New York Bound

In the morning, Melissa and I are heading to the other coast to eat, drink and shop our way through New York City.  We’ll be attending NY NOW to check out the latest in home, lifestyle, and gifts and buy all kinds of cool new stuff for the store.  We’ll also be checking out the latest in the NYC boutique and culinary scenes and revisiting what, after 3 such trips, have become ‘our’ spots.  I can hardly wait!  Follow us on Instagram to get a sneak peek at the latest trends in home decor and to join us on our adventure in the Big Apple.

Image via Claire K Creations

New Year, New Home

With the New Year comes new beginnings and in 2013 my beginning is in the shape of a house.  I’m still pinching myself that it’s really mine.  On New Year’s Day I took my dog Charlie to see our new digs for the first time and while he gazed out the living room window with eager anticipation to the backyard below, I sat on the floor simply taking it all in.  Who knows where life will lead, but it feels like I’m going to be here for a while and I can’t wait to make it my own.  The exterior will be getting a facelift, the surrounding outdoor space a complete overhaul — but that’s phase II.  For now, I’m starting where the previous owners left off, which means I have two bedrooms and a bathroom to tackle.  But before I get to those, here’s a look at the parts that have already been tackled quite beautifully.

In the entryway, a staircase leads to a lower level apartment, fully equipped with a kitchen and all.  I’m not sure how I’ll want to use that space down the road so I’m going to give myself some time to settle in and see what unfolds.  Until then, it’ll be great for family and friends to enjoy when they come to visit.  And for Charlie when he wants to get away from me.  So back to the upstairs…

I love the new design details that have been thoughtfully added in recent years — the custom built-in, decorative corbels and picture rail lining the walls.

And I love the original heater grates.

I can’t wait to curl up by the fire with a good book, a cozy throw and a big mug of something hot.  And I can’t wait to find the perfect piece of art to hang over the mantle.

When I first saw the kitchen, I was sold.  I’m happiest when I’m entertaining in my home and I can’t wait to cook up all kinds of things on my new range.  I wouldn’t dream of changing anything major here — just swapping out the light over the center island and replacing the sink faucet with something a little more my style.

And now on to what needs tackling.  First up, the bathroom…and this is 1950’s original, folks.  The general layout will remain the same — just about 2 feet wider — and I’m calling the design concept ‘factory meets fancy’.

This is the ‘master bedroom’ and although it appears kinda dark and dingy in this photo, it looks out to the ocean and gets lots of light.  New dark hardwood floors will be installed to match the rest of the upstairs, as well as new windows, but the biggest change is happening on the other side of the room.

The small existing closet presents a bit of a challenge, so this entire wall will be maximized to accommodate my little shopping problem.

The guest bedroom will get the same floor and window treatment as the master, along with a new and improved ceiling.

The closet has to go to accommodate the bathroom expansion but it can always be built back into the room later if I miss it.  For now a free-standing wardrobe will have to do.

I’ll be sure to share progress pics once things are underway…hoping demo will start early next week.  I can hardly wait to begin!

And I think Charlie may be just about as excited as I am for this new beginning.