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Friday, November 14, 2014




My love of houses didn't start with this blog. As a kid I would cut out house ads from real estate booklets and Sunday newspapers and paste them into my diaries. I laid in bed at night thinking of what it might like to live in them. And I may have even sneaked into a few empty houses to nose around a time or two (note: i was born in the second half of the 70's and things just weren't so locked up as they are today). When I was young, maybe 11 or 12 years old, I was obsessed with the idea of having a loft apartment. I remember sitting down at the table with the Sunday newspaper, a local real estate booklet, a notepad, and pencil looking at prices and taking notes trying to plot out my future life around my ability to live a downtown loft. I had all kinds of numbers crunched trying to figure out how much rent would cost, sorting out living expenses, how much spending money I'd need (i think i penciled in yearly vacations to Hawaii too). And, beyond that, I tried to figure out what kind of job a person who lived in a loft might have (I think I came up with private investigator at the time - obviously I wasn't very good at number crunching). Well, I failed to follow my strict adolescent life plan probably somewhere around the following week but I still have a serious affection for lofts. Did you have any visions of where you might live when you grew up? 

+ Look : See more photos of this lovely and eclectic loft at apartment therapy.

+ Food for thought : mental illness and the media.

+ Photography : The death of conversations.

+ Lists : Bruce Springsteen's favorite books that shaped his mind and music.

Hope you all have a great weekend!

23 comments:

  1. I used to obsess about houses and apartments too. but even today I can't make up my mind what I actually want. a house. an apartment. one floor. two. I wish I could live in an entirely different place every six months!

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    1. that would be ideal wouldn't it? i'd love to live in so many different kinds of places!

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  2. Petra's comment makes me laugh. When a best girlfriend and I were planning prom dresses/wedding dresses/you name it, we would bemoan: can it be both long AND short? Even now, I'm the same. Country farmhouse or urban loft. Can't choose. I think you and I would have been good friends growing up. I used to rake our leaves into floor plans and play house. Always dreaming.

    That first photo? Want. That death of conversation? Sad.

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    1. ha! i love the making-floor-plans-with-leaves. yes, i am sure we would have gotten along swimmingly - kind of like now ;)

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  3. I would totally do that when I was younger as well, to the point of drawing up blueprints of the future home I would buy. Still probably have those diagrams somewhere. I think my dream home was one that was large enough to drive a golf cart inside of. Clearly this girl dreamt BIG

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    1. well if you ever come across those blueprints i hope you will share them!

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    2. It might be super mortifying. Or incredibly entertaining. Or both.

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  4. the vision i had as a child has evolved so much. i used to want a big, brick colonial - something you'd find in virginia, with white pillars and acres of rolling green fields. i imaginened a huge library filled with books from floor to ceiling and dozens of rooms connected by hidden passages (such a kid!) now, i am drawn to something more simple: 3 beds, 2 baths, maybe; minimally furnished and TONS of natural light; and snow capped mountains for a backdrop. ;)

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    1. do you remember the show webster? oh my gosh - that really started some serious fantasies of having a house with secret passages! and then around 10 we went to both the hurst castle and the winchester house, that may actually have been what started it all.

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    2. ha! yes!! oh i would've lost it as a 10-year old visiting a true life castle! :)

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  5. Wowzers! I am totally in love with this loft! IN LOVE! It makes me feel like I want to go back in time about 18 years and we could be roomies in a place like this (in our dreams, of course). Amazing!

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    1. ha! i could totally see this being a much, much cooler version of our basement apartment.

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  6. Oh this was totally an obsession of mine when I was younger, and still today actually, I spent this morning looking through the property paper that got delivered, dreaming of living in the houses and searching for the prefect one! Pinterest has definitely helped in my home dreaming and stalking. I'd love to live in a loft someday, a brooklyn brownstone, an Auckland villa, or a cute house surrounded by land to grow flowers and veges! I can dream :)

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    1. oh, pinterest is the best thing for house lovers isn't it? though i think it's just made my list of houses i'd love to live in 100x longer!

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  7. I don't think I had a clear vision of the house I wanted to live in when I was growing up, but I always liked homes filled with people, that's what I always wished for myself. The only thing that has changed now is that I would love a house (one floor with an attic) with a generous garden where I could grow my own vegetables. Heading to read the Bruce Springsteen link, I simply love his music.

    PS: Christine, did you receive my email? I thought I would ask, because it sometimes happens my emails to end up in the spam box (I don't know why). If you haven't, please let me know to forward it to you again (I used your email address available on your blog).

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    1. attics are lovely too. i still dream of having a place with an attic someday. i'd love to have it be a special little place for reading books. and i love bruce springsteen too, one of my favorites.

      also i emailed you back after i saw this (i found yours in my spam box??). let me know if you didn't get it!

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