Tuesday, July 17, 2018

End of an Era

It's a bittersweet day. We closed on our loft today, finally letting it go after owning it for 16 years. I know it was time, but I can't help feeling sad. It was our home for 11 of those years. We weren't even married when we bought it back in 2002. I was 24 years old, and buying the loft made both me and Chapin homeowners for the first time in our lives.

The first week, before we even moved in, we painted. Chapin and his dad did the hard part (the ceiling), but I helped after work and on the weekend. We had to bring in light, because we had no light fixtures yet, and it would get so dark we could barely see.

Later, we added hardwood floors and brought in new kitchen appliances. Chapin painted the column silver. He updated the bathroom floor.

There were so many good times. We had our rehearsal dinner there, and after our wedding Chapin hung my dress from the ceiling for months until I had the dress professionally stored.

A Photo from the Rehearsal Dinner at the Loft: October 31, 2003.

I threw Chapin a surprise party for his 30th party there. I hosted a bridal shower for my friend, Erin; bachelorette party for my friend, Katie; numerous parties and get togethers over the years.

We brought George home to the loft, and Izzie as well.  I got my MBA while we lived in the loft, and I remember being home alone, trying to study but procrastinating. I baked a batch of chocolate chip cookies, and danced with George and Izzie as we watched Enchanted.

I knew it would be a tough day for me, so I decided to wear something pretty to make myself feel better. Enter this Shoshanna floral dress!

Dress: Shoshanna Basilica Dress

The dress is still available for purchase on the Shoshanna website, Amazon and Saks.

Shoes: Jimmy Choo Fearne Glitter Criss-Cross Wedges

I know nothing can last forever, and that I have so many wonderful memories from the loft. I just hope the new owner appreciates it, and makes it a true home in this busy, hot, crowded city. It was not just a place to live for us -- it was a haven, and I will miss it.