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)
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
where do i find this lamp? WHERE?! i love it so.
this is pretty cool (in theory), it’s just too bad that the owners have the worst taste in the world (how’s that lounge, hey?) they could have done so much with it! they converted the church, but then basically made it look like a church with a lounge. plus there’s the whole living in a graveyard thing.
i remember seeing a church in cape town that a couple converted, that was way cooler. i wish i could find that, think it was in the VISI or elle decor (let me know if you have it!)
my bro is scooting over to germany with his wife & 5 month old baby to attend a summer wedding that’s going to be held here. serious? serious. the bride’s sister lives in the place. nice! i can imagine characters from a jane austen novel wandering about the gardens and looking out the windows with their sewing on their laps.
note: ‘schloss’ means castle, in german.
speaking of weddings, this one caught my eye:
this post doesn’t really have anything to do with cameron from ferris bueller (love him, though), except that his character’s house from the movie is for sale. i have house envy.