Designing the Classic Beach Home

As one walks through the front door of the Sakwas Haven Beach home, the eyes are immediately drawn up towards a vast entry ceiling highlighted by an extravagant basket chandelier that harnesses the soothing charms of the ocean. Thick strands of tumbled, petite, blue-green sea glass adorn the unique light fixture structured with a gold leaf body, whose brilliance shimmers even with only the natural sunlight beaming in through the picturesque great window above. When your spellbound gaze is finally ready to descend back to earth, it is escorted downward by a giant custom wall mirror encrusted with a thick border of perfectly placed and polished, natural oyster shells. To its side, a witty litt


Your Next Home Project with Installed Sales and Project Financing Custom Home by Mancini Custom Homes Kitchen Design & Installation by Woodhaven Kitchen & Design Center. Designer Melody Ann Wells The thought of a home project is an exciting time for a homeowner. You’ve likely already pictured your new and improved space, (maybe even sketching it out a few dozen times) but now it’s about to become a reality. As you move forward with your project, it’s easy to become overwhelmed; especially when you consider design options, materials needed, and the installation process. Fortunately, with Installed Sales, you can complete your home project with ease. The phrase pretty much speaks for itself. A

Ask The Decorator

Thom Sweeney is founder and owner of Thom Sweeney Interiors, an award-winning full-service interior design studio specializing in contract design and residential business. With a well-trained and careful eye for quality, craftsmanship, and statement-making furnishings & textiles, Thom is recognized for his bold and elegant, yet timeless and classic styled designs. Q. My friends tell me that I have an eye for selecting just the right furniture and accessories, and I do think that I have a decent color sense, but I lose all confidence when it comes to trying to combine patterns. For example: I have an off-white sofa, and I desperately need to add color to the room; I can picture in my head w


Serves 6-8 Ingredients: 5 oz. goat cheese, softened 1 cup green and black olives, chopped ⅓ cup walnuts, finely chopped 2 tbsp. thyme 3 tbsp. pimentos, chopped 1 baguette, thinly sliced and toasted Olive oil DIRECTIONS: In a bowl, mix goat cheese, olives, walnuts, thyme and pimentos. Set aside. Brush sliced bread with olive oil and toast lightly. Spread 2 teaspoons of goat cheese mixture onto each crostini and serve.

Wander Hard

What to do when the Summer Sun Sets on LBI Summers in LBI make it easy. Easy to stay in the present moment, easy to stay active, and easy to connect to our loved ones, the planet and ourselves. Each summer morning you’ll wake up to find hundreds of people across the island out on a jog, hitting up a beach yoga class or catching some waves. Our afternoons are filled with sandy toes and salty skin thanks to our glorious beaches and superb summer weather. Our evenings are filled with dining out with family and friends and challenging the kids to mini-golf. Saying goodbye to summer is always hard but once we do, we often find ourselves back to the daily grind of work, our kids’ extra curricular

Explore LBI

Shellfish Soirée at Long Beach Island Foundation of Arts & Sciences - September 28 Head to the north of the island for a fantastic night celebrating locally provided shellfish, along with a variety of entertainment, great drinks and company. Tickets are on sale at or by visiting them in Loveladies Merchant Mart at Taylor Avenue Ball Field Beach Haven - September 29 10am to 5pm Chowderfest Weekend begins with one of the largest outdoor marketplaces at the Jersey Shore. Free to all attendees to enjoy rain or shine! Meet with dozens of vendors under the big tents, while partaking of beer and ciders on tap, as well as wine by the glass. Live music, children’s entertainment and spec

Alliance for a Living Ocean

If you think medical waste and sewage spills are contamination issues limited to waters off the coasts of high pollutant countries like China and Indonesia, then think again. It was a fateful day in late July of 1987 when a 50-mile debris slick full of household garbage, discarded biomedical waste, hospital trash and timbers floated 100 yards off the shoreline from Manasquan to northern Long Beach Island. By the time August rolled in, New Jersey’s Environmental commissioner had officially issued an advisory closing all nearby beaches out of concern that swimmers could be struck by timbers or jabbed by the hypodermic syringes ensnared in the sludge. In the meantime, pill bottles and rubbish h


Serves 4 Ingredients: 8 oz. Whiskey 4 tsp. Simple syrup 8 dashes Angostura bitters 4 tbsp. Orange juice Fresh Rosemary sprigs Orange peels Ice DIRECTIONS: Mix whiskey, simple syrup, and Angostura bitters in a shaker. Add the ice and shake well. Strain the cocktail into a rocks glass over ice. Peel 4 large slices of orange and rub the peel around the rim of the glass and drop the peel into the glass. Add rosemary sprigs for garnish.

Falling in Love

PLANNER - Bogath Weddings & Events PLANNER ASSISTANT Sophia Hogan | PHOTOGRAPHER - Susan Elizabeth Photography NJ + Worldwide RENTALS - Rustic Drift | HAIR - Lavish LBI | MAKEUP - CIA Agency | BRIDE’S DRESS SHOP - Free Love Bridal RECEPTION DRESS DESIGNER - French Knot Couture | GROOM’s ATTIRE - The Black Tux | INVITATIONS - Desiging4wed RECEPTION VENUE - Parkers Garage & Oyster Saloon | FLORIST - Reynolds Garden Shop & Floral Market CAKE & DESSERT BAR - Sweet Melissa | MODELS - Jillian Kellner Spano & Billy Spano

Wedding Bliss II

HOW WE MET I grew up on LBI and my husband grew up in Manahawkin. One late summer day in 2003, my older brother called and told me to come over his best friend’s apartment in Beach Haven. His friend’s roommate had an English bulldog named Madison, and my brother knew that I had always loved bulldogs, so I went over to meet her. Madison’s owner was a guy named Frank, who was not home at the time I met her. I was at The Shell a few nights later, and I was introduced to the cutest boy I had ever laid eyes on. Frank said hi, and I awkwardly blurted out, “Hi—I love your dog!” and I hurried away. I couldn’t stop thinking about our encounter, and we had our first official hang at Chowderfest a few

Women: Take Stress to Heart

Some signs of stress you can’t help but notice: sweaty palms, nausea and tense muscles. Other signs you can’t feel, but they can have serious concerns for your health. A new study published in the journal Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis, and Vascular Biology, showed that women’s hearts may be especially vulnerable to the effects of stress. During a stressful experience, women showed a greater restriction in their blood vessels compared with men. When blood vessels constrict, it decreases the blood flow and oxygen to your heart. This can lead to a condition called cardiac ischemia, which can set a woman up with chest pain and heart attack. Anxiety can also disguise the symptoms of heart diseas

Romantic Dinners with the Two Dopes

There is something inherently romantic about the beach. Maybe its the relaxing walks near the ocean, the vibrant sunsets or the way the waves crash into the sand. When the long summer days begin to fade and Long Beach Island slows to a calming pace, a different kind of magic fills the air, making it one of our favorite times of year to go out for a romantic dinner. If you’re looking to spend a special night out on Long Beach Island, these are the spots you should check out! The Gables The Gables is a Victorian oasis located in Beach Haven. The abundant house plants, antique chandeliers and fireplaces create an elegant atmosphere that is completely unique. While the menu is seasonal and ever-

Going to the Chapel

Floral Designs Reynolds Floral Market Location Bonnet Island | Boathouse Chapel Phots by Ann Coen | Love & Light Photography | Lauren Fair Photography Soft blue, blush, and white flowers were used in this whimsical, garden inspired chapel display. Timeless wedding blooms including hydrangeas, roses, delphinium and lisianthus were nestled in free flowing greenery including olive branches and bay leaf, creating a dreamy foundation for this Long Beach Island wedding. We wanted the Boat House Chapel to take on the role of an old barn. There is something simply magical about the harvest season. We highlighted the chapel with farm inspired décor including tall stacks of hay bales, overs

Ginger Spice Cookies

Makes 20 cookies Ingredients: ¾ cup butter, softened 1 cup sugar 1 large egg ¼ cup molasses 2-¼ cups flour 2 tsp. Ground ginger 1 tsp. Baking soda ¾ tsp. Ground cinnamon ½ tsp. Ground cloves ¼ tsp. Salt Additional sugar DIRECTIONS: In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until fluffy. Beat in the egg and molasses. In a separate bowl, combine the flour, ginger, baking soda, cinnamon, cloves and salt; gradually add to the butter mixture and stir well. Roll into 1-½-inch balls, then roll in sugar. Place 2 inch apart on a greased baking sheets. Bake for 15 minutes at 350° until lightly browned and crackled. Place cookies on wire racks to cool.

The Planning Process

You have finally made the decision to move forward with the renovation of your beach house! Whether you choose to remodel your kitchen, upgrade your bathroom, rebuild a deck or add additional living space to accommodate your growing family and numerous visitors, you need a plan. Being prepared will help to alleviate stress and eliminate feeling overwhelmed. Here are Six Steps to Guide you through the Planning Process: HIRE PROFESSIONALS Hire a licensed and insured professional. When you select a general contractor, designer or architect, ask them for references. Check their qualifications for credibility via the Better Business Bureau or the local Chamber of Commerce. Visit websites like Hou

Grilled Steak & Bacon Bites with Horseradish Sauce

Serves 6-8 Ingredients: 12 strips bacon 26 beef tenderloin pieces HORSERADISH SAUCE: ½ cup plain Greek yogurt 1 tbsp. prepared horseradish 1 tbsp. shallots, minced ¼ cup flat-leaf Italian parsley, chopped Salt & pepper to taste DIRECTIONS: Preheat grill to medium high heat. In a small bowl mix, Greek yogurt, horseradish, minced shallots, salt, and pepper to taste. Mix well and set aside. In a larger bowl add the beef tenderloin pieces and season with salt and pepper. Wrap each tenderloin piece with a small strip of bacon, place a toothpick through the bacon and tenderloin to hold in place. Lightly spray grill with cooking spray and place bacon wrapped tenderloin pieces on direct heat, grill

Grilled Spicy Shrimp Skewers

Serves 4-6 Ingredients: 2 lbs. Large raw shrimp, peeled and deveined 3 large garlic cloves, chopped ¼ cup olive oil 1 tsp. Salt ¾ tsp. Cayenne pepper 2 tsp. Smoked paprika 1 tbsp. fresh lemon juice 1 tbsp. hot sauce Lemon slices Wooden skewers, soaked in water for 30 minutes DIRECTIONS: In a bowl add chopped garlic with salt; stir in cayenne pepper and smoked paprika along with the olive oil, lemon juice and hot sauce. In a large bowl add the shrimp with the garlic oil mixture and marinate for 20 minutes. Preheat grill to medium heat. Add the shrimp onto the wooden skewers and grill for 2-3 minutes per side or until slightly opaque. Brush oil mixture on lemons and grill for 2 minutes per sid

Brussels Sprouts With Pancetta &Pine nuts

Serves 4-6 Ingredients: 3 lbs. Brussels sprouts 6 tablespoons olive oil 6 shallots, thinly sliced 2 oz. thickly sliced Pancetta, diced 3 tbsp. pine nuts, toasted Salt & Pepper to taste DIRECTIONS: In boiling water, cook the Brussels sprouts until tender, about 5 minutes. Drain and slice the Brussels sprouts in half. In a large skillet, heat 2 tablespoons of the oil. Add the shallots and cook over low heat until lightly browned, 6-8 minutes. Set aside. Pour the remaining olive oil into the skillet. Add the Brussels sprouts, sliced side down and the diced Pancetta. Cook over medium-high heat, until the Brussels sprouts are browned, about 10 minutes. Transfer to a bowl and add in the shallots a

Collagen is the new Botox

Staying young and beautiful forever might sound like the plot of a sci-fi movie, but what if there was a way wind back time naturally? If you have a medicine cabinet stocked with skin masks, creams, anti-aging potions and products, take a closer look at the ingredient label. You may find the ingredient “collagen” more than a few times. You should know that collagen is actually the most abundant protein already found in your body. Its main job as a part of the human anatomy is to hold everything together like glue, and it is found in not only the skin, but also in muscles, bones, blood vessels, tendons and even the digestive system. The bad news is that as we humans age, the body produces les

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Serves 4 Ingredients: 8 tbsp. Sugar ¾ cup Cognac ½ cup Triple Sec orange liqueur 4 tbsp. fresh lemon juice Ice Lemon wedges DIRECTIONS: Pour sugar on a small plate. Rub lemon wedge halfway around rim of a rocks or a coupe glass. Dip the top of glass in sugar to coat outside rim of glass and set aside. Combine Cognac, Triple Sec and lemon juice in a cocktail shaker. Add ice and shake very well. Strain and pour into glasses and serve. Garnish with lemon wedges.

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