The Pottery Barn on Broadway and 67th Street boarded up its storefront ahead of the election, and one resident figured she’d try to make the storefront look a little less imposing.
Artist Elyssa Dorf, who lives around the corner from the store, asked the manager if she could paint something on the boards.
“I am a graphic designer and artist and I live on the upper west side,” she told us. “After walking by Pottery Barn’s boarded up windows every day I finally got the guts to go in and ask the store manager to let me paint up the boarded windows. It took a couple levels of approval, all the way up to the CEO level. However I was approved to paint as long as I provided my own supplies and stuck within their theme of ‘gnomes’ for the festive season. It was a volunteer experience, but so worth it to see how much happier it has made myself and my neighbors.”