Archives For March 2014

 

Is it possible to take a selfie of a house? Not only is it possible, it’s imperative—88% of prospective homebuyers say that they want to see photos first.

Instagram has set the bar for visual inspiration, with tastemakers, celebrities, and brands posting to the photo-driven social network. So it makes sense that sellers and agents look to the platform for tips on how to best represent homes online.

We rounded up the five most important tips for achieving the ultimate “house selfie.”

1. Snap the details. While it’s important to include major features and overall rooms, it’s also helpful to include details that make the house unique. Whether it’s crown moulding, built-in shelving, or luxe fixtures, show why your home stands apart.

2. Take lots of photos. Taking the “perfect” photo creates a lot of pressure. Once you get into the flow, it’s easy to snap dozens of pics. The more, the better—you’ll find that it’s easier to experiment with composition and lighting when you know you have a large reserve of shots.

3. Be a ruthless editor. Since you have so many photos to choose from, it will be easy to narrow down the best images. Consider diversity when selecting photos to represent your home, both in terms of style and what is shown. Ask for input from trusted sources when reviewing your final selection.

4. Frame, don’t filter. It’s important that the images you choose don’t create a “bait and switch” scenario for prospective buyers. To that end, don’t use filters to enhance your photos. Instead, rely on images that frame the house

5. Follow influencers for inspiration. If you feel unsure of what makes a good photo, follow some design influencers on Instagram to learn more. Here are just a few of our personal favorites:

Bloggers

Old Brand New

Apartment Therapy

The Design Files

Bright Bazaar

Design Sponge

Interior Designers/Architects

Grant K. Gibson

House of Honey

Kelly Wearstler

Jasper Conran

The Architext

Image: @thedesignfiles

Non-profit organization Visit California invited a group of the state’s residents to create something “big.” Brazilian-born skateboarder Bob Burnquist decided to try the impossible: skate on water.

Miami art director Jerry Blohm designed the wooden structure, which features a half pipe, quarter pipe, and 45-degree ramp. They towed it out to Lake Tahoe for the inaugural ride.

“Dreaming big man, that’s what I do every day, I just try to dream as big as I can and then go make it happen,” says Bob in a video about the project. (You can also watch footage of him skating the ramp here.)

The lesson? Always dream bigger.

Source and images: Dezeen

1. We love the new candles from Wary Meyers. (warymeyers.com)

2. How to design for human nature? Keep it simple, stupid. (fastcodesign.com)

3. We’re obsessed with these hyperrealistic paintings of imaginary foods. (mymodernmet.com)

4. This amazing veggie spiral slicer? Must. Have. (williams-sonoma.com)

5. Patternity reworked Clark’s iconic Desert Boot. (design-milk.com)

6. Along the same lines, Fruit of the Loom’s stylish new line. (seek-no-further.com)

7. Can’t wait to watch this new show about architecture on PBS. (aia.org)

8. Which coffee chain dominates your city? (flowingdata.com)

9. The most stylish rubber band. (swiss-miss.com)

10. Let this bulldog puppy roll you into the weekend. (buzzfeed.com)

 

Wes Anderson’s films are always a visual delight, with iconic characters, quirky locations, and alternate realities. Every detail in the inventive sets is meticulously considered, especially color choice and typography.

So we were excited to find this interview with the film’s lead graphic designer Annie Atkins over at CreativeReview. She designed every detail, from the Zubrowkan banknotes to the hotel sign.

Then, we stumbled across this Tumblr that pairs scenes from his movies with a corresponding color palette—the perfect way to infuse your home with those signature saturated hues.

Oh, and this mesmerizing supercut of the use of symmetry in his films.

What can we say? It’s been a Wes kind of week.

Photos: CreativeReviewwesandersonpalettes

Designed by London-based Simon Stevens for Finnish company Magisso, this collection of ceramic drinkware keeps beverages chilled for hours using the natural power of evaporation.

All you have to do is soak the vessels in water for a few minutes. You can also use the surface like a chalkboard, and write a personal message. All in all, pretty cool.

(Watch a video showing the process here.)

Photos: Magisso

We’re always envious of the carefully curated finds that design-minded friends score at flea markets. But it also seemed that there was an art to finding that perfectly worn Eames chair or a stash of Eva Zeisel dinnerware in the chockablock booths at most fairs.

And, of course, there is! Thankfully, interior designer Peter Dunham put together a comprehensive list of the markets worth attending, as well as a primer on how to shop like a pro.

We’ve included an abbreviated version below. One thing we’d add to the list? Bring your own folding shopping cart.

1. It’s all about the details, craftsmanship, and the sign of an artisan’s hand. Look for hand-stitching, nail-head trims, embroidery, and hand-woven textiles. It makes anything more special.

2. Look past the scratches, dust, and dirt. You can have most anything restored, cleaned, or reupholstered. Try to survey the options while focusing on the possibilities—not on the limitations.

3. Don’t focus on provenance—unless you really know what you’re doing. (If you see something too good to be true, it probably is.) This is not to say that there aren’t treasures around—just take a deep breath, get out your phone, and search the internet for originals so you can confirm that the details are correct.

4. Measure your space before you go. Beyond the parameters of the area you’d like to fill (i.e., the space allotted for a coffee table), bring measurements for the supporting furniture (i.e., the height and length of your couch, etc.).

5. Interact with your potential purchase. Sit in the chairs and make sure they’re comfortable and that they don’t wobble; make sure a table is the right height, etc.

6. If you’re interested in an item, but not overly attached, walk away. Do a second lap at the end of the day. If it’s still available, you’ll have much more negotiating power.

7. Know your budget. And don’t forget to factor customs and shipping. It’s easy to get totally carried away in the moment, so know your upper limit.

8. Look for pairs and sets. Vendors generally hate to break them up, so you’re going to get a better deal. Besides adding symmetry to a space, you can often use an extra lamp or chairs in a different room.

Source: Goop

Photo: Adam Golfer for Bloomberg Businessweek

Homepolish is one of those genius ideas that is best explained by its creators: “We hand pick and vet the country’s top emerging interior designers, unleashing their talents to help the world live better.”

No matter the size of your home or whether the budget is shoestring or endless, Homepolish pairs you with a designer who can remake your space.

This apartment belongs to Sasha and Terry, who, after achieving the dream of owning an apartment in downtown Manhattan, needed to bridge the good bones of the unit with their individual aesthetics. Homepolish connected them with Evelyn, who styled the rooms with elegant yet comfortable furnishings.

Another home, polished.

Photos: Homepolish