Buses, Boats, Seaside Cliffs.

Mom, I'm afraid of growing up, what if I am poor and cannot afford a house? asks photographer Wenxin Zhang, whose Thisispaper photo essay, "Goodnight Stories," depicts various alternative living situations in San Francisco. As someone who writes regularly about interiors, I love these glimpses into less conventional homes. For instance, this is an old hotel, inhabited by nine people:

And this is someone's garage. 

Why not live on a bus, draped in sheepskins? 

Or a boat?

Or, as Zhang puts it, "just find a wood pallet and live on a sea cliff"? 

I once made a (very) temporary home in an RV on someone's front lawn in New Zealand while I was WWOOFing. I also spent my last year in college in a giant purple and yellow Victorian house in Santa Cruz, with rickety stairs and unreliable heat. I have such beautiful memories of those places. Where have you lived that's stuck with you?

See the full story at Thisispaper, here. All photos by Wenxin Zhang. Happy Wednesday!


  1. In my second year in University, I lived in the coldest, dampest house imaginable. The smell of damp, more than the actual cold, annoyed me so much that I burned scented candles pretty much 24/7. It's weird though... I'd never live there now but I do have fond memories of that year.

  2. Well, this is awesome.

  3. great idea for an essay. i love this - especially the old hotel!

  4. Thelma, that's how I feel about the Santa Cruz house, too!

  5. Awesome idea. I love these glimpses into other people's lives.

  6. During college I lived in a carriage house with two girlfriends in the middle of Hell's Kitchen. I didn't know carriage houses were even in NYC before I discovered mine, and I loved living there so much. It was amazing to be in the middle of such a busy neighborhood, yet be in our own personal little courtyard with a two-level home. Definitely one of my most memorable NYC apartments!

  7. the guy in that top pic is my ex boyfriend!



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