I guess you could say that this website is sort of a misnomer. (At least for this post) Tiny apartments are great for the big cities like Boston, Hong Kong, Seattle, New York or San Francisco, but my heart has always been outside the city. To visit and to work, yes. It’s the city. But to live? Many of us do our best living outside cities even if you don’t realize it yet. And so we present to you the tiny homes that may have started the love affair with tiny homes:
The “Inside the Peasant’s House” Diagram from Middle School
Hopefully I’m not alone here on this one, but as a kid I remember these illustrations in school text books that always got my mind wondering on how it must had been living in old Europe. I’m sure life was very hard with long hours of manual labor and bad sleep on beds made of straw but look at that fireplace! Look at the rustic farm table and imagine having a cool drink from that beautiful hammered copper pitcher.
And speaking of “Look Inside” illustrations, here’s some more for inspiration:
Hagrid’s Hut in Harry Potter
The imagery in each Harry Potter book is so vibrant that each of us have our own image of what Diagon Alley, Hogwarts and Hagrid’s hut should look like. Hagrid’s hut was a place of comfort for Harry & the gang. Refuge and relief make this a happy little home.
I wonder if JK ever finished building the “real thing” on her estate?
City of God Houses
City of God is an incredible movie and the scenery is raw and unforgettable. Even though we don’t see very positive things happening in these homes, the images are still captivating. I wonder about the lives of each resident in each home, from the 5 year olds playing soccer to the grandmother sitting inside in front of the television.
I wonder if having a doll house as a kid subconsciously plays a part in gravitating towards small homes?
(This post is part of our MOST READ series, which preserves posts from the Tiny Apartment Design archives. Credit and copyright goes to original author.)