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Build From Desire

When was the last time you played? In our culture, we tend to think that as an adult, “play” means to lie inert on a beach towel drinking a margarita.  Besides the fact that most of us can only access this kind of vacation vibe once a year at most, we are missing out on [...]

2020-01-16T22:52:12-05:00January 17th, 2020|Transformation|
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Project in Process: Coming Home

“Coming home is one of the most beautiful things.” -Andre Rieu Our client for this condo renovation in Edgewater, NJ, inherited the space when her mother passed away. The building is right on the water, overlooking the city.  She loves the city, but has been living in the condo since last year. Her original plan [...]

2020-01-09T22:55:46-05:00January 10th, 2020|Projects In Process|
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The Magic of 2020

I am SO excited to welcome in a brand-new year and a brand-new decade. The past few years for me have been about letting go of what isn’t working.  This year I’m getting ready to welcome in lots of brand-new things that are AWESOME. It’s sort of like how you have to let go of [...]

2020-01-01T05:14:34-05:00January 1st, 2020|Transformation|
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Did anyone else have a big, beautiful, brutal year?

Did anyone else have a big, beautiful, brutal 2019? For me, it was a year of big change. Beautiful transformation. And yes, many brutal things - brutal honesty, brutal growing pains.  But as Glennon Doyle says, life is brutiful. The brutal and the beautiful often go hand-in-hand. This year has been a year of asking [...]

2019-12-27T01:28:22-05:00December 27th, 2019|Transformation|
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Are you one of our 10?

I’m gathering 10 clients for 2020 in Jersey City who are ready to transform their homes from top to bottom and are prepared to partner with a team they can trust.  Here’s the letter I wrote to these 10 people I have yet to meet - maybe this is you. Read on to find out. [...]

2019-12-19T23:40:27-05:00December 20th, 2019|Transformation|
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the challenge of asking for support

Have you ever stopped yourself from asking for help because… I should be able to do this on my own. No one else will do it right. Good [moms/employees/entrepreneurs/daughters] don’t ask for help. Or maybe you’ve thought that if you ask for support you’re a failure. That needing help means you’re not good at what [...]

2019-12-05T22:13:18-05:00December 6th, 2019|Transformation|
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beauty + connection

Here’s what I know to be true: the two things that make life worth living are beauty and connection. Beauty in your physical space: design choices that make your heart smile; artwork and photos that showcase your true personality; mementoes, flowers or candles that add the perfect finishing touch. Connection with your fellow human beings: [...]

2019-12-05T23:17:51-05:00November 22nd, 2019|Transformation|
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Video Tour: The Secret Garden

The Houseplay team transformed this Jersey City home by creating a stronger connection between the indoor living space and the outdoor garden. Here’s what our client had to say:  I cried happy tears the day my project was complete — it is just stunning. I had a vision for what I wanted to do, and [...]

2019-11-14T16:13:36-05:00November 15th, 2019|Videos|
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