I am extremely excited to announce that as of next Sunday, I will be a New York City resident! I recently got word that Amanda Nisbet Design has offered me a position to join their firm as their newest designer. Working alongside one of my all-time favorite interior designers in the city that never sleeps feels like a dream come true. And while I might have to tough it out in a tiny studio apartment for the foreseeable future, going to work won't be terrible when our office looks like this:
After 5 incredible years in Houston, I felt like it was time to make a change. It's always been in the back of my mind that I'd love to go to NYC for a few years to experience the creative world there and hone my skill set as a designer in a fast-paced environment. And now just felt like the right time for me to make that move. I'm thrilled, but also a bit nervous. Everyone seems to be preparing me for the worst (out of love, I'm sure)- "you know you will most likely have to send your laundry out, right?" "you know how expensive the cost of living is there, right?" "you know this isn't Sex and the City, right?" All very valid points, and I do know adjusting to life and culture in NYC will take time... but I'm so thrilled to get to know the city on a deeper level and give my new firm and career everything I've got. Worst case scenario- I realize the city isn't for me and I return to Houston with my tail tucked between my legs, only better for the experience. I will say that everyone seemed to think I would hate Houston when I was preparing to move here from Oklahoma City. "The traffic is terrible, and the humidity is even worse" were common remarks made by well-intentioned acquaintances and friends. Maybe coming to Houston with such low expectations allowed me to truly fall in love with this city all on my own. I hope you'll follow along (on instagram too!) as I learn how to pare down my decor from a 2,000 square foot townhouse to a 400 square foot studio apartment. I think first on the list is switching out my kind bed for a full or queen bed, and I have my eye on this one.
Tomorrow I'll be sharing some studio apartment inspiration. Small does not have to mean lifeless or drab- you just have to get a little more creative. :)