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    A cold-brew coffee maker that has a lovely mad scientist sort of look to it. I like it.

    http://www.gothicglow.com/index.html

    Also a really really awesome lamp.

    Going to the casino tonight. I only go there because they make the best sandwiches which are coupled with a side of cornichons and pickled pearl onions. I think cornichons have become my preferred pickle of choice.. The taste is a very savory, not too sour with just the tiniest hint of sweetness. Very very fond of them.

    The Kitchn is a beautiful website as well, I've had a ton of fun on it.

    I've been thinking a lot about how to outfit my house.. It seems like I am so in love with different decor and styles that I end up wanting ALL the things. But this may also be a perfect opportunity for me to create some separation of space via different decor in different aspects of the house.

    Steam punk and gothic, pagan decor
    Japanese decor
    Modern lines
    Bohemian comforts

    My bedding area a bit bohemian and inviting with different cloths and hangings along the wall.. Something very comforting and inviting.

    My desk could transition the bohemian influence with some steam-punk accessories like a gothic lamp.

    My kitchen something hedgewitch like.. bottles hanging everywhere, herbs drying, a cauldron maybe.

    My living room very japanese-influenced, with the kotatsu coffee table, some paper lanterns for the lighting, and such things as I've collected over the years.

    The ceiling of my entire house is going to be a hanging array of decor--a few small trinkets to break it up, and a couple edison chandeliers and hanging hand-blown glass balls that I can collect over time. Something to make the ceiling more interesting and draw the eye up--and hopefully make the place seem bigger and taller than it is, though in truth it will be quite tall.

    The bathroom something very modern, with clean lines and comfort coming mainly from soft-looking linen tile.

    The porch area will be more heavily decorated than the rest of the house--I'd like an inviting, unique place to sit outside and enjoy..

    Project Idea #1: Make-up magnets.
    - Step 1. Glue magnets to the back of make up.
    - Step 2. Stick them to something magnetic, like the back of a medicine cabinet door.

    Project Idea #2: Window box glass bottle garden.
    - Step 1: Stick some white christmas lights in the bottom of the box.
    - Step 2: Arrange funky colored and shaped bottles in the box.

    Project Idea #3: Hanging herb bottles.
    - Step 1: Buy a bunch of test-tube like bottles.
    - Step 2: Label them with cool labels.
    - Step 3: Create a way to hang them below the cabinets so they're hanging all over the place at different heights.

    Project Idea #4: Funky curtains.
    - Step 1: Sew fabrics I own to make things fit.
    - Step 2: Hang curtain rods in places they will go.

    Project Idea #5: T-shirt bean bag chair.
    - Step 1: Gather lots of t-shirts.
    - Step 2: Follow instructions.
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    Seeing as how I may need to create space for a kid to potentially live with me... I saw some amazing posts.

    Kids toys:

    Make a play tent that folds away flat.
    Several toys to make from currently existing space
    Projects from that link: bookshelf play kitchen set, a hiding place built out of the underside of a desk, a puppet show-curtain, roll-away chalkboards and play sets, fabric ground play.
    Cheap play-ball pit: Buy a swimming pool with a cover on sale after summer season. If not used as a pool, fill with play balls.
    Kantgirl: Just say "I'm feminine and I'll punch anyone who says otherwise!"
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    I've been browsing your blog with interest. 2 yrs ago I decided to build my own tiny home. Mine will be 36sqm (about the size of the small 1 bedroom apartment I currently live in) so its not truly tiny when compared to the Tumbleweeds which are miniscule. But nevertheless I was inspired to do so when I realised how generous a space my current apartment is for my needs. My goal is to build 100% mortage free and use eco building methods.

    I also plan to self build (minus foundation, plumbiing and wiring). I am building a cob yurt with loft bed and open plan below. Many people have built such structures for less than $10k so my more generous budget should allow for nicer finishing touches. I love the organic look and feel of cob. Already built a cob wwodfired oven as a test project.

    I love all your inspirations and influences and feel you are going to build something very special. Go the tiny house movement which I think is really getting back to our ancient roots of handbuilding homes for shelter rather than austentatious displays of wealth. Just encouragement really.

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    Quote Originally Posted by WhoCares View Post
    I've been browsing your blog with interest. 2 yrs ago I decided to build my own tiny home. Mine will be 36sqm (about the size of the small 1 bedroom apartment I currently live in) so its not truly tiny when compared to the Tumbleweeds which are miniscule. But nevertheless I was inspired to do so when I realised how generous a space my current apartment is for my needs. My goal is to build 100% mortage free and use eco building methods.

    I also plan to self build (minus foundation, plumbiing and wiring). I am building a cob yurt with loft bed and open plan below. Many people have built such structures for less than $10k so my more generous budget should allow for nicer finishing touches. I love the organic look and feel of cob. Already built a cob wwodfired oven as a test project.

    I love all your inspirations and influences and feel you are going to build something very special. Go the tiny house movement which I think is really getting back to our ancient roots of handbuilding homes for shelter rather than austentatious displays of wealth. Just encouragement really.
    36 sqm is still quite small--and a cob yurt is going to be absolutely charming! There's something magical about a funky structure being called home.. There's nothing like it. I don't care about things like real estate, resale value, blahblahblah.. You know who else didn't care about those sort of things? The Winchester lady, the people along the avenues of New Orleans, and many other famous funky buildings that people tour and go out of their way to see themselves. It is the creative and the inspired they hunger for--and I think those things should be in homes too. Maybe people wouldn't want to move away so much if everything didn't look the same everywhere you went.

    Your plans sounds quite solid, and a yurt is an amazing design. (I seriously wish my current plans didn't run my bill considerably cheaper, I would have loved a funky yurt or dome home to live in.. they were on the chopping block for a while as number one options--almost to the point of decision until the numbers were ran harder. I had to decide how I could squeeze in my funky--but I think I've got a good plan here and I'll be quite content with it for the next few years.)

    Will you be installing solar and/or wind energy, water collection and purification, and other such things? My goal is, within 5 years, to have the house running itself 80% of the time (with droughts frequent in Texas, it is difficult to say 100%) with no payments outside of an occasional water bill and yearly property taxes.

    Keep your spirits up about it and let me know how it is coming along for sure I love to read about people's stories on tinyhouseblog.com. I feed off of that site like a leech.
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    While budget was not my primary constraint I am a compulsive bargain hunter and so my objective is to build what I desire in clever ways that ultimately meet certain objectives. Mortgage free is one. My over-riding principles are...

    Circular form. I just love it, desire it and find it somehow satisfying. Its unusual and I'm always a bit contrary. Practicality can be sacrificed on the altar of my worhip of the round.
    High thermal mass walls. Every ancient building I've ever loved has had thick solid walls. Its psychological and thats why I hate modern building methods, hollow thin walls....just no.
    Sacrifice size for craftsmanship. I'm a trained silversmith and hobby artist, i spend my time handcrafting exquisite little things. My home should reflect this.
    Reduce maintenance over the long term as much as possible. So build using the best and most enduring materials, build smart, build once, have it stand for centuries.

    I'm really inspired by Frank Lloyd Wrights praire house interiors. Not only were they born of the art nouveau movement (a rejection of mass manufactured uselessness, style over function) but his ability to make something simple, functional yet amazingly beautiful inspires me.

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    Pics or yurt didn't happen! What is a yurt? Yogurt house?

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    Yurt - round, domed roof tent used by nomadic tribes in various parts of the world. I'm purloining the term as a lazy way of saying I'm building a circular house. It will bear little relation to an actual yurt. Could have said wheelhouse\roundhouse instead.

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    Quote Originally Posted by WhoCares View Post
    While budget was not my primary constraint I am a compulsive bargain hunter and so my objective is to build what I desire in clever ways that ultimately meet certain objectives. Mortgage free is one. My over-riding principles are...

    Circular form. I just love it, desire it and find it somehow satisfying. Its unusual and I'm always a bit contrary. Practicality can be sacrificed on the altar of my worhip of the round.
    High thermal mass walls. Every ancient building I've ever loved has had thick solid walls. Its psychological and thats why I hate modern building methods, hollow thin walls....just no.
    Sacrifice size for craftsmanship. I'm a trained silversmith and hobby artist, i spend my time handcrafting exquisite little things. My home should reflect this.
    Reduce maintenance over the long term as much as possible. So build using the best and most enduring materials, build smart, build once, have it stand for centuries.

    I'm really inspired by Frank Lloyd Wrights praire house interiors. Not only were they born of the art nouveau movement (a rejection of mass manufactured uselessness, style over function) but his ability to make something simple, functional yet amazingly beautiful inspires me.
    I had heard the name briefly before, and now Im on a search of pictures inspired by him Your goals are absolutely amazing, it'll make a terrific house! So make sure you take lots of pictures of the progress.

    Quote Originally Posted by Laurie View Post
    Pics or yurt didn't happen! What is a yurt? Yogurt house?
    Originally used to describe a more nomadic tee-pee like round structure, many people are finding themselves living in them on a more permanent basis. The comforts of a home, and the feel of tent living.
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    My aunt built and lived in a yurt in the adirondacks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gromit View Post
    My aunt built and lived in a yurt in the adirondacks.
    They're so romantic.. I'd like to go stay in one for the sake of getting a feel for them sometime. The pictures of them all glowing a soft white hue in the snow..
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