From Pile Drivers to Pine Trees

What a busy year this has been and will continue to be for us and those near and dear. As much as we want to focus all our energy on our new home we can’t help but show our love and support for all the enormous life events happening with friends and family: showers, babies, and weddings galore! In the midst of all this excitement we have been savoring every precious moment we have at home adjusting to this slower life, having long discussions over which spaces to work on first, and getting out to explore our new surroundings.

Having transitioned one month ago from practically living in a construction zone to utter peace and quiet has been quite a treat. It is taking some getting used to since all the sounds we do hear now are those quirky creaks coming from the house and nature’s music right outside our windows. The most exciting part about the property has been watching the transformation of melting snow to new growth of flowers and budding trees. We’ll take the tranquility of being up on a hill surrounded by pine trees instead of pile drivers any day. Sheesh, what an upgrade!

Take a peek into our living room

Take a peek into our living room

The more time we spend hanging around the house the more we are starting to learn which spaces will be utilized the most. We are in love with our living room with adjacent screened porch and have decided that since the warmer weather is coming (although it seems to be taking its sweet time) we will probably be spending more time outdoors and want to concentrate on some of those prime spots. Ryan has been obsessively composting so we can get moving on planting our vegetable garden and I am really excited to start shopping for fun outdoor furniture pieces.

But first a detour! We just need to knock out a little trip to Italy to partake in my brother’s romantic Tuscan wedding. The perfect excuse to fill our very empty wine cabinet with delicious Italian reds, get inspired by the beautiful architecture and landscapes, and shop for unique finds to add to our home decor. Stay tuned as we journey through Milan, Bologna, Tuscany and lastly Lake Iseo - never heard of it? Check out these two articles that had us convinced:

Spring? Summer? Please be here when we get back!

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.

The Final Five

Our Brooklyn days are numbered, just 5 short ones until we close on our mid century gem! Fingers crossed that all goes smoothly. Up until now this house has been playing a game of “hard to get” and at this point we wouldn’t be surprised. I guess there is a greater appreciation for those things that are more difficult to obtain? So far this has been true. It seems so long since our offer was accepted (December) and we have since been waiting, eagerly impatient. Now it is creeping up super fast and these past few days of purging and packing have opened up the realness of it all. As I write this, in our almost empty room, I am feeling all of the feels. It is an emotional roller coaster for sure.

As I circle around all the things to miss - friends, traveling everywhere by foot/train, easy neighborhood hopping, the Park, incredible restaurants and bars right outside our door, ordering take out - the list goes on, I can’t help but feel comforted by thoughts of all the annoyances - construction/loud noises, trekking 4 flights of stairs, crowds, expensive lack of space, etc. - and all the reasons we made this decision.

In honor of our last 5 days, below are some of my favorite Brooklyn moments captured by photograph.

How will we spend these last 5? As I obsessively make lists of our last Brooklyn everything, my husband will be venturing off this weekend on a cruise for a friend’s bachelor party. I, on the other hand, will surely be soaking up the last bits of Brooklyn with friends, visiting all the favs and maybe finding some new ones, as this marks our last weekend residing here. (Oh and some more packing is also on the agenda, obviously.) Of course we will be back! There are too many reasons not to return and it sure as hell will not be the same, but isn’t that the point?

International Women's Day

This morning I woke up feeling empowered. Today is a day for honoring women and all that we have accomplished. I feel so blessed to have so many strong, independent and supportive women in my life. I’ve learned so much from all of them and I am inspired every day by their courage and power. Take a moment today to celebrate all those women who have helped shape us and motivate us to be who we are. 

Image Credit: The wonderfully talented Peggy Picot -  Maison Pestea Photography

Image Credit: The wonderfully talented Peggy Picot - Maison Pestea Photography

Hello! [& goodbye]

Welcome! I’m so excited to be starting this project. This is for all you city dwellers looking for motivation and inspiration to overcome the fear of moving outside of a city. Yes, it can be such a scary thought and yes, at times I thought it would never happen, but alas it has! After living in Brooklyn for over five years, my husband and I are heading North. Permanently. Both of us being native New Yorkers felt it was time to take a much needed break from city life and try something different. We couldn’t bring ourselves to leave New York entirely and the idea of leaving the city was traumatizing enough, so we explored many towns along the Hudson River and fell in love. After many exciting/exhausting trips and viewing countless houses, we finally found our home. Of course we are so nervous and so sad to say goodbye to Brooklyn with all it’s beauty and lovely conveniences, but we are beyond thrilled to start this new life in the Hudson Valley. We’ll be Brooklyn residents for just two more short weeks, so join us on our journey of discovering what this transition has in store…