Ashland MA

November 2, 2008

2.5 hours from boston, start of the Berkshires

how about a 60k 4 acre wooded lot plus a $46k pre-fab tiny vaca home?


NYT on Ashland

Homes in Ashland

cool tiny home

more small homes


128 Commonwealth Ave, Boston

October 29, 2008

$12 million (!!!)

9000 sq ft

15 foot ceilings, 6 floors. lots of gold. over-the-top, but also beautiful.

check out sproost

October 22, 2008

Sproost just launched.  It’s a very cool interior design site from my friends Melissa, Ryan and Chad.

I took the quiz and found out I was 50% cottage chic with 25% french eclectic and 25% vintage modern.

While being labeled ‘cottage chic’ kinda freaks me out, I can see how I got that label.  I’m only 50% that, and I can see how my style can be that plus a heavy dose of the other two.  I think it makes sense.

Here are some recent pics from my home. I guess the labels fit, huh!

Sproost – make me a place to upload pics and share ideas with other people with similar taste to mine!

I just put up those blik sticker tiles. I would love to redo this kitchen, but for now I am just trying to make it fun!

recently replaced that mirror with some custom art

real life at our house includes toys as accessories!

I found this antique table at a consignment shop in NH. score.

I recently completed a redo of our bathroom (painting,chair rail, new shelving etc) I will post pics soon.

I’ve also got a new blik installation on the staircase, our 3rd floor office, a redo of Luka’s room and our bedroom. I will post pics to those sometime too.

happy fall! some beautiful images from the NYT

October 22, 2008
love the french doors on the far left.

love the french doors on the far left.

unmatching vintage bar stools FTW! also love the brick wall and blackboard.  the french doors from previous pic are just off the camera on right.

unmatching vintage bar stools FTW! also love the brick wall and blackboard. the french doors from previous pic are just off the camera on right.

making scenery into wall art. amazing.

making scenery into wall art. amazing.

wow. rounded corners with tile.

wow. rounded corners with tile.

4339 26th st

July 30, 2008

I wish I could buy this one.

2312 Ebony St, Port Townsend, WA

July 25, 2008

I read about Port Townsend, Washington a few weeks ago in the NYT.  Sounds like a cute place, although maybe not for people my age. Although, who really cares.  It is a bit far from anything, Seattle being 2 hours away. But if you don’t have to commute, that’s not so bad for an occasional drive to the city.

Here’s a cute home for sale there.  2312 Ebony St.  Listed at $400,000 for over 30 days according to Trulia. Listing here.

Not too big, but charming. I like the chicken wire on the cabinets:

interesting bathroom woodwork, reminds me of a sailboat for some reason.

4090 25th St & 4221 21st St, SF CA

July 25, 2008

The previous post puts both of these homes to shame, although to be fair they are both about $400k less, which is the cost of a very nice home in most places (but not SF!).

First, 4090 25th st: $1,090,000

Cute kitchen. I am a sucker for subway tile backsplashes.

the listing at zephyr

Next, 4221 21st st


This is more of a ‘has potential’ house. Not run-down, just not jaw-dropping. I could do a lot with this – in some ways, a home like this is more fun.

the coldwell banker listing

1143 Diamond, SF CA

July 25, 2008

$1,398,000 in the Noe Valley neighborhood.

Love the high ceilings.

I also appreciate the presentation of this house: the decor is immaculate, the paint colors are fabulous.

Ellijay, North Georgia

June 12, 2008

A modern Mountain Home listing for only: $240,00

There’s a site I search occasionally which lists modern homes around the country: sellmodern.

I don’t usually like the 50’s retro modern homes, but I do like the new constructions which take their inspiration from these homes but have updated the style for this generation. Usually this means higher ceilings, less wood paneling, no carpeting or tile, plus great fixtures, appliances, and green products.

I found a great set of new constructions like this for extremely affordable prices. The catch? You have to live in North Georgia. First of all it’s Georgia. Second, the nearest city Atlanta, is 1 1/2 hours and nearly 80 miles away.

That being said, a home here would be in the beautiful forested wilderness. Imagine a fabulous totally new home with beautiful vistas at an amazingly cheap price. So you have to spend more time with family. All of your time. Work remotely, or don’t work. No more eating out, but plenty of time to learn all sorts of recipes.

Actually I think I could get used to the isolation, but the thing that really gets me is the humidity and the bugs.

For more info, visit the website of the development.

8 St. Felix Street, Brooklyn, NY (Ft Greene)

June 1, 2008

Listed at: $1,590,000

All my friends who live in NY live in Williamsburg, and they all SAY that the newest ‘hot’ place to live is Ft Greene. So I took a look at the listings there to see what was available. Living in NYC has some great aspects. The excitement of the city always pumps me up and makes me happy to be alive. You feel the pulse of the world there. I’m always vaguely jealous when someone says they live there, even though I was the one who chose to move away. And when I’m back I feel as though I’m always interviewing the city to determine if I want to come back. I think that’s the thing – you can never really get over it; I continue to feel it’s draw.

Also good is that both my family and most of my husband’s live there. And lots of our friends, too. On the down side, schools are bad, the weather is only alright (I much prefer the always-beautiful weather or SF or the thrilling colors of the Fall in Boston), and it is surprisingly dirty. A search for my home criteria in Manhattan yields homes from 11-18 million and skyrocketing up from there. Brooklyn is at least somewhat more reasonable.

Here’s the best I saw in Ft Greene. A renovated Carriage house.


I love the exterior, although that pole is a shame.

One floor appears to be a ‘studio/office’ while the other is living space. I like the options that gives, plus a large open space is always great:


250 feet from an Emergency Room entrance. Yeah, seriously.

Some of the fixtures and treatments, such as the windows in the picture below, look a bit too 80’s:

Here’s the listing for more info:

By the way, I just found another renovated ‘reclaimed’ home in my neighborhood in SF.  Only  $6.375 million dollars! Lust away: