Month: September 2013

Teeny Tiny Cottages

http://treehouseparadise.com/ I have a dream and that dream is to have a teeny tiny cottage. It would look like this. Shabby Streamside Studio.  Sandra Foster, New York A Kit Greenhouse..Philippe Vendrolini.  San Francisco, CA 92 Square Foot Backyard Office.  Austin Home Builders Sett Studio Augusta Architects & Designers CHEATHAM FLETCHER SCOTT ARCHITECTS http://www.lobalzodesign.com The Little Pincushion Studio.  Annabel Wrigley LOVE this one. Alex Amend Photography.  San Francisco, CA Somerville Architects & Designers EvB Design.  Somerville, MA Treehouses.  Inkaterra.com Canopy Tree House at Inkaterra Reserva Amazonica, Tambopata, Peru   Arlington Architects & Designers FitzHarris Designs Portland Media and Bloggers Lola Nova.  This might be a chicken coop?  But how about a renovation? Treehouse Cottages in Eureka Springs, Arkansas How about this for a Front Yard?Traditional Landscape by Alpharetta Landscape Architects & Designers Outside Landscape Group If you liked this post check out A Bewitching Cottage and Cottage Love.

Cord Control

This is going to be one of the most riveting posts you will have ever read.  It is about how to hide electrical cords.  Yes. Amy Volk over at Amyvolk.com showed us how to Organize Cords on her September 9th blog posting.  I’m going to piggy back on hers–make sure to read it–and add an aesthetic version.  Amy, my lovely friend who is very wise, makes my job easy.  I can’t make your house look good if it is a disorganized mess.  She will clear your chaotic piles and cure your where-are-my-car keys-woes. She is your glue, and I am your glitter.  Yes. Cords are ugly.  Functional but ugly.  Hide them.  Buy Command Cord Clips.  They come in small, medium, and large.  I bought the large on Amazon for the first project. This is a cable cord that will not lay flat.  It drives me crazy. You are suppose to press the 3M removable tape for 30 seconds, then add the hooks and hold that onto the tape for 30 seconds. AND then wait an hour until …

Tweaky Tweakerton

I’m a house tweaker.  That is really exactly what I do.  I prefer it vs starting from scratch.  Handy dandy Google defines tweaking as:  Improve (a mechanism or system) by making fine adjustments to it. I kind of want to make up a song about me.  “I’m a house tweakerrrr…yeah yeah…I’m a house tweaker”.  Anywho. I did some tweaking to my own house. Fireplace felt bare. (Click here to see before.)  And I was intrigued by how Starbucks always makes their chalkboard signs look so nice…turns out they use chalkboard markers.  So I went to handy dandy Michaels’s and bought some. Here’s what I made: Then I washed my dining room tablecloth.  It was a tad damp so I laid it out on the foot of my guest bed and did a double-take.  That looked pretty good.  A 108″ tablecloth from TJMaxx that cost $16 was the perfect size to lay on a queen size bed as a coverlet.  I mean, who uses a coverlet?  It’s just for show.  It’s just for color.  It’s just …

You Gotta Have Art

If you are from Detroit and you are a product of the 70’s and 80’s then you know this song.  It’s. Classic. It’s a commercial for the Detroit Institute of Arts.  They’ve got art, but do you? I don’t mean Museum Quality Collector ART.  I just mean some scraps of paper mounted on your wall that speak to you.  Something that lifts your soul.  Something that reminds you of a faraway place or time.  Or maybe it doesn’t remind you of a darn thing and that’s why you like it.  But you gotta like it.  And you gotta have art. Art is what separates our homes from furniture show rooms.  Art is what makes a home look collected over time.  Art is what gives our rooms personality. Remember Ode to a Green Purse?  Or Making Art Out of Objects You Love?  (I know, who can forget those oldie but goodies.)  Art can be ANYTHING as long as YOU like it and it makes YOU feel good to look at it. So are your walls still …

Busy Work

  I know there is a certain amount of busy work necessary for everyone just to exist.  Busy work to me is the stuff of to do lists.  The meaningful moments in life sort of just happen, they can’t be defined or confined to a list. So what if your life is always so busy that it crowds out the wow? What would happen if you were still?  Quiet.  Stopped being busy.  Commanded the busy to stop.  “Stop, busy!” You say. If your time is filled with noise how can you hear? It’s an exercise for me these 10 months and counting.  I extracted myself from my old life and was dropped into a new one, again.  Dropped into a sea of more busywork.  I’m trying to take my arm and swipe my desk clear of it in one giant sweep.  It’s very hard. We essentially are given a giant void.  A vacuum of time and space to live.  We fill it with what we “choose”.  Which I’m finding the choosing can become a habit …

My Household Goods Weigh As Much As A UK Bus

  This makes me laugh, albeit slightly frenzied and franticly, but laugh nonetheless. When we moved we added up that our total household goods weighed just under 20,000 pounds.  Now granted that does include tables, couches, grills, lawn equipment, beds, clothes, toys, etc… and we are a family of four, but still.  The UK bus puts it into perspective.  AND it all had to be UNPACKED. UNPACKED. We won’t talk about packing.  I can’t.  Not yet.  It’s too fresh. But unpacking.  It all has to go somewhere, and the floor is not an option.  Staying in the boxes doesn’t work.  Sure the packers labelled the box “Garage”…and surely what was packed from the garage can’t be that crucial, until you open the box and realize there is only ONE thing in it from the actual garage and the remainder of it consists of your couch cushions from the living room.  It’s all such a mess.  Don’t even get me started on the toilet brush, plunger, and my children’s toothbrushes that were all packed together, as …