Curbed - All Love where you live 2020-05-22T12:45:00-04:00 2020-05-22T12:45:00-04:00 2020-05-22T12:45:00-04:00 How to pick the best outdoor furniture at any budget <img alt="A black wire outdoor furniture couch with white pillows sits in front of a fire pit and a pool." src="" /> <small>The <a class="ql-link" target="_blank">Breton Black Metal Sofa from CB2 ($799)</a> is a sleek option for patio furniture. | Courtesy of CB2</small> <p>Savor the outdoors in style </p> <p id="ILgi8z">Outdoor spaces in our <a href="">stay-at-home world</a> are more important than ever before. Whether you have a <a href="">small balcony</a> or a sprawling backyard, a bit of fresh air is key to fighting quarantine fatigue. </p> <p id="mZ5WVI">For many of us, sprucing up our outdoor areas is at the top of the <a href="">home projects to-do list</a>, but picking out quality furniture can be daunting. In the past, we offered <a href="">five tips for finding top-flight outdoor furniture</a>. Now, we’re breaking down the best outdoor furniture by material—wood, metal, plastic, fabric, and wicker.</p> <p id="x4BJIs">While it’s true that some outdoor furniture can be astronomically expensive—running into thousands of dollars—don’t despair! There are plenty of options for budget-conscious patio dwellers, too. Need even more picks? Don’t miss our favorite <a href="">affordable outdoor sofas</a> and <a href="">budget-minded dining sets</a>. </p> <p id="4kQ1DV"><a href="">Review our advice</a> and get shopping—the outdoors are calling.</p> <h4 id="WNW9WI">Wood outdoor furniture </h4> <p id="Su4QF2">Wooden patio furniture is sturdy, long-lasting (if well cared for), and often feels the most like having <em>real</em> furniture outside. It can also be expensive. Look for dense-grained tropical hardwoods—like teak—that are able to resist warping and swelling, or opt for cheaper wood and throw on a cover for protection. </p> <p id="JEh6V3">Other popular woods used in outdoor furniture are cedar, pine, and eucalyptus. Be aware that wood furniture often requires staining and oil to maintain its original appearance. </p> <div id="40cRpS"><div data-anthem-component="shoppable:9226646"></div></div> <div id="9upG5x"><div data-anthem-component="shoppable:2283901"></div></div> <div id="RluII4"><div data-anthem-component="shoppable:9226953"></div></div> <aside id="3QYcKB"><div data-anthem-component="readmore" data-anthem-component-data='{"stories":[{"title":"The best outdoor sofas to buy now","url":""},{"title":"The city dweller’s guide to gardening","url":""},{"title":"12 affordable patio dining sets to buy now","url":""}]}'></div></aside><h4 id="NVTrCI">Metal patio furniture </h4> <p id="466LCO">Thanks to the steep price tags of wooden outdoor furniture, metal is becoming an increasingly popular choice. Aluminum furniture is lightweight, durable, and doesn’t require much maintenance. </p> <p id="u58xOC">Steel is a heavier option, but both usually need to be coated with a protective finish known as powder coating. The good thing about metal outdoor furniture is there are a lot of options at all price points.</p> <div id="1DATJh"><div data-anthem-component="shoppable:9226943"></div></div> <div id="lYlXR8"><div data-anthem-component="shoppable:9226926"></div></div> <div id="gPcpxP"><div data-anthem-component="shoppable:2283929"></div></div> <h4 id="jNWaNe">Plastic</h4> <p id="Ixn9kj">Plastic furniture may have a reputation for being flimsy, but new technology proves that it can be a great material for outdoor furniture. Using high-density polyethylene—some of which is recycled from milk cartons or bottles—plastic furniture can be highly durable, doesn’t require painting or sealing, and can be designed to look like almost anything. </p> <p id="yXkVMV">Of course, there are still some poor quality plastic products out there, but even low-end furniture can be treated with UV-stabilizing pigments to reduce fading. The best part? Plastic is easy to wipe down and won’t peel like other products.</p> <div id="sUayNs"><div data-anthem-component="shoppable:9226877"></div></div> <div id="5XGQpL"><div data-anthem-component="shoppable:2283983"></div></div> <div id="ieEnlY"><div data-anthem-component="shoppable:2283994"></div></div> <h4 id="mccbkE">Fabric </h4> <p id="lirs3J">If your dream afternoon involves a couch and some sun, look no further than an outdoor sofa. Usually a blend of wood or powder-coated steel with fabric cushions, outdoor couches offer a level of relaxation that just can’t be matched in a dining room chair. Speciality treated fabrics mean that these gems can hang outside, no matter the weather. </p> <div id="lJ2a6m"><div data-anthem-component="shoppable:9256197"></div></div> <div id="w3ff2O"><div data-anthem-component="shoppable:6233456"></div></div> <div id="wvbABf"><div data-anthem-component="shoppable:9227014"></div></div> <h4 id="XswvjH">Wicker and rattan </h4> <p id="EEAv92">Before you think wicker furniture only belongs at grandma’s house, take a look at this generation’s wicker: It’s sleek, lightweight, and comfortable. Wicker can also be used indoor or outdoors, so it works well on sunrooms and porches. </p> <div id="OpUgwu"><div data-anthem-component="shoppable:9226899"></div></div> <div id="JeoH8D"><div data-anthem-component="shoppable:9227029"></div></div> <div id="BhQKfJ"><div data-anthem-component="shoppable:9226997"></div></div> <h4 id="3w1mkL">Rugs</h4> <p id="VhC0zG">Maybe it’s the pop of color, or maybe it just feels better to have something underfoot, but rugs can tie an outdoor space together. They are made from materials ranging from nylon to polyester to polypropylene, but make sure you find one that is mold and mildew-resistant. Better yet, look for rugs that are treated to resist the harsh exposure to UV rays. </p> <div id="KwEffs"><div data-anthem-component="shoppable:9256209"></div></div> <div id="PnOJpI"><div data-anthem-component="shoppable:2284041"></div></div> <div id="RRoozJ"><div data-anthem-component="shoppable:2284045"></div></div> <aside id="SXHTiO"><div data-anthem-component="newsletter" data-anthem-component-data='{"slug":"curbed_handbook"}'></div></aside><p id="ZS9KSY"></p> Megan Barber 2020-05-22T12:15:00-04:00 2020-05-22T12:15:00-04:00 For $7.9M, pretty much your own private waterpark in Key Largo <img alt="An aerial view of a resort-type pool, with palm trees and a blue and white lighthouse surrounding the water. " src="" /> <small>Photos by Andre Van Rensburg for Ocean Sotheby’s International Realty</small> <p>It’s got waterslides and fountains, cabanas and lounge chairs </p> <p id="GCxnfi">Memorial Day weekend is usually the kickoff to pool season in the U.S., but amid the novel coronavirus pandemic it’s unclear whether many city pools will open this summer. Let’s cope with this disheartening reality by ogling a home with one of the most impressive pool setups we’ve ever seen.</p> <div class="c-float-right"><div id="4Gv7TL"><div data-anthem-component="aside:2265443"></div></div></div> <p id="ihBwoa">Located in Key Largo, Florida, just south of John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park, <a >this six-bedroom, seven-bath property</a> just hit the market with 1.62 acres of resort-style amenities, including a striking white and blue lighthouse that towers over the pool area. </p> <p id="orCsC0">It’s true that the main home’s decor feels slightly out of place with a ranch-inspired theme, sliding barn doors, and chandeliers, while the guest cottages are done up in kitschy ocean accents. But let’s face it, you buy this property for the outdoor space. </p> <figure class="e-image"> <img alt="A resort-style pool area with rocks, palm trees, and a suspension bridge that leads to a lighthouse. " data-mask-text="false" src=""> <figcaption>The pool area features waterfalls, elaborate rock facades, and a suspension bridge that leads to a slide. </figcaption> </figure> <p id="62Aenq">Tiki huts provide shade from the Florida sun, multiple outdoor kitchens (and an outdoor pizza oven!) give you a place to prep food, and several outdoor TVs and an outdoor speaker system keep you entertained. Recreation on the property includes a volleyball court, tennis court, and shuffleboard area, plus hammocks for lounging. </p> <p id="Ki3OLq">Still, we can’t take our eyes off that pool. The zero-entry pool looks more like a waterpark than a backyard fixture, with rock waterfalls, a suspension bridge that leads to a waterslide, and cabanas for changing and showering. All of this sits on 700 feet of ocean frontage, and the listing includes two boats, a boat slip, and boat lifts. Love what you see? <a >101 Oleander Circle is on the market now for $7.9M</a>. </p> <figure class="e-image"> <img alt="An aerial view looking out at a boat slip with palm trees and a pool." data-mask-text="false" src=""> <figcaption>The listing comes with 700 feet of oceanfront, two boats, and a boat lift to help with access.</figcaption> </figure> <figure class="e-image"> <img alt="A bright blue picnic table sits under a tiki hut next to a pool." data-mask-text="false" src=""> <figcaption>Next to the zero-entry pool you’ll find tiki huts with dining tables and games.</figcaption> </figure> <figure class="e-image"> <img alt="A dining room table with bright blue chairs, a chandelier, and views out to the pool." data-mask-text="false" src=""> <figcaption>The main house features more rustic interior elements like sliding wood doors.</figcaption> </figure> <figure class="e-image"> <img alt="A living room with animal rug, leather couch, and a TV. " data-mask-text="false" src=""> <figcaption>The living room area of the main house still has a bright blue fan, but continues the ranch-inspired decor. </figcaption> </figure> <figure class="e-image"> <img alt="A yellow day bed with fish linens sits in a white and blue guest cottage with kitchenette. " data-mask-text="false" src=""> <figcaption>The guest cottages are compact and set up to sleep visitors in beach-themed rooms; some have small kitchenettes.</figcaption> </figure> <aside id="VRO4iy"><div data-anthem-component="newsletter" data-anthem-component-data='{"slug":"curbed_national"}'></div></aside><p id="KOzPbY"></p> Megan Barber 2020-05-22T10:30:00-04:00 2020-05-22T10:30:00-04:00 5 cool prefab backyard sheds you can buy right now <img alt="A boxy modern office shed on a platform." src="" /> <small>Courtesy of Studio Shed</small> <p>It’s an easy way to add a home office, yoga studio, or guest room to your property </p> <div class="c-float-right"><div id="bnee9Z"><div data-anthem-component="aside:9142504"></div></div></div> <p id="9hnUd7">With modern looks and efficient construction, <a href="">prefab continues to be an alluring option</a> for building a new home. But if you already have a house, adding a backyard structure made from components produced off-site can be an easy and practical way to make the most of your property. </p> <p id="UhPb7b">Compact prefab sheds often won’t require a permit to install and their potential uses can go way beyond simple storage or workshop space—think a home office, yoga studio, writing retreat, guest house, music room, and so on.</p> <p id="hT07JT">Below, we’ve rounded up five rad prefab shed lines that you can order from right now. The estimated price ranges do not include costs associated with any permits, shipping, foundation, and installation, unless otherwise noted. </p> <hr class="p-entry-hr" id="iTB7xk"> <h4 id="iklERk"><a >Signature Series by Studio Shed</a></h4> <figure class="e-image"> <img alt="A shed with overhanging roof and small front porch." data-mask-text="false" src=""> <cite>Studio Shed</cite> </figure> <p id="WyC12d"><strong>Size</strong>: 64 to 240 square feet</p> <p id="ZCbwUn"><strong>Cost</strong>: $9,529 to $17,286 (base costs)</p> <p id="b4pTZq"><strong>Key features</strong>: Weatherproof wall panels, tapered roof rafters, double pane windows, fiberglass door, brushed aluminum trim and hardware, one-year warranty, professional installation available.</p> <h4 id="jIeXQb"><a >Modern Kwik Room by Kanga Room Systems</a></h4> <figure class="e-image"> <img alt="A light blue and orange shed with large deck." data-mask-text="false" src=""> <cite>Courtesy of Kanga Room Systems</cite> </figure> <p id="w0zwSU"><strong>Size</strong>: 80 to 196 square feet </p> <p id="p44qrH"><strong>Cost</strong>: $5,000 to $18,000+ for shell kits, $10,000 to $20,000+ for installed shells, $18,000 to $38,000+ turnkey installations.</p> <p id="ZPZGDP"><strong>Key features</strong>: Steel transom windows, stairs to door, lap siding, pine tongue and groove ceiling cover, interior cedar beam; optional upgrades include side deck, bamboo flooring, additional windows.</p> <h4 id="URjdik"><a >Modern-Shed</a></h4> <figure class="e-image"> <img alt="A dark green and orange shed on a hill. " data-mask-text="false" src=""> <cite>Courtesy of Modern-Shed</cite> </figure> <p id="colZsl"><strong>Size</strong>: 48 to 288 square feet</p> <p id="rJzUES"><strong>Cost</strong>: Starting around $10,000 for the smallest sheds, much more expensive for larger sheds. </p> <p id="mR62Gf"><strong>Key features</strong>: Fast assembly; available in 8-, 10, or 12-foot depths with customizable lengths; pre-insulated walls and wood paneling; available in many color options and various window sizes.</p> <h4 id="9qFTym"><a >Essential Eichler Shed by Backyard Eichler</a></h4> <figure class="e-image"> <img alt="A blue shed with a brown deck and railing." data-mask-text="false" src=""> <cite>Courtesy of Backyard Eichlers</cite> </figure> <p id="Pv5q9W"><strong>Size</strong>: 120 square feet </p> <p id="znLqiB"><strong>Cost</strong>: Starting at $27,000 installed</p> <p id="PIUZ95"><strong>Key features</strong>: Eichler slope roof, exposed beam ceiling, sliding door and windows, internal electrical wiring, fully insulated.</p> <h4 id="RWMPwH"> <a >The Urban 360 Modern Shed from Sheds Unlimited</a> </h4> <figure class="e-image"> <img alt="A gray and brown shed with lots of windows and a door." data-mask-text="false" src=""> <cite>Courtesy of Sheds Unlimited</cite> </figure> <p id="xMl8B6"><strong>Size</strong>: 64 to 336 square feet</p> <p id="KSyxnc"><strong>Cost</strong>: $8,895 to $20,388</p> <p id="RpYfwW"><strong>Key features</strong>: Pre-hung glass doors, two large, insulated picture windows, standing seam metal roof, many color options.</p> <aside id="tZ91EB"><div data-anthem-component="newsletter" data-anthem-component-data='{"slug":"curbed_national"}'></div></aside><p id="IvBqQd"></p> Jenny Xie Megan Barber Matthew Marani 2020-05-21T12:00:00-04:00 2020-05-21T12:00:00-04:00 The economy is tanking. So why aren’t home prices dropping? <img alt="An arial view of single family houses." src="" /> <small>Getty Images</small> <p>COVID-19 has caused volatility in seemingly everything but housing </p> <p id="0RoxzW">More than 38 million Americans have lost their jobs since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic. Stay-at-home orders have ground much of the economy to a halt, prompting trillions in stimulus spending by the federal government in hopes of keeping industries afloat.</p> <p id="Z8BRYi">But anyone hoping a silver lining to the economic chaos would be deals in the housing market have thus far been disappointed; for the week ending May 9, <a rel="sponsored nofollow noopener" target="_blank">the median listing price in the United States was up 1.4 percent year-over-year,</a> according to <a >Existing home sales in April</a> fell by almost 18 percent, but prices rose 7.4 percent compared to a year ago.</p> <p id="xtPtWP">Why isn’t the tanking economy bringing home prices down with it? It’s a reasonable question given that so much of the economy moves in lockstep, and the last economic crisis in 2008 sent the housing market into free fall. </p> <p id="A8kWYW">So what’s different this time around? Let’s break it down. The price of anything is a function of the relationship between supply and demand. Generally, home prices have been pushed up over the last 5 years by high demand created by a then-booming economy and a low supply of housing for sale, due in part to relatively low levels of housing construction and available land on which to build.</p> <p id="NSh2KI">After the outbreak of the pandemic, housing demand fell as buyers lost their jobs, part of their income, or simply didn’t want to be shopping for a house in the middle of a viral outbreak and what figures to be a period of great economic uncertainty.</p> <p id="JiX5Ze">Demand dropping was evident in a number of metrics. Although a weak indicator of buyer demand, traffic to real estate portals like Zillow and Redfin dropped significant in the beginning of the outbreak, as did more reliable indicators like pending home sales and weekly mortgage applications.</p> <div id="xpKKL8"><div class="flourish-embed flourish-chart" data-src="visualisation/2096484" data-url=""><script src=""></script></div></div> <p id="pSCNbm"></p> <p id="P7Zlv8">Usually, a huge drop in demand would put downward pressure on prices; home sellers would be competing with each other to attract a limited number of buyers by dropping their asking price. But while housing demand has dropped substantially, housing supply also dropped in lockstep as potential home sellers pulled out of the market for many of the same reasons buyers are.</p> <p id="AIHk5c">New home listings is a good indicator of housing supply, and after stay-at-home orders were enacted, new home listings cratered by as much as 80 percent year-over-year. <a >Redfin reported that 41 percent of offers were subject to a bidding war</a> over the last month, suggesting demand is outpacing supply—just as it was before the pandemic.</p> <p id="T6OMqI">While both supply and demand have dropped, the relationship between the two went largely unchanged, meaning the drops in supply and demand were generally proportional to each other. Furthermore, home sales also dropped after the pandemic hit, and it’s hard for prices to move when there aren’t as many housing transactions to make prices move in aggregate. Together, this leaves prices much where they were before the pandemic. </p> <p id="zsvgLN">This is consistent with how housing markets have fared in previous pandemics. <a >A Zillow study</a> looked at housing markets in cities hit by previous pandemics in Asia and found that whole activity dropped, home prices didn’t move much. <a href="">A good way to think about the housing market at this moment</a> is that it’s on pause—buyers and sellers have left the market, transactions have dropped in response, and prices aren’t moving.</p> <div id="S8YQtP"> <div class="flourish-embed flourish-chart" data-src="visualisation/2367247" data-url=""><script src=""></script></div> </div> <p id="X08fNs"></p> <p id="2TtWjD">For a comparison point, the relationship between supply and demand was very different before and during <a href="">the 2008 financial crisis.</a> Prior to the collapse, shady lending practices created excess demand for housing by bringing unqualified buyers to the market. Home builders responded by increasing construction to meet this demand.</p> <p id="MePo5x">When the financial system locked up, it brought the excess housing demand to a halt because banks weren’t able to lend in the same volume—not to mention the recession the collapse induced, which caused unemployment to rise and buyers to drop out of the market.</p> <p id="MxGt8R">At the same time, banks foreclosed on houses in the millions. Given housing supply was already high from home builders constructing in excess, this sudden pile up of foreclosed houses created a nightmare scenario for the market—low demand and very high supply. Home prices plummeted.</p> <p id="FBVRT5">This scenario is highly unlikely to play out again for two reasons. First, there was already a housing supply shortage prior to the pandemic, so any addition to the housing supply wouldn’t be exacerbating an existing over-supply problem, like in 2008.</p> <p id="2nUBAe">Second, a foreclosure crisis on the scale of 2008 is unlikely, at least in the near-term, because <a href="">the federal government has placed a moratorium on foreclosures</a> on federally backed mortgages and directed the mortgage industry to offer mortgage forbearance for up to a year to homeowners who have been impacted financially by the pandemic. </p> <p id="amdbV2">Assuming this stays in place, a wave of foreclosures won’t lead to a supply spike that puts downward pressure on home prices, but given the situation is fluid, it can’t be ruled out that the federal moratorium is lifted.</p> <p id="mOmHDy">And historically, the financial crisis was an aberration with regard to <a href="">how recessions typically impact housing markets.</a> While 2008 obviously destroyed the housing market, previous recessions have barely moved at all. If anything, prices went up.</p> <figure class="e-image"> <img alt=" " data-mask-text="false" src=""> </figure> <p id="X9brhN">While the current conditions haven’t led to a short-term price drop, the long-term economic trends induced will likely effect prices in the future. Zillow economist Skylar Olsen says <a >Zillow is forecasting a price drop of 2 to 3 percent</a> through the end of 2020, depending on the city, compared to where prices were in February.</p> <p id="uQphVt">“We don’t expect prices to fall by too much, at least nothing like the last crisis because housing in general is much more resilient than it was last time,” she says. “We didn’t have excess building driven by excess credit that drove excess homeowners. We don’t have excess in housing.”</p> <p id="IyPoS4"><a href="">There are faint signals that housing markets</a> are slowly building back up. Demand metrics like mortgage applications are up, and pending home sales have returned close to their normal in cities less impacted by the pandemic. </p> <p id="NI5qdR">However, pending home sales in cities hit hardest on the coasts remain down significantly year-over-year. And markets across the country remain supply constrained, as new home listings remain down year-over-year even in cities that haven’t been hit has hard by the pandemic.</p> Jeff Andrews 2020-05-21T11:00:00-04:00 2020-05-21T11:00:00-04:00 Learning to recognize myself in the bathroom mirror <img alt="A young woman standing at the door frame of a residential bathroom intending to walk in. Illustration." src="" /> <p>When I was a teenager, it was the most dangerous room in the house. Today, it’s where I feel most like myself</p> <p class="p--has-dropcap p-large-text" id="DXgaF1">Sometime between the ages of 10 and 12, I stopped being able to recognize myself in the mirror. I would position myself in front of the glass and look for all the things that were wrong and out of place, which is to say, I would look at everything. In trying to fix what I was looking at, I inadvertently made my bathroom mirror both the site of my pain and a point of curiosity, a way to study myself and keep track of what was changing. </p> <p id="1fFodr">My house was built in the mid-’90s, during the first expansion of what would become Silicon Valley, and I shared the hallway bathroom with my sister. Behind the six-panel hollow-core door, painted white and scuffed around the handle, we each had our own sink, hers on the left and mine on the right. The drawers in the wooden cabinets were stained from tubes and bottles of various toiletries, and the handles came unscrewed every so often. My dad installed a water filter in the bathroom when I was about 9 so that my sister and I wouldn’t have to go downstairs in the middle of the night if we were thirsty. </p> <p id="wo5q9H">While I was privileged to have a bathroom—with filtered water, no less—shared with just one other person, I grew combative with the space.</p> <p id="1YzAJT">Due to my discomfort with the mirror, I taught myself how to use that bathroom as if the mirror didn’t exist. I washed my hands and brushed my teeth without meeting my eyes in the glass; I brought my laptop into the already cramped room so I could focus on the screen while I applied makeup. My biggest triumph was teaching myself to apply mascara and tweeze my eyebrows (which both involved making eye contact with myself and acknowledging my body’s physicality) without letting myself think about the fact that I was doing so to <em>my </em>body<em>. </em></p> <p id="ymNq0w">The best way I can describe dysmorphia is to imagine that every time you look in the mirror you see someone else’s face. The reflective image doesn’t present what you think you’re going to see, and the only thing in the world that is supposed to belong to you no longer does. </p> <p id="dd29pi">Showering, shitting, flossing, applying makeup, <em>looking at yourself </em>all require aloneness to varying degrees, are all actions and tasks that would make us feel on display if even one other person were to watch. It’s the <em>looking </em>that I feel is among the most intimate things done in the bathroom, that made my bathroom, as an adolescent, both the safest and the most dangerous place for me to be. For many reasons, I liked being alone. But I was not good to myself when I was alone. As a teen, I could spend hours in the bathroom trying to figure out how others saw me, attempting to match what felt like false compliments and placating verbal gestures with the physical components of my being.</p> <p id="nPpVFN">I majored in women’s, gender, and sexuality studies in college, where I learned words like <em>performativity </em>and <em>masculinities </em>and <em>construct, </em>and that there exist systems like <em>the patriarchy </em>and <em>white supremacy </em>that profited off of and benefited from my dysmorphia and self-denial. I grew exhausted of staying away from reflective surfaces and embarrassed that I had such a low opinion of myself. My physical self was suffering because of my mental health, so I tried to see myself as others saw me. I taught myself to pay attention to hunger cues. I learned to cry in front of other people. I went to therapy, where I learned to see clearly. </p> <div><aside id="3XmckJ"><q>In the bathroom, I could be myself, without trying to give others what I thought they wanted or needed from me.</q></aside></div> <p id="2yoVSm">After I got my undergraduate degree, I moved back home. I returned for emotional and financial reasons and stayed for different emotional and financial reasons, but I was very aware, during the shifting of my belongings from one coast to the other, of the privacies I would no longer have under my parents’ roof, in the bed where I lay as a child. For one, dating would be difficult (and bringing someone home laughable), and two, my aging out of one kind of parent-offspring relationship did not mean that the parameters no longer existed. The bathroom remained the one place where I knew no one would try to enter. </p> <p id="BZYqim">Back home as an adult, healthy but not healed, I was ready to look in the mirror. I no longer needed to detach in order to do so. I started to take my time with the activities that incited stress and self-loathing as an adolescent, and the loud, invisible voices that used to come knocking, anxious and critical, didn’t. Brushing, flossing, hair maintenance, and skin care all took time, alone time. </p> <p id="V2312d">In the bathroom, I could be myself, without trying to give others what I thought they wanted or needed from me. There’s no talking in the bathroom, no eye contact with anyone but myself. There’s no lying in the bathroom or facade of any kind. There’s no self-presentation, or presentation at all. It’s just the self, in its most basic form, caring for its most basic human functions. </p> <p id="bNDAwo">I don’t know if it was the mirror or myself that I misunderstood when I was younger—potentially, it was both. The mirror I thought was evil because it showed me what I didn’t want to see, and myself I thought evil because it was the thing I couldn’t look at. As I grew older I lost track of who or what it was I needed to be angry at, but I knew it wasn’t myself. Scrutinizing my reflection, I realize, was never more than a hurried, messy attempt to see myself, something that, thanks to age, time, and the safety of the home I grew up in, I no longer need. </p> <p class="c-end-para" id="dsWUi3">And so the smallest room in our house soon became my favorite, not because of any physical totem it offered, but rather because it wasn’t like any other place in the house. The house belongs to my parents, and so the relief from my own anxiety isn’t born out of knowing that the bathroom is mine, but out of knowing that while in the bathroom, <em>I</em> am mine<em>. </em></p> <aside id="5QOiss"><div data-anthem-component="newsletter" data-anthem-component-data='{"slug":"curbed_weekend_reads"}'></div></aside><p id="LIA906"><small><em>Ray is a writer and poet based in the San Francisco Bay Area. Find her retweets @raylevyuyeda.</em></small></p> <p id="z9gnew"></p> <p id="tz5HI4"></p> Ray Levy-Uyeda 2020-05-21T10:09:20-04:00 2020-05-21T10:09:20-04:00 Big Sur oceanfront home with skybridge now asks $6.2M? <img alt="A bridge with glass walls sits high above the ocean. There are panoramic views and trees next to a house." src="" /> <small>Photos by Kodiak Greenwood</small> <p>It’s like walking on the edge of the world </p> <p id="wHJWWs">Big Sur, California, has no shortage of epic ocean views, and one of our favorite pastimes is ogling the <a href="">picturesque</a> <a href="">real estate</a> perched on the region’s iconic cliffs. One of the most impressive homes currently on the market is <a >a three-bedroom, three-bath stunner</a>—called Terra Mar—that recently underwent a $400,000 price drop. </p> <div class="c-float-right"><div id="L41d4z"><div data-anthem-component="aside:2265443"></div></div></div> <p id="junFGE">The 2,679-square-foot house was built in 1998 by Mickey Muennig, the famed NorCal architect behind Big Sur staples like the Post Ranch Inn, a luxury eco hotel. Muennig has lived on this section of rugged coastline since the early 1970s, helping to craft California’s take on the organic architecture movement by building everything from underground houses to residences inspired by airplanes.</p> <p id="gJGZVn">In this Muennig design, guests are welcomed to the property through a private garden area with an outdoor fire pit before entering the free-flowing house. Like in much of Muennig’s work, there are no right angles in the home—you’ll instead find swooping lines, curved walls, and exposed wood. </p> <figure class="e-image"> <img alt="A curving home on a cliff at sunset. There are decks and paths on the home, and the ocean spreads out on the left." data-mask-text="false" src=""> <figcaption>The home sits perched on a cliff for jaw-dropping sunsets.</figcaption> </figure> <p id="aInv2V">The living room features floor-to-ceiling windows and a patio with panoramic ocean views. A central fireplace adds coziness and Muennig’s signature slated wood ceilings curve to mimic an ocean wave. After walking up a small staircase, a door opens off of the kitchen to the home’s most impressive feature: a sky bridge that leads you to a guest house. The sky walk features glass walls that disappear into the ocean, giving the impression that you’re walking on the edge of the world. </p> <p id="XmgXwQ">The modestly sized one-bedroom guest house features its own bath and a private patio to take advantage of the views. Other perks on the 1.5-acre property include an attached garage and a rooftop deck. The interior photos are limited, so we’ve added a video tour, below. </p> <p id="ADwkoQ">Interested? <a >48720 Highway 1 is on the market now for $6,650,000</a>. </p> <figure class="e-image"> <img alt="An interior of an oceanfront home with a curving slated roof, a kitchen island, and glass windows facing the ocean." data-mask-text="false" src=""> <figcaption>The view from the well-appointed kitchen with access out to the patio and sky walk.</figcaption> </figure> <figure class="e-image"> <img alt="A deck leads to a bridge with glass walls. The ocean sits on the right high above the home." data-mask-text="false" src=""> <figcaption>The sky bridge connects the guest house with the main home.</figcaption> </figure> <figure class="e-image"> <img alt="An outdoor patio with a stone fire pit, flowers and landscaping throughout, and seating area." data-mask-text="false" src=""> <figcaption>The non-ocean side of the property features a quaint patio with outdoor fire pit and bougainvillea.</figcaption> </figure> <figure class="e-image"> <img alt="An aerial view of a house perched on a cliff." data-mask-text="false" src=""> <figcaption>An aerial view of the property shows the main house on the right, the sky bridge in the middle, and the guest house—with rooftop deck—on the left.</figcaption> </figure> <div id="utC0NE"><div style="left: 0; width: 100%; height: 0; position: relative; padding-bottom: 56.25%;"><iframe src="" style="border: 0; top: 0; left: 0; width: 100%; height: 100%; position: absolute;" allowfullscreen="" scrolling="no" allow="encrypted-media; accelerometer; gyroscope; picture-in-picture"></iframe></div></div> Megan Barber 2020-05-20T16:15:00-04:00 2020-05-20T16:15:00-04:00 18 renovation apps to know for your next project <img alt="Illustration of a house on red background. " src="" /> <small><a class="ql-link" target="_blank">Natalie Nelson</a></small> <p>Everybody needs a little help sometimes </p> <p id="bEulTh">Embarking on a home renovation project is no easy feat, but thanks to today’s advances in internet technology, there is probably a stellar app out there ready to assist with every part of the process. </p> <p id="iILMMb">Below, we rounded up 18 standouts across three categories—plan, design, and expert help—available on iOS and/or Android, many of which are free to download. And if you need to declutter first, check out our roundup of the <a href="">best apps and sites for selling old stuff</a> around the house. </p> <h4 id="qbHsUe">Apps that help you plan</h4> <figure class="e-image"> <img alt=" " data-mask-text="false" src=""> <figcaption>Home Design 3D.</figcaption> </figure> <p id="v48DhA"><strong>1. Home Design 3D</strong>: For drawing rooms, testing out furniture all in one app (some features like saving designs and 3D-viewing require upgrades.)</p> <p id="IvGe41"><em>Free</em> on <a rel="sponsored nofollow noopener" target="_blank">iOS</a>, <a >Android</a></p> <p id="gbUVLS"><strong>2. Roomscan Pro</strong>: For creating floor plans just by touching your phone to each wall or by scanning the floor with your phone camera. </p> <p id="Qg4ucB"><em>Free </em>on <a rel="sponsored nofollow noopener" target="_blank">iOS</a> </p> <p id="EXiRmV"><strong>3. Magicplan</strong>: For creating floor plans from photos of a room. </p> <p id="oliejU"><em>Free</em> on <a rel="sponsored nofollow noopener" target="_blank">iOS</a>, <a >Android</a></p> <figure class="e-image"> <img alt="The interior of a living area. There are measurements of the walls and other surfaces on the image along with a box with the words: Access to garden." data-mask-text="false" src=""> <figcaption>Photo Measures</figcaption> </figure> <p id="gff7hc"><strong>4. Photo Measures</strong>: For saving measurements directly on your own photos. </p> <p id="98yMKb"><em>$6.99</em> on <a rel="sponsored nofollow noopener" target="_blank">iOS</a>, <em>$4.99</em> on <a >Android</a></p> <h4 id="KjMF1Z">Apps that help you design your space</h4> <p id="OlMaj5"><strong>5. Paint Tester</strong>: For visualizing paint colors (from major brands like Benjamin Moore, Behr, Sherwin Williams, and more) on interior spaces.</p> <p id="ykr8VV"><em>Free </em>on <a >iOS</a> </p> <figure class="e-image"> <img alt="Woman looking at a phone." data-mask-text="false" src=""> <cite>Houzz</cite> <figcaption>Houzz’s “View in My Room 3D” feature.</figcaption> </figure> <p id="pMj5ba"><strong>6. Houzz</strong>: For access to over 20 million high-resolution photos of design ideas, plus features like “View in My Room 3D” (virtually try out over 1 million products in your own home); you can also research and hire home improvement professionals and shop for products and materials on the platform. </p> <p id="MoVn52"><em>Free </em>on <a rel="sponsored nofollow noopener" target="_blank">iOS</a>, <a >Android</a></p> <p id="xuB4wL"><strong>7. Pinterest</strong>: For discovering and organizing design and decor ideas.</p> <p id="n9b3ZR"><em>Free </em>on <a rel="sponsored nofollow noopener" target="_blank">iOS</a>, <a >Android</a></p> <p id="3yK04U"><strong>8. Color911</strong>: For generating color palettes for decorating projects. </p> <p id="ATVjKp"><em>$4 </em>on <a >iOS</a></p> <p id="PiHvPJ"><strong>9. Chairish</strong>: For buying and selling pre-loved home decor, vintage furniture, art, and more; a “preview” feature lets you see items in your space. </p> <p id="P8GKuL"><em>Free</em> on <a rel="sponsored nofollow noopener" target="_blank">iOS</a> </p> <p id="hTyeg8"><strong>10. Palette Cam</strong>: For creating color palettes from phone camera photos.</p> <p id="CQP90X"><em>Free</em> on <a rel="sponsored nofollow noopener" target="_blank">iOS</a></p> <p id="SI9mf5"><strong>11. Hutch</strong>: For seeing what potential furniture might look like in your space. Hutch virtually outfits rooms from photos uploaded by users</p> <p id="qriIjJ"><em>Free</em> on <a >Android</a></p> <h4 id="55ARpM">The best DIY tools apps</h4> <figure class="e-image"> <img alt="A painting in a frame on a wall. Next to the painting is a hand holding a cellphone up to the side of the painting. There is an image of a level on the cellphone with various measurements. " data-mask-text="false" src=""> <figcaption>iHandy Level.</figcaption> </figure> <p id="zD53pY"><strong>12. iHandy Level</strong>: For a general purpose level right in your pocket. </p> <p id="xdaH0H"><em>Free</em> on <a rel="sponsored nofollow noopener" target="_blank">iOS</a> and <a >Android</a> </p> <p id="GUr2jn"><strong>13. Home Improvement Calcs</strong>: For over 250 home improvement calculations and unit conversions in one app. </p> <p id="HxS6b2"><em>$1.99</em> on <a rel="sponsored nofollow noopener" target="_blank">iOS</a></p> <p id="45B45F"><strong>14. Handyman Calculator</strong>: For all kinds of construction calculators and conversions. </p> <p id="PJu5NF"><em>Free</em> on <a >Android</a></p> <h4 id="hnMnof">Apps that provide expert help</h4> <figure class="e-image"> <img alt="An image of pages in the app HomeAdvisor." data-mask-text="false" src=""> <figcaption>HomeAdvisor.</figcaption> </figure> <p id="Vf24fQ"><strong>15. HomeAdvisor</strong>: For discovering and comparing contractors and instant bookings.</p> <p id="hoP3Y1"><em>Free </em>on <a rel="sponsored nofollow noopener" target="_blank">iOS</a>, <a >Android</a></p> <p id="esacMt"><strong>16. Angie’s List: </strong>For viewing reviews and comparing quotes for top-rated local pros. </p> <p id="lWCod5">Free on <a >iOS</a>, <a >Android</a></p> <p id="wVPUHl"><strong>17. Thumbtack</strong>: For recommendations on contractors for all sorts of home-related jobs.</p> <p id="b6aVw9"><em>Free </em>on <a rel="sponsored nofollow noopener" target="_blank">iOS</a>, <a >Android</a> </p> <p id="tbrL83"><strong>18. Havenly</strong>: For working with a professional interior designer on your project; chat with a design expert and get curated product picks when you book a package (currently starting at $49). </p> <p id="rPNwIb"><em>Free</em> on <a rel="sponsored nofollow noopener" target="_blank">iOS</a></p> <p id="HzJbG1">Did we miss something? Share your favorites in the comments below. </p> <p id="khAz4q"></p> Jenny Xie 2020-05-20T15:45:36-04:00 2020-05-20T15:45:36-04:00 Coronavirus is not fuel for urbanist fantasies <img alt="People sit in circles meant to encourage social distancing during the coronavirus pandemic in Domino Park along the East River on May 18, 2020 in the Williamsburg neighborhood of the Brooklyn borough in New York City. " src="" /> <small>Public spaces are reopening—but governed by new rules. | Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images</small> <p>This moment should be about reassessing our broken cities</p> <p id="lxRuN6">The sidewalks have been converted into bustling restaurants, with families on bikes roaming the open streets, inhaling the cleanest air they’ve breathed in decades—through properly fitted masks, of course. Is this what your city will look like in post-pandemic America? For many, COVID-19 is a life-or-death crisis where your <a >ZIP code determines</a> if you physically and financially survive. For others, it’s the dawn of an urban utopia. </p> <p id="ZIjdFx">Even before the staggering impact of the novel coronavirus had been fully revealed, the people who write and think about cities were busy writing <a >prescriptions</a> for their recovery. But instead of <a >bearing witness to mass death</a><strong> </strong>as a moment of reflection, many urban advocates are using the coronavirus as an <a >opportunity</a> to accelerate their pre-pandemic agendas—agendas which ignore the issues that made COVID-19 more catastrophic than it should have been.</p> <div id="WkXYzt"> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p lang="en" dir="ltr">If I hear one more white person in my planning profession say (because ZERO fellow Black and Brown colleagues saying this), "Well, the COVID-19 pandemic presents an opportunity to..." I'm gonna unmute myself when I scream so that they get a taste of the trauma I feel.</p>— Naomi Doerner (@Bici_Urbana) <a >April 30, 2020</a> </blockquote> <script async="" src="" charset="utf-8"></script> </div> <p id="0oWuw7">This was first obvious by early April, as cities including <a >Los Angeles</a>, <a >Detroit</a>, and <a >Chicago</a> began to report that black and Latino residents were dying at a higher rate than the rest of the population. Latinos, in particular, were at greater risk because they are <a >more likely to work at essential jobs</a>. Living situations—including <a >overcrowding in small apartments due to high rents</a>—were also pinpointed as a reason the virus was <a >ravaging certain communities</a>.</p> <p id="jOFzYe">But the conversation among many pro-city voices <a >was not about that disparity</a>. It was about whether or not <a href="">tall buildings should be blamed for coronavirus outbreaks</a>. The stories continue to be published to this day—<a >Density is not the problem. Density is good, actually. Density will save us!</a>—like some kind of mantra which, if repeated enough, would make the novel coronavirus go away so we could all go back to fighting about eliminating single-family zoning.</p> <p id="dYcueA">As the density discourse eventually devolved into a debate about whether <a >New York City was safer than San Francisco</a>, one critical component seems to have been missed. Do you want to know the real reason why San Francisco, a small but dense city, <a >fared better than New York City</a> in the fight against COVID-19? Because San Francisco, where there is <a >one billionaire for approximately every 11,600 residents</a>, had <a >purged</a> most of the people who were most at risk from dying from COVID-19 to its <a >surrounding counties</a> long before the pandemic arrived.</p> <div id="AAjfZD"> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p lang="en" dir="ltr">I'm exhausted by urbanists of privilege glossing over systemic racism and rewriting the history of cities just to push a pro-density argument. <a ></a></p>— sahra (@sahrasulaiman) <a >April 17, 2020</a> </blockquote> <script async="" src="" charset="utf-8"></script> </div> <p id="qSP2Sb">If the coronavirus has made anything clear, it’s that cities cannot be fixed if we do not insist on dismantling the racial, economic, and environmental inequities that have <a >made the pandemic deadlier</a> for low-income and nonwhite residents. Yet many prominent urbanists have simply tweaked the language from their January 2020 tweets and fed them back into the propaganda machine to crank out COVID-tagged content, perpetuating the delusion that all cities need are denser neighborhoods, more parks, and open streets to magically become “fairer.” </p> <div class="c-float-right c-float-hang"><aside id="UoJxvX"><div data-anthem-component="readmore" data-anthem-component-data='{"stories":[{"title":"Don’t blame dense cities for the spread of coronavirus","url":""},{"title":"In the coronavirus crisis, who gets to be outside?","url":""},{"title":"Slow streets are the path to a better city","url":""},{"title":"Mansplaining the city","url":""}]}'></div></aside></div> <p id="SUVXlg">On Sunday, the <em>New York Times</em> published an <a >op-ed series</a> on cities and inequality pegged to the coronavirus crisis. But a piece on <a >how to redesign urban space</a> post-COVID-19 never once mentions race, revealing a troubling blind spot in the way urban designers talk about this crisis: “The idea that safe, generous and accessible common space is fundamental to public life is an essential American idea—as old as the Boston Common—but if our current catastrophe can help recapture this birthright, it will have served a small purpose.” Colonial Massachusetts? Whose birthright are we talking about here, exactly? </p> <p id="lGBVoR">Earlier this month, NYPD officers <a >arrested 35 black people in a single weekend</a> for failing to follow a brand-new set of laws meant to govern how people use public space. Virtually <a >all of the arrests and summonses</a> related to social distancing and mask wearing—including the arrest of a black woman with a 3-year-old child on the subway—have targeted black and brown New Yorkers. Photos <a >further illustrated</a> a disparity in infrastructure that predated the racially motivated enforcement tactics of the crisis. Harlem’s concrete-walled parks remained gated and locked. Meanwhile, the grassy parks of the West Village piers were open.</p> <p id="jKympk">The commandeering of other parts of public space has been celebrated by urban voices over the last few weeks. Coast to coast, legislators are passing emergency plans to <a >transform streets into open-air restaurants</a> in an effort to allow dining to return with proper social-distancing protocols in place. Berkeley, California, is among a handful of Northern California cities that are <a >closing streets entirely</a> to give small businesses a chance to bounce back. “This is our plan to save Main Street,” San Mateo Mayor Joe Goethals <a >told CNN</a>.</p> <p id="EKHl0Q">Seemingly forgotten in all these proposals are the <a >people who use these same streets informally</a> to make money. Street vendors—a community made up of many undocumented immigrants—have not only been forced off the streets during the pandemic due to health concerns, but the nature of their work has always made them targets of <a href="">harassment and ticketing by police</a>. If advocates are pushing cities to give restaurants free roadway space without making a concerted effort to welcome vendors back to those same sidewalks—and, perhaps, return what they paid in permitting fees—they are discriminating against the city’s most vital and vulnerable small businesses.</p> <p id="AT8CYP">With car traffic plummeting due to stay-at-home orders, another swift change in the way cities use streets has been implemented during the coronavirus crisis. Dozens of U.S. cities have created networks of “<a href="">slow streets</a>” that close roads partially or completely so people can walk or bike while staying six feet away from each other—and avoid interactions on too-narrow sidewalks. The reallocation of space is being <a >celebrated as a victory</a> by transportation advocates who have asked for similar changes for years.</p> <p id="aey44A">But closing streets to cars to help people who are privileged enough to stay home go for a run <a >doesn’t necessarily provide</a> the same benefits to <a >people who use those streets to get to work at essential jobs</a>. A few cities have repurposed street space for essential work; Washington, D.C., for example, <a >opted to widen sidewalks</a> around grocery stores and other businesses, and San Francisco <a >closed some streets</a> to aid homeless service providers. But the resounding message nationwide—and the corresponding actions from government—is from <a >mostly white advocates who are staying at home</a> asking for <a >space for recreation</a>. The conversation about how many miles of streets each city has open has dominated the transportation discourse like some kind of competition to see which city can win—instead of a nuanced discussion of what <a >people who rely on those streets</a> really need.</p> <figure class="e-image"> <img alt="A man walks along a street closed to vehicle traffic as the city expands areas for pedestrians to walk and to keep a recommended safe distance." data-mask-text="false" src=""> <cite>Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images</cite> <figcaption>Cities have opened streets for walking and biking at the request of people who want to exercise.</figcaption> </figure> <p id="YpUJ4e">Any changes that cities make to public space right now should be to stop people from dying and support essential workers. Creating more parks and plazas won’t create a safe place to be outside if certain residents will be harassed by police—or threatened by their fellow residents—for using them. Turning sidewalks into restaurants ends up privatizing space, limiting who has access to what was previously a public right-of-way. Opening a handful of streets for one type of user doesn’t mean that those streets are open for everyone.</p> <p id="Sfm5V1">It’s not to say that U.S. cities shouldn’t do these things, or that their residents won’t benefit from some of these changes, but as these decisions are made within the context of this crisis—sometimes very quickly, with little outreach—they are likely being made without the input of people most directly affected by the pandemic. On a webinar last week hosted by the national pedestrian advocacy group America Walks, anthropologist and planner Destiny Thomas called this phenomenon “<a >purple-lining</a>,” drawing a comparison to the <a >practice known as redlining</a> that <a >engrained segregation and discrimination in cities</a>, which was also put in place after another federal emergency: the Great Depression. </p> <div id="rQEDns"> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p lang="und" dir="ltr"><a >#PurpleLining</a> <a ></a></p>— Dr. Destiny Thomas (@DrDesThePlanner) <a >May 13, 2020</a> </blockquote> <script async="" src="" charset="utf-8"></script> </div> <p id="UFxgAD">What happened in the aftermath of the Great Depression is a lot like what may happen now. A handful of <a href="">mostly white, mostly male</a> urban “experts” are projecting what they want cities to become. Because they come from the <a >loudest voices in the room</a>, these policy recommendations will end up informing much of the U.S.’s post-pandemic response. But if anyone says they know what U.S. cities will look like in a few weeks, let alone in a few months, they are wrong.</p> <p id="wWEnaE">No one is talking about what cities will look like when <a >half the workers don’t have jobs</a>, where a <a >majority of small businesses have failed</a>, and where <a >homelessness increases by 45 percent</a>. Yet that’s the reality we are facing. That is not because of the coronavirus. That is because of the state our cities were in when the pandemic hit. It’s easy to blame the hydroxychloroquine-popping man-baby in the White House, but the truth is that he has very little to do with the fact that <a href="">our cities have failed us</a>. Until we can fully engage with the erasure of communities, structural racism, and unequal distribution of wealth that got us here, our cities will not crawl out from under this crisis.</p> <p id="UQkLNZ">The people who claim to care about cities have one role now: to center the voices of their <a >black</a>, <a >Latino</a>, <a >Asian-American</a>, and <a >immigrant</a> neighbors who have sacrificed their bodies, their well-being, and the health of their families to keep cities intact, even as they faced discrimination and harassment. Those who think cities are the future need to mobilize now to make sure the communities we’ve deemed essential will <a >not continue to be marginalized</a>, even after their lives are no longer threatened by the pandemic. </p> <p id="ca55iC">Sometime in the next few weeks, COVID-19 will have taken the lives of 100,000 people in this country. Most of them—like most of America—lived in cities. If knowing that people all around you have died hasn’t fundamentally changed the way you think about where you live, it’s time for a reckoning about what it means to exist in a city—both during this crisis, and long after COVID-19 leaves town. </p> <aside id="LcRU1A"><div data-anthem-component="newsletter" data-anthem-component-data='{"slug":"curbed_national"}'></div></aside> Alissa Walker 2020-05-20T12:00:00-04:00 2020-05-20T12:00:00-04:00 Hamptons home where Jackie Kennedy summered as a child asks $7.5M <img alt="An exterior view of a shingled house called Wildmoor where Jackie Kennedy summered. The home has white trim and dormer windows. There is grass in front of the house. " src="" /> <small>Photos by Rise Media, courtesy of Paula Butler of Sotheby’s International Realty</small> <p>Wildmoor is a shingled East Hamptons estate a few blocks from the ocean </p> <p id="V7kITu">Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis has spent many a summer in the Hamptons, and one of the homes she visited as a child <a >just hit the market</a>. Called Wildmoor, the 4,291-square-foot residence belonged to Onassis’s grandfather, John Vernou Bouvier Jr., in the 1900s; in 1925, Bouvier also purchased a larger Hamptons estate known as Lasata.</p> <div class="c-float-right"><div id="8ALBXI"><div data-anthem-component="aside:2265443"></div></div></div> <p id="PoxI9w">According to the <a ><em>Wall Street Journal</em></a>, Onassis and her family spent summers at the modestly sized Wildmoor house—not far from her grandfather and Lasata—in the 1930s and lived the rest of the time on Park Avenue in Manhattan. The home is located just a few blocks from the ocean, and sports a gabled roof, dormer windows, wraparound porch, and a large second-floor terrace. </p> <figure class="e-image"> <img alt="An enclosed dining area with a wood table and white trimmed windows and skylights." data-mask-text="false" src=""> <figcaption>Eating in the solarium-inspired dining room feels like dining al fresco thanks to abundant skylights.</figcaption> </figure> <p id="Sh0G48">Many original details remain in the 1865 house, like wood paneling, an antique claw foot tub, and a fireplace with colorful patterned tile. There are six bedrooms and four and a half bathrooms, and one of the most impressive features is a solarium-inspired dining room that opens up to the backyard. </p> <p id="XINDqt">In 1960, the abstract expressionist painter Adolph Gottlieb purchased the property and transformed a former carriage house into an art studio. That structure is still present today, with plentiful light from large windows and skylights, and rustic wood floors. Other perks on the one-acre lot include landscaped gardens and a pergola-covered terrace. Intrigued? <a >Wildmoor is on the market now for $7,500,000</a>. </p> <figure class="e-image"> <img alt="A living room has built in bookshelves, a green couch, rug, coffee table, and a fireplace." data-mask-text="false" src=""> <figcaption>In the living room, built-in bookshelves and a fireplace with blue tiles showcase the home’s original features.</figcaption> </figure> <figure class="e-image"> <img alt="A dining room with a large wooden table and chairs, a hutch, and white ceiling. " data-mask-text="false" src=""> <figcaption>The second dining area features a built-in hutch, wood floors, and original wood paneling. </figcaption> </figure> <figure class="e-image"> <img alt="A white marble breakfast book has views out to the garden and pergola. " data-mask-text="false" src=""> <figcaption>An eat-in breakfast nook offers views to the gardens and pergola. </figcaption> </figure> <figure class="e-image"> <img alt="A small white bed in a bedroom with wood floors and a white wicker chair." data-mask-text="false" src=""> <figcaption>One of the home’s six bedrooms is modest in size, but comes with idyllic views.</figcaption> </figure> <figure class="e-image"> <img alt="An exterior view of a shingled barn style art studio, but white trim ad large windows and skylights. " data-mask-text="false" src=""> <figcaption>The Abstract Expressionist painter Adolph Gottlieb bought Wildmoor in 1960 and used this barn outbuilding as his art studio. </figcaption> </figure> <aside id="3uuiKu"><div data-anthem-component="newsletter" data-anthem-component-data='{"slug":"curbed_national"}'></div></aside> Megan Barber 2020-05-20T08:00:00-04:00 2020-05-20T08:00:00-04:00 The fraught return of working at home <img alt="" src="" /> <small>The LIFE Picture Collection via</small> <p>Dividing life from work has always been a challenge, especially if your home office doesn’t include walls</p> <p class="p--has-dropcap p-large-text" id="RpVWdN">As a kid growing up in Hawai‘i, Megan Lehn would buzz her parents on their intercom system when she got home from school every day, to say hi and to tell them what she was eating for a snack. They’d reply from the third floor, where they shared an office. Working from home afforded Lehn’s parents the flexibility to take her to school and soccer practice, but they instituted clear boundaries when they were on the clock. As Lehn explains it: “Just because I’m home doesn’t mean you can bring up your Oreos and ask me a bunch of questions about Oreos.”</p> <p id="onmnA4">When Lehn bought a house in California a few years ago and started working for a company with an entirely remote staff, she found herself adopting her parents’ attitude toward separating work and life. One room became her work space, which she set up to look like “any other office”: dual screens, filing cabinets, wireless mouse, ergonomic everything. (She did take the liberty of painting one wall purple, filling the space with plants, and putting up photos from her travels to look at when she gets stressed.) Lehn’s husband knows not to disturb her when her door is closed, and when she’s done with work for the day, she leaves the room and doesn’t re-enter it until morning. “I really separate my personal stuff and my work stuff,” Lehn says.</p> <p id="KAZ8JV">Home offices take many forms, but what they almost universally offer is a threshold, a dividing line that tells the brain when it’s time to focus—and, just as importantly, when it’s time to stop working. While walls and a door create a powerful border, physically and mentally, they’re not necessary to this endeavor. Nonya Grenader, an architect and professor at Rice Architecture, once designed a narrow, elongated work space at the top of a staircase in a client’s house. Someone seated at the desk would have their back to the stairs, and a bookshelf extending several feet to their left provided a degree of separation from anyone going up or down the stairs. “It was a slice of space, but it was enough,” Grenader says. A demarcation as small as a desk reserved for work can help a person get in the zone.</p> <div class="c-wide-block"> <figure class="e-image"> <img alt="A black and white photo of a man sitting at a small wooden desk with a typewriter in front of him. The desk is covered in a disarray of papers. In the foreground there is a simple floor lamp." data-mask-text="false" src=""> <cite>Conde Nast via Getty Images</cite> <figcaption>1942: Author Stephen Vincent Benet typing on a portable typewriter on a desk in his attic.</figcaption> </figure> </div> <div class="c-float-right c-float-hang"> <figure class="e-image"> <img alt="A young black man smiles in an archival black and white photo. He is leaning over his desk that is covered in paper and books, with his hand on a journal." data-mask-text="false" src=""> <figcaption>1956: Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. relaxes at a desk in his home.</figcaption> </figure> </div> <p id="Z79zXw">The history of the home office is, of course, a history of working from home. Thanks to the coronavirus pandemic, vast swaths of Americans are reckoning with what may be a very long time spent working from the couch or kitchen table. Some are confronting the burnout that comes with less precise boundaries between work and the rest of life; others, <a >company policy allowing</a>, may decide they’d rather not return to an office. But while many people are experiencing this lifestyle for the first time, it’s just about the oldest way to do business. “It would have been the most familiar thing for people throughout history,” says Sandy Isenstadt, a professor of architectural history at the University of Delaware. Artisans produced their wares at home, often in ground-floor workspaces below their living quarters, and sold them from home or at markets. In the United States, work only shifted out of the home in a major way during the Industrial Revolution, as factories began churning out those same goods.</p> <p id="31ALpS">As paid work moved out of the home in the 19th century, the domestic sphere also took on new meaning. The “cult of domesticity” that took root in middle- and upper-class life in the 19th century idealized women as submissive, virtuous keepers of the house. As Laura Turner writes for <a >Pacific Standard</a>, a division sprung up between “public and private, male and female, office and home.” While women’s industrious management of their homes earned a degree of valorization, theirs was not a money-making endeavor and was therefore not valued as highly.</p> <p id="dl6kP2">“You get this aggrandisement of the work sphere as opposed to the domestic sphere,” says Isenstadt. “As we all know, there’s still a lot of labor going on in the home, even if it’s not generating income. Anything associated with women is drastically undervalued.”</p> <p id="ZqJUQR">The growing separation between paid work and home life was reinforced by nuisance laws and, subsequently, late 19th- and early 20th-century zoning regulations, says Isenstadt. Manufacturing and processing was seen as dirty and noisy, so various kinds of work were banned from residential areas, with the exception of professions like law and medicine. Tax law, too, started differentiating between the residential, commercial, and industrial.</p> <p id="w4AbcP">Though paid work remained fixed outside the home throughout the 20th century, some professionals carried on working from their houses, particularly creatives and freelancers like artists, writers, and designers. “You look at Charles and Ray Eames’s <a >house and studio</a> in Pacific Palisades, and the Eames philosophy about how work and life were completely entwined. They could not separate one from the other,” says Grenader, who cites <a href="">Donald Judd’s apartment in New York’s Soho</a> neighborhood as a more urban example of the interplay between an artist’s home and work.</p> <div class="c-wide-block"> <figure class="e-image"> <img alt="A floor to ceiling wood paneled room with two-built ins. One holds a fold out table and has a blue rounded, blue upholstered, mid-century chair tucked underneath. The other holds a fruit bowl with a pineapple center piece. There’s a free standing desk with a matching mid-century chair in the center of the room." data-mask-text="false" src=""> <cite>Conde Nast via Getty Images</cite> <figcaption>1963: A spare, modern home office with walnut walls and an ebony-trimmed rosewood desk on a cast aluminum swivel.</figcaption> </figure> </div> <div class="c-float-right c-float-hang"> <figure class="e-image"> <img alt="A young man with a beard and slicked back dark hair sits at a desk with a large manila folder in his hands. In the foreground there is a corner of a couch with a checkered ikat pattern and a glass coffee table stacked with large books." data-mask-text="false" src=""> <cite>Conde Nast via Getty Images</cite> <figcaption>1974: Designer Karl Lagerfeld at his desk in the study of his apartment in Paris.</figcaption> </figure> </div> <p id="jW8tDh">In the same way that industrialization moved work out of the home, technological advancements in the late 20th century once again made it feasible for people to work from home. “It was only really in the ’80s, with personal computing, that people could do it,” says Richard Donkin, author of <em>The History of Work</em>. It started in an ad hoc way, Donkin says. After a century or so of office buildings dominating the work landscape, bosses and fellow workers could be suspicious of telecommuters. “Working from home became a euphemism for doing what you wanted to do, mowing the lawn or whatever,” says Donkin.</p> <p id="aPBLGF">Before the coronavirus pandemic, remote work was already becoming increasingly common, particularly in sectors where work lives online. No surprise, then, that home offices are far more common than they used to be. “Almost every client asks for working space in their house,” says Grenader. “Everyone. That’s a real change. I can’t say that was often in the program in the ’80s, when I was a younger architect.” Grenader often works on smaller houses, and in homes that don’t have a spare room to designate as an office, she might create a guest room-slash-office with a daybed and a desk area.</p> <p id="W98oSW">Not only has technology enabled more people to work from home, but it has changed what home offices look like. When Amity Worrel started her career as an interior designer in New York in the ’90s, home offices required opening up walls, running cables, and building large cabinets to hide bulky machinery. “It was a clunkier endeavor,” recalls Worrel, who now runs a small interior design firm in Austin. But as computers and printers shrunk, increasingly lightweight laptops became the norm, paper documents disappeared into the cloud, and everything went wireless, home offices were no longer limited by the work paraphernalia they contained. Decorative elements that previously would have been overshadowed by boxy equipment, like a beautiful wallpaper, can come to the fore. “If you can hide the uglies, then the pretties can really shine,” says Worrel.</p> <p id="RBw0Tc">Summer Thornton, an interior designer in Chicago, incorporates more couches and soft seating into home offices than she did 15 years ago—most clients who work on laptops barely see the need for a proper desk, she says. This shift mirrors the increasingly lounge-like vibe of contemporary offices: an open-plan landscape dotted with sofas, beanbags, and cocoon-like pods. As offices and coworking spaces began to offer workers amenities like cold brew and beer on tap, Thornton also started getting more requests for home offices with custom elements like wine fridges and ventilation systems to filter cigar smoke.</p> <p id="7i30Q2">Home offices may be getting more attractive, but that doesn’t mean computer equipment has disappeared entirely. Lance Thomas, an interior designer in Lake Charles, Louisiana, says that a client’s line of work influences the design of their home office. He works with plumbers and electricians who run their businesses from home and need printers and faxes for invoicing, for instance. “We want the space to be pretty, but they’re mom and pop,” Thomas says. “They’re working from home, and they’re never not working.”</p> <p id="8Ckz3l">The beauty of home offices is that while we can track general shifts in their use and appearance, they are ultimately a manifestation of what an individual does professionally and how their brain works, smushed or expanded into the space that they happen to have available. Often it’s not the stuff of an <em>Architectural Digest</em> photoshoot. </p> <div class="c-wide-block"> <figure class="e-image"> <img alt="An ornate room scene that is filled with a variety of styles, colors and textures. In the foreground there is a tufted gold chair with a leopard print pillow on top. Behind is a white desk with a desk lamp and oversized pair sculpture. On the wall behind there are frames of different styles and sizes hung gallery style." data-mask-text="false" src=""> <cite>Conde Nast via Getty Images</cite> <figcaption>1988: In interior designer Albert Hadley’s Connecticut house, a large gourd from his native Tennessee sits on the desk.</figcaption> </figure> </div> <p id="FoSkLS">Donkin likes to have documents at his fingertips, and his space is brimming with papers and notebooks, with a wall of binders and mounted fish behind him. (His dogs usually sit at his feet.) Joseph Telushkin, a rabbi and author who commutes several times a day between his home on the fourth floor of a Manhattan apartment building and his office on the seventh floor, has filled his office with “a few thousand books,” a desk that’s rarely neat, and a long table where he keeps his current projects stacked in manila folders. “Last night my wife came in and was so horrified,” Telushkin says.</p> <p id="I9eJkD">Denise Trammel, an executive recruiter who has worked from home for 20 years, has been in her current home office for three years and has yet to put anything on the walls. She hired a decorator to help her pick out a nice rug and a desk and did a custom window treatment, but that was the extent of their work together. When Trammel is working, she often goes into a state of hyper-focus and appreciates a Spartan space that inhibits distraction. “I light a candle sometimes,” she allows.</p> <p id="J1MXf3">People who work from home tend to think carefully about how they use space to separate work from the rest of life. When Telushkin’s children were small, he never had a rule about when they could come up and see him during the day, but he knows that if he’d worked from the family apartment, he wouldn’t have been able to get much done. To fight the urge to answer emails after hours, Trammel bought a second laptop last year. She keeps one in the living room for personal use and doesn’t let her work laptop leave her office.</p> <p id="4Olr6l">Indeed, home offices speak to the often-fraught relationship many people have with work. On the one hand, Americans are attached to the idea of a strict division between work and the rest of life. Attitudes toward this division vary by culture, says Jeffrey Sanchez-Burks, a behavioral scientist and a professor at the University of Michigan’s Stephen M. Ross School of Business, and the U.S. attitude tends to be that the way you dress, behave toward other people, and respond to conflict at work should be completely distinct from how you do the same at home. Sanchez-Burks traces this dynamic back to Calvinist Puritans, who believed that one should separate work from emotion. Though many Americans disagree with this binary, blending the professional and personal isn’t always rewarded, he says: One <a >study</a> he worked on showed that when interview candidates attempted to bond with their interviewer by complimenting them on a family photograph in the office, they were less likely to be asked back for a second round.</p> <p id="xrhKEN">“With home offices, there’s a real emphasis on creating a work/nonwork divide, even at home,” Sanchez-Burks says. “The advice is to make it a work space that’s not another space.”</p> <p id="1hb9I1">Yet American culture also rewards overwork, so much so that a home office can be something of a status symbol. When Thomas began his career as an interior designer 10 years ago, he noticed that many clients had home offices that they rarely used. These offices were often located near the entryway, as though to signal to guests, <em>This is the house of someone successful, someone who works hard.</em></p> <div class="c-wide-block"> <figure class="e-image"> <img alt="A white room with floor-to-ceiling built in book shelves. The shelves are filled with books, trinkets and encyclopedia sets. The room has a leather Eames recliner, a leather couch and a door that looks into a sunny room with a glass table." data-mask-text="false" src=""> <cite>Conde Nast via Getty Images</cite> <figcaption>1997: The library of a Chicago, Illinois, apartment designed by architecture firm Tigerman McCurry.</figcaption> </figure> </div> <p id="uD3yao">In certain industries, the overlap of personal and professional identity is so total as to make it impossible to escape work at all, ever. In <em>Uncanny Valley</em>, a memoir about life in the Bay Area’s startup bubble, Anna Wiener writes, “Everyone was encouraged to work how, where, and when they worked best—whether that meant three in the morning in the San Francisco office, referred to as HQ, or from inside a hammock on Oahu. They were invited to bring their whole selves to work, and reminded to take their whole selves on vacation.”</p> <p id="3rbPFb">Interior designers have different tactics for preventing work from taking over their clients’ lives. Stefani Stein, a designer in LA, cautions against installing a desk in the kitchen. It’s fine for paying bills and staying organized, she says, but it makes it much harder to walk away from more concentrated work. A home office should function differently from the other rooms in a house and serve a distinct purpose, says Thomas. If a client wants to put a TV or sofa in their office, he’ll suggest focusing their design efforts on creating a great living room or seating area instead, so that the office can remain a productivity zone. (A chaise longue or chair and ottoman are work-appropriate substitutes for a couch.) </p> <p id="uHVDT7">Then again, some people like a living room. Karen Herbst, an independent college consultant in Colorado, tries to be strict about the hours that she works, but she happily co-opts different parts of her house for work. When she meets with students and their families, they often sit in the living room. The kitchen is a favorite space for meeting with students one-on-one; it’s cozy, Herbst says, and she’ll make them cookies, hot chocolate, and tea.</p> <p class="c-end-para" id="Z0Wnbg">Herbst does have a home office—it houses the desk she inherited from her father, who practiced law in New Orleans—but she doesn’t use it to meet with clients as often as she did when her youngest, now a college student, was still living at home. Though the office was a necessity at first, Herbst has gotten the sense that families like seeing it. “When they come to my home, they have no idea what they are going to find,” she explains. A dedicated office has the unexpected effect of reassuring them that she’s running a legitimate business. One that just happens to be in her house.</p> <aside id="yHVRDh"><div data-anthem-component="newsletter" data-anthem-component-data='{"slug":"curbed_weekend_reads"}'></div></aside><p id="HZfrNi"><small><em>Eliza Brooke is a freelance writer. 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