What A Difference Taking Things Away Makes

In another valiant attempt to chisel away at what's left of our security deposit, we've finally removed the kitchen shelves that blocked everything - chef's view of apartment, guests' view of chef, chef's view of person on opposite side of the island, etc. It's a bit of a kitchen revolution. Of course, our entire dining room table is covered in condiments, but we'll deal with that later. Now we have a real, grown up, feng shui-ish kitchen that might even be good for things...like cooking.


  1. Ashley says:

    Looks fantastic! Hope to see more!

  2. It does look great! love the portraits on the wall!!

  3. Looks terrific. That was the one thing I never understood about NYC. You rent an apartment and make renovations which actually IMPROVE the space and yet they hit you on the security deposit!


  4. There's always a reason for them to keep the deposit anyway. Soldier on.

  5. LOVE it ... and that man portrait really seals the deal ! xo lisa

  6. Anonymous says:

    As an apartment owner and landlord with 40 years experience - though not in New York - I can tell you that after a long tenancy I would probably not remember those shelves you removed. If you putty up the holes, sand the surface and paint I might well think it was that way when you moved in.

    However, some landlords take photographs so there is less question about the condition of the apartment when you moved in. Good luck, keep up the improvements. Life is too short to live in unhappy circumstances. Ann

  7. Anonymous says:

    I love the content and look of your blog. Keep up the good work!

  8. So true Mrs. B;

    I don't know if I ever got one back? It always seems to be chiselled away at! I think making changes is a good thing.This less is more is working! Rearrange on!

  9. dulci says:

    I love your mixer!!


  10. well ditto Mrs. B ...& Huzzah for you for indulging in surreptitious remodeling...and tossing the security deposit to the dogs...In my last apartment I cut a big hole in the wall (and finished it nicely) that had separated the kitchen from the living room, so that the view of Thea Foss Waterway could be seen from 75% of the apt. It was worth every penny of the 250. bucks!

  11. Unknown says:

    This blog has just turned into a lot of navel gazing.

  12. Art - it's a blog about my life that I named after myself! It's the embodiment of complete self-obsession! Ironic that a somewhat benign post about kitchen shelves would sent you over the edge - and not any of the completely self-promoting glamor shot montages.

    (And thank you to everyone who had nice things to say!)

  13. Unknown says:

    The kitchen walls remind me of my bedroom walls. Your paintings and pictures and postcards are gorgeous, but I think we both need help injecting some primary color into our array of possessions.
    I'm thinking about painting every single picture frame grey/blue/green tones to escape from the sensation that I'm living inside a strong cup of tea.

  14. TRAVIS says:

    I've never thought about putting such nicely framed pictures in my kitchen, but now you have me running around to the antique stores rummaging about for them to do just that.

  15. beth says:

    boatshedI've just found your blog and I love it, especially the dry, wry and intelligent commentary. Also thank you for reminding me that New York is still out there, complete with John Derian, even though I'm about as far away as I can get here in Australia Beth x