Category Archives: Comin Up Roses

Adventures in rehabbing and design

Midcentury roof raising….the exterior renovation of our latest project!

We’ve come quite a long way and are in the home stretch: BEFORE….A MODEST RANCH ON THE BEST STREET IN TOWN! ROOF RAISED, CLAD IN CEDAR WITH NEW ENTRANCE DOORS…. NEW, DOUBLE GLASS FRONT ENTRY, WITH “STEPPING STONE” ENTRY AND FOUNTAIN… LEADING TO DOUBLE HEIGHT LIVING ROOM, NEW (2ND) MASTER SUITE & LOFT…   It’s […]

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Beginning Demolition on our “Mid-Century Modern” multi-level house! Phase 1 interior demolition…

Our newest rehab, in the upscale “Afterglow” neighborhood in Verona, NJ, will take a modest multi-level house, built in the 60’s and turn it into a spectacular “Mid-Century Modern”-type home with 2 master suites + 3 bedrooms along with 4.5 baths. We recently began interior demolition; removing what had been the former dining room and […]

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Staging Sells (a NYC condo)!

Most everyone has heard of “staging” a home or apartment when it is put on the market for sale.  The reason you’ve heard about it is because it really works!  An empty space leaves a lot to the imagination and many people say they just can’t figure out how the furniture would lay out in […]

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It’s Spring at Macy’s Herald Square!

For those of us longing for Spring, especially those of us who’ve been through a long, cold Winter, Macy*s Annual Flower Show, at their flagship Herald Square NYC store, sure beats those Winter blues! *************** Step into the store and be transfixed by the beauty of nature and its Spring flora displayed by the talented Macy*s […]

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When facing serious house repairs….it might be time to sell!

If you own a house that needs major repairs…it might be time to sell! When a home has moved past the category of needing minor repairs and you decide it’s better to sell, it might difficult to actually sell! Most buyers in today’s market are looking for homes which are ready to move in to…homes […]

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Winter Weight! Snow & ice can disfigure your plants, trees & bushes!

Anyone who lives in the northern states knows about snow and ice!  But while we clean off our walks and driveways, we often forget about our plantings! One reminder….don’t forget to knock off the heavy snow and ice from your precious (and often expensive) landscaping! Our area of northern NJ got about 6 inches of […]

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Stained Glass….. adds practical charm & value to rehabs!

Those who’ve been following our rehabs know that when we are working with an older, more vintage home, we often place (or replace) a stained glass window where it once was…or where we think it adds to the ambiance of the home. This next shot shows a Glen Ridge Dining Room “before” in another previous […]

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Use less “green” & get more greenery! Still time to plant perennials, bushes & trees and SAVE MONEY!

We’re about to begin renovation on a flip house we picked up at the Jersey Shore town of Asbury Park and, since it should be coming on the market around February, it would be far too cold at that time to plant anything prior to marketing the home.  So, in our continual efforts to always […]

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Templating Counter Tops – Why templates are always the way to go!

What exactly is templating a counter?  Its a critical step in any kitchen, bath, bar  or other renovation which includes installing a granite, marble, soapstone, quartz or other custom material counter top.   Renovating any room in a house is always a process with distinct steps which get you from start….to finish.   These counters […]

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Empty Nester? 8 Steps to Prepare for Shifting to a Smaller Space

We know it’s back to school time but what if you find yourself becoming an empty nester? Perhaps your kids are off to college or out of the home completely. We have advice for getting yourself ready to move to a smaller space. Shifting to a smaller space means scaling down your stuff. If you […]

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