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Up on Primrose Hill

Happy December to you all! We’ve been keeping busy, but especially so getting the house decked out for the holidays. Usually around this time of year I just feel so stressed trying to beat the crowds, schlepping through the subway, the pressure of getting all my shopping done and I become a “scrooge” as my husband would say, but this year it feels different. It’s exciting. Our first Christmas in our new house. We’re starting our own traditions and making this home more us, which makes this year particularly special. One of those new traditions is cutting down our Christmas tree at a tree farm. This is not something Ryan or I grew up doing and with so many farms up here in the Hudson Valley it feels so good to contribute to the local community while taking in the beautiful scenery.

Since we’re newbies to the area a little research led us to Saltsman Christmas Tree Farm in Rhinebeck. We had our hearts set on going here. Ryan and I have consistently changing work schedules and we sometimes tend to do weekend activities on weekdays, so we were pumped to know we could visit on a Monday. We were all set driving through the smokey dense fog and when we pulled up to the long driveway there was a sign hanging, “Sorry, we’re closed”. We were crushed and soon after learned that most farms are closed during the week, especially on a Monday. We almost gave up and were going to postpone to later in the week until we found Primrose Hill Tree Farm. We took a chance and upon arrival found ourselves feeling slightly spooked since we were the only people there. Even the owners were missing and left a note stating to serve yourself! We were already so invested so that’s just what we did, served ourselves and it was perfect. Eerily beautiful with the weather in a foggy state, old red barns scattered around the property and the best part no crowds. It felt like we were in the English countryside and had all the trees at our disposal.

I immediately sighted a gorgeous Concolor Fir - the one with the long eyelash-like needles. It was perfect, but of course we had to roam around to scope out the rest. Very unprepared with no gloves and water soaked shoes we circled back to the first one, chopped it down and gave it a home. Standing close to 11 feet tall, we managed to do all the heavy lifting, netting and tying to the car ourselves. Quite an experience and a strong start to the holiday season with the initiation of this new tradition. Next year, gloves and waterproof shoes are a must!

(Side note: The history of the farm is incredible - read it here.)

the MOVE

There has been a little lull since my last post, but will surely be picking up some momentum now that we have MOVED. We did it, we made this leap into homeownership and I have to say it feels pretty damn good. My last weekend in Brooklyn turned out to be an epic send off as I made the neighborhood rounds and hit up some fantastic spots. The can’t be missed usual favorites included brunch at Buttermilk Channel and drinks at June, while the highlights were a phenomenal dinner at Olmsted, a delightful cocktail at the freshly new Elsa Bar and a lovely evening stroll through Brooklyn Bridge Park. Olmsted is currently THE restaurant in Brooklyn right now and for good reason. The food is delicious and unique, the staff is super attentive and there is a cozy (heated) backyard garden for savoring playful desserts such as s’mores and spiked hot chocolate. I could write a whole post just on this restaurant alone (hmm…). Elsa Bar is brand new and a must visit in Cobble Hill. It was designed by Home Studios (as was June), clearly an obsession of mine, and is beautiful. The cocktails are organized by spirit of choice and are very creative. If you’re not into cocktails don’t worry they have a nice beer and wine selection as well! Lastly, the sunset stroll through Brooklyn Bridge Park can only be described via the photo below.

Goodbye Brooklyn, you will be dearly missed!

Goodbye Brooklyn, you will be dearly missed!

Ah, closing day…the most exhilarating part of this entire process. This literally is the day you become the rightful new owner of the house and it was quite a whirlwind as papers fly at you to sign and you sit there feeling like you are taking a precious piece of someone’s life away from them. Obviously you aren’t (unless they are being forced to sell), but there are definitely polar opposite emotions happening at that table. Thankfully it was seamless and fast! By 12 PM we were homeowners and a week and a half in it still feels so surreal.

Moving day…although equally exhilarating, was rough to say the least. Did I mention we (and when I say “we” I mean my husband) have a 90 gallon saltwater fish tank? Yes, that was in our 4th floor walk up in Brooklyn and somehow made its way safely into our new home. No need to really dwell on the painful specifics of how the move went, just know that it went and is now over.

Now for the good stuff…this project. The house we purchased is the first space that I can actually call my own and as an interior designer, a space I can finally take on as a personal project. It is a beautiful Mid-Century Modern ranch built in 1970 with great architectural details and amazing potential. Just to clarify, residential design is not necessarily my forte, which is why this might be somewhat of a challenge, but one that I am totally up for! So bear with me as I explore my residential design style, brush up on some photography skills, adjust to Hudson Valley life and learn what it takes to write this blog.