Long Beach Island Project Progress

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.

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

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The view of the kitchen before.

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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.

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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?!

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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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Easy Holiday Appetizer: Stuffed Mushrooms with Spinach

I hope you all had a nice holiday! I had a wonderful Christmas and have been taking advantage of my down time since this pregnancy is catching up to me. I had intentions of posting this recipe before Christmas, but life often gets in the way. Better late than never, right? If you’re hosting a party for New Year’s Eve these mushrooms are the perfect appetizer! My nephews literally beg me to make them which secretly makes me feel like the Barefoot Contessa. Those kids know how to butter me up!

This week I hosted my first Christmas Eve dinner with both of our families which was really fun, and if I’m being totally honest… really crazy. :) (I posted a few pictures on instagram, if you’d like to see.) We had 27 people total which is by far the biggest dinner party I’ve hosted so far. It went really smoothly and I was joking that every party I’ve had previously was just training for that night! In addition to other finger foods, I made my go-to appetizer which was a hit. I definitely recommend this recipe if you’re looking for something quick and easy to impress your guests.

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Babymoon

Before everyone heads off to celebrate Thanksgiving, I thought I’d share photos from our babymoon if you’d like to see…

About two weeks ago, we spent five days at the beautiful Cocos Hotel in Antigua and did nothing but relax and it felt so good. We woke up early every morning thanks to the colorful sunrise we saw directly from bed and spent the days lounging on the beach. I read an entire book that didn’t involve design or how my body might have freakish changes over the next few months. :)  We took little adventures like snorkeling and kayaking in the Caribbean. (Note: kayaking while pregnant in an ocean is not easy.) We both got massages (Ryan’s first) and the baby moved the most I have ever felt him. He must like getting pampered like his mama! Even though Ryan thought I made the term “babymoon” up, even he agrees that it was nice to have the time to relax, to not worry about time, and just to connect without technology running our lives. If you’re expecting, I highly recommend a trip before life gets crazy.

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The view from the private beach. Those little huts are the restaurants overlooking the ocean.

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The view from our bed.

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The view from the pool.

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Our shower. Showering any other way is just silly.

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The day after our trip, we had our 20 week check up and our baby boy is looking healthy. Much like our first ultrasound, he wouldn’t cooperate and the technician had to bang on my belly to get him to move. (It was as comfortable as it sounds.) At some points he was even sticking his tongue out!
Now I’m 22 weeks and it’s going by so quickly. I am thankful for such an enjoyable pregnancy and for the health of this little peanut. As excited as I am to meet him, I’m going to miss this.

My new skin care routine

I have been blessed with genetics that have required me to be on acne medicine from 11 years old. (Note the sarcasm) I’ve tried everything from proactive to DIY remedies to prescription medicines that required monthly blood tests because they were so intense. Now that I’m closer to 30, my skin finally seems to have settled down and I now know what works for me. To be completely honest, I was worried what would happen to my skin once I became pregnant since I could not longer take my prescriptions meds, and hormones have a nasty reputation to make your face break out. I wouldn’t claim that I now have a Victoria’s Secret model glow, but I’ve discovered products that keep my skin fresh and moisturized.

Once you become pregnant, every person and book tries to scare you about what skin care products you can use. Am I the only one who got freaked out and obsessively checks ingredients in every skin care product? Now that I’m 5 months along, I finally have an idea of what works for me and what is safe for the little jelly bean that is actively kicking away inside me.

 

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Every morning I use When Hope is Not Enough mixed with the Vitamin C booster powder. The serum is so moisturizing without being greasy and has even shrunken my pores. (I never thought I’d say that!) The booster powder (below) brightens my skin tone and has even lightened previous scars from the lovely reminders of my teenage acne.

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At night I use Estee Lauder’s Advanced Night Repair. I always thought because I had breakout prone skin that I shouldn’t moisturize but that is the biggest misconception. Once I started using this moisturizing serum my skin has transformed. Even though Ryan complains about how expensive it is, I often see him trying to sneakily use my serum’s. :)

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The other day I was shopping in the city with a client and walked past Deja Vu, an Israeli skin care store with products from the Dead Sea. I got suckered into buying this body scrub and am so glad I did! I’ve been exfoliating my hands every night and it makes my hands SO SOFT and really moisturizes my cuticles. (I’ve since realized it’s way cheaper on amazon.) Fresh-Foaming-Cleanser-lg

I used to use regular face soap to remove my makeup at night, but my new white sheets were a nice reminder that it wasn’t doing it’s job. I recently switched to Neutrogena’s Foaming Cleanser that removes my makeup and makes my face feel clean.

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Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Lotion. For obvious reasons. Protecting_650x650_tcm1598-427243

Simple Light Moisturizing Lotion for these colder days that need more than my serums. It’s not greasy but does the trick.

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