Two Point Oh.

Welcome to Manhattan Nest 2.0! I’m so glad you made it, grab yourself a drink and take a look around.

This lovely new website was only made possible by the extraordinary generosity, hard work, and superbly good taste of Anna Dorfman of the exquisite blog we all know and love dearly, Door Sixteen. Yes, we’ve met a couple of times now so I can say these things with absolute authority. I am convinced that she ranks highly among the kindest people in the world, and Evan, Bruno, and Fritz are all just as great as you’d expect, too. A few weeks ago, Anna very very kindly offered to do this for me, and after I recovered from the shock accompanying this good fortune, I shamelessly took her up on it. We talked concept, ideas, and inspiration. She toiled away and designed like crazy while I sent a bunch of indecisive feedback until we arrived here: Manhattan Nest’s new home. I hope you like it as much as I do, which is probably a little unhealthy at this point.

A few things you should know…

1. If you subscribe using an RSS reader, you’ll need to resubscribe to the new RSS feed address, which is If you use Google Reader, click here to add the new blog instantly! If you don’t, you will no longer receive my posts, which could lead to depression, anxiety, bodily illness, or boredom.

2. Every single post from the old blog has been imported to this one, as have all comments! So have at those archives!

3. Check out the new pages at the top! There’s a cute little gallery of all the big DIY Projects, a new and improved Floor Plan, and a vastly expanded About page, now with some real information! And see that Contact page? Holler at me anytime, I love hearing from you.

4. As you might have noticed already, Eva wasn’t so into the blog thing, which is absolutely fine. So you’re stuck with me. That’s right: ALL ME ALL THE TIME. Muhahahaha.

5. I too am adopting the Featured Blogs system in lieu of a conventional blogroll. Since it’s mid-month already, I’m just going to leave those guys up until the end of December. Want to read about two Seattle-based architects wrapping up their stunning renovation and beginning to decorate? How about two ladies who churn out perfectly polished craft projects, DIYs, and recipes like there’s no tomorrow? A couple of architects in the midst of a massive renovation of their D.C. home, willing to take us along for the ride? A hilarious and insightful woman reinstating her roots in Brooklyn after an international leave of absence? They’re all there, waiting for you to click over.

I’m really looking forward to this new, souped-up chapter of this blog’s existence. A HUGE thank you to Anna for making it all possible! This is going to be fun, guys.

About Daniel Kanter

Hi, I'm Daniel, and I love houses! I'm a serial renovator, DIY-er, and dog-cuddler based in Kingston, New York. Follow along as I bring my 1865 Greek Revival back to life and tackle my 30s to varying degrees of success. Welcome!

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  1. 11.22.10
    Lena said:

    I always thought about asking you if you met with Anna since you both are New Yorkers and you just seem to have so similar tastes. Have you been to her house/apartment? She to yours? I would find it interesting if you would take pictures of her home and she of yours and post them with some commentary, it would be interesting to see what you see differently.
    Anyway, congrats on the new webpage!

    • 11.22.10
      Daniel said:

      Yes, Anna and I have met a couple times in the last month after we decided to do this (er, she decided to do this, and I kind-of-sort-of-but-not-really helped), but we hadn’t met before! The second time was at her apartment in Washington Heights, we should have taken a picture together as evidence! It’s gorgeous. She hasn’t been to mine, but maybe someday! Like, once I make that living room pretty.

    • 11.22.10
      Anna said:

      And then you can come to my house and renovate my kitchen, right? I’ll let you blog about it and everything…

    • 11.22.10
      Daniel said:

      Say the word and I’m there!

    • 11.23.10
      Lena said:

      You should totally tackle a room together from planning to execution and blog about it!
      Please tell me you will do it, it sounds so exciting!

  2. 11.22.10
    Brismod said:

    Your new blog looks great – Anna did a lovely job. You write very well too. x

  3. 11.22.10
    Shilo said:

    Congrats on the redesign, it looks fabulous! Which, if Anna did it, than duh.

    Also, I’m featured! Heart Swelling! Thank you and aww shucks.

  4. 11.22.10
    J said:

    I just discoverd your blog last week. I love it. Good luck with your new changes. It looks great.

  5. 11.22.10
    Georgia said:

    Love the new website! Keep up the good work!

  6. 11.22.10
    Jessica said:

    Beautiful! Beautiful! I’m inspired!

    (and thanks!!!)

  7. 11.22.10

    The first feed link is incorrect it’s ~/feed not ~/blog/feed, the link in a reader is: Nice redesign though and I really enjoy the blog.

    • 11.22.10
      Daniel said:

      Right you are! Thank you, it should be fixed!

    • 11.22.10
      Anna said:

      Crud! That’s completely my fault. I didn’t fix the link after doing the dev work in a separate directory.

      Thanks for pointing that out, Mark. :)

    • 11.22.10
      Anna said:

      All fixed!

      p.s. Dan, you have it right in your post, don’t worry—it was the sidebar link that I missed.

  8. 11.22.10
    Anna said:

    Wheeeee!! Congratulations! And thank you for pretending that I’m nice. ;)

    • 11.22.10
      Daniel said:

      No pretending necessary! Well, nice to me anyway. Everybody else, beware!!! (better?)

  9. 11.22.10

    Looking quite excellent, sir! And Anna really does rock the hard jam, doesn’t she? Yay for you!!

  10. 11.22.10

    This is great! Simple, clean, well-designed.

    (And a big thanks for the chezerbey shout-out!)

  11. 11.22.10

    Congrats Daniel! I love the new site (it’s so you…or the you that I’m imaginary friends with at least.) You’re giving me blog envy!

  12. 11.22.10
    Matt said:

    WHOA YEAH! Cheers to the re-design… and seriously, how did I think ‘Anna’ when I saw your new banner, but before reading that she did it? You both have great style, very cool to see this come together!

  13. 11.22.10
    pamela said:

    Love the new blog layout. I have to admit though I love to see blog banners with photos of some part of the home on it. I think it just looks cozier if that makes sense. Your sense of design is amazing though and I will read no matter what the banner looks like. I am a wanna be New Yorker / designer so I live vicariously through you!

  14. 11.22.10

    Oh, it looks fab. Love the header.

    Now I need you two to put your crazy talented heads together and help me…current site redesign is kicking my ass. And I figured out I’m not a very good graphic designer (duh.)

    • 11.22.10
      Daniel said:

      I’m not either (see banner on old blog for all the evidence you really need)! Seriously, Anna did all the initial designs and then was AMAZING at translating all the little things I wanted into this incredible site and putting up with my indecision, but I did not touch photoshop or HTML or any of that at ALL. But you’re welcome to send me stuff and I can promise honest opinions!

      I love your site though, be careful about messing with a good thing! But I’m sure it’ll be great, it always is with you.

  15. 11.22.10
    kay* said:

    even if i didn’t read that Anna resdesigned your blog i would have guessed it – it has her style/aesthetic…clean, simple, & modern. looks awesome! i know the feeling of being unhealthily in love with your blog once you finally have it looking the way you wanted. enjoy!

  16. 11.22.10

    guh, the jealz!

    but really, super nice job, both of you! it looks looooovely. this is really just MORE inspo to give my blog a much-needed facelift.

  17. 11.22.10
    PeeJay said:

    Love the look of the new site and branding.

    Looking forward to new updates!


  18. 11.22.10
    cheryl said:

    This is the stuff that other graphic designers love! (I love it!) So fun to see good changes (your old blog got me hooked, so no insults here!). The banner is fresh and just by reading your blog for a little while now, I think Anna is dead on! It makes me happy that you 2 met, bonded and worked together. You two make me wish I lived in New York…

  19. 11.23.10

    dododododo – I’m Loving It! :)

  20. 11.23.10
    chelsea said:

    love the new look. love your blog, love Anna. Its a big schmoopy love-fest.

  21. 11.26.10
    Ida said:

    Loving the new layout!

  22. 11.29.10
    Katia said:

    That’s an excellent shot of your desk.