I wanted to share the highlights of the AIA Portland, 2013 Design Matters: Tour of Exceptional Portland Homes.
It was in conjunction of the Portland Design Festival.
It started with a bit of a drizzle and by the end of tour the sun was out- so PDX.
Most of the homes were owned by the architects who designed them- they are always the first brave souls to go small and smart!
Lets talk about EXTERIOR SIDING-
No more Hardiplank or cedar, it is all about metal or dark wood and just for fun lets turn it Vertical.
Lets talk INTERIORS
White white and white- walls, on kitchen cabinets, on tile and Silestone counter tops.
The light bounces off the walls and creates a more dramatic effect for artwork.
Lets talk SURPRISES
Hoods that were stainless – small and round
Vintage or over sized sinks in the Guest bath/laundry utility room.
Guest bath Aasum Design
Let’s talk Landscape
Use of metal for raised edible gardening bringing outdoors in with large windows
Best Idea for Bookcase- metal with thin veneer wood shelves.
standard issue metal racks with veneer
So many incredible ideas! I am inspired.
Hi all! Happy New Year!
I’m getting back into the swing of things finally and today, I have a fabulous garage make-over to share with you - all the way from Bordeaux! (You all know how I have a thing for garage projects!)
This tiny 441 sq. ft. space was designed by the ingenious team at FABRE/deMARIEN.
Check this out before shot…dull, dingy and dark.
Not anymore, step into this light, airy, beautifully designed space...
Glass walls allow plenty of natural light in and minimal white furniture and cabinetry keep the look crisp and clean.
That wooden cube houses the sleeping loft, bathroom with shower, washing machine and storage. The small staircases leads up to the bed.
The built in desk and convertible sofa offer both function and flexibitly – which is SO key when dealing with limited square footage!
The sleeping loft has clothing storage and shelf space. The skylight makes the space fell less closed in.
A simple, but functional bathroom is underneath the bed area. Love the generous counter space!
The deck extends the living space and is a great place for dining al fresco on a lovely evening.
Pretty fantastic right? To check out the project in its entirety and read more about the process please go here.
Have a wonderful week!
Downsizing is all about priorities. What do you really need to live, work and play? What are the essentials? Arriving at a place where your space is smaller may actually lead to a larger lifestyle. Mobility, less financial burden, a clutter free existence – FREEDOM!
So, I love it when I see successful people living in downsized homes whether it be a condo, apartment, town-home or trailer! Check out this fabulous retro airstream that has only 150 sq. ft of living space and has been refurbished by landscape architect, Andreas Stavroupolo.
Andreas actually works from a second trailer that provides ample natural light, plenty of desk and wall space to spread out his plans and is equipped with solar panels that power his laptop and other electronics. Now, that’s just plain cool (and green)!
Stavroupolo loves the freedom this lifestyle affords him and the ability to live and work on or near his work sites helps him personally connect with each project.
Do you have any dreams of owning an airstream? Or perhaps you already do…I would love to hear about it!
Images via here.
I am so excited to introduce you to Michele Reeves, I just met her myself this week at the Waluga Masonic Lodge in Lake Oswego. The meeting that Michele was presenting was “Fundamentals of Thriving Downtowns”. You all know how I thrive to promote urban downtown living and that I am very active in being a stakeholder for a vibrant downtown for Lake Oswego, marketing two condo projects, Stafford Commons and 555 2nd st Condos for the last five years.
Michele is an urban strategist with extensive background in commercial real estate, development consulting, project management, and retail leasing. She founded Civilis Consultants to help cities improve their downtowns by teaching the building blocks found in successful commercial districts. Working together with stakeholders, she takes those essential elements and uses them to help communities construct detailed and achievable plans for revival.
Who would not love this savvy consultant and her fast paced informative presentation- she is known nation wide!
The next series of workshops will included the following- Analysis and Recommendations Presentation- short term goals and concrete steps
Field Trip of “Do’s and Don’ts” in the City
Marketing and PR workshop “every downtown should have a clear idea of the experience it wants to provide”
Be sure to connect with Michele at www.civilisconsultants.com and www.cityoflakeoswego.com for more information.
See you downtown at the Saturday market for all the Turkey fixins! Cheers ck
George Rogers Park
With the biggest food themed holidays just around the corner, not many of us are focusing on skinny (there’s plenty of time for that in Januray)! But it looks like “skinny” is a growing trend around the world as land becomes more scarce and people continue to downsize! Check out these “skinny” homes from around the world.
Amsterdam is no stranger to skinny housing and these homes are common through out the city. At one time, there was a tax based on the width of a property – thus inspiring a lot of folks to go up instead of out! To read more about each home, click the city name.
So could you live in one of these Skinny Homes?
Images via here.