17 April 2012

small, sustainable and stylin'

Who says you can't live small and well? This 540 square foot home of designer Jessica Helgerson is almost entirely made of reclaimed materials. The building itself is now being recycled for the fourth time: it was first built in the early 1940s to house shipyard workers; then it was floated down the river to Sauvie Island (Oregon), where it became the goose-check station; years later it was remodeled to become a rental house; now, it is home to Jessica, her architect husband Yianni Doulis and their two kids. 

As part of the remodel, the  roof was replaced with a green roof, planted with moss and ferns. New appliances and lighting are all eco-friendly. Amazing work.

 Photographs by Lincoln Barber. 


  1. Wow what a beautiful home. Love all the old reclaimed wood she used :)Going to check her out now :)

  2. What a fabulous space! Loving all those books :)

    Abbey x

  3. Wow! This is such a warm & cozy & pretty home :-) Love the wood wall in the kitchen and the wide plank floors. And the pops of colour throughout are so fresh and cheery. I'd move into Jessica's home in a heartbeat!


  4. I think I've pinned a picture of those built-ins before...great to know the actual source. What a fabulous, cozy house.

  5. @DTTD imagine.design.create

    I know, so cozy and yet feels spacious even at 540 sqft. Amazing how little space we really need.


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