“There’s a false promise in the perfection of a Nancy Meyers kitchen.”
“There’s something childlike about it; instead of hiding under a blanket, we built our houses just so. In this telling, safety is a matter of painting the right sign, hiding the right shoe, or putting in a window.”
Writer Katy Kelleher, whose work explores the ugly history of beautiful things, turns her attention to the ugly history of homeownership — and why the manmade dream of owning a home haunts so many prospective homebuyers.
“To walk through an estate sale and finger the wares—as I’ve been doing regularly since I was a teenager—is to commune with the departed. If you’re paying attention, you can put together a story about who they were.”
These days, whether you like it or not, your photogenic home may be a backdrop for tourists’ photoshoots. But posing in front of pretty facades, a practice perfected by travel influencers on Instagram, brings up issues of privacy and etiquette.
Finally, a shelter show we can just watch instead of hate-watch.
More women in the U.S. live alone than ever before, but our conversation about solo-living women has a long history.
On the southern edge of Staten Island lays the undeveloped creeks and woodlands around Sharrotts Shoreline, a rare relict of old New York. It might not be undeveloped for long.
The 2017 National Home Price Index increased at twice the rate of income growth, further tightening an already difficult housing market, especially for Millenials. But it was past racist policies, government intervention and once-abundant land that helped put home-ownership beyond many people’s reach.
A personal essay in which writer Jason Diamond reflects on the early, difficult days with his anxious dog, Max, and realizes how much they were, and are alike.