Monday, January 30, 2017
Monday, January 23, 2017
#1 The two brothers.There are two stories about this house built in 1716, in Marblehead, Massachusetts. The first is that two brothers inherited the house, and couldn’t stand each other. So, instead of one selling to the other, he just decided to build a ten foot wide home to live there and spite his brother. Because, if you are miserable with your brother, it only makes sense to want to live in a prison cell sized home right next to him. The second theory is that the ten foot wide home was constructed to block the scenic view of two other family members, due to spite over inheriting such a small piece of the father’s estate. Seems colonials had their own precursors to the modern day dysfunctional family sitcoms.
#2 Thomas McCobbThis home was built in Phippsburg, Maine, in 1806. Thomas McCobb, heir to his father’s land and shipbuilding business, built this home directly in front of the “Mansion in the Wilderness,” which was inherited by his step brother. The home was moved in 1925 to Deadman’s Point in Rockport, Maine by barge.
#3 Dr. John TylerThis house was built in 1814 by Dr. John Tyler, the first American born ophthalmologist to perform cataract operation. He had learned that the city was planning to extend Record Street through Tyler’s land. In his search to stop the extension, he found a law inhibiting roads from being built where a substantial building was being constructed. He immediately had the foundation poured, and the road crews discovered it the next morning.
#4 More sibling rivalry.“The Skinny House” was built in the North End of Boston, Massachusetts, in 1874. There were two brothers that inherited a part of their father’s property (sounds familiar). While one brother was serving in the military, the other built a large home, leaving only a tiny piece of land that he thought was too small to build on. When the soldier returned, he built a very skinny home, high enough to block the sunlight from coming into his brother’s home, ruining the view.
#5 The agitated developer.In the 19th century, a Freeport, New York developer was agitated by the city’s grid development plan. He built the Victorian “Freeport Spite House” on a triangular plot of land, virtually overnight to throw off the development plan. Now that’s tenacity!
#6 Charles FrolingCharles Froling was vexed when the city of Alameda, California decided to take a large portion of his inherited land to build a road. He had hoped to build his dream home on it. To spite the city, and an unsympathetic neighbor, he built the “Alameda Spite House” between the road and the neighbor. The house is 54 feet long, 10 feet wide, and 20 feet high, and nearly touches his neighbor’s home.
#7 Francis O’ReillyIn 1908, Francis O’Reilly owned an investment parcel of land in Cambridge, Massachusetts (there’s that state again). His abutting neighbor declined buying the land from O’Reilly, who was looking to make a profit. In spite, he decided to build a 37 foot long, 8 foot wide building. It’s currently occupied by an interior decorating firm.
#8 The cost of a low-ball offer.In 1925, in Montlake, Seattle, Washington, the “Montlake Spite House” was constructed in response to a neighbor making an insultingly low offer on the tiny parcel of land. The house is 860 square feet, 55 inches wide at the south end, and 15 feet wide at the North end. It was built this way simply to block the neighbor’s open space. Seems people don’t take kindly to cheap neighbors.
#9 Aaron JacksonIn 2013, Aaron Jackson, and LGBT rights activist and founder of Planting Peace, was checking out Westboro Baptist Church on Google Maps. This church was widely known for being against everything Aaron Jackson stood for. He noticed there was a home for sale across the street from the church and immediately bought it. He painted it up like the rainbow flag to spite the church. He reports that most of the attention that would be on the church, is now turning towards his home.
Monday, January 16, 2017
Be BoldIf you're a person who doesn't like to decorate, you want to keep the amount of decorating you need to do to a minimum. And the best way to make a big impact with minimum effort is to be bold. Using bold patterns, colors, decor and furniture can make a room look highly styled with little effort on your part. Keep the majority of the room simple, and then choose one focal piece to make a bold statement. Use all neutrals in your dining room, but then use patterned wallpaper on one wall to add visual interest. Furnish your living room with simple pieces, but then choose an interesting coffee table as a conversation piece. Keep your entire bedroom in muted colors, but add a bright bedspread to add a pop of color. Focusing on one aspect of the decor in a room that makes a big impact will keep you from having to worry too much about decorating the rest of the room.
Stick To One ThemeDecorating can get complicated when you try to mix too many styles at once. And while an expert interior designer (or someone with a passion for decorating) can pull off a shabby chic living room with old world charm and touches of a contemporary style, for people who hate decorating will feel completely lost when trying to pull in design elements from multiple styles. Stick to one design theme throughout your home to minimize the amount of thought you need to put into your decorating. Sticking to one theme, like modern or traditional, will make it much easier to furnish and decorate your home since the decor will be consistent from room to room.
Hire a DesignerIf you truly hate decorating - and you have a healthy decorating budget - you might consider hiring an interior designer. An interior designer can help bring the vision you have for your home to life without you needing to deal with all of the small details that go into making a home beautiful. They'll source the materials, choose colors, buy furniture and take care of all the decorating. If you do hire a designer, it's important to find someone you trust who has experience with the style of decor that you'd like for your home. Just because someone is an amazing modern designer doesn't mean they'll be able to design the contemporary home of your dreams. Ask other homeowner friends for recommendations, search interior design directories on home sites like Houzz or use Yelp to find a well-reviewed designer in your area.
Use A Design ServiceIf hiring an interior design feels like it's out of your budget, explore a digital design service. Using a virtual design service is much more affordable than hiring a private designer but can get you the same results. One fantastic virtual design service is Havenly. Havenly allows you to review designer portfolios so you can choose a designer whose style matches what you're looking for. Then, you share details about the room and budget, and your designer puts together a mock-up of the design. You let them know what you like and what you don't before finalizing the design. Havenly then sends you a personalized shopping list of the items you'll need to purchase to complete your room. All you have to do is hit purchase and assemble the space and voila! Room decorated. And with prices starting at just $79 per room, you can't go wrong on the price. If you find the Havenly isn't quite the right fit for you, there's plenty of other virtual design services out there, like Laurel and Wolf or Decorist, to meet your interior design needs.
Have FunIf you find that decorating makes you want to pull your hair up, lighten up! Decorating, with the right mindset, can be fun. See if you can reframe the decorating process to make it more enjoyable for you. Try making a game of decorating a new room, and see how many new pieces of decor you can find for under $50. Set a date with your partner to spend a Sunday morning visiting antique stores to scout new pieces for your dining room. Throw a paint apron or a smock on your children and let them get their hands dirty helping you paint the new playroom. No matter how much you hate decorating, there's always a way to reframe it and make it more fun. With these 5 tips, you'll have your home looking like an ad from a magazine - even if you're a person who hates decorating.
Monday, January 9, 2017
From start to finish you don't want to miss this hilarious clip that delves into the lives of these stalwart guardians of home ownership.
Via Quentin Forgues
Tuesday, January 3, 2017
1. Tuxedo Kitchens
2. Wood Paneling
3. Hidden Appliances
4. Patterned Tiles
- Short kitchen cabinets are no longer en vogue. Go for taller cabinets with more room for storage.
- Brown and grey speckled granite countertops. While granite is still a popular choice for counters because of its resiliency and ease of clean up, lighter granite is more in line with the kitchens of 2017 and beyond.
- Dark wood kitchens are a no go. Bright and light are where it’s at.
Tuesday, December 13, 2016
Next time you’re in Europe and you want to truly get away from it all, stop by Giethoorn before it possibly disappears into the mists for a thousand years.
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