After months and months, I am finally allowed to talk about the fact that we’re moving in October. If you know me at all, you know what a relief this is since I am the world’s worst secret keeper. (Seriously – don’t tell me secrets. I can’t handle the pressure.) John and I found an apartment in a sweet little brownstone near the Museum of Natural History, and we are so excited to be moving back uptown again. While I love our current apartment, and the four years we’ve been here have been nothing but wonderful, it’s very modern and a little bit sterile in some ways. I think John and I were both ready to get back into a brownstone – something with a little bit of charm and character. We lived in a brownstone before we moved into our current apartment, and loved it there. (Although we didn’t love the four flights of stairs we had to climb to get to it. The new place is the on the first floor. Hooray!) So when we started looking, we kind of knew exactly what we wanted, and amazingly we found it. (Though it was not an easy search. But that’s another story.)

I had a very transient life up until I moved to New York City in 2006. When someone asks where I’m from, it’s such a complicated answer. I always just say “North Carolina” since that’s where most of my family still lives and it’s easier than going into the whole story. But I’ve moved more times than I can count. Big moves – across the country and once over the ocean. On one hand, I’m so grateful for that. It instilled in me an intense love of travel and the ability to live pretty much anywhere and survive. On the other hand, I remember being so incredibly jealous of my classmates – of the homes they had lived in since birth and the friends they’d had since preschool. I always wondered what that would be like – to live one place your whole life, to never have to be the new kid. (It’s funny how many of the people I consider good friends grew up similarly – we understand each other.)

But ever since I moved to New York City, I knew this was the place I wanted to stay. This is the place I had always been looking for, and no place has ever felt like home the way this city has for me, and the Upper West Side in particular. I remember the first time I visited this neighborhood a few months after we moved to New York, and just knew we had to move up here. Six months later we did, and we haven’t left. But right now we’re on the fringe of the neighborhood, so I’ll be so happy to be back in the heart of it. I can see us living in this house for decades – something that thrills me and terrifies me simultaneously. But that’s what we wanted, to find a place that we could grow into and see ourselves living in for years to come. We wanted roots.

We are going to do a little bit of work inside, so I’m looking forward to documenting that process here, and doing a before/after. (By the way, what’s your favorite paint color? I don’t know why, but I can’t choose colors for the new house. I’m stumped.)

Last night, we had a few friends over for pizza and prosecco in the empty house. I looked around at my friends all sitting cross legged on my new livingroom floor, and the new house was pretty much instantly home, just like that. It was the first of what will hopefully be many, many happy dinner parties, and it was the perfect way to start our new life in our new home.

(Left: Our new diningroom  ||  Center: Our awesome friends  ||  Right: Prosecco corks)






  1. Emilia Jane
    Jul 25, 2012

    Seriously I am so stinking excited for you all!!!!

  2. Beth
    Jul 25, 2012


  3. Erin
    Jul 25, 2012

    Your house is BEAUTIFUL! Congratulations and have fun making it your home!!

  4. Kristin
    Jul 25, 2012

    Congratulations! I also love the upper west side, and I hope you guys will be deeply happy there for many years to come!

    The best paint colors I’ve used are Gobi Desert by Behr (a really great neutral beige –; Spiced Butternut by Behr (a warm, happy-but-not-overwhelming yellow that we used in our kitchen –; and Ryegrass by Sherwin Williams (a really nice bright green that we have in our bedroom, but which definitely needs two coats – Can’t wait to see all your improvements!

  5. Christy Tyler
    Jul 25, 2012

    You realize how flippin’ amazing this is right?! That you guys OWN A HOME in NYC?! It’s so grown up it kind of blows my mind. :) Also – it looks BEAUTIFUL! I can’t wait to see more before/after pics!!!! Those windows!!!

  6. Alethea Fitzpatrick
    Jul 25, 2012

    Yay – congrats! I’ll help you pick paint colors!

  7. Sarah
    Jul 25, 2012

    Congrats! The place sounds gorgeous! That area of the UWS is stunning!

    As for paint colors, I love Behr “Sea Rover.” I used it to paint our hallway and living room before we moved into our current apartment. This is an old photo, but here’s how it looks in daylight. ( It’s definitely bold and not for everyone, but I find it really calming.

  8. Elissa
    Jul 25, 2012


  9. Abbey
    Jul 25, 2012

    That looks like an amazing apartment. Congratulations!!!

  10. Shane Hawk
    Jul 25, 2012

    So happy for you two and can’t wait to see more pictures! Congrats!!

  11. Ang
    Jul 30, 2012

    Belated congrats! I love grays (with more bold colors in little nooks and crannies), because it’s classic, clean, but can still be warm and inviting. Plus, you can change the whole feel of the room with furniture and accessories. Benjamin Moore makes some amazing grays.

    But mainly CONGRATS! I can’t wait to see what you do with it.