Chaletmomma Turns 2!

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I can’t believe year two is in the books! This past year has brought exciting growth. I’m thrilled with where the business is and I’m super stoked about where it’s headed!

When I started Chaletmomma I had an LLC and a dream! I knew I loved all of the following: chatting, my home, design and styling. I’m proud to say this is my 103rd post. This space has always been a little bit about me, a little bit about design with whatever strikes my fancy thrown in for good measure! I was pleased to write about my favorite books and have friends share theirs - now, there’s a permanent link to this article in my sidebar under my Current Read section. I love learning about people and sharing this knowledge with you my readers. - so it was a natural progression to incorporate interviews into the mix. I’ve published six:

  1. Friendly Introduction

  2. Dear Diane

  3. Lovely Ladies

  4. Amazing Abbey

  5. Awe Inspiring

  6. Give Me Moore

I redesigned my logos in 2019 I think Navy with Gold is so very me… it’s basic like a favorite navy tee topped off with a great necklace - everything needs a little touch of something!

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This year we got real business cards…. I love ‘em and since I love notebooks…we have those too! Now, I’m always thinking about where else the Logo would look brilliant!

Art installation in a little boys room

Art installation in a little boys room

The reason for the cards…for a tool kit, for proposals and invoices - CLIENTS! I have had the best time realizing this dream of helping people feel better about their spaces both living and virtual ones - I’ve assisted clients with their websites as well as retail related queries.

I’ve always said that this space and Chaletmomma is about

Design Blog Brand.

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Deck Refresh

The one aspect of Chaletmomma that continues to blow my mind is the connections… the wonderful friends I’ve made through social media - specifically Instagram. The growth of my brand has been helped exponentially by Instagram but, it’s not about followers for me. Its about connections. It’s about inspiration. I am beyond exited about the creatives I am fortunate enough to “meet”. They are friends be they someone who lovingly comments on my posts daily or simply likes a comment I leave for them. I have found designers and bloggers to follow and in turn collaborate with.

The friendship game is strong on the Gram and I’m a huge fan.

My top three images in 2019.

Thank you to my friends both in and out of design for having their businesses associated with Chaletmomma! Thank you to my advertisers! Thanks to my family. A humongous debt of gratitude to you my readers. I thank you all for being part of the Chaletmomma Family!

Til next time! xoxo

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Celebrating 16 years of Chalet Life!

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Today marks the Anniversary of the day we took ownership of the Chalet! 16 years ago today … we signed the papers on this quirky little beauty. The Chalet was the first home built on property subdivided in 1924 from the Leaycraft Estate. Our street bears the name of that Estate.

July 24, 2003

July 24, 2003

Chalet: a wooden house or cottage with overhanging eaves typically found in the Swiss Alps.

While driving with a friend we stumbled upon a For Sale by Owner sign that soon turned into our destiny. A home for sale in my old neighborhood! My dream location full of quiet streets, unique architecture and close to the park. I knew the house - while growing up a few block away I trick or treated here and rode my bike by what we called “The Red Schoolhouse” because it was painted red and the center chimney looks like a bell tower. You can see it here in the 1968 watercolor by artist Nat Lewis. This painting was gifted to us by a former owners daughter. We are so very blessed to have this hanging on our wall.

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We started calling it “The Chalet” soon after moving in. Built as a vacation home by Austrian craftsmen brought in specifically by Dr. Morgan the original owner. At roughly 1400 square feet it’s not overly large - it has three-bedroom and although we were originally moving to gain space we have forgiven the Chalet for only offering us one small bath. It has wonderful unique features such the hand cut railings and multiple sets of French doors throughout - there’s so much to love.

Our Pink Upstairs Hall

Our Pink Upstairs Hall

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We’ve so fortunate to enjoy open-concept living in a home which is almost 100 years old. We’ve jokingly coined the phrase Step-Saver to describe our Kitchen because if you stand in the middle of the room you can reach out and touch everything without taking a step!

Diningroom looking into Livingroom

Diningroom looking into Livingroom

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Adding to the homey feel, is the fireplace with it’s beautiful carvings in the center of the house.

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Porch

One major change we’ve made to the Chalet was enclosing our porch. It was an open air galerie - you can read more about it here. Hands down the best thing we’ve done. Both the Master bedroom and our son’s bedroom are above this space. The Chalet is weather tight and quieter!

We love sleeping in the tree tops!

Hallway from The Master Bedroom

Hallway from The Master Bedroom

I love these images - the middle is when we still had the humongous American Beech out front. We loved that tree but, it started loosing limbs. You can see it in the image that was published in a local history book in 1976.

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Steven, Liam and I have filled the Chalet with many treasures but, the best part of the Chalet is sharing it with others!

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We feel so very blessed every day to be able to call this jewel home.

Til next time!

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Spring Around the Chalet

This Spring was long in coming here in Northern New Jersey. We had buckets of rain and the temperatures stayed pretty chilly until just the end of last month - but friends it came and how lovely it all looked! We are on the cusp of the Summer Solstic and temperatures have remained pretty mild. Now, of course we want it to warm up so we can enjoy the swim club! ha!

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We have a small Peonies bush.

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The Bearded Irises spread every year.

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These Siberian Irises were a gift from my sister - she brought some over from her garden!

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Nothing better than these old growth Rhododendrons and Mountain Laurel.

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Our Cherry Blossom Tree is gorgeous - to think this was an add-on when we redid the landscaping in 2014.

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We have two lilac bushes on the side of the house between the kitchen door and driveway and on the side of the garage - the blooms are many and they smell glorious! If only they didn’t make my nose run I would bring some inside.

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These pots by the kitchen door are filled with chives and day-lilies.

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Til next time - I hope you get outdoors to enjoy the weather and some beautiful flora!

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