A Kitschy, Pink-alicious Apartment that Says No! to Minimalism — House Tour

Name: Alex and SeanLocation: Grand Lake — Oakland, CaliforniaSize: 500 square feetYears lived in: 5 years, renting Alex and Sean refuse to leave any walls bare in their Oakland apartment. Though tiny, the couple says there is always room for more kitsch, color, and mid-century treasures. It’s also very likely there is not one white wall in their apartment, either. Both their childhood homes were filled with kitsch, so when they met and realized they shared a love for mid-century furniture, classic TV, and cheesy movies, it was a perfect fit. “It was great to finally find a gay guy Read More

A Magical Attic Apartment with a "Genie Bottle Bedroom" — House Tour

Name: Terra Zosel Location: Kenwood Neighborhood, Minneapolis, MinnesotaSize: 800 square feetYears lived in: Rented 6 months The story of Terra’s apartment is multi-fold. Her home occupies the attic of her grandparents’ house where she lives as caretaker to her grandmother. Her grandparents purchased the home in the 1960s from a couple who relocated from Minneapolis to the significantly warmer state of Florida. Little information is known about those earlier owners or what the “genie bottle” room was used for, but Terra does know that it remained largely untouched from how the former resident — an artist — left it. READ Read More

A Dilapidated Old Church Becomes a Happy Vibrant Home — House Tour

Name: Jenny Mountford, owner of Attic and Fable Location: Bridgetown, Western AustraliaSize: 1894 square feetYears lived in: 2.5 years, owned Jenny has always been drawn to color, the avant garde and items that have a history. To hold something in her hands that’s been held by many hands before her gives her such pleasure, allowing herself to wonder about the life both it, and its owner, may have led. So even though when Jenny first stumbled across this building it was in quite a sad and sorry state, she knew that its rich history was something she could not pass Read More

A Wonderful Remodeled Portland Home Embraces Wabi-Sabi — House Tour

Name: Angela and Wubbi the BulldogLocation: SE Portland, OregonSize: 2,500 square feetYears lived in: 2 years, owned When Angela purchased her turn-of-the-century home, the kitchen was literally falling off the back of the house. “After moving in, I learned the original 1906 kitchen was moved from the center of the house onto the BACK PORCH! That little tidbit explained the slope of the kitchen floor! I had myself a genuine indoor/outdoor kitchen. For that reason and more, everything was ripped out down to the studs, a solid foundation was poured, and all new everything was installed…” READ MORE » Powered Read More

A Beautiful Vintage-Filled Studio Apartment in a Former Church — House Tour

Name: Deanna Leone, Jessie Mademann (and Thurston & Shermie the cats)Location: Fishtown, PhiladelphiaSize: Large Loft Studio (don’t know the square foot)Years Lived In: 2.5 years, renting Fishtown is one of Philadelphia’s many booming neighborhoods, and it’s becoming increasingly difficult to find a unique (and affordable!) home in the area. When you’re as creative as Jessie and Deanna, settling for a typical white-wall one-bedroom isn’t the ideal. The two were thrilled when a photographer friend of theirs had a vacant loft in his restored and renovated Fishtown church. What’s better than 15-foot windows, stained glass, and original pews throughout your home Read More

A First-Time Homeowner Hits the Jackpot With This Craftsman Gem — House Tour

Name: Hayley FrancisLocation: Roosevelt — Seattle, WashingtonSize: 1,800 square feetYears lived in: 2.5 years, owned When Hayley Francis set out in search of her dream home in Seattle during the summer of 2015, she did so toting a wishlist of charming must-haves: checkerboard black and white tile floors in the kitchen, hardwoods throughout, and a classic Craftsman style. And, in the midst of a rapidly rising and highly competitive housing market, she was lucky enough to land a house in Seattle’s desirable Roosevelt neighborhood that checked off all of the boxes on her list— and then some! She had effectively Read More

Three Roommates Share a Small Attic Apartment in Oakland — House Tour

Name: Helen, David and Nami (plus their cats Boogie and Sammie)Location: Lower Bottoms — Oakland, CaliforniaSize: ~600 square feetYears lived in: 5 years Helen, David and Nami live in a two-bedroom attic apartment in a historic mansion that was converted to apartments. The space has its perks, such as the walls painted yellow (Helen’s favorite color) and its convenience to downtown Oakland and public transit. But the awkward attic space also has its drawbacks: small windows resulting in low light, weird ceilings angles, and a tiny kitchen. Despite that, the three roommates admit that its awkwardness has made coming up Read More

Color, Pattern, and Patina in a Design Blogger's London Home — House Tour

Name: Ruth Matthews, husband Dan and son TedLocation: Wallington — London, UKSize: 1,050 square feetYears lived in: 1.5 years “The right colour has such an impact on the way you feel about your home, and I like to think the colours we’ve used make ours a relaxed and happy home,” says Design Soda blogger and interior stylist Ruth Matthews of the London home she shares with her husband and their two-year-old son. All of the rooms in their home are painted in different colors — ranging from off-whites to subtle blue-greens and deep blue-greens and grays — that form a Read More

An Austin Vintage Treasure Hunter's Second-Hand Style — House Tour

Name: September ScottLocation: Austin, TexasSize: 740 square feetYears Lived In: 2 years, renting Designer September Scott is all about the hunt—for treasures, one-of-a-kind finds and absolutely any found object she can reinvigorate. “Almost all the pieces in my space are reclaimed from an estate sale, flea market, Goodwill or on the side of the road. My passion is bringing new life into found objects,” she writes. READ MORE » Powered by WPeMatico

A Designer Created a Colorful Connecticut Home on a Budget — House Tour

Name: Angela Belt, her husband Leon and their daughter Brooklyn Location: West Hartford, Connecticut Size: 900 square feetYears Lived In: 8 months, renting Angela’s career revolves around interior design and creativity. As a senior designer and contributing editor for Homepolish and an interior stylist and art director for AphroChic, her work has been featured in publications like Elle Decor, House Beautiful, The Washington Post and more. Both her portfolio and the home in West Hartford she shares with her husband and daughter are proof that she’s got a passion for design and a keen eye for what is on trend. Read More