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!
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!
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.
Photo source: www.oudolf.com
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.
-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!
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.