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Apr 18

A Small But Stylish Basement Is a Couple's Retreat from the Hustle and Bustle of D.C. — House Tour

Name: Samantha Nobles and husband Daniel
Location: Capitol Hill, Washington D.C.
Size: 500 square feet
Years lived in: 2.5 years, renting

The Nobles’ Nest is our first home as a married couple, for this reason alone we have a special adoration for this basement apartment. The couple who lived in the space before us are coincidentally our friends, and when they were moving out we conveniently slid right in to fill their spot! The best part of living here? We are within a few blocks of most of our friends and community. It is not uncommon to have surprise drop ins and spontaneous dinner or drinks with our friends in the neighborhood! When things feel too crammed, or I am desiring a nicer bathroom or more kitchen counter space—I stop myself and think: “One day you will miss this little place and all that comes with it! Savor this season!” It truly is all about perspective.

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Apr 18

BuzzFeed Life Editorial Director Peggy Wang's Queens Home Is a Vision in Blue — House Tour

Name: Peggy Wang
Location: Ridgewood, Queens
Size: 1100 square feet
Years lived in: 3 years, owned

A few years ago, I kinda just woke up one day and decided that I didn’t want to live in a tiny apartment anymore. It was like a weird sudden existential outburst in my usual lazy put-everything-off-forever mindset. My boyfriend’s friend happened to be looking to buy a two-family house, which is what planted the idea in my head. It took about eight months between that day I had the epiphany to the day I closed on the house.

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Mar 18

The Cartorialist's Classic, Relaxed California Home — House Tour

Name: Carly Kuhn
Location: Larchmont — Los Angeles, California
Size: 1,303 square feet
Years Lived In: 1.5 years, renting

“I moved into this space about year and a half ago. I was drawn to this space because of the great location. As a New Yorker, I love this Larchmont area that’s really walkable. It also has insane light, which is always a priority, especially since I work from home and need a lot of light to feel inspired,” admits Carly Kuhn, artist and founder of The Cartorialist. But even after over a year in this loft space, she didn’t quite feel like she had her home’s layout right. There’s lots of light and beautiful views, but also a wide open floor plan. She explains that “it was difficult to conceptualize the entire design and layout without seeing everything together.”

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Feb 18

A Shaker-Inspired, Hand-Built Vermont Farmhouse — House Tour

Name: Sarah Priestap-Porter and Jeffrey Porter. Our land-mates are Arlo (rescue mutt) and Glaumur (Icelandic Horse)
Location: Tunbridge, Vermont (Central Vermont, for y’all who have no idea where this is)
Size: 1620 square feet
Years Lived In: 1 year, owned

When I started dating Jeff back in 2009, one of the first things he told me was how his dream was to build a house for his family some day. It was college, and the time when everyone talked about big dreams, so I never took it seriously. After all, he was a photography major with a little woodworking experience at the time, not some experienced builder. It wasn’t until 2011 when we moved to Vermont and he began to apprentice with a timber-framer that I realized how real his dream may be.

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Jan 18

A Brooklyn-Based Lawyer Has a Passion for Interior Design — House Tour

Name: Bev Wilson
Location: Boerum Hill, Brooklyn
Size: 975 square feet
Years Lived In: 2.5 years, owned

Bev is a lawyer, but has always been interested in interior design and photography. So when it came time to start searching for an apartment to buy, she wanted a space she could really design and customize. She wanted a renovation project.

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Jan 18

A Modern, Comfortable Renovation in Buffalo — House Tour

Name: Raelyn Woltz and her fiancé Jon
Location: Buffalo, New York
Size: 1,100 square feet
Years Lived In: 2 years, owned

The house had been vacant for two years when Jon and Raelyn bought it…and it needed a lot of work. Not just to make it look better, but also to make it more livable. “We spent a little over a year planning and working on it ourselves (and a ton of help from family!). We gutted the entire first floor down to the studs and reworked the floor plan to accommodate a modern family.”

An example of a big layout change can be seen in the first floor’s only (tiny) bathroom; they combined it with the former pantry to make more room. They also added a door so they could access the master bedroom directly. And they removed doors to the kitchen when they renovated (for some reason there were five!). “I drew up a few floor plans and we really took our time deciding on how we would actually use the space, and what made the most sense for our investment.”

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Jan 18

Suzanne and Oliver Jeffers' Custom, Beautiful Brooklyn Home — House Tour

Name: Suzanne and Oliver Jeffers, and their son Harland
Location: Park Slope — Brooklyn, NY
Size: 1,600 square feet
Years lived in: 2 years, renting

Originally from Northern Ireland, Suzanne and Oliver Jeffers have called Brooklyn home for ten years. Before moving to their current rental, they were living in a tiny, one-bedroom apartment in Brooklyn Heights. The apartment fit their needs just fine…until they found out their family would be expanding.

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Jan 18

The Perfectly Imperfect Home of Simplified Planner's Emily Ley — House Tour

Name: Emily Ley, husband Bryan, toddler twins (Caroline + Tyler) and first-grader (Brady)
Location: Tampa, Florida
Size: a little under 4,000 square feet
Years Lived In: almost 3, owned

It was becoming a mom that led Emily to the life she leads today: A designer, author, and the creator of the wildly popular Simplified Planner. After struggling with wanting to be the “perfect” mom and creating overpacked schedules (and stressful days), she came to the realization that “joy is truly found in the journey — not necessarily at the destination.” As she explains on her website, “I knew I had to make a change by simplifying my days and refocusing my efforts. From that point forward, I devoted my creative energies towards tools that empower and encourage women like myself to do just that.” The home she shares with her husband and three kids mirrors many of Emily’s philosophies. It’s a simple, fun space that’s organized…but also the sometimes-messy home of young kids.

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Nov 17

Author Amy Stewart Says Goodbye to Her California Victorian — House Tour

Name: Amy Stewart and Scott Brown
Location: Eureka, California
Size: 2800 square feet
Years Lived In: 17 years; own (well, we used to own it. We just sold the house and we’re moving to Portland.)

How do you say goodbye to a house you’ve lived in and loved for 17 years? That’s just the dilemma writer and artist Amy Stewart and her husband, Scott Brown, a rare book dealer, recently faced when they decided to sell the big Victorian house in Eureka, California they’ve lived in for almost two decades. Amy and Scott are downsizing and making the move to Oregon. “The new condo in Portland is cool, but it’s not 110 years old,” wrote Amy. To help with the farewells, she took pen (and watercolor) to paper to illustrate her favorite elements to this house. “The sketchbook is SUCH therapy. I don’t know if I will ever get over this house. I question my sanity every day for leaving such a gorgeous home.”

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Oct 17

A Family of Six's Cozy, Renovated Buenos Aires Home — House Tour

Name: Andrea, Fernando and their children Delfina, Juan Cruz, Bautista and Benito
Location: Villa Adelina — Buenos Aires, Argentina
Size: 950 square feet
Years lived in: 20 years, owned

When Andrea got pregnant with their first child, they moved to this house that belonged to her husband’s family. It was supposed to be for the meantime, while they’d keep looking for their “forever” house.

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