With one day remaining on Phoebe Putnam’s visit here, I want to tell the story of how she came to be a guest blogger. Most of our guests come to us through rather conventional means – either we’ve known them from our circle of writing friends and acquaintances or we get to know them because they become engaged with the blog and we begin a correspondence that leads to a guest blogging stint. Phoebe took an entirely different route and I bet that nobody would guess it so here goes:
Shortly after I found my first NYC apartment roughly ten years ago, I became obsessed with making the most of a tiny space, especially the kitchen, because I love to cook. My obsession led me to Apartment Therapy, a design blog with a mission to help people turn their living spaces into homes, with an emphasis on real homes, not the kind found in glossy shelter magazines. The blog appealed to me, more so when it initiated a series of contests that invited readers to send pictures of their apartments. I entered the first “I Love My Kitchen” contest (under my screen name, Shoshana) with a picture of the kitchen in my 200 square-foot studio apartment (I did not win, place, or show).
In 2007 AT sponsored a “Small, Cool” kitchen contest and Phoebe’s kitchen took first prize. That's her kitchen pictured above.
David and I, after searching off and on for several years, finally land our
first NYC apartment. The only draw back? No kitchen (see right). I still had Phoebe’s
kitchen in mind so I e-mailed her for advice.
How big was her kitchen? (Ours is roughly 5’ x 8’). I wondered if we could re-do our kitchen to
look something like hers, which I admired greatly. Phoebe responded from the Boston area and at the same time put me in touch with her architect dad, who had