Saturday, August 7th, 2010

More Detroit Developments


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Am I boring you with my current fascination with Detroit? I just think it’s going to be such an interesting city to follow, and I’ve been soaking in every article I come across about what people are doing to redesign it and help its recovery. The latest article I read was in The New York Times this week, and it chronicled what a community of artists are doing to help the city, including selling off square inches of property to help create a feeling of ownership, however small. When artists start to flock to an area, it’s always the first sign of improvement. There’s a sense of a new wave of Robert Smithson types with a penchant for industrial landscapes. Is the next step for Christo to wrap it all up in a bright color? Will Todd Selby* be heading there to photograph these artists at home? It’s going to be really fun to watch. Check out the article here.

*Speaking of The Times and Todd Selby, there was a great feature on him this week. Check it out here.

Image by Fabrizio Costantini for The New York Times. There’s a great slideshow of ten of his photographs here. The caption for the image above reads “Ms. Michael bought her house, left, with green trim, for $10,000. Artists and activists have rescued this leafy block from blight.” In addition, Ms. Bridget Michael is hoping to turn her second floor into a long term visiting artists’ residence, and it’s currently occupied.


Sunday, April 25th, 2010

Rethinking the Garage: A Woman Cave!


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I am one of those people who looks at a garage and thinks about how to make it livable. However, I have nothing on this woman, who became her own general contractor, raided airplane and boat salvages for parts, built a base for a clawfoot-less tub, and even learned how to weld during the process of making her garage habitable. Check out the entire article and slideshow at The New York Times; it’s really inspiring. I like this idea a whole lot better than the yurt in Alaska thing.

She’s married now and has moved back into the main house, but she’s kept the garage as her woman cave. A garage outfitted for a performance and visual artist differs greatly from that of  a couple of foot-long eating Rush aficionados:

TOTAL SIDE NOTE: Did anyone see the HILARIOUS letter to the editor to the Times about their recent articles – it mentioned the yurt people, the people who never turn on the heat, and some other article – the gist of it was basically “what’s the next trend, igloos?” That’s all I have to go on; I meant to cut it out and to share it with my fellow NYTimes Home readers because it was so funny – if you know where it is, please let me know in the comments section. I think it was published about two months ago.

  • photo from one of the funniest scenes ever, the “Tom Sawyer” montage –  Dreamworks Pictures, I Love You Man
  • photo by Ira Lippke for The New York Times

Thursday, August 20th, 2009

New York Times Home Section: Favorite Features


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If you didn’t pick up a New York Times today, check out the Home Section online. Here are some links to my favorite features this week:

1) I’m loving the slideshow of this modern Sag Harbor home (here’s a sneak peek, the interior floor is actually outdoor decking):

Isn’t this photography as crisp as the architecture in this one? I absolutely love it! The photographer is Michael Weschler.

2)If you like your coastal home a little more beachy, try shopping with India Hicks, queen of the shells.

3) If you’re still depressed about Flint Michigan after watching “Roger and Me,” find a little bit of hope by reading this article.

4) More hope from some industrious interior designers who are riding out the recession is here. Personally, my favorite e-decorator is Vanessa De Vargas. For more information, click here.

top photos by Michael Weschler for The New York Times.

Flint photo by Fred R. Conrad for The New York Times.


Tuesday, July 28th, 2009

Sharing the Second Home After the Breakup…


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In this economy, a lot of couples who have broken up are still stuck living together, and the movie The Break-Up certainly showed us how disasterous a situation that can be (I may have held out for that apartment too; it was gorgeous). However, it seems things can work out a little better when it comes to a second home.

Last week I was fascinated by this article about a couple who restored a lake house together and planned on getting married there, but broke up before the special day. They divvied up their weekends and decided to have the wedding party without the wedding. Although they plan to sell the house eventually, I thought it was really nice that they decided to share it. It also seemed to me that they must have started decorating the day after reading Jonathan Adler’s My Prescription for Anti-Depressive Living – mid-century bottles, Rex Ray artwork, shag rugs, silhouettes, retro ceramic lamps, and even an Adler Liza pillow.

To see a short video about it, click here – the decor is really fun to look at, and the story is sweet and bittersweet. For the full article, click here.

Do you think you could handle sharing a second home with an ex in order to save your access to the real estate?

lake house photos by Fred R. Conrad for The New York Times

The Break-Up image from here.


Friday, April 24th, 2009

Link of the Day


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I am a little pressed for time today, but I’ll send you off for your weekend with a link to a house that shows how beautiful the simple life in a small space can be. Granted, it’s on a pond in Martha’s Vineyard with ocean views, so I’m sure the pricetag would be anything but simple, but the little camp house that belongs to singer-songwriter-Berklee School of Music professor Livingston Taylor looks like cozy heaven:

You can see why he’s so inspired to write here. Be sure to check out the full slideshow here. The kitchen is my favorite part. 

photo by Jodi Hilton for The New York Times