This week I saw a wonderfully decorated minimalist/well designed/relaxed/patterned out accented house. It was so well done that I was convinced that it was staged- down to the picture perfect gallery wall which I wrongly assumed still had the photos that came in the frame! There were great printed pillows in chevron and ikat, beautifully framed prints throughout, a wonderfull gallery wall. If anyone is looking to move to a great 3 bedroom single family home in the West Chester Borough located a 15 minute walk to downtown- I think this one will go fast!!!!

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8 homes under 400 sq feet

This photo is of a 200 Square foot apt. I’m fascinated by the way people can organize and decorate small spaces, and make them look so livable and stylish (a wide angle lens helps too!). Click on the photo to see Apartment Therapy’s top 8 homes under 400 Square feet. Very inspiring

Rawr!

If you know me, you know I’m into the bright and quirky, and sometimes slightly weird things. I saw somethings similar to this posted on a blog awhile back and it made me smile. All you need is some spray paint, a dinosaur toy, and an air plant!

I’m not the most patient person so this is my T-Rex soaking up some sun, trying to dry off.

Airplants, contrary to what I thought before I googled them, do actually need to be soaked in water every week or so.

Once this guy has a permanent home, I’ll throw up a pic of him in his new surroundings.

I love this ground floor hang-out room in my friends Bridget & Kate’s row home off Fitler Square in Philadelphia on Croskey Street. It has been deemed the ‘Margarita Room’ and is right off their enclosed patio/garden (pics of that later!). They pulled the blue/green/yellows from the beautiful tiles that border the built in bench seating and the working wood burning fire place. Above the mantle hangs a vintage birds eye view of Philadelphia.

If you or your friends need helping finding a rental in or out of the city, let me know how I can help!

 

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time capsule apt

Can you imagine fleeing your apartment to escape WWII and never returning? Continuing to pay your rent until the day you died? In 2010 when Marthe de Florian passed away in Southern France, it was discovered she also kept a city apartment that no one was aware of. When entered for the first time in 70 or so years, everything remained just as she had left it. Click on the photo from curbed.com for some amazing pictures and discoveries!

Paint can totally change the feel in a room without changing much else. It can even help give a home more curb appeal! Check out these before and afters of a home that is being listed by Cindy who is one of the partners who heads up my team. Red walls gave the bedroom a more modern look, and painting the outside of the home a dark sandy brown with black shutters brings an elevated class to the home that was formerly white with gray shutters. Do you agree that the afters look better?

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Rittenhouse Coffe Shop

Yesterday I posted this picture of an abandoned coffee shop on Rittenhouse Square (on the backside of the empty lot on the square) on my Instagram (sambrando). I randomly stumbled upon this article today (click the photo) about that coffee shop and The Warwick (built in 1885) next door. In 2003 the PPA bought the buildings, gave Warwick residents 30 days to move out, and then did nothing but let it deteriorate. Of course there were battles with preservationists, and now the Walnut Rittenhouse Associates owns the buildings, which they purchased in 2007 for $36.7 million. WRA currently owes approximately $360,000 in tax liens. Will they ever be restored…….?

Divine Lorraine

Supposedly, the Divine Lorraine is set to be restored and renovated into condos and restaurants with construction starting sometime in the near (?) future by developer Eric Blumenfeld who purchased it this past October. It was the first racially integrated hotel in Philadelphia upon its takeover by Father Divine, who ran what today many of us would consider a cult. Click the photo to view shots of the inside taken in 2006 before the inside was completely pillaged by a developer.

This is the final installment of the town house makeover: the kitchen! The cabinets were still great, so we swapped out the old gold knobs for birdcage ones in oil rubbed bronze. We ditched the hunter green counter tops and picked out a granite that incorporated the honey tones of the cabinets, and would compliment the oil rubbed bronze fixtures, and also the stainless steel appliances- not an easy feat! For the island, we did something a little different and used a gray granite with a ‘leather’ textured finish. For appliances we went all stainless steel, replaced the sink with a single deep basin, and an oil rubbed bronze Moen faucet that complimented the light fixtures and pendant lights we installed over the island.

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500 sq foot house for 4

Can you imagine living in a 500 square foot apartment…with your husband and 2 young kids? Check out the blogger ohhappyday’s rental that she renovated and lives in with her husband and sons. It seems SO MUCH LARGER in the photos! Her trick: all white walls. click the photo for the link!

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