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New Project: Reactivating Your Space

Think of the least-used room of your home. It could be the unfinished basement, the guest room, a neglected storage area. Now imagine that we could reactivate that space and make it more functional and beautiful. That’s exactly what Houseplay does … all the time.  We reclaim spaces that have been relegated to storing dust [...]

2020-04-03T00:11:22-04:00April 3rd, 2020|Gallery Projects|
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Embracing the Mess

Spending lots of time at home right now is an amazing opportunity to uncover what isn’t working about your space. The things that aren’t working will make themselves apparent to you. Ah, the dining table is a clutter magnet and it’s making it tough to eat meals. Hmm, I’m noticing that the hallway bathroom makes [...]

2020-03-27T02:55:03-04:00March 27th, 2020|Transformation|
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How to handle crisis

The world is in crisis.  For many or most of you, daily life looks drastically different right now. Your kids are home from school (indefinitely); you’re working from home (or trying to); restaurants are shut down, grocery store shelves are empty, and toilet paper is sold out everywhere. Fear is trying to take hold.  During [...]

2020-03-19T21:48:15-04:00March 20th, 2020|Transformation|
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Project In Process: Shh! It’s a Surprise!

We’ve been working on a mystery project for a few months now. Can you guess what it is? Here are a few clues: We’ve never done this type of project before.  It’s not a home renovation. It’s not in Jersey City! {Even though JC is our current hub for renovation projects!} It’s a space where [...]

2020-03-12T16:53:43-04:00March 13th, 2020|Projects In Process|
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New Project: A Personal Stamp on Your Space

I first discovered the power of claiming my space when I was 18. I had always promised myself that I would leave home as soon as I became an adult. But when I graduated high school, I decided to take a gap year to travel. Even though I was living in my parents’ house for [...]

2020-03-10T01:01:29-04:00March 6th, 2020|Gallery Projects|
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Houseplay Team Profile: Husein Hasan

And it's a winding road I've been walking for a long time I still don't know Where it goes And it's a long way home I've been searching for a long time I still have hope I'm gonna find my way home -Bonnie Somerville, “Winding Road” Isn’t it funny and strange and beautiful how winding [...]

2020-02-27T18:37:02-05:00February 28th, 2020|Team Profile|
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Project In Process: A Place To Rest My Eyes

Having a beautiful place to rest my eyes is essential to my happiness at home. And since I have three school-age kids, I’ve had to come up with some creative ways to carve out spaces that are free from clutter. I find it challenging to walk through the house and encounter chaos in every single [...]

2020-02-19T01:58:36-05:00February 14th, 2020|Projects In Process|
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Project in Process: Creating Something from Nothing

There is nothing more profound than creating something out of nothing. - Rainbow Rowell My favorite thing about our work here at Houseplay is the process of taking a space that’s outdated, non-functional or awkward and transforming it into a space that is beautiful, functional and thoughtfully designed. It all starts with an idea. A [...]

2020-03-24T15:54:12-04:00February 7th, 2020|Projects In Process|
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New Project: Feels Like Home (The Sequel)

We are conditioned to “make do” with what we have. We are conditioned to live with “good enough.” To choose function over form. To spend our money on practicalities, instead of on beauty.  Many of us are taught that spending money on beauty - on beautiful clothes, on a beautiful space - is “frivolous.”  We [...]

2020-01-30T21:21:26-05:00January 31st, 2020|Gallery Projects|
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