Tuesday, March 22, 2016

We Moved To Oregon

This is our new bedroom in our rental bungalow in Portland, OR. We had to put 5 coats of paint on the walls to cover the vibrant sunburst yellow that this room (and the rest of the house) was painted, but now we have a simple, quiet, clean space to rest. It's not perfect, a bit make shift still, but it's the room in the house that feels most like us, like home. The living room and dining room are coming along. The bathroom and the kitchen... Really, no amount of paint can save those outdated and ill-designed rooms. It's ok, it's just a rental.

We've just been here a few months, and the process of transition is challenging. I miss my friends, I miss my routines, I miss my comfort zone. But starting in a new place is also exciting and the exploration of a new town feels adventurous. Laying new sturdy and supportive roots for ourselves, whether socially or professionally, will take time, but there have been so many immediate lifestyle benefits that carry us through and keep us feeling that we made the right choice. We have a 1600 sq. ft. house with a detached two car garage that is bigger than our 300 sq. ft. apartment in Brooklyn was. YES. Our GARAGE is bigger than our APARTMENT was in NY. We are planting a vegetable garden and you can grow food during more of the year here since the weather is milder. We should have our first harvest of peas and radishes (hopefully lettuce too!) in just a couple of weeks. We have basic amenities that most people take for granted but are hard to come by in NY; a dishwasher, a washer and dryer in our basement, a fireplace. The cost of living is lower. The pace is slower. People smile more.

I do love NY. There is no where else in this country like it and the energy and inspiration the city generates drives me. I need it. But I am so glad to be able to visit on my terms now. I'm back frequently for work which keeps me continuing to build a career I am proud of, allows me to see my friends, eat all the great food, enjoy the city as a visitor. Feel its luster but not its burden. And when it all starts to feel a little exhausting, it's usually about time to come back to my new, more restorative home.

Moving and adjusting is hard. It's a long process. When I'm bored and missing my friends on a Friday night in Portland; Or dragging myself out of bed at 3am to catch an early flight and spending countless hours on planes and in airports; Or sleeping on couches and living out of a suitcase between friend's places in NY, I try to remind myself that there is a balance. I'm not sure I've found it yet. But somehow, I am figuring out how to get the best of both worlds.










Photography by Scott Rounds

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  1. Just discovered your blog via Instagram! This post sounds really inspiring and hope to read more about your transition to the PNW soon! I live in Seattle and have been to NY once and love it! So much that I'm considering maybe living there to see what it's like. You mentioned that you no longer feel the burden of living in NY and can enjoy more of its luster. Is it due to the whole "making it in NYC" mentality? Just curious about that. Either way looking forward to all your photos and work on here and IG!

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    1. Hi Linda! Thanks for your comment! It wasn't the mentality, I am a motivated person, so making it wasn't a problem for me. It's just an expensive and aggressive place to live. I was ready for more balance, a lifestyle that allows for more personal space and interaction with nature.

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  2. Kira, I've been enamored with your entire bedding aesthetic since I first saw it on your Instagram, and coming across it again now, I must ask: where is that divine fringed throw on the foot of the bed from, and those patterned sheets/pillowcases? Love, love, love! Thank you!

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    1. Thanks, Katie! They're all from different places. The blanket from Portugal, the sheets are Target and Matteo, the duvet is Matteo, the quilt is West Elm, and the throw pillows are Orishibori!

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