Making the Move

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If you’ve been reading this blog for any length of time you might know that I’m originally from Pittsburgh, PA. I’ve mentioned it here and there and I’m definitely not lacking when it comes to hometown pride. My entire family (other than my mom and stepdad) still live there, and I’ve missed it since the day I packed up my bags and headed off to college 16 years ago.

So last November I made the decision that I’m making the move back to Pittsburgh.

Everything is still very much in the early stages. Only last Friday did my realtor – the very same one who sold me my current home nearly six years ago – stop by to kick things into gear. I have yet to decide whether I’m going to buy or build (I’m crossing my fingers for the latter), and I still have to do preliminary things like see how much money I’ll be approved for. I bought this house, my first, when I was still working for a design firm and now that I’m self-employed things are bound to be a little different. The good thing is my realtor says that everything is in great shape – only a few paint touchups and packing up my personality before the house can go on the market. He doesn’t anticipate it will last long once listed, so it’s really a matter of figuring out my living situation in PA and then putting it up for sale. NO PRESSURE.

While I’m definitely looking forward to be closer to my family and back in my city, this entire move feels very bittersweet. Oklahoma City has been my home off and on for the past 16 years. In fact, I’m more entwined in it than I ever was in Pittsburgh because I became an adult here. I’m a part of the creative community. I get incredibly sad when I think about leaving, but the fact is the only things truly holding me here in OKC are my mom and stepdad. And they decided to move back to Pittsburgh, too! So the story wrote itself, really.

I have no plans to turn Design Crush into the trials and tribulations of moving halfway across the country, but I’m sure there will be a moving themed post occasionally since it’s about to become such a big part of my life. I hope you’ll hang around throughout the process, and if you live in Pittsburgh say hello. I’m looking to build my future community starting now!

  • Elaine

    March 5, 2014 at 9:16 am Reply

    Congrats! I totally understand what a momentus/challenging/exciting decision this is.

  • rooth

    March 5, 2014 at 9:18 am Reply

    Oh big news! Best of luck with arranging everything and I know it’ll be a lovely homecoming for you in PA

  • glynis

    March 5, 2014 at 9:32 am Reply

    I hate it but I love it for you! Smooth travels and blessings on the other end.

  • ats

    March 5, 2014 at 9:42 am Reply

    WE CAN HANG OUT xoxo That is not a terrible drive. You should really just move to Columbus, Ohio. OK?

    • Kelly

      March 5, 2014 at 9:43 am Reply

      oddly i’ve never been to Columbus and i hear nothing but amazing things! i’ll definitely need to visit it and YOU.

  • alicia

    March 5, 2014 at 9:47 am Reply

    Very exciting – best of luck with the move!

  • Lisa

    March 5, 2014 at 9:52 am Reply

    Pennsylvania welcomes you home! I’ve been hearing really great things about Pittsburgh lately, but I’m sure you know all that! I’d love to get together for coffee or something sometime if we’re ever on the same side of the state!

    • Kelly

      March 5, 2014 at 9:59 am Reply

      Definitely, Lisa!

  • Elizabeth

    March 5, 2014 at 10:10 am Reply

    SO thrilled about this! Pittsburgh is a little bit of a haul from here, but at least it’s in the same time zone. I know moving is major and I’ll be thinking of you this spring and summer as you make it happen. Sending much love and good thoughts your way lady. xoxox

  • joanna

    March 5, 2014 at 12:25 pm Reply


  • Lulu

    March 5, 2014 at 1:06 pm Reply

    I’d love to see some moving posts. It may be inspirational for those with a wandering eye…

  • Jane Flanagan

    March 5, 2014 at 2:30 pm Reply

    Oh this is exciting! Congrats Kelly xxx

  • jon

    March 5, 2014 at 3:04 pm Reply

    congrats! i always enjoy your blog and now it will be even better with a home town slant!

    • Kelly

      March 5, 2014 at 4:10 pm Reply

      thanks, Jon! looking forward to getting immersed in the creative community for sure.

  • Mariana

    March 5, 2014 at 3:14 pm Reply

    I’m in Pittsburgh right now and can confirm that you are making an excellent choice because things are rad here! Except for the weather.

  • Maggie

    March 5, 2014 at 6:15 pm Reply

    Ahhh! How exciting! While I’m sure it’s hard to move, Pittsburgh is definitely a lovely place. I’m finishing my undergrad in design here in May, and then I’m back for just fall semester for my masters.
    I’ve been a lurker for ages and never shown my face, so this may seem incredibly odd— but since I’m here, I would love to buy you coffee sometime and talk design! Best of luck with the move.

    • Kelly

      March 5, 2014 at 6:17 pm Reply

      Thanks so much, Maggie! Not strange at all. 😉

  • Sylvia

    March 5, 2014 at 9:14 pm Reply

    Living in Pittsburgh for over 20 years….it’s a beautiful city….welcome back home. If you need a friend, drop me a line and we can have a coffee on the south side. Best of luck!

    • Kelly

      March 6, 2014 at 9:38 am Reply

      Thanks so much, Sylvia!

  • leigh hannan

    March 6, 2014 at 6:47 am Reply

    I lived in Pittsburgh for only a year and a half, but it was the best time of my life and I loved it there (and I have lived in 6 major cities) more than anywhere else! I have a little bit of envy for your move! Good luck!
    skelly love,

  • susan

    March 6, 2014 at 8:54 am Reply

    I knew there was a reason I liked you.
    I, too, am from Pittsburgh and go back all the time.
    It is a great place to live.

    Don’t lose touch.

  • Meg

    March 6, 2014 at 1:07 pm Reply

    From a Philly gal, Welcome back to Pennsylvania! Good Luck and Safe Travels! Maybe some Philly events in the future, hint hint wink wink….

  • stephanie@babasouk

    March 13, 2014 at 7:15 am Reply

    Congrats for making this move! Huge decision and I am sure it is the good one :) Enjoy the adventure!

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