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Tracy Altman
The Middle of Nowhere
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Oh, Land. So complicated. Now that I'm actually back in the realm of believing that it's totally possible for me to purchase rural property (after a mid-30's faith crash that centered on "there is no way I'll ever be able to afford this"), and now that I live in Seattle... Continue reading
Posted Jun 5, 2011 at I Dream in Acres
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The cover of this month's Sunset Magazine ... hello gorgeous: Rainier is the maker of that canvas "cottage" on the cover and I have spent ridiculous amounts of time on their site today. I need to start up a new savings jar for the $5,000 needed for the 12'x16' Tahoma... Continue reading
Posted May 15, 2011 at I Dream in Acres
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I've recently become enchanted with an area outside Yakima as a Potential Property area. It's located in the Sunset climate zone 2B (You wouldn't believe how challenging it is to find a detailed map of the USDA planting zones). Having no practical experience with that type of climate, I did... Continue reading
Posted May 14, 2011 at I Dream in Acres
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I love the constellation-like effect of the clear pendant lighting scattered at varying levels throughout the 23.2 house featured in the May 2011 issue of Dwell magazine. Bishop Residence | Wood Rock, British Columbia Designed by Omer Arbel Photos by Jason Schmidt And look! I could begin assembling my own... Continue reading
Posted May 6, 2011 at I Dream in Acres
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Yes, this house is in Sweden overlooking the Baltic Sea instead of in the hot plains of central Washington. But it is so gorgeous. I love the stark simplicity of it and the big, sliding windows. I hope my architect is paying attention ... "Model study. With a thin plan... Continue reading
Posted May 2, 2011 at I Dream in Acres
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Wittus makes and imports to the US beautiful Danish-made efficient woodstoves and cool outdoor fireplaces. From their site: "Higher fuel efficiency, higher combustion temperatures, and lower atmospheric emissions make burning wood a “green” thing and an environmentally responsible addition to your home." The Klassic - raised firebox, wood storage, and... Continue reading
Posted Apr 27, 2011 at I Dream in Acres
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... otherwise known as Japanese Yellow Rose. I was walking to my bus yesterday and passed by a large landscaped zone outside one of the many massive corporate buildings in downtown Seattle when a sweet yellow flower caught my eye. It made enough of an impression that I stopped halfway... Continue reading
Posted Apr 19, 2011 at I Dream in Acres
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A few weeks ago I was feeling extremely grumpy about the miserable never-ending winter and so trotted myself into Anthropologie to wander through the brightly-colored wares, daydreaming about an alternate kitchen universe in which pinks and teals and lime greens complement the always-shining sun streaming in from the window that... Continue reading
Posted Mar 22, 2011 at I Dream in Acres
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Farming 101. The amount of information available now vs. when I was searching even 10 years ago is astounding. And what is making my heart warm this afternoon? Article after article on the wave of young farmers ("young" is a relative term here) throwing on their gloves and flannels and... Continue reading
Posted Mar 10, 2011 at I Dream in Acres
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Egad. I sincerely love bats and can't wait to someday have lots of them on The Property. They get such a bad rap, with all the rabies and vampire legends - but they are important and useful members of the ecosystem. The most common type of bat in Oregon, little... Continue reading
Posted Mar 1, 2011 at I Dream in Acres
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I don't know how I originally got on their mailing list, but I've loved them from the first one I received. The photography, the rustic chic aesthetic, the hint of Robert Redford's grizzly stamp of approval ... Sundance. Go look. Feel free to buy me a gift ... my birthday... Continue reading
Posted Feb 4, 2011 at I Dream in Acres
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Okay, before I launch into my love of interior sliding doors, I have a story. As I began my search for images for the post, I googled "barn doors inside" (eloquent, no?) and the first image that caught my eye was a photo that HB had sent me: This image... Continue reading
Posted Jan 15, 2011 at I Dream in Acres
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I love hardwood floors - it's my flooring of choice now and in the future at The Property. And I love a big cozy beautiful exapansive floor rug on top of a hardwood floor ... creating a vibrant but two-dimensional flow of color below the solid couches and chairs and... Continue reading
Posted Jan 12, 2011 at I Dream in Acres
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I want one of these. I want one bad. I don't need a tropical or pool-side setting, just place it in a beautiful quiet corner of the property and let me climb in (alone or ... ) to rest, nap, relax - paradise! I have no idea how much something... Continue reading
Posted Jan 8, 2011 at I Dream in Acres
Tracy Altman is now following Heather Binns
Dec 16, 2010
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Amazing photos by Heather Binns, a friend of a friend on Facebook. Check out more of her photos here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/heathre/ So gorgeous! BX2HQK9MYVY9 Continue reading
Posted Nov 1, 2010 at I Dream in Acres
by Robert Frost (1874 - 1963) My very favorite poem - from a person who really isn't into poetry. I love to read this poem slowly, really savoring the scene and the dilemma and the truth in the words. Thanks, Robert. Two roads diverged in a yellow wood, And sorry... Continue reading
Posted Oct 21, 2010 at I Dream in Acres
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"Living in Balance: A Pueblo Woman Discusses Her Balanced Life Philosophy" By Linda Mason Hunter Originally published in Natural Home Magazine Photos by Lark Smothermon Roxanne Swentzell Down an unpaved, unnamed country road on Santa Clara Pueblo in northern New Mexico, Roxanne Swentzell lives on old family ground near the... Continue reading
Posted Oct 14, 2010 at I Dream in Acres
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As I was driving home from camping last week, I passed Rolling Huts at 50 miles an hour or whatever and about 5 seconds later pulled over, turned around, and drove back. This place looks awesome. This is so similar to the dreams I have for my someday-property it's uncanny... Continue reading
Posted Oct 12, 2010 at I Dream in Acres
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I love the idea of a snug bedroom alcove - just enough room for the essentials of peaceful rest: a comfortable bed covered in a plush down comforter, a small nightstand for a glass of water, a lamp and a book, and a window for letting in breeze, the sounds... Continue reading
Posted Oct 11, 2010 at I Dream in Acres
A friend in Minneapolis introduced me to Alice's Wonder Spray in 2005. At the time she had a house-cleaning business and used only non-toxic cleansers ... Alice's Wonder Spray was at the top of the list. Alice's Wonder Spray was originally published in Karen Logan's Clean House Clean Planet. Ami... Continue reading
Posted Oct 10, 2010 at I Dream in Acres
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Excerpted from "Small Town, Washington" By James Ross Gardner Originally published in Seattle Met Magazine One thing rural Washington certainly has over Seattle: relaxed farming regulations. Sure, new ordinances allow city dwellers to raise chickens and goats, but Lori and Ruth Babcock tried that. The couple—both former employees of a... Continue reading
Posted Oct 9, 2010 at I Dream in Acres
Tracy Altman is now following The Typepad Team
Oct 8, 2010