Shiny Tiny Mansion

image from: http://shinytinymansion.com/

image from: http://shinytinymansion.com/

Located near Millersburg, Ohio, this sweet cottage is a mere 450 square feet. But it looks so much bigger in the pictures…. maybe it’s because the homeowners follow, nay, embody the philosophy of “Live small to have it all!”

image from: http://shinytinymansion.com/

image from: http://shinytinymansion.com/

A couple named Sue & Ron live in this tiny cottage. They hand-built it themselves over a 6 year period.

image from: http://shinytinymansion.com/

image from: http://shinytinymansion.com/

Ron & Sue are old hands at tiny house living – married since 1986, the largest house they ever had was 900 square feet.

On their website, they make no bones about the fact that they are driven by years of experience, living small before it was even cool:

We are not young, idealistic dreamers, fresh out of college, thinking we can change the world.

We are old, idealistic dreamers, fresh out of youth, hoping we can change the world, but knowing at least we can share our decades of small living experiences and contribute to the conversation

image from: http://shinytinymansion.com/

image from: http://shinytinymansion.com/

Ron and Sue like to call it a “Movement Towards Rational Habitation.” The concept is to live richly with only what you need – an idea that has been gaining traction for a few years now, especially since the housing market went bust in ’08 and so many lost their homes to foreclosure.

image from:http://shinytinymansion.com/

image from:http://shinytinymansion.com/

The Shiny Tiny Mansion may be a mere 450 square feet but look at the delightful decor…

image from: http://shinytinymansion.com/

image from: http://shinytinymansion.com/

And it’s not paired down or minimalist in any way! There are lots of nooks and crannies for storage and beloved bric-a-brac is on display throughout.

image from: http://shinytinymansion.com/

image from: http://shinytinymansion.com/

The kitchen packs a whole lot of charm and utility into a very small space:

image from: http://shinytinymansion.com/

image from: http://shinytinymansion.com/

image from: http://shinytinymansion.com/

image from: http://shinytinymansion.com/

The bathroom/laundry area is a little larger than the kitchen, but no skimping on style here:

image from: http://shinytinymansion.com/

image from: http://shinytinymansion.com/

image from: http://shinytinymansion.com/

image from: http://shinytinymansion.com/

It helps that Ron and Sue are intrinsically creative people. Ron is a furniture designer/craftsman and artist, and Sue is a writer/artist and craftswoman.

Their whimsical and fun sense of style is found on every wall.

image from: http://shinytinymansion.com/

image from: http://shinytinymansion.com/

image from: http://shinytinymansion.com/

image from: http://shinytinymansion.com/

The cozy bedroom in the loft is the kind of place you just want to nest in all winter long…

image from: http://shinytinymansion.com/

image from: http://shinytinymansion.com/

image from: http://shinytinymansion.com/

image from: http://shinytinymansion.com/

The Shiny Tiny Mansion is a shining example of living responsibly with a smaller footprint – without losing the comfort of “home”.

 

Check out what Ron & Sue have to say on their websites:

shinytinymansion.com

Sue’s website:

susanfaithcorl.com

Ron’s website:

roncorldesign.com

 

The Haunted Lemp Family Mansion

image from: www.ksdk.com

image from: www.ksdk.com

I got a reader request to do a post on this historic home in St. Louis, Missouri. It has the morbid reputation of being the site of not one, not two, but THREE suicides of Lemp family members. And one mysterious death.

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Edith Macefield’s House

image from: wikimapia.org

image from: wikimapia.org

Remember that Disney movie UP? Turns out it was based on a true story.

This is the story of the little old lady who hung on to her historic home until the very last hurrah.

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Purple dreamin’ in Parsippany

image from: http://www.oldhouses.com/

image from: http://www.oldhouses.com/

Wow. House Crazy Sarah needs to take a Valium because this house has my heart going pitter-patter in a very good way.

image from: http://www.oldhouses.com/

image from: http://www.oldhouses.com/

It would take a special house to make me leave Colorado, but this might be the one! Full of character and personal pizzazz, this purple dollhouse is located in the Mount Tabor section of Parsippany, New Jersey.

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Cynthia Rhodes & Richard Marx’s house for sale

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image from: http://www.realtor.com/

Normally I don’t cover celebrity homes (there are a lot of other house bloggers out there who do that) but I thought I’d make an exception for this one.

When I heard last April that singer Richard Marx and his long-time wife actor/dancer Cynthia Rhodes were divorcing, I was shocked and intrigued.

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Sarah Felix Burns

"So many houses, so little time"






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