Right before we walked in the door, the agent for the sellers turned around and said “Brace yourselves, this apartment doesn’t show well.” (It’s an estate sale, and the apartment contents are clearly being sorted through and set aside for family members.) Meanwhile, before the appointment I took one look at the gracious pre-war floor plan: an eat in kitchen, a fireplace, a living room that stretches for “miles,” a foyer, and tons of closet space and knew it could be the one.I mean really, can’t you just see it?! I can! The living room is large enough that we could put a long dining table in front of the windows, and a china hutch along the East living room wall. And omgosh -look in the kitchen- it wants an ‘L’ shaped dining banquette in front of the window! I see a blue and white floral seat cushion and lots of patterned scatter pillows. White cabinets and a BLUE range. BLUE! An AGA Legacy, perhaps? (Unfortunately, it seems the 6-4 has been discontinued!) Or maybe a Viking Range in Navy blue. YES!! I see it. I really, really do. Don’t you?I am not sure if the building would let me do this, but I might like to make the door in the kitchen non-operational. I’d situate the refrigerator on that wall, disguising it as an armoire with panels on the door. This would help make the kitchen feel less long and tunnel-like. On either side of the fridge, I’d do secondary glass front storage, with drawers down below. I might even finish this entire area in a warm wood tone – to differentiate it from the rest of the white kitchen cabinetry. Ideally I’d have an mirrored panel on the backs of the glass front cabinets to reflect light from the window on the North wall.Now comes the hard part – getting our hands on it! Things are moving at warp speed in the New York real estate market. If they are priced right, the apartments we saw on Monday are in contract by Friday. You not only have to move fast, but you also have to be educated about the market and right on when it comes to putting in an offer on a place. Only time will tell, but I think we’re the people that should bring this pre-war apartment back to it’s original glory!