Moving to Pittsburgh


Kind of. Let me explain.

Yes, this spring I will be moving to Pittsburgh. If you’ve been following along for a while, you know that the past couple years haven’t been the best for me personally. I’ve been trying to think of ways to improve myself, my life, and my overall happiness. Earlier this year I mentioned the idea of moving to all of you and received lots of heartfelt, insightful comments in response. Some of you said, “get out of town,” while others urged me to stay put. Given the pros and cons of each choice, I decided to meet somewhere in the middle.

After much consideration, I decided to rent an apartment in Pittsburgh, which is just under three hours by car from my current house. I knew that I needed to make a change, and although Pittsburgh hadn’t been on my radar, the more I thought about it, the more sense it made.

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You may have some questions, so I’ll tell you what I can.

What about your house?
I am not selling my current home. My plan is to spend about 75% of my time in Pittsburgh and the other 25% in Saint Marys. Even though renting an another place is an added expense, it makes the most sense at this time. It will give me the opportunity to spread my wings and try something new without making a drastic move. After a year, if it’s not working, I won’t renew my lease, and my year it Pittsburgh will just be another chapter in my life story. If it’s working, I can decide the best way to proceed from there.

With that being said, based on my life plans, the sale of my current house is inevitable within the next couple years. So, throughout the coming year, I’m going to diligently work to clear the clutter, finish projects, and get the house “ready for sale.”. That way, when the time does come, the place will be ready.

I have set up a security system in my house in Saint Marys, and during the time I’m away, I will also have a bunch of folks who will check on it weekly. However, if anyone else is in a similar situation or has a summer home/vacation home, I do have a couple questions. What do you do about your mail when you are away for an extended time? Also, I’m going to greatly miss planting flowers. Does anyone have an automatic watering system they recommend? Thanks in advance!

What about your grandparents’ house?
I have had and still have the intention of buying my grandparents’ house some day. That option still remains, but it’s not a decision I need to make now. When the time comes, I will assess my current situation and make a decision then.

Where will your cats live?
I haven’t traveled with my cats since I moved them from Philadelphia in 2008. So, I’m honestly not sure how it will go. Though, I’m certain they will adjust. (Any tips for a three-hour car drive with cats would be most welcome.) However, since I will be spending most of my time in Pittsburgh, they will make the move with me. I do plan to come home every couple of weeks for a day or two, but I won’t bring the cats unless I’m in Saint Marys for an extended time (e.g., the holidays).

Are you as sure about your decision as you seem?
There are moments when I’m thrilled and moments when I want to throw up. ( I think that’s normal.) I’m so excited about the blank pages that are before me. I can’t wait to try new things, meet new people, decorate a new space, walk to a coffee shop, take an art class, find my tribe, etc.

However, a part of me is petrified that I won’t make new friends and that I’m destined to repeat old habits. What if I make this move and nothing changes? What if it’s the same old story, just in a new zip code? To be honest, it’s totally possible. Because I’ve been somewhat isolated for the past year, it’s going to be a push for me to put myself out there. And while I’m committed to finding happiness and building a better personal life, I also know myself all too well.

In an effort to avoid the same old story, before the move, I’m committing myself to establishing some goals and pushing myself out of my comfort zone to ensure that I don’t look back at this opportunity with regret.

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Can you tell us more about your place?
You bet I can!

In March, I visited Pittsburgh and looked at several properties. I ended up with one I’m crazy about. It’s a two-bedroom apartment in a new complex. (I’ll actually be the first person to live in this apartment.) While I didn’t “need” a two-bedroom, it’s something that I really wanted in order to have a separate space for work. Since I work from home, It was important to me to be able to close the door at the end of my work day.

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Because I love natural light, the thing that sold me on this particular unit are the huge (almost floor-to-ceiling) windows in the open concept living room/kitchen. There’s also a small balcony off the kitchen. And a rolling island will be provided with the unit.

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The second bedroom (which will be my office) has a similar large window, which will be great for photography. The room that will function as my bedroom has a sizable window, though not quite as grand.

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As you can see, this space has a more modern/industrial feel to it which is quite different from my current home. While I won’t go with an overly modern or industrial aesthetic in terms of decor, I am looking forward to experimenting with new and different ideas. Also, I am allowed to paint and change out light fixtures, so that has me excited as well.

Will you be moving all of your stuff?
No. I don’t plan on moving much. I’m looking to start fresh in this space. I will obviously decorate, but I’m hoping to keep the “stuff” to a minimum. (We’ll see how that goes because I love my “stuff.”) I think there’s joy in the “less is more” attitude so I want to give that a try. Plus, I want to avoid the hassle of moving a lot of stuff if at all possible.

I am very fortunate that my job allows me to share this journey with you. I’m not in a rush to have everything in place and furnished within a weekend. I’m looking forward to taking my time and sharing things with you along the way.

I do realize that having two places will be a challenge because I am going to need duplicates of everything (iron, coffee pot, dishes, etc.) I may end up bringing down extra things that I have here, thrifting some items, etc. I’ve also been saving up gift cards, reward dollars, etc. to help with some of the expense.

Will the move have an effect on IBC?
Yes and no. As I’ve been hinting, you can expect more home decor and decorating ideas will be on their way as I move into this new space. Since I will be living in a new city and be experiencing new things, I assume my content will evolve as it has with other changes in my life. My hope is that it’s for the best. I am totally committed to this little space on the internet and my career as a Lifestyle Blogger so it’s my hope that I will be here for years to come.

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I think that about covers everything for now. Obviously, I will be talking about this quite a bit in the future (hopefully not to the point of annoyance). If I missed something here, I’ll probably cover it at a later point. You’re also welcome to leave comments below. I can follow up with another post to answer more questions if needed.

I should be mostly settled (with the cats) in my new place toward the end of May. My lease starts sooner, but I have a work trip to NYC in May (details on that soon) and some other things happening, so it’s going to be a busy month. Before the official move in, I will need a mattress, a few supplies, and cozy spots for the kitties.

Again, I want to thank you for your comments, emails, messages, and support. I know I haven’t responded to them all, and I feel terrible about that. However, they mean so much to me, and each and every one helped me to come to this exciting decision.

I can’t wait to take you all on this new adventure. Look out Pittsburgh, here comes IBC!

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  • Alexandra at

    This sounds exciting! I am so happy for you that you found a way to make changes – and that you can come back if it doesn’t work out. Very smart!
    I’ve only ever heard good stuff about Pittsburgh. I am a fan of author Nicole Peeler, and we are friends on Facebook. I keep reading about what she does in her spare time, and it seems Pittsburgh has it all. πŸ™‚ You can subscribe to her FB feed and maybe ask her about what to do, where to go etc.
    I hope you have lots of fun!

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      Thank you! And yes, that’s my thought too. It’s a change without being permanent. And thanks for the tip on Nicole. I’ve never heard of her. I’ll look her up.

      xo Michael

  • Deb at

    New starts are both scary and exhilerating. I wish you good luck finding your tribe. Be fearless, Michael! You can do it!

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      Thanks so much, Deb!

      xo Michael

  • mary blackmer walmer at

    Pittsburgh is an amazing city, my daughter lives there, I am two hours North near Erie. I think your plan is wonderful-we all need to break out of comfort zones once in awhile. And like you said-what have you got to lose? if it doesn’t work out, no big deal, chalk it up to an experience. I think you will LOVE Pittsburgh!

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      I’ve always had a love for Pittsburgh for a variety of reasons. I’m excited to experience the city as a resident and explore all it has to offer. Thanks so much, Mary!

      xo Michael

  • Erin at

    We had business mail in one state and lived in another for years. We rented a mailbox at a ups store and paid them to foward it every week. Not the cheapest solution, but it got the job done.

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      Erin – I really appreciate this. I don’t have a UPS store. I’ll have to check it this is an option at the post office. Thanks!

      xo Michael

      • Chris K at

        Out here in California we have an independent mail “store” called postal called Postal Annex. These are usually mom & pop franchises so if you have them or an equivalent back east you might be able to make an arrangement with them.
        I love the windows in your apartment. Not so crazy about the ducts above the windows. When there are ducts in a loft space, they are usually up high out of your line of sight. It’s as if they built the apartment as a wannabe loft, without the height. That said, I’m sure it will be a really cool place when you get it decorated. You always seem happiest when you’re decorating. I hope you add more color back in to this one. One of the things I liked best when I first discovered your blog was your use of color. Over time you’ve removed a lot of that color & I would like to see it return.
        Best of luck!

        • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

          Thanks for your input, Chris. I don’t mind the pipes. It’s a new look for me. (I’m sure it’s a cheaper option for heating and cooling so a lot of new apartment units are doing it.) I’m sure once the space is decorated, you won’t even notice them. And I totally hear you about the color. As I mentioned in a previous post, I’ve been having a design dilemma with a love for lots of styles. I’m just experimenting to see what works. I think you’ll be seeing more colors soon. πŸ™‚

          xo Michael

      • DeeDee at

        You could also get a mailbox at your local post office. πŸ˜€

  • Vicki and Jenn 2 Bees in a Pod at

    Michael – we are so very excited for you. You are so brave to seek change to better your life. Best wishes on your journey…you’ve got this!

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      Thank you so much!! πŸ™‚

      xo Michael

  • MaryC at

    Sounds like an exciting time for you, thanks for taking us along with you on your journey! Best of luck!!

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      I sure hope so! Thanks!

      xo Michael

  • Cindy Mandernach at

    Listen to the song “Young Turks” by Rod Stewart. It talks about taking chances and JUST DOING IT!!!

    Go for it, you are young and free and you obviously want to make a change. Embrace it and have fun along the way….


    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      Thank you, Cindy! That’s the plan.

      xo Michael

  • Colleen at

    How exciting! I love the new place, so different from your beautiful home but I’m sure it will be fun to go in a different and new direction. I’m feeling good vibes for you, there will be so much to do and ways to participate which will feed your soul. And I bet you can do some flowers on that there balcony, that is a game-maker for city living!

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      It is so different and that was the goal. πŸ™‚ And yes, will be adding plants to the balcony. I’m excited

      xo Michael

  • Talia at

    I am originally from Pittsburgh and can say honestly, I am a bit jealous! I would love to return to my hometown (just can’t at the present time due to work/business). You will love it there! Wishing you the very best and I love that you are allowing us to follow your journey!

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      I’ve always had a soft spot for Pittsburgh. I seem to get their once a year. I’m excited to explore it more.

      xo Michael

  • Jamie at

    Good for you! I always love your cats – maybe try Feliway in their cat carriers when you move them since they aren’t used to the drive. Best of luck, can’t wait to read all about it!!

  • Julie Blanner at

    I am so excited for your new adventure and beyond proud of you for taking the leap! I can’t wait to see what this year has in store for you.

  • Jill at

    So vey excited and happy for you! I know what you mean about making a changes and yet nothing changes. You’re aware of the challenge though and I believe that you’ll find a community of like minded souls who are thrilled to have to have you.
    Cheers to new beginnings!

  • Mairi at

    It sounds like a wonderful adventure without big risks as you haven’t “”burnt bridges” – hope it turns out to be everything you wish. I am looking forward to following along

  • Mary at

    You can have mail
    Forwarded by the post office at no charge. We did this while we were waiting to move into our new house (was 9 months). BIG QUESTION! Is there a Home Goods nearby? πŸ˜‰

  • Emily at

    I know your fears. I moved to Boston after college and was terrified. I knew only 1 person in the city, but it turned into the best year of my life. I spent a lot of time alone exploring and doing things on my terms. And in that year, I met my now husband, and friendships that I’ve had for 15 years. You can do this!

  • Elle at

    “Nothing ventured, nothing gained.” I am so excited for you! You inspire the rest of us to try new things and seek new adventures. Thank you.

  • Deanna Tomaselli at

    Congratulations! You’re going to love living here. I am a proud Pittsburgher and my mom and I love your blog for a bit. You are making a great decision! If you have questions or want to meet for coffee or a drink, don’t hesitate to reach out. Email below and my Instagram is @d_ferrari. Good luck!

  • Laura at

    So excited for you Michael – no matter what the outcome I am sure it will be a wonderful adventure!!! Many blessings to you and this exciting journey!

  • KC1 at

    SO excited for you!!! We recently did something similar to what you’re doing and a friend said, “It feels good to write a new chapter” and he was spot on!! Go to USPS online and for $1.00 they will forward your mail. Cats will do better in a cat carrier for the drive. Be patient….it’s a bit difficult to go from a house that had everything you need to a new place that is empty and has nothing. I had fun shopping and decorating the first couple of months and then I just wanted to be finished. We are 4 months in to our adventure and I’m so happy we did it! Good luck and congrats!!!!

  • Jennifer @ Town and Country Living at

    Congratulations on your new plans, Michael! My hubby is from Pittsburgh (we currently live in the ‘burbs of Chicago). I’ve been to Pittsburgh many times – hubby still has family there. Shadyside is awesome! The South Side is up and coming and has my fave coffee shop – The Bee Hive. I love Phipps Conservatory and Schenley Park. So much to explore and enjoy! But you probably already know this. I especially love the Mattress Factory contemporary art museum on the North Side. The thought process behind the art is what amazes me most about that place. I could go on and on – but you’re probably already familiar with these Pittsburgh hotspots. I’m looking forward to reading more of your story and can’t wait to see what you do with your place in Pittsburgh.

  • Krissy at

    Michael – So excited for you! 1. Because I have been reading your blog forever, and 2. Because I am making the exact same move in 3 weeks! Back to Pittsburgh, where I grew up, with my husband and 2 year old in tow. We have the same 1 year commitment to see if we like this change from Charlotte, NC. Best of luck to you and I really hope to run into you in the same great town.

  • nancy at

    I’m so excited for you and to go “with you” on this journey. When I saw “Pittsburgh” I said “yay!” out loud. My kids have lived there and loved it. So much going on. So much within walking distance. So many good stores we don’t have in my part of Central PA. And I will add it’s where my son and daughter in law met via a dating site. Good for you for taking the risk and being intentional about what you need to do and not do. And if you’ve been seeing a counselor of some sort I would find a new one there if you can’t continue effectively with your previous one. Get all the support you can.

  • Ariel at

    Sounds like change for the better! I hope this new plan brings newfound focus to new areas of your life! Sending love from someone living in a small town who longs for her city life again!

  • Jamie | anderson + grant at

    It is so nice to feel your excitement from your writing. I’m happy that you’ve been able to take a step in discovering where you want to be and how you want to be living. I can’t wait to see what you’ll be doing with your new place!

  • Susan L. at

    I’m so happy for you. I didn’t get an opportunity to weigh in on your post about being frustrated with your location, but I did read it and was deeply touched by your honesty. I’m originally from the Pittsburgh area (a Hoosier since age 13 tho) and am also somewhat familiar with St. Marys from years we spent living in NY and traveling back and forth to relatives in PA. I still have relatives in western Penn, including Pittsburgh, and I think you’ll like it there. Lots to do, great places to eat, Pirates baseball, a terrific arts scene. Best of luck, and, most of all, ENJOY yourself.

  • at

    I am excited for you! Do not think think of the negatives. Be like Tim Gunn and “Make it work”. You are in control. This is exciting!

  • Terrie at

    This sounds so exciting! I look forward to seeing your progress on the new apartment πŸ™‚ Wishing you all the best in this new adventure!

  • Mandy Tyner at

    Love your blog, I am addicted to seeing how the blog world decorates! I have about 75 blogs I look at on a daily basis. Your move is definitely going to be a bright spot in my day to see how you decorate your new place. Good luck!

  • Gina Carpellotti at

    Hello! I live in Pittsburgh. Feel free to reach out to me.

  • Nikki Shimmel at

    I hope you find true happiness! Can NOT wait to see this new place or yours with your stamp on it!!

  • Annie at

    Best of luck Michael! With the start of a new adventure all things are possible and i know they will all be good. Can’t wait to see you put your stamp on that new apartment.

  • lesley at

    In order to make some income you should Airbnb your home (or part of it, you can add some locks to doors to keep your items secure), you just need a cleaning & maintenance person.
    You never know who is looking for a temporary rental in St Marys and you can control the dates it is available for rent.
    best of luck!

  • MaryBe at

    What I remember most about Pittsburgh is that it’s in between Grove City outlets, and FallingWater πŸ˜€
    Oh, and that it’s hilly.

    Looking forward to your ‘fresh start’. It’s very exciting

  • RoofTop Antiques at

    πŸ™‚ We’re so excited for you over here at RoofTop Antiques! This is certain to be an epic adventure, and we can’t wait to read all about it.

  • Amy at

    Michael! I’m so excited for you! Loved reading this post. I can’t wait to see what this move brings to your life! The space is fantastic, and can’t wait to see how you decorate it too! Best wishes, my friend! xoxo

  • Lauren at

    I’m a pretty new Inspired by Charm reader (about two weeks or so), but I want to say congratulations on your upcoming move to Pittsburgh! I was born and raised in Pittsburgh and have been living in various city neighborhoods since I graduated from college. Pittsburgh is an awesome city and it has changed a lot in even just the last several years. I’m currently living on the North Side but have lived in Point Breeze, Shadyside, Downtown, and Lawrenceville. If you need anything let me know.
    Welcome to Pittsburgh!

  • Lisa at

    Welcome to the ‘Burgh! I’m a transplant myself and have found people very welcoming. What about scheduling g a happy hour once you arrive? We could totally overwhelm you with city suggestions and love!

  • Patti at

    Yay! I am so happy for you! No doubt this was a hard decision but a really courageous one!!! I hope everything works out with your upcoming move and new adventure. Your new place looks amazing. Can’t wait to follow along with you! 😊

  • amy at

    We have a 2nd home in Deep Creek Lake (which you’ll have to check out for a wknd!). We do no mail at our 25% home and its heaven! We are never gone long enough that it is a problem. And amazon prime gets there just fine when we need something. Very excited for you. Seems like a great, low-risk option. Best of luck!

  • Debra at

    Congratulations Michael! You are an inspiration to your readers who live vicariously through you and your decorating and life adventures. You are providing some real page turners here — can’t wait for the next chapter — THANK YOU for sharing!

  • Rosey at

    Congratulations, Michael! I can’t wait to see what you do with your space. I know your cats are going to absolutely love those windows! My cat spends most of her waking hours perched on the windowsill; she would love it there.

  • Stacy Risenmay at

    I’m so excited for you!!! I think a change of scenery is so good for the soul. I can’t wait to see what you do with the new place!

  • Joanne @ Fifteen Spatulas at

    Congrats on the next chapter Michael!!! I’m so excited for you. I love Pittsburgh and considered there as well. I hope you enjoy the adventure and it sounds like you’re doing it in a way that allows you to adjust as needed πŸ™‚

  • Sarah at

    I am so excited for you!! I was hoping you were thinking of moving to Pgh. Being a former Elk Cty resident myself, I love being a resident of Pgh. The city has so much to offer and its a great time to be a resident with all of the growth!

  • April Atwater at

    Hey Michael, I’m completely jealous! How fun! I moved 3 cats across the country. We had nice carriers for each of them but in the end, they piled into one box together. So my advice. get a box πŸ™‚

  • Melissa at

    I’m so excited for you Michael! My sister is moving from a small town in WI to LA for six months to test the waters. I’m a tad jealous. πŸ˜‰

  • Linda at

    I agree with others to make sure your cats are contained during the move. They don’t like being contained but if you let them out in the car, be absolutely sure to contain them in the carrier again when you stop somewhere – cats can be escape artists, to their own peril. Otherwise, I applaud your willingness to step outside of the box and make a change in your life. I have had to do that these past five years since my husband died. After almost 25 years of marriage I’ve had to re-invent myself in my new single life. I suggest you join some Meetup groups in Pittsburgh – that’s a great way to get to know new people. Hiking groups, social groups, etc. Join whatever groups interest you. Keep putting one foot in front of the other. When you stumble, get back up, dust yourself off, and keep moving forward as best you can. Best wishes to you!

    • Gail at

      ❀❀❀ love your attitude!

  • Jamie Stanley at

    Change is great for the soul…. What about doing air bnb for your place in St. Mary’s to help offset the apartment?

  • Funky Junk Interiors - Donna at

    Super exciting news, M! I hope city life gives you exactly what you’ve been missing! 2nd home living is unlike anything else. Super excited on how you turn your new place into you!

    Traveling with cats… I’d suggest to chat with your vet on some solutions. Perhaps take them for a short drive to test run that one. One of my cats goes crazy when we make a 30 minute vet run. Not fun, but they do sorda adjust after awhile.

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      Thank you so much, D! I’m so excited. I appreciate the kitty tips! I honestly assume they will be fine. My one cat is a bit of a scary cat, so I’ll just feel bad if he cries for three hours. Ya know?

      xo Michael

  • Laura at

    Congrats!! I’m very excited for you and especially excited that you chose Pittsburgh. I was born and raised here in the burgh so I can’t wait to read about your adventures here!

  • Leslie at

    I had to laugh at Mary’s post at 9am because I was wondering the same thing; is there a Home Goods nearby??? Thanks for taking us on the journey with you. Love all that natural light in your apartment!!

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      Haha. There are actually three HomeGoods in the Pittsburgh area. Yay!!

      xo Michael

  • Keith at

    I’m originally from western Pennsylvania. I know St. Mary’s well, and I’ve lived in the ‘Burgh. Everyone’s life is different and has different needs. But really, this will be one of those things you will look back years from now and exclaim, why didn’t I do this sooner? There’s just more opportunity to grow and learn and expand with inspiration and experiences. I now live in Maryland (D.C. region), and the opportunities I continue to have blow me away. People back home in PA marvel at the courage and experiences.

    “And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to bloom.” – AnaΓ―s Nin

  • Gail at

    It is so inspiring to see you make this positive change in your life Michael! I can’t wait to see how you slowly decorate your new space. I hope you and all of the Pittsburgh people who have commented can figure out a place to meet up! I can’t wait to follow along as you explore Pittsburgh and I am so happy you chose to do this for you! “In the end, we only regret the chances we didn’t take.”

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      I love that quote, Gail. Thanks so much for sharing. And yes, I’m certainly excited about all the new adventures ahead.

      xo Michae

  • nancyo at

    Sounds like quite the adventure! On the practical side: When we had to set up duplicate apartments, we used dishes and flatware from IKEA – the price was right, and they looked good. Also, we have liked the mattresses from Tuft & Needle for various apartments, but I am sure you have your sources. – nancyo

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      Great tips. With a second place I think it will be all about balance, mixing in some inexpensive items with a few keep pieces that might be more speedy. IKEA is a great idea for some items. Thanks!

      xo Michael

  • Dave Bush at

    Love the new place! Doing what we did went from older to more contemporary look. Anxious to see how you decorate it. We have been asking the same question is it time to pick up and spread our wings. I can’t imagine you having any trouble meeting new people. Best of luck to you and your cats!

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      I appreciate it, Dave! It will be fun to decorate a new space.

      xo Michael

  • Judy at

    Congratulations! You got this! I look forward to seeing what you do with your new space and following along with your new adventures. Good luck!

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      Thanks Judy!

      xo Michael

  • Ed Vicic at

    Great for you!! It’s tough living in such a rural area, I’m in Port Allegany! I hope you find your sparkle in Pittsburgh, it’s an awesome, open city!! Happy to link you up with some great friends of mine if you need some welcome guides! Ohh btw, I’m soo wanting those animal print chairs you used to have in your dining room. Getting rid of them, let me know!?!? All the best!!

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      Hey Ed. Thanks so much. I appreciate it. And you’re little late on the chairs. I got rid of them a few years ago. πŸ˜‰

      xo Michael

  • Anne at

    What an exciting time! As the saying goes, If not now, then when? You can only try then look back on this adventure and say, at least I put my all into it. Your current home is lovely & I am sure the new one will be even more so. Good luck, just jump in & enjoy every minute! πŸ˜€

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      Thanks so much, Anne!

      xo Michael

  • Christy at

    Congratulations on your move! Pittsburgh is such a great town. I lived there for seven years after college and grad school and loved it. There’s a lot to do, and the restaurant scene is incredible. I hope it turns out to be exactly what you’re looking for. Good luck!

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      I’m so happy to hear that! I love exploring new restaurants. I’ll have to report back here on my favorites!

      xo Michael

  • Bonnie at

    I’m very happy for you and praying that you meet lots of new friends and love living there.

  • Gwen, The Makerista at

    I’m so excited for this change for you and I pray it brings some clarity and peace to you!

  • Kim~madeinaday at

    Good luck on your new adventure! And that mailing list fly out cracked me up! Love it!

  • Debbie at

    You will love Pittsburgh! I’m a bit partial….was born and raised there but now live in a suburb of Kansas City, KS (which is also a pretty great place!). When we go home to visit family and friends we mostly eat! The restaurants are great, the people are friendly, and the eclectic feel of the city is wonderful. You won’t be bored! Good luck to you!

  • Michelle James at

    Congratulations! That sounds so exciting & kudos to you for being strong enough to make changes if you are not happy. I wish you all the best & look forward to seeing your new space all decorated! It’s very cool!

  • Mimi at

    Michael! I’m so excited for you! What a great opportunity. A chance at a new beginning that can be temporary if that’s what you eventually choose. My wish for you is that you view this as an adventure that you can return home from. That you’ll just relax and breathe it in for as long as you need to. You’re young and can afford the experience. Take advantage of it, Best of luck and loving thoughts!

  • Kim R at

    I’m thrilled you are taking this step! When I read the sun-dried tomatoes post I wanted to suggest Atlanta as a new home. We live intown and love it here. So….if Pittsburgh isn’t all you’re looking for, come further south! πŸ™‚
    I had a couple of suggestions from our time of furnishing a second home: 1) thrift/Craigslist, etc. We got a great Henredon campaign dresser is very good shape for $350 off Craigslist. I know we will keep it forever because it is such a classic piece. There are treasures out there just looking for a new home. 2) We bought a king size memory foam mattress and frame (no box spring needed) from Sam’s Club. They delivered it in a box and it expanded once opened. It is the most comfortable bed, and an easy way to get the most cumbersome item to move in your new place. The quality for the price point was exceptional in my opinion.
    Good luck, and thanks for allowing us to follow your journey!

  • Pamela Caudill at

    I think this is an excellent solution for you given the turmoil you have gone through in recent months! And you can hop on up to NYC for a weekend which should be fun! Looking forward to seeing how you design the new place! Color is your friend! πŸ˜‰

  • Reenie at

    How exciting. I love the apartment ~ and the pipes are one of my favs about it. πŸ™‚

  • Anna at

    I live in Pittsburgh and you can come plant flowers at my house! 😊 You’ll love it here…Welcome!

  • Patricia at

    It’s the right thing to do … or at least, try. You haven’t been happy and it makes sense to try something new. You’re young and need to be part of a vibrant community where you can meet someone special.
    We just moved after 32 years in a three story brick Tudor into a two bedroom two bath condo in a retirement community. It was the right choice for us but I certainly agonized over it. The worst part was downsizing and moving; not your issue at this time.
    Fully live your life. You only get one chance at it.

  • Devon Marie at

    Hey! I just wanted to give you a tip on traveling with cats. I’ve done a ten hour car ride with both of my kitties. I would recommend getting a crate. I used one made for small dogs and lined it with a comfortable blanket. This is nice because some cats tend to freak out and not come out from under the seats of the car, or can meow around and be distracting to you while driving. They also will cry quite a bit which is sad… πŸ™ I had to turn my music up and just let em cry it out.. but they’ll be ok! Also, on the move, it’s not about where you are it’s about what you make out of it! Hopefully you make it an awesome chapter. Good luck!

  • Kelly at

    I just got caught up on all your news and wanted to congratulate you on making such a big decision. I definitely think that environment has an effect on our happiness. Pittsburgh is really such a friendly, active city and I think that really can be energizing. If it doesn’t work out, yes you still have your home town (will always have that). Here’s a thought though…..My niece is a traveling nurse which means that every few months she goes to work in a new hospital and gets to try out a new city. She’s young and is aware that this is an adventure to take advantage of while she has no commitments. I think it would be so cool and such an adventure for a designer to try this out. It might be fun to try out a different city each year (or maybe six months?) and document the process. You could limit yourself to furnishing your house with mostly local consignments with a few local shops featured and intersperse with Target, etc. Just an idea! Whatever you do, enjoy!

  • Shannon Duncan at

    Hi Michael – While I read your blog a lot, I’ve never posted, but felt compelled to share some encouragement. Five years ago my husband and I sold almost everything we own and moved to another country with our pets. (We needed a dramatic change in our lives for a variety of reasons.) It was the best decision we have ever made and I would do it over again in a heartbeat. Cheers to you for taking a leap!

  • Lesley at

    Being brave is a great personal accomplishment. Keep that thought with you as you transition. Being brave has nothing to do with outcome: good or bad. It’s a skill that you sharpen with life experiences. Good luck in Pittsburgh – my favorite Chinese takeout is there, so I have to say I’m a little jealous. πŸ™‚

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    Good luck in Pittsburgh – my favorite Chinese takeout is there, so I have to say I’m a little jealous.

  • Alexis at

    SO EXCITING!! It takes a lot of guts to move to a new place alone, so you should be proud of yourself! I moved from Georgia to Boston 4 years ago alone and I’m not gonna lie, big moves aren’t easy! My biggest piece of advice is to give it time. it’s hard to make friends in a new city but I really pushed myself outside of my comfort zone (friend “dating” was more nerve wrecking than normal dating! haha). I found it easiest to make friends by joining the gym, running clubs, local networking groups, etc. Hell, I even went to bars alone to chat it up with the bartenders! Give it time and see what happens….life in a new city went from unbearable to enjoyable around month 6 when I finally made friend (ha!). Blogger groups are always fun too πŸ™‚

    On another note, your new place looks gorgeous and I can’t wait to see how you decorate. What a fun change!!! Enjoy!


  • Melissa at

    That’s awesome Michael and I cant think of a better city to move to – we love and miss Pittsburgh!! Enjoy – definitely get out and explore (and with it being so close to Saint Mary’s its an easy trip if you need to get home quick!!)

    Good Luck!!!!

  • Pamela Heim at

    So excited you’re coming to join us in the Burgh. I also picked up and moved to Pittsburgh (last October I moved here from Fairfax, VA). It’s a great, accessible, walkable and friendly city. I am very into industrial, vintage, and unconventional decor but still very much decor – I don’t mess around! I have found lots of great places to eat, shop and just sit and people watch and would very much enjoy getting together to share some of my newcomer wisdom once you’ve moved. Feel free to get in touch. I hope you love this city as much as I do.

  • Pat Schwab at

    Michael, My son lives in Pittsburgh and my daughter loves it there. The apartment looks awesome. You can have your mail forwarded to your new address or the post office will hold your mail but I am not sure for how long. Good luck!

  • Jennifer Homer at

    I know my opinion doesn’t matter but I’m so proud of you. I went through a rut AND a bad relationship for several years. Stepping outside my comfort zone was the best thing I could have done. My life is a complete 180 and I couldn’t be happier. Hang in there Sweets and I’ll be praying for you.

  • Amy at

    I’ve been following you for awhile but this is my first comment. . .. welcome to ‘da burg! You will love it! I actually live 30 miles East of Pittsburgh. My husband works at UPMC Mercy and is a Pitt grad. We love Pittsburgh. You might want to get a trail bike and hit the trails! The Great Allegheny Passage is an awesome bike trail that offers plenty of riding. Also three times a summer Pittsburgh has what is called Open Streets PIttsburgh. You can check out their website to get the dates. The streets will be closed to cars and open to bikers, roller blades, dog walkers, strollers, skateboarders, etc. We loved it last summer. We also try to see all the CLO summer productions. The tickets are inexpensive but the shows are wonderful. And start following The Pittsburgh Dad videos so you can learn the lingo. LOL. Good luck!

  • Tammy Graves at

    Congratulations! How exciting! As an animal rescuer we transport cats a lot. Start preparing them in their crates now with a little catnip under some bedding. You can add a little on moving day. If they are really stressed you can use Rescue Remedy for pets. It’s all natural. Also remember to keep them safe in a closed room while packing and moving is going on. A stressed cat may bolt.

  • CK at

    I am soooo jealous! Years ago we lived near Pittsburgh, and absolutely loved that city. Now we’re in Texas, which is also great, but my heart still belongs to Three Rivers and I’ll always be a Steeler fan!! Best of luck in your journey. Can’t wait to hear all about it. I live vicariously through you! 😊

  • Lisa at

    So happy for you and glad that you will be documenting your journey so we can enjoy it too.
    You have such talent and such an awesome outlook that I know you will find happiness.
    Have fun!

  • Kellie at

    Sounds like your the man with a plan. It’s always exciting to get out of your comfort zone and try something new. I wish you all the best. Regarding the mail issue, the post office will transfer your mail back and forth. You just have to contact them. My Mom did this when she would go back and forth to Montana. Good luck!

  • JeanR at

    Michael, HOW EXCITING! My husband and I, both in our 70’s, downsized 4 years ago to a single story, 2 bedroom home. I’m still working on getting rid of “stuff”, all of which means the world to me. It is NOT easy! But, it is such a wonderful feeling to have less. Really! I did not believe this to be true, but it is. You will have a wonderful time adjusting to your new space and deciding what’s important and what can go. I’ll be anxious to follow your journey,

  • Sue at

    Am happy for you and all the new experiences that a wait you. What a big step, one I would be afraid to try. Hope you keep all of your blogging followers up-to-date on this new chapter.

  • Anne Marie at

    I am from Pittsburgh, and you are going to love it! People are very friendly and many young people have moved or stayed in the city due to Uber, google and all the new opportunities here. Great restaurants, nightlife, parks and outdoor activities and of course sports! If you ever need anything I will be happy to answer!

  • mary at

    As a person who has moved so many times… why would you not? You have the best of both worlds. A new adventure with the security of being able to get away if it doesn’t suit you. There is something to love and learn from in every place I’ve lived. You never know if you don’t go…. Go. See. Do. Live. Love.

  • Pam Kern at

    I commend your bravery in taking a big step to change what you are not happy with. I can’t wait to hear what comes next. I am meeting a good friend from Pittsburgh next weekend for an art event in Columbus, Ohio. She loves ger hometown. I wish you all good things in your new adventure.

  • JessB at

    Awesome news! You’ll love being in a new place. Get out and try things and all will be well.

  • Julie at

    Hi Michael, Best of luck with your new adventure. When my friend moved to Florida with her cat, the vet gave her some king of medicine that they put on the cat’s paw and when she licked it off, it calmed her down. It only last about 24 hours. Check with your vet it. Enjoy the journey. Julie

  • Jean at

    Embrace the new adventure. Follow your heart and the new path you are on. Wishing you all the best.

  • Sharon at

    Wow!!! So happy for your news. I’m not a steady commenter but have followed right along with you. This sounds like a great move for you – how exciting!!!! Live in the moment. Best Wishes!

  • Laurie Guzman at

    I just love how you’re always so open about everything. Good Luck and looking forward to watching the next chapter unfold.

  • beverly e at

    Sounds like the perfect solution, Michael. Go for it… your Tribe awaits!

  • Effie at

    Good luck with this new chapter, Michael. Looking forward to all the new content tocome!

  • Nancy P. at

    Michael, I am so very happy to hear about your new and exciting adventure! Life is meant to be lived. Too many of us merely exist. We get caught up in taking care of families, or devoting ourselves to our careers, and we forget that once we had dreams and aspirations that may be different than our current circumstances. I find myself in that current predicament at this time. I would love to change my living situation, however, my spouse has no interest in changing it. I would love to move to a place where I could walk or bike to different places, rather than get in the car every time I want to go anywhere. I always admire people that are brave enough to take a chance! I wish you all the good things life has to offer❀

  • Lisa at

    I am so excited (and jealous) for you. I absolutely love Pittsburgh. I grew up in Elk County and went to Pitt. Then after college I moved to Maryland and still want to live in Pittsburgh. In fact my husband and I took our sons to the Burgh this past weekend to watch the Pirates play. We stayed at the Wyndham Grand and walked to everything. It is the best. You are going to wonder why you hadn’t moved sooner. What area of Pittsburgh is your rental? South Side, Shadyside, Squirrel Hill?

  • homeia at

    Life in a new city went from unbearable to enjoyable around month 6 when I finally made friend . Good lucky!

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