SPENCER MAIL: Janna in Portland, OR

Spencer Mail, Janna
Spencer Mail Portland OR

This month’s Spencer Mail comes from Janna in Portland, Oregon. We are deducing that Janna lives in Portland, because her postcard was from Portland cult classic landmark Voodoo Donuts, and the postmark identifies as local. Janna could also be a recent visitor to Portland. We may never know! (Janna…?!)

Found your blog through a friend + I’ve enjoyed reading it. Congratulations on your huge success so far! My question is: Can we see more pics of your tiny cottage? I love small houses!

Love, Janna

PS: The rhino is too cute! :)

Thank you for the mail! We are so glad your friend passed along the link. We hope to encourage more people through our honesty about our finances and the debt we have hanging over our heads.

Janna wants to see photos of our tiny house. We’ve been reluctant to post too many images online so we don’t place ourselves too precisely, geographically speaking. So, chemically imbalanced readers, please don’t try to stalk us.

The truth is, our tiny cottage is too wonderful not to share.

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We live in 364 feet of divided space, lovingly handcrafted by our landlords using upcycled materials, clever cubby holes, and a miniature version of almost everything. The floor plan is compact and every inch goes to good use. The open storage in the kitchen can start to look a little bit cluttered for my tastes, but the decor and warmth of the lighting and wood makes this place incredibly liveable. See our tiny countertop fridge in the bottom middle picture? We also only have two burners for cooking – and it’s FINE. Our bathroom sink is also very tiny. The swing on our front porch (bottom left) is a recycled Dairy Queen booth!

If you’d like a virtual tour, this Canadian feature was made in our house – skip to 10:35 for more on Sassafras Garden Cottage.

Thank you for your postcard and the encouragement, Janna from Portland! We are happy to be able to share more images with you and hope you enjoyed a peek into our domestic space.

And PS: we don’t think Spencer is cute at all. He’s super annoying. We hope you don’t become too attached to him because we want to get rid of him as soon as possible!


READERS: If you have a story to share, or a challenge question for us, we’d love to hear from you! We’re accepting good old fashion letters and postcards about our project, and will do our best to answer your question, rise to your challenge, or share your story. You can reach us here:

Ali & Rachel H
PO Box 11506
Portland, OR 97211

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6 thoughts on “SPENCER MAIL: Janna in Portland, OR

  1. Janna

    Yes, I live in Portland! :)

    Your cottage is adorable! Thanks for sharing the pics. I live in a small, two bedroom cottage with my husband, dog and two kids. It’s ‘cozy’ but we love it.

  2. Janna

    Fun websites! Thanks for sharing. Although now that I’ve checked out those houses, I don’t think I can call mine small anymore…

  3. Gina

    Rachel & Ali – wow! I had no idea that you lived in such an incredible space. Love the small space idea it just makes sense. Your home is lovely and the idea is brilliant. All the best to you in reaching your goals!

  4. rachel Post author

    Abbey, we did little to make it gorgeous! It is a fully furnished accommodation, which helped us have an easy transition to life in Portland without needing to buy a bunch of stuff to fill a new place right away.

    Gina, yeah, you should come visit us before you move away! Come on over for a cup of tea! Bring the kids – I’ll show them all the trap doors and cool spaces.


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