Upper East Side
850 square feet
largest single piece of granite that would fit in the elevator to serve as a bar in the kitchen
When I walked in, Josh was picking up almost invisible pieces of dirt lying around the apartment. He wanted everything to be perfect. He likes a clean house, clean lines, and solid objects. Josh's mother is an interior designer but, according to Josh, her only role in the apartment re-do was to "get the ball rolling" with a few suggestions...
Josh, an accountant by day, is the one who spent months picking out colors, materials and styles. He made all the design decisions himself asking his mother only to "give her blessing".
This was a two-part visit. I first saw Josh's place in the summer, just about the time that the kitchen, the bathroom and the closets were redone, the floor was replaced, stained and sealed, and the ceiling was stripped of its original "popcorn" finish, skimmed and painted. He asked me to return, however, to see it and write about it when it was fully furnished. In the interim, Josh not only acquired all the furniture he sought but also a live-in girlfriend.
My second visit confirmed Josh's loyalty to a no-nonsense, well organized approach to home renovation. Josh went for quality materials where they mattered most-tiles, countertops, and cabinetry. He took the time to custom design each closet and have it built to be the most efficient storage space possible. He devised a color scheme for the apartment-blues and browns-and stuck to it.
The best part of this scenario is that Josh is the last person to believe he was capable of, or would enjoy such a hard-core immersion in the world of home renovation. He did. In fact, he said "if I didn't have a real job [in addition to all the work this required] I'd love it!" Because he rose to the challenge so impressively, I like to think of him as the Apartment Therapy poster boy.
Originally Posted November 23rd, 2005
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The old kitchen counter and space where cabinets once were