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Where is the most bountiful font of 'hipster cribs' stories?
November 4, 2009 2:23 PM   Subscribe

Where is the most bountiful font of 'hipster cribs' stories?

I'm looking for a bunch of stories I can only call a hipster version of MTV's 'Cribs'. I have come across a few randomly, but I would like to find some book or magazine that specializes in these stories so that I can mock it mercilessly.

It is always a couple, and they are cuter than a button, in a disheveled hipster sort of way. They live in a Williamsburg loft, or a converted farmhouse or some such. They do some crafty/foodie activity like printmaking or crafting artisanal ketchups. Their pad is gorgeously interior designed, but in a DIY, slightly off-kilter sort of way. Their furniture always has a backstory; the bookshelves might be made from the floor planks of a Milliner's shop that they found while knocking around Europe. Often there is a quote such as: "I love the light that comes in this room in the afternoons; I have a workbench here so that I can [do whatever crafty/foodie activity that couldn't possibly pull the kind of income that would pay for this lifestyle]."
posted by mattholomew to Media & Arts (23 answers total) 56 users marked this as a favorite
 
apartmenttherapy.com might do.
posted by jgirl at 2:26 PM on November 4, 2009 [1 favorite]


Design Sponge, Making it Lovely.
posted by nitsuj at 2:32 PM on November 4, 2009


Apartment Therapy home tours is exactly what you're looking for. I don't think you'll find anything better. You're (just a tiny bit) mean though.
posted by crabintheocean at 2:56 PM on November 4, 2009


Apartment Therapy have a book of homes from the site too.
posted by crabintheocean at 3:03 PM on November 4, 2009


The Selby.

didn't anyone tell you making fun of hipsters is like, so over?
posted by Juliet Banana at 3:04 PM on November 4, 2009 [1 favorite]


"The World of Interiors" magazine often makes "Dwell" magazine seem conventional and square.
posted by ranunculus at 3:05 PM on November 4, 2009


Here you go. The My Place feature from one of Toronto's alt weeklies. They are always beyond precious.
posted by yellowbinder at 3:06 PM on November 4, 2009 [1 favorite]


ReadyMade Magazine has features exactly like what you're talking about every once in a while.
posted by Bunglegirl at 3:06 PM on November 4, 2009


Guardian homes section.
posted by Jabberwocky at 3:47 PM on November 4, 2009


Here's the correct link for The Selby. And like JB, I'm betting that's what you're looking for.
posted by ocherdraco at 3:49 PM on November 4, 2009


The Village Voice (free NYC weekly) used to have a column called Shelter (I believe that was the title) that often featured these creatures. I can't find it online, but if you're near a library they may have back copies.

And I love you for doing this, please share the results!
posted by cestmoi15 at 4:28 PM on November 4, 2009


Hipster cribs. That's awesome, and so perfect. I often want to strange the inhabitants of said domiciles after reading such articles.
posted by jayder at 4:51 PM on November 4, 2009


Love these links, folks! I write something that I think is a ridiculous caricature and then reality serves up some shit like this, and I almost want to give up the snark business.
posted by mattholomew at 4:59 PM on November 4, 2009


The New York Times Home & Garden seems to alternate between hipsters and moguls. If you are looking for fodder to mock, this NYTimes article features a Victorian home in San Francisco with taxidermy and a bathroom made to look like the deep end of a swimming pool!

Cute as a button? Check
Disheveled hipsters? Check
Slightly off-kilter? Check
posted by Andy's Gross Wart at 5:09 PM on November 4, 2009


OH FOR CHRISSAKES.
posted by mattholomew at 5:18 PM on November 4, 2009 [5 favorites]


I have nothing to add, except to say that "Their furniture always has a backstory" made me LOL.

As did "water hobo," but for entirely different reasons.
posted by ErikaB at 6:11 PM on November 4, 2009


Spaces
posted by pised at 7:03 PM on November 4, 2009


Cute as a button? Check
Disheveled hipsters? Check
Slightly off-kilter? Check


Black toilet paper? Check! (in the red bathroom with the salvaged sink)
posted by jschu at 7:44 PM on November 4, 2009


didn't anyone tell you making fun of hipsters is like, so over?

No, no it's not.
posted by The Michael The at 4:13 AM on November 5, 2009


The New York Times has thousands of articles exactly like this.
posted by xammerboy at 7:27 AM on November 5, 2009


Not exactly what you're looking for the book Manspaces has some classics. (See the talk on Ted.com too.)
posted by HopStopDon'tShop at 1:36 PM on November 5, 2009


This is Detroit's version. We're poorer than the Billyburg set, but we still manage to rock the preciousness and hipsterness pretty damn strong.
Motor City Cribs and Rides

Also, because this is Detroit, it does include various artists' and musicians' tricked out vans and hearses and whatnots.
posted by palindromic at 1:46 PM on November 5, 2009


It's imported (so, likely expensive) but real (printed on nice paper with nice flourishes): It's Apartamento - an everyday life interiors magazine.
posted by mwachs at 12:18 PM on November 19, 2009


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