Portland’s Turn to Bike Share

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Wet wet wet December and Portland is drowning in moisture, non stop blowing sideways in the face mist. I love the rain since it means that it is snowing at higher elevations on Mt Hood and my freshly waxed skis are itchy to hit the slopes, but at 60F degrees my hopes are dashed. No […]

Portland ADU Tour Highlights

NE ADU Tour line up!

Build Small Live Large –  Accessory Dwelling Unit Tour Spring 2015 Sunny weekends always help to draw a larger crowd for home tours and this past weekend proved to be perfect for Portland’s 2nd annual Accessory Dwelling Unit Tour. Home tours are the perfect device to gather ideas, talk to homeowners, experts and see in […]

PDX Accessory Dwelling Tour


This weekend I am going to meet 1,000 new friends- that will come through my Sellwood Garden Studio for Portland’s Build Small Live Large ADU Tour! This is Portland’s 2nd annual Accessory Dwelling Unit tour, drawing attendees from across the country, showing the surging interest in small housing. There will be local ADU experts – […]

Time for a Face Lift

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How I got started I started my blog downsizemyspace– right size your lifestyle, in 2008 and seven years later it was time for the “face lift” techie remodel, so much has changed and improved with WordPress.   Now the posts are easier to read on all mobile platforms and there is more information about ADUS, […]

Tiny Homes on Derelict Lots

Modern & Bright

These tiny homes go up quickly in a day, but even better they are built on “derelict sites”- empty lots. The Dutch firm Heijmans needs to visit Detroit, where there are many vacant lots. If you ever wondered if you would feel catastrophic in 200 square feet, spend the night at the        Tiny Caravan Hotel […]

I am Legal!

Easy to send to City GOV

I am legal! I am a legal to have a short term rental in the city of PDX! The city has allowed ADU’s =Accessory Dwelling Units to be rented out on a short term basis. Go here to see the paperwork involved. I market my studio on the Airnbn website. When I travel I also […]

Age Friendly?


Elders in Action– Sharing experience. Staying engaged. This community of individuals live life to its fullest. They are active advocates and vibrant volunteers of ALL ages committed to assisting older adults. One way they stay involved with the community is with their Age Friendly Program, which was developed in 1993 as a way to engage, […]

Tiny House Hotel


Caravan- The Tiny House Hotel is Portland Oregon’s first hotel that is connected to the city water and power grid, six tiny homes on trailers complete with wheels. Owners Kol Peterson and Deb Delman persevered in the red tape to develop a business with 6 tiny magical homes circling around a fire pit and awning. […]

Shelter or Sculpture?


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 […]

Trashy Art

Manzanita Beach

One of my favorite places to visit is Manzanita on the Oregon coast only two hours from Portland. There is a recycling center CartM which is creating a zero waste community at the coast. One of the best events is the Trash Art show located in the Trash Gallery – inside the Refinery Resale store. […]