I’m writing this blog post from a crowded coffee shop in Brooklyn. No, I’m not on vacation, nor an extended trip, although it’s felt like one at times. It likely doesn’t come as a surprise that we’ve moved to New York City, as we tend to find ourselves in rather unique life situations. The move happened suddenly. An opportunity fell into our laps… and without shortage of tears, prayers, and uncertainty, we ultimately felt called to go.
Let me back up... there’s more to this story. I've been asked more than a few times, "what ever happened to The House?” From the outside it likely seems this project disappeared into thin air - and in some ways it did. We bought the commercial property back in the summer of 2014 with big ambitions of converting it into a modern home, chock-full of clever space-saving features to make this small house an ultra-functional dream home. We wanted to set roots in the neighborhood of Baker in Denver, and to grow with this community we truly believed in. A year filled with various inspections, meetings with architects, and battles with the city passed. The commercial space remained a commercial space, never seeing a single thing built within it. Given the unique challenges we faced in order to preserve this historic building, and strict guidelines that presented, we learned we would have to spend an inadvisable amount of money to build the house. At that point, we decided it most wise to call our loses, and put the property up for sale.
Before the "for sale" sign went up, Mackey said to me, “If we can sell this place in 30 days, let’s go to Copenhagen.” His optimism was comical to me, and I of course jumped on board. I had dreamt of going to Copenhagen to experience its abundance of design, fashion, food, and natural beauty. We closed on the property in nine days: full asking price, all cash... landing ourselves an unforgettable trip to Copenhagen and Stockholm two months later.
Am I disappointed that my "dream home" wasn't built? Truthfully, I'm not. The experience as a whole was of so much greater value than the house itself. And, up until this point, I'd regard it as not only one of the most impactful chapters in my life, but one that would give way to an even more exciting transition: starting a life in New York.