The Lonely Islands

“There’s a false promise in the perfection of a Nancy Meyers kitchen.”

Source: Curbed
Published: May 4, 2020
Length: 7 minutes (1,994 words)

Safe As Houses

“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.”

Source: Curbed
Published: Apr 15, 2020
Length: 12 minutes (3,037 words)

The Homeownership Obsession

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.

Source: Curbed
Published: Nov 13, 2019
Length: 17 minutes (4,490 words)

The Magic of Estate Sales

“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.”

Source: Curbed
Published: May 1, 2019
Length: 11 minutes (2,800 words)

Whose Facade Is It, Anyway?

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.

Source: Curbed
Published: Feb 6, 2019
Length: 14 minutes (3,519 words)

The Pure Joy of HGTV’s ‘My Lottery Dream Home’

Finally, a shelter show we can just watch instead of hate-watch.

Source: Curbed
Published: Sep 21, 2018
Length: 7 minutes (1,856 words)

Living Alone and Liking It

More women in the U.S. live alone than ever before, but our conversation about solo-living women has a long history.

Source: Curbed
Published: Jun 20, 2018
Length: 17 minutes (4,250 words)

In Staten Island, a Remote Wilderness Is Threatened by Encroaching Development

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.

Source: Curbed
Published: May 17, 2018
Length: 8 minutes (2,190 words)

Why Buying a House Today Is So Much Harder Than in 1950

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.

Source: Curbed
Published: Apr 10, 2018
Length: 10 minutes (2,581 words)

I Found My Dream Apartment — and then Adopted a Difficult Dog

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.

Source: Curbed
Published: May 8, 2018
Length: 7 minutes (1,843 words)