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Wednesday, 11 July

00:00

An Event Planners Beachy Bungalow on New Yorks Fire Island Design*Sponge

An Event Planner's Beachy Bungalow on NY's Fire Island, Design*Sponge

An Event Planner's Beachy Bungalow on NY's Fire Island, Design*Sponge

Cherry Grove, a community on New Yorks Fire Island, has been one of the areas most picturesque destinations for decades. It was even made a National Historic Landmark in 2015. For event planner Jove Meyer, though, its much more than just a slice of sun and serenity. Its a sanctuary where he and his friends can unwind and be their authentic queer selves away from the noise and turbulence of the city.

Joves journey to owning a home on Fire Island started a decade ago when he left California for New York City and Columbia University. At the time, he was fully prepared to step off the plane, out of the closet and into a classroom to start chipping away at a law degree. Not long after, however, his friend asked him to help organize her wedding, and the rest, as they say, is history. Seemingly overnight, law school went out the window, and the beginning of Jove Meyer Events was born! he tells us.

Since then Jove has branched out and become an LGBTQ+ advocate and speaker, traveling around the world to talk to other creatives about inclusivity in the field of wedding planning. Its a big operation one youd think would have a huge office to match. On the contrary, Jove has found a way to run the outfit from this quaint Fire Island bungalow during the summer months. And its all thanks to some clever planning.

As you can imagine, decorating an apartment on an island presented some...

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Tuesday, 10 July

21:00

How We Travel on a Budget At Home In Love

I've had a few friends ask me how we afford to travel "so much", especially now that there are kids in the mix. I actually don't think we travel a TON (following a bunch of travel "influencers" has probably skewed my perception). But I counted it up, and in the last three years we have gone to: Iceland, Italy, France, Canada, four national parks, and ten states--including Alaska and Hawaii. Not too shabby for an average middle-class couple! I still don't feel super qualified to give advice on this topic, but there are certain things we do to make our trips more affordable. And I'm happy to share those tips. I would also loooove to hear how you guys travel on a budget! I bet some of you are doing smart things that I've never thought of.

Grand Hyatt Kauai

1. Travel during off-peak times. Summer is peak season for practically every destination, due to kids being out of school. So we always plan our trips for spring or fall, when the weather is still good but the crowds are much less. And it's not just the crowds that are less. Everything tends to cost less in off-peak times, from lodging to car rentals to tourist activities. We will continue to do this until our own kids are in school. Flying on off-peak days can also save you big time on plane tickets. I think Tuesday and Wednesday are usually the cheapest days to fly.

2. Stay in vacation rentals (most of the time). We generally prefer vacation rentals, both for cost savings and because we can find more unique places! Vacation rentals are especially worthwhile if you're traveling with a group or as a big family (most hotel rooms have a maximum occupancy of 4). Having a kitchen can also save you a lot of money if you cook your own meals. As a caveat, the cleaning fees and service fees can be hefty sometimes, so it's not always worth it if you're only staying a night or two. But for a week or more, a vacation rental is almost always more cost-effective than a hotel (unless you follow tip #4!). I'm sure most of you have already tried Airbnb, but if you haven't you can get $40 off your first rental through this referral link.

3. Ask for discounts. At hotels, you can often get discounts if you're a member of AAA, AARP, the military, or even Costco. We've also messaged the owners of vacation rentals and gotten discounts such as weekly rates for longer stays. One time, the best place we found was a 3 bedroom but we only needed 2 bedrooms...so she gave us 10% off and locked the door to the third bedroom. Win-win: we didn't have to pay for that room, and she didn't have to clean it. Lastly, I have gotten d...

10:33

Caraboat A Trailerable Tiny Houseboat


The CaraBoat, which as the name suggests is both a caravan (RV) and a boat. It is the culmination of more than four years of development. Although the concept is not new, we believe that this is as good as it gets. A stylish, sleek, aerodynamic caravan that is as easy to tow and is no higher than a normal off road caravan, but then, when in boat mode you have a safe, high performance liveable boat.

Interior view of the CaraBoat its big enough to be livable.

Interior view of the CaraBoat its big enough to be livable.

Travellers will now have the ability to see all of this wonderful country with hundreds of estuaries, rivers and lakes to explore. The high speed, long range, great economy and extreme shallow draft of the CaraBoat gives you the perfect platform to discover all the hidden treasures our fantastic waterways have to offer.

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I love exploring nature in a boat. A whole new world opens up when youre on the water in wilderness areas. I think the CaraBoat is a fantastic solution for those who want a tiny house on wheels and also love boating. However, at this time its only available in or near Australia where theyre made. Plus, the cost is over $100,000 so theyre not cheap. But they do look very well made and stylish.

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05:45

How To Paint A Front Door + The Best Front Door Paint Vintage Revivals

Everyone has a front door, some people might even have 2. But we got extra lucky at the Merc and have 3 front doors! Updating your front door with paint is one of the quickest ways to bring some serious curb appeal to your house, but you have to do it the right way and you have to use the right kind of exterior paint.

How to paint a front door and the HANDS DOWN best paint to use!

Remember how weve talked about finding the right paint for the job and that paint is not a one size fits all type of product? When you are painting outside doors, you MUST use exterior paint. Want to see what happens when you dont? This is at our family cabin. This door was painted with regular latex just 2 years ago. Can you see how much its faded and discolored? That friends, is why you need exterior paint.

Once we had our vintage doors for the Merc modified and hung it was time to get painting. We started by taping EVERTYHING off. Prep is wicked important, especially when youre using a paint sprayer.

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Checking In: The Rory Gilmore Pool House Suite Design*Sponge

Checking In: The Rory Gilmore Pool House Suite | Design*Sponge

Checking In: The Rory Gilmore Pool House Suite | Design*Sponge
Over a decade later (and a revival I could debate for hours on end), the original Gilmore Girls series still remains one of my all-time favorite TV shows. The same age as Rory Gilmores character, I was inspired by everything from her wardrobe to her never-ending reading list throughout my high school and college years. Would I have dove into the desperate world of Tolstoys Anna Karenina, learned about Ayn Rand or embraced the mini skirt and jumper combination without a little nudge from Rory? Im doubtful.

Although the focus of the show was never on interiors per se, the quaint little town of Stars Hollow and the homes featured in it always resonated with me as warm, inviting, and most importantly, exuding quirky personality. All this considered, its somewhat ironic that one of my favorite interior moments from Gilmore Girls one thats stuck with me for all these years has less...

Monday, 09 July

10:25

Mobile Army Field Kitchen

Army Kitchen trailer for outdoor cooking

Army Kitchen trailer for outdoor cooking


I saw this portable army field kitchen online and realized it would work great for many situations, especially off-gridders who do a lot of canning, baking and cooking. Not sure of the cost, but most Army surplus items are pretty cheap so its likely you could find a used one reasonably priced. There are different sizes and styles available that you can search for online.

Outdoor kitchens keep the heat outdoors, so theyre particularly beneficial in hot climates and for those with large gardens who are storing up for winter. This army field kitchen would also be practical for large families, DIY homebuilders needing a place to cook during the construction process, as well as feeding work crews or cook for special events. Most likely you could resell it at a later date for about what you paid for it.

Just for fun, do a google image search or bing image search with keywords Army Kitchen Field Trailer. Youll see there are lots of options such as mosquito mesh, rain flaps, camo, lifetime use heavy duty stainless steel appliances, large ovens, large pressure cookers, griddles, etc. Some trailers are really small for camping trips or family get togethers. There are so many options that it shouldnt be difficult to find the right combination that works for you. Also note, youd be all set up if theres ever a grid down situation such as a major windstorm or blizzard. As long as youre stocked up on propane you could continue cooking for a quite a while.

Image source: Alibaba (they sell army surplus field kitchens)

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