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.

JESSI MORGAN’S QUICK HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE

THE HOLIDAYS ARE HERE…

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…https://www.homeadvisor.com/rated.ATouchofGrass.2141906.html

Thank you and check back for more home renovations soon!

xoxo,

Jessi Morgan

Favorite daily routine beauty Products

Glow Girl GLOW! And no I’m not pregnant. Anyways my skin is glowing these days! The products I’ve been using has transformed my entire look.

And…no I am not a makeup artist or skincare expert. I am a beauty director for the business side. Always have been and love it.

I have always been embarrassed to do demos/show off my makeup/skincare routine. But I’m working on my confidence lol. One day! For now check out my fav products that I cannot live without:

  1. Chanel Milk cleanser – Hydrating my face with this milk cleanser is everything. Its so soothing!

2. Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Powder Duo – This powder has 2 colors and it blends so well to create the best brow tint. This is my secret to perfectly arched brows that look natural.

3. Shiseido Power Infusing Concentrate Serum – My skin has improved so much. This serum has erased my dark spots, especially under my neck.

4. maccosmetics Studio Fix Powder Foundation – The best matte foundation powder ever, it has such great coverage!

5. Chanel Sensitive Skin Cream – Such a soothing moisturizer for every skin type. Its usually for sensitive skin but I love it. It’s not too heavy so my foundation goes on perfectly.

6. Clinique Make-up Remover Balm – THE BEST MAKEUP REMOVER EVER! It all comes off!

What products make you HAPPY??? Also…these items are 15% off right now @macys for #friendsandfamily! Click below to my Macy’s Style & Crew Storefront to enjoy discount as well as explore other items that are on sale!

https://www.macys.com/style-crew/p/explore-my-favorite-daily-beauty-routine-items-that-are-15-off-right-now-for-friends-family/225845035

My Favorite fragrances in fall 2020 is now 15% off @macys…

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Fragrances continues to be the forefront during this pandemic for my beauty business! Customers are wearing masks and buying fragrances lol. It’s insane! But I do feel that fragrances makes you feel good and it creates a type of fantasy based on the scent. I love a good aroma and show should you. Here are my top fragrances of Fall 2020:

  • Marc Jacobs Perfect
  • Giorgio Armani My Way
  • Valentino Voce Viva
  • Jo Malone (Every Scent)
  • Good Girl Supreme
  • Dior Jadore Infinissime

AND RIGHT NOW…Total Beauty is 15% off for Friends & Family @Macys between 10/26-11/9/2020. Shop on my page! Press button below! Use the code: FRIEND to get your discount at checkout

jessi’ i love places presents…the dry bar

The Bar…The Bar…I can honestly say before I met my husband I could care less about a bar of some kind in a home. I grew up without one and my parents don’t drink at all. So it was not a necessity or a luxury to have one. However, I have learned to enjoy a drink or two and being able to have what you need in your own home is so convenient these days especially.

So back to the bar…our new home we just purchased is 40+ years old home and the original owner turned this before closet into a bar. It’s made completely of wood and it has a cool vintage look that my husband and I liked when we first saw the house. We were excited to decorate it and enjoy it with guests, but I felt there was something missing from it.

Since I was in the mist of using contact paper in my bathrooms I decided to some pinstripe gold tape to jazz up our bar space. It cost about $14 from amazon and it was worth it.

“I literally used this tape and scissors to make my final product. It took about an hour & a half only because I was extremely detailed and careful”

And see below the final product. I showed it to some friends and they felt like it was a completely different piece of furniture! I topped it off with a nice gold tray I received from Macy’s. It pulled together nicely…

So drink up! Enjoy your spaces in your home because what 2020 has taught us is…you need to make your home as comfortable as possible because you never know what can happen #covid19 Signing off and concluding another Jessi’ I Love Places!!!

Have you done any simple design changes to a space that just made a huge difference? Share below!

Tools used to make this space pop…

A Girl designing a custom closet…

A dream closet has always been a goal when I finally owned a home. Recently my husband and I during crazy Covid scare purchased a home (yes crazy but we live on faith in God). It’s our first home but it feels close to a dream home when I installed my walk in closet. I went through the famous California Closets and my designer Taylor is by far the most amazing person to work with. She had a vision and listened to what I wanted.

My favorite type of shoes are wedges! They are comfortable and give me height!

Here were the key things I wanted in my closet:

  1. White – I wanted white shelves, white everything. White looks bigger and cleaner. For me you can find things when you have a pure palette in white.
  2. Shoe space – I have a lot of shoes and that was the most important thing to me. I recently gave away about 45 pairs of shoes so I have an excuse to buy more now with the space that I have! Absolutely am in love with my shoe space. I have 3 categories of which consist of flats, sneakers and heels/boots.
  3. Doors – I wanted doors at least for my clothes hanging and folded. It looks way more clean and you get to hide any imperfections of your color story of your clothes that way. Yes I think like that, I like things to be hidden these days. My room looks more clean and simple that way.
  4. Gold accent somewhere – I love white and gold where I can get it! My designer suggested gold handles for the doors and I am obsessed. We also decided on longer handles as well to give the closet doors a more exaggerated luxury effect.

This space was originally a garage, turned a room, then my closet. The previous owner had turned it into a room but they had outdated wooden panels. We removed the panels and discovered that the panels literally were glued to the cement walls. Yes cement walls! My husband found someone who plastered the walls and painted the walls white before we installed the closet. Wow what a difference! He also installed base boards and framed the air conditioning unit as well as the window in the room. Below is a picture before and after…

I just walk into this space daily and I feel so blessed. Have you had a transformation of something that just blows you away constantly? Share below!

XO,

Jessi Morgan

Great Macy’s Dress Deals

Great Macy’s Dress Deals

Hello Fashion Bosses! There are still really great deals post Labor Day @macys.com

Found this amazing yellow BCBG dress! BCBG is leaving the department store unfortunately but they are liquidating and things are marked down severely. Go to your local Macy’s door and see if there’s anything left!

Any ways see some key dresses at Macy’s I am loving right now! Click link below

https://www.macys.com/style-crew/p/maxi-dress/225525761