June 14, 2007

My Favorite…..so far…..

Posted in Before & Afters, Garden at 12:30 am by carol

34 headless 

I know I know…your not suppose to have favorites…but, of my 7 gardens this one is my favorite. It is a courtyard garden on the Lower East Side of Manhattan. The buildings are @ 100 yrs old. There were the two trees, the headless lady and the stained glass, so I kept them. Everything else is new this season (the last few weeks). I will just keep filling in all season, can’t wait! I wanted it to seem kinda fairy like and tranquil….what do you think?

34 how it started3434 low view34 big red34 nice34 wet red34 angel wings


June 11, 2007

To toil in the soil….

Posted in Before & Afters, Garden at 1:07 am by carol

How lucky am I? I went from no gardens to 7! One is our Community Garden of course. It was established when we came upon it. The old members were slow to release any space to the newbie’s. They had been through a lot, with the new construction and loss of some old plots. Getting the old members together to discuss the new plot assignment seemed like a lifetime to a gardener…my tomato was waiting for a plot… sitting in a small plastic container. The end of May we got word what was ours to share, between 10 new gardeners (well it is Manhattan). After discussing it with the majority of the new gardeners, I did some landscaping (with what we have).

 our first viewsecond view

we find out it’s oursa little work

We had decided that terraced or stepped bed would serve us best. So far we have a tomato, basil, jalapeno pepper, Echinacea, assorted flowers, a bleeding heart, and I am hoping a yellow rose & hydrangea.  

Claudia, Niko & Al do some planting 

It is the journey you know…

June 10, 2007

Ah, Nature the greatest of all Seductresses!

Posted in Before & Afters, Garden at 1:56 am by carol


I so love Mother Nature and all her glorious colors! I cannot believe that it has been a month since I have blogged! I have been busy as you will see. I have been gardening, 7 separate ones to be exact. I have started then all from scratch this year. Turning the soil and fortifying it with some nice rich compost, top soil, food and mulch. As many gardeners know, now it is off to the races! I must confess, when it comes to plants and flowers…I am a total shop-aholic! I just cannot control myself.

 big red vein

I will spend my last dollar on some plant that I simply must have, right then and there! The worst/best part of this is that it happens all season long! I will buy till the frost….mums are great then, such a burst of color! So here I am in the beginning of my favorite dance. Off to the various nurseries and farmers markets looking for that special plant, you know the one that is calling you by name.


‘pssst carol, hey look over here….here I am….wouldn’t I look great in that empty corner…or over by that lattice?’ next thing ya know you are carrying it off with a lighter pocket and a smile on your face… But wait there’s more… the joy of actually working the soil, if can remember I do put my gloves on but sometimes…I just cannot wait even that long and I dig right in to the soil bare handed! planters

Ahhh gardening, it is a great way to lose yourself and find yourself at the same time.

May 3, 2007

It’s Spring….clean up time

Posted in Before & Afters, organized at 12:59 am by carol

the basement, before looking rightthe basement, after looking right

the basement, before looking leftthe basement, after looking left

Spring Cleaning!

Mother Earth is soo good to us! She really knows how to motivate us, inspire us & focus our efforts. It’s Spring! Time for growth and change, time to clean out all the stagnant chi from the long winter. To that ends, it is time to look in the attics and yes, even the dreaded basement. I had the opportunity, time and even the desire (mother earth at work, it was an overcast day), to help a friend and tidy up the basement. We are well on our way to a newly reclaimed space.

Put the cleaning clothes on and let’s go!

April 21, 2007

Found The Bed!

Posted in Before & Afters, organized at 11:48 am by carol

We Found The Bed! Look there really was a bed and a loveseat! I was so happy to find this! Now she can sleep in her bed again, she was sleeping on the couch in the living room. We attacked some other rooms too, keep watching for future posts!

bedside before.bedside afterfoot of bed beforefoot of bed

April 17, 2007

A Few New Challenges

Posted in Before & Afters, organized at 2:33 pm by carol

Here are 2 new challenges for me this week.

This first one is a lovely couple in their late 80s. They had 3 apartments and consolidated them into one 1 bedroom apt here in NYC. They neglected to weed things out before they brought them all into this one bedroom. The Mrs. has more clothes (she could change her outfit 10 times a day and still not wear everything she owns!) than anyone I know! She has no less than 12 wardrobe boxes of party dresses from the
Florida apt. There are hundreds of boxes in this apt, which make small goat paths to get around. It reminds me of the Collier brothers (anyone remember them?). I so worry that a wall of boxes will fall on them and crush them! I will be looking for consignment shops to put some of these beauties on sale (any help here would be greatly appreciated!) This has to be one of my largest undertakings ever.

 Boxes everywhereBoxes everywherethe bedroom

The other is an overwhelmed, overworked woman. She has good intentions but no time to follow through with her ideas. Exhausted at night, she can only fall asleep and dream of what her place could and should be. We will change that into reality ASAP!

the living dining room

the bedroomthe desk

Come along for the ride and enjoy the adventure. One promises to be a true archeological dig, and I am sure there will be lots of gems to be discovered.

March 21, 2007

Here we go….

Posted in Before & Afters at 6:04 am by carol

wet saw mess

Up at 5 am is one of the steps of highly successful and effective people. With the challenge that lies before us, we need both. So I was up at 5 and off to a breakfast meeting at 7. Then down into the basement we went, dust masks and gloves in hand. The Trifecta Team (Claudia, Tony & I) went to town! Pictures speak for themselves!! This is Phase One, what I like to call “Find the Floor”. We will be getting dusty for a while….a nice hot soak in a bubble bath sounds good about now. Can you taste the dust?

What a Day!

Posted in Before & Afters at 5:59 am by carol

neat wet saw



Posted in Before & Afters at 5:56 am by carol

boards before



Posted in Before & Afters at 5:49 am by carol


nice and  neat!

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