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Cottage by the Sea: My Sanctuary

Thanksgiving is quickly sneaking up on me which has me compiling lists upon lists of all that I have to be thankful for this year. It sounds cliche I know, but unless I intentionally make space to record these moments, (both good + what seemed bad), my days will pass by without allowing me to grasp on to the reality that I have been given much in this life!

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Our cottage by the sea is my sanctuary and I am thankful every day that we are able to enjoy this space and the community it offers. It’s hard to believe that this time last year, we drove my parents and sister to Bellport, NY to see the house of our dreams. Our whirlwind renovation began in mid-March and ended in June and I loved Every Second of it!

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We intentionally designed our home with a calming palette in order to offer our family + guests respite from the city. The art displayed throughout our home tells of our journey to Cuba and boasts of my incredibly artistic + talented dad and great-uncle.

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In telling our story, we felt that it was important to display Abode prominently over our fireplace. Abode was my life … I mean … home furnishings store located in Market Square in Knoxville, TN many moons ago. Abode offered me a place to grow in my love for home design, meet so many talented local artists, and truly learn the balance of being a working mother as both of my girls were practically born and raised there for the first few years of their lives.

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This West Elm rug was the very first purchase I made for our home. I remember feeling on top of the world – literally giddy – after I purchased this rug. The purchase itself was not what was driving my excitement (although I love this rug) rather, it was a pivotal  point where I was able to rediscover and exercise my passion for home design since closing Abode’s doors 7 years prior.

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The twin beds are my father-in-law’s childhood beds that have been modernized with a new coat of paint. There is something about passed down furniture that makes my heart sing as it offers a connection to someone else’s life story.

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My oldest daughter was dead set on having a “graffiti” room. Although I am a big fan of graffiti, I couldn’t quite wrap my head around how we would incorporate that into a beach cottage. I was thrilled when I found this graffiti painting (in her favorite colors nonetheless) while traveling to Cuba last winter. That was pure luck!

I am thankful for this home and for the journey it has taken me on to appreciate both my past and present. It is truly my sanctuary.

“Bellport is many things, but most of all, it is a sanctuary for those who still treasure community and good old-fashioned relaxation.” – Town & Country Magazine

*Contractor: Barry Goggin with Meadowview Construction

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HOME

HOME. by definition home  is a “permanent structure” where people dwell.

i couldn’t wait to get my hands on our new humble abode in brooklyn, new york 9 months ago to creatively design our space challenged home with touches of familiarity. i love our home – – not only for the design details but for the lessons this humble space has taught me.

ironically – shortly after moving to new york, matt’s travel schedule sped up and he found himself splitting his time between los angeles and myrtle beach for his current show, welcome to myrtle manor. our new york experience – although chock full of challenges – has been the best thing for this  “bi-coastal family” and has allowed us to redefine the word home.

before moving to new york i was disillusioned to think that a strong woman could handle life on her own while “seeming” to have it all under control. our short time of brooklyn dwelling has completely shattered my prideful thinking and i have realized that in order to live a fuller more enriching life i have to accept that i cannot “do life” on my own. our friends {both in brooklyn and elsewhere} have offered us a community full of laughter, encouragement, support and have opened my eyes to the meaning of family – – giving insight to how we are called to live intentionally with each other.

the time that matt has been away has not been in vain. i am thankful that the distance has offered a different perspective of both of our contributions to our family, reminding us that our family does not work without the other.

although i love entering the doors of our humble abode – – this place is not my home – – rather matt, sophie + hazel are all the home i will ever need!

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“Hold on, to me as we go
As we roll down this unfamiliar road

And although this wave is stringing us along
Just know you’re not alone
Cause I’m going to make this place your home

Settle down, it’ll all be clear
Don’t pay no mind to the demons
They fill you with fear
The trouble it might drag you down
If you get lost, you can always be found

Just know you’re not alone
Cause I’m going to make this place your home

Settle down, it’ll all be clear
Don’t pay no mind to the demons
They fill you with fear
The trouble it might drag you down
If you get lost, you can always be found

Just know you’re not alone
Cause I’m going to make this place your home”

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