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The Real Estate of Things

This category features a few home lovin’ habits that Sarah and Betsy can’t shake. From cruising through town for a little game of “Know Your Neighborhood,” you know, the one where you roll slowly past and soak in as much detail about the trim and paint colors as is possible without pulling into the drive and totally freaking out your neighbors… to lusting after attractive real estate opportunities via “Estate Envy” to the occasional “House Hunting” diary that accompanies the search before a big move. Fellow home lovers should follow along for a look into the latest lust worthy homes that these girls are unearthing.

Renovating Bungalow 404: Kitchen Inspiration

After a long search in both print and on the internet, I think I have found the right source of inspiration for Bungalow 404’s kitchen. If you are fairly indecisive like me, then it’s a relief to finally settle on a look you want to pursue.

Found on pointclickhome

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This kitchen has many elements that I like, they are:

  • Chrome/Nickel bin pulls
  • Black countertops
  • Chrome/glass pendants
  • White cabinetry
  • Ebony, gloss hardwoods
  • Open to dining area

Oh and I think it’s important to tell you that I have decided to pack up my little family and move in to Bungalow 404…in case you hadn’t already surmised that. My favorite architectural style right now is Craftsman/Bungalow and I couldn’t pass up the chance to have my very own. And I am pretty sure Betsy is scouring the MLS searching for one that she can call her own because she’s jealous– but hey she gets to go to Europe this Spring.

Back to the kitchen…here are some purchases I have made to outfit 404’s kitchen.

At first I was sold for sure on the Phane pendant at Conran but just decided that it was out of my budget because I needed four and at $350 each, they got the boot.

the estate of things chooses conran

Instead I ended up with the Clemson pendant from Restoration Hardware which I purchased new on Ebay and saved $40.

the estate of things chooses restoration hardware

You’ll remember from a previous post that I chose white cabinets, some with glass fronts. I’ve also selected Absolute Black granite countertops and I’ve received one quote and am waiting for the cabinets to be installed on 2/9 before I receive the 2nd quote.  One of the stone companies I am working with advised me that Absolute Black granite tends to show scratches more than his Black Pearl and Black Galaxy stone. I had to just take that advise and move on because I couldn’t give up the consistency of the Absolute and I didn’t like the shiny stones or filler in the pearl and galaxy.

I purchased this lovely faucet for the kitchen sink after reading the reviews on Overstock and comparing prices.

the estate of things chooses overstock

Most of the original flooring on the main level is in fine shape and will be refinished. However, in the kitchen and new dining room, there was a mix between cheap laminate flooring and ugly and worn linoleum. New flooring will be installed Monday and it is a dark Hickory Spice by Somerset Flooring. The salesperson assured my Mom over the phone that it was an espresso-like finish.

the estate of things chooses somerset flooring

This is natural hickory which I think would’ve been nice for the basement but we got white oak instead.

the estate of things chooses somerset flooring

The contractor will continue the rest of the carpentry and trim work that needs to be done this coming week to prepare for the painters.  Painters have already started prepping, caulking, sanding and doing some priming.  The original trim work really needs to be sanded and smoothed to prepare it for paint. They plan to clean and pressure wash the exterior to prepare it for paint on Monday. The pressure is now on to select the rest of the interior and exterior paint colors this weekend.  I really want to get the outside color just right, I don’t want to pull in to the driveway everyday and it not be exactly what I wanted to see, it will bother the hell out of me so…I am going to probably paint a couple of samples on and observe those for at least 48 hours and make a decision from there.

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Estate Envy: Post and Beam in Los Angeles

Today’s Installment of ESTATE ENVY comes from Los Angeles – where its a heck of a lot warmer and my options for what to do tonight are exponentially more exciting than what my night will be in reality!! Plus they have Pinkberry there, and for some reason I’m craving it. So, maybe it’s just a momentary envy.

This Mid-Century Post & Beam home is in the Mt. Washington area of LA – and I’m dying to peak around the corner and see what the view is like.

Images courtesy of The Value of Architecture

Nestled in the hills of Mt. Washington, hidden behind a verdant hedgerow, this art director’s private compound is a retreat from all things urban. Here the architects have transformed an otherwise humble 1930’s bungalow in the signature style of their late 1950’s and early 1960’s work. Slender wood posts support soaring beams, creating dramatic open spaces with minimally detailed plate glass windows all around. The consistent structural module, polished concrete floors, tongue-and-groove ceilings, board-and-batten siding and clerestory windows define the Modern aesthetic, while a pair of ultra-mod red entry doors point to the hipness of the era. 2 BR, 1 BA, 1,600 SF

Photography: Brian Thomas Jones

Listing Agent:
Brian Linder, AIA
Deasy Penner & Linder
The Value Of Architecture

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Red Cottages

You know something that I can’t get over lately is Sweden and more specifically some of the design elements that are common there.  During my search for all things Swedish, I keep encountering red cottages and I love them.  I found another great red cottage that is beautiful inside and out and I wanted to share it with you.

Courtesy of Skona Hem

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the detail of the porch railing is amazing

the estate of things chooses skona hem

the estate of things chooses skona hem

the estate of things chooses skona hem the estate of things chooses skona hem

the estate of things chooses skona hem

the estate of things chooses skona hem the estate of things chooses skona hem

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Risky Business

The risk isn’t in the design.

Needless to say the owners of this home don’t have any children and I’m guessing they never get drunk in this apartment either.

“Hello Anna, can we come over to your house tonight, Lars and I would like to get sloshed”

the estate of things chooses skona hem

image from Skona Hem

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Estate Envy

We’ve decided to start a weekly feature for The Real Estate of Things. Through this feature we’ll share properties currently on the market that we love, more interiors that inspire us, homes we wish we could live in.

Our first installment of Estate Envy brings you a property listed by Skeppsholmen, a Swedish agency that was discovered through the lovely blog, Desire to Inspire.

I think the highlights are the kitchen, fireplace and the outdoor spaces. What are your favorite parts? Maybe you don’t like it all, let us know.

the estate of things chooses skeppsholmen

the estate of things chooses skeppsholmen

the estate of things chooses skeppsholmen

the estate of things chooses skeppsholmen

the estate of things chooses skeppsholmen

the estate of things chooses skeppsholmen

the estate of things chooses skeppsholmen

the estate of things chooses skeppsholmen

the estate of things chooses skeppsholmen

the estate of things chooses skeppsholmen

Love this house but can’t afford international real estate? Take a look at the Cottage Company. The Cottage Company with the help of architect Ross Chapin have been busy creating “pocket neighborhoods” in the Northwestern part of the country. Purchase one of Ross’ plans and put your cottage anywhere.

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