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A Canopy of Colorful Umbrellas Spotted in Portugal

A Canopy of Colorful Umbrellas Spotted in Portugal
This beautiful installation of umbrellas was recently spotted in Águeda, Portugal by photographer Patrícia Almeida. Almost nothing is known about the artist behind the project or its significance, but it’s impossible to deny the joy caused by taking a stroll in the shadowy rainbow created by hundreds of parasols suspended over this public walkway. It reminds be of Garth Britzman’s bottle carport. (via my modern met) Related:  i n s p i r a t i o n s

Before and After: Garage Turned Minimal Mini House Sometimes a garage is just a garage and other times a garage is a miniature modern house just waiting to happen. In this case, it's the latter, which means I probably need to pack my bags, move back to Seattle and into this (now) house. It's not actually available, but I'm just crossing my fingers that designer Michelle de la Vega needs a few roommates (my husband, my dog, and I) in her fully functional 250 square foot space. We can all fit in there, right? In all seriousness though, this remodel is really incredible. For more photos of this remodel, click here. Tagged : before and after, Makeover, remodel Design Style : minimalist

Inthralld - Interior Design, Home Ideas & Architecture Completed Project: Poland’s Most Narrow ‘Keret House’ Warsaw is now home to the completed Keret House project, and it has to be one of the most narrow homes in the world. Though we’ve been keeping track of this home from the beginning conceptual phases it’s time to see some actual as built photos of the interior and more from design firm Centrala. Though it can’t technically be labeled a home (since it breaks all kinds of codes/laws in Poland), it is considered an art installation. Images: HomeDsgn

Life In The Trees: Cocoon Suspended Retreat Treehouses, tree-hanging tents, and pretty much anything that’s up and off the ground is garnering a whole lot of interest these days. So it’s no surprise that there’s another exciting product on the market called ‘Cocoon Tree Bed.’ Like many other concepts that have been seen, this tree space is a spherical structure that hangs from multiple trees and even has some varying accessories available. The kit of parts contains specialty aluminum rods designed specifically for the upper and lower portion of the sphere and covered in a specialized tarp. A circular bed typically takes up the whole floor space inside of the cocoon and covered in custom linens. Images: DesignBoom

dumpster pools via Concrete Playground Dumpster Pools hit nyc! how did i not know about these before i moved? these bring a whole new definition to the term ‘dumpster diving’… a Mr. Kate favorite! David Belt – a real estate developer and the president of MacroSea (a company behind dumpster pools) said the concept stemmed from David’s want to experiment with underused space and materials – and making something new and creative with repurposed objects. the first dumpster pool was created with two things in mind – make it cheap and make it fast! via Inhabitat from that point, dumpster pools have become a hot topic in NYC. with few places to swim, and a ton of dumpsters – everyone wants in! while this all sounds fun, you still might be questioning how sanitary this swimming-in-a-dumpster business actually is….well i did!

DIY dresser round-up DIY dressers are a theme on the blog this month - check out mine here! so on trend, i had to post a round-up of these DIY’d dressers that i found on – a fantastic site for upcycling projects. this first one is ikat print… which i love! you know how i love to decoupage! love this chevron print dresser and i love those giant knobs! love love this rustic look. this would be great in a Restoration Hardware inspired interior if you paired this with a chandelier near-by – rustic meets luxe. and those rope pulls remind me of the Decorating with Rope post i did a while back. full tutorial for this dresser here. Ikea hacks are the best! gift wrap! geometric design. painter’s tape creates a nifty look! two half circles in bright shades. outlines of clothes makes for a cute and modern look love this idea of using colored chalkboard paint! and last but not least, a dresser is where you keep your ‘stache! all photos via ScrapHacker – find out more info on each DIY here

Smaller In Texas Container Home Here is a 8 foot by 40 foot container home located in texts. Designed by Jim Poteet to be living space plus a garden storage area on one end, the entire thing is surrounded by well manicured gardens. Via From Birdhouse to Guest Retreat Cottage Living May/June 2008 Not just Small Cool, tiny cool. The photo above is (we kid you not) an oversized birdhouse. This small structure called a pigeonnier was built on the grounds of a Louisiana estate around 1750. Jump down for more photos, including a shot of the fairy tale exterior and an unpublished (!) As the years passed, and pigeons were no longer raised, the pigeonnier turned into a very pretty storage shed. Angèle's brother helped in the renovation by replacing the beat-up brick floors on the lower level with hardwood. BONUS PIC: The cozy second floor bedroom still retains the earthy brick floors and the built-in bookshelves previously held pigeon nests. We're excited to announce the winners of Small Cool 2008 at tonight's wrap party and we love this example because it shows just how small you can go (minus a bath and kitchen) and how very cool it can be. Photos: Cottage Living (Thanks, Rex!)

Bohemian Trailer This is one funky trailer, while the outside seems like an old rail car, the inside is quite engaging. With a small kitchen, bathroom and ample living space, this comes in at 215 square feet. Via World’s Smallest House? 1 Sq M of Mobile Living Space World’s Smallest House? 1 Sq M of Mobile Living Space Article by Urbanist, filed under Houses & Residential in the Architecture category. In the last 30 years, the size of a typical home in the United States has shot up from under 1000 square feet to nearly 2500. Once a Laotian refugee and, now, a German architect, Van Bo Le-Mentzel understands firsthand what it means to be homeless, displaced but also to feel a sense of owning your own space both emotionally and financially. Thus his contribution to the small homes movement – a do-it-yourself mini-house that tilts and folds to reveal a bed, desk and light, complete with a window as well as lockable door. In short: it has the very basic essentials for survival, but also is necessarily a space you venture out from and use as an urban home base, not a remote hiding place.

PNCA student creates mobile houses for homeless, called 'Bootstrap Homes' View full sizeCourtesy of Sarah CloutierThe first Bootstrap Home, made by PNCA student Sarah Cloutier, is parked in Southeast Portland and is currently occupied by Cloutier's fellow student, Avery Gilbert. Sarah Cloutier’s idea came from a dream. From it, the 27-year-old Pacific Northwest College of Art student knew what she would do for her yearlong, senior project: “I woke up with this idea for modular housing, constructed by the people who lived in it that would work for people who had inadequate housing.” And so began her quest to create what she calls Bootstrap Homes — trailers just big enough to fit one person lying down and provide shelter and storage for those facing homelessness. Cloutier is building her second trailer and hopes to draw the attention of businesses and nonprofits to help fund the construction of more. Before building the first, Cloutier did extensive research on Portland’s homeless population and the city’s rules about trailers.

How a Family of Four Live in a Very Small House While many of us commit to the three decades it takes to pay off a mortgage, Hari and Karl Berzins come at home ownership from a completely different viewpoint. They live in a tiny 8-by-21-foot home they built with salvaged materials in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia. Counting the loft space with its three feet of headroom, that’s 320 sq. ft., or about the size of most people’s master bedrooms. It might be a tiny house, but it’s paid for. “We wanted to really cut back our overhead as far as we possibly could and own what we live in outright so we have the choice to do what makes us happy,” says Hari, who works part time for a non-profit while husband Karl works as a chef. Sharing that 320 sq. ft. are the Berzins’ two kids, ages 7 and 9, and a Great Pyrenees, a 3-foot-tall dog weighing in around 90 pounds. The inspiration to live tiny came to the Berzins after they lost both a business and a 1,500-sq. They heat the whole place with one 60” radiant baseboard heater.