|Painting upholstery with Rit Dye - hell yeah, you can do that!|
I'm a writer, editor and media exec living in New York City. Renovating and interior design are the way I like to spend my spare time. I've renovated every home I've lived in, including rentals, and like... whoa, who does that?
I've lived in most my homes a few years before selling them. I'm not about flipping (and even if I was, read why Flipping Is Nearly Impossible In New York). I don't sell to make a profit. I usually sell because another fabulous wreck has caught my eye and I have to heed the call to renovate!
I'm currently on my fourth full-scale home renovation — a 1946 mid-century apartment in Jackson Heights, Queens — where I live with my guy, Ross.
She photobombs most of my photos.
I started blogging about my renovations and home projects in 2006, when I bought my first serious fixer-upper in Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn. That home needed a complete overhaul, with kitchen and bath gutted down to the studs. It was my first taste of laying out a kitchen and bath design myself. I loved everything about the project, from planning to demo to builds to finishing. I was hooked.
You can read more about that Carroll Gardens home here:
- Brooklyn Garden Apartment: House Tour
- Brooklyn Garden Apartment: Kitchen Plan
- Brooklyn Garden Apartment: Kitchen Reveal
- Brooklyn Garden Apartment: Before & After
- Moving - From Carroll Gardens to Jackson Heights!
- Brownstoner: Carroll Gardens Blogger Gives up Her Neighborhood for…Queens
- My Jackson Heights Apartment Is in NY Times "The Hunt"
Fast forward to today and we're living in that Jackson Heights fixer-upper. Much of the heavy lifting in the kitchen and bath are complete, but, you know, there are always projects!
- Mid-Century NYC Apartment: House Tour
- Midcentury Bathroom Reveal: Statuary Marble + Beveled Subway Tile
- Our White Kitchen Makeover for Under $3,000