House In

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So you think renovating an apartment is hard. This is for the curious, non-cynical New Yorker who likes to see how life is lived "on the outside." We stumbled across House In a few days ago and found it so wholesome and entertaining that we couldn't stop reading....and reading. Long story short:

A. Aaron and Jeannie got married in 2001 in Chicago and moved into his condo.

C. Neigbhorhood gets gentrified quickly, taxes rise, special assessment is levied and dog can't make it up stairs. They have to move.

D. Aaron and Jeannie buy a 1914 bungalow from an old lady who can't stand to leave and can't take all of her stuff.

E. Old lady swears she should get more $$ for leaving 70 years of her stuff behind.

F. A & J politely disagree and end up moving in with all sorts of left behind artifacts in early 2003.

G. Renovation and marriage testing work begins....

Still in the midst, Aaron and Jeannie are hard at work and their little site has become their new baby. It is littered with resources, history and photos of odd things they have found in the house. We'll leave you there to read on.... MGR

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Maxwell left teaching in 2001 to start Apartment Therapy as a design business helping people to make their homes more beautiful, organized AND healthy. The website started up in 2004 with the help of his brother, Oliver.