Want to do a little DIY home renovation? Do you love learning about architecture? Or maybe you miss a bungalow by the beach? Whether you have a specific project or just want to dream a little, these seven real estate Instagram accounts offer eye candy, inspiration and more than a few practical tips.
DIY Home Renovation @young
Sherry and John Petersik are the cool couple next door who all wish they could be a little more alike. Nicknamed “the Youth”, the Petersik renovated seven homes and wrote two best-selling New York Times drawing books. They treat their 347,000 followers on Instagram with gorgeous images of their DIY home renovations. Their projects cover the house from attic to basement and go inside and out – they also have tips and tricks for landscaping and garden replacements. Signed with the couple’s signature self-deprecating humor, the posts often lead to additional materials blog, as before-and-after photos of projects, step-by-step guides, and detailed video games. And Petersiks ’DIY solutions won’t break the bank: In a November 25, 2020, blog post, John wrote that their philosophy is to “live with less and be out more.”
Small Homes @tinyhousemovement
Brian Hawkins became interested in tiny homes in 2014, when his brother-in-law began building one. Filmmaker and photographer, Hawkins started his own Instagram account dedicated to tiny houses – which are usually less than 400 square feet. He now has 623,000 members. Hawkins travels the country and – when possible – the world in search of unique little homes. He does extensive research on the homes he presents, learning about the builders, the owners, and whether the houses can be rented – some of the homes he has presented are part of resorts where people can vacation. After seven years sharing small homes with his audience, Hawkins has become selective about what he chooses to show. “I’ve seen a lot of little homes,” he says, “so if something stands out, that’s pretty rare.”
Architecture – History @kia_stilo_estas
Architectural historian, conservator, and high school social studies teacher Karyn Norwood offers her Instagram followers lots of photos and information about American architectural styles. Norwood shows examples from the 1600s to the 2010s, but mainly focuses on houses built before the 1950s. Government buildings, skyscrapers, and even an Egyptian Revival mine shaft head frame are also heard. Norwood includes captions that show details and features of the architectural styles she presents, and she also engages with her 32,600 members through surveys, quizzes, and question and answer sessions. “I’m very excited that people love to learn about old architecture just as much as I do,” she says in 7 September 2020, poster.
Architecture – Conceptual @bside_visuals
Headquartered in Barcelona, Spain, architecture and planning firms bside visuals use state-of-the-art virtual imaging techniques to create dramatic and imaginative contemporary projects that they share with their 14,500 followers on Instagram. The account features interiors and exteriors of homes, hotels and public spaces so clearly and wonderfully realized that you swear they are real. The team at bside images focuses on design rather than execution – so most images on their Instagram account are plans and ideas instead of actual buildings. However, bside images have clients all over the world who have used their futuristic projects to create real-world buildings. If you are looking for some striking contemporary architectural images to inspire you, Insta by bside visuals has many examples to help you dream. The company Facebook page says, “We’re creating photos for tomorrow’s reality.”
Midcentury Modern @theatomicranch
Don Draper would feel right at home at @theatomicranch, where every poster transports you back to the middle of the 20th century. A companion to Atomic Ranch magazine, this Insta highlights the clean, simple lines of mid-century modern architecture and the function and shape of the interior design and decoration – not to mention an abundance of enviable accessories like dinners, Christmas ornaments, and even the occasional book or toy. The account also treats its 139,000 followers with pictures of home renovations, showing homes that homeowners have taken from boring to fabulous. As the editors say on their own Facebook page, at the Atomic Ranch you can “get everything you need to restore the style and appeal of the atomic age.”
Beach Homes @howieguja
While some just enjoy the sand and surfing of the beach during vacations, photographer and real estate investor Howie Guja of Bellport, NY, gives his 45,200 Instagram followers a view of charming beachfront beach homes he encounters during his travels, mostly along the East Coast of the United States Guja’s idyllic scenes offer his audience a mini-vacation and some desire to fulfill. “I’d like to live here,” said a commentator on an October 23, 2020, photo Guja posted a coastal home in Watch Hill, RI, with a blue shield and a curved arch. “What a dream!” Another visitor summarized Poster of October 26, 2020 by Guja showing a tiny waterfront home along the Carmans River (on New York’s Long Island) with one word: “Amazing.”
Abundant, luxurious, wonderful … de Gournay’s hand-painted and hand-embroidered wallpapers and wall coverings were called “Vertical high mode” and images from the company’s Instagram account were certainly included in many mood boards. Given in rich detail and abundant color, plants, animals and landscapes come to life on walls in the family company’s posters, garnering thousands of likes and inspiring an audience of 390,000 followers. Gournay’s website, however, shows no pricing, which tends to suggest that Gournay’s wall coverings could be a little too expensive for the average non-millionaire. But the company’s Instagram account offers visitors a lot of beauty, color and inspiration. London-based Gournay, which has exhibition spaces all over the world, is proud of the unique work of its craftsmen. As its website says, “Every artist leaves a part of his soul in his creations.”