By now, most (if not all) of you have heard the news I teased on Friday: I was interviewed by the New York Times! The article is about ‘Instagram envy’ and has been in the works for two or so months. I had anticipated being able to sit on the secret until this morning, but when my Instagram notifications started blowing up Saturday morning, I knew the increased traffic was from the article and the cat was out of the bag. Still, though, reading it online was nothing compared to reading the hard-copy when it plopped on my front doorstep Sunday morning. I would have loved to have made my New York Times debut in, say, the book review in a few years, but that’s getting ahead of myself.
Jamal was sound asleep when I found the article on my phone Saturday morning, but I decided to read it out loud to him anyway. I got about halfway through the first sentence (“engaged to a great guy”) when he bolted awake and shouted, “I MADE THE NEW YORK TIMES, TOO?!” It was adorable. He might have walked around for a while saying, “I’m a great guy. The New York Times says so,” to no one in particular (Fitz). Alex, the journalist at the Times, was great to work with and I’ve been reading his Styles pieces for years. What did you guys think of the article? I know I’m not alone in occasionally feeling envious of someone else’s well-edited feed.
While you mull that over, I wanted to share this beautiful penthouse apartment for sale right here in Philly. I post enough about real estate in other parts of the world, I figured it was time to feature my hometown. This four bed, four bath apartment is located right on Washington Square, in the Ayer building. Years and years ago, I had a temp job at a custom closet design company, and we did a closet in this building (though I don’t think it was the penthouse!). The art deco lobby and that killer terrace explain the price tag: $4.3 million.
I’d move in just for those double beds. Related question: how does one get into the business of home staging? That would be a fun job.
PS. If you’re new here or coming here from the Instagram story: hi! Feel free to start here.