Deck Refresh

Recently I had a ton of fun helping a client with the redesign of the massive deck she shares with her husband and three small children. This is where we started. They had the furniture we just needed to get busy bringing this space to life!

May 27, 2019

May 27, 2019

The client and I are IG friends. When she posted the above image - I sent a message suggesting she reorient one of the couches and pull in the two chairs to make a cozy lounge area. The next day she told me she and her husband had sat out there the previous evening and how much they enjoyed the new vibe.

May 28, 2019 Just having pulled the lounge area together

May 28, 2019 Just having pulled the lounge area together

We kept chatting about the design - the different zones. The lounge, the dining, grilling and kid zone and that’s when she hired me. The next steps included making a plan, a shopping list and then getting a date to meet at the At Home Store in Wayne, NJ.

June 10, 2019 At Home Store purchases.

June 10, 2019 At Home Store purchases.

It’s important when working with a client that I keep their design sensibility and budget in mind. As I mentioned my client already had the furniture she just needed my help to finish the space. She is a lover of a classic aesthetic - and wanted this area to be grounded in neutrals.

June 11, 2019

June 11, 2019

As we chatted I asked: do you need cushions? do you need an umbrella and base? do you have a large tray for the table? do you have lanterns? do you have battery operated candles? do you have real candles? do you have melamine dishes and glasses? Remember this is a room that just happens to be outside - you need all the same things you need for inside!

June 11, 2019

June 11, 2019

June 11, 2019

June 11, 2019

I wish I had thought to take the cover off of the grill but, you all get the idea…the grill now has it’s own area instead of being next to the seating area. It’s actually closer to the kitchen door. now.

I suggested an AstroTurf rug for under the kiddos play table which is behind the lounge area. Something fun to do is to fill a large plastic bin with bubbles and water pistols. This way the kiddos have access to them and Mom and Dad will know where they are too! You want to enjoy your deck and your children do too - so set them up to have fun so you can relax!


For less than $400.00 we purchased:

  • One 7 x 10 Rug

  • A 7-1/2 foot Crank Umbrella

  • Umbrella Base

  • Three Throw Pillows

  • Two Chair Cushions

  • Three Decorative Bowls in various designs and material all good for Outdoor Use.

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The clients are enjoying the space both day and night!

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Til next time!

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A Day In The City! (Part 2)

A few weeks ago I went into New York City for day with my sister and my son - our goal to visit the Guggenheim and view the Hilma af Klint exhibit and meet my niece for dinner. Here’s part 2 of that day.

Liam took about 100 images on my sister’s phone that day!

Liam took about 100 images on my sister’s phone that day!

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Hilma af Klint (October 26, 1862 – October 21, 1944) was a Swedish artist and mystic whose paintings were among the first Western abstract art. A considerable body of her abstract work predates the first purely abstract compositions by Wassily Kandinsky. She belonged to a group called "The Five", a circle of women who shared her belief in the importance of trying to make contact with the so-called "High Masters" - often by way of séances. Her paintings, which sometimes resemble diagrams, were a visual representation of complex spiritual ideas. (from Wikipedia)

The repetition of form is delightful.

The repetition of form is delightful.

The minute I saw this image - I thought - Album cover!

The minute I saw this image - I thought - Album cover!

These smaller almost monotone works draw you in - you must get close to take in all the details.

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Click here to watch an 11 minute video by the Guggenheim’s curator regarding the exhibit.

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After the obligatory stop at the gift shop we made our way along Fifth Avenue passing the Neue Galerie, the Metropolitan Museum of Art and The Frick Collection until we landed at the Boat Basin in Central Park. It was a glorious day!

The Frick Collection

The Frick Collection

The Boat Basin, Central Park.

The Boat Basin, Central Park.

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We had a few hours to sit and relax, which never happens when we’re in the city, it was divine to just sit in the sunshine drinking a glass of wine and really savor the day before grabbing a cab to Herald Square to meet Christina for dinner at Stella 34 located on the 6th floor inside Macy’s.

Liam and Christina

Liam and Christina

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The Empire State Building over the course of our evening.

After dinner we did a little shopping and we had to show Liam the wooden Escalator.

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We’re so fortunate to be able to get into the City easily. It’s just over an hour and as the crow flies it’s less then 25 miles. How lucky are we?1? Next up may be The Met Breuer. Liam really loves modern art.

Til next time!

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Friendly Introduction

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I recently met with Kristin Luciano founder of the House of Luciano one of the premiere New Jersey based Bridal Beauty firms - What better way to celebrate the First Day of Spring than introduce my readers to this wonderfully talented woman who makes her clients feel amazing on their special day!

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I’ve been a beauty enthusiast since my very first dance recital when I got to wear bright red lipstick and lots and lots of mascara for the first time!

Kristin has a delightful story of how she ended up the head of a Beauty Brand. You know that old saying about being in the right place…

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One day while Kristin was studying Marketing at Loyola University her landlord told she and her roommates to bring the rent check to her at work… they had no idea what their landlords profession was - well - Debi Young a professional Make-Up Artist was on location. After delivering the check and meeting the late actor Alan Rickman - Kristin had a light-bulb moment - She could do Make-Up as a Career! She’d already been applying make-up on her friends and seeing how it made them feel better about themselves since high school. After graduation she attended The Makeup Shop while attending the school she interned for Tobi Britton in the Shop and still gets excited when she shares that Tobi paid them all in make-up. She was able to complete her Kit in no time!

I asked why Weddings? Kristin answered by saying “Weddings are always fun! Everyone is always happy and excited; why wouldn’t I want to work with such happy clients” Kristin also touched on her Make-Up philosophy - She only looks to enhance someone, she never wants to change them or have them look like someone else.

I love my ladies look like themselves.
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House of Luciano has launched a line of Lipsticks and Glosses - to round out her clients Wedding day experience - so her ladies aren’t left without what they need to look fresh for the rest of the day. The formula has deep saturated colors and is extremely long wearing.

I should know I am lucky enough to have two beautiful shades!

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Kristin has made the House of Luciano one of New Jersey’s premiere Bridal Beauty providers. She has earned top honors in the industry as a repeat "Best of Weddings" and “Hall of Fame” vendor on The Knot, as well as many features in New Jersey Bride, Manhattan Bride, Brides.com and Style Me Pretty. She maintains a valid Aesthetics License from the New Jersey State Board of Cosmetology since 2006.

Kristin shared a Fan Girl moment with me - she recounted - seeing Make-Up Artist and Business Woman Bobbi Brown at a Soul Cycle Class - Yes, she went up to her and told her what a fan she was of her products and that she used them with her own clients!

Even if you’re wedding day was years ago…You will learn useful tips and see hands-on product demonstrations on Kristin’s wonderful blog and tutorials on YouTube. I highly recommend checking them out!

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I loved interviewing Kristin and I look forward to sharing more entrepreneurial women with you.

Til next time!

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