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Apartment Therapy house tour.

A tour of my house is on Apartment Therapy today, along with an interview and a long list of resources. You can see all of the new photos here, most of them new.

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  • Reply Vicki February 20, 2008 at 10:36 am

    You are officially a celebrity. Awesome.

  • Reply nina February 20, 2008 at 10:43 am

    Great to see all photos together. Had seen a lot of corners of your house already on your blog, but this whole collection shows how much your home is a unity.

  • Reply jaime February 20, 2008 at 10:45 am

    probably the best house tour on AT I have ever seen. Lot’s of photos is always a plus!!!! love it!

  • Reply Janelle February 20, 2008 at 11:16 am

    I just saw that! I saw Franny and Zooey on your bookshelf!

  • Reply Leanne February 20, 2008 at 11:18 am

    Thanks for letting us all into your home – what a treat! I’ve been reading your blog from the beginning and it’s so exciting to see you on Apartment Therapy. Silly question – I’ve only been on the east coast for about a year and the whole concept of radiators is totally new to me. When we bought our house, all of the curtains were short (most of our radiators are under windows, sort of like your dining room) and I can’t get used to that look. Can you keep long curtains in your dining room all winter long? I’m just not sure how to get around it. Thanks!

  • Reply carlene February 20, 2008 at 11:27 am

    Oh, wow! Yours is one of the nicest homes I’ve ever seen on AT! Thanks so much for sharing it. The photos are great. I’m going to go stare at them some more right now…

  • Reply katie February 20, 2008 at 11:36 am

    Yay!!!! Love seeing more of your home. Looks fantastic!

  • Reply amy February 20, 2008 at 12:17 pm

    so glad i discovered your blog! your home is beautiful!

  • Reply modernemama February 20, 2008 at 12:46 pm

    I love your home, you have such excellent taste. I’m not just saying that because I recognise a bunch of things that I have in my house!

  • Reply Julie February 20, 2008 at 12:52 pm

    Awesome! Like snooping only better and more polite 🙂

  • Reply anh-minh February 20, 2008 at 1:08 pm

    Do I spy Ferm Living wallpaper used to spruce up some little canisters? Brilliant. Your blog and your home are so inspiring.

  • Reply Aimee February 20, 2008 at 1:09 pm

    That is wonderful! You completely deserve it! 🙂

  • Reply maya February 20, 2008 at 1:36 pm

    wow, your house is amazing.
    i wish you could help me with mine, its a rental though.
    i had a question about your Eames chair base.
    where do you get a rocker base?
    i have a set of 4 fire red stacking ones, and i wonder if it would work!
    thanks again!

  • Reply nicole February 20, 2008 at 2:12 pm

    how wonderful! such a delight for you to be able to share all of your design skills (not to mention all of your renovation hours) with such a great community.

    and i am just CRAZY for your kitchen. the black cabinets and drawers mixed with the functional metal and irresistible cheer of red. a room i would spend much time in.

  • Reply alice February 20, 2008 at 2:56 pm

    How utterly fantastic! It is great to see it all together like that after seeing all the separate parts on the blog. My partner and I have just moved into our first (tiny!) little house and you provide great inspiration to keep going with improvements.

  • Reply Anna at D16 February 20, 2008 at 3:02 pm

    Thank you so much, everybody! You’re all really sweet. 🙂

    Leanne: Your curtains can be as long as you want them to be. Cast iron radiators don’t get hot enough to set them on fire. If you have any steam leaks, though, you might have problems with water damage to the fabric — but that’s something you’d want to address anyway.

    Anh-Minh: Good eye. 😉 Yes, that’s a little scrap of Ferm paper!

    Maya: You can buy reproduction bases online from Modernica or from various eBay sellers. You need to look underneath the chairs first, though, since some of the stacking chairs have a wide-set mount that isn’t compatible with the other bases. If they’re narrow-set, though, any base should work with them. I’d caution against converting side chairs into rockers, though. The look just isn’t right — the rocker bases are meant to go on the armchairs. If you want to switch to a different style base, there’s always the Eiffel wire style or the dowel rods or even the low rod “cat’s cradle” style — all look great on side chairs!

  • Reply ali February 20, 2008 at 4:02 pm

    I too love seeing your whole house together in one slide show! In your bedroom, I love the stacked benches as shelf– are they ikea finds?

  • Reply Vicki February 20, 2008 at 5:50 pm

    Hey Anna,
    Do you know how I would tell which mounting style I have on my Eames stacking chairs? We bought a set of six orange chairs with the intention of eventually getting replacement eiffel bases from modernica.

  • Reply Kathy February 20, 2008 at 6:10 pm

    Wow!!! I am so excited for you! Your house is amazing! Congratulations Anna (and Evan)!

  • Reply kelly February 20, 2008 at 6:27 pm

    absolutely stellar, anna!
    (and many many thanks for the help with recs for my weekend trip – we had a super great time!)

  • Reply jenn ski February 20, 2008 at 8:02 pm

    Wow very nice! I love all the chairs tucked in all the corners. I bought a vintage fiberglass chair recently because of you! 😛

  • Reply alicia February 20, 2008 at 8:03 pm

    I loved seeing the pics all together. Your house really is fabulous. Great inspiration for getting settled into my own new Victorian!

  • Reply Anna at D16 February 20, 2008 at 9:43 pm

    ali: Yes, those shelves are from IKEA. They’re part of the NORREBO system, the same kind we have in the office for storing boxes of comic books.

    Vicki: Here’s a photo of a wide-mount stacking base. If the rubber mounts on the bottom of your chairs are this far apart, the reproduction bases from Modernica will NOT fit. There is, however, a seller on eBay (depury) who sometimes has non-stacking wide-mount bases for sale. I hope that helps.

  • Reply Vicki February 20, 2008 at 10:45 pm

    Yes, thank you. It appears our chairs are indeed, the narrow mount. whew! 🙂

  • Reply zee February 21, 2008 at 5:59 am

    I knew it wouldn’t be long before you guys had your own AT house tour! Yay! And it’s so nice to see more photos. If it wasn’t for the inspiration I get from seeing you working so hard on making your house beautiful I would have probably slacked off from decorating my own house months ago. Not that my house is anywhere near as stylish and refined as yours! It really is the best tour I’ve seen on AT and I love your interview too – I agree so much with your outlook on home decor. Well done Anna and Evan! x

  • Reply nathalie February 21, 2008 at 6:05 am

    Hi Anna !
    congrats on your home been featured ! i really enjoyed watching the slideshow ! I have been following your home developements for a long time and it was so nice seeing it all together must be very proud, it conveys such warmth and has a really cool feel !

    Bruno ‘s Fanclub Ireland 🙂

  • Reply Bukola February 21, 2008 at 6:51 am

    Hello Anna,

    I just discovered you blog through apartment therapy and decor8 and it is so inspiring to see the process of your home being created. I have by small little apartment that I love and I just hope it will be half as interesting as yours when I’m done. I just started blogging recently. It seems to be necessity with is artsy types (I am a graphic designer too). I wrote about your house today. I have also been on your flickr book covers page and I was wondering how you became a book designer?? It’s such a great job!

    Also I was wondering if you would talk about your process someday? I loved your cover variations for the —. I was wondering if you do pencils first , then test shots or something?

    Anyway, you do inspiring work (i’ll stop gushing now), thanks for that.

  • Reply Kartini February 21, 2008 at 7:53 am

    Beautiful house. Without being rude – how much does a house like that cost in the US? I’m based in Europe and there is no way that much space is affordable..
    Well done to you both.

  • Reply Anna at D16 February 21, 2008 at 9:21 am

    Bukola: My concentrations in art school were graphic design and book arts, so going into book cover design was a very natural move for me after finishing school. I actually started working for a publishing company a month after graduation, and I’m still here 10 years later! Regarding the process…hmmm, maybe I will write about that someday, since everyone seems to ask about it when they find out what I do. I have a feeling it’s far less glamorous than they imagine it to be. 😉 To answer your question, no, it’s pretty rare for me to sketch anything on paper these days, since the computer makes it so easy to work out all kinds of variations and option very quickly and freely.

    Kartini: That question is impossible to answer, really! Home prices in the US vary GREATLY depending on location. A house like mine could be anywhere from $100k to $2million. I’m 60 miles from Manhattan (the great determiner of price in NY is proximity to Manhattan) and on the opposite side of the river from the commuter train line (and in a city that’s still mostly undiscovered by outpriced NYC-ers), so my house was definitely closer to the lower end of that range than the higher. 😉

  • Reply Suzy February 21, 2008 at 9:49 am

    Yay for Apartment Therapy. Been reading your blog for a few weeks now and it was so wonderful to see all those pictures of your home.

    I still can’t believe you commute all the way from Newburgh. We’ve been looking for great homes and you just can’t beat the home prices up there! It’s frustrating sometimes knowing a house is priced because a money making NYCer can afford it. Bah!

  • Reply joanna goddard February 21, 2008 at 10:29 am

    yay!!! good for you!!

  • Reply maya February 21, 2008 at 11:18 am

    thanks Anna! i think you are right about the Rocker base and the side chair. due to you showing a wide base mount i realized mine are narrow (yay!) so i am exited about that.
    i scored those chairs on CL for such a great price, and i feel funny about getting new bases – it would end up be more then the chairs!.
    but i do have another question for you – your danish looking lounge chairs… i noticed they are wrapped (?) in linen? how is that working? and (maybe) you can explain how to do that?
    your house is amazing, i just want my apartment to look like that!

  • Reply Bukola February 21, 2008 at 1:05 pm

    Thnaks Anna for taking the time to reply! Again you have an excellent house. Thanks for sharing it with us!

  • Reply robin February 21, 2008 at 2:32 pm

    Hi Anna,
    Thanks so much for sharing your home. A friend sent me the article this morning and I have been drooling over the pics all day.

    My husband and I live in LIC and recently discovered Newburgh, quite by accident while visiting nearby Greenwood Lake. I am in love with old Victorians and Brownstones and when we discovered Newburgh, I felt like I was in wonderland. We went back a few weeks ago to take a look around with a realtor and didn’t find the perfect house and the timing is impractical at the moment, so we shelved the idea of a possible move. I also convinced myself that the commute was WAYYYY to far.

    Your article and the pics of your lovely house reminded me of why I was so captivated by Newburgh in the first place. It’s also nice to know you make the commute everyday and it’s actually doable. Now I just have to convince my husband.

    Congrats on your beautiful house and thanks again for sharing!

  • Reply Eileen February 21, 2008 at 2:55 pm

    Wow. Inspiring. Thank you so much.

  • Reply sidsel - spagat February 21, 2008 at 3:33 pm

    congrats on a love tour and a stylish home – good job!

  • Reply sidsel - spagat February 21, 2008 at 3:34 pm

    hmmm lovely tour I mean….

  • Reply shayna February 21, 2008 at 4:07 pm

    hey anna,

    great house tour. thanks for sharing with us. wonderful wonderful job on the remodel..

    (from Apartment Therapy SF)

  • Reply DiP February 21, 2008 at 8:43 pm

    Congrats you two!!!

    (I’m extremely jealous!!!)

  • Reply saralovering February 21, 2008 at 9:22 pm

    i love this tour. i used to read your own blog, and i was so happy to see the new blog. i recently purchased a pre war co-op in queens and have been getting really inspired by all the great hour tours on AT. You have given me a number of great ideas and it was such a joy to “visit” your home!

  • Reply Anna at D16 February 22, 2008 at 5:44 am

    Suzy: The commute really isn’t awful. You can’t beat the ferry ride, and Metro North is so reliable. We just chat, read, look out the window, listen to our iPods, nap…it goes by quickly, and it’s a nice, quiet time. We both work within walking distance from Grand Central, so we don’t even have to bring the subway into it. Honestly, it’s not that much longer than when I lived in Brooklyn (Red Hook) and had to take the B61 everyday! 😛

    Maya: Wrapping the cushions in linen was just temporary! I just folded the fabric around the old cushions like I was wrapping a present, and then hand-sewed the ends in place with a loose, running stitch. It doesn’t look great, believe me! It’s really just a matter of me picking out a fabric, and then we’ll have real covers (with zippers!) made by an upholsterer who knows what he’s doing, unlike me!

    Robin: DO IT!!! Newburgh is the place to be! Hang in there — your dream house will come along. There are houses coming on the market every day here. If you’re interested, we loved our realtor (my mother is using him now, too), and I’d be happy to give you his name. And the next time you come up here, be sure to go to Caffe Macchiato on Liberty St — their sandwiches alone will convince your husband the commute is worth it!

  • Reply kris February 22, 2008 at 10:27 am

    I’ve been reading your site for a while now and I love your house and what you’ve done to it. Very impressive. You’ve really made the different styles work together. It seriously makes me want to rethink the way we’ve done our house.

    Thank you for sharing!

  • Reply maya February 22, 2008 at 11:09 am

    i used to live in Red Hook too!!!!
    thanks again!

  • Reply monique February 22, 2008 at 12:07 pm

    Congrats on the house tour! Everything looks so fresh and pretty.

  • Reply Paola February 22, 2008 at 12:54 pm

    Your photos and story are really meaningful to me. I thought I was alone in this decision and insane for leaving my native NYC for a 1700 sq.ft. fixer upper. I moved to the other side of the Hudson in Jersey, for love, 3 years ago. Because I grew up in Queens in apartments, owning a fixer upper with my husband has been such a test of our character and one of the biggest challenges for us…and traumatic at times for me. Trial and error has been a recurring theme and right now we are the only young people in town to own a home instead of opting for the yuppy luxury condo’s being slapped-together along the river everyday so most of our neighbors have been,to put it mildly, pretty skeptical of us. Props to you for pioneering beyond concrete and mortar living – I think that positivity, vision and love for everythings’ potential is what makes this experience truly worth it. Keep up the immense work and remember to not sweat the small stuff and enjoy it.

  • Reply Catherine at Miss Poulette February 22, 2008 at 10:02 pm

    Wow, I love your home, especially your kitchen!
    By the way I’m addicted to your blog!

  • Reply Robin February 25, 2008 at 11:33 am

    HAHAHA! Ok on Caffe Macchiato! I’m laughing because you must know my husband, he’s VERY motivated by food!

    We went to Torches, wasn’t exactly our style, (we tend to like smaller cosier–cheaper places), but the food was pretty good.

    After I read your article, I showed it to him (the husband) and said, I WANNA MOVE TO NEWBURGH!!!! and now we are rethinking about it. He said if he could get a job up there it would be a real possibility.

    Thank you again for the inspiration, and yes, I’d like to get in touch with your realtor! When we were up there, we had a really nice realtor who basically spent the entire weekend showing us around. Really sweet guy, wonder if it’s the same one…

  • Reply AshleyL. February 29, 2008 at 11:20 pm

    your fireplace is to die for! gorgeous! and congrats on being featured in the tour! 🙂

  • Reply anne h March 1, 2008 at 9:06 pm

    Anna D.? Wow! What a lovely home, and your puppy Bruno is adorable. Congratulations to you and Evan!

  • Reply jan March 4, 2008 at 4:45 pm

    you really did an awesome job! congrats!

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