About Me

Welcome to A Modern Retreat!

Do you drool over modern styled homes but gag at the hefty price tag that comes with it? I’m Stacy and that’s exactly how I feel when it comes to renovating and styling my home!

While I love everything about modern interiors, from the open spaces to clean lines, I definitely don’t love the idea of spending a fortune on it. Maybe it’s the Asian blood in me (always searching for a good deal and never wanting to pay full price!) but I just can’t seem to stomach shelling out that kinda cash for modern furniture, decor, and home improvement projects. I guess you could say I have champagne taste on a beer budget!! But there’s also that undeniable satisfaction of getting your home to look exactly like you envisioned without breaking the bank.

How It all Started…

I got my first taste of home renovation when I decided to remodel the kitchen in my condo years ago. At that time, I’d been wanting to remodel my kitchen for a while, but I had no clue what went into a major renovation project like that nor how much it would cost. I just knew I didn’t want to spend an arm and a leg. Luckily, my boyfriend at the time (now my husband) works in construction and offered to help. So we rounded up some friends to help us with the demo, and after a month of eating carry out and living in a construction zone while helping out where I could after work and during the weekends, I finally had a brand new modern kitchen that I couldn’t wait to entertain in.

I guess you could say that experience really opened my eyes to how much fun and rewarding it could be to create a space where I could truly feel at home. It’s also when I really started to appreciate the beauty of well designed interiors and developed a passion for interior design.

And Now We’re Addicted!

A few years ago, my husband and I purchased a house together after we got married, and we set out to tackle our next big rehab project, this time remodeling the entire main floor. Since we pretty much had a blank canvas to work with, we knew we wanted to customize everything to exactly how we wanted it. And again, with our taste for high end finishes yet our unwillingness to pay the price for it, we ended up doing A LOT of DIY’ing and coming up with creative hacks to get everything we wanted without breaking the bank.

After months of blood, sweat and tears (ok maybe not so much blood minus a few minor accidental cuts and scrapes here and there), and countless hours of searching for the right furniture and decor, we were finally ready to call our new house our home.

I guess once you’ve been bitten by the bug and venture into the world of home remodeling and interior design, it just never stops. There’s always that next project waiting around the corner, whether it’s a bathroom makeover or decorating the house for the holidays, the projects are never ending!

I hope you find some ideas and inspiration in creating your own modern home as we continue our journey!




Contact me at stacy@amodernretreat.com


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