Crazy Designs by Other Designers

A few crazy designs I have to share.

Our articles have been a little bit serious lately... so here's a few very quick videos of the coolest, funkiest, most creative designs I've seen in the last few months.

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What is Minimalism?

Why minimalism may be just what you're looking for.

When I talk to friends about the Minimalist lifestyle, they can be quick to judge. I’m sure they’re imagining a house with white walls and weird art, a life with no embellishment or pizzazz. Fortunately for me, that couldn’t be further from the truth. For all those curious people, here are my minimalist principles...

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Open & Eclectic Encinitas Home

A beautiful living room and bathroom remodel for a fun-loving South African family.

At our Christmas party two years ago, I was approached by close family friends. They were tired of their cramped, non-functional living room and bathroom and wanted some ideas of how to rearrange the space.

We came up with a design that made the living room feel open and continuous with the deck; welcoming and hospitable for gatherings large and small. We also gutted the upstairs bathroom to give the client a huge shower and beautiful, usable vanity.

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DIY Design: Bang For Your Buck

7 things that make the greatest impact on your interior design.

It's that time of year again. You're coming down from the holidays. The decorations come off the walls and you think, "hm, this space needs reorganizing." Or it needs a fresh coat of paint, or a new couch, or a recent photo hung on the wall... you get my point. 

BUT, you don't have enough money! It's a conundrum that I hear from friends all the time. Don't worry, there's a solution: GET THE MOST BANG FOR YOUR BUCK.

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San Diego Modern Coastal Apartments

A stunning transformation of this apartment building into a contemporary heaven.

This client bought a four-unit apartment building in very rough shape. His goal: develop into modern, rentable apartments. Together, we designed and permitted a complete remodel. Read on for more photos of this Modern Coastal historical apartment building!

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Holiday Challenge: Travel Lighter

Save money and time by packing fewer bags.

We're heading into the holiday season and lots of you are traveling. This year, I challenge you to travel a little lighter. Bring less stuff! Fewer bags. Smaller bags. No bags at all! <Ok well that's a little nuts, but read on for some tips & tricks to help you minimize...

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Cozy & Bright Portland Apartment

Beautiful interior design for this Oregon businessman.

I recently traveled to Portland, Oregon to decorate a client's apartment. We started with zero furniture and by the end of my week-long visit, the place was completely livable! Beautiful even! This client was on a budget and the apartment is pretty tiny so ...

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Tiny Spaces: Why Do We Like Them?

A recent article questions our love of small spaces.

How do Tiny Spaces make you feel? Do you want to stay? Or run away? Recently, The New York Times published a quick and very interesting article that made me think. Why do people like Tiny Houses? Molly Young thinks she has the answer.

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DIY Design: Passive Ways to Save Energy

7 ways to lower your energy bill.

In green building, there’s this thing called “Passive” Design. It sounds unexciting but it’s one of the most powerful tools at a homeowner’s disposal. You rarely hear about it because very few people make money with Passive Design, except the homeowner!

The easiest time to apply Passive Design is in the schematic design of a new house. In the verrry beginning. But there are also things small moves you can do in an apartment or small house renovation.

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Tales of the Trailerhood

We lived in a trailer park and boy do we have stories.

The people we met at the RV Resort (yes dahling, it’s a resort) were some of the biggest characters we’ve ever known. They became fixtures in our lives; a tight community of nomads, never knowing who will be the next to leave nor who will arrive to take their place. Here are a few stories for ya'll...

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Our RV Remodel... Finally!

The bright and welcoming remodel of our full-time RV home.

We lived in and remodeled a 34 foot long 5th wheel. This was our first adventure in Tiny Living and we wanted our new home to be special. We worked weekends and nights and MANY hours in between. All for a custom renovation and a home that felt our own. It was absolutely worth it.

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DIY Design: Plastic Bottle Homes

Ever consider building a home out of used water bottles? These people have.

There is a solution to every problem. It’s incredible what smart people come up with when faced with allegedly insurmountable obstacles.

Plastic bottle homes are cheap, energy efficient, and long-lasting. They can be built in any climate and with the most basic man power. They produce zero carbon emmisions and take thousands of plastic bottles out of landfills. Nigeria took this "technology" and ran with it...

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DIY Design: Where To Put Furniture

5 steps to create a comfortable and welcoming space.

Most designers can turn a cramped, claustrophobic room into a spacious, safe haven. I want to equip you with the basic tools to feel the love in your space. I want you to be your own designer!

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Wedding Gifts for Minimalists

Gifts for the toughest couples: minimalists.

What the heck do you buy someone who doesn’t like “stuff”? So many engaged couples are Tiny Homeowners. We live in RV’s, urban apartments, trailers, and converted garages. We choose to live with less, which makes traditional gifts a big (literally) issue. I first discussed this with my friend Molly...

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What's a Land Surveyor?

Why you may need a land surveyor.

Ever wonder what a Land Surveyor does? Or why they're standing the middle of the road with a yellow tripod contraption? My dad, Clive Hopwood, is a Land Surveyor. He’s been doing it for as long as I can remember... Here's what he has to say.

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Tiny Working: How to Stay Sane

Addressing the mental challenges of working in a small space.

While it’s a financial dream and I have no problem fitting all my stuff, there are emotional ramifications to Tiny Working.

Whether you’re a recluse or a social butterfly, there are undeniable benefits to having a work space outside your home. Since I’m so enchanted with Tiny Living, it took me a while to realize what was missing from my Tiny Office...

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