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!