Springtime in the City

WELL. When I said I might be cutting back on blogging, I did not expect to take an 11-month hiatus. But here we are. I’m not sure if anyone’s still reading; regardless, I thought I’d give a little life update.

We live in Brooklyn now! We have the cutest little apartment in Carroll Gardens, which is the dreamiest of neighborhoods. Here’s the view of our street from our front door (taken in the summertime, obviously):

Carroll Gardens Brooklyn

Around when the neighborhood was founded, back in the 1800s, a law was passed that required all lots to leave 33 feet between the building and the street. Most of these spaces are used for gardens and courtyards, and the sidewalks are lovely and wide – very helpful for our skittish dog.

Carroll Gardens Brooklyn

It’s a heavily Italian area, which is just fine by us. (I have never eaten so much cheese in my life.) The neighborhood is almost perfect, except it’s almost an hour from both of our midtown offices. The commute will probably get old at some point, but for now, it’s worth it.

Brad got a job working for Marketplace (a company that produces shows and podcasts for public radio), where he started as an audio engineer and then got promoted to technical director. Around the same time as his promotion, I got hired as the social media editor for House Beautiful and Good Housekeeping.

House Beautiful masthead

I don’t want to get too deep into the schmaltzy dream-come-true aspect of it all, so suffice it to say, Brad and I are feeling pretty lucky right about now.

Let’s see, what else has happened since last May?

  • Brad singlehandedly sold and packed our house while I was up in New York, because he’s a BOSS.
  • I learned how to waterski.
  • I officially ended my 16-year stint as a redhead and chopped off all my hair. It was short and sort of blonde for a while; it’s now a bit longer and purple.

    Short textured bob
    Before and after - purple ombre hair

  • I tried 21 Day Fix for about 14 days and failed miserably.
  • I saw Hedwig & the Angry Inch with Taye Diggs and drooled all over myself. That man is gorgeous. Even as a woman. Especially as a woman.
  • We binged all of Gilmore Girls and fell hopelessly in love. Can you believe neither of us had seen it before?!
  • I flew to Texas to see my very wonderful cousin get married to a very wonderful man.
  • I nearly got my arm snapped off by a cranky sheep at the Prospect Park Zoo.
  • We tried Blue Apron and failed miserably.
  • We got really hyped up for our first northern winter, and then El Niño took it away from us. But at least this happened, and it was the happiest I’d been in a very long time:

    Winter Storm Jonas
    (Yes, that’s me lying in the snowbank, pondering the winter stars and wondering why I waited so long to get back up north.)

  • We saw Hamilton. Yes, it really is that good.
  • We went skiing/snowboarding, and I learned the true meaning of terror while careening down a very steep trail in the Catskills.

I think that covers it? I’d love to give a virtual tour of our apartment, but I’m a perfectionist and can’t bear the thought of sharing it before it’s “done.” (I may need to get over this. It’s a rental. It will never be done.) I have, however, compiled a few photos of areas that I don’t currently hate:

Pastel bedding with abstract art and tufted blue velvet headboard

Mid-century Asian-inspired dresser and round antique mirror

Apartment in Carroll Gardens Brooklyn

I’m hoping to be back around here more often from now on, and maybe some day, we’ll actually finish unpacking so I can show you the rest of our home. Fingers crossed.

So, what’s new with you guys?

*crickets crickets crickets*

P.S. Let’s be friends on Snapchat! I’m @stephsfisher.

The Big Move

OK! So! Six months after I first posted that Brad and I were dreaming of moving to New York, I’m so happy that the time to write this post has finally come. This is the post where I can announce: it’s happening! And it’s happening FAST.

Last week, I accepted a job at DecoratorsBest, an e-commerce company that sells designer fabrics and wallpapers direct to consumers (none of that “to the trade only” nonsense!). I’ll be the Digital Content Manager, which means I’m managing the content on the site, the blog, the bi-weekly newsletters and all social media platforms.

Decorators Best Logo

A few months ago, a friend asked me, “So, if you could find any job in New York, what would you be doing?” I essentially described this job – writing about home decor and design for web, social media and/or blogs – and I couldn’t be more thrilled that it’s actually going to happen. Of course, I hope you’ll all go sign up for the newsletter, subscribe to the blog, and follow DecoratorsBest on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest and Google+. THANKS!

I put in my two weeks notice at my current job this past Friday, and I start at DecoratorsBest on Tuesday, May 5. Eek!

While Brad stays here in Atlanta to finish up some of his work projects and get the house on the market, I’m subletting a room in an amazing loft in Greenpoint.

Greenpoint Mural
(Photo via GreenpointBrooklyn.com)

I’d always assumed Brad and I would live somewhere near Prospect Park, but my new job is in Midtown, so my South Slope dreams would mean a damn long commute. Nerp. Greenpoint is further north, pretty affordable, has great bars and restaurants, and has two dog parks. The only downside is that only one train goes there, and it happens to be the one train that doesn’t go into Manhattan. So, the sublet – which goes until June 21 – will help me figure out whether it’s a viable long-term option. I hope it is! I think I’m really going to love it.

Transmitter Park in Greenpoint Brooklyn
(Photo via Perfect Strangers of NYC)

We have a lot of home projects and cleaning to do before the house can go on the market, so between that and packing, the next week and a half are going to be insane. Oh, and Brad’s 30th birthday is next weekend and we have family visiting and several birthday outings planned. I’m a wee bit stressed. But all this craziness is for a very good reason, and overall, we’re really, really happy. Personally, I’m not letting myself think about leaving my wonderful friends and wonderful neighbors and wonderful house right now. I don’t have time to be devastated, you know?

With everything going on, it might be tough to find time for blogging – especially since I intend to put all my creativity energy into DecoratorsBest – but I’m sure I won’t be able to resist sharing updates about the apartment hunt and our new city. We also just finished refreshing our deck for The Home Depot Patio Style Challenge: Redux, so I’ll have that to share soon, too!

It might get a little quiet around here for a while, but I hope you’ll all still follow along.

So, got any tips for our big move? I’d LOVE to hear them!


I don’t know why, but all of a sudden, I really feel that I need a pair of silver oxfords. It’s not a logical desire, since we’re about to enter the six-month Georgia season in which wearing anything other than sandals is completely unbearable. But the heart wants what it wants.

Please view and admire my current favorites:

ASOS MUSTER Flatform Lace Up Shoes via Glitter and Goat Cheese

Forever 21 Metallic Faux Patent Leather Oxfords via Glitter and Goat Cheese
(Forever 21)

ASOS KG by Kurt Geiger Ludo Silver Leather Cork Flat Shoes via Glitter and Goat Cheese

Zara Metallic platform bluchers via Glitter and Goat Cheese

ASOS MARK IT UP Lace Up Shoes via Glitter and Goat Cheese

I’m leaning very strongly toward the Zara pair, but the last ASOS pair is less than half the price and is also amazing. DECISIONS.

Which ones do you like best?

Also, on a separate shoe-related note: can those of us who lived through the ’90s please agree to categorically reject the return of the Teva? Please? I can’t do this again. I just can’t.


New Season, New Face, New Floors

Happy allergy season, everyone! It’s not that I’m complaining about the warm weather – that would be inappropriate, given the plight of my family up north – but the flowers are FILLING my sinuses, and it’s a little unpleasant. If you need me, I’ll be hiding inside, clutching my bottle of Zyrtec.

This season is happy, though, because I feel like a new woman. After years of complaining, we finally replaced our gross carpet and tile with engineered hardwoods!

You may recall that it used to look like this:
Colorful living room and dining room via Glitter and Goat Cheese

And now it looks like THIS:
Stephanie Shore Fisher's living room with new hardwood floors and Lulu & Georgia Lalita rug (via Glitter and Goat Cheese)

I swear, a choir of angels bursts into jubilant song every time I walk into my house. We haven’t put the baseboards back in yet, so I’m waiting to write a full post until that’s done, but I just couldn’t resist sharing now. They look SO. GOOD. By the way, it’s obvious that when I say “we put in hardwoods” and “we need to put in the baseboards,” I mean my husband, right? Speaking of angels – that man is such a dreamboat.

So, beyond the new floors, I also feel like a new woman because I have a new eye! Or, a new eyelid, anyway. Remember the droopy eyelid (ptosis) I mentioned here? I got the repair surgery last month! Because before-and-afters are fun, here’s an extremely grainy and unflattering selfie from before Christmas (I CANNOT BELIEVE I’M POSTING THIS HORROR) and a more flattering selfie from last week:

Droopy right eyelid before ptosis surgery (via Glitter and Goat Cheese)

Stephanie Shore Fisher with a blunt bob (via Glitter and Goat Cheese)

The ptosis was MUCH more noticeable in person, but it’s still a pretty big difference, right? The after photo also displays my new blunt bob, and my newly grown-in and reshaped eyebrows (thanks to LiBrow and Alyson Howard-Hoag)! Like I said – new woman.

Oh, and I can’t forget – drumroll, please – my new purse:
See by Chloe Vicki Small Bucket Bag in Black (via Glitter and Goat Cheese)

Isn’t she gorgeous? It’s the small Vicki bucket bag by See by Chloe, and I got it during a double-sale at Bloomingdale’s. I always get a little panicky after a semi-large purchase, but I’m a carry-the-same-bag-every-day-all-year-long kind of gal, so it makes sense for me to invest in a quality piece. Plus, the scent of good leather makes me weak in the knees.

The littlest things can make such a big difference, and I’m feeling pretty good these days. I’m going for runs, washing my face every night, wearing heels … These things are all pretty good indicators of my emotional well-being. You guys must have things you only do when you’re in a good mental space, right? What are they?

Things are OK here in Atlanta, so we’re not in a massive rush to get up to New York, but we’d certainly like it to happen sooner rather than later. I’m still looking for a job, so if you know anyone in the entertainment or lifestyle industry who might want to hire a web editor/content manager, please send them my portfolio/resume site: stephanie-fisher.com. Alternatively, if you know of an opening for an audio engineer/sound editor, here’s Brad’s site: brad-fisher.com.

Ah! One more thing! I set up a Shop Glitter & Goat Cheese page with pictures of/links to all my favorite home, fashion and beauty products. Hope you’ll check it out!

Prewar in NYC: The Dream & the Design

When I dream of our possible future in Brooklyn, my dreams have a very specific aesthetic. Our home is a classic prewar brownstone, chock full of original details. The ceilings are high and the floorboards are wide. Light streams in through huge and plentiful windows. (Every room has a southern exposure, of course.) And our decor is an eclectic mix of mid-century lines, vintage accents and bold textiles.

You know – kind of like this.

The living room of Mike D's eclectic Brooklyn townhouse as featured in the New York Times
(Mike D’s Cobble Hill townhome via The New York Times)

I’m no fool. I know the hefty price tag a prewar brownstone commands, and I’m well aware that we’re more likely to end up in a dark, dank basement apartment. But that doesn’t mean a girl can’t dream.

Prewar, generally speaking, refers to apartment buildings built before World War II. If we’re being specific, anything built before World War I is pre-prewar, and buildings from before the Spanish-American war in 1898 are pre-pre-prewar. But when you take an overarching look at the architecture of New York living spaces from the 1850s to the 1940s, most of them share a few key characteristics.

The ornate, hand-carved moldings …

Kerri Russell 1860s Brooklyn townhome via Elle Decor
(Kerri Russell’s 1860s Brooklyn townhome via Elle Decor)

Bedroom in Hilary Robertson Brooklyn townhome
(Hilary Robertson’s Fort Greene townhome via The New York Times)

The sky-high ceilings …

Brooklyn Heights townhouse from Rum magazine via Dintelo
(A Brooklyn Heights townhome from RUM magazine, via Dintelo)

Michelle James 1890s Brooklyn brownstone via Remodelista
(Michelle James’ 1890s Brooklyn brownstone via Remodelista)

Manhattan brownstone by Jan Eleni Interiors
(A Manhattan brownstone by Jan Eleni Interiors)

Lena Corwin and Josh Dreier Fort Greene Italianate brownstone via Remodelista
(Lena Corwin and Josh Dreier’s late-1800s Fort Greene brownstone via Remodelista)

The massive windows …

Cobble Hill townhouse by Blair Harris Interior Design
(A Cobble Hill townhouse by Blair Harris Interior Design)

Hilary Robertson Brooklyn townhome
(Hilary Robertson‘s Brooklyn townhome again)

Christina and Simon Anderson 1890s Park Slope Victorian via The New York Times
(Christina and Simon Anderson’s 1890s Park Slope Victorian via The New York Times)

A marble mantelpiece with an arched antique mirror over it is basically my dream.

Ali Cayne Greenwich Village townhouse via Domino
(Ali Cayne’s Greenwich Village townhouse via Domino)

Throw in a crystal chandelier, and I’m in heaven.

Ali Cayne Greenwich Village townhouse with chandelier via Domino
(Ali Cayne’s townhouse via Domino again)

19th-century Park Slope brownstone by Roman and Williams via 6sqft
(19th-century Park Slope townhouse by Roman and Williams / photo via 6sqft)

In the absence of a massive mirror, a single piece of large-scale art can work, too.

Francesa Connolly 1890s Brooklyn brownstone via Elle Decor
(Remodelista‘s Francesca Connolly’s 1890s Brooklyn brownstone via Elle Decor)

Elspeth Benoit and David Bevan 1870s Cobble Hill townhouse
(Elspeth Benoit and David Bevan’s 1870s Cobble Hill townhouse via The New York Times

And don’t forget those solid wood floors.

Mike D Cobble Hill townhouse via The New York TImes
(Mike D’s townhouse again)

Fine. I’ll settle for parquet.

Boerum Hill apartment via Airbnb
(Daniel Kanter‘s 1890 Boerum Hill apartment – you can stay in this one!)

Brooklyn Heights townhouse dining room from Rum magazine via Dintelo
(Brooklyn Heights townhouse via Dintelo again)

Photo overload, I know. I’m sorry. I just can’t get enough. If you can’t either, you should check out my prewar Pinterest board.

So, what do you think? I’m betting you wouldn’t kick one of these brownstones out of bed, either. Anyone want to lend me a few million dollars?