November 29, 2016

Creating Space: The Coveted Basement Playroom

When we first moved into 120 Oakview from our small 2 bedroom Brooklyn apartment it felt positively vast. Empty rooms! Wide open spaces! A basement! Fast forward four and a half years and that vast, wide open space feels… a little less so.

While the house still fits our needs for the most part, we could really use just one more room. I suspect it’s a common feeling. The current HQ of Sarah Gee Interiors is tucked into a corner of the playroom.

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November 28, 2016

Home Decor Sales for Cyber Monday

It’s Cyber Monday — the best day of the year to shop for home decor, in my opinion! If you’ve been thinking about a new living room rug, a new dining room lighting fixture, or new storage furniture for your kids, take a look below for today’s sales from our favorite retailers — today might be the day to act!

Cyber Monday Sales from a Few Favorites:

  • Crate and Barrel: 15% off full-priced items and free shipping on orders over $49.

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November 24, 2016

Local Resources: Reclaimed Barn Wood

In one of the projects I have been working on we have decided to use a reclaimed beam as a mantle above the fireplace. While researching my wood options I stumbled upon a salvage yard in nearby Irvington called Real Antique Wood and went to pay a visit. I was not disappointed.

The yard is enormous and the wood is stacked miles high. You are welcome to go wander around and they have a showroom filled with knowledgable sales people.

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November 23, 2016

It’s Time to Winterize Your Irrigation System

I’ve been dragging my feet a bit on an important homeownership task: learning the appropriate time to winterize our recently-installed irrigation system. After all, we’ve only seen one mild frost and temperatures have been extremely comfortable in recent weeks. But a few days ago Joe Marques from Anthony’s Landscaping stopped by to winterize our system, and I was grateful to be home to chat with him about the process and to snap the image above while the system was undergoing winterization.

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November 15, 2016

Maximizing Space: Radiator Toppers

Here at 120 Oakview there is a glaring lack of table top space throughout – lots of windows, not a whole lot of places to put stuff. There is a definite need in my home to use whatever magic is necessary to maximize surface area – in both a practical way and from a design point of view. I am always looking for creative ways to display more of the things I can’t help but collect.

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November 09, 2016

Light Fixture Love Affair

Back when I was in art school I spent a summer living in Copenhagen, Denmark. While there I ate a lot of hot dogs, drank a lot of beer, rode bikes down bumpy cobblestone streets, hung out in the twilight lit nights, made amazing friends, explored Scandinavia and generally had the time of my life. Oh, I also happened to study furniture design.

The program was based out of the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Copenhagen and the halls in the building where classes were held were lit with the iconic Poulsen Artichoke lamp.

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November 08, 2016

Refinancing to a 15-Year Mortgage

Interest rates are currently so low that my husband and I just secured a 15-year mortgage at a rate of 2.78%.

The drawback is the new loan will carry a higher monthly payment — after all, we are paying back our principal in half the time — but after shifting around a few expenses, it’s within our monthly budget to bear the increase.

For us, the benefits of the loan far outweigh this drawback: First,

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