Ingrid Abramovitch


Exciting news for Restoring a House in the City: West Elm is going to be carrying the book. They just placed their order so the books should be arriving in stores within two weeks. I recently visited West Elm headquarters in Dumbo, Brooklyn, and had a good time meeting with their team. Read the rest of this entry →


It’s been a long hot summer in Brooklyn (and in much of the world from what I hear). Too hot for blogging! It’s been a while. But I’ll be in Maine soon, the kayaks are rented and my friend Lucy Benjamin and her kids have signed on for a camping trip to Acadia Park. In a Maine mood, I wanted to share this story on Fine Artist Made, a company owned by Patrick Mealey and Joyce Jackson who used to own a restoration business in the Hamptons.

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In an earlier post, I mentioned the preservation efforts to save the Hollywood sign in Los Angeles. Hugh Hefner has come to the rescue. The Playboy founder has donated $900,000 to save the sign which, together with other money raised, will keep the iconic letters intact on its perch on Cahuenga Peak. Read more about it here:


I’m back on book tour this week with lots of exciting events related to Restoring a House in the City:


I’ll be talking about my book to the following radio outlets:

8 AM: Martha Stewart Living Morning Radio’s Morning Living

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Ingrid and Martha in Marfa

I’m being interviewed about my book on April 3 by WYDE-FM’s House Studs in Decatur, Alabama. I’m told they plan to ask me about my book, Restoring a House in the City, and about renovating old houses but that they almost always throw in one personal question for all their guests. I thought they might ask me about my previous job working as a writer for Martha Stewart’s magazine.

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Just on time for renovation season, I am back on book tour. I’ll be speaking in Manhattan on March 24 in an event organized by the Institute of Classical Architecture & Classical America. I’m hosting a breakfast-time townhouse renovation panel with interior designers Ellen Hamilton and Kathryn Scott, and architect Stephan Jaklitsch, at the D & D Building in NYC on April 13. Then I embark on a Southern tour: April 16-17 in Charleston, S.C. at the American College of the Building Arts’ Masters of the Building Arts Festival, and May 20 in Savannah, Georgia, in an event organized by the Historic Savannah Foundation and SCAD. All details are on the events section of my website.


I’m thrilled to announce that Restoring a House in the City has been named a finalist in the ForeWord Reviews Book of the Year Award, Home & Garden section. The winners will be announced at the BookExpo in New York on May 25.

The link and complete list of nominees is here:


I just returned from a trip to Los Angeles, where hard-won victories in architectural preservation seem to lead quickly to fresh new battles. Read the rest of this entry →


Many thanks to Jenny at the wonderful blog Little Green Notebook for the Restoring a House in the City book giveaway, which ends February 4 at midnight. I love reading all the comments about the dream homes people would love to restore. As for me, I live in Brooklyn but wouldn’t it be fun to restore an old town house in Savannah or Charleston? And a farm house too, while I’m at it.

Rock ‘n’ Roll House in NY Daily News

The Daily News has a story on the chapter in my book on the neo-Victorian townhouse belonging to Bad Company drummer Simon Kirke and his wife, fashion designer Lorraine Kirke. Reporter Jason Sheftell calls Restoring a House in the City “the best resource currently available on the subject…a must-read for anyone who loves real estate or is redoing an old city home.”