Swedish architect Torsten Ottesjö has recently create a free-standing and nearly free-form tiny house that can be moved anywhere to create the illusion that the house has sprouted out of the ground. The Hus-1 is a 270 square foot dwelling that can accommodate two people and contains a kitchen, sleeping quarters, dining table and windows that look like the surface of a leaf.

Ottesjö says that “block-shaped” buildings are not a suitable environment for humans and that integrating nature’s variety of form into a home will create a space that feels unconstructed. He also says that it is more common to hear a person express more love for a car than for a house since a car is more in scale with a human body. Homes should be sized smaller and adapted the same way to the movement  and mechanics of the body. Continue reading

Make Your Own Organic Buckwheat Hull Mattresses

Guest Post by Lynne Cimino

When you are living small, the ability to customize items in your home is key to making it all work. A mattress that is few inches shorter and thinner may not matter to the rest of the world, but could make all the difference to you. The only problem is that the word “custom” usually comes with a few zeros behind it, especially when it comes to bedding.

Sleeping on your yoga mat may have seemed like a good idea in the beginning, but if you are now looking for a little more comfort, a Twist mattress may be the ticket. The Twist Mattress Kit offers the ability to make your own mattress, exactly how you want it. The bonus is an affordable price and the ability to make your mattress from all natural materials. The mattresses kits come with a set of long canvas cases that you can fill with any material you wish. The filled covers are then twisted together to form your mattress. If you need it shorter or more narrow, just remove some rows!

twist mattress kit

Organic buckwheat hulls are a great choice for filling your DIY mattress as you can get great support from a relatively thin layer. You can buy the kits at A long twin size kit will run you $198. Fillings must be purchased from other suppliers. The owner of Open Your Eyes Bedding, Lynne Cimino, can help you find the fillings that are right for you and your budget. Lynne suggests looking local first to avoid expensive shipping costs on your fillings.

If you need a mattress that rolls and stores away, look into using a buckwheat hull mattress topper. You will be surprised how comfortable and supportive two inches of buckwheat hulls over two inches of natural foam can be!

For the true DIY’er, there is an instruction kit for $39.99 that shows you how to sew your own kit. This way you can customize your kit even more using materials you may already have on hand.

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