November 20, 2014

living room_4Local realtor, Holly Worthington, is no amateur when it comes to home improvement. With over 8 years of real estate experience and 18 years of flipping houses, she pretty much knows everything there is to know about buying, selling, and renovating homes. So it’s no surprise that her latest flip, 306 S. Clairmont, is now one of the best buys on the market. living room living room_3pillow & flowersSitting on a picturesque street in one of Salisbury’s most desired neighborhoods, this 1930’s remodel is the crème de la crème of the block. Having renovated over 20 homes, designing S.Clairmont came easy to Holly. Keep the character, salvage the old, and replace the outdated, was pretty much the blueprint for this three month remodel. The outcome? 1800 sqft of immaculate living space. As if beautiful archways, hidden nooks, and a wall of french doors that lead to a private patio is not charming enough, Holly gave the home an extra dose of personality by adding unique features, like the DIY salad bowl sink in the master bathroom. The kitchen is a chefs dream with its massive granite island, herringbone backsplah and energy efficient appliances. Although Holly’s goal is to resale, she pours her heart and soul into each of her remodels, as if they were her own home. 306 S. Clairmont is truly one of her masterpieces. fireplace fireplace decor_3 light fixture & vases kitchen_6kitchen_9bar stools & table decor kitchen_3sitting roomlight fixture & sinkfront_3 Q&A with Holly:

Design style: I actually don’t have a style. Some people think everything has to be matchy-matchy. I don’t think one thing has to go with another thing. I just find nice pieces and mix them all together.

Inspiration: My dad. He taught himself how to read architectural plans and do landscaping, and it was trial and error. No one really helped my dad, he just learned on his own. That has definitely rubbed off on me.

MLS Specs: Built in 1935, 1800 square feet, 3 bedrooms, 2.5 baths. Priced at $209,900. (More info here)

Favorite feature(s): The kitchen! Before, it was a galley kitchen and very narrow with no storage space. I blew out a wall to make it open. Now it has lots of storage, a downdraft range, all energy efficient, stainless steel appliances, and I love the granite countertops  because it looks like it has black ice on it.

Must-have decor: If I find something that was left in the house like a piece of furniture, or an old light, I try to integrate that piece into the decor. I like my homes to be a mixture of old and new.

Favorite places to shop: Thrift stores like Goodwill, Salvation Army, Habitat for Humanity… you’d be surprise what you can find. And Marshalls for little odds and ends.

Best advice: Always overestimate your budget, especially in older houses because there’s a lot of stuff that you don’t foresee.


I hope you are enjoying East & Lane’s Home Tour series. If you have a home, or know of a home that would be a great feature, please email me at eastandlane@gmail.com. Must be located on Maryland’s Eastern Shore or Delaware Shores. 


November 4, 2014

dining room 2I’m excited to introduce Home Tours to the blog! Interior design is one of my biggest passions, and with this series I’ll share amazing local spaces that will give you some major decor inspiration! First up, local wedding photographer, Sarah Murray. When I walked into Sarah’s home, I felt like I was on the HGTV show House Hunters…except her house wasn’t for sale (sigh). I had literally stepped into my dream home. From the beautifully stained hardwood floors, to the Pottery Barn lighting fixtures, the 1920’s bungalow was picture perfect. But not always. Originally, the home was a foreclosure and had been abandoned for years. Sarah and her husband spent 6 months renovating the home to its current state, which included new windows, insulation, electric, plumbing, roof, hvac, refinished floors, and added a half bath. Despite its brand new infrastructure, Sarah kept as much of the homes original character, as possible. The outcome is absolutely charming.
bench & basketsentry & oarfamily roomchair & coffee tableThick baseboards and stunning trim work outline the open-concept floor plan. Bungalow style windows floods each room with natural light, while flawless light gray walls serve as a backdrop to Sarah’s original artwork and minimalist decor. Sarah describes her home as ‘coastal rustic.’ Not to be confused with beachy or log cabin, but rather a perfectly curated mix of earth tone hues, oceanic art, and distressed wood accents. Perhaps it’s Sarah’s artistic eye, or HGTV addiction, but she created a seamless marriage between interior design and personal style, making the home a perfect retreat for her, and a welcoming abode for friends and family.dining room 1Sarah Murray Artworkdining table candlesdecor & pillowskitchenkitchen window decorbreakfast barfireplaceexterior side

Q&A with Sarah:

Design Style: I guess you can call it ‘coastal rustic’. If you look in my closet you’ll see shades of greens, grays, neutrals, earth tones… those are the colors I gravitate towards. so when it came to the house, I just wanted it to feel really earthy, really natural.

Inspiration: Of course Pinterest played a part in the inspiration, and my picture in the dining room. I didn’t really know what I wanted, I just knew I wanted that picture hanging in my house. so when I hung it up, it was like boom, there’s my colors.

Favorite feature(s): on the exterior of the house it’s the porch. If I could have imagined my dream house in my head it would of had that porch. On the inside, I love the french doors, the chimney’s exposed brick, and the floors.

Must-have decor: I love baskets, and plants. Plants change everything. It just really helps having that little bit of nature inside your house.

Favorite places to shop: Marshall’s, Pottery Barn, Restoration Hardware, Ish, Sea La Vie, and local antique stores.

What was the home renovation process like: The day after we bought the house, we came in and literally just started tearing down the walls and everything. I realized fairly quickly that the budget we had originally set was totally unrealistic. It was the most stressful 6 months of my life, but once it was over it was like the calm after the storm. I would definitely do it again.

Best advice: Throughout the renovation process there’s a lot of hiccups and times where you’re going to have to get rid of something that’s original. But don’t give up on the character of the home. Try to save those small features about the home that made you buy it in the first place.

photo credit: Sarah Murray 

I hope you are enjoying East & Lane’s Home Tour series. If you have a home, or know of a home that would be a great feature, please email me at eastandlane@gmail.com. Must be located on Maryland’s Eastern Shore or Delaware Shores. 

All Natural beauty treatment

October 3, 2014

egg white face maskNow that the seasons are changing and temps starting to drop, I’ve been searching the web for all natural beauty treatments to help preserve my skin as much as possible during the colder months. I’ve never been a big fan of eggs, unless we’re talking about omelets. I love omelets. But apparently they’re miracle workers when it comes to your skin. The nutrients in eggs have tons of benefits for your skin (and hair). The egg white is great for tightening and firming fine lines and wrinkles. If you have dry or acne damaged skin (that’s me), the egg yoke can hydrate and tone. I tried this Egg White Face Lift Mask recipe and my skin loved it! The egg white tightens, the lemon reduces blemishes, and the honey kills bacteria and “plumps the skin”.

• 1 egg white
• 1 teaspoon lemon juice
• 1 teaspoon honey

Mix ingredients together and apply to face. Let dry for 15-20mins and rinse with warm water. I must admit, I really wasn’t expecting to see/feel any results. But after rinsing, my skin felt extremely soft, like baby bottom soft, and hydrated. I didn’t even feel like I needed to put on moisturizing lotion… although I did, for routine sake. My skin also looked brighter, which I’m assuming is from the lemons natural alpha hydroxy acids which helps exfoliate and lighten the top layer of your skin. Amazing! Now that I know these at home recipes actually work, I can’t wait to try more. Have you guys tried any at home all natural beauty treatments? Share your faves in the comments below!



photo & recipe via hellonatural.co