while i’m shopping for my dream house, i’ve found it incredibly helpful to virtually ‘shop online’. without a site like Trulia, it would be a nightmare to try and view all the houses for sale out there, especially those in los angeles, since i don’t yet live there. and now, Trulia’s created a tool that’s even easier for me to sort through my favorites, and share them with my mum, my realtor and friends in the local area to get their opinions. they’ve started ‘boards’ much like Pinterest, so you can categorize houses by price, by neighborhood, or anything you’d like — and you can do this on the Trulia website or on their mobile app.
Trulia Boards are the new, simple way to organize, narrow, and share your favorite homes, and you can Create boards with friends, family, or by yourself. And, they’ve got a sweepstakes happening right now — Create a board by April 30th for a chance to win $25,000 — in cash and a One Kings Lane gift card! oh, and if you want to take a fun, quick personality quiz, try Trulia’s Buyers-Diggs Test to help you figure out what type of home is perfect for you, and where. big surprise — i’m the lounge lizard who likes being at home!
I’ve created boards by area, to keep my head straight and to share them with my mum, who’s helping me shop since she lives in los angeles and can go to open houses and check out the properties before i fly down there unnecessarily. i’ve also created a board for san francisco — just in case by some miracle there’s a house here i might be able to afford. i’ve also created a board for dream houses — homes that i can’t afford, but definitely admire and like certain design aspects of. i think it’s great to see what other people have done to upgrade a kitchen, bath, landscaping etc. and since so many homes are ‘flipped’ like this these days, there’s a wealth of knowledge and ideas out there to save to my dream house board for my own home renovations, since i’ll probably be buying a fixer.
these Trulia Boards are also incredibly useful for me keep track of comparable houses (or what realtors call ‘comp houses’) in the neighborhoods when it comes to having a home i’m interested in appraised, and what similar comp houses in the area are going for. i also like to have an idea of what offer they ultimately accepted on the homes i’ve had my eye on — often these days over-asking price, so it helps me gauge what i’m up against in this competitive market. i’m learning so much about real estate, which i’ve actually found to be fun, and kind of empowering as a single woman buying my own home, and i’m really enjoying sharing this newly gained knowledge with you. so, all in all, Trulia has created these boards as a wonderful and invaluable tool for home shoppers like me, and perhaps first time buyers trying to learn the sometimes daunting aspects of home shopping!
• photography via light locations.
a good friend of mine, the very talented photographer laurie frankel is traveling to belgium and asked me for some recommendations on what to see, since i traveled there a few years ago. i remembered the wonder of graanmarkt 13, which lead me somehow to the work of frederik vercruysse, who has worked with the beautiful concept store in Antwerp. frederik vercruysse is an antwerp, belgium-based photographer who describes his work as still life photography in the broad sense of the word. “approaching architecture and photography from the same angle, frederik sees furnished spaces as compositions”. i could see that instantly, and while sometimes somewhat austere and very minimalist, his images are incredibly beautiful to my eye. you might recognize some of his work from decor magazines like dwell, wallpaper and casa vogue. you can see his full portfolio at frederik vercruysse.
• all photography courtesy of frederik vercruysse.
keeping on trend with today’s earlier post, how do you feel about a little urban decay? rustic floors, exposed brick and patchy walls that are anything but perfect can add a lot of interest. and sometimes rather than patch them up or refinish them, how about a make-under and enhance the patina that age brought on all on its own? could you live with that — or is it just too rough around the edges for you? paired with modern furnishings, i rather like it in small doses — it makes for a nice study in contrast.
i’m not a huge fan of what might be considered ‘traditional country’ decor per se, but i do like it when it gets a bit quirky — and designer John Derian’s beach home certainly has that. it’s filled with unusual vintage finds, much like the collections he shares in his new york shop, and now one in the coastal summer resort town of Provincetown, Massachusetts, where he’s also bought this funky old 1930’s house. featured in architectural digest espana, i love the very intentional rustic look — unfinished floors, overstuffed comfy furniture and mismatched textiles, vintage portraits and gorgeous antique area rugs. together they create that perfect, casual beach house vibe — the ideal retreat for summer and weekends away from the big bad city. and that makeshift ping pong table? love it!
i love this home tour over on apartment therapy of a home in Brunswick West, Victoria, Australia. typically australian, it’s colorful and unique, and very warm and welcoming. it’s the quirky and art-filled victorian terrace home of beca orpin, author, crafter and designer and her lovely family. i loved the whole home tour, but i especially loved this bedroom — it seems such a cheerful place to wake up each day. everything has been thrifted or made by beci or their artist friends, or found locally in brunswick. for the full tour visit apartment therapy and be sure and visit beci’s website as well — it’s such a wonderfully happy place!
• photography courtesy of apartment therapy.