| || |This Australian attorney must have suffered a deprived Christmas childhood! Cuz he's gone bonkers making up for it as a grown man. He's set the Guinness World Record not once but twice for most decorated house. First time was 331,038 lights. This time was 502,165.
29 miles of wire! Electric bill = $2,200! Clearly he REALLY wants to celebrate baby Jesus!
I just got some amazing press for my cute Bungalow for sale on 804-57th St, NOBE. HGTV's Front Door interviews me about how I transformed this plain jane property into a gem with just some quick and easy tips. I teamed up with my fabulous stager Cora Sue Anthony, Star of Real Estate Intervention to work our magic! She is the only one who has a bigger personality than me. LOL! Excerpt is below. Or read the full article. But you MUST check out the dramatical before and after photos!
For this home, he and Cora brightened the walls. "Gray is very hot now, so is off-white: it brightened the space." The previous owners had used different colors throughout, which "compartmentalized everything," says Chan. "When you have too many blocks of color, it's like a dress with horizontal stripes. It does a small space no favors."
The single, light color created a flow, "creating a unified space," says Chan. "And there are tons of windows, more than the average bungalow. So we left them naked, open, capitalized on the light coming in." Finally, they used sparse but impactful furnishings that "lets the buyer understand that with the right furniture, you can live here, too."
Priced just under $400K, it's an affordable option in this cray-cray market. Sometimes the right staging is just what a bungalow needs.
Parents, your college bound kid is gonna be spending a ton of time in their dorm room. They say workers are more productive in pleasant environments. I think this applies to students too! So make sure to decor up their dinky dorm room. Watch my tips & you'll thank me when they get straight A's!
To inaugurate the release of the Great Gatsby, here is my Art Deco How-To video for my San Francisco Chronicle Series called Real Estate Real Simple. Art Deco is one of my all time eras in design, the decadence the glitz and glamour! The Great Gatsy is also one of my favorite books (the capitalist commentary, haves and the have-nots, the laissez-faire!). The newly released Great Gatsby film, starring Leo Dicaprio & Tobey Maguire, is a visual homage to this fabulous period of art and design. Folks, I could watch the film with the sound off! I was visually drowning in all the details, costumes, architecture. Wow! My only disappointment was that the film left out the homoeroticism between Nick Carraway and Gatsby (I recall that gay undertones too when I read it in high school...I thought it was hormones, but maybe not...at least per Salon Magazine)
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Spring is around the corner, and you are itching to redecorate your place. Problem is, you’ve got a dead-end job, your sugar daddy just cut off your AMEX or you’re just plain cheap! Decorating ain't cheap. No problem. If you’re low on cash but want a home makeover, you do what any resourceful Millennial does—you upcycle!
For those of you living under a rock, upcycling is turning something old into something new. Before you Restoration Hardware snobs start dissing me, I'll have you know that upcycling is the hottest design trend now. Not only does it save you money, but it is great for Mother Nature. We need to be mindful of the stuff we consume. We are such a wasteful society, living in a throwaway culture. How many times have you bought a sequened off-the-shoulder top you just had
to have, but only wore the darn thing once—and it was for a 1980sFlashdance
Halloween party. I know I have! What a waste of $50! Before you toss it out like yesterday's trash, try to upcycle it! It is uncanny how many old, tattered things you own that can be repurposed for some fantabulous new home décor pieces.
Here is what I did recently to update my living room via upcycling. I was getting sick of my drab sofa. It needed to pop. It would be too expensive to buy a new one. (And have you seen the cost of shipping and handling recently?!) So I decided on a more affordable way to revive my sofa—pillow accents! I went into the closet and reached deep in the back trenches where I store clothes I rarely wear. I shut my eyes, grabbed some random pieces, and out popped a tube top, mu'umu'u and a knit miniskirt. (Guess I never threw away my old drag outfits. I’m such a hoarder!)
Being flat-chested, the tube top was too small. Not enough fabric to make a pillow/cushion cover. The mu'umu'u was too big. (Although I might save it for a mattress cover upcycling project!) That left the mini-skirt. It was perfect! I stole an extra pillow insert I had lying around the guest room closet, found a yard of double-sided sticky-back Velcro in the kitchen junk drawer and twirled into the living room to start my project. It literally took me 10 minutes. I placed the Velcro on the front and back waistline of the skirt, flipped it inside out to hide the Velcro seams, stuffed the pillow insert into the skirt, then sealed up the front and back hem with Velcro. After transforming my mini-skirt into a pillow, I thought, “Damn, Herman, this is too cute for my busted-up sofa. I’m gonna sell it on Etsy! For real!”
The fabulous thing about this skirt-turned-pillow is that it’s Velcro’d. You don’t need to mess up your Lee Press-Ons with any sewing! You can assemble and disassemble easily. This is especially handy when you get a last-minute date and all your clothes are dirty. All you have to do is waltz into your living room, grab the pillow, rip off the Velcro and toss it on. It’s a skirt again! Sigh, the joys of upcycling! Bottom line: Don’t be so quick to trash your junk clothes. You can always make a cute décor piece to brighten up your home.
Drop by my place HabitatForHermanity.com
and I'll show you how to upcycle your old jockstraps into a macramé plant holder!Herman Chan is a real estate and design expert whose blog Habitat for Hermanity offers a glimpse beyond the glitz and glam of real estate and design. (And it ain’t always pretty!) You’ve seen his trademark helpful, hilarious flair on HGTV
House Hunters, Logo and Huffington Post. His new webseries,
Real Estate Real Simple for the
San Francisco Chronicle, debuted this year. He was also once a
Frontiers cover model.
Beyonce announced her world tour at the SuperBowl. Herman Chan announces his new web series Real Estate Real Simple for the San Francisco Chronicle...Okay, so it ain't exactly comparable, but hey, I can dream right? The series is Q&A sessions with readers from the SF Chronicle about housing and design. The webisode below is about decorating a living room with small mirrors. (I love the video introduction they made for me. Fancy!)
| || |In case you missed it last month, I'm in USA Today's Home Magazine. Finally, I got my hands on the tearsheets today so I'm happy to share with you guys! Tips are about holiday settings but my tips still hold true through out the year. I dunno how to cook but I know how to make table look pretty! Happy 2013!