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Friday Favs :: 5.29.15

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Anna Osgoodby NYC Living :: Friday Favs 5.29.15

It's Fri-yay! And my first Friday Favs with the new design :) Here we go!

  1. Anthropology hits the Upper East Side in Wednesday Martin's upcoming book Primates of Park Avenue. This book has been making waves through the media this week for it's smart look into the real lives of some of the Upper East Side's most elite women. I've never pre-ordered a book before but after hearing about this one on the radio with talk of 'housewife bonuses' and blow-outs just to drop the kids off at school, I have to say I'm curious.
  2.  Belmont Stakes is only a week away! I go every year but had to think long and hard if I wanted to go this year after last year's epic transportation issues on the way home. Alas, I'm sucking it up and praying that this year I won't have a 3 year commute back to the city... Anyways, Belmont is doing things a little differently this year to try and avoid a repeat and now you have to buy tickets ahead of time. They're capping attendance for the first time as well as including concerts post event to try and stagger when attendees leave. So if you want to go make sure to buy tickets ahead of time because they're planning that they will sell out before race day.
  3. $30 for a hot dog? Forget about it! Hotdog vendors have been in the news lately because a vendor was caught charging $30 for hot dogs, yep you heard that right. Have no fear though the city is cracking down on sketchy food-carts so that you can enjoy your dirty dogs on a friendlier budget.
  4. What really makes New York bagels, the 'best'? This video finally helps us get to the bottom of it, science and all. 
  5. Manhattanhedge is backkkk. The event that happens twice a year is hitting the city for it's Spring appearance TONIGHT! So if you're looking for some perfectly aligned sunset photos, tonight is the night.

Makeover Blog Edition

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Anna Osgoodby NYC Living :: Blog Makeover Edition

As you might have noticed... my blog got a little makeover! Which is why I've been lacking on some posts.. Transferring almost 5 years of posts and  categorizing and formatting to my liking took some time! I'm pretty excited about the outcome though and hope you are too. 

Here are some of the main changes you'll see

  • New server: Have you seen or heard one of the many Squarespace ads over the last few months? Well they got me! Up until now I've been hosting my blog on Tumblr and I decided to take the dive and make the change so that I have a little bit more options. And if you subscribe through Tumblr, don't worry I'll still be posting so you won't miss out on anything!
  • Categories: I've written a lot of posts over the last years and I wanted an easier way for you to find the category of posts that you like.  Now you can click on the categories on the sidebar to be directed to the posts of your liking.
  • Search/Archive: I also have a search and full archive button on the sidebar in case you're looking for something super specific.

Another reason I made the switch over the Squarespace is because of some features I've been working on behind-the-scenes that will be live soon. Here's your peek at what is to come.

Coming soon features:

  • Oh Sweet Lovely: One of the biggest reasons I switched over to Squarespace was the eccommerce options for my new print shop. Something I've become really passionate about is creating fun typography prints and I'm really excited to bring my print shop Oh Sweet Lovely to you this summer! 
  • Freebies: Who doesn't love things that are free?! Yeah me too. I have so much fun with my design projects that I wanted to share some of the goods to make your life a little prettier. Think desktop wallpapers, Iphone wallpapers and the occasional printable. 
  • Guides: This feature will be launching toward the end of the year, but I'm excited about it so of course I wanted to fill you guys in. My moving series was such a hit that I want to provide you with some more information through guides.

So lots of exciting stuff coming up and I'm so glad to have you along for the ride! Cheers to that!

Adding Mid-Century Modern Flair

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Anna Osgoodby NYC Living :: Adding Mid-Century Modern Flair

Coming off of the end of my moving series it only seems appropriate that I shared a little decor inspiration, right?! That’s what I thought too! Which is why when the crew over at Chairish reached out to me with a design challenge, you know I couldn’t say no! 

Living in a rental can be a little challenging with design sometimes because you have more restrictions in terms of what you can do. Simple things like painting and fixtures are generally out of the picture so you have to get a little bit more creative with your furnishings to highlight your space. Not to mention you don’t always want to buy pieces that might not work in a future space. 

So what’s a renter to do? Focus on the things you can customize and have fun with your space! Whether you’re going to be there a year or 5+, I think it’s so important to make a space your own and make it really feel like home. There are so many awesome ways to get inspiration these days too! Whether it’s blogs, design magazines (like my favorite HGTV magazine), TV, Pinterest, there are so many great options to get ideas from for a starting point! Take a look around and get a good idea of what really is or isn’t your style.  

My advice is to find some key pieces that are versatile. I love color and pattern, but I’d prefer to buy a neutral couch that I can jazz up with different pillows than something too crazy that I might not like as much a few years down the road. By mixing neutrals in with statement pieces, you can really make a space your own.

My style tends to be bold and colorful. To me, there’s nothing better than walking into a fun and brightly decorated space. For this reason, I picked out some fun key pieces from Chairish’s Mid-Century collection for my inspiration board to bring out color as well as some texture. Something I really like about mid-century design is it’s pretty structured with clean lines, which makes it easy to work into your design no matter what your style is. 

Anna Osgoodby NYC Living :: Adding Mid-Century Modern Flair

Atomic Geometric Print | Tufted Sofa | Industrial Painted Bar Cart | Bar Stools | Mori Shizume- New York Skyline Silkscreens | Yellow Ceramic Pendant | Vintage Liquor Bottles | Lucite Barware Set 

I picked the neutral blue couch because I love the tufting on it along with the color. Pair it with some fun throw pillows and a faux fur along the back and the couch would be the perfect spot to get cozy on! Plus, it’s big enough to double as a bed if you’re living in a studio like I am in the city. Next up, I picked the awesome geometric chair. I love the coloring and pattern on this one and think it would be the perfect statement piece for a living room. With bold throw pillows and the chair, I’d probably suggest rounding out the space with simple coffee tables and a neutral rug.

Another trend I refuse to get over is bar carts. My bar cart continues to be one of my favorite pieces in my studio and I love the industrial flair that this one from Chairish has. Bar carts are so much fun because you can display fun glasses (which I totally have a glass buying addition – yes, that’s a real thing) along with all of your party essentials. I just think it’s such a fun way to display your things, no matter what they on such a timeless piece.

My last set of choices include the bar stools, which are perfect for city living. Space is tight and chances are you probably won’t have room for a full dining room table so bar stools can be perfect for your built in bar or if you have a pub table. Wrap it all together with some other fun mid-century accessories and your apartment is already on its way to looking colorful and fabulous! I hope this sparks a little home decor inspiration for you or gets you thinking about your style!

So You Want to Move to NYC :: Getting Settled

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Anna Osgoodby NYC Living :: So You Want to Move to NYC :: Getting Settled

We’ve made it to the end of my moving series with FlatRate Moving! Phew! We’ve made it through all of the tough stuff and now you can let the fact that you indeed live in NYC now! Oh heyyy, let that sink in for a minute or two. ;-)

Once you start to get your things unpacked here’s a couple of things to get squared away before you can be completely done with the moving process.

Update Your Address: If you haven’t already, make sure to change your address so your mail from your old address starts coming to your new home. You can do this super easily these days on the USPS website.

Electricity and Gas Services: ConEd manages the electricity/gas in buildings in NYC. I’m not positive if they cover every part of the city but every building I’ve lived in has been managed by ConEd. Give them a ring and let them know you’ve moved in so that they can start your billing and make sure your services aren’t interrupted.

Cable Services: If possible, I suggest setting this up before you move so you don’t get hit with a week or two wait, but find out your cable options and give them a call to set your services up. Every building I’ve lived in has been managed by Time Warner, but make sure you check because you might also be able to get services through Verizon FiOsDISH orRCN.

Make Copies of Your Keys: Some apartments allow you to change the top lock on your apartment. The building usually just requires that once you change the lock you make an additional copy and provide it to your Super in case they need to fix things while you’re out. 

Get Familiar with the Garbage/Recycling: Your building should have a designated spot where you’ll drop off your garbage and recycling. The city has several garbage and recycling days that your building has to adhere to. Usually you will put your things in the appropriate areas and then the building will take care of putting it on the sidewalk. When you move you’re probably going to have a lot of extra boxes. Be a peach and break down the boxes and then tape them together flat. Your Super will appreciate it. Also, if you decide you don’t have a use for a piece of furniture or any large items make sure to contact your Super. There’s different protocol and days that large items go out and the building can be fined if it’s not done right so make sure to follow the rules!

Anna Osgoodby NYC Living :: So You Want to Move to NYC :: Getting Settled

And that should do it! Once you have all of those things taken care of it’s onto actually living here and my personal favorite… DECORATING!!! 

A big thank you to all of you who have tuned in for my series! I’ve had so much fun sharing my tips and I hope that it’s been helpful! Feel free to reach out if you have any other questions about the moving process or anything else about living in NYC.

So You Want to Move to NYC :: MOVING!

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Anna Osgoodby NYC Living :: So You Want to Move to NYC :: MOVING!

We’re getting to the end of my moving series with FlatRate Moving, which can only mean one thing YOU DID IT – or you at least know how to if you’re considering a move! You learned how to scope out listings, get approved, and now it’s time to coordinate the exciting part… MOVING! 

How I moved to the city is probably the single most asked question I get from my readers, which means you guys want to hear it from someone who has done it before and I’m your girl! Plus, I have the pros on my side so you guys are in for a wealth of information, aka this is going to be a long (but hopefully helpful) post ;-) I’m going to start with my story and then we’ll go through short and long distance options!

My Story:

When you choose to move to the city long distance you have a few options to start with..

  1. Hire long-distance movers
  2. Pack up a moving truck and take a long road trip
  3. Get rid of your things and pack a few suitcases

There isn’t really a right or wrong answer here, but I decided to bypass the moving truck options and just hop on a plane with 5 suitcases and my pup. Granted, I also only planned on living in the city for a few years, but that was the choice I ended up with . Looking back, I’m not quite sure how I did it considering I have SO much stuff, but somehow I made it happen.

So yeah, I grabbed my bags and arrived in the city with no furniture, no kitchen essentials… and well an empty apartment! My roommate at the time had just moved up here from out of state too so we were like a couple of newbies out of the water trying to figure things out together. Kind of awesome, kind of terrifying, but definitely memorable. I’ll give myself a little credit.. I did manage to bring quite a bit in those 5 suitcases.. space saver bags were my best friends but there was about a week of sleeping on my hardwood floors before my bed was delivered and we didn’t have any furniture in our living room for about a month. It all worked out though and within a few months we were decently stocked on the things we needed and we slowly accumulated more decor options later. 

While it was an eye-opening experience, it was kind of fun to piece things together in my new city and it was much easier to be able to book a plane ticket than have to think about driving across the country or hiring movers. I was only 21 when I made the move and it was 100% self-funded too so that was my best option at the time. Would I suggest it to others? If you can get by on minimal items and don’t mind starting over? Sure! Especially if you don’t plan on staying here a long time, it can definitely be a good option and if the queen of pack-rats can do it, you can too! 

Now onto our other options – local and long-distance moves. I want to start this portion off with some really awesome info that FlatRate Moving shared that I think is pretty useful as a guide from when to schedule your movers to peak and off peak times to move.

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They also mentioned that if you move off-peak you might be able to get a better deal so if your moving timeline is flexible that is definitely something that might be worth checking into!

Long-Distance Moves

Where do you even start with this one? At least that’s the way it can seem at first when you start planning. Rent a truck? Pack your essentials in your car or a family car? Hire movers? What’s the best option here? Well, that’s going to depend on a lot of things – timing and cost being two of them. 

If you plan to rent a truck or use your car or a family car you’re going to want to come up with a plan for your route and make estimations for fuel costs. I’ve had a few friends move this way and they did their best to make a trip out of the move and stop and see some top landmarks along the way. If you’re up for it, totally go for it! I mean how often are you driving across the country (or partially)? Better yet if you have someone along for the trip too.

The next option involves hiring moving services. As I mentioned, I don’t personally have experience doing this so I was really interested to connect with the pros on just how this works so I could share with you guys. Basically they broke it down to me with the 3 different options they have.

  • Weekly shuttle to popular destinations: If you’re moving to L.A., San Francisco, Miami, or Chicago, just reserve space on one of our shuttles - which leave up to three times a week - and save money.
  • Non-stop service in an exclusive truck: Although most long-distance moves use shared trucks that make several stops en route, we can provide non-stop service.
  • Long-distance EXPRESS with guaranteed delivery date: For fastest shipment from New York to L.A. - with a guaranteed delivery date - choose our express service. If we’re delayed, FlatRate will give you $100 cash for each day we’re overdue.

So there are definitely some different options available with different pricing to work with you on your budget. Your rate is going to depend upon your items and location but you can easily fill out their quote option or contact them directly to get more information on what their services will run.

Something that is definitely important to do before you request a quote is to do a proper inventory and give an accurate description of the things you have. You don’t want to end up getting misquoted or have to deal  any surprises when your movers come for the job and realize you have double the amount of things you said you did. So take the time beforehand.

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Local Move

Local moves are certainly less complicated than moving across the country but they still require some planning! Living in 3 apartments over 4.5+ years, I’ve officially moved across the country by airplane, moved to an apartment by renting a truck and using the help of my friends, and hiring movers for my last apartment. So you could say I have a little bit of experience with a couple of different options! 

There’s a couple things that make moving from one New York apartment to another that you’ll want to consider when deciding if you want to move yourself or hire movers. 

  • Stairs: A big reason to hire movers is for the sole reason of all of the stairs involved in your move. Moving is tough work and stairs make the process a little more complicated! My first move in the city was from a 4th floor to another 4th floor walk-up – that I did with friends and then my second move was from a 4th floor to a 5th floor walk-up. I just can’t escape those stairs! Not only are stairs kind of a pain running up and down but it can make carrying furniture a little trickier so keep that in mind.
  • Parking and driving a moving truck in the city: My last move, I had to rent a truck to finish up my move and let’s just say I NEVER want to drive in the city again after that experience. Driving in the city is tough enough and if you aren’t familiar with driving here (which most people don’t have cars here) then the idea of driving a moving truck is terrifying! Another good reason to hire movers or put one of your experienced NY driving friends in charge of the truck. 
  • Building requirements for moving: I have only lived in walk-ups so I haven’t personally experienced this, but some of my friends who have lived in doorman buildings have dealt with pretty strict rules on moving requirements. Some buildings only allow moving during certain hours for use of the freight elevators and some buildings actually require you to have movers. Make sure you find out about your circumstance before you make any plans!

Personally, after moving a couple of times here I think movers are 100% worth it. It’s definitely more expensive than hiring your own truck but you’re hiring professionals who move people for a living and know how to get a project done in a few hours flat. I swear my last movers were the hulk’s brothers.. I watched one of the guy’s carry my mattress up 4 flights of stairs with one hand! Crazy. Anyways, hiring movers can really help ease your stress with the process too. Moving is stressful enough and thinking about parallel parking a moving truck is giving me nightmares just thinking about it. If you do decide to go that route, here’s some advice I have:

  • Have water for the crew: This tip might seem a little obvious but if you’re heading to your new place you probably don’t have your fridge stocked yet and chances are your cups are still going to be packed! Bonus if you get your crew some snacks – hey everyone deserves some treats right?
  • Take out cash to tip your crew: Make sure you hit the ATM before your move so that you have some money on-hand to tip your crew after they do a great job for you. 

No matter how you decide to move though, some things remain the same. You’re going to have to pack! Well actually, you can hire a crew to do the packing for you too but chances are most of you will probably be packing yourselves so I wanted to wrap up this post with some tips to make your move go a lot smoother!

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As you might expect, organization is key when you pack. Try and pack items by room and put detailed descriptions on the boxes so that it’s easier to unpack as well as know what is packed within your boxes. Definitely make sure to write fragile on all of your breakables as well and make sure they are packed tightly so that things don’t break in transit. 

The FlatRate Moving team also had some advice when it comes to packing your boxes, “When packing the boxes keep in mind that they should be packed tight, filled all the way to the top and also tightly sealed. It’s very important to stick to the guidance of what to pack in which box so they don’t get too heavy or easily breakable.” They also had some tips on what to do with your fragile items, “Breakable items should be packed in layers. It’s highly recommended to use a lot of cushioning around and in between the items and layers, as well as on the bottom of the box, using the news print. All the breakable items should be packed in standing vertical position with few sheets of paper wrapped around them.”

And there you have it! Tips and tricks on the whole moving process! I hope my tips as well as those from FlatRate Moving were useful to you guys! If you have any further questions feel free to reach out or check out their website for more detailed service information.

See you next week!