The Fundamentals of Space Planning Your Bedroom

2017-08-09_12-44-25So you just moved in (that, or you’re itching to move some things around in your existing home). Now what? I don’t know about you, but I’m always so excited at the prospects of a blank canvas floor plan, until I actually have to start making decisions on where to put everything. I start questioning everything! Is my rug the right size? Should my sofa go against the wall or float in the room? Do my nightstands have to match? Before I know it, I’m completely paralyzed by the whole situation and need my trusted design friends to rush over and help ease me into the right decisions. I rationalize my indecisiveness to the fact that space planning and room layouts are so crucial to the overall vibe a home puts forth.

To help, we turned to California designer Becki Owens to lay out some fundamentals when it comes to the art of placement. She consistently creates fresh, swoon-worthy interiors that always feel right on the mark. Below, Becki outlines four things to remember when setting up a bedroom to introduce good, healthy flow. Sleep tight!

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New Townhome Building Breaks Ground at The Meadows at Panther Valley

ALLAMUCHY, NJ – Ground has been broken on a new phase of upscale townhomes at The Meadows at Panther Valley, according to Baker Residential, developer of the fast-selling community in this well-established Allamuchy Township neighborhood.

Located on Lupine Lane with incredible views of the scenic Warren County landscape, the premium townhome building is the first to feature new and exciting housing designs with sought-after first-floor master bedroom suites at The Meadows at Panther Valley.

Priced from the $300,000s, the residences offer all the luxury, space and comfort that has made The Meadows one of northwestern New Jersey’s most popular new home communities, with the added ease and convenience of both the main living area and master bedroom on the entry level. Five floorplans are offered with a first-floor master suite.

“Demand has been high for the new townhome designs since opening for sale just a few short weeks ago,” said Elizabeth Bauer, Baker Residential’s Director of Sales and Marketing.

“We’re excited to begin construction on these homes which deliver a new and very attractive housing opportunity to The Meadows.” Continue reading “New Townhome Building Breaks Ground at The Meadows at Panther Valley”

The 5 Things Interior Designers Always Notice in Your Home

what-interior-designers-notice-homesWouldn’t it be so nice to know what an interior designer actually notices in your home? Having this information would make it that much easier when you clean or decorate new spaces, or even when you decide what to renovate and what to leave as is. It can be somewhat difficult to take a critical eye to your own space that you see consistently day after day, but knowing where to place your focus and creative energy would certainly help to take out some of that guesswork, so we decided to reach out to design professional Shelly Gerritsma from Canter Lane Interiors instead. Read on to learn the five design elements she always notices first and wants you to focus on first as well.

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Declutter (In a Big Way!)

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I recently moved to a new place, and most of my things came with me. The moving process gave me a much-needed opportunity to survey the things I own and decide if I wanted to keep them and bring them to the new place, or find a new home for them (which, yeah, includes the trash can in a few instances).

It was tough to decide what would stay and what would go, but one question helped me along the way:

If I was shopping right now, would I buy this?

Imagine you’re in a store, holding the object in your hand. Would you pay to bring it home? If so, then it’s an easy addition to the “keep” pile. If not, you have a little more fuel to help you decide it needs to find its way out of your home.

It applies to clothes and decor, to tech and to tools. And this one question causes you to weigh in on a few other considerations at the same time:

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PREMIUM TOWNHOMES WITH SCENIC VIEWS AND WALK-OUT BASEMENTS NOW AVAILABLE AT MAPLE FIELDS

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A limited offering of premium townhomes has been released for sale in the current housing phase at Maple Fields, Baker Residential’s fast-selling new community in the City of Middletown.

The three-bedroom residences are situated on some of the most desirable homesites the neighborhood has to offer, with private wooded views of the suburban Orange County landscape and walk-out basements leading to tranquil backyard settings that are great for entertaining. The residences are priced from the low-$300,000s.

“We’re only bringing six of these townhomes to market at this time,” says Elizabeth Bauer, Director of Sales and Marketing for Baker Residential.  “That means a few lucky homebuyers will be able to enjoy an upscale residence with enhanced elements of suburban living.  It’s a tremendous opportunity for those who act quickly.”

The new home release comes as sales at Maple Fields show no signs of slowing down.  The neighborhood offers several housing layouts that accommodate the desires of today’s young homebuyer.  Included in its home plans are two never-before-offered layouts — a two-bedroom Genesee design priced from $264,040 and a three-bedroom Croton home starting at just $277,450.

Homes at Maple Fields are offered with a long list of upscale interior appointments and finishes included in the base price.  Found throughout the residences are nine-feet first floor ceilings, oak hand rails, designer kitchens with 42” maple cabinets and GE stainless steel appliances, lavish baths with Kohler sinks, fixtures and faucets and tiled floors and showers, second floor laundry room and one-car garage.

Residents at Maple Fields have access to on-site recreational amenities, including a community clubhouse, tot lot, 1/2 basketball court and a sparkling outdoor pool.

Maple Fields’ location has drawn many first-time homebuyers and growing families priced out of northern New Jersey and New York City.  The community is within close proximity to Route 17, Route 84, the New York State Thruway and express buses and trains into Manhattan.

The Maple Fields sales office is open daily from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.  For additional information on the community, please call 914-461-9208 or visit http://www.maple-fields.com.

About Baker Residential

Baker Residential, a White Plains. N.Y.-based family owned and operated real estate concern which has created new home communities of great distinction and uniqueness that are home to thousands of families in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Pennsylvania and the Carolinas. The company based on a commitment to quality, excellent personalized customer service and creativity in each home design.  This mindset has enabled the company to Homes themselves provide “A Difference You Can See.”

Add Impact Above The Sofa

11-decoration-ideas-above-the-sofa-homebncYour couch is the hub of family activity and a place that guests will gravitate to. That empty space is the perfect opportunity to make a bold, gorgeous visual statement. We’ve rounded up some captivating, inspiring ideas sure to add major impact. Decorating over the couch can be tricky. The space is usually big, blank, and highly visible. That prime decorating space is usually between six to eight feet wide. That is a huge area and should be treated as a huge area when thinking of accessories that will work. It other words, think big!

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10 WAYS TO GIVE YOUR HOME BOUTIQUE HOTEL VIBES

how-get-boutique-hotel-styleThe great thing about staying in a hotel is that you don’t have to clean up after yourself. Is there anything better than coming back from a day of sightseeing to find your room spotless and welcoming? Yes, there is something better — and that is the white fluffy robe that you get to drape around yourself as you watch TV. And then there’s the room service; hello, cheeseburger on demand! So we’ve got the robe, the room service, and the fact that someone else makes your bed. Oh, and fancy ice buckets . . . On second thought, there are a million great things about staying in a chic hotel!

So when you’re not on vacation, staying in a trendy boutique hotel with luxury and relaxation at your fingertips, why not re-create the feeling at home? With a few simple decor choices, you can give your space a boutique hotel vibe. Just keep in mind, you can’t conjure up room service or cleaning maids through the power of decorating; sorry.

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