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We're you nervous about letting people have their way with your apartment?
This may sound odd, but I wasn't. I've lived in my apartment for six years and the room that was made over was the blight of my home. I tried to make it homey, inviting, and comfortable, and it was always the opposite of those things. I figured, ANYTHING was better than I what I'd been unable to do! My friends all thought I was going to get intimately involved in planning the make over. I didn't. That's how I felt BEFORE I met Hannah and Lance. And once I met them, that feeling was magnified. They were incredible to work with. It was easy to trust them because they were such great listeners and so enthusiastic about what they do.
The BigNYC! Apartment Makeover
What was the most unexpected thing about the experience?
How quickly they made a ton of stuff happen and how radically different the room was once they were finished. It was incredible how much they made happen with three days of planning and a few hours on site. Not only did they bring and make incredibly beautiful furniture, lighting and accessories, they used a load of my stuff and integrated it into the room. I was also surprised at how much stuff I held onto that they didn't use and that is actually a waste of space. You always hear people who organize and design say, "edit, edit, edit, donate, donate, toss, toss." Well this really taught me you should.
Are you happy with the new room?
Absolutely! Hannah and Lance did the makeover the day before "Sandy" hit. For the next five days, nobody could get to work easily so I worked from home all week. The room was now a REAL home office as well as a place to read, think and relax. And I worked in it the entire time and felt like I was living in a completely new apartment. They created a room that I love being in and my house guests—the family of five arriving for Christmas—are going to love.