Posts by Jennifer Karmon
- Jennifer Karmon at Spaces20 hrs ago
Milan Design Week just wrapped up, packed with pieces as diverse as a solar-powered parasol, rabbit-fur wallpaper, a fully functional kitchen that unfurls from a smooth pillar (along with all manner of transforming furniture) and so much more.
But one of the most inspiring sections of "iSaloni" -- not just the thousands of fair exhibitors who showed at the 2014 Salone del Mobile (furniture), EuroCucina (kitchen) and the Salone del Bagno (bath), but also the hundreds of events scattered from across the city of Milan -- was SaloneSatellite, showcasing designers younger than 35. Their contributions were less about luxury than about simplicity, beauty and utility, which was refreshing amid all the opulence.
- Jennifer Karmon at Spaces11 days ago
You've heard it a million times: No home project delivers bang for the buck as effectively as painting.
These design bloggers took that truism and ran with it. They were challenged to use a color as their focus for a single DIY project, ranging from a simple transformation of an accent piece to full-room makeovers. In the makeover category -- our favorite -- you'll find approaches that range from bold stripes to an ethereal lilac, plus one especially lucky little girl's bed-nook-turned-playhouse.
The before-and-afters were inspired by National Painting Week, launched a few years ago by Sherwin-Williams, which coordinated this blogger campaign.
Fully three-quarters of homeowners admit they've got a space in their home in need of painting -- and nearly half of homeowners are planning to tackle the problem in the next six months. If you're one of them, maybe these bloggers' results will provide the motivation you need.
- Jennifer Karmon at Spaces15 days ago
We knew we had a gem on our hands when we read the usually dry real estate description:
"Absolutely dyno-mite pad with groovy vibes -- this never before seen generational home is a true prize in the Cracker Jack box of L.A. real estate."
After our friends at the Curbed L.A. real estate blog made this fabulous find, Yahoo Homes talked to Hughes Estate Sales, which gave us a preview of items from the home that it will be offering on April 11 and 12 (click here to see the gallery; the items pictured at the end of the slideshow, after the historical photos, will be for sale). Hughes made sure we also knew the home's backstory, first reported by the wonderful Retro Renovation blog -- a tale that explains why the home seems to practically "vibrate with love."
- Jennifer Karmon at Spaces16 days ago
England's Shakenhurst Estate, old enough to merit a mention in William the Conqueror's thousand-year-old "Domesday Book" property survey, just became that most modern of real estate phenomena: a flip.
The Meysey family owned it from 1349 until the 2008 death of the manor's last Meysey custodian, an artist who worked on the Pink Floyd film "The Wall," died in 2008. Her children listed it at 12 million pounds, and the estate sold in 2010 to renovators -- who put it back on the market last year for 16 million pounds (nearly $27 million at today's exchange rates).
The Staddons, an English family that has been in farming for many generations, bought the 1,324-acre property, the real estate agency Knight Frank just recently announced.
The estate consists of the 12-bedroom Shakenhurst Hall (rebuilt in the late 1700s "around an Elizabethan core," says Knight Frank) plus 15 farmhouses and cottages, as well as miles of trout fishing along the River Rea and what Knight Frank calls an "excellent high bird pheasant shoot."
- Jennifer Karmon at Spaces17 days ago
More than two years ago, actor Bruce Willis listed this ranch on Flying Heart Lake in Idaho's Sun Valley for $15 million.
And it sat on the market. So he cut the price to $13 million in August 2012.
And it sat on the market. So he unlisted and relisted it in December 2012.
And it sat on the market. So in March of last year, he cut the price to $12 million.
And (you guessed it) it sat on the market. So in February, he cut the price to $10 million.
And it STILL didn't sell.
So he has cut the price yet again -- bringing it down to $8.8 million, nearly half his original asking price.
The main house has 8,400 square feet of living space on 20 acres of land. In 2003, he rebuilt the main house and added to the property a detached guest house, a gym, "several ponds and streams," not to mention a pool with "water slides, waterfall features and rope swing," reported the Wall Street Journal in 2011.
- Jennifer Karmon at Spaces17 days ago
To call Jackie Collins a popular writer is a bit of an understatement. She's written 30 books that have sold more than 500 million copies -- that is, closer to a billion than to zero.
The Beverly Hills home she built would fit one of her characters: It's inspired by a David Hockney painting called "A Bigger Splash." She saw the painting in 1989 -- "I couldn't take my eyes off the pool and fell in love with the clean lines, suspended splash and overall tranquillity," she told the Wall Street Journal -- and by 1992 her home was complete.
Of her decor, she says:
"The interior of my home is filled with a mix of Biedermeier and Art Deco pieces. I have five writing desks but tend to work in two studies—one off my bedroom and the other next to my gym and sauna. I built the study off the bedroom with just one door so nobody can disturb me when I'm writing. I love the peace and quiet. It's simply me and my characters.
- Jennifer Karmon at Spaces18 days ago
A lot of design is about tricking the eye, making spaces look bigger than they are, or more expensive. But this April Fool's Day, we're looking at illusions a different way. All of the designs you'll see here are visual "pranks" of one kind or another, whether subtle or broad, silly or sublime. We hope they tickle your imagination as much as they do ours!
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- Jennifer Karmon at Spaces21 days ago
Mere days after going on the market for $10,500 a month, the apartment in Manhattan's West Village where actor Philip Seymour Hoffman lived and died has been rented out, according to Zillow Blog.
Unit 4D at Pickwick House, 35 Bethune St. in New York City, has two bedrooms and two baths in its 1,100 square feet. The Corcoran listing called it "a rental with character" (in all-caps), with a corner living room with wood-burning fireplace and strip oak floors; "windowed kitchen" with a big marble counter; and two "good-sized" bedrooms with two "oversized" windows each, plus "custom-fitted closets." "Two new spa bathrooms are very high end and tasteful," the listing continued. "The light is superb all around ... and it is all set amongst abundant trees with views of sky." (Click here or on a photo to go to a slideshow.)
The listing concluded: "It feels like living in the country, in the most exciting part of the city."
- Jennifer Karmon at Spaces22 days ago
Looking to buy your first home? Few adult rites of passage are as intimidating -- especially in the tumultuous real estate market of the past few years. But as homebuying season gets underway, some places are better than others for first-timers: areas with lower prices, of course, but also areas with solid employment opportunities and a good supply of homes that don't sell lightning-fast. Realtor.com just released rankings of the best metros for first-time homebuyers. (Click here or on the photo above to see them.) First it identified its 35 most popular markets -- ones that prospective homebuyers search most often for -- and then it ranked those markets by median list price. Realtor.com took into account how many homes were for sale, including how the inventory had changed from last year, and how long homes spent on the market; markets with short supply and/or high demand can spark bidding wars that price out first-timers, whereas markets with a steady supply of homes, especially homes that have gone unsold for a while, can offer opportunities for deals. Finally, Realtor.com rejected from its list any housing markets where unemployment rates were worse than the national average.
- Jennifer Karmon at Spaces23 days ago
Since 2008, Gallup and Healthways have been compiling the world's largest set of data on well-being. Every year, they rank America's states and metropolitan areas according to its Well-Being Index.
The just-released metro-area rankings for 2014 contain some surprises at the top. Although California failed to crack the top 10 among states, not one or two but three of its metro areas earned spots in the top 10 among communities. The booming tech industry certainly played a role, since the Silicon Valley and the Bay Area are two of the California metros; the third is the San Luis Obispo area, about midway between Los Angeles and San Francisco along the Pacific Coast Highway. (Click here or on a photo to see all 10.)
And the metro area that earned the highest well-being score, Provo-Orem, is in Utah -- a state that also didn't crack the top 10.
The latest Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index took into account six elements of well-being, on a scale of 0 to 100 with 100 being "ideal," as laid out on the Gallup site: