When we shared the news about moving to NYC with our family and friends, they were excited, supportive and curious about our upcoming adventure! We got a lot of questions about where we would live and how much space we would have in a city known for its shoebox-sized apartments.
And I was asking myself those same questions. Some days I daydreamed about the roomy Greenwich Village apartment the girls from Friends called home. Other days I loved the idea of living in Soho or the Flatiron District (and a short walk from Eataly to feed those sudden gelato cravings).
The challenge we faced was finding a place in a desirable neighbourhood with more living space than what we had in our small Toronto condo, without paying the crazy high rent that comes with it. Dip into the travel fund to live close to Eataly? Or actually go to Italy? The answer was easy.
So we chose Jersey City, a 15-minute underground train ride from Manhattan where we have access to the waterfront, great restaurants and lots of living space. While our neighbourhood is still more expensive compared to similar areas of Toronto, our rent is reasonable enough that we don’t have to raid the travel fund. Ciao, Italy!
So, what kind of place did we get? Take a look!
We picked an 1100 square-foot loft-style apartment in a building that was converted from an old factory. We fell in love with its exposed brick wall, 12 foot ceiling, original wood beams and sliding barn doors.
We added warmth to the industrial-like space with furniture from CB2 and West Elm, tropical-inspired plants and artwork, and gold accents.
Blake loves having his own bathroom. He said something about me taking too long to get ready in the morning. Hmm…
And I love having so much kitchen space. Finally, a place to put my new stand mixer!
While the living room has a darker gender-neutral vibe, the master bedroom is more feminine with light-coloured pieces from West Elm, CB2 and Pottery Barn. Plus, it has a walk-in closet!
I’ve always wanted a gallery wall, so we created one above the bed with a tropical travel vibe as an ode to where we’ve shared some of our happiest memories together.
We chose a mix of artwork from Urban Outfitters, Minted and Rifle Paper Co. and used this guide to put it together.
Can you guess whose bathroom this is? A cheerful Kate Spade shower curtain and a colourful art print from Minted make getting up in the morning much easier!
Coming from a small one-bedroom condo, I love having a second bedroom with a large storage closet and room for a desk. We used a mix of furnishings featuring pieces we brought from Toronto and new finds.
My favourite detail is the vintage book collection on the desk shelves. Blake gave these books to me for my birthday because he knows how much I love to read. They’re classic stories I hope to share with my future children. For now, they give this room a little pop of colour and a lot of character.
I hope you enjoyed the tour!