Age Friendly?

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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

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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?

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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

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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. […]

What do you call – IT ?

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PDX Small Homes Go Big -is about how the City of Portland Bureau of Planners and Sustainability and Department of Environmental Quality have put together this great video explaining ADU’s- or is it Laneway housing or Mother-in-Law studio or Secondary Dwelling or Accessory Dwelling – OR – What do you call it? – watch the […]

Sydney Stylist

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Across the pond – I discovered Bettina Deda who lives in Sydney Australia and helps space challenged downsizers achieve stylish interiors without breaking a budget.   Her new book Downsizing in Style has a 5 Step Process to make it easy to transform your new home. As in Portland Oregon – she saw a major […]

Age-Friendly City of Roses

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Portland always seems so ahead of the curve when it comes to hip fashion, hoppy beer, food carts and now housing for those eternally young graying baby boomers. Portland is in the top 5o regions where 40 plus boomers want to retire. Currently there are over 190,000 people aged 65 and older living in the […]

Vintage Studio Interior

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Welcome back to the Sellwood Studio Tour- the last post was about building an ADU- now lets go inside –   How to design in a smaller space- the essential functions, sleeping, bathing eating and hangin out all all going to happen in 380 sq ft. First goal- jettison the stuff you really do not […]

Granny knows how to Downsize

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My 95 year old mother in-law lives in a Granny Flat, she came west from cold Ohio to live behind her sons home in warm San Luis Obispo 15 years ago. Evelyn climbs the exterior staircase to her one bedroom 400 sq ft apartment above a garage. I was inspired to build my own studio […]

The Junkbox?

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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- But I did have garden tools and bikes to store. Most of […]