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Tired of Waiting to Buy, They Redesigned Their Brooklyn Rental

November 29, 2023

Collection: Me and General Design
The New York Times
By Tim McKeough
Nov. 14, 2023

Cristina Casañas-Judd and General Judd thought they would live in the same home in Clinton Hill, Brooklyn, for the rest of their lives.

After renting the brownstone apartment for more than a decade and raising their two daughters, Najal, now 22, and Rafia, 13, there, the couple had started talking to their landlord about buying the building, and had even begun drawing up renovation plans. But after their landlord died in 2015, the remaining owner had a change of heart and the deal evaporated.

“It was devastating,” said Ms. Casañas-Judd, 52, who runs the interiors firm Me and General Design with Mr. Judd, 60. “My dreams were shattered, and I was just like, ‘I’ve got to go.’”

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