Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Cool Classic White Living... Real Estate!

I know, I have been completely awful in updating my blog for too many weeks now... But! I do have a reaaally good excuse... i just can't tell you what it is yet... sorry :( But I will when I can!!! ;)

Okay... soo! Of course, real estate... I've been keeping this beauty to show you for a while now too! (seeee... I have been thinking about posting!!)
This absolute beauty is on the Upper West Side in NYC, right on Central Park. This building landed twice in the top ten best co-ops in the city!

This 2,000 sq.ft. pre-war co-op apartment with four bedrooms and three bathrooms, also boasts 66 foot landscaped (and oh so gorgeous) sun filled terrace which stretches the entire length of the apartment just flooding in sunlight.
This apartment is completely renovated, and really nicely done too! I am loving the white white white, it accentuates the architectural features just beautifully!!

And the interior design nerd in me can spot and name all the plumbing fixtures, recognize the furniture and appliances!! Haha! ;)

Now, how much would I love to be relaxing on that terrace right now, gazing over Central Park? Yesss pleaassee..... just need to find that cool $4 million... ahem....

Monday, June 8, 2009

New York Real Estate!

It seems I'm on a real estate hunt these days! And also on that note, I realized I have done very little hunting in this city! So off I went to find a little nook of NY that I wouldn't mind calling my own!
Of course then (like I always do) I imagine how I would redecorate it! This time, I searched my seemingly millions of images for what I thought would be just the right fit for this property... which was wayyy too much fun!!!

And so, above is the apartment, located in Greenwich Village on Jane street (a gorgeous tree lined street!) between West 4th and Hudson St. I love the WOOD BURNING fireplace! The wood floors, the layout and the gorgeous little kitchen oozing potential! This one bedroom apartment has a ton of exposed brickwork, 10 foot ceilings, as well as a southern exposure (so there will be sunlight coming in all throughout the day!). For the full listing, click here!

I would of course, keep all the features I love, but brighten it up with whites, light creams, earth tones, and add splashes of deep blues and grey tones! The kitchen, although recently renovated, I would brighten from top to bottom with cool blue paint on the cabinets, open shelving, but treasure the already existing farmhouse sink!
The bedroom need a redecoration overhaul with a dose a character, and the navy blue striped headboard below does the trick perfectly. By making it a plush, clean and cosy room, without making it feel small, it's miles better then the odd and cold layout it currently has.
Although I don't know what the current bathroom looks like, I'm thinking a navy accent wall, vintage tiles, crisp and sparkling in this small space with what unfortunately looks like no window...
In the living room, I want the walls and fireplace to hold their own, and not be cluttered by too many patterns which could end up making the space look small and messy. Instead textures and neutral tones will lead the way! A deep cosy white sofa, a leather armchair, a textured rug, baskets, cushions and repainting the fireplace mantle white should do the trick perfectly!

All pulled together to turn into a gorgeous NYC sanctuary, to relax, to enjoy, it's fresh and inviting...

Sunday, June 7, 2009

Gorgeous New Jersey House!!

I've been spending a lot of time in New Jersey recently, and I've come to really like it! I've seen rolling green hills, wildlife (including one giant bear eating garbage! Which was spotted while I saw safely -and thankfully!- inside!) and some absolutely gorgeous houses! Most of which include porches! And oh how I love porches!!

So, as I do, I search real estate!!!
And I came across this total beauty!!
Built in 1735 this four bed, one bath house sits comfortably on 6 acres. With a large red barn and a property overflowing with apple and cherry trees, this house is just adorable....
There are four large fireplaces including one in the master bedroom. And although it only has one bathroom, there is a storage room which could easily be made into the second. I love the old floors, the old stone and the old wood beams, and with some changes here and there including a lick of paint, this house could be a dream come true!
And yes - that little porch is screaming "place swinging bench here"!!!

For the full listing - click here!

Thursday, June 4, 2009

I Want To Live Here!

Please excuse me, I just fell in LOVE!!!!

Following from my last post about North Carolina, I went real estate huntin'! However, I was drawn to Virginia yet again! And then stumbled across this absolute gem, which is in Charlottesville, and instantly fell in love with it!
There are a few things that I must, must have in my dream home, and don't worry, I don't expect the house to come with all of them! But the house that does catch my heart, will eventually have all of those dreams encapsulated within it too! (as well as a few dreams!!) And this house, has a lot of them already!

I mean, just look at that garden in the photos above!!! It's just screaming 'English Rose Garden'!! And that porch too! Omg... heaven on a rocking chair or porch swing just waiting to happen!!

Now of course, with anything, it needs your own touch to make it yours, which I would enjoy anyways! For example, I'd change up the kitchen... although it's got a cute country kitchen vibe, I crave open shelves and a farmhouse sink. And I think the appliances need a change (I wonder if the space is big enough for my dream aga?!). Anyone who knows me, would know the walls would be duck egg blue within a week of living there! And I'd have a stunning solid wood countertop, clean white back splash tiles.... mm!! I think perhaps next I should do an inspiration post for my dream kitchen!!

This house is a 1,796 sq. ft., three bed, 2.5 bath, single family home built in 1925. The character of this house really caught my eye, and spurred on my love for it, I just don't think it's something you can get in newer houses and true character isn't something you just purchase from a store. Every home needs to start with the right foundations...

I just love the wood beams of the house showing in the living room and stairs, and I adore the exposed joint in the photo below... oozing coziness and warmth! (I would change the fireplace mantle to a big white one, with tile inside... maybe....vintage tile? hmm...) I wouldn't want to mix my woods, and loving the beams as I do, they would have priority! 

Another one of my 'must haves' is a roll top bath!! And guess what! In the photo below there is one! I have a sneaking suspicion that the plumbing fixtures would need an overhaul, and I'm curious of the actual size of this bathroom too!!

I love love love the sunroom below, with it's window seat.. a perfect little office/painting/reading spot!! Or just somewhere I could sit with a cuppa tea after a long day! If it rains, I'd watch those drops gather and roll down the window panes...
And with big bright bedrooms, including that attic room, I don't think I could say no to this house if I tried!!
The full listing with all details is here!