House Hunters Goes to Brooklyn

Matt and I have been watching a lot of House Hunters recently. Not only is this show entertaining but I consider it research. I’ve learned about curb appeal, the difference between Tudor and a modern contemporary style and that everyone wants an open concept floor plan. And its all been leading to this moment.

Now, let’s not get excited — we are not looking to buy a house. But we are ready to do what most newly married couples do when they live in New York…

Move to Brooklyn!

Matt and I have been talking about this for a while and both agree that this makes sense. And don’t worry — we will actually be closer to our favorite 3rd wheel, Kinsella, after the move. So after watching House Hunters nearly every night for a month, we figured we were ready. I spent a few hours on Craigslist, made a few appointments and took the subway over to Williamsburg.

Unfortunately, after looking at a couple places, the reality of the challenge set before us has set in. We’ve only seen a couple placing, but they are depressing. They are small. They are expensive. And we didn’t experience that magical feeling that overcomes the people on House Hunters every single episode.  I mean, you never see an episode where they hate all three options.

Maybe Matt and I need to apply to be on the show…. What do you think? Would we be entertaining enough for the HGTV audience? The good news is that once we do find a place, thanks to Design Star, I will certainly know how to decorate it!

If anyone has any apartment hunting advice – please let me know!

What have I created?

Matt came home late tonight and while h missed a delicious home cooked dinner by none other than myself, he saved room for fresh strawberries for dessert. I had been watching HGTV when Matt came home and at 10pm, House Hunters came on. Typically, Matt comes home and immediately start channel surfing trying to find something better than Cupcake Wars, Toddlers & Tiara or some other trashy show that I am inevitably watching. But tonight, it was a different story.

Matt was immediately captivated at the massive square footage that 350,000 dollars can get you in Texas. His amazement soon turned into jealously displayed in the form of a temptertantrum. However, the bowl of strawberries that I placed in his lap soon distracted him.

As I was loading the dishes into the dishwasher, I started to ask Matt about his day…

“Matt, how was your day? Why did you have to work late”

“It was… ummm… give me a second. This is like the crucial part…”

Needless to say, the couple that was house hunting for the last 25 minutes was about to make their decision and Matt needed to hear this one – without distractions (and by distractions I mean me!) He normally only reserves this level of concentration for True Blood and Game of Thrones.

Maybe watching tv together isn’t a good idea.

Return to Glory

No, this is not another post about Notre Dame football. This is a blog to proclaim that my life will be complete again on Monday September 19.

The return of the Sing Off could not have come at a better time. With the season finale of Design Star just one week away, I was starting to worry. Currently, every Monday from 9-10pm, I sit in my bedroom watching Design Star. Sadly, Matt doesn’t share my passion for David Bromstad and interior decorating (weird, right?). So, I am forced to retreat into the bedroom and text my sister every 3 minutes about the ongoings of the show. The thought of not having this special bonding time is something that I don’t even want to think about.

Well, with the return of The Sing Off, thankfully I don’t have to face those challenging times. And this time around it will be even better. Although we don’t have David Bromstad to watch, we will have Nick Lachey. And Matt will most likely participate in this family fun since he has a massive NGC (non-gay crush) on Mr. Lachey.

It is so nice when you have so much to look forward to in your life. Man, I am one lucky duck.

New Blog Crush

Yesterday I was introduced to a new blog by my lovely co-worker Laura. Delight by Design is a blog that scours the internet collecting some of the best design photos out there. The writer, Blair, looks for ways to inject design elements into every nook and cranny of your space. Now, I am not sure if she has to ability to produce beautifully designed rooms, but she definitely has to eye to find them. For that reason I would like to nominate her for next season’s Design Star.

I am unbelievably inspired by her posts. And while they are light on the text, the incredible pictures she finds certainly make a statement. My one complaint is that you aren’t always able to tell where you can buy the products featured in her pictures requiring me to spend time googling the things I like. Thankfully, I am pretty much a professional googler.

Matt and I added a little design to our apartment over the weekend by finally hanging some pictures in our bedroom. My next step is to 1. buy some sort of new blanket/duvet cover combo and 2. figure out a way to remove the bachelor pad painting that is hanging above our bed without Matt noticing.

I am debating how much effort I want to invest in decorating our apartment considering we are most likely moving next July. What do you think? Is it worth the effort?

My HGTV Crush

I have only been married for 1 month and I already have a new man in my life… David Bromstad.

After spending an entire day with him last week during a “Color Splash” marathon, I must confess… I am in love with David. Not only is he super cute and has an addictive personality, but he is talented as well. The rooms that he transforms on his tv show are amazing. I love everything he does! He inspires me to step outside my Crate and Barrel comfort zone and take risks.

Now, not only can you see David on his tv show “Color Splash” but on Monday nights, he appears on the HGTV reality show “Design Star.” This is the show that launch his career forward after he won to design contest. This year, David will be serving as the mentor to this year’s contestants, offer advice and a friendly smile.

Matt and I just re-signed our lease for another year in our current apartment. With all the wedding planning, we didn’t have enough time to really look and see what else is out there. And while I really do like where we live, I am getting a little tired of it. I want to start fresh, with a new blank canvass to decorate. So now, I will dedicate the next 12 months to finding that perfect place. Let’s just hope it comes with two bedrooms, some outdoor space and an inexpensive monthly rent! And when I find it, I am going to invite my new BFF David over to help me get started!

Hey, a girl can dream, right?

House Hunter

Growing up, I lived in the same town from the time I was born right through high school. We moved from a small cape house into my parent’s current house when I was about 5 years old. I was young enough when we moved that I don’t remember much about that process, and I am certain, I wasn’t much help to my parents during it.

After graduating college, I moved to Boston and got to experience the fun of searching for an apartment. The process didn’t take too long and I liked adventuring to different areas of the city. I lived in the same apartment for two years before moving to NYC.

When I moved to the “big apple” I tried to convince Abby that would could find a better apartment than the one she had been living in. Boy was I wrong! After looking at 4-5 places that were smaller than the bathroom I had in Boston, I decided that her place, although old and very far north, was the best we could do on our limited budget. Obviously, we had a great time living together – it didn’t matter where the apartment was or what it looked like.

After moving out, Matt and I were lucky enough to find our current apartment right away. It was a newly constructed building and we got a great deal since construction wasn’t totally complete when we moved in. Although Matt was almost taken to small claims court because he refused to pay our broker the “fee” (yes, he is THAT stubborn), it was a great move. We have now been there for just over a year and just renewed our lease for another year. 

While I would love to buy our own place, and put some of skill to use that I have learned from watching hours and hours of HGTV, it isn’t very realistic since the average place of an apartment in New York City is more than 1.6 million dollars. so until that time I will watch House Hunters, My First Place and Property Virgins on HGTV. At least then, when the time comes for Matt and I to buy a place, I will be fully prepared!

I posted last week that Abby got a new job that will require her to move to Virgina. The area that she will be moving to doesn’t have a lot of places to rent, as it is fairly residential. This means the she will be in the market for a new house. We spend part of day looking online at places online. I found one that I immediately fell in love with: two bedrooms, two bathrooms, newly renovated, a back deck, multiple skylights, a fireplace, and a white picket fence!

Without even seeing the place in person, I was sold. I sent the link to Abby and she shared in my excitement. Unfortunately, after reading the fine print, she informed me that my dream house was in an “active living” community for adults 55+.

Hmmm, maybe I should spend more time watching HGTV to better hone my house hunting skills. Or maybe I should just stop having the same taste as senior citizens.