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Now THIS is how you outfit a vintage kitchen!

My house-crazy/kitchen designer friend Marie sent me a link to this amazing Canadian company that specializes in vintage/retro kitchen appliances. The company is called Elmira Stove Works and it is based out of the small town of Elmira in Ontario - my home province. They ship/sell internationally and have been around for over 30 years....

House hunters beware: you may be purchasing a meth or murder house and not even know it

Today's post is a guest post from an attorney who contacted me hoping I would share this on my website. I am not being compensated in any way for displaying this information; I am just purely doing it as a public service. Since I'm in the process of house-hunting right...

Most fabulous posts of 2012

As 2012 careens to a close, and my blog's one year anniversary fast approaches, I thought it was time for a look back. In case you missed any of my most excellent posts this past year 🙂 here is a 'top-ten' round-up of the most popular and, MY most favorite.... Most popular posts - according to Google Analytics: 1. The...

Homeowners and the aftermath of nature’s fury

It has been over a month now since Hurricane Sandy pummelled the coastal areas of the north-eastern United States. Damage assessments have been staggering: the hard-hit state of New Jersey experienced $36.8 billion in damage. In New York state there was over $9.7 billion in damage just to the housing stock alone. The headaches...

Canadian women’s house art

Dollhouse, 1972, wood and mixed media by Miriam Schapiro Few things motivate me as much as art, houses, literature, history and feminism. The combination of those elements - like in Miriam Schapiro's mixed media Dollhouse  - sets my little heart a flutter with creative muses. Add to that mix a Canadian perspective, and you've got...

Houses vs. the Hurricane

It's been a week of feeling sad and helpless and awestruck at the power of Mother Nature. If you've had the TV on even a few minutes over the past couple of days, you've seen the devastation left behind in the wake of Hurricane Sandy. Maybe you are even living the nightmare right...

Friday renovation round-up

This week was all about revealing new looks, not just here at House Crazy, but it seems everywhere around the web. Have a look at some of the amazing renovations that caught my eye this week...   1. The Zadge's "Babe Cave" - an old carriage house/garage turned into a grown-up hangout spot...

The Great Debate: A house’s rights vs. individual owner’s rights

The latest shit-storm stirring up the house blogosphere is a highly polarizing debate centered around one very unfortunate house. Before I give you the back-story, and my expert opinion on all of this, I'll show you pictures of the house. BEFORE: Historic preserved Victorian in New York City.... AFTER: Butterscotch bricked and concreted McMansion with...

Well Said: Funny Real Estate Listing Blurbs!

I flip through a lot of real estate listings (A LOT!) Probably more than most Realtors on a daily basis. For the large part, most of the real estate descriptions are typical, uninspiring and sometimes even just plain boring. You know what I mean. They follow a common script with few...

Top ten cities in America for historic preservation

Livability.com has come out with their top ten picks for best cities in the U.S. in which to live for historic preservation. In order to make the list, cities had to meet some or all of the following criteria set out by the editors and experts at livability.com: - a large number of properties on...