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New Ikea Catalog

Today I got the new Ikea catalog and found some great things in it! I like Ikea’s approach, they really understand the need for such a market and do it well and with style. They also have a strong focus on small living, as their primary buyers are city dwellers and those in Europe (who typically live smaller).
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I like this Signun Charging Station, for $5 its a good deal. It gives a landing pad, which is good for organization and makes it easy to charge your phone and ipod.

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This Sunnan Work Lamp goes for 30 bucks and has a built in solar panel and battery. Just one way to cut down on utilities.

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The Norbo wall mounted table is simple, it folds down to a slim profile but still give great work space. While you can make this easily, at $29 its hard to beat.

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The Nordeh Gate Leg Table is a great peice that has been around for a while. While still small it provides storage for silverware, napkins and other kitchen stuff. Not only does it get small, but it opens really big, I think you could pack 8 around this table if you really wanted to. It would be great to bring outside on a nice night for dinner with friends. It sells for $179 and has a nice butcher block top.

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A Present For You

I often talk of the downfall of society, consumerism, political injustice, McMansions and suburban sprawl.  But today I was taking a walk and thinking about things in life and what is really important to me.  I was reminded of a saying that a middle school teacher used to preach to us, but I never really hit home till much later


Today is a gift, that’s why they call it the present.

I then stumbled across this video and really liked the message so enjoy.




So TODAY take time with what is important.

Spending Around The World

So I found the article below this post and wrote up the post, then as I ventured out to find tomorrow’s post, I discovered everyone and their brother also had posted it!  Being that I hate to post what the other guys post, don’t get me wrong the other Tiny House bloggers rock,  I felt that I should always have original stuff.   So today you get two posts!map

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I have this obsession with infographics.  What are infographics, for those of you who might not know, its pretty simple.  It is a graphic that presents information in an interesting and visually stimulating way.  I love it.  While me being a nerd and I love a good data matrix, sometimes the columns bleed together till you want to tear out your eyes.

This infographic is about how people around the world spend on common goods.  It is really interesting to see how much and of what proportion of money we spend on things like clothing, entertainment, alcohol and electronics.  It also serves as a humble reminder that there is much we could do without like people in other countries do.

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Living On The Edge

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So I found this and wrote up the post, then as I ventured out to find tomorrow’s post, I discovered everyone and their brother also had posted it!  So today you get two posts!

I found this office space over at Lifehacker, great website if you have never been.  While this isn’t a Tiny House, the concept can easily be adapted to a tiny house.  With a green roof and a killer view this would be a great basis for a Tiny House.   He already has a futon in the space, ad a bath and kitchen area and you are good to go!

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Log Home

I stumbled across this from our friends over at Materialicious,log1 It’s a “Log Home”  haha get it? Ba-Da-Psssh – Clicky Okay corny jokes aside, the aesthetic of this is a really interesting collision of rustic extreme meats modern extreme.  With all walls except the one being entirely made of logs, I love the look!

It also brings about an interesting point.  Many of us want to take our tiny homes to a wilderness setting, an area that is untouched, that hasn’t been ruined by McMansions.  With the logs being on most of the sides, the house can easily blend into the natural surrounds.  This idea is interesting because you are minimizing the impact, not as we normally think of it as in renewable resources or recycled products, but in terms of Nature’s aesthetics. log2 You are essentially able to keep what we find so great about a forest intact even with placing a house in it.

The Designers website is in French, but here is what it roughly says when I ran it through a translator:

Flake House, house wandering with the road gauge, is conceived to equip the places where it fails and to thus transpose them in strange vision. A “madness” which Marie skilfully “low tech” and “high tech”. The treatment of this poetic shelter is connected more with one object found than with an artifact. The madness is presented in the form of a cast solid building, monomatière (natural wood) broken in her center. This definite irregular break the sequence of entry and delimits space serving as been useful space. The interior treatment of the madness contrasts with the irregularity of the made exterior facade of logs. This space is punctuated random openings arranged between the logs of the walls.

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