Jessi’s i love places…The gazebo & Landmark

Welcome to another entry of Jessi’s I Love Places, featuring a Landmark home in a suburb of Miami that is requested to be historically preserved. This home is over 150 years old and what is unique about this space is not just the home itself, but the gazebo and backyard that was built in the last 27 years.

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First, what makes this home special to me was that I grew up across the street from this home and saw all the transformations occur with the backyard.

Also, when I was a little girl there has been 5 different owners, and every single one updated it little by little. Exactly 26 years ago this backyard was just grass, with NO POOL & NO GAZEBO. Can you imagine that?

Next, here’s some great facts and timeline about the evolution of this great backyard & installed gazebo:

  1. In the early 2000s a young couple who flipped houses moved in and added a necessary pool for this space.
  2. In mid 2000s the next set of owners were from South Africa and loved the outdoors. They decided to design and build the gazebo.
  3. Since the house was a historical landmark the owners had to design the gazebo to look and feel like the rest of the home. It had to keep the same aesthetic as everything else.
  4. The gazebo overlooks the pool and you effortlessly can jump right into the pool from there! It’s absolutely stunning and extremely relaxing.

What ties this gazebo together is the amazing furniture pieces.

Here are the last 4 fun facts about this space:

  1. If you ever visited a Tulum, Mexican resort; this gazebo has that feel. The extreme arches give the space the hotel resort design and the grand entrance feel.
  2. One of the most complex sections of the gazebo is the amazing wooden panels built in the ceiling where the fan is located. It is breathtaking!
  3. The pool was changed to salt water about 4 years ago! Honestly it brings out the amazing blue/teal color in the water. The water looks unrealistic in the most beautiful manner.
  4. The other side of the home has turf grass. The previous owner installed complete turf grass for easier maintenance and to save money on getting the grass cut weekly.

Last, the current family living here are amazing people who respect and love the home for its reach history and aesthetic. Their taste in outdoor furniture was spot on to what this place needed to uphold the tradition of this timeless landmark.

Do you have a space in your home that you traditionally cherish?

Below I have included some amazon pieces that would be great substitute items to capture this gazebo feel. Just click on the picture below for all the details! See below…happy shopping!


Jessi Morgan

Gift alert for coffee lovers…nespresso

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The best coffee in the world in my opinion is Nespresso! They have the most flavored coffees with or without sugar and cream. I also love their sleek coffee machines and how it gives your kitchen a sophisticated feel. No matter what your decor is in your home, your Nespresso machine will go with it.

Also, there are many flavored capsules to choose from and in the past you would have to order your Nespresso capsules online or in a standing door which are extremely limited…

BUT NOW…NESPRESSO capsules ARE AVAILABLE ON MACYS.COM! YES MACYS.COM! I am beyond happy with this, what a convenience and they have an amazing selection as well for both types of machines!

Another plus is having the Nespresso machines on sale during Black Friday! This is the time to buy yourself or a loved one a coffee machine like this. Below I am listing the key coffee machines on sale as well as listing my top 10 from the VertuoLine capsule flavors…Check it out!

My top 10 Favorite Nespresso VertuoLine Capsules…

  1. Caramel Cookie – Love this one by far, it has the taste of caramel, coconut and almond! My new favorite.
  2. Melozio – Has a strong Brazilian coffee taste
  3. Hazelino Muffin – Hazelnut flavor is all I have to say with a touch of almond. I drink this one on the weekends always!
  4. Vanilla Custard – I am not a fan of the name but the taste is so good! It tastes like vanilla cake to me.
  5. Intenso – Just want it says intense but it first tastes strong but when you actually swallow this coffee goes down so smooth.
  6. Stormio – Guatemalan decent flavor, it tastes very sweet to me but I love it.
  7. Ice Leggero* – Extremely fruity taste, if you don’t like sweet then this flavor isn’t for you
  8. Colombia* – Very sweet and creamy!
  9. Mexico* – This one is spicy and a bit intense but that is the Miami type of coffee we love!
  10. Costa Rica* – Little taste of salt in this one but I really love it.

*These are only online at or at a Nespresso boutique…visit

Check out these amazing Nespresso Machines on Sale at Macys during Black Friday! These are great Christmas gifts! Check out the options and click the picture to see the deals! Happy Shopping!


Jessi Morgan


As Lynette drives jumps from call to call negotiating with her key department stores to drive her Coty Fragrance business, she sits in her living room fixing up her amazing coffee book collection as she once again admires her beautiful home that she share with her wonderful husband!

Welcome to another Jessi’s I Love Places featuring a close friend of mine named Lynette who a high power regional director for Coty Fragrances Division! #powerfulwoman I admire her so much as a business woman and as a friend. We have been working together for the past couple of years and I noticed how amazing Lynette’s taste in clothes and style always.

So I was extremely excited to feature portions of her amazing home for my next entry. I just adore her official living room. I love the neutral pieces of furniture, however she adds amazing color accessories like the pillows up against the mirror to the red orange coffee table. I am also obsessed with her collection of coffee books, she has them everywhere but in a way that makes sense and creates such dimension to her room.

Lynette also does a great job of balancing solids with a bit of print to give the space more depth. The carpet and the matching pillow patterns were just the right touch.
Fun Fact: She loves leopard prints by the way lol.

The Entrance…One of the most thoughtful and stunning entries to a home comes from Lynette as well. She does an amazing job with choosing wallpaper that fit and match her taste in furniture. The chairs matched perfectly with the walls but they did not blend in and get lost. The walls had a print on top of the muted gray tone that tied in with the gray velvet like grand chairs in the entry way.

I am excited to share more of Lynette’s home in my next post but for now here are a few design/decor tips I learned from visiting her home:

  • Monochromatic mixed with prints is awesome – Being able to keep the same color story but have a print thrown in to shake it up is the ultimate design concept.
  • Wallpaper is back – If you pick the right wallpaper and match it up with coordinating furniture pieces you will have a wow in your home.
  • Coffee table books NEVER GET OLD – Coffee books are like works of art that you do not hang. Continue to utilize them to make your spaces more interesting.
  • Mirrors – Long Mirrors defiantly give the illusion that the room looks bigger. It may not be a bad idea for me get one for our living room now, I beyond inspired.
  • Art Pieces – A living room or entry way is not complete without a work of art of some sort displayed. It just ties the room together and sets the tone for what you want the decor of your home to be.

So cheers to the Jessi’s I Love Places feature for the week! What do you feel is the most important part of a living room?

Lynette found many of her pieces in one of a kind locations and Macys! She loves to mix the low with the high. Check out some cool dupes from Macy’s based on some of the very unique pieces from this home. Click picture below to take you there!

Click to go to my Macy’s storefront…


Jessi Morgan

my favorite beauty Black Friday deals

Are you excited? I love that Macy’s has specials already available for Black Friday! The Beauty deals are amazing! Check out my favorites!

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Was $45 and now $25! This is a great set if you are dipping into men’s CK world. CK is such a classic! Great starting gift for a new boyfriend lol.

Love these lipsticks from Clinique. Great deal! $97 value set on sale for $20 through 11/28!

Mac Cosmetics 12 pc firework mini gift set is so beautiful! On sale for $56 vs regular price $74! Amazing deal!

Tarte Glow/Cheek Palette is one of the best! The blush is amazing! On sale for under $25 dollars. Click link below

Tarte Mascara under $20! Black Friday Deal is amazing!

IT Cosmetics 5pc travel set! IT cosmetics is an amazing skincare line! This set is under $25 for Black Friday! Click Below!

Mario Badescu 5pc Rose & Glow Set, Created for Macys! This set is under $25! Check it out below!

Becca Cosmetics Glow to Glow Set! Its so beautiful and under $25!! Click link below!

Cosmetic Travel Bag! Amazing Deal! Under $15 for Black Friday!

Giorgio Armani Si 4pc Gift Set! Valued at $160 but on sale for under $70!

Love Mkors rollerballs! They are on sale for Black Friday! Under $30! Link below…

Ralph Lauren 3pc men’s fragrance set! Polo Red is a really nice fragrance! Check it out! 30% off during Black Friday Specials!

World of Polo Set! Great gift for him who does not know exactly what he wants! Amazing price $42! Click link below…

What are your favorite deals on Black Friday & holiday time in general? Happy Shopping!

The Powder room…Reno update

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What a process! The Hot Mess Powder Room that died and has gone off to bathroom vanity heaven! As we moved into our first home we were excited to update the bathroom/powder room vanity. It was a necessary fix and it has transformed the house once again.

So let’s begin with this Powder Room. This was by far the biggest change. The original space had very old 1970s carpet like wall paper that was on the walls and ceiling. It really made your head spin a bit. Check out the original photo from when we first visited the house. Here were the top 3 reasons this powder had to be re-done:

  1. Wallpaper on wall and ceiling was a major eye sore.
  2. The cabinets were 30 inches heigh – This was not going to work seeing that I am 5’7″ and my husband is 6’8.” He was basically on his knees trying to wash his hands.
  3. No overhead lighting – the previous owner used lamps and tied them to the wall. The cords were neatly attached to the wall, but after our cousin came who is an electrician, told us that that is a fire hazard. So yep…we had to get rid of that.
  4. Countertop – The counter top famously sagged in the middle and we were not fans of chocolate brown color tops either.

Needless to say this set up had to go! So we decided to gut it and start over. The toilet and flooring were the only elements that stayed. My husband and I decided to raise the vanity to 36 inches, plus we wanted a calming color story in our powder room.

We went with a glossy gray finish on the cabinets, and to make the space modern/bold I went with black matte exposed sinks and faucets. I love utilizing simple colors with bold finishes or pieces, I guess you can say I am a hard/soft person when it comes to decor. Here is a before and after picture below:

What a change right? I am a amazon queen so most of these items came from Amazon & Target. Here are some links to items I bought to create this powder room vibe:

  1. Gold Mirror – I love a beautiful brass gold round mirror. It was a nice compliment to the very square like sink, it was a good balance of structure and curve appeal. Bought it from Amazon!

2. Foam Molding – Yes its foam! It was a perfect way to elevate the open white walls in this space. I am looking forward to decorating the corner of my powder room soon!

3. Feature Wall – I wanted to have a accent wall of some kind vs just painting it. Painting takes a bit more time, and we decided to just do contact paper. I found a very nice white brick paper that would go with anything when I finally decorate the rest of the room in the future. I suggest ordering 3 to 4 rolls, but it depends on the size of the wall.

4. Faucets – My contractor got the sinks for me but I ordered the matte black faucets. I just love the entire look and it has elevated this space so much.

These are some of the key pieces I bought to bring this powder room together. I also love the bath accessories which I received from my wedding 2 years ago and the candle on the counter is from Target! But here are so good substitutes for the bathroom accessories and candles from Amazon.

In the end we were so happy with the results and we plan on changing out the flooring in the future and decorate this sweet corner as well. This is by far one of my favorite renovation projects. More to come! Any renovation projects you have enjoyed experiencing or seeing? Share below…

Jessi’s i love places…vivian’s kitchen

The Kitchen Island…

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Within Coral Gables, FL there are various homes that have such history and appeal. I grew up in this area with my parents and have always admired the taste level of our neighbors with their homes.

One of my favorite places has to be our neighbor’s home…Vivian’s Kitchen Island. It’s just one of my favorite spaces to come visit and have a cup of lemonade or coffee. Hear the story of the renovation and concept behind this wonderful space.

This family saved money for over 15 years to renovate their entire downstairs of their home practically. And it has paid off! The #1 priority was the kitchen, Vivian and her family are like mine. They gather around the kitchen table to not just eat but to converse. Check out this island…this is the island of all islands!

First, the island feels like a mile long, it can sit easily 12 people and still have room! She picked out an amazing pure white quartz counter top to match the overall white theme to her kitchen. I love the hidden refrigerator with the long exaggerated handles. It gives it such an elegant but simple feel. The backsplash is so pretty and has a hint of gray in the print. I really love it because with the kitchen being white already, the backsplash just gives it the complete look.

Second, the amount of drawer space is out of this world as well. This kitchen island alone has 12 drawers! What an amazing use of space.

One of the most charming stories from the owner was her standing firm on getting this kitchen island. This space originally had a wall separating the kitchen and the dining room table. Just picture a wall lining up next to the now refrigerator…that was the size of the kitchen.

The interior designer that she worked with wanted her to keep it separated. They even drew up plans and everything to persuade Vivian to do what they suggested. But Vivian held her ground and said no.

Lastly, I personally felt she made the right decision based on the needs of her family. Family is all about conversing with each other and hanging out. This 117 inch long by 66 inch wide kitchen island represents that for her family dynamic. This is why I view this as a “Jessi’ I love Places.” What piece in your home means the most to your life or family dynamic?

Most of this kitchen’s pieces came from Pottery Barn or Crate & Barrell. However, I do have some great dupes or options from Amazon. Check out the links below.



I cannot believe it is November! This is my favorite time of the year! I love family time and the gift giving to the ones you love. I will be sharing so many gift ideas this season! So let’s start off with some quick gifts for under the tree from Macy’s!

  1. Estee Lauder Blockbuster – Enjoy 12 full size items for $75 dollars! It even has the famous Advance Night Repair!

2. Jo Malone London Diffuser $98-$110 – One of the best gifts ever! These diffusers last and have some of the best scents that can fill a room! Jo Malone is a luxury gift that anyone would love! And yes Macys sells Jo Malone!

3. Dior Beauty Holiday Collection – This collection is drawn from fireworks that makes this an explosive holiday set. Dior has some of the best lipsticks as well as eye palettes! Click below to explore my link!

4. O Cabernet & Merlot Wine Glasses 8 piece Value Set – You can never go wrong with wine glasses as a gift! These glasses I love because they are simple, classic and durable.

5. 4-Pc Firm & Glow Skincare Gift Set – You can never go wrong with a skincare routine as a gift! Especially from Estee Lauder which range from $89-$125 dollars for one of their sets.

6. Versace Men’s Fragrance Sets – Versace Eros is a favorite among the guys so gift them with this scent! Its a 4 piece set that cost usually $93 but valued for $179! This is the time to rack up on fragrances as gifts.

7. Men’s Black Diamond Bracelets – I love that Men’s bracelets are very popular and I really enjoy them as gifts. Check out all the great bracelets at Macy’s to select your favorite to give to a love one.

8. FAO Schwarz Girls Varsity Makeup Studio – I love this gift for young girls. The set has 3 eyeshadow palettes, 2 foundation palette, 1 brush and so much more.

9. Clinique 6 piece Great Skin Everywhere Gift Set – Clinique always has amazing packaging and great price for their skin regimens. This is one of my favorite gifts to give as well, especially someone who does not have a routine and is longing for one.

Visit my Macy’s Style Crew Store Front to shop! Click below…

The entrance to our home

How it all began…

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The last 7 weeks moving into our new home has been an experience. We have done already some massive things to the home but on of my most treasured memories will be re-doing the entrance. The previous owner had massive amounts of couch grass that led up to the front door as well as planted cactus plant and poinsettas. I was not a huge fan of it because it attracted lizards to the 100th degree and they were constantly hanging out right by the door. It was challenging so we decided to remove it and oh gosh was it bare. See the before and after.

So the next step was plant something that is low maintenance and pretty to go with the brown and cream color of the house. I work retail and am a Beauty Director for 12+ doors so my time is limited and I need something that does not take a lot of time to keep up with. We decided to go with Green Island Ficus which is a beautiful simple plant with deep color and glossy leaves and Various Bromeliad plants, which are priced pretty well and on budget.

Then last but not least the rocks…this just set the tone. It’s called Alabama White Rock and I love it. I don’t have a link to the exact type of rock, but here is a substitute that should work out pretty well…Click Here The white rock was the most expensive thing to purchase but it was so worth it in the end. It made the chattahoochie entrance look actually better! We were going to remove the chattahoochie but to save some money now, we decided to re-seal it soon and paint it a darker color to match the house.

Finally, the next big transformation was around our mailbox. I totally hated the massive forest we had around it and anything could have been living in there, seriously. We moved all the vegetation there and it was not easy to do since so much of it had deep roots in there for many years. But we managed to pull out the stumps and really start over. See the before & after below.

Day and Night, right? What a difference! The house looks bigger to me with just that change. We used Bags of Cypress Mulch which also won’t attract as many bugs and possible termites. Termites are attracted to mulch and it’s best never to put mulch right up against the home. We planted Wart Fern around the mailbox, it will grow but not at a massive rate like the previous plants that were there. We were so happy with the finished product and I want to thank A Touch of Grass for installing such a simple but amazing entrance to our front yard! Contact them on Home Advisor for the Miami, FL area. Click Here…

Thank you and check back for more home renovations soon!


Jessi Morgan