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Hi there! Welcome to the Magdalena Studios blog, a journal where we share weddings, travel, resources for brides & entrepreneurs, and a glimpse of our lives. When we're not photographing some of the most romantic weddings around the world, we're either fixing up our beach bungalow, surfing and swimming in the ocean, or cooking up veggie burgers. Alongside my (soon-to-be) husband Scott and our trustworthy team of creatives, our life mission is to capture joyful love stories and effortless real-life moments.

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Our Beach Bungalow Home Renovation Reveal

Beach Bungalow Renovation Before and Afters

Our renovation reveal has been a long time coming! We’re going to give you the backstory on our house and link to as many of the resources we can down below! We’re finally finished and ready to share our beach bungalow remodel before and afters with you all !!!! If you follow me on Instagram, you’ve probably seen a few snaps along the way of our progress. But this is the first time I am sharing our new home in it’s entirety and I am so excited to give it a proper introduction!

It’s been a journey from the beginning – from a couple years worth of house-hunting for the perfect fixer-upper project, to design ideas and inspiration, color palettes, and long nights picking out tiles in Home Depot and painting ceilings over spilled Chinese food take out while I studied for the bar. It’s truly amazing how much this space changed in a matter of months and how quickly it became our dreamy surf bungalow in Ocean City, NJ!

We are so, so incredibly lucky to have had my in-laws who are insanely talented with these projects. (So when I say we did all of the work ourselves, I mostly mean they did!) I learned so much from them – my sister-in-law Sarah taught me how to cut and place tile (and you’ll see what an incredible job she did on our bathroom!) and my father-in-law taught me how to put up wallpaper. My father-in-law did everything from plumbing and electric to skylights and building the breakfast nook… And we had the help of so many family and friends in knocking down walls, gutting the old, and painting the new. It was a full-on family affair and looking back, there were so many good memories made creating this home.

So much of our inspiration came from our love for the sea and travel, as well as spending time with our family and friends. Our kitchen and living room opens up into one now, and our the former attic was lifted into a white shiplap vaulted ceiling with a ladder leading up to a guest loft. We wanted extra space for hosting and designed the layout to open up the space we have for gathering. Our home style and décor intertwines boho bungalow beach shack vibes with a clean, midcentury minimalist palette. It’s our imperfect blend of boho beachy, California coastal, midcentury chic all at the same time.

Some of my favorite sites to browse and find pieces for our home have been West Elm, Anthropologie, World Market and Etsy/ Houzz for unique pieces. We also found a ton of good deals on Overstock, Wayfair and at our local Home Depot. I’ve linked everything below from furniture and décor to my favorite kitchen pieces and plant shops! You can also browse our print shop gallery if you’re looking for some of the prints we have hanging! If there is anything missing, feel free to reach out and I can point you in the right direction. We hope you enjoy, and our door is always open to say hi

Stream My At Home Playlist While You Browse The Before & Afters Below!

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Bedroom

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  1. Lauren

    October 1st, 2019 at 1:07 pm

    Congratulations! It’s so beautiful. Enjoy making new memories in such a happy space!

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