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VIDEO: Magical Tiny House With Loads of Surprise Design Ideas!

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This is the Purple Heart Manor built by Acorn Tiny Homes in Toronto, Canada.  It’s an ultra custom medieval-inspired tiny house built on a 43′ long x 10.5′ wide gooseneck trailer.

The exterior has a dramatic roofline, faux stone siding, a solid mahogany Tudor-style door, beautifully crafted stained glass windows, and there’s even a catio (a cat patio!).  Inside you’ll find more medieval-inspired touches, including a chandelier, a Victorian vanity, dungeon-style wallpaper, and soon there’ll even be a suit of armor in there!  The homeowner is also passionate about purple, so there are purple tiles, purple ceilings, purple sinks – purple everything!

The Purple Heart Manor by Acorn Tiny Homes: 43′ x 10.5′ Gooseneck Tiny House

Custom Magical Tiny House With Loads of Surprise Design Ideas! – Exterior – Exploring Alternatives

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One of the first things you notice when you come in (aside from all the purple!) is the super functional entrance with a long bench, loads of hooks, and storage spaces above and below.  Great for hanging coats, storing shoes, keeping reusable shopping bags, and more!   Plus the bench is overflow seating for the living room.

Acorn Magical Tiny House Tour – Mud Room – Exploring Alternatives

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The living room has a custom-made Chesterfield that pulls out into a double bed for guests, and across from it is an entertainment wall unit with a TV, space for gaming consoles, bookshelves that reach up to the ceiling (accessible by a rolling library ladder!), and a compact home office.

Acorn Magical Tiny House Tour – Interior – Exploring Alternatives

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The spacious kitchen has off-grid-friendly appliances, including a retro-style DC fridge and a propane stove and oven.  There’s also a drawer dishwasher and a purple farmhouse sink.  Across the way, there’s going to be a drop-leaf table installed next to the tea and coffee nook for hosting dinner parties.

Acorn Magical Tiny House Tour – Kitchen – Exploring Alternatives

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At the far end of the house is a glorious bathroom with a soaker tub, a rainwater shower, a Victorian vanity, and a makeup station (purple bench coming soon!).  The toilet has a heated seat and integrated bidet.  Not seen in the photo is a wall-to-wall closet with a combo washer and dryer, storage for a laundry hamper, plus room to hang clothes above a trio of deep dresser drawers.

Acorn Magical Tiny House Tour – Bathroom – Exploring Alternatives

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And finally, going up the stairs and onto the gooseneck there is a standing-height bedroom with a Queen-size lift-up bed for easy access to stored stuff, and space for a piano to be set up below the wraparound windows.

Acorn Magical Tiny House Tour – Bedroom – Exploring Alternatives

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This is an incredibly unique and lovely build that’s been perfectly designed around the homeowner’s favorite things in life!  To see the full tour with D’Arcy from Acorn Tiny Homes, check out the Exploring Alternatives video below!  There are loads of extra surprises and fun cat-friendly features to check out 🙂

VIDEO: Magical Tiny House With Loads of Surprise Design Ideas!


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Danielle is a digital nomad who is passionate about tiny spaces, living with less, reducing waste and eating plant-based food. Danielle is half of the Exploring Alternatives blog & video project. You can find more of her at www.ExploringAlternatives.ca and her Exploring Alternatives YouTube Channel.
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  • Alison
    June 30, 2023, 1:09 pm

    What a fun home! Super minor issues I have: why not paint the electrical panel cover? And for my preference, the fridge opens the wrong way. But I love the library ladder, and the cat accommodations. What a great place!

    • James D.
      June 30, 2023, 5:18 pm

      “why not paint the electrical panel cover?”

      Builder usually doesn’t do anything that may be interpreted as covering or blocking the panel because of inspection and passing the electrical codes. So it usually gets done after delivery… You also don’t want any paint to cover up any required markings or get inside the panel or cause an issue with opening or removing the panel cover, cause damage to the paint job later, etc. which means it needs to be carefully done and the owner may have other plans for dealing with it or is simply not bothered by it…

  • vee
    June 30, 2023, 8:18 pm

    Incredible somewhat tiny home — love most all of it — such marvellous storage — everywhere — all packed into 500-plus square feet. Loads of personality that suits the client — and fabulous place for cats — disclaimer: cat lover here!!

  • P. Carlin
    June 30, 2023, 10:24 pm

    I’ve been reading tinyhousetalk from the beginning. I love the size and configuration of the home. The great workmanship, fit and finish seem evident. But among other things I do under company names that are not relevant here and that require lots of licenses and schooling are other still other things that I also do under a variety of company names such as design digital photographic collages, digital jigsaw puzzles, wallpaper, fabrics, furniture, household linens, and take portraits. I’ve been an artist, sculptor and photographer for more than 55 years. SO WHY DO I MENTION ALL OF THIS? Because I know and love color!

    But frankly: I have never seen color used to make a tiny home look less appealing than it could otherwise be. In all of my years of tiny house fandom I’ve never felt motivated to make the kinds of comments I am making here and I am not trying to hurt anyone by my comments but to be constructive.

    Granted this combination of colors in this particular tiny home might have been a personal choice of favorite colors by a homeowner or builder, but it does not do much to play up the very good things about the home or even to “sell” the home marketing-wise and day-in and day-out I think the color combination will be hard to live with and then hard to sell to others as the years go on.

    The colors are neither energizing nor calming; in fact to me, they are “blah” and “energy-sapping”. And I even love a variety of “purples” so that’s not my issue and I’d feel far more comfortable with the seemingly “oatmeal-colored” stuff accessorized with pops of purples, indigos, lavenders, and mauve for accessories and not to have the exact color cabinet fronts that are pictured here.

    My overall points here: Especially in a tiny home consider the actual variations of colors when picking and especially when picking cabinetry and even “appliances such as toilets, showers, sinks”, flooring, counters, stairways, kitchen cabs, kitchen appliances and washing machine / dryers that will hang around just about “forever”. Considering the natural lighting or lack of it.

    To make this home more visually stimulating and more attractive, consider great lighting and light fixtures, great upholstery fabrics or leathers or high quality-looking leathers, suedes or simulated leathers & suedes, great bedroom linens, great furniture shapes, consider as large sizes of artwork as possible with great framing, pillows, mirrors, strategic placement of wallpapers, “classy ” window treatments, AND plants. Furniture colors that would be helpful to take away from “blahness” would be beautiful rich-colors of woods in the darker browns” and not overly upholstered puffy-looking furniture without wood showing. The size of this home is perfect for doing all of the above. (Even wallunits lined with mirrors and with lighting would be helpful.)

    Consider the help of an interior designer even. (And there are inexpensive ways to do that and what makes furniture, fabrics, and accessories “great” and “classy” is not “price” or a fancy designer name so I am not being “snobby”.). Sure hope I have not offended anyone!

    • James D.
      July 6, 2023, 6:48 am

      It was custom, buyers choice, and that’s the reality of custom builds because people can have up to completely different preferences and needs. So, it’s a market that renovation/remodel often is part of any resale… While the builder can just customize each one they build to specific buyer and it doesn’t really matter what they did for another as each can be different and unique…

  • Lou B
    July 5, 2023, 2:24 pm

    You guys are really off the chain by calling this a “Tiny House”.

  • Donna Rae
    July 5, 2023, 9:02 pm

    I saw the exterior of this Tiny and fell in love. It was warm and friendly, and off-the-charts interesting. Love that stained glass window! I was filled with anticipation about seeing the interior with all the potential the exterior hinted at. Purple is even one of my favorite colors! I am sorry to say that I was sorely disappointed. As warm and friendly as the exterior is, the interior is completely the opposite. I see that they were trying to make the interior interesting and a bit of a fantasy but it falls short because of how cold it is and that is mostly a function of the shades of those colors they chose. Perhaps a warmer shade of gray would help. Of course it’s based on personal preferences and what I want to experience in my home so I’m sure that there is someone out there that will absolutely love how this is appointed. There are plenty of creative design elements so I say kudos to the designer(s) for that but it’s just not at all appealing because of the cool versions of the colors that were chosen. I understand that adding a person’s own decorating items would warm it up a bit but I’m pretty sure that if I was looking to buy, the coldness of it would make me look to the next model very quickly. I avoid being negative and I’m not completely comfortable doing so here but manufacturers show their homes here in order to get a reaction and feedback so I felt I needed to be honest with them. I also understand that the colors may have been selected by a buyer so the manufacturer cannot be held responsible for someone else’s choices. Sadly, this was a disappointment that didn’t live up to the anticipation the exterior sparked. Sorry.

    • James D.
      July 6, 2023, 12:11 pm

      “I also understand that the colors may have been selected by a buyer so the manufacturer cannot be held responsible for someone else’s choices.”

      This was a custom build, so that is the case here…

      “Perhaps a warmer shade of gray would help.”

      Maybe but can’t tell unless seen in person, some colors simply won’t show well in photos or video. While also depends on intent, stains, etc. typically try to keep the appearance of the wood and isn’t going to be as vivid as paint. Alternatively, Milk paints, etc. can also bring a more old time look and will be more subdued, matte, finish.

      Appearance can also depend on lighting, some will even change shades of color depending on the lighting and angle you are viewing it. This can be intentional to create variations throughout the day.

      While, as you said, there could be other elements not present yet that would effect the overall appearance. Along, with the possibility that it’s what yet to be added to the home that is intended to be the focus and the rest of the home is either for contrast or highlighting that actual focus.

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