Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Dream home

Hi all!  Sorry for the long hiatus since my last post, I recently got my real estate license and signed up with a company Ben Bay Realty located in Marine Park area in Brooklyn.  Learning the ropes of this business has taken up a lot of my time, I guess it is par for the course.

Anyway, speaking of real estate, one of my favorite homes is on the market, nestled along the Rockaway pennisula forty-five minutes from New York City is my friend Kristin gorgeouse home up for sale.  Her home is the second house from the ocean and has the most amazing ocean views at every angle.  I have featured her home many times in the past, you can see some here and here.

This house is an extra large two family home with all high end appliances, spectacular ocean views, tons of closets space, large rooms, etc.  On the first floor there is a kitchen, livingroom, dining room, two bathrooms and three bedrooms, extra large master bedroom suite with bay of french doors leading to a large porch with dreamy ocean views.  

So, let's have a look, shall we...  

                                                                         First floor living room

                                                                          Dining area

First floor kitchen with 8ft island

                                                                          Bedroom #1

First floor Bathroom

Bedroom #2

 First floor Master bedroom

First floor master bathroom

Now, let's go to the second floor apartment...

Extra large open living space                               

Living room

Dining room


Second floor master bedroom suite with it's own walk-in closet and master bathroom

Second floor bedroom #2

Let's head down to the basement, not just any basement, it is a great entertaining space.


Decks all around the house to take in the beautiful views of the ocean

There is so much more to see in this home, too much to show in a post.  And if you are in the martket for a refreshing change of pace, a home by the coast and you would like to see it, you can contact me for more information on this home I will pass it on to my friend.  

Thanks for stopping by!


Friday, March 20, 2015

Charcoal black plaster backsplash

Hi everyone, I was in desperate need of a backsplash in my kitchen, I've had half painted sheetrock as my backsplash since we moved back in over a year ago.  One of my dilemmas is that my kitchen is open to my dining room and living room and the kitchen is very traditional.  The colors in the kitchen are warm whereas the dining room and living room are grays and white.  One of the downfalls of having an open space, it all has to flow.  Until I find a suitable tile for my backsplash, I decided to paint it with a some texture.  

This is what it looked like... 

Yuh! I can't believe we kept it this way for so long!

So, I went a bit drastic with the color, a charcoal black.  I really like it for now, till there is a more permanent solution.  

Here is what I did...

Since the sheetrock had to be plastered anyway, I decided to mix the paint into the plaster and create a textured finish with the plaster. 

First, I mixed the plaster with water and paint to a cake like batter consistency. Then, I simply trowelled it on haphazardly and creating the amount of texture I wanted.  

Plaster took about half hour to dry.

After the plaster dried, I sealed it with a few coats of polyurethane so that the wall can be wiped down.  

 I really like the way it turned out!  It looks more like a completed kitchen now.

What do you think, is it too dark?  I'd love to hear your opinion.

Thank you for visiting!  Come back soon!

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