Hi there, and thanks for stopping by. I’m the Cara in casaCARA. I’ve been a professional writer/editor all my adult life, writing about interior and furniture design, architecture, real estate, antiques, gardens, and travel. Over the years, my work has been published in many national magazines and newspapers, including Elle Decor, House Beautiful, and Garden Design. I’m a former New York Times columnist and contributing editor at Metropolitan Home, Art & Antiques, and Art + Auction. I’m also the author of several design books, notably Mid-Century Modern: Furniture of the 1950s.
I collect old houses. In Brooklyn, I am part-owner of an 1830s brick row house in Boerum Hill and an 1850s mews house in Cobble Hill. Each has been renovated several times over. My Philadelphia properties are an 1810 former parsonage in Queen Village and an 1840s double trinity in South Kensington. The four buildings have a total of ten rental units, so I know a thing or two about being a landlord. I also own a 1940s cedar-shingled cottage in Springs (East Hampton), Long Island, N.Y., which I bought in 2009 and is presently for sale (and whose renovation is documented in this blog), and a 1930s cottage on 20 acres in northern Dutchess County, N.Y., so I know a thing or two about deer-resistant gardening.
At present, I divide my time between a funky-modern house in Springs, which I bought in March 2013 and am currently working on, and a pied-a-terre in Prospect Heights, Brooklyn.
I welcome any and all comments on the blog, and I’ll entertain questions on anything vaguely related to vintage architecture, investing in real estate, managing rental property, interior design, or gardening. You can email me at caramia447[at]gmail[dot]com, and I hope you will.
Please note: I am NOT a real estate broker, nor do I have any financial interest in the sale of any property mentioned on this blog. I just like spreading the word about unique, historic properties and what I believe are solid investment opportunities.