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!

The New York Trip

Happy almost-Thanksgiving, everyone! Brad and I aren’t traveling this year, because a) Brad is working The Stuffing tonight, and b) we just got back from New York on Sunday night.

We had SO much fun staying in Brooklyn. The apartment we rented was right across from Fort Greene Park, which is very pretty and full of dogs and white birches.

Fort Greene Park in Brooklyn via Glitter and Goat Cheese

The neighborhood of Fort Greene is pretty great, too. We stayed right on the border by Downtown Brooklyn, so at first, we were like, “This is the charming little hood that we keep hearing about?” Then we walked a bit further east and got the attraction. Adorable.

Fort Greene neighborhood via Glitter and Goat Cheese

Fort Greene street via Glitter and Goat Cheese

Our first day there, we walked from Fort Greene to Prospect Heights to Park Slope, saw Prospect Park briefly and got sushi at a place called Yamato. We both ordered a lunch special that included two sets of eight-piece rolls, soup and salad for $10. We literally could not stop talking about it. Who says New York is expensive?! OK, I’m kidding, but seriously, there are deals to be had.

Other highlights included amazing Italian meals at Broccolino (ORDER THE BRUSSELS SPROUT SALAD), visiting friends in Carroll Gardens and Greenpoint, lattes in Park Slope, dinners in Cobble Hill and Bushwick, a show in Gowanus and a visit to the Winter Flea in Crown Heights, during which I ate a magical burger with a bun made of ramen noodles.

This is my ramen burger. It's a lot more appetizing in person than it looks in this photo.

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We packed in a lot. I haven’t walked so much since … well, I’m actually not sure. My legs have felt like rubber since we got back. Despite the exhaustion, though, it was just really refreshing to see old friends and feel the cold on our faces.

Donuts with a view.

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The point of our trip, I guess, was to answer the question, “Could we live here?” And generally speaking, the answer is yes. Getting around is fine – I wouldn’t say I’m a huge subway fan, but I’m not a huge driving fan, either, and at least you can ride the subway drunk. (Priorities.) The prices are frightening, but we could adjust. The cold is frigging fantastic. I was a little worried about feeling trapped without a car, but obviously, that was a silly concern, considering how much is available on every block.

Still, though, I worry about the apartment situation. What we learned is that we don’t really want to live in an up-and-coming/was-dangerous-a-couple-years-ago-but-isn’t-so-bad-now neighborhood. We walked around a couple, and our suburban sensibilities just weren’t prepared. Baby steps, people. So, that’s fine – there are tons of quieter, safer neighborhoods – but unless we want to commute for 45+ minutes, that probably means sacrificing space, which is terrifying. Our house has three bedrooms and eight closets. And they’re all FULL. Adjustments will have to be made. I think it’s probably worth it, though, just for the $10 sushi specials alone. And the bagels.

So, that’s the trip recap. Now, Thanksgiving time. This year, I’m thankful for options. If I find an amazing job in New York, we can get up and go, and that alone is something to appreciate, I think.

Savannah Sunburn

I’m back from Savannah! What’s that? You didn’t know I even left? That’s OK. It all happened so fast. One minute, I was scrambling to finish a boatload of work, and the next, I was eating broiled sea scallops at a riverside restaurant called Tubby’s Tank House.

This was my first time visiting Savannah, despite the fact that I’ve lived in Georgia for four years now, and I loved it! The Hubs and I made the drive with my mom and her fiancé, who were visiting from Connecticut. We scarfed down seafood, sampled local cocktails, walked down River Street, and soaked up the sun on Tybee Island. … Maybe just a little too much sun. Every single one of us was sunburned.

Brad Steph - Tybee Island Beach

You can’t see it yet in this photo, but I was in the middle of roasting my chest so badly it actually blistered. I know. I’m way too old for that, and I should have known better. I feel really, truly stupid. Also, I’m not sure why I look six months pregnant in that photo. I swear I’m not keeping anything from you guys. Incidentally, how do you like my new fedora?! I’m not sure if straw fedoras are cool anymore, but I still love them.

We shopped a little bit in the City Market area, and I definitely need to share my souvenirs with you all at a later date – particularly a certain geological structure that I’ve been lusting after for a very long time. I shall take pictures this weekend, perhaps, but until then, I’ll just leave you with this lovely family photo of the four of us by the Savannah River.

Steph Brad Grace Rob - Savannah River

Did I mention you can walk around outside with alcoholic beverages there?! I LOVE SAVANNAH.

What nearby touristy area have you been avoiding? Come on, we all have one – YOU SHOULD GO!