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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.

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

the estate of things chooses skona hem

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

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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Bungalow 404 Update

It’s been a while since there was an update on the renovation of Bungalow 404. 

Since my last post on the project, the screened porch has been torn off as well as the entire front porch floor.  During an attempt to repair a brick column on the front corner, the porch supports were observed to be deteriorated and compromised because of old termite damage. Good news, no active termites. Bad news, the whole porch floor has to be rebuilt and I am going to reconfigure the screen framing.

I realize not everyone enjoys looking at the early stages of renovation, it can be quite boring. But for those of you out there that want to see 404’s progress, here is a brief visual update.

 the estate of things chooses bungalow 404

                                         the estate of things chooses bungalow 404

the estate of things chooses bungalow 404

Meanwhile, some design decisions have been made. A dining room fixture was selected and purchased from CB2.

                                     the estate of things chooses cb2

As far as my choices for the bathrooms, my decisions are still few but I’ve settled on white beadboard for the bathroom in the basement and haven’t made any tile selections there. In the hall bath (one with the difficult air return) I will deffinetly stick with the white subway tile chair rail there and I’d like to use a bigger 16×16 polished porcelain tile which mimics marble but is more durable. I found the polished porcelain at Lowes. I’d like to have the least grout lines possible because here’s the deal–it’s easy to get charmed by those small hexagonal or white round penny tiles but those equal a lot of grout and if you use a white tile then you are going to use a light grout.  Grout gets dirty over time and even with all of the specialty grout cleaners out there, it doesn’t quite come clean. Moral=reduce grout lines or reserve small tiles for bathrooms with the least traffic.

 

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