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Most common advice was "don't put a soaker in" because you won't use it.  I didn't want to do a traditional soaker, so we opted out for a whirlpool/jacuzzi tub. I searched throughout many stores but also wanted to keep my budget. And guess what?  I found it! Our perfect whirlpool/jacuzzi FREE standing TUB - Woodbridge!!!! I was thrilled to find out they have a Summerset, NJ warehouse, which saved us hundreds of dollars buying direct.  

from this

to that 

a dream

A super special thank you to My Brother Matt, who worked tirelessly with my Dad, on this beautiful project. 

Here are the the items and materials used in this dreamy bathroom:

Kohler: Artifacts floor mounted faucet with handle

Woodbridge: Whirlpool free standing tub

Tiles: Gianni Griggio found at Floor and Décor

Wine: Oyster Bay Sauvignon Blanc 

Contractors: Matt Motus & Roman Motus







My older daughter couldn't really picture any other cabinet color than white. We left a newly renovated, somewhat modern, pure white kitchen in NY. It was gorgeous. Our Colonial kitchen left us unsatisfied because of the outdated cabinetry & appliances.  See below. YUCK.  

work in progress


final result

I picked the same brand of cabinetry, seeing how great they did with the previous ownership. Shout out to the best cabinet designer Perry from Innovation Kitchen and Bath in Staten Island, NY.  He was prompt, patient and fast! Out cabinets are from J&K transitional line in Hazel.  They are made with 100% solid wood. Our hardware came from Signature Hardware online store, and the pulls are called Lunata. The stone we selected is white quartz with gray veins, if I had to do it over I would've picked a grayish granite, because this quarts makes our kitchen a bit cold and too modern for a Colonial home. I guess we can call it a modern colonial. Our backless Angelina stools come from one of my favorite stores - Frontgate. They're made with performance linen that withstood a test of time: we spilled beet juice, countless beverages, some crazy foods and yet, they're still like brand new. I love the fabric!!! They were the best purchase by far and had I known about them earlier I would've recommended them 10 times and over to EVERYONE. 


Picking a hood cover...the most tedious task, has to fit, match and compliment the kitchen cabinetry. Thank God for Hoodsly!  


In search of an inspiration...

The most difficult space to design is the laundry room. In my mind it had to be super functional, easy on my back (no crazy bending or reaching), had to give crisp and elegant vibes, ones I've always imagined and paired with Southern Living Magazine inspirations. Here's our take on the Laundry Queen...

work in progress

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