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The Perfect Tiny House

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Looking for the perfect tiny house design? Look no more, I’ve found it for you!

Here’s a thing.  My partner and I are a little bit obsessed with tiny houses. Specifically, the design and thoughtfulness that goes into them.  We have spent many an hour watching tiny homes videos online and looking at tiny house layouts and photos.

Our fascination is fueled by the fact our house is really small.  As we slowly renovate it we are always looking for clever ideas on how to maximise our living space and squeeze in clever storage ideas.  We have been pretty good at getting rid of extraneous stuff.  However, two adults plus two kids plus pets in a small house means we do get that feeling that maybe our house could be a little more organised and better thought out than it is currently.

The attention to detail and level of planning that goes into tiny houses therefore just provide me with so much inspiration.

The Perfect Tiny House

We recently came across Tiny House Scotland, by Linlithgow-based designer Jonathan Avery.  And I think I can safely say that Jonathan’s Nest House is my very favourite of all the tiny houses. In fact, I’d go so far to say, without hyperbole, that it’s perfect.

Have a little look, I’m sure you’ll love it too:

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As well as looking pretty, this wooden constructed building is well thought out, inside and out.  It’s highly insulated and sealed to Passivhaus standards, and all wood is FSC and PEFC certified.

Whilst it is indeed a 5-ton house, as it’s movable on wheels, the Nest House is handily classed as a caravan for planning purposes.  What’s more, it’s sized within householder permitted development rights.  If you need to expand, retrofitting options are planned (such as a ‘kids’ module for sleeping and playing in).  Starting prices range from £17,000 – £38,000 depending on size and options for a truly affordable, sustainable, and beautiful home.

Jonathan is currently involved with Edinburgh eatery/social business Social Bite.  Social Bite is currently fundraising to build a “Social Bite Village” – a village for the homeless, to support them back on to their feet and into employment.  The plan is that Jonathan’s low-cost sustainable buildings will be used for the village.   You can find out more about this revolutionary project (and perhaps donate to it) on Social Bite’s Justgiving page.

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An Effortlessly Stylish Secondhand House


Enjoy a nosey around this beautiful secondhand house filled with charity shop treasures.

I love a good house tour. There’s nothing quite like a nosey around someone else’s home, to gain inspiration for your own place. Or just to dream about a one-day potential home.

If you’re the same as me, then you’re in for such a treat today. I recently stumbled across this charming 1920’s home, which is a total dream.  Rented and decorated by Brisbane resident Nicolette Johnson, it looks like such a cosy, inviting, and relaxing space.

Want to know the very best bit?  The majority of Nicolette’s items of furniture, artwork and accessories were sourced from eBay and Gumtree, as well as antique stores and charity shops.  And in a lovely personalised touch, the chairs were reupholstered by her mum. What’s more, some of the artwork on the walls was made by Nicolette herself.

As a renter, Nicolette hasn’t been able to do much to her flat, bar hang shelves, and hang artwork on her walls. However, her beautiful secondhand furniture and artwork really shine in this light and bright space.

Rather unusually it’s her vintage cooker that makes me smile the most.  It reminds me so much of the one my Gran Graham had. It unexpectedly brought back many so happy memories for me of baking scones and rock buns in her tiny kitchen. Just looking at the photo takes me right back to a rainy Saturday afternoon in the mid 1980s, sleeves rolled up, flour everywhere, and feeling so very loved.

What’s your favourite part of this stunning secondhand house?

drawers-with-shelves-above-them in this beautiful secondhand house tour
rustic-kitchen-shelves in this beautiful secondhand house tour
simple-white-kitchen in this beautiful secondhand house tour
mid-century-dining-room-nook in this house full of secondhand finds

All images via Nicolette Johnson Photography.

More house tours right this way, including this beautiful North Yorkshire farmhouse tour, complete with a caravan shed in the garden, if you’d prefer something closer to home.