I believe in the importance of making a house a home, whether you live in it for 12 months or 12 years. After all, your home is your safe place, and it should make you feel comfortable and at peace, no matter where you came from or where you’re going.
Project Manager is a self-professed farm-kid from Virginia who never planned (or aspired) to live in a big city — so when she first moved to New York, her priority was to find a hassle-free space that offered flexibility, convenience, proximity to the Hudson River, an in-unit washer-dryer and ample space for Mollie, her Golden-Doodle, to romp around. It was her first big move, and this home fit the criteria of striking a balance between city and country living, but she never imagined staying here for long.
Initially, Melissa found the cookie-cutter space lacked character, which left her feeling frustrated and uninspired. Further, as a renter, the inherent limitations to what she could do were stifling, but as time went on, she came to appreciate the resourcefulness and creativity it mustered up in her to make it work. Nearly five years later, she’s managed to work around these limitations and is still happy to call this darling space her home — for now. Having grown up in an old home in the country where everything possessed character, to Melissa, balancing the clean, simple lines that she loves with the relaxed and approachable character that she’s always known and needed is what creating a home is all about. While she’s well aware that it isn’t her forever home, and the furniture inside of it isn’t her forever furniture, she (and Mollie) are happy and at peace here for the time being. —