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Custom Bookshelf Progress

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This week has been a bit hectic to say the least… and it’s only Tuesday. It’s been that good hectic where things get done and you’re too busy and preoccupied to stuff your face with Chips Ahoy at your computer all day. (Who am I kidding?! There’s always time for pregnancy cravings!) My energy is slowly draining and this little tiny baby inside me doesn’t feel so tiny anymore. He’s kicking harder every day which is a sweet little reminder that I have only 8 weeks left (!!!) until he’s expected to change our lives forever. Needless to say, I’ve been on a mad dash to get things done, both professionally and personally.

This week we made some huge progress for my Allendale project. The custom bookshelves have been built! The next step is to stain them a deep, rich cherry stain to compliment the cooler toned fabrics we’ve chosen for the space. These pieces will go in my client’s living room and will house family photos, colorful books, and interesting objects that reflect the couple’s interests. We also included a drawer for storage to hide toys, games or other items that aren’t as beautiful. Wait until you see this room completed… I can hardly wait!

Custom bookshelf
Custom bookshelf

Westfield, NJ Project

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This week I photographed one of my recently completed projects in Westfield, NJ. (I even got to use my fancy new camera bag I mentioned here.) I designed the living room, dining room, and office for a young family who moved from NYC last year. They had a few existing pieces to incorporate, but the majority was a blank slate. My client scored the amazing mirror above the fireplace on eBay (can you believe that?!) and the Asian art was passed down to her from her mother. I always love using sentimental items and this art was the perfect addition.

During one of my last meetings, my client’s daughter was flipping though a coffee table book and chatting with me, while her brother was playing with his action figures on the coffee table. When he walked into the living room during this photo shoot he sighed and said, “Lisa, I just love this room.” It warms my heart and is so rewarding to see a family use the space that I designed.

See all pictures here!

Westfield NJ Interior Design Living Room

Westfield NJ Interior Design Living Room

Westfield NJ Interior Design Living Room

Westfield NJ Interior Design Living Room

Westfield NJ Interior Design Dining Room

Long Beach Island Project Progress

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Last year I was brought on to help design the kitchen and bathrooms for this charming bungalow on Long Beach Island, NJ. Aside from the fact that my client is amazing, I was excited to work in an area of the Jersey Shore that holds a special place in my heart. When I was younger I often vacationed in Beach Haven, an area of LBI, with family friends. I knew the area well and knew I needed to be a part of this!

Even though Hurricane Sandy did a number on the island in October 2012, my client’s house managed to suffer little damage. The project schedule was severely delayed since so many homes on the island needed much more serious work. After many months of patiently waiting, demolition started this month and my client and I are in the midst of designing!  Progress is a beautiful thing!

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The exterior before. We’re going to modernize the porches and add lush landscaping.

LBI Dining Room - Interior Design Before

The view from the living room into the dining area before.

LBI Kitchen - Interior Design Before

The view of the kitchen before.

LBI Interior Design - Demo

The current view of the kitchen. It already looks better! :) We’re removing the wall between the kitchen and dining area to create an open space to entertain.

LBI Interior Design - Demo

Above: Another view of the kitchen.

Below is the inspiration for the kitchen. We want a modern look while maintaining the beachy style of the bungalow. Wood flooring will be continuous through the first floor, we’ll install white inset cabinetry with glass upper cabinets, and install bead board on the ceiling. Does it really get any better than that?!

LBI Interior Design Inspiration

And just for fun – the view of the ocean that’s only two houses away!

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 All photos by my client. (Hi, Karen!)

Aspire Metro Article

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(I originally posted this before we launched my new website, but it somehow got deleted and I unfortunately didn’t have every post backed up. So, I apologize if you’ve seen this before.)

For those of you who haven’t seen this article, I am really proud to share that my work was featured in Aspire Magazine this past Summer/Fall issue! I’ve been in the industry for a while now, and always joke that I’ve been a “designer” since 5th grade, but there’s something about seeing your work in print that solidifies everything you’ve worked for. I can’t say that the past 10-15 years of my career (both college and professional) have been easy, but it has definitely been worth it. I am really proud of where I am, where my career and company have led me and I am excited for the future. I am beyond grateful for the clients I have met and for the relationships I have built. 2014 is going to be the best year yet, I can feel it. :)

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Traditional Living Room

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I wanted to share this photo, just because. I love the colors – the cinnamon sofa, the gray rug, and the navy flowers. I’m working on an Art Deco period designed apartment in NYC with similar colored sofas so maybe I have this color on the brain. It’s a bit more traditional than most of my spaces but doesn’t it just look so cozy?!

Ryan Korban via La Dolce Vita.

Baby news and nursery plans

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Yesterday I got a call from my doctor with results from some recent bloodwork. The baby looks perfectly healthy which is a huge relief! There is also a newish blood test that can see the gender at only 15 weeks and we chose to find out. I was sitting in Penn Station in NYC coming home from a client meeting when I got the news. Not traditional by any means but I just couldn’t wait a few weeks to get the news in person! I conferenced Ryan in and the doctor told us that we’re having a healthy baby boy!

I was sitting on the steps waiting for my train to go home and I just sat there in shock. A baby boy! Now it feels more real because we can refer to the baby as “him” or “he” instead of “it”. I hope he’s as much of a mama’s boy as his daddy is! :)

I’m only 15 weeks right now but I’m a planner and I’d love to have everything chosen for the nursery pretty soon. I’m looking into having a small scale glider made because the room is so tiny and that can take up to 3 months. In the nursery plan below you can see how tiny it is! We really only have room for a crib, dresser and maybe a glider if we squeeze it in! We have overhead lighting, but I’m going to use a low lighting floor lamp for mid night feedings. We have a small radiator right under the window so I had my amazing carpenter make a shelf like this to sit on top so it can serve as a side table.

My next project that I am really excited about is revamping the closet. Right now the closet in the nursery has one shelf and one bar which really doesn’t provide enough storage especially since there won’t be much dresser storage. There is also a pipe running through the closet which is a huge eyesore. My plan for this week is to redo the insulation around the pipe, and remove the shelves. I’d like to install two shelves/bars above each other like this so we have more clothing storage. I’m also going to add a tall skinny cube bookshelf for things like shoes, towels, and sheets. Why does organizing make me so happy?!

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Below are some inspiration images I’ve been pinning on pinterest. Ryan said I could do whatever I want (we’ll see how honest he was being) so I’m looking for something light, bright and fun. I love nurseries that aren’t too gender specific but I’d like to have this room have some more color than the rest of the house. We already bought this dresser from ikea a while ago. I’ve had baby on the brain for a while and I loved this dresser so much that I was scared they’d discontinue it. Crazy, I know. I’ve started doing some research for cribs and rockers so once I’ve organized my thoughts I’ll share the options with you. I can’t wait!

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