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Trusting the process

Have you ever panicked halfway through a project and tried to back out? Maybe you wanted to drop out of that graduate degree program because it just felt too hard. Exit a new relationship because you felt too vulnerable letting someone in. Refuse a promotion that felt too stretchy. Or … cancel a home renovation [...]

2019-12-27T00:39:05-05:00November 1st, 2019|Transformation|
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What is your home trying to tell you? {An exercise}

As many of you know, I recently led an in-person workshop, Find Your Bliss: Transform Your Home, Transform Your Life and Create Joy from the Inside Out. This was my capstone project for a leadership development program. One of the graduation requirements was to create a workshop that was free - a pure give - [...]

2019-10-18T16:34:14-04:00October 18th, 2019|Transformation|
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From bud to blossom {A story of transformation}

“And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful  than the risk it took to blossom.” -Anais Nin You may have noticed things are a little different around here - especially if you’ve followed Houseplay’s work for a while. Over the past year, I’ve gone through a huge [...]

2019-10-18T16:45:18-04:00October 11th, 2019|Transformation|
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New Project: Renovating at the Right Time

“Time is an illusion, timing is an art.” If you purchased your home knowing you wanted to renovate, you might be wondering: when is the best time?? The truth is that ANY time can be the best time to renovate! For this Jersey City home renovation, our clients’ goal was to create a more functional [...]

2019-10-04T02:17:19-04:00October 4th, 2019|Gallery Projects|
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Project in Process: Love It or List It

Our clients were at an impasse. They had been renting out their Jersey City apartment, and they knew it needed some upgrades. When their tenants’ lease was up they had a choice to make: should they keep the apartment and rent it out again, keep it and move in, or sell it? Their wish-list of [...]

2019-09-19T15:13:54-04:00September 13th, 2019|Projects In Process|
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New Project: Modernizing Space while Honoring History

They say that everything old is new again (and if you’ve seen the resurgence of high-waisted jeans, you know what we’re talking about!).  The goal of this Ridgefield Park bathroom renovation and bedroom addition was to make the home livable for a modern family while preserving the historical charm of the 1930s.  View the gallery [...]

2019-09-05T17:18:32-04:00September 6th, 2019|Gallery Projects|
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New Project: The Secret Garden

Our client came to us with a renovation idea she had on her heart for over seven years, but wasn’t sure how it would work for her historical Jersey City home and existing garden. Her garden has always been a place for her to rest and rejuvenate, but she wanted to create a better connection [...]

2019-09-05T17:18:45-04:00August 2nd, 2019|Gallery Projects|
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Houseplay Team Profile: Tracey Kayne

Isn’t it fun to meet the people behind the magic? This is your chance to get a peek behind-the-scenes at Houseplay! Each month we’ll interview a different team member for a window into how we make your home renovation magic happen. Check out our other profiles: John Kucsma, Veronika Bamfield, Niall Templeman and Tamara Templeman. [...]

2019-06-20T18:01:20-04:00June 21st, 2019|Team Profile|
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Reactivating Your Space: Project in Process

Is there an under-used space in your home that’s draining your energy or causing you stress? Or are you feeling stuck when it comes to your space - as if you can’t make it work for you and your family? Many clients come to Houseplay with these types of problems. Sometimes, all it takes is [...]

2019-06-13T17:52:08-04:00June 14th, 2019|Projects In Process|
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