a new city ... a new condo ... a new blog

So … who am I and why am I writing this blog? My name is Melissa and for years I have worked as a stylist, editor and all around storyteller at several national publications, including ELLE DECOR, VerandaHouse Beautiful, Martha Stewart Living, and Martha Stewart Weddings magazines. That's me, on the left there, "modeling" in a story on of my co-workerss at Martha produced. I recently re-located from Manhattan to Washington DC to be with my silly, loving, compassionate and supportive guy. The transition has not been easy, to say the least. I miss New York City terribly, I miss my job, I miss storytelling, and I miss all of my friends.

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a first real adult home

A few months ago, after we had just moved down to DC and were starting to search for a place to buy and both D and I had been casually looking at real estate listings (via the absurdly addictive RedFin app) in our downtime and popping in and out of open houses to check out what different neighborhoods were like and what the options were in our budget. We had a pretty clear idea of what our needs and wants were, and for the most part we totally agreed. We wanted a little bit of outdoor space, which living in the city, can be so important. Our last two apartments had been around 1,000 square feet, and it did not seem practical to live in anything smaller. I wanted a bathtub. We wanted maybe a small second bedroom and also maybe a powder room. And then I saw it. The perfect place that checked none of the above boxes. I think my rambling email to our realtor says it all:

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