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For Sale: Door Sixteen.

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I don’t know how to write this post.

Every time I start, including right now, the tears start to fall. You can be absolutely sure that you’re making the right decision about something, and still feel like your heart is breaking.

16 Henry Avenue, the brick row house in the City of Newburgh for which this blog is named, is for sale.

When Evan and I bought this house in the spring of 2006, we had no clue what we were getting ourselves into. Somehow, we thought we’d get the whole thing renovated in about six months. Maybe a little longer for the little details. We knew absolutely nothing about what it meant to be homeowners, much less what goes into renovating a house. We had no idea that for the better part of the following decade, our lives would revolve primarily around one thing: working on the house.

It took a lot of learning. It took a lot of patience. It took a lot of sleep deprivation, bodily injury, more emotional breakdowns than I care to remember, and, because it also took a lot of money, it took a very long time.

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Until late 2009, we commuted from Newburgh to New York City via ferry and Metro-North every day (about as beautiful and low-stress a commute a person can ask for), and we fully expected to continue doing so indefinitely. But unforeseen things happened, primarily related to my physical health (which I know I never really talk about here), and it became impossible for me to take the train on a daily basis. So, we got a little pied-à-terre in upper Manhattan for not much more than the cost of monthly train tickets. For a couple of years, that was great. We stayed in the city when we needed to, and we went to Newburgh when we wanted to. Then Evan got a new job in Brooklyn, which meant that his commute got much longer, which seemed to defeat the purpose of having a city apartment, so we got a new apartment in Brooklyn…which is that much further from Newburgh…

You see where this is going. Two more apartments later, the shift in our lives from Newburgh to Brooklyn can no longer be ignored. It’s gotten to the point where packing to go upstate every weekend feels like a chore (I know, cry me a Hudson River), and we’re spending less and less time in our beautiful house. We have never stopped loving Newburgh, and we feel great when we’re here, but to continue to hold on to a house when you’re rarely in it is, well, kind of silly once you take look past the sentimental aspects.

Also, even the most affordable house—and our house is about as affordable as they come in that part of the Hudson Valley—becomes a financial weight when it’s a second (first?) home, especially when the first (second?) home is a rental in New York City.

Am I rambling? Maybe. Sorry. Like I said, I don’t know how to write this post. There are too many pictures and too many words.

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I feel like I’m letting so many people down by selling my house. Is that crazy? When we first decided to sell, I was overwhelmed by the feeling that I was bailing on Newburgh. Let me make this totally clear: THIS HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH NEWBURGH. I love Newburgh. I will champion Newburgh as one of the greatest places I’ve ever known until the day I die. I was born and raised in the Hudson Valley, and it’ll always be my home. My mother and stepfather live in Newburgh. I have wonderful friends here. For all of the hardships Newburgh has faced, it keeps chugging along—and people are finally starting to respect its place not only in history, but in the future. There’s so much exciting stuff going on here right now, and I plan to continue to be a part of that.

Then I started feeling like I was letting my neighbors down. And like I was letting my mother and stepfather down. And, of course…I felt and still feel like I’m letting you down.

YOU. The reader of this blog.

I get comments pretty regularly from people who are angry that I no longer post about renovation stuff here. I get that, because not everyone cares are about graphic design and makeup and shoes and stuff, and even though I’ve been blogging about those things for as long as I’ve been a blogger, I’m sure it was much easier to scroll past that stuff when there was something else to scroll to. How are those people going to feel when there’s no more house at all? They’re probably going to be even more disappointed, but there’s nothing I can do about that. I mean…there really isn’t. But I still feel badly, because feeling badly is what I do best.

Also, this is hard to articulate, but I kind of feel like I’m losing a major part of my identity. We’ve been so focused on this house for so long. As Evan put it a few weeks ago, it’s come to define who we are. What does it mean to not have that anymore? I don’t know. Much like I can’t remember the time in my life before I had dogs, it’s very hard to remember not having this house to take care of.

More to the point, this house is the physical manifestation of everything I believe when it comes to preservation, renovation, decoration, aesthetics, style, comfort, and what it means to be at home.

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You know what else I’ve been getting upset about? Not knowing who will buy the house. What I wanted more than anything from the first day we owned this place was to make certain that it would outlive us by hundreds of years. The house had been neglected and mistreated for so long, yet had managed to hold onto its character for 115 years when we came along. I’ve always seen our roles as being those of temporary caretakers, and I believe that’s how owners of these old houses—built to last for many centuries—should approach any renovations, modifications and improvements they make. I only wanted to give this house back its beauty, and make it strong and healthy for its future. That’s it. I think we succeeded in accomplishing that much, and I truly hope that the next owner gets it.

Whoever does buy this house will be getting something very, very special. That is for sure. Door Sixteen has been treated with love from top to bottom for the past nine years. It’s right by an open bluff with some of the best views of the Hudson River imaginable. The neighbors (Remember my neighbors?) are awesome. It’s a great place to live.

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Speaking of neighbors, I need to take a minute to call out one in particular—Joshua Brown, who took all of the photos in this post. Last summer, he bought the identical house three doors down from us, and soon after his dog Skillet came to live with him. Josh is a really nice guy, an amazing photographer, and a pretty swell neighbor. He’s also totally committed to doing his part to help make Newburgh an even better place than it already is. You couldn’t ask for a better guy to have on your block. You can follow his Hudson Valley adventures on Instagram, hire him to photograph your wedding, and become his new neighbor!

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I’ve set up a simple website with a bunch of the photos Josh took. Take a peek.

If you or someone you know might be interested in buying the house, you can get in touch with our agent, Chris Hanson. Chris is THE guy you want at your side if you’re looking to buy in Newburgh. He’s in the midst of renovating his own historic Newburgh home for the second time (the first time was this beauty right on my block), and he’s super knowledgeable about all of Newburgh and its properties.

By the way, the big Newburgh Illuminated Festival is this weekend, and it’s going to be AWESOME. If you’re thinking about coming up to check out the city and see how nice it is up here, this would be a great excuse to do it.

Viva Newburgh! Viva Door Sixteen!

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All photographs © Joshua Brown Photography. Please do not use for commercial purposes without permission.

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276 Comments

  • Reply Paula June 19, 2015 at 8:55 am

    Congratulations on making such a big decision that’s clearly in your best interests…ain’t nothin’ to feel guilty about there! Think of the legacy your passing on to whoever is lucky to live at Door Sixteen next! Wishing you and Evan all the very best.

    • Reply Anna @ D16 June 19, 2015 at 9:44 am

      Thank you, Paula.

    • Reply Sarah Brown October 22, 2016 at 11:54 am

      I think this former home of yours is beautiful! I’ve been a tad obsessed with it these last couple of days. We’re settled where we are at but I am so curious… living five minutes down the road and familiar with the area, I’m wondering, how does this area feel, safety-wise? I wish you all of the best in everything! I have added your blog to my favorites. 🙂

      • Reply Anna @ D16 October 22, 2016 at 4:32 pm

        In 9 years of living there, we never had any issues.

  • Reply Emma June 19, 2015 at 8:55 am

    Well, as a European reader of your blog (from Amsterdam) I am in no position to purchase this house. 🙂
    But I can imagine the heartbreak, I’ve been following you for a few years now, this is the first comment I’ve ever left.
    I really hope this home finds good new people. Maybe some readers of this blog that have been in love with this place? I an really image that happening.
    Good luck to you guys!

    • Reply Anna @ D16 June 19, 2015 at 9:44 am

      I think it would be pretty cool if a D16 reader bought the house, but I know buying a house is different from buying a pair of shoes. It’s a big decision. 🙂

  • Reply Catherine June 19, 2015 at 9:02 am

    Wow. End of an era – but the start of something new and exciting for you both. It’s been wonderful to follow you guys as you rebuilt something truly beautiful at Door Sixteen. What an incredible legacy you’re leaving there.

    Best of luck with the sale, and with everything that comes afterwards. (And I am 100% in favour of more beauty/clothes/hair posts. FYI. You’re awesome.)

    • Reply Anna @ D16 June 19, 2015 at 9:45 am

      Thank you for the support, Catherine. It’s much appreciated.

  • Reply Loren June 19, 2015 at 9:03 am

    I’ve been reading about you renovating this house for years now. You have a wonderful aesthetic. I understand being sad about having to take new steps and leave behind something you loved & cared for for so long. And I don’t think you should be disappointed in your results, you’ve put together a beautiful home that anyone would love to live in.
    Personally I still enjoy your fashion/design posts, but would also love to read more about any future residential properties you may inhabit. (Rental or otherwise.)

    • Reply Anna @ D16 June 19, 2015 at 9:50 am

      I hope there won’t be many future residences, Loren. I would really like to stay put. 😉

  • Reply kate June 19, 2015 at 9:03 am

    Hi Anna,
    Whoever ends up here is soooo going to appreciate all you’ve done for it, that is clear. Looking over all these photos I’m really at a loss to think of what anyone would change!
    All the best!

    P.S. I can’t believe the price! Here in Toronto you’d find many similar homes — one that has been lovingly taken care of such as this would have another 0 at the end of the price tag.

    • Reply Nicole June 19, 2015 at 9:53 am

      I legit sent my husband this post with the subject “we need to leave Toronto”. It blows my mind that such a gorgeous house could go for so little!

      • Reply Anna @ D16 June 19, 2015 at 10:03 am

        Just so it’s clear, the house is in upstate NY—not NYC. 🙂

    • Reply Anna @ D16 June 19, 2015 at 10:01 am

      Hi Kate, yes, the price reflects the market in Newburgh—definitely not New York City. 😉

  • Reply Tim McDermott June 19, 2015 at 9:13 am

    We had same issue. We bought 2500 square foot Center hall Colonial in Middletown for 150.000. Over 13 years we renovated , even renovated kitchen twice. I worked in Bergen County, Now Long Island. My wife in Manhattan. ( 5 hour commute round trip) It was the only place my kids ever knew. Commute killing us. Plus everything we liked was in the city. Music art etc. 2 years ago we put up for sale and moved about 20 minutes from Manhattan in Bergen county. Quality of life is better. Schools better. But we miss the house for sure. Lot’s of love work and money. You made the right decision.

    http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/141-Highland-Ave_Middletown_NY_10940_M36583-72398

    • Reply Anna @ D16 June 19, 2015 at 10:02 am

      Thanks, Tim. xx

    • Reply Dave June 22, 2015 at 4:23 pm

      We need to revive and finally have that shin dig that we planned a few years back! Anna I know you must still have the invite!!! 🙂

  • Reply Sara June 19, 2015 at 9:13 am

    Congratulations on your next adventure and next “Door _____”.
    Best wishes.

    • Reply Anna @ D16 June 19, 2015 at 10:02 am

      The apartment is Door 3A, but the blog name shall remain the same. 😉

  • Reply Fiona June 19, 2015 at 9:13 am

    What?? was my first thought. You and Evan have made this house and blog a work of art really. It must be absolutely gutting to leave but you’ve totally solid reasons for moving on and whatever you do next will still have your identity stamped all over it.

  • Reply Lauren June 19, 2015 at 9:14 am

    Anna,

    As a long, long, long time reader I just wanted to say a big thanks for all of the wonderful house-related blog content you have provided me with for years. Your site was the only one that I truly relied upon to guide me through the restoration of my own historic house. Despite having different taste and house eras (I’ve got a giant Edwardian on my hands, and perhaps more traditional design sensibilities), your meticulousness and attention to detail, and commitment to rehabbing as opposed to replacing was exactly my style, and I so admired the work you did on your home because of that. When it finally time to pick that perfect white paint, I referred to your site. Fixing windows? Stripping hardware? All here. I was always so grateful!

    Anyhow- please don’t feel you’ve let your readers down; it’s quite the opposite in my opinion.

    Thanks again and good luck with this next chapter!
    Lauren

    • Reply Anna @ D16 June 19, 2015 at 10:05 am

      Ahhh, Lauren…thank you. And thank you for taking care of your house.

  • Reply Kiki June 19, 2015 at 9:18 am

    I think this is the right thing to do. I totally get why you’d feel sad and freaky telling us all, but you are doing the right thing for you, and that’s what this blog is all about.

    Your commute was brutal, regardless of any other issues–you deserve rest and to have the home where you live be your home.

    On to new adventures! You are so much more than your house.

    xo Kiki

  • Reply Suze DeVille June 19, 2015 at 9:19 am

    “Onwards and upwards!” as they say. What a magnificent testament to your devotion to the house and the place. I used to follow a hundred blogs and now I follow, effectively, three. Not saying that’s a great thing, just saying that somehow, yours holds an interest beyond a single topic for me.

    It’s YOUR life, your place, your future, your money; and if anyone has anything negative to say about that, then they can go jump (I really am a big expletive user and MAN that feels vanilla to say that, so you can possibly insert the word I would rather use).

    Thank you for everything you ever imparted about the Newburgh house – even though I can’t read your Instagram replies for some reason, please know you really helped a person in Sydney, put her heart and soul into a renovation. You rock.

    • Reply Anna @ D16 June 19, 2015 at 10:08 am

      Suze, thank you. Your house is gorgeous, and knowing that I had even a little part in that means the world to me.

  • Reply Tanea June 19, 2015 at 9:27 am

    I’m sorry to hear that you’re selling your house, but I totally understand. Things change and there’s nothing you can do about that.

    Please don’t worry about those people who get mad about what is or isn’t posted here. This is YOUR blog and you should feel free to post whatever you want. That is what drew us all to you in the first place — your ability to be open and honest and blog freely about whatever is going on in your life. Please don’t feel like you owe these people anything, because that is exactly what kills the joy of blogging. You will always have real fans like me who will stick around!

    Good luck with the sale! I really hope someone awesome buys the house! I wish I could!

    • Reply Anna @ D16 June 19, 2015 at 10:11 am

      Thank you SO much, Tanea. So much of life is really about struggling to…well, to not struggle when it comes to things that don’t warrant a struggle. 😉

  • Reply miriam June 19, 2015 at 9:29 am

    Hi! I’m not much of a commenter, but I really love your blog. Try not to feel guilty…if people would rather read someone else’s blog, there’s certainly plenty out there. I came for the renovation, but I’m staying for the shoes and makeup, if you know what I mean.

    Best of luck in the future, and thanks for a great read!–m.

  • Reply Kiki June 19, 2015 at 9:31 am

    and ps. Josh is cute

    • Reply Anna @ D16 June 19, 2015 at 10:07 am

      He’s single! And straight!

    • Reply Sarah June 19, 2015 at 11:26 am

      Totally agree! …and all the way across the country. [insert sad face]

    • Reply Joshua Brown June 19, 2015 at 12:12 pm

      This is the most Pinterest worthy dating profile I ever made for myself

      • Reply John Marullo January 19, 2016 at 8:40 am

        Hi Josh

        It’s great to see someone taking care of 10 Henry Ave. It was my family home for many years….moving in June 2011. Newburgh is the kind of place that resides in your soul….so many memories there running around the neighborhood playing tag or jumping over the bluff. Yes I said jumping over the bluff….all under the watchful eyes of Mayor Mac.

        I get back home at least once a year can’t wait to walk through the old neighborhood to visit with friends and see the old house.

        If you run into Tom, Diedre or Mac tell them John said hello!

        Be well!

  • Reply Tommy June 19, 2015 at 9:32 am

    Thank you for the inspiration you’ve shared over the years via D16 and I wish you luck during this transition. As someone who has subscribed and then eventually faded away from many blogs, I’ve stayed with yours because of your unique voice. I’ll be reading regardless.

    • Reply Anna @ D16 June 19, 2015 at 10:59 am

      Tommy, thank you. That’s very nice to hear.

  • Reply Jodi June 19, 2015 at 9:33 am

    Oh, Anna! You must be absolutely heartbroken. xoxoxoxo

  • Reply Kari June 19, 2015 at 9:38 am

    How am I so devastated? It’s amazing how just reading about a house for years can make it the home of your heart. You are doing an amazing job and no one can blame you for making this decision. While I selfishly mourn the loss of my favorite internet home (how is that a thing?), I am impressed with all you’ve done and hope you NEVER feel a hint of regret – especially in relation to “letting people down.” You have contributed SO MUCH to Newburgh and the online community. Ending this era is not erasing the hard work you’ve done. Assuming you’re not planning on deleting every house related post (please don’t!), I will continue to look to the hard work you’ve done as inspiration for years to come.

    • Reply Anna @ D16 June 19, 2015 at 2:48 pm

      Kari, I PROMISE I won’t be deleting old posts. If anything, I’ll be digging up lots of photos and stuff that never made it on to the blog back when I didn’t think anyone cared about stuff like copper pipes and Schluter board.

      Thank you so much for your kind words. 🙂

  • Reply Kari June 19, 2015 at 9:41 am

    Wait… what are you going to do with all of your amazing furniture?

    • Reply Anna @ D16 June 19, 2015 at 9:43 am

      I’m setting it all on fire!

      No. I won’t do that. Some of it will go to the apartment, some will go on extended loan to friends and family, and the rest will go into storage.

    • Reply Katie June 19, 2015 at 6:17 pm

      I was going to ask the same thing. I’m in no position to buy a house but if there was ever a yard sale I would clear my schedule for 😉

  • Reply Susanna June 19, 2015 at 9:44 am

    Anna, I don’t know whether I have commented before, but, as my jaw dropped to the floor, I decided it was time. I understand how emotional this is; I almost lost my little 1950s ranch going through a divorce and it tore me apart thinking that someone would get to enjoy (or destroy!) my living room walls filled with Billys from floor to ceiling. I have read your blog for years, many times for home renovating stuff, but regardless of whether you have a house or not, I enjoy your voice and your aesthetic, which transcends real state. Your home is so unique that I expect it will attract a buyer who will treasure it in all its black-and-white beauty.
    Anyways, you and Door Sixteen have helped me and inspired throughout the years: you taught me how to tile and gave me courage to DIY so many projects (I often find myself thing: “I can do this! Anna did it in her house!). I raise my spackling knife to Door Sixteen.

    • Reply Anna @ D16 June 19, 2015 at 2:50 pm

      Susanna, thank you. Knowing that I’ve made others feel like they can do this stuff is the BEST feeling. 🙂

  • Reply michelle June 19, 2015 at 9:45 am

    Oh I can only imagine how anxious / scary / unsettling this must feel for you. All the best to you and Evan with the sale – what a lucky person to live in a home where so much love has poured into every little corner. Don’t feel guilty to us readers – we come here because we love your little insights 🙂 be it your renovation tales, your MJ / Morrisey fandom, make-up and shoes, crazy lying down leggings pics – we’ll be there with you wherever you take us. 🙂 xo

    • Reply Anna @ D16 June 19, 2015 at 2:51 pm

      I promise to never stop lying down to take pictures of my legs and feet. 😀

  • Reply Becca June 19, 2015 at 9:45 am

    I love reading about your renovations, but also about makeup, etc. Thanks for all of it.

    The house won’t stop being a part of you just because you don’t own it anymore. And boy did you save some lucky people a lot of hard work. Enjoy the memories, including the sadness, and enjoy the freedom.

    • Reply Anna @ D16 June 19, 2015 at 2:52 pm

      Oh, Becca…thank you. I am really trying to let myself feel everything right now and not shut down emotionally. Eventually I’ll get to experience the freedom, I know it. 🙂

  • Reply Chris June 19, 2015 at 9:47 am

    Anna, I’m sorry this move makes you feel sad. 🙁 My husband & I have greatly enjoyed your blog and I sincerely hope you are able to keep blogging about the things you are interested in.

    I’m sorry your health is an issue. I have chronic pain (few people know because I don’t talk about it) & living with ‘invisible’ health problems is, in my opinion, never more frustrating than those times I have to bring it up with people whose response is ‘huh, what, why, how?’ Ugggggh.

    I’m a city mouse contemplating a move to the woods…we’re looking at a place on Saturday. Currently my husband’s commute is 10 minutes; it could become an hour. Commuting is not our forte but there are reasons to consider it.

    Enough about me. Feeling ya on this post. I wish I could buy your house.

    • Reply Anna @ D16 June 19, 2015 at 2:56 pm

      Chris, I’m sorry to hear about your health problems—and I totally feel you on the “invisible” thing. And of course the last thing anyone wants to do is explain that stuff all the time. I get it.

      Good luck with your house hunt!!

  • Reply anotherAnna June 19, 2015 at 9:49 am

    People get mad at you because you blog about other things than renovations? They must have difficult lives. Please don’t feel you’re letting the anonymous hordes of the Internet down. You’ve got yourself to take care of, way more important. We the anonymous horde are supposed to be grownups and able to get our fix of renovation posts ourselves.

    Best of luck with the ‘breakup’… I hope you’ll come out of it light and happy!

    • Reply Anna @ D16 June 22, 2015 at 10:22 am

      There are people who will get upset about anything and everything, AnotherAnna. They feel fundamentally entitled to all sorts of things, and aren’t afraid to say it. Why they continue to visit my blog is a mystery to me, but at least I can take consolation in the fact that I am not them. 😉

  • Reply Caroline June 19, 2015 at 9:50 am

    Oh, Anna, like Miriam, I came for the reno, but I’m staying! I love your voice, your wit, your designer’s eye,
    and even though I would spare you this if I could, your angst. I hope to hear about your next adventures, whatever they may be.

    • Reply Anna @ D16 June 22, 2015 at 10:23 am

      Thanks so much, Caroline. I can’t promise adventures, but I try to find beauty in the mundane. 🙂

  • Reply Caitlin June 19, 2015 at 9:51 am

    So, so stunning. (The house, and the price!)

    The new owners will be so lucky, congratulations.

  • Reply Gaby June 19, 2015 at 9:58 am

    Dear Anna, get well soon. You have done your part in the history of the house, and now it´s time for someone else. As a reader I´m thankful for all this years of inspiration and beauty, how could you be letting people down? It´s been awesome to be a distant witness of your beautiful, hard work. And I´m looking forward for future posts about every corner of your future places, even if it is a tent it will be great.

    P.S. : In my country I own a very small apartment, and its price is half the price of Door 16… I´m banging my head against the keyboard… Arghhhh!!!

  • Reply Kate F. June 19, 2015 at 10:01 am

    Don’t worry about the next owners—you’ve made Door Sixteen “strong and healthy for its future,” and the next lucky people to hang their hats there will totally recognize that. It’s a gem.

    I know it’s hard a decision you made, but when things—and lifestyles—start to run counter to health and best interests, the way forward is clear. I’m not usually one for platitudes, but sometimes you have to make room in your life for other great things to happen, and sometimes that means letting something go.

    Good luck with the sale! I haven’t been on that end of things yet!

  • Reply carlene June 19, 2015 at 10:02 am

    Anyone who gets angry with you for not posting (whatever it is they want) has a personality disorder. I’m completely serious.

    People are going to be climbing over each other to buy that house, so no worries. Can’t wait to see what’s next for you! I hope you don’t stop blogging, I’ll follow you to your new door (well, not literally).

    Tell that guy Skillet is a great name for a dog. 🙂

    • Reply Anna @ D16 June 22, 2015 at 10:29 am

      Hi Carlene, I already have my new door—it’s the apartment in Brooklyn. 😉

      Isn’t Skillet a great name?! Cracks me up. He’s a sweetheart, too.

  • Reply L June 19, 2015 at 10:05 am

    Sounds like you’re making a good choice. I Hope the sale goes smoothly!

    I understand what you mean about new owners–we sold a house as soon as we finished renovating it (because career plans had changed, in a way that was better for our family), and I’m glad we’ve never been back to that town to see what’s become of it. I try not to wonder.

    And FWIW, I still enjoy reading your blog–perhaps even more with the content of late. Major home renovations aren’t on our immediate horizon, so the content you’ve been sharing is more relevant to my current life.

  • Reply Daniel @ Manhattan Nest June 19, 2015 at 10:07 am

    Oh, Door Sixteen. Oh, Anna and Evan and Bruno and Fritz. I know none of this is exactly news to me, but even just reading this post was a tough one…I can’t imagine writing it. You done good, kiddo.

    Maybe this isn’t the right time or place to say this, but man…Door Sixteen (the house and the blog, of course) have meant so much to me over the years. I found this site when I was in high school, when there were just a handful of “houseblogs”—a title I know you’ve never quite embraced, but that’s what Door Sixteen has primarily been for me. Although it also helped me once identify MAC Lady Danger by name when a friend wore it around me one day, but ya know. Sometimes you pick stuff up whether you want to or not. Point is, I remember several of those blogs…and I remember being totally captivated by Door Sixteen—the house, what you were doing with it, and how you were writing about it. I’d always loved old stuff, but I’m honestly not sure I’d ever given much thought to old houses. I never knew what a sash-weight was until you posted about your windows, or what easement around a tile meant, or that a regular human person was capable of tiling a bathroom floor, let alone in the middle of the night.

    This house has had a really profound impact on my life. It’s one of the things that made me want to learn how to do most of the stuff I spend my days doing now as a grown up, blogging included. It helped me understand that honoring the history of a place can mean a lot of things, but that it’s worth doing and worth caring about. I know at this point it’s sort of impossible to separate the house, the blog, and my friendship with you, but trying to just think about the house on its own (since the other two will continue to be a part of my life, of course!)…your work on it and love for it extend so far beyond just the house itself or your block or the beautiful City of Newburgh.

    Also, you! And me! I’m gonna go ahead and say it’s pretty likely that you and I wouldn’t be friends if it weren’t for this house. Door Sixteen inadvertently brought one of my most cherished friendships into my life, and that’s kind of amazing. And the fact that that friendship survived us working together on various projects in this house is also kind of amazing. Even if the kitchen floor almost killed everyone involved.

    Door Sixteen will find the right buyer, I know it. It did it a decade ago, and it’ll do it again now. I’m guessing it’ll be one who will appreciate, cherish, and honor the amazing story you’ve given this house through so much love, attention to detail, quality work, and of course careful documentation. It’s all going to be just fine. (and if it’s not, some asshole is going to get a very stern talking-to from their neighbor up the Hudson!) <3 <3

    • Reply Anna @ D16 June 19, 2015 at 10:37 am

      Oh, Daniel. I can’t even see what I’m typing because my eyes are so full of tears.

      Thank you for all of your help over the last few years, and especially during the last couple of months. I know you know how much I appreciate it, but…thank you. This would all be a million times harder without you being a part of my life, and without you being a friend that I can rely on.

      I am so proud of you. I love you. xoxoxo

    • Reply Sarah June 19, 2015 at 11:30 am

      I don’t actually know either of you and I’m also crying. You both are so sweet.

    • Reply Ann June 19, 2015 at 12:41 pm

      I’m crying too.
      Best of luck Anna. I will continue to follow as long as you’re writing 🙂

    • Reply Dinah June 19, 2015 at 10:41 pm

      I’m crying too, damn it! <3
      -Long Time Reader (and will continue to be)

  • Reply Heather June 19, 2015 at 10:13 am

    A knot formed in my throat as soon as I saw your post and I had to MAKE myself read and digest your beautiful words. I went through the same journey last month- selling my 125 year old shotgun cottage in New Orleans that I had lovingly renovated over the past 8 years. I wish I could have verbalized my feelings as well as you have here. All I could do is cry for the loss of my home, my community and my sense of comfort. I too, went through a very trying time, something that unfortunately led to me selling a piece of me. I am thankful you have Evan and your pups to help you through this emotional evolution. It will get better…that’s what I tell myself everyday. 🙂 I will continue to laugh and cry right along with you. Just take it one step at a time.

    • Reply Chris June 19, 2015 at 12:10 pm

      I’m sorry you had to sell your home as well, Heather.

  • Reply Maggie June 19, 2015 at 10:22 am

    Anna! Evan! Fritz! Bruno! I have been a faithful reader for a while. I am grateful for the way you have opened your home – and your life – for the world to peek in on. Your design aesthetic is rad, your personal style is awesom (imho), and it takes courage to put yourself out there. Ignore the complainers! I love your design/beauty posts. And your pet posts. And your food posts. Plus, I’m so happy you’ve introduced us to other cool people like Daniel, and now Joshua (ps I second the vote that he’s super cute…too bad I’m in Canada!). Good luck on the next chapter…I’ll be following Door Sixteen 2.0 for sure!

  • Reply Amanda June 19, 2015 at 10:27 am

    I feel so sad.

    I live in Brazil and that SAME PRICE is the amount of money a 60m² apartment in Porto Alegre costs.

    Sixty. Meters. Tiny upper two. US$ 200,000 for 60m² is a joke. Porto Alegre is not even like São Paulo (brazilian NYC), but prices here are beyond this world for toilet-sized apartments for a whole family to live with a pet. Argh!

    I’m recently checking your blog, but I felt the urge to comment and ramble today in this particular post. Sorry about that.

    Good luck on your sale! I wish I could afford it but 1 dollar now costs THREE TIMES Real (our brazilian money), so yeah… 🙁

  • Reply thelady June 19, 2015 at 10:38 am

    I’ve only owned my home for 2 years but I can understand how hard it would be to let go of your first home. You put a lot of hard work into this home. All I’ve done is paint and plant rose bushes but I’d be tempted to take the rose bushes with me if I left. Just look forward to all the free time you’ll have without that commute and home maintenance.

  • Reply Zoe June 19, 2015 at 10:38 am

    I get you and really really wish I could buy it. I actually just checked the job board at DIA Beacon to see if I could make it work. You’ve really done right by that house, and whoever does get to inherit it from you is extremely lucky, and I have a feeling it will be someone who gets it, too. I’m sure you’ll feel a huge sense of relief once this is behind you. <3

  • Reply Heather June 19, 2015 at 10:48 am

    Does the house come with lifetime friendship with Daniel from Manhattan Nest? That would seal the deal for me. My sister in law lives in Brooklyn right now and I’m trying to talk her into buying it. She’d probably insist on everything remaining the same.

    Good luck to you both, I’m sure the doggies will miss the Hudson Valley! I hope you keep up with the blog, I oddly feel like a friend is moving away, even though I don’t know you in person! I’ve admired your house and renovations, and they’ve inspired me a lot through my own renovations. Thank you, good luck, more exclamation points!!!!!

  • Reply Suzanna June 19, 2015 at 10:55 am

    Ana,
    I’ve enjoyed watching the transformation of door16 so much, you’ve done such a beautiful job! I love the thoughtful attention to every detail! I’ve asked you several times about products you’ve bought and then turned around and bought them myself 🙂
    Best of luck on your new chapter! Look forward to continuing to see your design inspiration in the future!

    And, WOW, what a deal for the next homeowner. I can’t believe the value!!

  • Reply Jane June 19, 2015 at 10:57 am

    Love to you and best of luck from a long time reader of the blog!

  • Reply heather June 19, 2015 at 11:04 am

    As someone who just did this last year, I can sympathize with how you are feeling. We sold our house for different reasons but I was pretty adamant that we would NOT be selling our house when the idea was first presented to me. We were approached by potential buyers – our house was not up for sale – and my husband felt that we should just let them take a look. Then all of a sudden they were talking about a price and measuring rooms and I was freaking out! I felt like we were abandoning our neighborhood after living there for 10 years, our neighbors and most importantly the beautiful house that we had rescued.
    When I looked at it from a clear, unemotional perspective, I realized that this was what was best for our family. You have already decided this is what’s best for the two of YOU and that is what you should try to remember. I think you realize that you shouldn’t live your life worrying that you may disappoint other people.
    Your house will find the right buyer (and I’m sure quickly with those amazing photos!) and you will have the last say in who it ends up with since you have to agree to the purchase.
    My house is now in very good hands and I’ve even been back to visit. Not much has changed inside but I’ve seen plans for it’s future and it will be taken to a level we could never have afforded to take it to. I’m so happy that we found the right buyers for our house and I’m sure the buyer that is attracted to your house will love everything you’ve done with it. Try not to worry Anna! Best of luck with your new endeavors – this reader is very excited for you!

  • Reply Caroline Royce June 19, 2015 at 11:08 am

    Very sorry you have to part with your beloved house, Anna. I’ve always admired all the spaces in it. What a great thing you did for this old house.
    What’s next? Do you take up permanent residence in Brooklyn now?

  • Reply Lornna Olson June 19, 2015 at 11:19 am

    May the person who buys your house love and respect it as much as you. Your little bathroom reno inspired me to find the same flooring for my bathroom reno a few years back. It was $$$ and the tiler hated me- but I got to live with that wonderful black penny tiled floor for about a year until we sold our house- best bathroom floor ever!!! You are awesome!!!!!

  • Reply natalie R. June 19, 2015 at 11:20 am

    I’ve been following your blog for at least four years. (Quietly…) And it’s my number one, really. I love what you did in the house, with your hair, I love your Instagram and your dogs. We share the love for Moz and we both had our “goth teenager” period in life.

    I think you should do whatever feels right for you. I love the house, but “Door 16” can be just a meaningless title if you’re not into it anymore.

    Good luck with everything, I’m still your follower. And anyway, the blog is mostly about you and your creative mind!

    Yours,

    Natalie Rieur

  • Reply Christina W. June 19, 2015 at 11:21 am

    Ummm HOW is that beautiful house in such a prime location and a short commute to NYC less than $200k?? I’m currently in the market for a home in Asheville, NC and anything even remotely like your home would go for 4-600k here, and sell in literally less than a week. Granted, this is a ridiculously trendy city at the moment, but STILL. UGHHHHHH please just pack it nicely in a box with ribbons and have it shipped to me?

  • Reply Jennifer June 19, 2015 at 11:23 am

    Anna, it sounds like you guys have made a decision that works for your lives, and everyone should support that! Yes, this home is gorgeous and reading about it is great, but I know that I, for one, will continue to follow you on this blog or whatever other blog you might go to!

    All the best!! Hope it sells quickly and smoothly!!

  • Reply Matilda June 19, 2015 at 11:27 am

    Giving up your house–not just a house, but a beautiful HOME you poured your soul into, a home where a community you love is located in, must be so hard and sad. Thanks so much for blogging about the renovations (I learned a lot!), and I love reading about makeup and shoes, too. Onward to new adventures, best of luck.

  • Reply Marci June 19, 2015 at 11:29 am

    Anna, if I could, I would move right into this house and not change a single thing. You’ve created a work of art and should be very proud. I look forward to your next adventure!

  • Reply Allyn Howard June 19, 2015 at 11:32 am

    I’m so sorry you have to sell your beloved house. A friend just shared your post on Facebook. You and your husband did a magnificent job renovating! It’s perfection. I love that you maintained the details, plus it has great style, while still looking warm and inviting. I know that can be tricky. I truly hope someone wonderful buys it and you can visit from time to time. I’ve always rented and cannot imagine the time, work and emotional toil renovation like this takes on people. I keep considering a move out of Brooklyn, which I still love, because I would like a home and a little more peace and quiet 🙂 I would seriously consider trying to purchase your lovely house if most of my jobs (in film business) weren’t in NYC. I dream of one day working solely from a home studio. I have a feeling people will be fighting over this one. Best of luck with everything, especially your health! Brooklyn is pretty great. I hope all goes well here! I’ll share your post with friends.

  • Reply Sarah June 19, 2015 at 11:34 am

    I just have to echo what everyone has been saying – I love your blog; I love what you’ve done with your house; I love your design aesthetic; I love your hair; and I’ll continue to love whatever you choose to blog about in the future.

    Coming from someone who lives in AZ and who absolutely hates moving so much that I’ve purchased one house in my life and intend for it to be my last, there was a second where I thought…sure, I could move to upstate NY.

    Wishing you the best.

  • Reply Marlena June 19, 2015 at 11:40 am

    Anna,

    What a tough decision! Oh man! What a legacy you and Evan created with your literal blood, sweat, and tears. This blog (and the now defunct Young House Love) inspired me to roll up my sleeves and get sh!t done. I am moving at a snail’s pace with our own 111-year-old home, but your insistence that Googling and figuring stuff out is so true. So thank you for helping with that.

    Looking forward to reading whatever you post. Best of luck with packing, selling, and the transition.

  • Reply Alex June 19, 2015 at 11:44 am

    Oh, Anna! I can’t even imagine how sad you must be — but you should be happy you were all strong enough to make the best decision for you all. I hope the people who buy D16 will love and appreciate it as much as you have all these years.

    Good luck with the move when the time comes.

    xo

  • Reply Emma at The Marion House Book June 19, 2015 at 11:50 am

    I feel your pain! Our houses are more than just the walls that surround us. And when you love a house the way I know you love your house it’s like severing a limb.
    However, you can walk away knowing though that you gave that house all the love and respect it deserved. You brought it back from neglect. I have no doubt that whoever buys your home will buy it because they also love it.

    And you can walk away knowing that your little house on Henry Street inspired thousands of us to not only renovate our homes but blog about them as well.

    Big Kiss for 16 Henry Avenue.

    xo,
    Emma

  • Reply Jade June 19, 2015 at 11:53 am

    Gosh, I completely understand why this has been so difficult to address. Writing it out and sharing it makes it that much more real. I know all too well how health can reshape and redefine a life. It feels ridiculously unfair… and then you feel selfish because at least you’re alive and have choices. At least, that’s where I was. But I’m very happy for you and your husband because this will lead you to a life you didn’t even know you wanted…

  • Reply Amanda June 19, 2015 at 11:54 am

    Oh Anna! What a heartbreaking decision to have to make, but congratulations on choosing what best fits your current life. I’ve been reading your blog for a long time and it’s been such a great reference and cheerleader for the renovations we’ve been doing to our 1932 home (a teenager compared to yours!). Thank you for putting in so much work to share your experience with all of us.

    For me, although I love owning and taking care of my house, it can sometimes feel like a burden. I cannot easily pick up and move across the globe (probably wouldn’t anyway) or leave town for an extended amount of time. For someone like me, it often feels akin to adopting a pet where big decisions have to factor them in.

    Good luck on the transition and I hope the right owners find Door 16!

    p.s. Your makeup post are some of my favorites, so I’m not going anywhere!

  • Reply Shelli June 19, 2015 at 12:01 pm

    Yours was one of the first blogs I found when we purchased our old home in Fargo, ND six years ago. Your renovations, style ideas, and so much more have been a huge inspirational resource for me — I turned to your blog for tips on dealing with chipping radiators, and broken window sashes, and DIY confidence, and, and, and… It’s a homebuyers dream to find a house that was as thoughtfully cared for as yours — I’m certain the next owners will continue the love. Thanks for sharing your home and knowledge with us — my house thanks you, too! Best wishes with this next step.

  • Reply nicole June 19, 2015 at 12:03 pm

    TWO HUNDRED K FOR THAT FRICKEN UNBELIEVABLY BEAUTIFUL GEM OF A HOME?!?!??!?!??!?!

    Pardon my French, but why the FUCK do I live in California. : |

  • Reply Samantha June 19, 2015 at 12:03 pm

    I felt like I could feel all your emotions right along with you when reading this post. I even felt a small surge of emotion when looking through the photos – is that weird? I’m sure whoever buys the house will note all the hard work and love that was put into it, and will carry on that feeling through the next phase of the house’s life. Best of luck to you both in your new endeavours!

  • Reply Shawn Covington June 19, 2015 at 12:09 pm

    I’ve been a follower of your blog for quite some time now. Looking at all the photos in this post, I recall all the stories you’ve shared related to each item and surface- you put so much love into this home and took us on a beautiful journey, and for that I am thankful. Don’t feel bad leaving this house behind. You made a logical decision, and this is just a step towards a new chapter in your life. There’s so much more beyond a single house. I’m sure you’ll pour just as much love into your next home. All the best, Anna! Thank you for everything <3

  • Reply Carina June 19, 2015 at 12:15 pm

    Oh my God! I would love to buy this house! It is amazing. I live in NYC and looking to move out and commute. I am sure you mentioned this somewhere on your blog, but could you please tell me how long your commute was to GCS?

    • Reply Anna @ D16 June 19, 2015 at 12:53 pm

      Hi Carina, the house is about a mile from the ferry landing, so it’s either a very fast drive or a nice walk if you have time. The ferry to Beacon is 7 minutes, and the train ride to Grand Central during peak hours is between 60-70 minutes, depending on whether or not it’s an express.

  • Reply coral June 19, 2015 at 12:15 pm

    I started reading your blog many years ago because I also was painstakingly hand renovating a old historic home in what is considered a maligned neighborhood (albeit in a slightly different place – Montana!) We sold our baby late this winter and I felt all of the feelings you’re describing here. Letting down neighbors, trying to find the perfect new owner (I think we did!), and a loss of a part of my identity. I was often introduced as the ‘owner of that one house.” You run through the list of reasons why and the countless conversations and you feel like the right decision is sort of clear, but it’s not easy! I think it’s sort of like being a pet owner, you know they you only have them for a short time but still love them with all of your heart. I suppose you could stay in one house your whole life but chances are your life changes over time and where you live has to keep up with that. All to say, I loved and sympathized with this beautiful post!

  • Reply Cori Magee June 19, 2015 at 12:21 pm

    Wow, if it wasn’t for the Prozac, I would be crying for sure. I know things change and we have to adjust, make hard decisions, blah blah…it’s just part of life. But I’m sorry you have to go through this. I can totally see how it would be so hard…

    Beautiful photos Joshua! Hopefully the great photos and interior design will attract someone who appreciates it…

    You have a loyal follower with me, no matter where you live!

  • Reply Meite June 19, 2015 at 12:30 pm

    Anna I’m also a long time reader but shy when it comes to comments. You’ve been an inspiration, support, and comforting realist alongside my own renovations. I’ve read every post of Door 16 and some many times over! I’m sorry that people have sent you angry comments about the reno’s or lack of them, makes me feel a bit feisty on your behalf. I’m grateful that you’re still blogging and sharing your incredible aesthetic, I’ve worked as a writer for years and it’s hard work! It must be a terrible wrench to let go of the house but I commend your bravery. Any space that’s lucky enough to have you inhabit it is going to be beautiful.

  • Reply Erin June 19, 2015 at 12:33 pm

    Let me just start off by saying it took me 4 years to finally get a house in LA (a lot of cash offers, even in the recession.) and some people are very indifferent about what they want their house to be, but for me I wanted a craftsman house with all or most of it’s original detail or I didn’t want a house at all. Once we got that house, we plan to live in their a very long time and give it all the restoration and preservation it deserves. One of my neighbors writes http://www.1912bungalow.com and she almost sold her house last year after 12 years of amazing renovations. She literally had JUST finished her dream kitchen which was the last piece and was going to sell (for various life reasons). Her and I had talked about it, and she had all the same feelings you did about wanting someone who would honor the work they did and love it and not muck it up. Very protective, very emotional for her. They were going to move on to a bigger house with a big long list of renovations. For a few reasons the sales fell through and she stayed in the house, and I told her I was actually happy that she’ll get to stay in her house that she’s finally completed and enjoy it a little while longer. Anyway, I’m rambling, but I guess what i’m saying is, I think these feelings are normal. Especially when you are writing a blog about it and sharing it with the world. It is your identity. I have wanted a house more than wanting a child hahahaha so I get it. I am one of those crazy people who snoops on houses being gutted by investors and seeing historic built ins torn out and get so fired up and sick to my stomach. I get it. These houses define us, but the only positive thing I can say, is that there will be another house, or living space that will have your touch. There will always be another project and our lives continue to change (jobs, locations ect). If I ever sell my house, I will want to either meet all the people or get a letter from them. I want to hear from them that they plan to keep the house intact. Here why they love OUR house. I”m sorry you are having health troubles. One thought. . . you couldn’t rent out the place to hold onto it?

  • Reply Lynn June 19, 2015 at 12:33 pm

    Oh, i am so sad to see that you’re selling. But it does seem to make so much sense. Your home is just stunning and I know you’ll find the right buyer. I live in the SF bay area, and understand the high priced housing market. That being said, i am FLOORED! that this home is priced under 200!! i don’t know that area at all, but i thought for sure it would have been much, much more. It makes sense now how you guys were able to afford two homes.

    Good luck to you, and farewell door 16!!

  • Reply bonnie June 19, 2015 at 12:40 pm

    I’ll miss updates about your house, but I love reading your blog for all of its content. Of course the posts about renovation were going to decrease eventually. Nobody could sustain that forever unless it’s their full time job! I love to renovate and decorate, but once I feel like I’m done, I’m done for a long time – until the need strikes me again. And of course you’ll eventually run out of projects unless you move or want to do redo something. It does make me sad that you need to sell your house. My condolences, that must be heartbreaking.

    Anyway, my point is that I completely understand. I’m so glad to hear your blog will continue on! I will continue to check in!

  • Reply sarah June 19, 2015 at 12:45 pm

    don’t you worry about the future owner; i’m sure one of your dedicated readers will buy it by the end of the weekend. and don’t worry about us readers. we’ll be fine. you worry about your health and your loved ones; we, in our design blog needs, will be fine.

  • Reply Jen June 19, 2015 at 12:51 pm

    It was heartbreaking to hear that you’ll have to sell the home that you’ve put so much time, money, energy, and love into. I’m sure that it has crossed your mind already, but I’m just curious – why sell and not keep it to rent out (either via short-term, Air BnB style, or longer-term lease)? Not sure what the demand is for such a rental so far from the city and in Newburgh.
    <3

    • Reply Anna @ D16 June 22, 2015 at 10:17 am

      Hi Jen, airbnb really isn’t a viable option because that would still require us to travel to the house weekly (at least) in order to keep it maintained and cleaned. It would become even more of a burden for us very quickly. It’s also highly unlikely that we could come anywhere close to recouping the cost of keeping the house—there just isn’t enough of a market in Newburgh, especially during winter months.

      Renting it out isn’t an option, either. Renting out an entire house in Newburgh is very difficult given the cost of buying property there. It would be incredibly difficult to find someone willing to pay above-market rent who wouldn’t rather just buy a house.

  • Reply koryanshea June 19, 2015 at 12:53 pm

    Wow… I wish you the most wonderful buyers who will appreciate the amazing things you’ve done to the house. I’m sure it’s not such a small chance they will be a blog reader 🙂 also I hope for more posts about the apartment, because I’m a homedecorating reader and love anything you do in a home. Wish you all the best!

  • Reply Reba June 19, 2015 at 12:56 pm

    Anna,
    Letting go of a beloved “home” isn’t easy, I know, but I think you’re so brave for making the right decision for you and your family. I came to this blog for the renovation posts and you’ve been a great influence on how we steward the renovations of our rowhouse (preserving when possible, choosing thoughtful, quality improvements when not). I’ve stayed because I love reading all of the other stuff (veggie chili for life!) and will continue to follow for your unique voice and perspective.

    Best wishes for a smooth sale and transition!

  • Reply Brigidanne June 19, 2015 at 12:59 pm

    Anna,
    Sad to hear the news that your selling 16. Evan and you have done a wonderful job on the renovation. You should be proud of all you’ve accomplished and learned.
    I do hope that the next owner will love it as much as you do.
    Best wishes for whatever the future holds for you both and your fur babies.
    Will continue to follow your future adventures in this blog.
    All the best.

  • Reply Janina June 19, 2015 at 1:03 pm

    I’m a long-time reader who’s most of the time silent, when it comes to commenting 🙂 But this makes me really sad, which is kind of weird right? It must be hard giving up your home, on which you’ve worked so much but I really love these pictures you’ve posted. You’ve created something beautiful! I could totally move in there just the way it is 🙂 But you guys must have though this through really well and I’m sure it’s heart-breaking. But I’m very much looking forward to your future posts, no matter what they’re about! Wishing you guys all the best!

  • Reply Stephenie Tiedens June 19, 2015 at 1:13 pm

    This is such a great house and I’m sure it’s hard to leave after putting so much of your heart and soul in it. I only wish I lived close by because I would buy this!

  • Reply Julie June 19, 2015 at 1:14 pm

    I came to your blog late and am not really a big commenter, but just wanted to say I really enjoy your writing and digging through the house archives. My husband and I just bought a house and your posts have been a good reference point for old-house fixes and what can be done : ) Best of luck selling the house and I hope you keep writing, cause I’ll keep reading!

  • Reply Kate June 19, 2015 at 1:18 pm

    Anna, I’m so sad for you to leave somewhere where your heart has been for so long. But it sounds like you’re choosing life and sanity and health over a place, and that seems very wise. Door Sixteen will always be a part of you – and as we all do, you’ll morph and change and grow with the title. You’re absolutely not letting anyone or anything down – you’re making a strong decision for you and your family. More power to that!

    On a personal note, I’ve followed your blog for so many years and pore over every word. In hopefully a not-creepy way, I look around my own house and see Door Sixteen inspired moments – a Pia Wallen rug or a Punker mascara tube (!). I guess I’m saying I think you’ve influenced how I think of home and design and my education through your blog has – and will be – always enjoyable.

    Thank you for your energy, time and generous posts. I’m hopeful your health is OK and can’t wait to read whatever you post about next.

    Kate x

  • Reply Monica June 19, 2015 at 1:19 pm

    Anna,
    Thank you for sharing all things D16 . It has been amazing reading about the transformation of your house and I am forever grateful for all that I learned here. I am definitely sticking around .
    I hope all goes well for you and your family. All the best!

  • Reply Vanessa June 19, 2015 at 1:19 pm

    I’m very sad about this, mostly because I want to buy your house (which is way more affordable and way more gorgeous than the homes here in L.A.).

    I will read whatever you write about. Love your style, your aesthetic, and your voice.

    There will be other places to decorate in the future. 🙂

  • Reply Angela Muller June 19, 2015 at 1:25 pm

    You have done such a beautiful job….on your home….on your post! Wishing you good health, good tomorrows, and the right person to continue the legacy you have created in Newburgh. Always enjoy your words!

    Angela Muller

  • Reply CRystal June 19, 2015 at 1:27 pm

    I’ve been following your blog for years, and pinning images of your beautiful home as “inspiration” images for my some day future home. I live and work in the Hudson Valley. The idea that I could actually live in this house, this house that is 10% exactly what I want my house to be… If my husband and I had a down payment saved up, we’d definitely be putting in an offer.

    I hope your buyers love this place as much as you do, and appreciate all the hard work and thought you put into your renovations.

  • Reply Giselle June 19, 2015 at 1:28 pm

    Do not feel guilty! Your loyal readers love YOU, not just the house! Post about beauty, shoes, book covers, etc. We will still be here!

  • Reply Arantxa June 19, 2015 at 1:28 pm

    What a beautiful home you created here, I wish I lived in the US just to live in such a beautiful house. I hope you take all those great memories with you to your new house.

  • Reply Janet June 19, 2015 at 1:39 pm

    You have to do what’s right for you. It’s so hard to leave places we love, though, isn’t it? Best of luck and I’ll still be here reading!

  • Reply Jaimie June 19, 2015 at 1:40 pm

    That’s tough. We were lucky enough to be able to rent out our first house instead of selling it, so I didn’t have to say goodbye permanently. Now that we are in our second home, I love this one even more.

  • Reply Shannon June 19, 2015 at 1:48 pm

    Congratulations! Wishing you all the best. Your home is beautiful and the right buyer will be sent to you.
    Thank you for sharing your neighbor’s info. I am a jewelry designer in Newburgh and have been on the hunt for a photographer.
    Xo,
    Shannon

  • Reply Lily June 19, 2015 at 1:51 pm

    I don’t know if it’s faith or the Universe giving me a sign. I’ve been a lurker of your site and absolutely fell in love w the house and see how much love you’ve put into it. I’m so sorry for the unfortunate circumstances.

    My husband and I have been looking for a house and we’ve been really bummed about not being able to afford anything in our current area (the avg house in my hood is about 1.2M). My co-worker recently purchased a home in Newburgh and told me I should check the area out because it’s definitely within our price range. I never took it seriously till today…when he emailed me a link…to YOUR house.

    We’re hoping to get a viewing this Sunday. I promise you if it falls into our hands, I will cherish it and love it as much as you have & if we own it, you will always be welcomed. 🙂

    Lots of love,
    xo Lily

    • Reply Anna @ D16 June 19, 2015 at 2:43 pm

      Lily! That’s amazing. GOOD LUCK. I would love to see the house wind up with a D16 reader.

      Newburgh is a really, really special place. I know I’ve been yapping about that for 9 years now, but that’s only because it’s true. Even if you don’t wind up with my house, keep looking. There are a lot of gems in Newburgh. 🙂

  • Reply Meaghan June 19, 2015 at 1:53 pm

    Oh, Anna. I just made a similar decision to sell the home that my husband and I renovated in Brooklyn. Like you, I knew it was the right thing (for so many reasons), but making the decision broke my heart. I have to say though, the making of the decision was the hardest part. After we committed to the process, and made it real by telling family, friends, work (we also moved across the country), I felt a heavy weight lift. I hope that you are able to feel a similar relief now, or soon. You have give such thoughtful, loving care to the house; and created a beautiful and inspiring home. Huge thanks for sharing it with us. Your blog is one of the few I follow regularly; your varied content is strong, and your voice is very much appreciated.

  • Reply tracy June 19, 2015 at 2:01 pm

    i’ve been following your blog for several years now and this made me sad, but also happy for you and the life change! it’s a hard decision, but glad you’re doing what’s best for you. i’ve long admired your work/blog/design/makeup/skin(!) posts. wishing you the best in whatever is next to come!

    • Reply tracy June 19, 2015 at 2:03 pm

      also even though i’m in san diego, it did cross my mind briefly if i could convince my husband to move our family to newburgh because your home is just amazing!

  • Reply Kelcey June 19, 2015 at 2:07 pm

    I would move in in a heartbeat. If you can throw in a job in the area I’ll be there ASAP!

    But in all seriousness, it cannot be overstated what a beautiful job you’ve done being the caretaker of such a lovely home. I hope that your home it will find the right person for the job, it’s a beauty! I will be a reader for as long as you keep posting, your posts (no matter the topic) are always a bright spot for me.

  • Reply karen June 19, 2015 at 2:08 pm

    i can’t believe the dumb things internet goobers will find to be aggrieved about. i honestly forget that people say stuff like the complaints you mention.

    i really like the fact that this blog evolves as yall’s life changes. seems to me it takes real courage to put an important financial and emotional investment like this behind you while owning it in front of a bunch of internet randos at the same time. anyway, thanks for being real.

  • Reply Sam June 19, 2015 at 2:31 pm

    Anna. Truly a gem and sad to see it go. Hopefully someone who appreciates and loves this house as much as you both have purchases it! Probably the right decision for you both, I’ve appreciated all the ups and downs you’ve shared over the years working on this beauty! Let new adventures begin!!

  • Reply Marta June 19, 2015 at 2:31 pm

    I don’t even own a house and I feel you, because when you love something, and care so much about it, it’s really difficult to let it go. But you are not letting anybody down, you are taking a brave and difficult decision because it’s what you have to do right now. Sometimes life is like that. Don’t be hard on yourself, you should be proud ! And I’m sure you will find the right buyer, somebody who will understand the house and will love it as much as you do! 🙂

  • Reply Melanie Biehle June 19, 2015 at 2:41 pm

    Hugs and love to you, Anna! It sucks when doing the best thing is so hard.

  • Reply jaclyn June 19, 2015 at 2:53 pm

    Sometimes, you gotta do what you gotta do. No shame or guilt in that.

    I’ll miss the D16 updates so you better fill the space with some more apartment decor posts! Please.

    My husband and I are 3 years into our own home reno and we are actually getting sad as the projects begin to dwindle. I think home ownership/maintenance is something you’re either born for or not. My parents have always LOVED living the apartment life but my husband and I love working on our house. Different strokes for different folks, that’s all.

    I am interested in the sale price compared to your purchase price; does that reflect the market in Newburg right now, or just your motivation to sell quickly? Feel free to ignore if that’s too personal, I just thought it’s a shame you can’t recoup more of your reno expenses and I fear for my own situation when my husband and I sell our house down the road….

    • Reply Anna @ D16 June 22, 2015 at 10:34 am

      Jaclyn, we bought at market peak (2006) for what was at the time a bit of a “steal,” but as everyone knows, the housing market took a severe beating a couple of years later. Cities like Newburgh were hit very hard by the recession. We’re actually in a much better position than a lot of folks who bought when we did.

      That said, the current price is actually on the high side for this type of house in Newburgh, but there’s really nothing else like it. We know we aren’t going to recoup much (or any) of what we put into renovations over the years, but we’re at peace with that. It was never about wanting to make money, it was about wanting to fix something that was once beautiful but had fallen into disrepair. We accomplished that. 🙂

  • Reply Allison June 19, 2015 at 2:57 pm

    As a longtime reader of your blog, old house owner, and renovator, I think I can speak for most of us here that you, Anna and Evan, are far from letting anyone down. You have maybe single-handedly inspired thousands of people to preserve, protect, recycle and salvage our history and live our lives in a more appreciative, mindful way. I will second what a lot of commenters have already said, but even though this might seem the end of an era for you, you really have left behind an incredible legacy and story that will continue to act as a beginners-handbook how-to for restoring houses (even just living in houses! Simply learning to be a homeowner, despite the homes age, or your experience in caring for one!). I am sure that I am just one of countless new homeowners who never would have DREAMED that I could learn the necessary skills to take on an historic home until stumbling upon your (heroic!) chronicling of the challenges and successes of your journey with D16. I sincerely wish you the very best with your health, your transition back to Brooklyn, and in finding the right buyers to respect and protect D16 in this new chapter.

    Much love,
    Alliso

  • Reply Erin June 19, 2015 at 3:13 pm

    I don’t think I’ve ever commented here before– but your blog is one of the only blogs I’ve followed religiously for years now. (Feeling a little creepy, actually, at how I feel somehow invested in your decisions, like you’re a close friend!). Your home renovation/decoration posts have been a huge help and influence in the renovation of a 1920s home here in Fort Worth, TX. Love, love, love your blog. So sad to see you leave #16, but it sounds like it’s definitely the right decision for you and your husband and hopefully the start of a wonderful new era in your lives! Very best wishes, and will always be a loyal reader!

  • Reply Taryn June 19, 2015 at 3:17 pm

    I saw this one coming last year. Definitely not mad though, sometimes life just doesn’t work out how we hoped it would. I wouldn’t want that commute either! The point is, you took a not well cared for house and turned it into a very beautiful home. You made loads of extremely helpful and inspirational posts about it in the process. I’d call that a complete success. The only complaint, is that really all you are asking for that gorgeous home?? I’m from California (where home prices are so inflated) I am having a hard time wrapping my head around the idea that your home is going for more than a hundred thousand less than my not pristine home would go for! Holy crap!

    • Reply Anna @ D16 June 22, 2015 at 10:36 am

      If you saw it coming last year, Taryn, you definitely knew more than we did! We never even considered the idea of selling until a couple of months ago.

      The price of the house reflects the market in Newburgh. (It’s actually on the high side.)

  • Reply Alexandra June 19, 2015 at 3:18 pm

    Oh Anna, my heart goes out to you! I understand perfectly that you feel like letting down your readers, and that you worry about the house not finding someone to love it properly.

    I really hope that you find the right person for your house, but I am sure of one thing: You are not letting us down. Like many others I came here for the eye candy – there’s nothing better than looking at pictures of a good before and after. But I, like others, also love reading your other things, make-up and everything. 🙂 We all change, we find new things to enjoy, we meet new people, we peacefully drift away from old acquaintances, we lose things and we gain wisdom. This is just how it is, and if people dislike you for growing and changing and basically being a human being, don’t need to worry about letting them down: Because you aren’t.

    The right decisions are not necessarily easy. I realised that fully last year, when I went freelance. It felt like the right thing to do, it still feels right, but it wasn’t easy, not one moment of it. Sometimes I tell myself that the right decisions have to be hard and painful, because that’s how we know we didn’t take them too lightly.

    In a more lighthearted vein: Whew. That neighbour. If that isn’t a selling point, I don’t know WHAT is! 😀

  • Reply Dagmag June 19, 2015 at 3:20 pm

    I’ve been reading and dreaming along with you for almost 10(!) years. Congratulations on doing the hard thing with grace and passion-always. I’ll still be reading, and I’m actually quite curious and excited to see where you’re going next! Isabel (Dagmag)

  • Reply Katy June 19, 2015 at 3:30 pm

    Oh, you wonderful brave people. All the best with your next steps. Desirable homes around here (property bubble Switzerland) get sold to the family with the best plans for the house as well as being able to cough up the money. X

  • Reply Bree June 19, 2015 at 3:30 pm

    You and Evan have created a magnificent chronicle of your lives together, both online and in the tangible form of this house. Say your goodbyes while celebrating what you’ve created. Your home is truly a treasure that a new owner will cherish as much as y’all. I am pushing our Beacon renter friends to BUY THIS IMMEDIATELY. Are your gorgeous light fixtures included with the sale? If I didn’t have a wee one that would need to rely on his super involved public school district four states away, we would be there as new owners in one hot minute.

    • Reply Anna @ D16 June 22, 2015 at 10:20 am

      Hi Bree, our agent has this information available, but the moooi Random light in the office and the David Trubridge fixture in the downstairs hallway are NOT included with the sale. The rest are.

  • Reply beks June 19, 2015 at 3:32 pm

    Had I not some across yours and Daniels blog I don’t know that I would have had the courage and visions to buy my 1906 Victorian (its a former rental and chopshop!) Watching the both of you, with self taught skill, has been a big inspiration as I tackle the fake wood paneling and shag carpet covering up its lovely bones. I hope someday to have a home that exudes as much love as the both of yours do!

    At the risk of being callous, are you planning on selling any fixtures or furniture? If you were planning on it, it might make for a lovely series of posts- how those things would live on and integrate into like minded peoples projects.

  • Reply Devyn June 19, 2015 at 3:44 pm

    Wow, just wow….. Anna, I completely understand and respect the decision and the need to make this very big change, and I completely understand the sense of overwhelm you must certainly feel.

    I have been an avid reader for a long while, and your blog inspired me to blog about my own adventure after my husband and I bought our 1910 old world NY fixer upper apartment in Manhattan last year (www.halfclassicsix.com).

    Your home (as well as Daniels, and Roger and Chris’s homes) has helped propel me past my fears of using black, a color I have always loved, but was just too timid to put to use. So much so, we painted our painted our living room ceiling black earlier this year, and are planning to paint our bedroom dark navy blue top to bottom later this year. Your wonderful design aesthetic although different than mine, has most certainly inspired several decisions we are doing in our own renovation, especially as we begin the renovation of our kitchen in the next few months (subway tile in herringbone pattern on all walls up to the picture rail). Thank you for all of this!

    I hope you sell your home for above asking to somebody who will also want to carry the torch for old space living. I look forward to updates on the Brooklyn apt. I know I can always count on you for fabulous and fearless black and white spaces.

  • Reply Leslie June 19, 2015 at 3:57 pm

    I have enjoyed all of your posts for years, and when it comes down to it Door Sixteen is your place to curate as you wish. All the best to you and Evan, onward an upward!

  • Reply Spt June 19, 2015 at 4:13 pm

    I’m a long time reader, but first time commenter. However, this feels like as good a time as any. Thank you so much for your gorgeous aesthetic and unique writing voice. I have enjoyed reading Door Sixteen along with Manhattan-nest and imaging the Hudson Valley as the coolest and most beautiful place in the world. Keep writing if only because my skin looks amazing from all of your skincare advice.

  • Reply Muoi June 19, 2015 at 4:14 pm

    Anna, I can only imagine the sadness you and Evan are feeling but can I just say how excited I am for you guys? Look at all you’ve done at making this house a beautiful home! Daniel’s right, the new owners will see what you’ve done and love it, too. New memories will be made and you, Evan and your furry babies will be on your next adventure, too. As a reader of your blog, I have loved reading everything you’ve posted and I’m sad that I won’t see any more pictures of the house (I esp LOVE your bathrooms and kitchen, so gorgeous!) but I’m excited to see/read, if you decide to share, what’s next for you guys. I wish you guys the best of luck =)

  • Reply Adam June 19, 2015 at 4:14 pm

    Dearest Anna,
    I’ve been there, I felt very similarly when I sold my house almost 2 years ago, even though our situations are different. All I can say is that I know I ultimately made the right decision and it seems like you feel that way as well, which is good. I have been and continue to be inspired by you, not only by what you have accomplished with this house and your life but really since I have first known you. I’m so happy and proud to be your friend. I wish you and Evan and Bruno and Fritz much luck with a quick sale and easy move and hope to get to see you sometime later this summer.
    Love,
    Adam

  • Reply Jessica June 19, 2015 at 4:18 pm

    Oh Anna! I am sure that although your heart is broken you are doing the right thing and obviously it is for the best and well thought out. You made your house more than just a home and the time, care and attention to detail that the two of you (not including the four legged family members here, although I am sure they were helpful too) took throughout this endeavor, is a testament to you both. I am sure that the next chapter(s) will be as fruitful and wish you all the best. As a long time reader, I look to you for all of your tips and insight, the “whole package” as it were, so although I will miss your beautiful home, I will look forward to seeing many more years of the beautiful you, in everything that you do. (Now if only I could move east, I would take it in a minute!) All the best to you for a quick and smooth sale, as well as an easy, stress-free move. Cheers to you both!

  • Reply brenda June 19, 2015 at 4:19 pm

    I was almost ok up until reading Daniel’s comment … many tears from toronto … I know you know to be very proud of your accomplishments and that you’ve blogged with such care and attention … and that your health is the most important thing … and that you have your family and friends … and so many things that still make you smile …

    we have your blog

    all the very best

    … sending good vibs so new owners find their new house awaits …

    le sigh

  • Reply Kate June 19, 2015 at 4:59 pm

    I’ve read your blog for years (and years) and when I bought my first (old) house a few months ago, kept talking about your projects (and Daniel’s too) as projects my actual friends had done on their houses. Creepy? Maybe. But you are such an inspiration about your attitude about old houses, being part of your community and taking time to do projects.

    Best of luck with the next step! You’re such a special place on the internet. And as the owner of my own very beloved dog, pictures of Bruno and Fitz on attractive grey furniture could be posted every day for the rest of the blog’s life with no complaints from me.

  • Reply Brianne June 19, 2015 at 5:02 pm

    oh, anna, i’m sure this was so tough to write. I’ve been a reader almost since the beginning, and I’ve loved seeing you transform that space, but I love the spirit of the blog in many other ways as well so that would never stop reading because of that. Plus, so many “home bloggers” have moved into new spaces lately, you’re just following the trend 😉 (I kid…). Enjoy the new adventure and keep us posted on decorating in the apartment.

  • Reply christa June 19, 2015 at 5:08 pm

    Anna, thanks for writing this blog and sharing your home and your life. I’ll miss the house but never tire of your blog. Best wishes for a happy new life for you and your house.

  • Reply dawn June 19, 2015 at 5:21 pm

    I know how you feel. I sold my house four years ago and I still email the new owners to get updates on it and the garden.

    Anna, life should be about choices that make living easier.

    I wish I could move back to NY and buy it from you. The right owner will find it and cherish it. That will make it easier for you to embrace an easier life. That house loves and thanks you for the tender care.

  • Reply Kayce June 19, 2015 at 5:29 pm

    Oh, this made me tear up, too. It’s so obvious how much love was put into your home. It’s been an honor following its progress. Best wishes for your next adventure. And for what it’s worth, I’ll keep reading.

  • Reply katrina June 19, 2015 at 5:29 pm

    Hey Anna, OMG, I don’t know what to say. I read your post this morning and contemplated leaving a note then, but I decided not to for fear of saying something dumb, and then I went about my day, thinking of you and D16 in between meals and in between projects and in between breaks. I went back to visit your blog and then looked up your house on Google Maps. And then I finally understood the commute and how long it would take to travel from Newburgh to Brooklyn… I feel your sadness and feel bad that you have to part with your house — a place that has been an object of so much love for so many years. I mean, I realize it was frustrating, but you guys kept it up and look at it now — it’s a beauty. That’s true love, man. Anyway, enough of my rambling. I just wanted to check in and say that I’m thinking of you and your family. Oh, just FYI — I’m really enjoying the makeup and fashion posts. A lot.

  • Reply Carol June 19, 2015 at 5:45 pm

    Anna I’m so sorry. You will have no trouble selling it. From an Australian’s perspective, the price is seriously, seriously low.

  • Reply Victoria Smith June 19, 2015 at 5:55 pm

    oh k2, i know how hard this must be for you. but this house is so lucky for the love and care you and evan put into it to make it a HOME. so much love! i think where your heart tells you to go is the direction to head, and no matter where you live, we’ll continue to follow your creativity and all the passion you put into everything you do. i know you put your heart and soul into this home, and it will always be a part of you. i’ll always cherish my time spent there with you guys, too. but i can’t wait to see what you do next. xoxo k1

    • Reply Anna @ D16 June 22, 2015 at 10:38 am

      I’m so, so glad that you and many of my dearest friends were able to spend time at my house over the years. That was the best thing about having the house—being able to share it with the people I love.

      Thanks, K1. <3 <3

  • Reply Pablo E. Peña P. June 19, 2015 at 5:58 pm

    I follow your blog for years, I love everything you do and is always an inspiration, I love your house and always read carefully everything you did in it, and dream of having a house like this at some future, when I stop traveling and know what city I’m staying to live, I hope that the person who buys it has been a reader of your blog and know all the love you invested in it.

    Now I look forward to your next projects.

  • Reply Katie June 19, 2015 at 6:27 pm

    I think one of the biggest things Door SIxteen introduced me to was aesthetic. When I was growing up, everything was a hodge-podge of what we could afford. We had rental houses and apartments that we never put any effort into because what was the point? We’d be moving in a year anyway, so why paint, why make the windows actually open, why add a towel bar, why anything. I started reading D16 in my freshman year of college (found via Manhattan Nest) and finally realized why: because it makes me happy. I’m probably going to rental hop for the rest of my life (NYC baby) but my happiness is tantamount, and I never realized where I live and what it’s like can play a role. Now I’m thrilled to read about your new candles or fake backsplash or whatnot. It adds beauty to the world. Classy grown-up goth beauty.

  • Reply Cindi M June 19, 2015 at 6:27 pm

    Anna, I started reading your blog after reading Daniel’s and wondering who is this Anna that everyone loves?! Well deserved love and admiration, not only for the renovation. Thank you for sharing this difficult decision as well. I’m your mother’s age and saw my parents cling to the home they built until my father could not get in and out on his own and my mother could not help him. Selling was agony for them and my father’s anxiety over selling kept him lowering the price until potential buyers wondered what was wrong with the property. A miracle brought a family relocating because of a job and looking for a home they could afford was brought about by the same man who encouraged my parents to build there in the first place! They could not have been more like my parents if they had been cloned. Driving by my old home is sad because my parents aren’t there but it’s wonderful to see it so well loved and cared for. My own house called out to me as I drove by in someone else’s car and when I rediscovered it weeks later, I jumped on it. Houses have spirits. Yours called out to you and it will call out again. Godspeed.

  • Reply Kristin June 19, 2015 at 6:36 pm

    You are not letting us down! We love you no matter what. Someone who reads your blog will forward the listing to a friend and they will buy your beautiful house. It will be like a friend of a friend. We all want you to be happy and are thrilled to come along for the ride. xx

  • Reply Donna June 19, 2015 at 7:06 pm

    I’ve been following your posts for a while now and I’m sad you’re sad. However, new phases are the bomb and I love your new apartment posts and graphic design related posts (I’m a graphic designer in Toronto) as well as makeup and shoes and stuff. Looking forward to a bright future, with full support from this reader.

  • Reply Jen June 19, 2015 at 7:33 pm

    My first reaction upon seeing this was a rush of sadness and anxiety. I feel odd about that, but I guess as someone who so longs for a home to love the way you love D16, I could almost imagine the pain of having to let that home go. I’ve often thought that it must be hard having your heart pulled so strongly between two places (your love of Brooklyn is as evident as your love of Newburgh). Sometimes the practicalities of life (jobs, health, etc.) force a choice. And I’m often amazed at how many people don’t seem to understand that even right choices can be extremely painful. I’m not sure if this is just new age malarkey or if there’s something to it, but I’d like to believe that the love and respect you’ve shown your home will draw the right person to it. Here’s hoping, and congratulations on moving into the next phase of your life.

  • Reply Kyli June 19, 2015 at 7:42 pm

    What an incredibly hard decision this must have been for you, Anna. Your love and passion for your home and Newburgh has been evident in so many of your choices and projects documented on D16 over the years. I wish you guys all the very best for this tricky time ahead. And, as a long term (Australian) reader, I just want to say that you are not letting me (or anyone else) down. I’m sure I’ll continue to enjoy and be inspired by your future posts, whatever they are about. Take care.

  • Reply Lizzie Modern June 19, 2015 at 7:45 pm

    Wow… it made my stomach hurt to read this. Not because I’m upset at you for selling the house, but because of how hard it must be for you to do this. I’m sorry you have to. :/

    That being said though, what made it special in the first place is you, and your family — and you still have that. You’ll have that no matter where you go. The only loss is the house itself, you (and your blog) will still be as bitchin’ as ever.

    Good luck with selling! Whoever ends up with it will be very lucky.

  • Reply fritz June 19, 2015 at 8:08 pm

    wow you really did a phenomenal job on that house, should sell quickly

  • Reply Jacqui Bennetts June 19, 2015 at 8:19 pm

    Your blog is special because you write it, many many years ago I found it and loved the renovation posts, I went back to the beginning and read them all, I’ve done that twice because they are so satisfying with your take on respecting the building saving it’s heritage, your design sensibility all very cool and I enjoyed it very much. I read your other posts and they were good too so I stay, with your blog in a folder marked “worth the wait” and so it will be always as long as you feel like sharing. All the best with the sale, and I hope Daniel had got the guest room ready for you.

  • Reply Kristan June 19, 2015 at 8:32 pm

    Girl, you’ve got me crying over here. I have an old house I’m working on and I get the attachment. I so appreciate the work you’ve done and the commitment to respecting the house. I have referenced your blog many times over the past few years for guidance. Also, your chili is the only one I make now and your “Goals? What goals?” post is maybe my favorite blog post ever. I often wondered the toll of commuting so far, but then I drive all of 15 minutes. Enjoy your new freedom!

  • Reply maria June 19, 2015 at 9:34 pm

    I can only imagine how hard it was for you to come to this decision, much less write about it. (I got a lump in my throat when I read the title of the post). You, your house & your blog have been such an inspiration to read & follow. ( I think I mentioned a few years ago in a comment- when I try some sort of DIY, it’s always WWAD- what would Anna do? before I start. and then I do a search on your blog)

    Thank you so much for sharing this part of your journey. I personally love whatever you post, so you have a loyal reader here. Don’t ever feel guilty for taking care of you.

    Best of luck with the sale. The perfect buyer will show up to pick up where you leave off, I know it.
    I just wish I didn’t live in California…

    Big hug!

  • Reply Janine June 19, 2015 at 9:37 pm

    You have to take care of yourself first, and as a long time reader, I am NOT sad. I’m glad you’re doing the right thing for you, and as a reader I will always have the photographs (which is all I EVER had). My heart goes out to you for coming to such a hard conclusion, and I would buy you vegan coffees by the million if I were there.

    And if you get the bug, you can always rebuild a room over at Manhattan Nest with lovable Daniel.

    I wish you much improved health and a release from your guilt and sadness. Don’t feel bad any more. 🙂

  • Reply Kate June 19, 2015 at 9:42 pm

    I have loved reading about this house for years and still check in to read through the archives every now and then just to remind myself how wonderful (and painful, and expensive, and tiring, etc….) it is to work on an old house and turn it into a thing of beauty. Whoever makes this house their home next is inheriting a treasure. I know how hard it is to let go of the place you call home and how it always stings a little bit to remember letting go. You’ve given so many people a wonderful source of inspiration and imagination with this house and this blog. I wish you the best as you move forward. Thank you for the memories, new and old!

  • Reply maree June 19, 2015 at 9:57 pm

    You’ve worked hard to make a beautiful home and I totally get how hard it would be to leave after all the time, love and effort you’ve put in. But you have to do what’s right for you and Evan and home should be where you guys can live happily together, without stress. I’m sure you’ll have no trouble selling such a gorgeous house, and should you ever embark on a renovation again, you know you have the skills to do an amazing job. I’ve been a reader of your blog for a long time and look forward to reading whatever you feel like posting about 🙂

  • Reply hannah June 19, 2015 at 11:08 pm

    You will love baby number two as much as you love baby number one. Granted, it was your ‘firstborn,’ but we all have to send our ‘children’ out into the world…There they go, carrying all our aspirations, our heartbreaks, and our futures with them…:) Go out and create your next future, Anna. You are GREAT at it!

  • Reply Meg June 19, 2015 at 11:19 pm

    Your home is so beautiful, I wish we were in a place to buy it. Looks so well cared for and loved. You’ve done a great job. <3

  • Reply Jemma June 20, 2015 at 12:06 am

    Wow, wasn’t expecting that at all! I can’t imagine how you are feeling.
    Door Sixteen – the house and you – has been such a source of inspiration and joy for your readers, not least myself. I want to thank you sincerely for sharing the story of this house with us so we can live vicariously through you, share in your enthusiasm and marvel at your achievements. I also only read D16 and Manhattan Nest these days and can honestly say I would welcome either of you in my home as friends. I know that sounds kind of creepy but I’m sure I’m not the only one who feels that way! That’s how you make your readers feel by being honest and open and sharing your stories – people care! But know this – you don’t OWE us shit! (especially the rude ones!). You gave us a gift by sharing the evolution of this house and while I am sad at this news, and want to say ‘but what about this option and that option and ARE YOU SURE??!!, that’s all for purely selfish reasons. It’s your life and you have to do what’s right for you. Looking at the photos I felt like I was in a cheesy movie montage, sad-smiling at the memory of all the dramas and high and lows! Feel proud of what you have given to so many people and not guilty for a minute. Thank you Anna and 16 Henry Ave, it’s been wonderful. Now, onwards x

  • Reply Angie June 20, 2015 at 1:25 am

    Hi Anna,

    I’ve been reading you for more than 6 years and will continue regardless from where you live. A home is only a house without its habitants. I look forward to see what comes next for you! Best of luck!

  • Reply Charlotte June 20, 2015 at 2:21 am

    You have created a stunning home. I had a 10 second fantasy that I would buy your wonderful home but being in Europe it is a fantasy. I am sure your home will be bought and loved for many more years to come.

  • Reply Fiona June 20, 2015 at 3:22 am

    I’ve just been thinking back how much of my house was influenced by this blog. Answer: a lot. Ikea choices: yes totally, basically stalking you around the shop. Painstaking restoration: I wish there was more original left to restore but what there was to be stripped I stripped and enjoy the results every day. Paint colours not literally but the fact of regular painting, yes. The garden, pretty much 100% D16. Regular habit of trawling auctions and charity shops for midcentury modern bargain furniture including lots of lamps that still need to be rewired, entirely down to you. Neither the thrifting nor the modernism had never occurred to me before. My house thanks your house. You’ve been amazing, thank you.

  • Reply AnnMarie June 20, 2015 at 3:51 am

    Is it weird that my first thought was “What about the Smeg???”

    I can’t imagine having to make this decision, but I know you’ll continue to be just as awesome anywhere you choose to live. ^_^

  • Reply Julie June 20, 2015 at 4:34 am

    ou are a kindred spirit to many who take home and place seriously. I remember so vividly how I felt when I uprooted myself and family from a historic, struggling city neighborhood and beloved 100 yr old home many years ago. Apart from feeling like I was letting my neighborhood down, I felt strangely like I was letting my house down, and I was unprepared for how much I felt a loss of identity. I’ve finally come to accept this fact about myself – I believe in deep roots; I get very attached to places, to history, and to home. The ability of others to just pick up and move, to try on someplace new, has always fascinated me as a foreign concept. Traveling is one thing, but where you choose to come home to every night is serious business. I not only agonize about what city I’m meant to live in, but what particular block and what exact right house. Where exactly is my place in the world? This constant assessment and contemplation used to be my dirty little secret, but I’ve finally come to accept it, and even appreciate it. I’ve also realized the many kindred spirits out there. We believe in the sacred space of home, even if that place is not meant for all time. And when it’s time to move on, I’ve also realized that, especially for those of us who take our responsibility to our homes and neighborhoods and communities seriously, we take these places with us, always and forever, and leave a piece of ourselves behind. They become part of the deep recesses of our soul. This knowledge has helped me to let go when I know the time is right, and to be open to new adventures, new places, new people, new roots.

  • Reply Natalie June 20, 2015 at 5:28 am

    Oh, what a heartbreaking decision for you. You leave such a great legacy – and not just in the house. I have a little bit of D16 in my own home in Auckland, NZ – Ferm Living Bindweed and some marble hex tiles. Your aesthetic is beautiful but I have also found it so refreshing to know that there are people with whom I share an ethos about preserving old buildings – the world needs more Annas! The next owner of Door 16 is a lucky owner indeed. I will miss the house posts but will always look forward to reading about your apartment, life in NYC and all the other bits that make up who you are.

  • Reply Susan B. June 20, 2015 at 7:33 am

    Your home is extraordinary. I’m sure you’ll miss it, but the next one will be just as great!

  • Reply PhillyLass June 20, 2015 at 7:42 am

    My heart breaks for you and Evan. In every post, you make it clear how much you love and appreciate your home and I can’t imagine how it must feel to prepare to let it go. This may sound too New Agey for your taste, but I truly believe that we infuse our energy into everything we own, and that energy has a ripple effect on everyone who may come in contact with that object in the future. You and Evan have infused this home with so much love and respect that anyone who moves in will benefit from how much of yourselves you’ve poured into it. You’ve truly done this home and its future residents a very special service. Best of luck as you move forward with this difficult decision. And thank you for sharing your adventures with us. It’s been a privilege to get to experience the renovation process vicariously through you.

  • Reply Kathleen June 20, 2015 at 8:07 am

    Oh, Anna! This is quite the end to a chapter and I’m so curious to see what the next page brings. Even if it’s just more shoes and makeup and skincare routines (I love that stuff!). I have no doubt you’re going to find the right owner – and if I had to guess there will probably be a bidding war amongst some people we’d all like to call our friends who can’t wait to make your home theirs.

    Like Daniel’s comment – this blog has brought me so much joy and I’m so grateful to be able to call you a “real life friend”.

    X’s and O’s. Kathleen

  • Reply Holly J June 20, 2015 at 9:05 am

    I just discovered your blog and wished I had stumbled upon it sooner. I’ve have found it so inspirational on so many levels. I have an apartment in Beacon and know first hand that commute struggle is real! In fact, as much as I love the Hudson Valley (like you I’ve been here a huge chunk of my life), living upstate can be tough at times, especially if you’re in the creative industry and have to commute to find work/better pay, etc. etc. I always felt a bit of shame that I didn’t escape like my younger self intended and move back to where my family originally came from, Brooklyn. But reading your blog and seeing the positive changes taking place in places like Newburgh and Beacon and all the other little river towns has given me a sense of pride and hope for the area that I didn’t have five years ago. Your house is beautiful and thank you for sharing your journey with it. Sometimes part of a journey includes letting go and I’m sorry to see this part of your story end. However, I look forward to your next steps and hope this change will bring you better health and more happiness!

  • Reply Courtney Allison June 20, 2015 at 9:37 am

    Congrats on making such a huge decision. I actually recently went through the same thing and while it was heartbreaking to know that you are leaving something you put so much blood, sweat, and tears into, there is a certain weight lifted once it’s done. I still miss mine (it’s been a month since we sold), but it was for the best in so many ways – monetarily, it allows for so much more free time, and also it gives a clear path to a future I hadn’t considered or thought about since I’d been so fully encompassed with ‘the house’.

    I hope you have the same experience. You did amazing things to that home and hopefully whomever buys it from you will continue on that path.

    Good luck, Anna. I’ll always continue to read your blog because it’s so much more than just about your renovation adventures – it’s about you and you are an inspiring and amazing woman.

    Cheers from Atlanta (formerly Brooklyn).

  • Reply Rheeds June 20, 2015 at 10:14 am

    Dear Anna.

    I’m in the habit of checking your blog and lately you’ve been updating so infrequently that I was worried you were ill or breaking up…. I’m so delighted that neither of these is the case & you’re just breaking up with your house.

    I have to thank you- I found your blog a few years back and have used your posts as inspiration for my own renovation. My sister, too, has been helped in her renovation- spraying her hideous windows black while she saves up for their replacements. It’s been so helpful to see how you do things!!

    Very best of luck for getting on with the next chapter of your life.

  • Reply julia June 20, 2015 at 10:34 am

    Anna – You may not realize it but you are simply WAY ahead of your time!! We have been living in and working on our home for 27 years. It never ends! Now we are looking toward the final push so that we can sell in a couple of years and down size to something cozier, simpler, easier. You could become the expert for an entire generation that needs to decide how to live through the downsizing process – what stays, what is sold, given away, etc. I greatly look forward to seeing how you move through this challenging time – and I know you will do it with style and grace!!!

  • Reply George June 20, 2015 at 10:39 am

    Anna: Thank you. You’ve done an amazing service by blogging about your home. I know it has inspired me to take on projects of my own. It has been a true source of inspiration, and while I will miss reading about it in your blog, it will always hold a special place in my heart. Congrats to you and Evan for leaving such an amazing impact on so many people, and good luck with the next chapter!

  • Reply Britta June 20, 2015 at 10:47 am

    Anna, it’s been a pleasure following your journey with this home. However, to me your blog has always felt like your place, where I get to come hang out and talk about all kinds of things, and not only about your renovations. You shared your delicious chili recipe with me, for which I am grateful every winter. You introduced me (who lives in not-very-fashionable Vancouver) to fancy manicures (life beyond one colour or French!). I love reading your product recommendations, and I enjoy reading about design, graphic or otherwise. You have a wonderful writer’s voice, and I’m so happy to come spend time with you here. I hope you will continue to write about whatever strikes your fancy!

    All the best to you and Evan as you move forward, Brooklyn based. I look forward to seeing what the future holds for you!

  • Reply Colleen June 20, 2015 at 10:52 am

    Anna,
    I don’t think I’ve ever commented! Your blog is amazing, and one of the best parts is that you are authentic. Like everyone, I will l miss house posts, but you have so much more to say. PLEASE keep me updated on under eye concealer, seriously, your advice is extremely helpful. And also dogs!

  • Reply Arlene June 20, 2015 at 11:33 am

    Your house us beautiful and I am sorry that you have to leave the area. Hope you come back to enjoy what I have enjoyed for 58 years….The Beauty of the Hudson Valley.

  • Reply Sarah June 20, 2015 at 12:21 pm

    You’ve put so much love and magic into this home – I can only imagine that whoever buys it will continue to honour it. Thanks for sharing all of the hard work and inspiration along the way, and hope you’re settling in to the Brooklyn digs and having a relaxing summer.

  • Reply Arnold levine June 20, 2015 at 1:39 pm

    You did a great Job on the House. Its too bad that Newburgh cant do the same for the rest of the city.
    I lived there in a restored House for a couple of years, but being A marine veteran, I had enough of the sound of gunfire in the night. If Newburgh ever comes back it will be because of people like yourselves.

  • Reply Gemma June 20, 2015 at 1:50 pm

    oh no!! I wish I could buy it but I live in London 🙁

    Best of luck Anna. I’ve loved (and shared!) your blog for years. I will carry on stealing ideas if that’s ok 😉

    Love and hugs from across the pond xx

  • Reply Alison June 20, 2015 at 1:58 pm

    Anna, your house is a work of art. Thank you for sharing all the transformations over the years. I’m sorry that you have to let if go, but you’re not letting anyone down. You’re leaving the house and Newburgh better than you found them. My heart goes out to you. This was such a labor of love.

  • Reply Kiki June 20, 2015 at 4:49 pm

    “Not everything is meant to last forever. It’s strange….I think of it kind of like a rollercoaster ride. You get on, there’s a steep ascent, and then it all comes rushing at you—the quick turns, the loop de loops, the steep climbs and dramatic falls and all that speed, and then it slows and eventually, it stops. There’s that moment in the middle there where you feel like you could stay on the ride forever—where you might wish it would never end—but it does, and you do the right thing. You unbuckle yourself, get up, and move on. The ride didn’t fail because it stopped. It just ran its course.”

    –Daniel Kanter, manhattan-nest.com

  • Reply Peggy June 20, 2015 at 5:35 pm

    I believe I read a post long ago that made me think we share one of my health issues. I’ve always
    wondered how you did so much, espically in the heat. If I were in a position to relocate I would need the home exactly as is. Minus the family art, desk etc. of course.
    Best wishes!

  • Reply k June 20, 2015 at 10:24 pm

    Hello dear Anna,
    Years-&-years-long silent reader / fan here: I adore your blog (and ALL of your posts: whether renovations or shoes or designs, your taste is impeccable and your “voice” so charming)… I can only imagine what heartbreak it must be to let go of your gorgeous masterwork. I truly hope some longtime reader who already loves and appreciates it will be looking for a place in Newburgh right now. (Holycrap, whoever buys this will be getting an insanely good deal!) Wishing you all the best that can come from this, and please do not worry that you are letting any of us down: I’m looking forward to reading anything you post and share. Hugs to you and E & B & F in this difficult time, from yet another never-met well-wisher…

  • Reply Rosie June 21, 2015 at 1:22 am

    I visit here ever so often. I love your house. It’s sad to see you sell it, I wish I could buy it. I enjoy all your posts… I love do love the house/apt posts but also enjoy the other stuff. I hope you’re not giving up the blog. I look forward to reading about your new adventures.

  • Reply ron June 21, 2015 at 4:10 am

    I’m actually looking for a place to buy. To be honest, I’ve never read your blog. Someone forwarded to me because they know I’m looking for a nice place outside of New York City. I have nothing but respect for the time, energy and workmanship that you have put into this house. It really looks wonderful. Houses kind of keep the energy that were put into them and there seems to be really good karma here. My question is… what is in Newburgh? What makes the area special? No doubt the house is exquisite. Why would someone want to go to Newburgh? Is there an arts community there? Thanks!

  • Reply Amanda June 21, 2015 at 7:20 am

    I am really sad about this somehow, so I know you must be devastated. You guys created a masterpiece there. If I was in the market for an upstate NYC house, I’d be all over door sixteen. Unfortunately I work in Michigan and it seems like houses too far from the main cities are best for people who work remotely. Hoping someone who loves it as much as you do buys it and wishing you peace during this transition time.

  • Reply Tristan Crane June 21, 2015 at 12:56 pm

    Another longtime reader and recent buyer of an older home. Thank you for your years of advice and inspiration. I’ll be using your tips to restore the windows in my 1912 Craftsman home in Oakland. The decision to sell your home must be a deeply emotional one, but you’ve rescued an incredible property and I know you’ll find a buyer who appreciates all the love and hard work you put into it.

    Please continue to ignore any mean-spirited messages about the content of your blog. You’ve given us all so much, and I look forward to any future posts on any topic you choose. I’m dismayed by the rudeness of anyone sending you negative feedback on what you choose to write about on your personal website, you’ve been so generous with sharing with us all.

  • Reply Lisa-Marie June 21, 2015 at 4:03 pm

    While It must be utterly heartbreaking, having spent three years living in one place during the week and doing a(shitty, arduous) commute home for weekends, I completely understand how you feel.

    It is a big decision to make – to leave what has been your home, but it seems the right one for you. Good luck, and feel proud that your love of it has made for a beautiful chapter in the house’s history.

  • Reply Melanie Renn June 21, 2015 at 4:05 pm

    You’ll do well, Anna. You always have. I’ve missed you since I left Flickr, but I knock on Door 16 every now then, and I gotta say, you’ve done fucking amazing things with this place. I like it better and better every time I see it. On a side note: I found new material on Frédéric Méchiche (a house he did in Switzerland) Enjoy: https://www.pinterest.com/AvantGardenist/fr%C3%A9d%C3%A9ric-m%C3%A9chiche/ Good luck. Melanie

  • Reply Melissa June 21, 2015 at 5:01 pm

    I am another long-time reader that has remained silent for most (if not all?) of my time here, but I have to say I love your design/makeup/etc posts, as well as the renovation ones. I’m sad to hear that you are selling your beautiful home and, like Jen (above), am also curious if you could possibly rent or Air BnB instead? Anyway, I’m sure you’ve already thought of that, but just in case you hadn’t…! Whoever buys 16 Henry will be blessed to have such a thoughtfully renovated home. 🙂

    • Reply Anna @ D16 June 22, 2015 at 10:19 am

      Hi Melissa, here is my reply to Jen from above:

      airbnb really isn’t a viable option because that would still require us to travel to the house weekly (at least) in order to keep it maintained and cleaned. It would become even more of a burden for us very quickly. It’s also highly unlikely that we could come anywhere close to recouping the cost of keeping the house—there just isn’t enough of a market in Newburgh, especially during winter months.

      Renting it out isn’t an option, either. Renting out an entire house in Newburgh is very difficult given the cost of buying property there. It would be incredibly difficult to find someone willing to pay above-market rent who wouldn’t rather just buy a house.

  • Reply Emily June 21, 2015 at 7:14 pm

    As the 200th commenter on this post (!), I am obviously not alone in having loved this house and all of the incredible time and energy you put into it. “Labor of love” is not a phrase I use often but it seems so apt here. That being said, I think it’s really admirable to know when it’s time for change, even the painful kind. I’m mostly really relieved you’re not giving up blogging (though, hey! Maybe that time will come! You do you!) I think people (wrongly) feel like they have the right to comment on your life and choices because you’ve given people a window into your taste and thoughts and beautiful spaces. They feel engaged. I know I do. That’s a real gift—but I’m sorry that it has manifested itself as a feeling of letting people down.

    I wish you health and happiness in this new chapter…and I selfishly look forward to continuing to follow along.

  • Reply megan June 21, 2015 at 11:10 pm

    Anna –

    Have loved your blog for a long time AND we actually started looking at places in Newburgh because of it (we actually looked at BOTH of your neighbor’s houses) – we didn’t end up pulling the trigger though for a variety of reasons but I still dream of getting a beautiful historic home there (I’m also convinced that that area is going to see incredible change in the next 10-15 years). Anyway, I wish there was a market there for an airbnb so you didn’t have to sell (really so I could stay in it!) but totally understand why you are and you don’t OWE your readers anything! You have to do what’s best for you. Here’s to better health! Looking forward to seeing how the next chapter in your life unfolds (if you’re willing to share!) – I see great things ahead!

    • Reply megan June 21, 2015 at 11:13 pm

      I guess I shouldn’t say there isn’t a market there for airbnb because I have seen a few great place on airbnb there! So forget that! I just love your whole house and how you’ve put it together!

    • Reply Anna @ D16 June 22, 2015 at 10:53 am

      Hi Megan, even if there were enough of a market in Newburgh for airbnb to be able to recoup the expense of holding on to the house (and I don’t think there is), it would be an enormous burden to have to constantly be making the trip up there to clean and maintain the house. That’s exactly the reason we’re selling—we don’t want to be constantly driving back and forth between Newburgh and Brooklyn.

      That said, I absolutely agree that Newburgh is on the upswing in so many ways. I love it there.

  • Reply Michelle June 22, 2015 at 4:17 am

    Dear Anna I’ve been reading and taking much inspiration from your blog for several years. I live in Manchester (UK) – just a spit from where Morrissey was born in fact. The transformations you make on your homes are really quite amazing, the effort and quality that you put in is truly enviable. Whoever buys your house is really lucky, incredibly lucky. I can only imagine how difficult it would be to put it on the market after all the blood, sweat and tears you’ve put into it. Not to mention the memories you’ve created there. Hopefully a buyer will come along that understands and respects what you’ve done here and the story of the house will continue. A new chapter for you starts too. Wishing the best of luck with everything.

  • Reply Kellee June 22, 2015 at 7:35 am

    Dear Anna

    I’ve been reading your blog for around 8 years and the reason I come back is because of you, your writing, your thoughts, your perspective. I’m guessing I’m not alone in that.

    I used to check around thirty blogs pretty much every day, maybe around four or five years ago. Since then, life has changed, it’s become busier. And the only blogs I check up on every couple of days are yours and two others. Three down from thirty.

    The reason that I am true to your writing is because you change. Your tastes change (but not your style, might I add), your products change, your hair changes, your attitudes are strengthened. Your lifestyle changes. You write about that change with such eloquence and subtlety, and soft clarity.

    Change is hard. But when women I respect write about their own changes with honesty and emotion, it makes my changes feel easier to bear. (I should add that the other two out of my three constants are Sandra Juto and Lisa Congdon, and I adore them for similar reasons.)

    You’ve articulated it beautifully, but only you know the real heartbreak of making the huge change to sell your beloved house. But please know: you are not letting anyone down. It sounds like you’ve both made the absolute best decision to move your family forward. Letting go is so hard because it’s right, and though it’s overused, we all know that the best thing to do is never the easiest thing to do.

    You’re basically stuck with me as a reader. If its written from a tent, a mansion or a Brooklyn apartment, I’ll be reading your blog, probably whilst eating snacks, if I’m being totally honest.

    Good times for a change 🙂

    With best wishes,
    Kellee

  • Reply Lindsay-Jean June 22, 2015 at 8:33 am

    I’m a long-time reader and very infrequent commenter and just wanted to add one more voice to the chorus wishing you well with your health and sending you strength. I can only begin to imagine what a difficult decision this had to be for the two of you, I hope someone comes along who loves it just as much as both of you do (and offers you a boatload over the listing, as this price is a steal).

  • Reply Kate R June 22, 2015 at 9:03 am

    Anna! Can you please tell me where you got that Richter poster in your white bedroom? My last name is Richter, and would love to have it!

    • Reply Anna @ D16 June 22, 2015 at 10:12 am

      Hi Kate, a classmate of mine at Purchase College, Robin Hendrickson, designed and printed that poster in 1996 or 1997. I’m afraid I don’t have any contact information for Robin (or any idea if he’d still have any left ~20 years later), but that’s the best I can do!

  • Reply W June 22, 2015 at 10:57 am

    Another long time follower, first time commenter from the Netherlands here. I too felt very sad when I read that you’re going to sell Door 16.
    I somehow imagined that you’d be living forever in this house that you’ve so lovingly and beautifully renovated and made your own. And whenever I think of you and your house, I dream of doing exactly that myself one day. But I totally understand your reasons for selling. Only you can decide what’s right for you at this moment. No need to feel like you’re letting anyone down. This is your life! We readers are very lucky that you’re so generous to share glimpses of it with us. And the person who gets to buy your house is lucky indeed!
    My boyfriend and I were recently tempted to buy a dream home with a long commute, but in the end we decided to go for a nice enough house that is affordable and not too far from where we work. Hopefully one day we will buy that dream home. But for now this works for us.
    Thank you Anna for giving me and many others so much inspiration on your blog! I will definitely keep reading it, no mattter what you write about. You’re a great writer and designer and a wonderful person and I wish you all the best!

  • Reply Mikki June 22, 2015 at 12:43 pm

    I’ve been a long time local lurker and admirer of you and your fantastic home! Sorry to hear of your health concerns and hope life closer to work will aid your life and all of it’s beauties. Newburgh is loosing an amazing spirit of renewal and will miss you! All the best to you, Anna!

  • Reply Judi June 22, 2015 at 1:37 pm

    Oh, Anna. I’m so sorry you’re in pain. I’m not sure the following shouldn’t be an email, but I’m gonna post it here anyway just in case anyone’s even thinking for ONE HOT SECOND about abandoning this blog.

    I found Door Sixteen just a few years ago, when we were still living on 11th Street in the Slope and I was going through an almost unimaginably tough time in my life. Without getting into a whole bunch of details that are really not pertinent, let me just say that your feisty, involved posts got me thinking about how to be creative in my own life once more, and helped me get my “you can do it” attitude back. There were a whole bunch of times when I thought, “If Anna can take on [insert brave thing here], I can certainly try [insert brave thing here],” and that helped me to recover myself at a time when, frankly, I wasn’t sure that would ever happen.

    Your generosity (exemplified when you offered to show us around Newburgh when we were thinking, prior to my father nixing the idea, that it might be a future home for my family) outstrips that of all the other bloggers I follow. So does your willingness to make yourself vulnerable in front of millions of people in the interest of real sharing (ah, for the good old days of the Internet community when that really *was* the goal). I wish for you nothing but the love you have shown so many people so publicly.

    There are moments even today, three years after our move to Vermont, when I catch an ordinary street scene in Brooklyn somewhere and my heart just stops and the tears start to form. I know what it is to love a place that symbolizes everything that “home” means and to have to make the hard decision to leave that place. I also know that you’ll come through this in style, but oh man, the journey. Oy.

    If I had more work in the NYC area, and my dad weren’t *still* a huge factor, we might think about leaving Vermont for Door Sixteen. Then again, that house to me will always be “Anna’s house,” and for me at least, that’s the way it should stay.

    We wish you, Evan, Bruno, and Fritz much, much strength in the coming months. Kudos to you for doing what is right for *you,* no matter how hard that “right” thing might be.

    XO from the far north!

    p.s. Reading between the lines, I have an inkling of what some of your health issues might be….because I think I share them. I finally (FINALLY! After 25 years!) got some answers recently via a really super endocrinologist at NYP/Weill Cornell (who knew it would be an endocrinologist? Man, those shtetl genes are hard to decipher). If you’d like more info, give me a shout…I know how frustrating *that* journey can be, too.

  • Reply gracie June 22, 2015 at 1:43 pm

    You’ve given us readers a whole lot of inspiration in your approach to your home over the years. Even your approach to rentals inspire me. Still you, still brilliant, still reading. Take really good of yourself. x

  • Reply gracie June 22, 2015 at 1:44 pm

    *take really good care of yourself. x

  • Reply Camille Puche June 22, 2015 at 2:03 pm

    Awww it saddens me that you will be selling your house. This is really beautiful. If I were to have the money to buy this, I will definitely will! But I’m sure your beautiful creation will be loved by the new owners as much as you guys did. 🙂

  • Reply Sinead June 22, 2015 at 2:19 pm

    Thank you for sharing. Thank you for turning up. Over and over again. It has been a pleasure, an eye opener and a dream lived by proxy. I’m sure every one of the bricks of Door Sixteen thanks you both too. Onwards with love …

  • Reply Dave June 22, 2015 at 4:19 pm

    As friends who feel a bit like we were there “at the beginning” and have watched with awe and jealous envy how much you four (yes, four!) have accomplished, Susan and I (and the kids) send our most sincere congratulations. It’s been an amazing ride and we wish you love and happiness as you turn a new page to your next adventure! xo

  • Reply Lien June 22, 2015 at 7:31 pm

    Wow, this must be a hard decision. I’ve been reading your blog for a really long time now. I’ve been getting so many design inspiration from your blog. Good luck with the sale. I just wish Sydney house prices were close to what they are selling for in Newburgh!

  • Reply Michelle June 22, 2015 at 10:04 pm

    Anna, so sorry you had to make what was clearly a wrenching decision. It is inspiring what a beauty you turned Door 16 into. I have loved reading your blog for a number of years now although I seldom comment.

    I can understand the pain at leaving something you love and have put so much energy and effort into. Maybe it cheers you a bit to say, you are not alone there.

    I hope the many comments here give you a little insight into what YOU give US through your gift of writing, keen insight and eye for design. THANKS!

    Wish you the best, I’ll keep coming back to read! Here’s to hoping you have a bidding war!

    Michelle

  • Reply marie June 22, 2015 at 11:28 pm

    If you ever read this far into the comments, just know I’ve loved reading all the posts about music, art, design, books, house, make-up, furniture, food, coffee, etc. It’s part of what makes this blog unique and endlessly interesting, and more personal than most. Good luck with the sale, I too hope that the house can find a good match for an occupant. It seems like a pretty special place. And best of luck to you in the city.

    p.s. loved all the Marfa instagrams, I’m going there this week!

    • Reply Anna @ D16 June 22, 2015 at 11:50 pm

      I read every comment that gets posted here, Marie, always. 🙂

      Thank you for the kind words. (And have a great time in Marfa!!)

  • Reply jan June 23, 2015 at 1:21 am

    You’ve made it such a very special place, whoever gets it will be super lucky! Good luck with the sale -I’m sure it’ll be snapped up in no time!

  • Reply Holly Becker June 23, 2015 at 6:18 am

    I’m so supportive of this and happy that you have made a decision for your own health and well-being – your blog readers clearly will support whatever you do next. I’ve not been a regular reader since our last email exchanges, but I saw today on Facebook that someone I follow linked to this news and I wanted to hop over and show my support. I’m happy for you to begin your next chapter, whatever that may be. There will always be plenty of opportunities for someone as creative and talented as you are.

  • Reply Simone June 23, 2015 at 8:26 am

    Dear sweet Anna; I have been coming here for a long time, I get it and it is OK. No worries, things can only get better. I am sorry to read about your health. But I do feel melancholy for you.
    A hug and love from me, kind regards and many thanks for sharing your beautiful house; Simone
    Kahlil Gibran writes in The Profet that sadness and happiness go hand in hand and are related, the depth of our sadness (at a loss f.i.) equals the measure of the happiness that also came from that experience. So tears are good in a way.

    • Reply Simone June 23, 2015 at 11:49 am

      PS thought about it a bit more, you know a house has a soul. We think we own our houses, but they really are more like entities moving in and out of our lives. Some were here long before we were born and will still be here after our death. We care for them, pay for them, have concern for them, they are at our mercy but we don’t really own them.

  • Reply Carla June 23, 2015 at 1:54 pm

    I have loved your blog for years. And yes, my favorite posts are Newburgh, but…I’ve felt your pain.

    My first house was bought after life-changing events, I needed something to love and it was there – we went to hell and back together, it seemed. I loved it through renovations and restorations and it loved me back and made me feel safe and whole again. Then I had to move – too far away to consider commuting. And it was okay, it’s been great really. I walked out of the house after we packed up the insides and thought I would be sad – but I wasn’t – it understood and it wanted me to be happy and safe wherever I needed to be. And I wanted it to love someone new.

    I wish the same feelings for you.

  • Reply Cecelia June 23, 2015 at 4:33 pm

    Dear Anna,

    Like so many others, I was so moved by this post and felt compelled to voice my support after (quite a few) years of silently reading your wonderful blog. Kudos to you for making a difficult choice in the name of self care; I have been incredibly inspired by your posts over the years. You’ve kept me going through my first dreary jobs in commercial architecture and have motivated MANY a DIY project in my own less-than-brand-new NYC apartments. Most of all, I really appreciate the honesty and ethic that you bring to this project. It’s so hard to let a beloved home go (I still remember and miss my first house growing up), but 16 Henry has a life of its own. It has connected people all over the world, and pushed others to look at an old home with an open heart. Thank you for the gift of your home, thank you for the gift of your time, and thank you for the gift of your honesty. I’ll be cheering you on!

  • Reply Bethann June 24, 2015 at 12:48 am

    I’ve been a long time reader of your blog. You’re home posts are amazing and have inspired me many times over. I can understand your motivations to sell but I’d be lying if I said it didn’t make me sad. You’re home is absolutely stunning. I hope the next stage of life brings even more fun, adventurous, creative, and rewarding adventures. Best of luck and keep on blogging. I like clothes and design and makeup in addition to the house stuff so I’ll continue reading 🙂

  • Reply troy. June 24, 2015 at 8:22 am

    Long-time reader. Beautiful reno. Beautiful house. Amazing blogging along the way — encouraged and inspired my own remodeling efforts. The next owner is sure to understand the treasure they are walking into!

  • Reply Lauren June 24, 2015 at 10:17 am

    Late chiming in here but wanted to give you a virtual hug. I know this is so hard on you guys and that you’re feeling all the feelings. Kyle and I often talk about our long-term plans and although we plan on staying in chezerbey for the time being we know there will come a time when we probably won’t. Even though we are so emotionally attached, there are plenty of practical and professional reasons to eventually move on. It’s hard to think about. Like knowing that dogs don’t live to be 100. (Which I also refuse to think about.)

    Your house (and more so, you as a person) have been so influential and supportive of our own journey and I’m so glad we know each other though these crazy inter webs.

    I hope the selling process goes smoothly and you have all sorts of warm fuzzies about the new buyers. I can only imagine how incredibly excited they will be.

  • Reply annie g June 24, 2015 at 2:09 pm

    I love this house and have loved following your endeavours. It is a true beauty. As a Brit, I cannot tell you what a bargain that would be over here. It would literally be impossible to find such a fabulous place so near to London for that price. You just get used to high house prices over here. Here’s hoping you find a new place to settle in and make your own.

  • Reply Seth June 24, 2015 at 3:05 pm

    As much as I will miss seeing 16 from new angles, I come to this blog to witness your sense of style and attention to detail. I am already looking forward to the next project. Best of luck to you and Evan.

  • Reply Michelle Hines June 24, 2015 at 4:37 pm

    I just want to thank you for your generosity in posting your renovation stories – as a fellow new homeowner around the same time as you, doing all our own renovations – your blog posts inspired and kept me sane as I went through some of the very headaches and joys and chaos of the projects at hand. You created a beautiful home, a beautiful blog, and I look forward to seeing what is behind the next Door for you, Anna. Thank you!

  • Reply Bailey Cuello June 24, 2015 at 5:45 pm

    I feel for you, Anna, and your coming sense of loss. A little more than six months after we married, my husband and I moved into a turn of the century house that looked like something from around the Civil War, three stories and big pillars out on the front porch. Inside was a home as well as doctor’s office to two families at one time or the other. The second one, whom we knew, at sometime moved upstairs leaving the living room, kitchen and several other rooms for examination rooms. When they built their house, they turned the upstairs into two huge apartments. No one had officed downstairs for some time, so we rented the larger side with ten rooms. The owner of the property said once that she knew I’d always regard that place as home because we had both come there as brides. She was right. It’s been forty-five years since we moved to a much smaller house without any of the character or charm as “our big house”. We hung heavy silk drapes, some still new, from an upscale hotel’s renovation, dollar a pair. We also turned one of the rooms into a large walk in closet since the apartment was short on closets. Later it became a beautiful sunny bedroom for my grandfather. Four of our little girls were born there, and they had a standout nursery across from our bedroom in the back of the house with professionally painted murals, a gift from an artist friend. I’ve lived several places since then but none has “grabbed” as that place called Home has. When we were in that part of town the girls and I would visit the property which by then was rented to medical students for a dollar a month. Our rent in the 60s was $100 a month with all utilities paid. (No wonder it was so doubly appealing, right?). One day on the bus home after work I sensed an empty spot when, as always, I looked in the direction a couple of blocks over. When I got home I drove back immediately to see whether what I was afraid of had happened. It had. Even the ten-foot brick fence in the back was gone as well as the little playhouse. The house next door was also gone, so there was a half block of memories gone to seed. I mourned the passing of that house that was home for so long, for at least nine years, almost to the time I moved to this house with the atrium in the center that is the glass wall of four walls I now call home. Just know someone who’ll appreciate your jewel will get your house. AND you have your past blogs to remind you of almost everything.

  • Reply Jemma June 25, 2015 at 5:23 am

    PS, love that black webbed chair in the downstairs hallway! Jens Rinsom? My worst ever TradeMe (NZ eBay) FAIL was seeing a curvy version of that chair, probably Douglas Snelling, maybe Jens Rinsom, get bought by another seller for a STEAL right in front of my eyes just before I clicked on the ‘buy it now button’. Should have moved faster! It will haunt me for the rest of my days, oh the pain.

  • Reply Gladys June 25, 2015 at 11:29 am

    Hi Anna, I’m absolutely sorry about that notice.
    I was wondering, and maybe that question was already evoked up in the 244 other comments but couldn’t you imagine to work from home as an independant graphist for instance? Or Am I saying an insanity?
    Your house is a dream, I would buy it if I wasn’t living in France!

    You did a GREAT job in there, other places are waiting for you to rebirth!

    Lots of luck!
    Gladys

    • Reply Anna @ D16 June 25, 2015 at 11:38 am

      Hi Gladys, my husband works in Brooklyn, so that’s really not an option—commuting from Newburgh to Brooklyn would easily take 3 hours each way. Also, I’ve been at my job for 17 years now, and I have never had the desire to be self-employed.

  • Reply hello June 25, 2015 at 2:32 pm

    Like many commenters said, do not feel bad. The whole blog has been a gift to people you’ll never even meet but who benefitted from seeing your work on your house. A favor you could do your renovation-decoration-friendly readers is to write a post with your own curated dedicated roundup of a dozen of the sites–personal, commercial, whatever–that inspire you and have a similar feeling to your own house-making work and aesthetic at their best. Thanks and good luck with the sale. 🙂

  • Reply Dusa June 26, 2015 at 7:55 am

    Sigh. If only the commute to northwestern Vermit wasn’t 5+ hours one way! Sending out good vibes to you and the potential perfect buyer!

    Question – have you told Haggis?
    Virtual sympathetic hugs to you and Evan!

  • Reply Emma June 26, 2015 at 8:15 am

    what an incredibly beautiful job you’ve done!! I can understand the heartbreak.

  • Reply kim June 26, 2015 at 10:05 am

    It took me a while to comment because what you’re going through is my worst nightmare, and I can’t even imagine. But you have the cutest apartment, so there is that small positive outcome to this. My husband has been essentially unemployed for quite a while now and our finances are bleak (even with me working 2 jobs). When I read this it really hit me that I am barely able to make ends meet, especially now that I have sunk every cent I have into buying my house, and I realized how devastated I would be if I had to sell this place. I wish you all the happiness in the world Anna, and I hope your house sells super fast and for what you’re asking (or more, who knows!)

  • Reply erica June 27, 2015 at 2:30 pm

    Stop feeling guilty about your readers right now. i, as a loyal reader, am sad you’re selling your home but only because it saddens you. Anyone holding resentment towards you for this is being unreasonable, and it’s not your responsibility to make them happy. i will keep reading your blog and am interested to see whatever you want to post. i so appreciate your honesty, and your more revealing posts often make me feel less alone,.

  • Reply Jessica June 27, 2015 at 6:01 pm

    I too bought my house about ten years ago and now have very different life circumstances and am contemplating leaving it. So another one in your camp for “this is hard, but I’m behind you!”

    I’ll keep reading your blog – after all, where else will I find cats that need homes??? 😉
    PS Demy and Cricket are doing great! Demy lives with a Trekkie who desperately needed something alive to talk to and Cricket has a home with RFID activated litter box and many furry siblings – including another cat smuggled in from Qatar.

  • Reply Kate June 29, 2015 at 6:05 am

    I have so enjoyed watching you renovate this house and seeing all the love and beautiful design you have put into it. But I know I will see more of your amazing eye in everything else you will put on your blog here, so while I’m sad that you have to let go of your house, know you are not letting any of ‘us’ down by doing so. I only wish I could buy the place!! Whoever gets it will be incredibly lucky.

  • Reply lisafromjapan June 29, 2015 at 4:08 pm

    I’ve been a long time reader… and I just wanna say congratulations. What a huge decision! I am so happy for you… your family….your future. This blog is a great inspiration to so many people and with or without 16 I know you will continue to be super awesome (with cute hair). I love all the love too – from the other readers, and Daniel……… all this love makes me wanna sing the powerpuff girls song! la-la-la , la la love….makes the world go ’round.

  • Reply ombia June 30, 2015 at 3:07 pm

    Dear Anna, I left two comments and can not find any of them now, maybe I just forgot to press submit button. Just wanted to express my support and thanks you for this amazing blog. Which is so much more then just a house blog and it will continue to be a special blog in the future too. Wish you and your familiy all the luck.

  • Reply melinda ke July 2, 2015 at 4:20 pm

    Oh no, I’m late reading the big news! What a difficult decision to make after you put so much time and love into the house, but you are right, we are all just caretakers of these homes and you sure made it pretty for the next lucky owners. I will miss seeing photos and projects of the house, but I’m glad you put your health first and I wish you the best always, Anna!

  • Reply Katherine July 9, 2015 at 10:59 am

    Door Sixteen is about so much more than a house.

    I started reading about your home renovation in 2008 (I read a bunch of home renovation blogs back then), but stuck around because of everything else: talking about what a reformed goth wears in the summer, Morrissey, graphic design, Swedish home decor, accessories… Most importantly, you’ve been transparent about your struggle over decisions that other bloggers gloss over in an attempt to make themselves look like they have it all figured out. That’s why this blog is inspiring and why I continue to read it long after I stopped reading every other home renovation and lifestyle blog. I’m a fan of the Door Sixteen brand, and it has nothing to do with a building.

    Don’t let the readers of this blog be a reason to feel upset about letting go of the house. Other reasons, like letting go of an era of your life, leaving a neighborhood and friends you care about, paring down your possessions, etc. are all legit reasons to feel sad about the process. But it sounds like it’s the right decision for you, and I’m sure most of the people who read your stuff on the regular are looking forward to continuing to read about whatever’s next.

    Best of luck on this new chapter!

  • Reply Stacy July 9, 2015 at 4:55 pm

    Anna, this is the first time I’ve happened upon your blog (I found it via Leslie at asimplelifeafloat.blogspot.com), and I feel like it’s a message from the Universe. For the last four years, I’ve lived in our home of 23 years, while my husband, who was transferred, lives in a tiny apartment during the week two hours away. He comes home every weekend. We’ve wanted to hold onto our house because it’s everything we’ve done, made, loved together. We had and raised our kids here. But over the last few months, I’ve realized it’s the people who make a house a home. I’m ready to let it go. Thanks for sharing!

  • Reply Crystal July 11, 2015 at 5:35 am

    As someone who has moved more than 30 times in my life and currently owns 4 houses and an apartment (really ridiculous, I know I have a problem), I want to assure you that one of the best things a person does in this world is leave beauty behind them for someone else. The more elegantly we live, the kinder we are. You are offering someone(s) beauty and elegance when you leave. The house is delighted to be offered. Door 16 has revealed your inherent kindness and I guarantee you that’s not for nothing!
    Good luck in your new venture. I really hope it’s an apartment that needs LOTS of reno so we can enjoy your process. (Which is another major kindness, btw, opening up your process to others–we all want to know what other people are doing in their secret creative lives!)

  • Reply Judith Powell Kelly July 12, 2015 at 4:36 pm

    You’ve done a wonderful renovation. I had a friend who lived on that Henry Ave block in the 40s! The houses there were beautifully maintained. No renovation needed then. We left Newburgh back in he mid-60s, but we see so many renovations like yours that seem to signal a revival of what Newburgh once was, and could be–perhaps–again. Does anyone remember that Newburgh was the All-American City in 1952? Good luck. If we were thinking of moving back, yours would be the first place we’d consider buying!

  • Reply wendy July 13, 2015 at 10:03 am

    I hope you’re still reading the comments. I came late to this news. Oh Anna. I got teary eyed and my heart sank when I saw the headline. I have been following in your footsteps for years! Black floors (toucan) white floors, black doors, carrara marble hexagon tiles in the bathroom and on an on! You’ve been an inspiring and practical source of infor and encouragement to me for years as I’ve tackled my own Victorian since 2008 and I’m still not even finished. Everyone my husband and I know think we’re crazy that we’re still not done but I always knew that you (and now Daniel) would get it— the long, slow diy reno with breaks in between while we save money for the next project. Now I feel like I have to sell my house too : ) joking, of course (somewhat). I have thought about how hard it would be to leave after all the time I’ve given to my house but on some level I feel like change is always good and always healthy even though it’s hard. I hope whoever buys the house leaves it alone and doesn’t do the open floor plan/granite stainless/cherry triumvirate of evil kitchen. Wishing you all the best down the road and thank you for the years of inspiration!

  • Reply LD July 28, 2015 at 9:21 pm

    Good luck to you!!! I found you through Daniel, who I found through Centsational when his kitchen was featured. I remember spending a very cold Georgia weekend reading through yours and Daniel’s blogs. Inspiring!! I found kindred spirit, you see I am from NY and my husband is from what I call upstate and my brother lived not too far from Newburgh so I have always loved all of the references to our old haunts. Brooklyn truly is getting wonderful people. Stay healthy and happy!!

  • Reply Krista August 20, 2015 at 9:20 am

    Anna, I just went through the same thing. We sold our fixer-upper of 12 years in May, and we went through all the same guilt, sadness, regret, happiness, etc. Now, the weight is lifting…and we’re moving forward. Good luck!

  • Reply Cliodhna August 22, 2015 at 9:42 am

    I cried reading this because your words are so full of emotion. Your blog is such a joy and I also want congratulate you on making the decision. I have no doubt the new owners bid hard and will treasure your beautiful house. Enjoy your new more settled lif. Wishing you the best xx

  • Reply Christina Ignacio-Deines | I-D BOHEMIA Lifestyle, Events and Interiors September 1, 2015 at 12:41 am

    Hi Anna,

    I’ve been an ardent follower of your blog for years, and through the process of buying and fixing up my own 100 year old home you’ve been a huge inspiration to me. I’m not sure I realised just how much of an inspiration until I found out you decided to sell your home.

    In many ways, like you, my home defines who I am, and the deep personal connection I feel with my home informs much of my design work with my interiors clients. Renovating and restoring a home takes much energy and money, and sometimes when you’re up at 3am painting the ceiling it’s easy to lose sight of the overall vision of your home. Times like those I might be tempted to give up, or take a short cut, work more quickly, and care less about the craft of home keeping.

    But then I think of you, or my sister, or many of my friends who take such deep and abiding pride in putting together a home that feels just *right* for them. And somehow I’m able to find the energy to continue.

    As much as I’ve enjoyed witnessing you and Evan restore your home in Newburgh, I’m glad you’re making good decisions for your health, and i wish you both the best of luck in Brooklyn and what future homes you may have. I look forward to reading the upcoming posts you have about whatever you choose to write about, including makeup. Your writing style is so honest and raw and I’m thankful to you for letting us into your life.

    Best wishes,
    Christina

  • Reply vicki September 20, 2015 at 1:32 am

    You’ve just opened yourself up to new possibilities. This is a good thing, letting go. I’m excited for you! And you have your family with you. So much is ahead. Thank you for sharing. Vicki

  • Reply Alice October 15, 2015 at 11:56 am

    Do you mind sharing what kind of boiler and water heater you put in?

    • Reply Anna @ D16 October 15, 2015 at 12:02 pm

      I don’t remember, I’m sorry. The water heater was years ago, and nothing special. Maybe the boiler is Utica brand? Neither was anything other than than standard stuff most people install.

  • Reply Alice October 15, 2015 at 11:58 am

    Email address corrected.

  • Reply Terry May 28, 2017 at 7:34 am

    Only $195k?! Am I missing something, or are US houses super cheap. That would probably be about 500k over here.

    • Reply Anna @ D16 May 28, 2017 at 7:37 am

      The US is a huge country—prices vary enormously depending on geographical location.

  • Reply Michael Keller September 3, 2017 at 12:13 pm

    What an interesting and fascinating site — and what a great story about your home. It is absolutely beautiful, and you did a wonderful job renovating it and turning a house into a home. The pride, passion and love just shine through. Did you end up selling it? If so, when? Thank you.

    • Reply Anna @ D16 September 3, 2017 at 2:44 pm

      Hi Michael, the house had multiple offers within hours of this post going live, and we closed soon after.

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