Posted by Deirdre // 03-13-2013
I love Design Sponge and Apartment Therapy, though both tend to make me feel like a total under achiever. Why don’t I put up those curtains and recover the couch in my office and stain that bookcase and reorganize my closets like I think about every night when I can’t sleep? For now, I’ll just Pin these things and make myself another cup of coffee, I guess.
Anyway, there are some great features on each that may actually help you in your search, rather than just make you feel lame. First off, the Design Sponge City Guides. Let’s say you’re thinking about a move to Knoxville (Tennessee on the brain!) and wonder what life is like there for the average cute, young woman with a perfect little job and no responsibilities? Sorry, I digress. I do think Design Sponge is often targeted toward a slightly younger person than me, but it does show is how awesomeness – at least how I define it – can be found in many corners of the world. There usually aren’t many kid activities included, but a quick search online will easily find you some parent bloggers in the city which then can lead to any number of local resources for parents (some of which may include a healthy dose of Bible stuff if you happen to be searching in a place like Knoxville).
On Apartment Therapy there are a few areas of interest that aren’t just about redoing your kitchen cabinets. One is a Parenting Section, that has helpful posts like Tips for Minimizing Noise from kids when you have neighbors (though my 5 and 7 year old are more likely to associate “little feet” with a stoner band from the 70s than how to walk through the house). They also have a Renters Section, which has great info if you’re just dipping a toe in where you may end up (I think this is so the way to go but that’s just me) and local guides to some other cities, including Portland OR, San Francisco, Philly, Boston and more.
So if searching for a place to live just sends you down the real estate porn rabbit hole, emailing your spouse or friend or mother to gush about the number of bathrooms (renovated!) and the size of the yard and the gorgeous wood beams in the living room, and that kitchen island and LAUNDRY ROOM, all for what you would spend on a small two bedroom walkup in Park Slope (you know you all have done this), let this be a nice diversion, in which you imagine yourself with a new friend going out for coffee and strolling around a new town shopping for cute things. Then going home and sitting on your window seat looking out at your Magnolia tree in bloom. Sorry, I know that last one was a killer.