I’m 6 days past my due date and still no baby here! I’ve been spending time resting and catching up on design inspiration to try and occupy myself. It’s easy to get burned out when you’re creative every single day so I’ve really been enjoying this down time to clear my head. I recently came across the firm Sawyer Berson out of NYC. How have I never seen their work?! They are an interdisciplinary firm specializing in architecture, interior design and landscape design and I can not get enough! Each of their projects are so unique – from South Hampton to Rodeo Drive – but they all have modern, clean lines. I could live in every one of their projects!
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!
The view from the living room into the dining area before.
The view of the kitchen before.
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.
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?!
And just for fun – the view of the ocean that’s only two houses away!
All photos by my client. (Hi, Karen!)
The baby’s nursery is one of my favorite rooms in the house. It’s really teeny, so it makes it really cozy to be in. Ryan’s been using it for a “gym” and by gym I mean it has a weight bench that the cats lay on more than he does. :) Sometimes I go in there and sit and daydream about what it’s going to be like to rock our son in there. It gets the most beautiful lighting in the afternoon adding even more coziness to the space.
I’ve started doing some research but I keep going back to the same items. I may need some help making decisions! I can easily make them for clients, but have a hard time making them for myself. Which do you like best?! I’m leaning more towards option 1, but knowing me I’ll probably continue to do more research.
Using orange, blue and gray color scheme are more boyish and fun.
Option 2 Sources:
I love the style of this rocker, but I’m worried that it might be too deep for the space.
I love the look of this glider, but it’s just too deep. So bummed!
BabyLetto Mercer Crib
I love the look of this crib and the fact that it converts to a toddler crib, but I kept going back to the clean lines of the ikea crib. Although the storage below this crib is a bonus, I like how clean the other crib looks. Am I crazy?
I am not one to believe that there is going to be a Zombie Apocalypse any time soon, but I have to admit that this “zombie safe house” is pretty creative. Designed by KWK Promes, this modernist house provides security when it folds upon itself. The entrance and windows are covered by thick concrete “shutters” when in nap mode and it’s interiors are so beautiful, simple and modern. Kind of crazy, kind of amazing, don’t you think?
Check out this blog for more photos.
Over the past few weeks I’ve been helping my friends’ mother design her outdated bathroom. After seeing this bathroom with pink tiles (very similar to the bathroom in the house where I grew up!) I couldn’t wait to get my hands on it! The design goal was to update it with modern, durable finishes at a modest price point. This is the main bathroom primarily used by three young, active children so I knew everything needed to withstand the test of time. Having nephews (and a sweet baby niece) I know how easily children can destruct something you thought could never break. The shower tiles are classic white subway tiles that will never look dated, and the flooring we installed is a beautiful linen porcelain tile similar to this. Choosing beautiful materials is the easy part! The biggest challenge was finding a quality vanity that was about 14″ deep with enough counter space. The space is very, very narrow and I needed something to free up floor space to make the bathroom visually appear larger. The toilet location is staying as is because if we flipped it your knees would hit the tub when you sat down. Not the most comfortable seat!
Below are some cell phone progress shots so I apologize if they’re blurry. Once the project is completed I’ll take some proper after shots!
AFTER DEMO / AFTER NEW SHEETROCK INSTALLED: (What a HUGE difference already, don’t you think!?)
AFTER THE TILES WERE INSTALLED / BEFORE TILES WERE GROUTED:
Phew! I am so excited to see the final result. Now if only my parents would let me remodel their bathroom already…. :)
What I love most about my “job” is the amazing people I meet on a daily basis. With every new project I get to learn about how the client uses the space, or what their individual needs are and you’d be surprised how different each and every story is. Last month I met with a new client and we ended up talking for hours about everything from textured wall paper to parenting techniques. Somehow my conversations are always very random. :) I am designing a home office for an incredible family right outside of Manhattan and I am so, so excited about it! Below is the inspiration my client sent to me via pinterest. It’s amazing how technology is changing how we communicate and develop relationships, don’t you think? Anywho, how amazing is this space?!