Stylin Senior Design

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This past year Michael Graves came to Portland Oregon to defend his iconic Portland Building and when he was done telling his side of history and why the 1982 Postmodernist building should not be torn down, there was a standing ovation. Graves, has left us mortals on earth as he has gone to another galaxy […]

Stay or Go?

Before Kitchen

Spring is here- the itch to clear out closets, make a home to do list, should we move or stay,  remodeling discussions are taking place in many homes. Often a kitchen just needs a “Botox face lift” –  a lift from a boring 1970’s  to one with current savvy design. My client Karen Bouch, who […]

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. […]

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

Granny Evelyn and son Damian

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 […]

AIA Tour in PDX = small + smart

TOWER HOUSE Benjamin Waechter

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 […]

French Garage Makeover


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 […]