Since March, I’ve been asked many times if my husband and I are going to leave New York–understandably so, as many of our friends and colleagues have left New York this year, whether moving closer to family, to warmer climates, or to different states for more floor space, and I wholeheartedly respect their decision. I would never judge anyone for how they have coped and continue to cope with 2020.
But honestly, it never even crossed our minds to leave.
Besides the fact that I am from Cape Town, South Africa and moving “home” is not even an option, we always knew we would stick it out here in The Big Apple. Yes, the city has been through so much, but it is NOT dead. I still feel lucky to live here, happy to support the small businesses that bring little doses of joy to our daily lives with a hot latte, a new book, or a comforting dinner.
This year truly broke our hearts, but opened our eyes. My husband and I did a lot of reflecting in quarantine, since, you know, we had the time. And after so many months in our cozy but small apartment, we knew we wanted to stay in our city but with more space. Not only for more square footage to get some steps in but for a fresh atmosphere, and more breathing room for our mental health.
So, I set out on a little search to see what I could find in our budget. Unsurprisingly, it’s a good time to move in New York, as so many residents have temporarily or permanently left. After looking at a couple of buildings, I stepped into the apartment that is now ours, and the moment I looked up and saw the incredible light beaming through the epic industrial windows–I was sold. There are so many things I love about this new place, but the view of the water and Manhattan is my favorite.
I have never had any kind of spectacular view, in any home I’ve lived in. I wish I could show you some of the apartments I have lived in my life to contrast this new one. When I left home at eighteen tomove to London, I lived in so many tiny, awkward probably-not-legal-to-rent rooms. When my husband and I moved to our first apartment in America, he couldn’t believe how thrilled I was to have air conditioning for the first time in my life. I felt like a princess. We had to move out of that apartment in under a year because our upstairs neighbor was a dominatrix and the noise was a bit much, but that’s a story for another time.
My point is, this is by far the most amazing place I have ever lived, and in a lot of ways it feels like a new chapter for my husband and I after a very tough year.
I am so excited to share the move and decorating process with you, and can’t wait to create even better content for you within these new walls.
I will be posting a video tour this week on my IG so make sure you are following me @ Cheralee Lyle.