Bucket listings: Jessica Helgerson’s Tiny House

January 23, 2013 § Leave a comment

Hi Jessica Helgerson, I hope you don’t mind whilst I sit here and ogle at your house over and over and over again. The reality of owning property these days is such an improbability for most of us that the act of flipping through home tour after home tour feels almost perverse. When I was a kid I would go to the dollar store and wander the aisles of the “home” section picking out the best of that they had for my future home. It’s funny to think about now because although I spend much of my days fantasizing about dream homes, they’re usually on the dollar store scale. It’s not that they’re not (breathtakingly) beautiful in their own right, but fantasizing about modest-sized homes just seems like a more attainable dream, even if it isn’t.

Enter Jessica Helgerson’s tiny country home. I think I’ve posted this tour on various social media forums many times before but it’s worth throwing up again. Her tiny home (only measuring 540 square feet) sits on a 5 acre lot (can you imagine??) just outside of Portland (I know, it’s so annoying, right?). The property had undergone many plucks and tucks over the years but when Jessica bought the property in 2008 she used her designer magic to transform it into the jaw-dropper it is today. Can we talk about all the things we love about it? For one, the greenroof and the tree swing and the black beams on white walls and absolutely excellent use of space (bookcase walls are the future, I’m pretty sure). Ok, ok, I love everything about this property. I think it’s better if you just take a look for yourself, enjoy!

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Photos sourced via Madame Helgerson’s beautiful website

PS. I’m going to try to do a bucket listing every Wednesday so keep coming back! Also, don’t forget: I’m always accepting new homes for my “where my friends live” feature, so don’t be shy–send me your shit!


Oudolf: the great and powerful

January 21, 2013 § 3 Comments

When I wasn’t sure if I was really prepared to dive into this world of gardening (and believe me there are times I still don’t quite know how I got here) I stumbled upon the gardens of designer Piet Oudolf and any uncertainty cowered at his majesty. If I could wear a garden designed by Piet Oudolf, I would. They encompass not only everything a garden should be (a wide variety of native, pollinator-friendly species, full of texture, colour and all-season interest) but everything I love about art and design and style. In his gardens the Rudbeckia become polkadots, the Achillea-soft brush strokes-and everything has been selected for what it really is physically (a texture, a shape, a colour), not for what it represents (a “beautiful” flower). For me that was really what changed things: When you divorce yourself from the idea of what the medium is supposed to be and start from a place that is more specific, deliberate and, most of all, authentic, the outcome is a design that is not only beautiful but sustainable. Piet is so particular about the plants he uses that he began to propagate his own varieties at his home nursery. His most well known garden is likely the Highline project in good ol NYC, which gets a lot of flack for supposedly being a tourist pit. Clearly those tourists have excellent taste. The featured garden is the Millennium Garden in Pensthorpe Park. It really gives you an idea of how he designs for every change in the season.
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Photo source: www.oudolf.com 

Hope this helps

January 17, 2013 § Leave a comment


Look at all of them.

Oh holy days

January 3, 2013 § 1 Comment

Oh what joy, I have just finished a FULL month and a bit of holiday vacations. I am in sweet blissful heaven (is that redundant?). I have to say the first few days of freedom were rough. It’s a very bad habit our world has to try and fill up all our time so productively. Fortunately I got over it and filled my time with lots of great nothings.
I have:
-Drank countless units of hot beverages
-Said the words ‘so festive’ ‘so fun’ and ‘so nice’ about a gazillion times
-Gone ice skating/for winter walks/to the zoo
-hugged and loved some very lovable people
-Put glitter on everything I own
-Danced, partied and cheered
-Talked to my appliances a lot

All in all I would say it has been a great success. One thing I did in particular was host my annual Christmas party. I don’t have any shots of the party itself, but my mum took a few pictures of my place before the guests arrived. Take a look, if you’d like!
xo lu

P.S. I am so grateful for you who come and visit me once in a while (or every day, xo!). This year I’m going to be putting more posts out that I think you would love and more regularly too, so the site might start to look different as it grows and changes. I hope you like the things I come up with.
















Where my friends live: Emily and Dave, Wolfville Nova Scotia (part 2)

December 13, 2012 § Leave a comment

If you have ever wondered what heaven looks like, simply head on up to Rocky Top Farm with Emily and Dave–they can show you. I got to spend a couple weekends out there when I was living in Nova Scotia, and it was all the things you’d hope it would be. They introduced me to their helper/pet Peggy the horse who was the cutest (but maybe a bit confused), there were pigs and chickens, lakes, bonfires, gardens and basically all the things I have ever dreamt were good. The real truth is, though, that actually, Rocky Top is just a farm. It is Emily and Dave themselves, governed by their selflessly generous nature, easygoing disposition and the right balance of hard work and hedonism, that makes whatever roof  you visit them under seem so heavenly.

Recently my friends have relocated to a little cottage in the centre of town for the winter months, and have sent me some photos of their adorable second home to share with you. The farm is still running while Dave continues to sell his delicious organically grown garlic, but for a blowy winter in the Nova Scotian countryside, I couldn’t imagine a sweeter place to call ones home.

P.S. If you are around the Halifax/Wolfville area, Dave’s Garlic is available for purchase at 10$/pound. Click on any of these words for more information, questions about orders, shipments or stories about escaped pigs (maybe).

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Bucket listings: Hey girls, let’s throw a party this weekend.

December 11, 2012 § Leave a comment

Hello my beautiful princesses (because that’s what you are).

Today is all of our lucky day because I have found us the ultimate princess house. This beautiful English Victorian actually hurts to look at, so if you have a weak heart, take heed (and stay away from red-headed congressmen, ok??). I love this house for millions of reasons but I will name two for starters:

1) I have so much love for anything that is so unabashedly romantic and girly. I can so easily imagine this home filled with women running around, borrowing dresses, drinking tea on the floor in the hallways, laughing, baking, dancing. I love that shit.

2) The transition rooms: think hallways, stairways, windows, archways, doorways–areas that look from one room to the next. This home has so many good ones. They’re the best because they always seem to inspire the best conversation, summon the most flattering light, and, if you anchor yourself down in one, can become a kind of ephemeral sanctuary. It’s usually also where the best architectural details are, which this place has no shortage of. I had a hard time editing the volume of photos (I didn’t even try), so this post might be quite long. Hopefully you’ll forgive me.

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Getting started with simple chemistry

December 10, 2012 § Leave a comment

First find a dreamboat:


Then add a second dreamboat (that’s two dreamboats so far, if you aren’t taking notes):

Plus everything that’s happening over here:


and all of this business:

tea and toast

repeat this until you get eaten by bears and voilà! The very simple equation to my heart.

ps. click on any of the pictures for more fun.