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November 23, 2018

I never have the time to catch up with all the recent books about home, but I still love to see what’s out there. Maybe one of these would make a good holiday gift for someone in your life? If so, the links go to Indiebound, so you can find these books at local indepen...

June 27, 2018

You’ve probably heard of them, and you might have seen them on a long walk with your dog or on your drive to work: we’re talking about ADUs, one of the most unique and popular building trends in inner city Portland.

ADUs, or Accessory Dwelling Units, are “a second dwell...

June 12, 2018

“None of us have enough, and we’d do just about anything to get more.”

No, I’m not talking about money (although that’s not entirely inaccurate...). I’m talking about space. It doesn’t matter if we’re living in a tiny house or a mansion in the woods, we never really see...

May 7, 2018

Many of us move into a new home with the best of intentions.

For some, it’s replacing those crusty kitchen counters or finishing the basement. For others it might be adding a second sink so you and your family aren’t fighting over it every morning. And then life happens...

February 13, 2018

Color is, in brief terms, the type of love. Hence it is especially connected with the blossoming of the earth; and again, with its fruits; also, with the spring and fall of the leaf, and with the morning and evening of the day... — John Ruskin, Modern Painters

Every ye...

January 9, 2018

If you have HGTV in your cable line-up, you’re probably familiar with the show Love It or List It. If not, the formula is simple: a client who is ambivalent about their home is given a budget to make some improvements on the one hand while at the same time they search...

January 2, 2018

The start of any new year gets us thinking about the past—where we were successful, where we lacking, where we felt fulfilled—and challenges us to plan how to make things better in the next 12 months. Out of this reflection we create New Year’s resolutions, both person...

February 21, 2017

Empty-nesters and retirees are often the people most seriously considering how to downsize their living spaces, but the tiny house movement has shown that younger adults are interested, too. Partners moving in together often have to do similar work to combine their hou...

January 17, 2017

What is a repair cafe? It is an all-volunteer event where experts from your community can help you make repairs to small appliances, electronics, bikes, toys, garments, or other items -- and you can learn a lot about repairs along the way. (This Facebook video explains...

January 10, 2017

It seems like every design-oriented magazine, website, and TV show has its own take on upcoming design trends, and, like car models, next year's trends seem to arrive earlier every year. If you treat these pieces as jumping off points for your own thinking, though, the...

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