House Tour: Brian's New Beginning

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Name: Brian
Location: Park Slope, Brooklyn
Size: 700 sqft, one bedroom
Years lived in: 1.5 years

"It's not easy for a herder and a nester," says Brian, as he recounts the downsizing from a spacious rental to his current smaller coop in Park Slope. It's not really the space, but the ability to accommodate his object fetish.

Brian has had to give away many of his prized possessions, but the dream/plan for a country house provides a great outlet, and a great excuse for putting a lot of stuff in storage.

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Now that he can see the floors, walls and closets, Brian is ready to take on improving the apartment's bones. Plans for the apartment include replacing all current light fixtures with antique, salvaged pieces, stripping all the doors, replacing all the window treatments and painting all the walls.

Whereas in his last apartment--AT visited Brian in 2005--the woodwork and pottery served as "the jewels of the apartment," here Brian says the light fittings will serve this role. Brian promises to limit any and all additional decoration to some paintings--"framed, to snazz it up without being overly cluttered."

Stay tuned, as we will be back to visit Brian again once his improvements taken shape.

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