I’ve been hinting at a big announcement for the past few weeks and I’m finally able to share that we are moving back to the east coast! After almost two years in Dallas, Will has accepted a new job in New York and, as much as we loved living in the city when we were first dating, we’ve decided to rent a house in Greenwich, Connecticut, and try to recreate some of the same amenities and conveniences we’ve come to love while living in the suburbs of Dallas. We are truly going to miss the friends we’ve made here as well as living so close to Will’s parents but are extremely excited for this new chapter!


It’s crazy to think that I’ve been blogging for seven years and have lived in as many places since starting Design Darling during my junior year at Bucknell. Rural Pennsylvania for school, the Loire Valley for a semester abroad, San Francisco for a post-grad internship, back in Connecticut while I launched my online boutique, into New York where Will and I met, then to Dallas where Will is from, and now back to Connecticut where I grew up! It’s certainly been a whirlwind several years (I think many twenty-somethings will relate!) and I admit I hope we’re able to settle into a bit more of a routine after we get married later this year.

When I moved from New York to Dallas, I shared a list of the things I would miss most about New York and the things I was most excited for in Dallas… so I thought it only fitting to do the same as we do the same move in reverse!


No list of things I’ll miss about Dallas would be complete without mentioning my girlfriends Ali and Amy, who have been the best friends a girl could ask for when moving to a new city. I am so thankful to have both of them in my bridal party and know that we have many more weekend trips to Nantucket in our future! Their husbands Patrick and Wade have also become dear friends of ours and I know I’ll miss all our double dates as we try to make friends in a new place.

Other things I’ll miss about Dallas… Homecooked dinners with Will’s parents (and their endless generosity in dogsitting Rory, who honestly loves them more than he loves us!). Tex-Mex (if you have suggestions for Mexican food in Fairfield County, I know a certain someone who would be very appreciative). The warm weather (definitely have not missed those New England winters). Our personal trainer (who has whipped our behinds into shape and is just the loveliest human being — if you’re looking for a trainer in Dallas, I’d love to give you her contact info!).


I’ll definitely miss how polite Dallasites are (I worry I’ve begun to take people holding open doors for granted — being back in New York might be a rude awakening!). Having an airport so close to our house (weekend trips out of Love Field are a dream compared to Laguardia, etc.). Will’s short commute time (trading a 10-minute drive for a 50-minute train ride is definitely a downgrade). And of course our beautiful house — the first home we’ve shared together, a place we’ve so enjoyed making our own, and just the luxury of space that costs so much more where we’re moving. Who knows how long it will be until Will has his own makeup-free sink again… 🙂


Things I’m looking forward to in Connecticut / New York… Living close to my parents, sister Reilly, brother Grayson, and all my girlfriends in the city again (truly thankful that Will’s job is taking us to New York vs. any number of other cities). How excited he is about this new direction in his career (and knowing that this move will help reinvigorate mine a bit too!). A new home to decorate (I can’t wait to show you “before” photos — it’s totally different from where we live now but I’m kind of obsessed!). Living near the water again. Having a yard for Rory. Proximity to Nantucket. Date nights at our favorite restaurant in the West Village. Finding new favorite places in Greenwich and the surrounding towns (so much has changed since I graduated from high school ten years ago!). Reconnecting with old friends in the area and hopefully making lots of new friends too!


Anyway! That’s our big news — sharing it with all of you definitely makes it feel more real! We’re hitting the road this weekend and will probably do a little back-and-forth this month as we try to pack up and sell our house in Dallas. Will and I are so excited for what the next year has in store and, after seven years of criss-crossing the country, I can’t think of a better way to kick off a new year than being back in the place that’s always felt most like home.

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  1. Mackenzie – Long story short. You reached out to us when you had Design Darling designs in the marketplace in 2014. I am President and Account Manager at The Boatman Group and I sent you an email on April 19th to mackenzieATdesigndarlingDOTcom – as that’s the only email we have. I do not have a phone # to call you and review live in person some of the ideas I have. I now think that you are moving back to Connecticut, this could be a grand time to get going again with Design Darling. Read my email or give me a call on my direct line in my email signature.

    I do hope to touch base on this concept with you soon,

    Sincerely Impressed,
    Gregory Geller

  2. Is your fiancé a UNC grad? it’s funny, I think we have a similar story…I’m also a redhead who grew up in CT (RIdgefield). Met a nice Southern boy in DC, except he’s from North Carolina. We’re still trying to figure out where to settle–whether to stay in DC or move north/south–but my heart is always going to be in the Northeast. Glad you found a great home in CT!

    My guy and I joke that Northeasterners and Southerners are kind of the same people: we love bright colors, home-cooked food, and handwritten thank-you notes (or hostess gifts, or all those little etiquette rules). Now if only we could agree on what “ideal weather” means… 😉

    1. Aww I love that you’ve found some similarities between your two worlds! Will went to Princeton but has a bunch of friends from Dallas who went to UNC. And one of my bridesmaids went there too! 🙂

      1. Funny! I bet your friend would love a Carolina blue…er, hydrangea blue bridesmaid dress. My fiancé has already subtly-but-not-so-subtly suggested the color to me (“You love blue, isn’t Carolina blue the same as those pretty spring flowers? I’m sure your sisters would love that color.”)

    1. There’s a decent Mexican restaurant in New Canaan that I like, Tequila Mockingbird. Nothing will live up to true Tex-Mex, but if you’re craving a place not too far from Darien…

  3. hi! sorry totally not related to your big move (although, exciting!) where is your bag from in the last photo? thanks! robyn

  4. This is so exciting and not what I expected for the big news! Definitely teared up a little bit towards the end but our twenties really are about big adventures in new cities. Can’t wait to see the new place decorated 🙂

  5. WOW! That was quick! Congratulations and I CANNOT wait to see the new house! Too bad I am not in Dallas or in the market in Dallas. Because I bet that is a stunner I’d want to swoop up.

    I never did get to meet you down there when I was visiting, though this trip I was sick as a dog, so you would not have wanted to. Maybe someday… But damn, I do agree regarding Love Field. That place is a dream.

  6. congrats, mackenzie! what a way to start off the new year. i can just tell that you’re beaming with excitement 🙂 best of luck on your move!

  7. Some Fairfield county favorites for your move:
    Harvest, Fortina, ZaZa, Bar Taco, Bodega, The Goose, Amore Pizza, Gin and Tonic, Cafe Silvium

  8. Ah congratulations!! Such exciting news and so much to look forward too! As a young twenty-something from Connecticut myself, I can only hope that I live in as many fun destinations as you have! Xo.

  9. Congratulations! We just moved to Fairfield Country from Manhattan and TexMex is a top priority for us, too 🙂 Selfishly exited for your new, local, finds!

  10. CONGRATS! Such exciting news!! I hadn’t been home in 12 years and our move this past year was an exciting change. No wonder you were forgetting your suitcase taxi’s, you’ve had even MORE going on than ever! Hope you had a great start to the new year and can’t wait to see your new home!

    The Sarcastic Blonde

  11. SO happy for you to be heading back to where it feels like home. The east coast fits you so well and I love following your adventures there!

    And Greenwich is so cute. That’s where my hubby grew up, so we used to spend quite a bit of time there when his parents still lived there — and we lived in Stamford for a summer.

    Excited to see how it’s changed…or not changed!

  12. Hurray! You’re coming back to NYC 🙂 Wow what a whirlwind past few years, but I can see how much you’ve missed the east coast and being close to home, so I’m happy for you and Will for this next step! Will have to grab coffee in NYC together sometime! xo

  13. Mackenzie, I am so so happy for you! I know how much you missed the east coast, and having gone through something similar when we were in NY, I can only imagine how excited (and ok, relieved) you must feel to be “going home!” High five.

  14. Congrats on your exciting news!! It sounds like 2017 is going to be your year 🙂 Sending good vibes for a stress-free move and transition for y’all. Can’t wait to see how you decorate- you are my #1 interior design inspiration!

  15. So excited to have y’all back in the area! Woo hoo!
    Check out Boxcar Cantina for Mexican in Greenwich. It reminds me so much of La Paz, my favorite Mexican restaurant in Birmingham and Destin, FL!

  16. I am so jealous! My husband and I moved to Houston from the east coat in August and I really miss being close to family and friends and I definitely fit in better in the northeast. Though I also do not miss the northeast winters, nor the cost of living up there. Good luck with your move!

  17. So exciting! Congrats on the move and welcome back to the NYC area! Can’t wait to see how you style your new house! Good luck with everything in the next few weeks! x

  18. Congrats, and good luck on the move! It sounds like 2017 is going to be a great year for you and Will, and I can’t wait to hear more about your new life back in New England. I know how hard it is to be away from family (I moved to Texas 2 years ago with my then fiancé, now husband and left behind all our family in North Carolina), so I’m excited that you’re able to move back and be closer to them!

  19. Congratulations and welcome home!! There are so many great restaurants in Greenwich these days- Harvest, Le Penguin, East End, Boxcar Cantina, The Little Pub..not to mention the surrounding towns. I am happy to offer recommendations! Best of luck with the move!

  20. This is so exciting! I know you will enjoy being closer to your family again! Can’t wait to follow along in the next phase of y’alls great adventure together.


  21. Such exciting news, Mackenzie! I’m looking forward to keeping up with your New England adventures! Also, so random – but did Will go to UNC by any chance? I noticed his shirt in the first photo and was curious, as my husband and I graduated from there in ’08. Best of luck with your move!

  22. Congratulations on this big move! It’s clear that you are so close to your family, and you will cherish being closer to them. As someone who longs to live closer to her own family, I totally feel you, and I hope this move brings you joy!

  23. YAY! So happy to hear this!!!!!! Hopefully, one time I can meet you in NYC for a coffee!!!!! So happy for you!


  24. I once remember asking you if you were going to stay in Texas. It just didn’t seem “you”. Of course I don’t know you at all so that maybe isn’t fair, but you this seems a better fit! Good luck with everything involved in your move.