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Dabito is one of our all-time favorite Instagramers. And, of course, we love his blog Old Brand New. All of the homes featured have one thing in common—a unique sense of style.

Case in point: this Santa Monica adobe that draws its verve from an eclectic mix of vintage furniture and global accessories.

Be prepared for a serious case of wanderlust.

Images: © Dabito

 

1. Finally. 24-hour cat TV. (pluto.tv)

2. Flasks masquerading as bowling pins. (fastcodesign.com)

3. The best sources for affordable art. (joannagoddard.blogspot.com)

4. Cauliflower-crust pizza? Yum! (abeautifulmess.com)

5. “Instagram” sunglasses. (coolhunting.com)

6. Who’s the most unique rapper? (mdaniels.com)

7. The best art deco artist you never heard of. (theatlantic.com)

8. In love with this cute little summer house. (minihouse.se)

9. Design Sponge moving sale. How are we missing this?! (designsponge.com)

10. Sweet dreams. (domainehome.com)

 

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