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Teague and I are obsessed with home magazines. We regularly read Architectural Digest, Home, Creative Homes, Victorian Homes… the list goes on. But, sort of like flipping through an issue of Vogue, these magazines can be depressing. Like the perfection of some skinny supermodel, these magazines show interiors that are, for the most part, more incredibly beautiful (and expensive) than our home will ever be. No amount of hard work will change that fact. So while they’re great for ideas and inspiration, I like to see REAL homes too.

House blogs are great, but most of us are still working on basics like plumbing and electrical, so the interior shots aren’t much to look at. There are online tours of museum homes, but they’re more like magazine homes….. out of our league. So I went looking for some middle ground. lets you look at interiors in old homes that are for sale. Better still, they sort them by type and area. Not all have interior shots, but enough of them do to make it interesting. Worth a look if you’re a house voyeur like me!

Comments, Thoughts, and Feedback

Kristin had this to say on 03.02.05:

I love looking at old houses for sale, though it makes me long to buy them all (yeah, when I win the lottery … twice).

Another great site is There’s a lovely one for sale in Athens, Alabama. Now to MapQuest and find out where the heck that is.

Kristin had this to say on 03.02.05:

OK, got another link …

Several of these houses have interior shots. These are all houses in the next county over from us.

Jess had this to say on 03.02.05:

Mindy, fellow voyeur, the library of congress’ “american memory” collection has some nice period pics if you search long enough. It’s not the most user friendly site but of course, it is run by the government, so.

mindy had this to say on 03.02.05:

Oooh – more fun distractions. Thanks guys! The American Memory link is a great one. Look at this room:

I would love a chaise like the one they’ve got over on the right. Looks like the perfect reading chair.

Here is a cool dining room (I think?):
It has lots of big plants, something we’re looking to invest in one of these days.

And I think this is my favorite – – it just looks like a sunny, comfortable place to live!


Kristin had this to say on 03.03.05:

Okay, I’m swooning over those gorgeous rooms!

Jess had this to say on 03.03.05:

Makes you wish you had a time machine, doesn’t it? [sigh] Yeah, I’d do just about anything [legal] for that chaise lounger!

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