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 […]

So Hard to Contain Me

Screen Shot 2015-02-02 at 3.44.15 PM

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 […]

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

Screen Shot 2014-03-10 at 1.55.04 PM

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 […]

Vintage Studio Interior

Screen Shot 2014-02-05 at 3.33.58 PM

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 […]

I love this smart savvy Lady!

Foothills Park

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 […]