Today marks one year since I purchased this blog on WordPress! Because I have a tendency to get in my own way, it took much longer before I started posting. It has only become something that I look forward to very recently, as the number of homeowner interviews has increased and I have developed some new series like “clearing the cache” — my list of links.
Here’s what I’m reading this week:
Do you have a love-hate relationship with Amazon? Loving the convenience but feeling skeptical of how they treat their employees and destroy small, community-based businesses with their extra low prices — well, so did a bookshop-owner in Kansas. He’s featured in this important story in the New Yorker.
The New Yorker article also mentions the importance of Bookshop.org to the survival of small, indie shops last year during the closures related to the pandemic. Real Houses of EL has a shop there — you can browse design books and books about urban planning & historic preservation. Your purchases help to support this site as well as small bookshops!
Modernist architect Hugh Newell Jacobsen died earlier this month at the age of 91. He designed homes for Jackie O, Meryl Streep, and the founders of Crate & Barrel. His obituary in the New York Times notes that: “Natural light … was a fixation for Mr. Jacobsen” which is admirable! Although Washington, D.C. was his home since his teenage years and was where he founded his architectural firm, Jacobsen was been born in Grand Rapids, Michigan. One of his notable public buildings is the Alumni Center at the University of Michigan.
Speaking of East Lansing’s rival — er, Ann Arbor — check out this fantastic house that is for sale in Barton Hills.
The site location is fantastic, as you can see from the view in the living room. I also really like the way they use color in this house. The exterior is a minty color and there’s a bright pop of red on one of the exterior doors. The kitchen cabinets are teal, a deeper shade than the house’s exterior, and they’ve accented it with red padded chairs. This color scheme seems to be drawn form the slate flooring used in the dining room. I could live there — for $1.25 million!