FABER LANE

front door search begins!

Happy Saturday!

The summer is rapidly approaching !!! ūüôā¬†– 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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FABER LANE

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 РInterior/Exterior Water Base. This step was by far the most time consuming Рgetting 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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FABER LANE

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?! ūüėČ

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! ūüôā

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THAILAND

post thailand sadness

Every time I come back to NYC I experience a bit of post-trip depression. As much as I miss home when I’m away, coming back to the hustle & bustle of the Big Apple is always a bit of a shell shock. Right now as I head to work in 40 degree weather, a sea of black coats and grim faces I am especially missing Thailand! ¬†Realizing how far away such a beautiful environment and kind, easygoing culture is just makes me a bit wistful.

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TRAVEL

sxsw 2016

After getting home late Sunday night, I had one day in NYC then headed to Austin, Texas for my very first SXSW!¬†The festival encompasses 3 sub-categories :: film, music and interactive. Our time fell between the end of interactive and the beginning of music¬†which was perfect. We were able to experience relevant panels –¬†from VR experiences, digital investing, and journalism and check out live music everywhere¬†we turned. Continue reading…

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THAILAND, TRAVEL

krabi

Unbeknownst to us, Krabi is much more nature oriented than Phuket thanks to it’s unspoiled jungles and forests.¬†After being a bit let down¬†at our first¬†Krabi hotel, we were fortunate enough to see Phulay Bay Ritz Carlton Reserve was right down the street.¬†A quick email last night and they had a room ready for us (and upgraded!) by 8am this morning. Service like that just means the world when you’re far from home and in a bind.

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