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 me feel annoyed every time I use it. Wow, I never noticed just how little counter space I have in the kitchen.

These annoyances with your physical environment – big and small – add up over the course of a day to negatively impact your daily experience.

Right now there’s something wrong with my icemaker. The motor is broken, so every ten minutes it makes a very loud, annoying whirring sound.

Physiologically, this makes it hard for my body to relax. Psychologically, my brain is constantly thinking, I have to fix that. I have to fix that. OH MY GOSH, I have to fix that!

Now I have a choice: I can choose the stress of continuing to let the noise annoy me and undercut the satisfaction of spending time in my home … or I can choose the stress of opening it up and figuring out how to fix it.

I’m going to choose the second stress. It’s the fear of walking straight into a situation and saying, I don’t know how to fix this, but it’s time to do *something.* 

This second stress – the stress of walking straight into uncertainty, the stress of choosing change – is embracing the mess, instead of ignoring it.

Because we must embrace the mess before we can change it.

Let’s take a more extreme example.

A few years ago we began a kitchen renovation in Jersey City. This historic brownstone was more than 100 years old. 

The kitchen floor felt a bit spongy, so we suspected that moisture might be coming up from the ground. It seemed likely that 2-3 of the floor joists might need to be replaced.

The homeowners were trepidatious to begin such a big project, but they knew it had to be done. They had put it off for long enough, and they were ready to embrace the mess of renovating and create something new.

So we began. And when we opened up the floor, we discovered something much worse than we’d expected.

The cast-iron boiler had cracked the sewer pipe below, which had then been leaking into the soil below, probably for years. Every single floor joist was completely rotten through.


In order to construct something beautiful, you have to first lay bare the mess. 

You get to identify the problem.

You get to seek a solution. 

You get to stop settling for “good enough” and open the space for “better than I even dreamed.”

We carried our clients through the kitchen floor disaster. We rebuilt the kitchen from literally the ground up. And we created a space that they absolutely love.


We are continuing to accept clients for renovation projects in Jersey City, Hoboken and Montclair, NJ right now. Much of our initial design processes can be done virtually, and our construction team is ready to step in to begin building as soon as it’s safe to do so.

The first step to work with us is to tell us a little about your project. From there, we’ll reach out about next steps.

We’ve all got a bit more time on our hands right now – and more time in our homes – so let’s connect and talk about what’s possible for your home.

This is the perfect time to embrace the mess of what isn’t working and open up to what’s possible.


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Ready to upgrade your space, but not to do a full reno?

I offer virtual coaching that includes support to uplevel every room in your home. This work includes professional design support, video conferencing, guidance with to-do lists and shopping lists, and more. Contact us here and choose option #3.