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Relaxed Recycled House Tour

recycled desk

Enjoy this eco-friendly house tour, full of recycled items.

I love winter, but every February, without fail I reach the point where I find myself dreaming of sunshine and warmth, and bare feet on grass. I start to dream about even silly things, such as hanging my clothes outside to dry in the warm sunshine, rather than cramming clothes horses into each available corner of our house.

Last summer feels like it was an age ago. And it still seems so long until this summer rolls around, especially with Storm Doris looming over us.  And so inevitably I find myself looking at houses in warm countries. Here I like to imagine, just for fun, what it’s like to live in a place where it’s not dark for half of the year or freezing cold for 9 months of the year.

A Dreamy Recycled House Tour

And so, here it was, during one of my internet searches, that I stumbled about this beauty of a house. A coastal cottage on Australia’s Victoria coast full of lovely recycled, reclaimed, restored and vintage finds.   The lounge chairs were even rescued from the side of the road and then restored by the occupants – Kirsty and her husband.  I love how they’ve even embraced the coloured carpets that came with their rented property.  I’m not normally a fan of red carpet but it seems to really work in this house!

It seems like such a relaxed and fun space – do enjoy this recycled house tour.  And do keep your eyes peeled for the indoor swing and the porthole in the kitchen! House of dreams, I tell you!

whiteboard house as part of this recycled house tour
kitchen porthole
rustic kitchen as part of a recycled house tour
white smeg fridge as part of a recycled house tour
rustic dining table as part of an amazing recycled house tour
living room red carpet
recycled desk
indoor swing
simple bedroom
minimalist kids bedroom

You can see the full house tour here.  I apologise in advance if you too develop a hankering for warmer climes!  Or maybe even just a swing in your hallway!

And if you fancy touring homes closer to home, do check out this beautiful North Yorkshire house tour, and this Hertfordshire terraced house that oozes secondhand chic.

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The Perfect Tiny House

tiny house kitchen

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:

small home kitchen

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.