many months ago, we bought a new apartment.  because of the joys of renovation approvals in nyc, we only just started doing the work.

as you may remember, i did some renovations on my current place a few years ago.  however, i have quickly learned that even though we aren’t moving walls, this is a whole other animal.  first, it is a prewar building, so who knows what we will find when we open walls.  second, the rules are much stricter, especially since the building is designated as a historical site.  finally, there are so many small decisions to make.   i now understand why people hire decorators.

here are some before pictures.  the kitchen was last renovated in the 80’s, and the bathroom is “original.”