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 (find links to some of the more recent articles and posts here). I’m a former New York Times columnist and contributing editor at Metropolitan Home, Art & Antiques, and Art + Auction. These days, I contribute most actively to Architectural Record, Brownstoner.com, 1stdibs.com, Luxe Interiors + Design, and New York/Hamptons Cottages & Gardens. 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. 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’ve also owned a 1930s cottage on 20 acres in northern Dutchess County, N.Y., since 2002, so I know a thing or two about deer-resistant gardening.
At present, I divide my time between a rustic-modern house in Springs (East Hampton), N.Y., which I bought in March 2013 and am currently working on, and a rented pied-a-terre in Prospect Heights, Brooklyn.
I welcome any and all comments on this blog, and I’ll entertain questions on anything 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.