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Finding the time and money to properly adorn your living space is challenging in any capacity, and living in a city as expensive as New York makes it that much more difficult. However, this bustling metropolis is not only filled with people, it’s also home to all of their furniture! As the saying goes, one man’s trash is another man’s treasure, and New York is the perfect town to hunt for good deals on vintage pieces that are often better in quality and better looking than what you’d buy new from IKEA (minus the ferry ride). To save you time, we’ve put together this list of some of our favorite NYC spots to hunt for cheap vintage furniture and accessories. We also included a few new and not so new websites that also offer excellent deals.

The best shops to find great deals here

Architecture, Design, renovation diary

Amee Allsop, house renovation, 80s A-framed house, barefoot lifestyle, Red Dirt Rd House, East Hampton, white interiors, Australian design in NY, all-white interiors

The Red Dirt Road House is a stunningly simple A-frame home with no red in sight. Painted pitch black on the outside and featuring an all-white  interior, this woodland retreat is minimal, modern, and has an Australian vibe to it. It was designed by Amee Allsop for a city-based Aussie client who mainly uses the property in the summer but also bought the property with dreams of hosting yoga retreats all year around.

Learn more about this Aussie-style home in East Hampton

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In New York City there are currently about one million rent stabilized apartments–about 47 percent of the city’s rental units. So why is it so hard to snag one? What are the benefits of having one (other than affordable rent, of course)? According to the New York City Rent Guidelines Board nearly 250,000 rental units have lost the protections of rent regulation since 1994. Why are we “losing” so many of them?

Find out the facts and how they could affect you

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Our Renovation Diary series follows 6sqft writer Michelle Cohen as she takes on the challenge of transforming her historic Clinton Hill townhouse into a site-sensitive modern home. In Part I she shared her experience of defining a plan of action and getting started and this week she takes on the all important task of choosing an architect.

One of the first steps in our renovation project was to hire an architect. The house is in a historic district, so we have to submit all alteration plans to the Landmarks Preservation Commission; we wanted to find someone who was very familiar with that process. We also wanted to find someone who was familiar with working on renovating old brownstones, and someone whose style we liked. Someone who comes with lots of good recommendations. And, not least of all, someone we could even close to afford. In our case he or she would be our main point person on the project, and, ostensibly, our advocate in any dispute that would occur later on.

Find out how to choose the right architect for your project and your budget.

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Features, Interiors, renovation diary

Renovation Diary: Defining a Dream, Assembling a Team

By Michelle Cohen, Wed, October 8, 2014

Renovation diary, townhouse renovations, brownstone renovations, brooklyn brownstone, clinton hill, historic home, historic district, 123 Gates Avenue, choosing an architect, choosing a contractor, remodeling a home, brooklyn interiors, how to renovate home

The one that didn’t get away.

Our Renovation Diary series follows 6sqft writer Michelle Cohen as she takes on the challenge of transforming her historic Clinton Hill townhouse into a site-sensitive modern home. This week she shares her plans for the storied structure and the first big step she’s taken to make her dream home a reality: assembling the professionals needed to make it happen.

After two years of tireless searching, we finally took the big, scary step of buying an old townhouse on a leafy block in the Brooklyn neighborhood of Clinton Hill. We loved the house at first sight; but to understate matters a bit, it needs some work. It’s a fixer-upper, though far from a wreck.

This renovation diary is an attempt to share what we learn over the next many months as this terrifying adventure unfolds, and let others learn from our mistakes!

Find out more about the huge renovation adventure we have ahead of us and what the first important decisions are.

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