Small Space, Big Style, Long Day

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Went down in the morning; and got back to Penn Station at 12:30am (yes, after midnight). Spent the entire day inside a windowless, heavily airconditioned room sitting up straight and trying to sound as charismatic as, as, as... take your pick, everyone on television seems to have a ton of energy and charisma. The secret - as far as we can tell - is to be working with really nice people, which we were.

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There were about eight people in the room doing everything from sound, to lights, to makeup, to chalk boarding, to directing, to getting us coffee and they all had tremendous patience and good humor. They actually made us feel like a star, even when we didn't.

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And the homes we saw? Super cool. There is a fellow in NYC who has only five pieces of furniture in his all white apartment with a poured terrazzo floor. There's the odd couple whose apartment is filled with stuffed taxidermy, whose bed is red and whose closet doors are steel. There's quite a few extremely polished and beautiful small pads where the folks have clearly spared no expense, but it looks so worth it. We even saw sneak peaks of Robin Ryan's apartment and Patrick's decluttered marvel. Oh, and the show is apparently topping HGTV's charts, so we might be in for round two.

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Ouch! Sit up straight and suck in that gut!

Which brings us to the last little tidbit of info that - if you've read this far - you might be interested in. If HGTV orders more episodes, the producers are going to be desperate for more neat, small apartments to shoot (under 1000 sq/ft), so you might want to start cleaning up the living room. We'll let you know when it happens.

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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.

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