Because who doesn't love a good 'before' shot, even after the big reveal? Witness my little opium den way back in 2008:
Two Japanese girls lived here in complete squalor; they fled the country, leaving tons of ballet flats, a stained papasan chair, and a Klimt poster. I still get their bank statements.
It's probably more of a testament to my mental illness than any muse-like vision that I took one look and thought This Place Has Potential! -- been doing that since birth -- but the price was right and you still can't beat the location. Plus the landlord agreed to let me renovate which is a trickier proposal than you might imagine. So what if I covered up a vestigial fireplace only to fake one on the opposite side of the room?
That gap in the floor marks where a room divider once stood. Yes, the Harajuku girls inhabited side-by-side 6x11 closets! What they lacked in housekeeping skills they certainly made up for in fortitude. Until they left.
Anyway please don't call Health and Human Services on me but I just had to show off!