – It’s Community Service week where the whole team over here does our bit to help out!

 

This year, I’m heading up the program and I’m so happy to be helping out a wonderful local organization – Community Warehouse. This volunteer based organization helps low-income family turn their houses into homes by providing home goods such as dishes, glasses, pots and pans, sheet, blankets, towels etc. Here’s a list of exactly what is needed and what they do not accept.

Locals have been going through their households, cleaning out what they don’t need and dropping off goods at the Lake Oswego Windermere office. It’s been fantastic seeing the residents really pitch in and donate some great items! We only have one more day – so go thru your stuff and see what you can part with. It’s a win win. You get a more organized house and the great feeling of helping those in need!

 

 

 

Multifunctional Rooms

By , June 9, 2011 12:31 pm

Hi all! It’s been a busy couple of weeks but I’m back with some more inspiration from my real life “downsizers”. One very talented client of mine went through the downsizing shift with grace, settling into her new life and making sure she made room for her beloved grandchildren. A creative whiz and fabulous artist, she made the second bedroom of her new townhouse into a warm sanctuary where she balanced creative space and kid space! Check it out…

By utilizing this niche she created the perfect place for reading stories, playing, cuddling and of course sleeping! She stacked two inflatable mattresses that easily rearrange to meet her needs. Beautiful colors and a handmade quilt make the little nook inviting and comforting.

Framing the area with soft draperies, further defines the space and gives it that cozy feel.

The other half of the room becomes her lovely art studio…

Don’t you love how she worked with this space? She honored her passion for art, while cherishing her bond with her grandkids. Now, that’s a great multifunctional room and a really cool Nana!

For even more inspiration check out these other bed/reading nooks…

Book Nook traditional family roomtraditional family room design by los angeles interior designer Susan Jay Design

This one is pure genius! What kid wouldn’t want to hang out up there? Too cool!

Get creative with your downsized space – carve out room for your hobbies and your family!

Seattle Weekend by Train

By , June 1, 2011 2:09 pm

Hello friends! Hope you had a fantastic holiday weekend. We went on my favorite quick getaway and caught the train up to Seattle. I absolutely love the train ride – reading magazines, sipping wine and just relaxing. By the time I arrive, I have unwound and I’m ready to enjoy the city! Traffic and parking can really burst my weekend escape bubble…Speaking of trains, I recently headed over to the Oregon Rail Heritage Foundation site to discover an exciting event coming up on June 30th – The Willamette Bridge groundbreaking – which will bring light rail, cyclists and pedestrians straight by the Engine House & Rail Heritage Center. For more info go here.

Okay…on to Seattle…We stayed at the fabulous Hotel Max. This place is all about art and photography – featuring 39 local artists! Each floor has its own vibe and influence…we stayed on the Rock n’ Roll floor!

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With its eclectic mix of luxury, art and culture we would definitely stay here again and I love that it’s sister hotel – Hotel Lucia – is right here in Portland.

Okay, now for a couple of my fav restaurants that we hit…and yes, a little I SPY bathroom design to boot!

For a decadent French breakfast complete with a cocktail happy hour, you can’t miss Toulouse Petit Kitchen. I had to have a French mimosa with my crispy beignets and pork cheeks confit with eggs! I told you it was decadent!

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Think of funky-bistro with a bayou twist (so fun) and the bathrooms didn’t disappoint either…

Honey hued with a mix of tile, stone and bronze the bathrooms were very elegant. I love the little detail of the fleur de lis in the flooring. So très French…

For dinner we headed to Barolo Ristorante…Glamorous and sexy with a good dose of modern Italian flair…this place is a must!

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The food was impeccable, with an impressive wine list. It’s a hot spot for sure…just look for the flashy cars pulling up to the front!

On to the gorgeous bathrooms…dripping with glitter and shine…I just love the beaded curtain below the counter top! Genius.

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It was such a wonderful weekend and by taking the train we avoided all the hassles (and pollution) of driving the car. Consider taking the train for your next weekend getaway.

Now all we need is one of these…

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Meet China’s amazing new bullet train…I’m dying to ride this one! This would get me to Seattle in about an hour! Get with the program Amtrak! Seriously!

Where have you traveled by train? Did you enjoy it?

 

 

 

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