Here are some fun links for you to check out if you need to get your “house fix” today:
Over at Retro Renovation there’s a post about the classic Cary Grant movie “Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House” (one of my favorites!) and photos of kitchen styles from that era (late ’40s). You have to stop by to see the red kitchen that has a wallpaper border featuring vegetables that appear to be dancing and singing in some sort of conga line (click the photo to enlarge it so you can see the veggies close up).
Read about The Swelling McMansion Backlash on MSN’s real estate page. According to the article by Christopher Solomon, cities are finally saying no to Hummer houses and starter castles with energy-consumption restrictions, petitions and outright building moratoriums.
Or, for a laugh, go to Charles Hugh Smith’s website to see his tongue-in-cheek concept for a new magazine called “This Old McMansion.” This month’s features include articles like “Horrified Homeowner Discovers: ‘My Entire House Is Made of Fake Veneers, Glue, and Wood Chips!'”
Daniel McGinn, the author of House Lust (read my interview with him here and my review of House Lust here) has an article on Newsweek.com called “Affording Your Dream Kitchen.” It’s about how one lucky couple got a $45,000 renovation for just $7,000 by having their house featured on HGTV’s “Spice Up Your Kitchen.” An interesting look at what goes on behind the scenes.