So Hard to Contain Me

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You know my passion for small spaces and recycling so when I found this site Montainer they are a one stop shopping site for taking a shipping container and creating your home, office, ADU, yoga studio or an extra sleeping room. They have a team of architects, engineers, builders and designers that put the package […]

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. […]

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 […]

Skinny Homes around the World


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 […]

Artist Studio & Guest House

Virant Studio 4

I always enjoy seeing multifunctional design. It takes thought, precision and creativity to fully utilize a space and have it work on many levels – just like this fabulous Artist Studio/Guest House designed by Virent Architecture. The owners of this sleek new out building are quite the creative team – one being a graphic designer […]