Whatchya lookin’ for? Knowing the where to find the right resources to maintain your home is a key part of homeownership

Want to know who lived in your home before you? Need an Interior Designer? Don’t know where to buy soap stone or light fixtures for your kitchen renovation? Do you want to recreate the gorgeous period wallpaper you found under some sheetrock? Or perhaps you just want some advice from expert home restorers.

You’ve come to the right place. Over the past nine years, I’ve owned two homes in SOMa NJ; I renovated one to completion and I’m currently in the midst of a renovation for the other.  I’ve had the opportunity to work with many tradespeople, vendors, and artisans across each facet of homeownership. And as a Realtor®- Salesperson, I am committed to recommending the best service provides to my clients – whether it’s to prepare their home for sale or renovate/restore their new home.

If you are vendor and want to represented, please email me.


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FOUNDER & LEAD CONTENT STRATEGIST I live in a gorgeous 1895 Victorian otherwise know as No.139, with my husband Gary McDaniel, who is a frequent foodie contributor to this blog, and our three kids. While only four other families have called this place home, some of them made really bad choices that altered it’s classic design. And there was a cheapo flipper in the mix too. Now, we’re cleaning up their messes. This blog is a creative outlet for the love of home design and art, doable DIY, indulging in good eats, and throwing a good party. While I write many of our articles, I’m not the only voice. Tradespersons, small business owners, or our good neighbors with special talents will share what they’ve learned through posts, photography, and video. Think about it. Who better to give you advice on landscape design, a well-stocked bar, or how to hire (and fire) the right contractor for your home reno than those who do it for a living or simply a passion to give voice to their hobby? My day (and weekend) job as a REALTOR®-Salesperson for Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage in Maplewood, NJ, gives me a unique opportunity to peek inside homes. Whether a it’s a sparkling or still-in-the-rough kind of diamond – all are dream worthy. I manage my real estate biz through my brand, INHABIT SOMa by Carla Labianca.

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