it happened! it finally happened! we moved into our new apartment here on the upper west side earlier this week and it’s been a crazy few days as we have started getting settled. we are so so very excited about this next chapter in this new space and i keep pinching myself that we’re actually still here in the city and have a little extra room to wiggle around in.
it was such a bittersweet day as we moved everything out of our old little space and i had this frog in the back of my throat for much of the morning. walking through that space all empty and bare was rather difficult for me. we’d been in there for the past 5 years… moving in when eleanor was just 18 months and samson just 2 months old. we brought conrad home as a fresh newborn baby to that apartment. the memories! we had definitely outgrown it, but it felt more like home than any other space josh and i had ever had together, and it treated us so well during our time there. i feel like our family really bonded in such a beautiful way in that little apartment and i feel like i left a tiny bit of my heart there on tuesday as we packed it all up and moved it all out. side note: you probably won’t believe this, but as it was emptied out and josh and i walked through it by ourselves at the end of the day, there was an echo as we talked! such a tiny space, but it looked and felt rather spacious all of the sudden. i mean, if you have an echo in there. ;)
as you can see from the photo above, we aren’t totally unpacked in our new apartment. we are actually working with our landlord right now on a few kitchen updates so all of our kitchen appliances and kitchen boxes are currently in the room pictured above while they finish the floors in the kitchen. we’d hoped to have it all finished before move in day, but you know how it goes! it’s been a rather fun adventure though the past few days living on take-out and a few groceries that don’t need any preparation. hopefully very soon we’ll have our kitchen back and we’ll be able to get the last of everything into its proper spot and place. we are turning the room in the top photo into a big playroom for the kids (it’s originally a dining room, but we don’t need a separate dining room since we have space in the kitchen for our table.)
a few photos from our moving day…
felt appropriate to take a jumping picture after we loaded up the truck with all of our things! also, the biggest thank you to roadway moving for helping us out with our big move! these guys had my piano down our walk-up stairs and into our new apartment in a heartbeat and i could not believe it. they were also the nicest with my kiddos who really wanted to be a part of it all and help (and kind of be in the way, lol) but it was sweet to see how patient the movers were with them. anyway, i’ve heard enough horror stories about moving experiences in the city and i’m just so thankful for these guys and how professional and quick and kind they were.
and. we’re. in!!!!!!
this kid, serenading us all as we unpacked everything. haha!
so you might have caught this whole sofa thing go down on my insta stories earlier this week, but it was such an experience! i had to share a few photos! the short story…. josh and i really wanted a sofa sleeper for this next apartment but it was nearly impossible to find one that fit through our front door (which is even narrower than the normally narrow nyc apartment door since the building is over 100 year old) and find one that was also really comfortable to sit on. on our drive up to lake george in june, we stopped by restoration hardware in greenwich connecticut and sat down on this sofa together. we kept joking the rest of the drive up to lake george, because we can NEVER come to an agreement that quickly when it comes to furniture. but within 5 minutes of walking into the store, we sat on this sofa and agreed on a leather swatch and bought it. we both were like, ” did that really just happen?!” because it was amazing, and i highly doubt that sort of easy decision making will ever happen again.
BUT, here’s the best part of the story. we knew it wouldn’t fit through our door frame and we knew we’d have to get creative getting it into our space. #newyorkliving josh did a bunch of research on yelp and found the couch surgeon who had really good reviews and basically takes the sofa entirely apart and then brings in the pieces and puts it back together inside. and so we hired him and watched it all go down as he tore apart the sofa (i had to look away once he brought out the saw and started cutting the wood frame.) but within a few hours, we had our sofa looking good as new in our space and we could not be happier! i was like, “josh, we are crazy new yorkers!” anyway, josh says we will have to live here the rest of our lives and die on this sofa after all the work it took to bring it in. honestly, i’m okay with that! (although fabio, the couch surgeon, said he’d take it all apart again whenever we’re ready!) but can we talk about skills!? like, this guy is unbelievable and basically a magician. i was in such awe watching this go down.
moving into a little bit of a bigger space but ironically one with smaller closets. i swear our last apartment had mary poppin closets that just kept going higher and higher and further and further back once you’d step inside. i’ve been downsizing all my stuff like a mad woman and got a big armoire for our room to try to fit the remainder in. i gave josh the closet in our bedroom because i’m really anxious to conquer the challenge of finding a way to make it all work with my armoire. obviously it’s overstuffed right now, but i’m gonna get there, you guys. just wait!
so excited to start making this space home! and now comes to the part where we try to figure out just how exactly to turn the shower knobs in the bathroom to get that water temperature just right, and how to find our way to the kitchen in pitch black to grab some water late at night (or a snack, let’s be real). it always takes me a good long while to start feeling settled, but i’m anxious and excited to have a go here and really make it a home.
i can’t wait to share more of it with you as we begin to settle in. thank you for all of the kind words and love you’ve shared this week with me on social media!