A Brief Blog Profile: Manhattan Nest
by Thomas Hynes
The Manhattan Nest was started by a young college student named Daniel who wanted to make the most out of his Upper East Side apartment in New York. These days, the 'nest' is technically in Brooklyn. But regardless of borough, this blog is a great read chronicling one young man's trials (and yes, errors) through 'the process of DIY-ing, thrifting, and decorating (his) apartment into a nice little home.' And from the looks of it, he's doing a great job.
Or at any rate, it looks better than my place. Now, don't get me wrong. I love my apartment. But I also sometimes get the "so did you just move in here" line of questioning. Truth is, I've been there 18 months, and just haven't gotten around to hanging that one frame... or painting that wall... or, well a lot of things. And that's exactly why I need to read blogs like the Manhattan Nest. Or better yet, I want him to take the train to my neighborhood (East Broadway, F train). I want him to give my apartment a consultation.
I look at these before and after shots of his living room and know that he could help me. I see his take on bookshelves and think to myself, 'So books DON'T have to live on the floor.' But probably, my favorite post is the most recent on 'facing yo fears.' For one, it's a really funny post. But also, I think that being afraid is what's holding me up. But by reading up on this blog, seeing what might work and what might not, I think I'm ready to face those fears.