Some of you may know that for the past three and a half years I have lived in Hoboken, New Jersey. Growing up in England, it was always my dream to one day work in New York City and in 2014 an exciting opportunity came up which gave me the chance to live out that dream. I packed my suitcases, said goodbye to my little studio in Dublin (where I had been living for nearly 5 years) and hopped on a plane to the ‘Big Apple’. Was it everything I hoped for and more? Absolutely! It was the most incredible experience and I truly loved every second of it. Over the past year, however, Joe and I started to get itchy feet, we were ready for a lifestyle change, a different pace, and more space.
We had visited Charleston, South Carolina on a number of occasions and instantly fell in love with the city and surrounding areas. From the moment we touched down on a visit several years ago we knew that one day we would move here. So a month or two ago when a new opportunity came up with a tech company in the Charleston area, we jumped on it… and now here we are! We’re three weeks into living in this beautiful city surrounded by beaches, palm trees and are happier than ever. While the temperature isn’t quite the Autumn weather I’m used to, I’m loving the warmth while still getting to see the leaves on the trees change colour. I’m so excited about this new chapter of our lives and to share new projects with you on Paper Vines from here in Charleston!
With just two weeks to go until our move, we decided to brave the weekend crowds and get as much furniture and pieces crossed off our list as possible. While trying to buy everything in one go was a little overwhelming (manoeuvring two shopping carts through Ikea on a Sunday contributed to this!), here are a few of the fun finds that made it all worthwhile…
- Okuno Measuring Cups
- Knipsa Basket
- Steel Food Storage Rack
- Nolmyra Easy Chair
- Norden Occasional Table
- Strosa Plates
- Eivor Throw
- Fejka Plant / Kardemumma Plant Pot
- Ofelia Blanket
- Kallax Shelving
- Tertial Work Lamp
- Kivik Sofa in Isunda Grey
While I put together a few new posts, I wanted to share a snapshot of my spring in Hoboken / NYC. It’s been an incredible two months settling in here and I’m constantly overwhelmed with how many new things there are to do here and incredible places to explore!
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Next week marks two months since I said goodbye to the green pastures of Ireland and landed on my two feet in Hoboken, New Jersey. An adjustment to say the least, I swapped a quaint cottage office by the canal for the hustling bustling streets of Times Square, New York. So while settling in to the new job and elbowing my way through the competitive world of apartment hunting in Hoboken (we’ll be moving in to this charming red bricked building June 1st!), this blog got put on the back burner but I’m officially back in the blogosphere and excited to see what the next few months hold!
After a crazy few days of jet lag and unpacking I’m starting to feel pretty settled in Hoboken. Whilst crashing in an apartment with three boys is interesting to say the least, I’m excited to start the apartment hunt process! In the mean time, I’m in Pinterest overdrive… light walls, dark walls?
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I love the idea of light living rooms walls with a bright kitchen and this solid dark wall from Colby Burlingame’s Atlanta Apartment Tour on the Everygirl, perhaps something that I wouldn’t have considered before. A huge difference between moving in to an apartment here versus back in Dublin or London is that here they all come unfurnished which is rarely the case back home, so it’s an exciting process, moving in to a new place and being able to decorate from scratch!