Category Before and Afters

a boy’s room in parts: the curtains

Inspired by the rug, I sought my cypresses for W’s room. I thought cypresses would get maximum play as curtains for the room’s windows. They’d set the stage, beckon outdoors in and pitch my son headfirst into my tree vision. Plus, toddlers (W not-yet-2 when we moved in) nap (or ought to) and so toddler […]

a boy’s room begins (I see cypresses)

When we bought our house, but before we’d moved in, we assigned rooms. And son W’s room was W’s room from the outset: it had belonged to the previous owner’s son (see above). No need  to out-think their logic. I liked the light of the north-facing room and its roominess. His room in our former home – an NYC […]

getting to yes (part 2)

I wanted a tub in our master bath. Two architects and one contractor told me it wouldn’t be possible because of the location of the window in the room we planned to transform into our master bath. This was the workaround I thought we were going to have to live with.   It made me […]

getting to yes (part 1)

…or fighting the city, your architect and numerous others to get what you want and know is possible. It’s intimidating – being told ‘no’ by those who presumably know more than you do (the basis for your having hired them in the first place) and/or wield authority. I’m not easily cowed, but we had been […]

Before and After: A Prospect Heights Brownstone’s Resurgence (Part 4)

The morphing of a circa 1978 half bath (shower and sink only) into a timeless full guest bath. From cramped corner-shower miserliness… to open (and bright – owing to skylight) and generously proportioned… after space was sensibly stolen from adjacent rooms on three sides, and a toilet and a full-size shower enclosure with custom frameless […]

Before and After: A Prospect Heights Brownstone’s Resurgence Part Three

A laundry room’s transmogrification into our master bath. Before (as it came to us) – a laundry room replete with hideous cafe curtains…and during the gut reno – when we stripped it back to the lathe and plaster on one side and brick and mortar on the other. I was enthralled (really) by the creation […]

It’s the tweaks

What we got. Voila the 3rd floor bathroom with stall shower, nifty jacuzzi tub, double sinks and oodles of cabinet/storage space in what’s essentially the guest bath. And pinkness. No windows. People ask what we did to our house before move-in. “What took 3-month’s worth of dust and mayhem?” they wonder, “Wasn’t it in move-in […]