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This sweet & tiny forest pad belongs to lucky ducks Mariah Morrow & Ryan Lingard.  It measures in at a miniscule 130 square feet and yet seems to provide room enough for all things necessary for a cozy, marshmallow toasting getaway.

To see more photos and get the full story on how this little nesting nugget came to be, click here.  The story was photographed for Sunset Magazine by the talented Tom Story and written by Laura Dye Lang &  the very sweet Miranda Jones.

I had the pleasure of meeting Tom, Miranda, and 3 other talented Sunset folks (Jess, Ebby, & Sue) when they came up to photograph a story with me a couple of weeks ago.  More to come on that sooooon…  for now, I’m shouting out a big ‘Gimme!’ to THIS story’s star!

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This is one sexy abode.  And I think it’s a perfect post with which to kick off my new category entitled, “Gimme”.  This heading will go before things/places that I reeeeally want (like, a lot):  to have, live in, taste, pet, horde, or experience.  Things that, upon seeing them, fill me with a strong desire to own ’em.  Very materialistic of me I know (though, note that I included ‘experience’ in my list above.  Sometimes I just want to feel the weight of something in my hand or know what it smells like…) but I became a product designer for a reason;  I love things.  Good things.  Well designed things.  Things that are the representation of smart & thoughtful, well crafted ideas.   And this particular category is for the things that I would want to have and share space with.

Things that I appreciate and admire, but maybe wouldn’t offer up shelf space to, will just get another heading that’s all.  So let’s get back to my morning ‘gimme!’ designed by Maxwan Architects

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Design : Ryuji Nakamura Architects, charge/Ryuji Nakamura, Makiko Wakaki
Photo : Ryuji Nakamura Architects

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Launched at the Stockholm Furniture Fair this past February, Swedish company Bolon‘s new Botanic woven vinyl flooring collection has my nesting knickers in an excited knot.

Marketed as a revolutionary environmental breakthrough, it’s made with a plant based plasticiser instead of using the industry standard of phthalates (Diisodecyl-phthalate (DIDP) and Diisononyl-phthalate (DINP)), which have potentially devestating adverse affects on the environment and on us.  Most building materials involve some kind of sticky eco business, whether it’s the adhesive used or the harvesting practices,  and there are so many factors to consider; durability, longevity, sensitivity, sustainability, etc…, so it’s really a matter of doing the best we can.  (A mud or underground hut with no electricity or utilities of any kind would be the best of course, but.. tough to pull off in the Northern climates…)   Barring everyone moving underground, I give Bolon an ‘A’ for effort and a high five for color choices and delicious textures!

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Since this tis the season for coziness, visions of warm fires dance in my head.  This one’s a beauty.  Designed for a municipal playground in Trondheim, Norway by architecture firm Haugen/Zohar, this enclosed fire, storytelling, and playing space is the ultimate in community health.  I think if we here in Canada spent more money on this kind of well being (community & family) instead of on, say, fear mongering media campaigns and medical administration for faux pandemics,  that would be a far greater public health benefit.  Not to mention how much cooler our parks would look…

ps.  There are doors that slide into place and lock to keep the space from becoming a nighttime den for the devious…

via: RADDblog

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This Swiss delight was a collaboration between Dutch architects at SeARCH and Christian Muller Architects.  Located in the village of Vals, and surrounded by other underground hobbit style homes, it would only take a quick blink to miss this buried treasure.  The elliptical arch of the opening frames a stunning view of the mountains and surrounding valley, while it also allows enough natural light in to flood the interior rooms with warm sunshine.  I would also guess that the energy used to heat this beauty would be substantially less than an above ground dwelling, with all that soil for insulation, so not only is this choice to go underground preserving the natural beauty of the valley by not adding another man made structure, it’s also reducing it’s other footprints.  Big ups to their going under and to all stealth architecture!

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Happy Wednesday!  Today, I am in a rush to get up to my studio and am therefore going to lean on my favorite go-to graphic gurus, grain edit, for the book pic of the week.  Second Homes For Leisure Living presented by the Douglas Fir Plywood Association is a booklet that I sadly don’t own and deeply covet.  It is going to get added to my hunter’s list for sure.  Just as many details from these awesome Mid Century (re)treats are going on my dream house list (like the deer for instance…).     


I’m afraid I have to be super lazy today and just post pictures.  (This will not become a habit I promise!) For all the publisher, architect, & illustrator info, please head over to grain edit’s post.  While you’re there look around awhile.  I guarantee you’ll like what you see!  Dave Cuzner runs a tight ship loaded up with oodles of loveliness.  (He is going to be sharing a bit of himself with us soon for my ‘Meet the Maker’ interview series. Can’t wait!) 


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Remember the scene in Ferris Beuller’s Day Off when Ferris’ best friend Cameron Frye sends his father’s precious 1961 Ferrari 250 GT Spyder through the glass and over the edge of the über modern Frye family garage?  Well you now have the opportunity to relive this moment (or just sit there and imagine it) for yourself.  You need just two things: $2,300,000 & a desire to move to Highland Park, Illinois.  The Ben Rose home used in the classic 1986 movie, designed by 20th century architects by A. James Speyer and David Haid,  is available through Sotheby’s .   Now that would be a true testament to your love of all things 80’s…

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via: this is a design blog, & additional image from: lucky warrior

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So, ever since I was a little girl, I’ve dreamed of blurring the lines between outdoors and indoors.  To me there would be nothing better than having a home that you could open up like a doll house with hinges and feel like you’re outside while you take your bath or make dinner.  Of course this would require the appropriate climate and a piece of land big enough to offer the privacy necessary for a peeper-less bath, but it’s not outside the realm of possibility. This Selgas Cano ‘capsule’ office in Madrid designed by IWAN Baan tugged at those strings a bit.  Although there is zero interaction with the surroundings other than visually, I still dig it.

This house by Wallflower Architecture in Singapore is getting warmer…  but still not quite ‘the vision’.  Check back with me in 10 years and I’ll show you what I’m talking about.


* Update:  After posting the above, my friend Aleysa sent me the link to an amazing house project in the UK by architect Alex de Reijke of dRMM, called ‘The Sliding House’. The roof actually slides back and forth, offering owners Ross & Sally Russel (if they had 2 ‘L’s in their last name I could presumable pop by for a long lost visit, but sadly there is only one…) the option to live life exposed to the world & elements or go about their business covered and cozy. And this can all happen in six minutes flat – powered by only two car batteries.   !!!   This is very inspiring to me, so let’s have you check back with me in 6 years now instead of 10 cause this has definitely fueled my dream house fire…



To watch a video of owner Ross Russel explaining and demonstrating the ‘action’, click here.  

Thanks Aleysa!

Selgas Cano Office via: Luxury,  Singapore home via: The Contemporist, The Sliding House images from Home Building, via: Wallpaper 

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c-152The Talbot Rantoul summer house designed by architect Eliot Noyes is hidden by spruces and sits 15-ft. above ground on concrete pillars. The hammock offers a quiet napping place– Martha’s Vineyard, MA 1965.


I just can’t get enough of inspired forest living.  I don’t know if it’s just my deeply ingrained love for the Ewok village, or if it was my own experiences going to our summer cabin as a kid.  Whatever it is, I am yearning for it.  Here are some good mid-century dwellings that stirred it up for me today.

summer-house-1The Talbot Rantoul summer house designed by architect Eliot Noyes. Neil Rantoul cleaning his rifle on a pull-down bed in the boys’ quarters which doubles as a painting studio– Martha’s Vineyard, MA 1965.

c-132Interior of the Talbot Rantoul summer house designed by architect Eliot Noyes. (L-R) Neil Rantoul listening as brother-in-law Mark Harrison strums a banjo in the living room– Martha’s Vineyard, MA 1965.

c-14The Talbot Rantoul summer house designed by architect Eliot Noyes. Talbot Rantoul relaxing on the sun-dappled porch– Martha’s Vinyard, MA 1965.

c-19Wood-panelled exterior of John and Janet Smith’s summer home near Pend Oreille River which they built themselves from a set of architect’s plans ordered from a magazine– Spokane, WA 1970.

via: The Selvedge Yard

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