We often only share completed projects so we thought it would be fun to take you behind the scenes of one of our most recent projects. This complete home remodel has come a long way from the disheveled, flooded home we started with. Relocated the staircase allowed for a more open concept upstairs with an added bathroom and office.
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Hello summer! We are loving the the warm ocean breezes and salty air here in California and getting ready for our annual 4th of July celebration. Here are our favorites for the week!
I have to say I am not complaining about this June gloom here in Coronado. We get to enjoy cloudy cozy mornings and then warm afternoons and evenings. My favorite sweater to throw on in the mornings is this grey sweater from Free People. I love a good pop of color and this yellow dress from Free People is adorable and you cant go wrong with this gorgeous Kendra Scott necklace.
I love the sun but also a good hat and I can't live without this one from Rag and Bone. It is just a great neutral color and goes with everything! Being the in the design business we are constantly running around job sites and these Joie sneakers are stylish and practical! Speaking of work...this Rag and Bone blazer is perfect to throw on over a tshirt and jeans to dress up any outfit.
FRANCES MACCARTEE // BAY TO BEACH
1. Can you tell us a little bit about your background and real estate business?
My husband and I began flipping homes and doing renovations for family members back in 2009. I loved walking into a home and trying to imagine what it could look like with some TLC. It was hard work and very stressful at times. But, when you can see your dream become a realty, it makes it all worth it. I knew then that I loved real estate.
2. What led you to becoming a realtor?
I had worked with Charlotte Rudowicz as our realtor, as well as our family’s realtor for years. She was so knowledgeable about real estate in San Diego. Seeing how happy and successful she was in this industry really helped me to make my decision to get my license and partner with her. We formed The Bay to Beach Group at Berkshire Hathaway in Coronado. We love what we do and it shows in our dedication to our clients.
3. What has been the biggest challenge of starting your own business?
Creating a brand for yourself that separates you from your competitors. Being able to explain how you are different and why your brand is better than the 100s of others you are competing against.
4. Any advice on how to manage home life, mom life and business life?
I wish I knew. It’s a constant struggle and I sometimes I just feel like there aren’t enough hours in the day. It's hard and I don't think there is ever really the right way to do everything. But, I wouldn't have it any other way. It's extremely satisfying being a wife, a mother and a business women. Exhausting, but satisfying.
5. Do you have any home trends that you are loving right now?
I am loving the black houses! They look so fresh and clean.
6. What is the best piece of advice you have ever received?
In real estate: Disclose, disclose, disclose! Never miss a detail.
In life: You are in control of how you feel. Feeling sad? Be happy. Feeling anxious? Be calm. Only you can decide how your day is going to go.
KAYLEE MOEHLING // BUNGALOW 56
1. Can you tell us about your background and how you got into the design field?
Initially, I got my Bachelor’s Degree in Communications from UCSB but around my junior year, I just had this gut feeling that I needed to give interior design a shot. It was never the career I thought of myself having, as I never really thought of myself as the “creative type” growing up. I think when I moved out and got my first place on my own and had the chance to really make it mine, I realized how important it is to be in a space that is designed well and reflects your personality. I loved it. Realizing how important the design of my home was to my well being and happiness really made me want to help other people feel great in their spaces as well.
2. How did you know you wanted to work for Bungalow 56?
I have been a long time admirer of Bungalow 56. I have followed them on social media for the past few years and would look at their projects as a source of inspiration when working on my own projects for school! Aesthetically I just felt like we were on very similar pages. So when I saw there was a position open I knew I had to jump at the opportunity and figure out how to make it work! After meeting with Jessica and Karyn, I could just feel that it would be a great fit.
3. Any advice for design students out there balancing work, school and life?
Oh boy, a lot. First and foremost, remember this is a temporary stage in life. It can get really overwhelming and frustrating sometimes when you feel like you have little to no time for yourself. At the end of the day though, it’s important to remember that it won’t always be this crazy (hopefully!) and working hard now is just setting you up for a better future!
I’ve found it’s also incredibly important to build in time for yourself in your schedule (easier said than done!). When figuring out my schedule, I always make sure that I have one day off a week, without school or work, that I can either go do something fun or just get all of my chores done! And I try my best to take one weekend off every month or so where I can get away and recharge the ol’ batteries.
4. What is the best advice you ever received?
As cliche as it might sound, the best advice that I’ve received is to not take life too seriously. Of course, there’s a time and a place but at the end of the day, keeping this advice in mind, I’ve learned that everything works out in the end. Rather than stressing and worrying my life away it is so much easier (and more fulfilling) to laugh at the hardships and just enjoy and be grateful for what I have in front of me!
5. How would you describe your design aesthetic?
I would characterize my design aesthetic as “California Eclectic” (as Amber of Amber Interiors has so perfectly described it). Clean and simple, layering lots of textures, selecting carefully curated pieces that make the space feel special and unique, using mainly neutral colors with pops of (muted) color here and there. Incorporating greenery into a space is also super important for me, it really makes the space come alive and provides a connection to the outdoors.
6. What are your 3 favorite products in the Bungalow 56 shop right now?
After doing some exploring, my three favorites right now are:
1. Floretine Footed Flower Pot - I mean it’s just so cute! How can you not love it? It reminds me a lot of some pottery that I found when I was in Copenhagen that I loved. Add a cute little succulent and you’re set.
2. Black Currant Skeem Candle - Smells incredible and love the simplicity of the design.
3. Mohair Wool Throw - I’m a big fan of movie nights and comfy throws. Not to mention it’s super cute too.
7. What is your favorite thing to do when you aren't at school, doing projects or working?
Getting out into nature! Whether that’s going on a long hike or just laying at the beach, stepping back and slowing down a bit puts things into perspective for me and eases the stress a ton!