Have mercy on my soul. Could our government not have picked a better day to take our money than on a Monday? Don’t they know (or care) that we struggle with the start of the workweek anyway — much-less adding this fun to the mix? Ugh. Hang in there, folks.
Let’s try and offset our inevitable irritation and daydream a bit — let’s envision ourselves in Hawaii — in this oceanfront estate. Heck, maybe you’re one of the lucky ones getting a tax refund this year and can purchase it (the house only costs $11,950,000 — again, one can dream).
Feeling any better? Me either — let’s just keep our heads down and power through this day. Sigh. Ah, Hawaii.
We’re in the midst of award season, and searches are buzzing for the next big show, the 55th Annual Grammy Awards, on February 10. According to Yahoo! Web Trend Expert Carolyn Clark, searches for Grammy nominations are spiking, along with nominee Kelly Clarkson. I’m not only going to point you right to this year’s nominees, I’m also going to give you all something even better: a tour of five Grammy-nominated artists’ homes. Yup.
Katy Perry’s Elegant Contemporary Abode | Los Angeles
Nominations: Best Pop Solo Performance
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Taylor Swift’s Elegant Country Estate | Nashville, Tenn.
Nominations: Record of the Year, Best Country Duo/Group Performance, Best Song Written For Visual Media
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The other morning, I unexpectedly woke at 5:30 and could not get myself back to sleep. But thanks to this bout of insomnia, I found a documentary that I had to share with you all. (Does everyone watch movies when they can’t sleep? I am new to sleeplessness.) The Queen of Versailles chronicles three years in the life of timeshare mogul David Siegel and his wife Jackie. When the cameras started rolling, director Lauren Greenfield thought she was going to document the construction of the biggest personally owned home in America. At 90,000 square feet and outrageous cost of $100,000,000, “Versailles” was the stuff of self-made-billionaire dreams. What the director did not know when she started filming in 2008 was that an economic crash was just around the corner for this family and the entire country.
Like so many other Americans, Siegel overextended the real estate ventures he personally and professionally embarked on. And after the very sudden and dramatic collapse of the real estate market and the near death of his business, Westgate Resorts, the fate of the Siegels and the unfinished Versailles is unknown. The cameras keep rolling as assets are auctioned off, private schools are spurned for public ones, and the spending habits of a once-billionaire’s wife finds its only outlet at Walmart. If you’ve got time for a movie this weekend, mix yourself a cocktail, grab some movie snacks and stream this stunning piece of cinéma vérité.
Photo courtesy of Magnolia Pictures; Lauren Greenfield
Let’s play a game! xoJane has an exclusive tour of a rock star’s West Village townhouse. Take a look at the photo below. Can you guess who lives here?
Photo: Peter Murdock/xoJane.com
We’re getting down to the nitty-gritty today, so if numbers, finances and budgets make you queasy, you may want to click on over to something pretty. You know, like this.
The fact of the matter is, Husband and I both freelance for a living. And while freelancing may be synonymous with pajamas, couches and Cheetos, it’s also a lot more difficult than it sounds (and I’m not talking Cheeto dust on my white keyboard).
So. Now that you’ve seen my home in complete shambles, you’re probably wondering how we acquired the mess in the first place, yes? Lucky for you, I take really great notes.
Our search for the perfect home began in July 2009 when we had finally saved enough couch cushion pennies to bid on something that didn’t live on wheels. Because I’m married to a very unexpectedly burly man, we had decided early in the process that we would purchase a foreclosed home at auction and fix it up with a bit of elbow grease (and a ton of trash bags).
Earlier this week, our friends over at FrontDoor.com announced a partnership with 250 newspaper across the country. Along with enhancing their current listings, newspapers will eventually be able to take advantage of FrontDoor’s offerings of articles and video content from real estate experts.
The first site to launch with enhanced FrontDoor content is San Francisco’s own SFGate.com. The deal covers listing with newspapers owned by Cox Newspapers, Freedom Newspapers, Journal Register Co. and Southern Newspaper Group.
Keep en eye out for FrontDoor coming to a newspaper near you!