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fence fail

You know the feeling when you attempt to make a new recipe, and you’re SO excited envisioning how pretty it will look and how amazing it’ll taste… when 3/4 of the way through, you realize that you’ve completely screwed up a key component. Next thing you know, your hopes and dreams are in the trash. Yep, I do. Happened to me a few weeks ago with this exact ombre cake :)… & that is exactly how I am feeling after this weekend.

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fence countdown!

Guys!!! SO close to the weekend and do you know what that means? Our fence is finally getting installed. Unfortunately this project was pushed back a week due to some ceaseless rain. Finally clear skies are abound and we should be good to go!

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When exclaiming my excitement, one coworker asked in confusion if we had dogs – not really wrapping their head around why a fence would be SO monumental. I guess I should explain :).

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front door search begins!

Happy Saturday!

The summer is rapidly approaching !!! 🙂 – while also somewhat petrifying, as a new front door is something we absolutely need before the rental season. Our quirky home currently has two front doors. Yes, strange. The one that we use primarily opens directly into our breezeway; the other is somewhat on the right side of the home, opening into the kitchen/living room. We ultimately want to close up the second door and only use the entrance to our breezeway so that is the door we are focusing on.

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fireplace drab to fab

This weekend we FINALLY headed down to the beach to continue the work on our house! We started off our morning Saturday by meeting with a few different fence contractors. It’s funny but you quickly realize, you don’t really notice details of something like a fence until you need to pick out your own :). Now I am noticing concave vrs convex, different heights, and gate options. Talk about adulting.

Our home is in desperate need of a new fence so this is at the top of our list. We took down a few trees a couple weeks back and that really illuminated the messiness. The backyard is our #1 priority in updating before the summer begins!

After our fence consultations, my Mom and I began to tackle the fireplace. Above, you can see what the fireplace looked like before we began. Dirty, dingy and just not appealing. After about an hour of an attempt at scrubbing it (with no luck), I decided that painting was a must.

Ignorantly, I thought this would be a quick speedy process which was not the case! We started by applying two coats of Kilz Premium Stain Blocker – Interior/Exterior Water Base. This step was by far the most time consuming – getting into all the little divets of a stone fireplace is not easy!

After the primer dried we applied 2 coats of Valspar Signature Ultra White – Semi Gloss Interior. I really like how the slight sheen adds some dimension to the stone.

We were a bit apathetic about the previous natural stone… but now that this is done, I could never imagine going back. What do you think?!

fireplace :: after!

fireplace :: after!

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beach house before

2015 was a crazy, crazy year for us. January began with finally acting on a dream we’ve had for awhile – finding a place of our own at the beach. Being that we both have Jersey Shore roots and with the insane NYC apartment prices (& sizes!), we decided that vacation real estate would be our best investment.

I will never forget the day Matt and I had planned on going down to look at homes with our broker. Key words – HAD PLANNED. I was SO excited with a list of houses we couldn’t wait to check out. Of course my body was not on my side and I came down with the stomach bug. Thankfully, my parents went in our place to vet out some properties.

My Mom’s first words when seeing this house = old Pocono’s cabin. At first I was discouraged, but considering it was 4 houses off a private beach we wanted to see it anyway. It is a definite fixer upper but we ended up falling in love with the location, layout & overall property size, and last but certainly not least, the idea of having a project. After some back & forth negotiations we finally closed on our first home at the end of April 2015!

See below for some ‘pre’ photos:

front of Faber Lane

front of Faber Lane

Isn’t the wood paneling so charming?! 😉

beach house living room pre-renovated

living room

 

1st floor bedroom pre-renovated

1st bedroom – 1 full bed

 

bedroom

2nd bedroom – 1 full bed

 

beach house pre-renovated kitchen

kitchen

 

breezeway

breezeway

 

2nd floor twin bedroom

3rd bedroom – 2 twin beds

 

4th bedroom

4th bedroom – 2 twin beds

 

5th bedroom

5th bedroom – 6! twin beds

 

backyard

backyard

 

backyard

backyard

As you can see, there are beds on beds & panel on panel. Luckily (?) the house was sold furnished, so we’ve been able to go through each room one at a time instead of feeling rushed to buy furniture for every single space.

The first thing we did was to rip up all of the carpeting and paint the paneling white. Being that we closed in late April, we didn’t have much time to make changes before the summer rental season. Now that the craziness of our wedding & honeymoon are behind us, we are picking up where we left things! 🙂

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