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Christina Salway and John Moskowitz spent weekends from October to May renovating their 700-square-foot 1920s cottage in Sparrow Bush, N.Y., their first home purchase. A converted garage on the left is now a living room that has been enclosed with salvaged windows and glass-paned doors.

Christina Salway and John Moskowitz spent weekends from October to May renovating their 700-square-foot 1920s cottage - their first home purchase. A converted garage on the left is now a living room that has been enclosed with salvaged windows and glass-paned doors.

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victorian style homes

via victorian style homes flickr group

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100 abandoned houses

houses

this site was featured heavily on the blogosphere a while back, but i keep returning to it because some of the houses are so awesome and i’m sad that they are wasting away! check out 100 abandoned houses. there is also a story at the NY Times about the pros & cons of people buying beautiful old houses in shitty locations. one woman bought an amazing old mansion in the middle of one of the most dangerous parts of NYC:

if you have an old house / apartment & you’re in the process of restoring it, be sure to check out Door Sixteen – Anna & her husband bought an 1890s Victorian rowhouse in Newburgh, NY a few years back (after moving out of Brooklyn) and they’ve slowly been restoring it since.  she has some pretty rad before & afters in her flickr (the bathroom renovations are awesome)

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love the light

i’m nowhere near buying a house (or even a cupboard somewhere) – but if i was on the market for a wee bit of real estate, i would probably start off with something teeny like a studio flat.  this is a pretty great example of a studio that doesn’t feel like a studio.

i love the galley ‘kitchen’ behind the couch, genius. and there are two living areas – impressive! i’d probably replace the 2nd living room with a dining / work area. the decor itself is bordering on gaudy, but the use of space is just awesome. via luphia loves from light locations

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