Monday, May 10, 2010

This link dump's got a case of the Mondays

Happy Monday, everyone! How was your weekend? Did you call your mother? And if you're a mother yourself, did your kids treat you right? If not, just remember the quote from Bill Cosby: "I brought you into this world. I can take you out, and make another one that looks just like you." Onto the links!
Shelterpop interviewed interior designer Natalie Umbert, looking for ways to debunk long-held design myths about small spaces. Natalie offers her take on using large pieces in small spaces, the use of color to divide a room, creating a bed headboard that takes up zero room, and more. I agree with all of her tips, so check out the article!
Science fiction site io9 linked to this article on Dornob, which features homes created out of shipping containers. io9 took the position that these shelters would be great in in case of zombie apocalypse (which, if you know me, is a major concern of mine). But more realistically, shipping container dwellings, though usually small, can be inexpensive and DIY-able, while still looking totally rad.
And speaking of rad, DIY, recycled tiny homes, ReadyMade shows how Michael Janzen creates 100-square foot homes out of shipping pallets, including detailed instructions on how to build your own. Janzen's own site,, provides more details on how to build the pallet house, as well as how to use other scavenged materials to make it even more efficient and comfy.


  1. The shipping container thing reminds me of the sci-fi book "Snow Crash" by Neil Stephenson. The bad-ass Hiro Protagonist lived in a singular shipping container turned dwelling on a lot filled with other people doing the same. He even had a roommate. In the book, it was okay to not have any space since most of the time, people just plugged in to the meta-verse (cyber space) and lived a better life there.

    Also, I've always said windows were a weakness in case of a level 3 or higher outbreak. I'm glad to see someone out there has the sense to think ahead! :p

  2. OMG, I kind of love you. I'm in the middle of Stephenson's "Diamond Age," and "Snow Crash" is on the list. And yes, planning for zombie outbreak is a very high priority for me. Unfortunately, my current apartment is basically a deathtrap. Then again, I'm in Los Angeles, so I'm completely screwed anyway.


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