Prior to Jersey City, they lived in the Boerum Hill neighborhood of Brooklyn for five years. They loved it, but wanted to buy a space they could grow into — and despite almost two years of searching, they found that Brooklyn wasn’t financially realistic for them. They decided on Jersey City because it reminds them of Brooklyn, with its independently owned shops, restaurants, bars, and markets — and more on the way. Public transportation, Liberty State Park, and the waterfront are all within easy walking distance. The area around Grove Street also has a palpable feeling of community, which has made settling in easier.
Sometimes the best design ideas come in the smallest of packages. And for me, that tiny design wonder is Megan Pflug’s incredible antique sink. She unveiled her mini kitchen makeover earlier this year, but I’ve found myself going back to this one room over and over again for inspiration and ideas. Not only has she inspired me to consider accordion sconces for our kitchen, but she’s made me want to spend hours digging around eBay and other sites to try to find a stunning little sink like this one (paired with that cute checked skirt? perfect). If you need a little makeover inspiration and want to see how her amazing kitchen came together, click here to check it all out online. Until Monday, I hope you all have a wonderful and restful weekend. xo, grace
Advice for people thinking of doing the same: Be prepared for weirdness in the house. Our floor was not level by 1.5″, which wreaked havoc with a design that had no trim to hide uneven lines. Our contractor, Dave Rannala, actually jacked up one corner of the kitchen from the basement below in order to even things out. All the counters and shelves are totally level, but then there are all sorts of little things they did, like tapering the ceiling beams to hide the house irregularity. They did an amazing job. It is really important to have an experienced builder. Also, plan the layout beforehand and test lots of ideas. We did five different kitchen layouts before we settled on the final one. Doing that forced us to answer all the questions about the type and size of appliances and where the work stations would be. Those questions have to be answered at some point, but planning first meant that the actual reno was way less stressful. One final thing: Use simple, good quality materials that are timeless and bridge the modern and historic influences
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