YATES Ashland ModelCARY, N.C. – Providence at Yates Pond, the upscale single-family community in the Town of Cary, N.C., was the honored recipient of a prestigious Gold Award during the recently held 2018 Triangle Parade of Homes.

The signature 88-home neighborhood from developer Baker Residential was acknowledged for its magnificently-appointed five-bedroom Ashland model which received the highest recognition in the category of homes priced from $1.16 to $1.5 million.

Presented by the Home Builders Association of Raleigh–Wake County, the annual Triangle Parade of Homes is a public open house event held over three consecutive weekends in October.  The tours highlight the region’s premier builders and showcase new construction homes lined with the latest interior design trends and desired finishes and appointments.

The professionally-decorated 5,493 square-foot Ashland model at Providence at Yates Pond provided over 1,200 visitors an inside look at one of the most luxurious custom residences in the Triangle housing market.  Located at 2009 Vandiver Way in Cary, NC, the Ashland boasts an open floorplan with 5.5 baths, formal dining room, living room/study with fireplace and custom wine room and main level guest room w/private bath.  There’s also a second story loft and game room, third floor bonus, covered patio with automated screens and three-car garage.  Interior features include hardwood floors throughout the first floor, spacious closets with wood shelving, Wellborn® stacked kitchen cabinets, waterfall quartz countertops, Thermador stainless steel appliances and a lavish master bath with a walk-in Zero-entry enclosed shower, free standing spa tub and designer light fixtures.

More than 200 homes were featured in the 2018 Parade of Homes with the most prominent honored during a gala event held on October 15th at the Reynolds Coliseum on the campus of North Carolina State.

Providence at Yates Pond features a mix of four-to-six bedroom single-family homes, priced from the $700s to over $1 Million. Floorplans range from 4,130 to over 6,000 square-feet with award-winning luxury features designed specifically for discerning buyers. Residences are located on approximately 1/3-acre homes sites surrounded by natural beauty.

Nestled in a secluded location on White Oak Church Rd., Providence at Yates Pond blends all the elements that make North Carolina living so desirable. This prime location is on the edge of RTP/Morrisville, and Cary, which provides access to some of the area’s largest employers. These homes are ideally situated less than 20 minutes to the Research Triangle Park while Durham, Raleigh and Chapel Hill are also close by via Interstate 540 and Interstate 40.

For additional information on Providence at Yates Pond, please call 919-694-1800 or visit Address GPS: 1104 White Oak Church Rd. Apex, 27523

About Baker Residential
Baker Residential, a family owned and operated homebuilder was formed in 1966 based on a commitment to quality, excellent personalized customer service and creativity in each home design. This mindset has enabled the company to create 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 homes themselves provide “A Difference You Can See” with everlasting value thanks to attention-to-detail, high quality materials, fine craftsmanship and a long roster of standard designer interior features and finishes. Distinctive exterior architectural details on each Baker residence creates streetscape of great variety and flair with ample sidewalks and lush landscaping to provide a welcoming environment.

Stylish Halloween House Interior Decorating Ideas

Halloween is a great occasion for House Interior Decorating Ideas. Here are some of the best forms of Halloween property pattern and Halloween design ideas that are cozy, stylish, and Gothic for anyone to be inspired with. The main guidelines are characterized with the orange, yellow color schemes and the uncommon hues of Pumpkins, splendid flowers, spiders, witches, candles and many more which make the theme for Halloween. These main guidelines are the factors that may must be component of Stylish Halloween House Interior Decorating. Form these 50 Stylish Halloween House Interior Decorating Ideas. Be sure to choose specifically what suite your taste. So go Decorate your house as if it were the Adams Family’s house,and enjoy your Halloween day. CONTINUE READING

When a Change of Season Calls for a Beautiful Room Refresh

jz20mwemtl2ksbwrk7ak_full_3c2a2369-819x1024Autumn has always been my favorite time of year. Every August, just like clockwork, I find myself anxiously anticipating the change in season. It prompts me to refresh my wardrobe with yummy sweaters and find new and innovative ways to redecorate my home in preparation for the chilly yet cozier months of the year.

When Sherwin-Williams shared their 2019 Color of the Year, Cavern Clay SW 7701, Kate and I both agreed we loved the look and feel of this color tone and we jumped at the thought of doing a beautiful redesign story around it. I was drawn to the warm terracotta color because of its ancient, elemental roots and mostly by the way it made me feel. Cavern Clay is a blend of midcentury modern style and the rich and earthy American Southwest, which together create a kind of desert modern aesthetic vibe. Because I love and live in all things boho, Kate asked me to take on this makeover story, and if you know me just a little bit, you know I absolutely LOVE anything interiors related, especially if it’s bohemian. So, I couldn’t wait to get started.

Because I’m currently living in a rental unfortunately my bedroom was off limits for painting. So I quickly reached out to good friends Jenny Jorgensen and Kate Worum, the local mavens of She She, a hand-painted print and pattern design studio, to see if they were interested in receiving a little room refresh and luckily Kate Worum was all in! Kate, a local Minneapolis illustrator who recently turned 30, was looking for a fresh start and a little change of scenery in her life. We were happy to provide that to her with a fresh wall of paint in her bedroom, and we thought, why not help a girl out with a full-on room refresh! After kicking off the project I went over to her place right away and we began brainstorming how we could transform her sunny little apartment bedroom into a relaxing bohemian bungalow.

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Behr Just Announced Its 2019 Color Of The Year, And You’re Going To Love It


It’s official: 2019 is all about the color blue — Blueprint, to be exact — at least according to Behr. The paint company revealed Blueprint S740-5, a warm, soft hue, as the brand’s 2019 Color Of The Year, describing the shade as “a mid-tone blue that charts a course for people to reimagine the colors and design of their home.” The paint company says it’s meant to signify authenticity, confidence, and timelessness. As far as blues go, this one’s pretty stunning — it feels cozy and inviting, but not overpowering.

Erika Woelfel, Behr’s vice president of color and creative services, called the shade an “instant classic,” adding that, “Much like the sketches builders rely on to bring an architectural design to life, Blueprint S470-5 lays a foundation for consumers to make their unique vision a reality.” Continue Reading >>>




via Amy Wicks at Laurel & Wolf – When it comes to home design, we love a good mood board, and we’re all for collecting inspirational images on Pinterest, but nothing can replace the ease of working with an interior designer when you want to see a room come together fast (and on a budget!)

Here’s why: our designers have access to the best pricing–thanks to Laurel & Wolf’s longstanding relationships with all the best retailers and wholesalers–and they have years of experience in creating spaces that are deeply personal to their clients.

With this in mind, we asked a few of our favorite designers if they would be willing to spill their best design secrets; the hacks they use time and again, when they want to do a quick room makeover.


Interior designer Lori Evans suggests honing in on one or two areas in your space. Love color? Paint one wall your favorite color and let everything pop! Love texture? Create a statement wall with some appeal. “Wood strips from your local home improvement store, wallpaper with some texture and fake brick paneling can enhance your room and make everything look richer,” she said.

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ALLAMUCHY, NJ – The first townhome building at High Pointe at Panther Valley, a new collection of 72 luxury three-bedroom residences in this gated Allamuchy Township neighborhood, has been released for sale, according to developer Baker Residential.

Designed to masterfully blend with its sought-after address in one of Warren County, N.J.’s most picturesque suburban settings, High Pointe at Panther Valley features attractive two-story Farmhouse-style buildings with traditional white siding, cultured stone base, gable roofs and bronze classic double pane windows.

Inside, spacious residences provide a long list of designer appointments included in the purchase price, such as hardwood flooring, gourmet kitchens with granite countertops and Stainless Steel GE Appliances, and master baths with tiled showers.  All homes in the initial building also provide a two-car garage and finished walk-out basement with ample storage as added bonuses.

Best of all, the townhomes at High Pointe at Panther Valley offer incredible locations that take full advantage of its surrounding mountain views.  The residences face east, with western facing outdoor decks that provide the perfect place to unwind and embrace stunning mountain sunsets.

“These homes are situated in the heart of the scenic New Jersey Skylands and reflect the natural beauty of Panther Valley, which is defined by rolling hills and heavily-wooded terrain,” says Joan Dearani, Sales Agent for the developer.  “The community lies in the shadows of the Allamuchy and Stephens Mountains and provides unrivaled views in every direction.  It’s truly the ideal country-inspired environment.”

High Pointe at Panther Valley offers a selection of four home designs that meet the lifestyle needs of today’s sophisticated buyer.   Three of the layouts — the Canterbury, Riviera, and Sherwood — provide first floor master bedroom suites, an attractive option for those looking for the ease of one-level living.    The fourth floorplan — the Oakwood — boasts a more traditional layout with a second floor master suite and main level living with an open kitchen, breakfast nook and large living room and dining room.  Reservations have already been taken on homes in the initial building, which are priced from $379,990.

“High Pointe at Panther Valley represents the final townhomes Baker Residential will be introducing in this enviable neighborhood,” Ms. Dearani continues.  “We’ve certainly saved the best for last.  These layouts have been carefully thought-out to provide functional and luxury living at an incredibly attractive price point.  Each floorplan is unique with design features all their own.  For example, our end units provide volume ceilings in the living room to produce a high level of space and comfort.”

Located in the gated Panther Valley neighborhood, residents of High Pointe will have a strong sense of privacy and security.  Homeowners will also have access to the community’s full roster of amenities includes two sparkling lakes, three beautiful pools, a wealth of tennis & basketball courts and tot lots. The 18-hole Panther Valley Golf & Country Club is available on a membership basis.

High Pointe is located within close proximity to major transportation outlets. Route 80 lies just outside Panther Valley’s front gate, providing easy access to highways such as Routes 10, 287 and 78 which whisk residents to Morristown, Parsippany, and Manhattan, along with the George Washington Bridge.

The High Pointe sales office is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.  For additional information, please call (914) 461 – 9501 or visit

About Baker Residential

Baker Residential, a White Plains. N.Y.-based family owned and operated real estate company was formed five decades ago based on a commitment to quality, excellent personalized customer service and creativity in each home design.  This mindset has enabled the company to create 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.

Homes themselves provide “A Difference You Can See” with everlasting value thanks to attention-to-detail, high quality materials, fine craftsmanship and a long roster of standard designer interior features and finishes.  Distinctive exterior architectural details on each Baker residence creates streetscape of great variety and flair with ample sidewalks and lush landscaping to provide a welcoming environment.



via A Beautiful Mess – We’re still hard at work on our studio house—one mini space at a time. This week we completed two small spaces (double yay!), and today we’re teaming up with Martha Stewart Living at The Home Depot to share a few tips for styling an entry space.

But first, I must confess. I’m the worst at mini spaces. You know the ones. Too small to be a room, but still in need of decor and organization. I put them off and eventually get used to their half-finished status. They’re my blind spot.

But not this time! This time things are different. And you know what? I’m loving it. Our new entry space is inviting and organized. Since it’s the first thing we see when we walk through those doors every morning, I think of this space as our friendliest spot in the house, always waving “hell-oo-ooo!”

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Creating a Library in Your Apartment

Young woman wearing cozy sweater,sitting in comfortable armchair, enjoying reading a book at home libraryJust because you live in small space doesn’t mean you should have to be reading everything on Kindle. If you’re a true bibliophile, you probably leave dozens (or hundreds) of books lying out all around your home. Instead of shoving them under the bed or trying to get your mom to store them for you, you should figure out how to use your books to add color and beauty to your apartment. So how you can display them without looking like you’re on an episode of “Hoarders?” Here are the best ways to incorporate a library into any small space:

Use Bookshelves as Dividers

If you live in a studio apartment or need to divide a single room into multiple sections, consider investing in a pair of large, open bookshelves. You’ll be able to use them to split up the room without actually enclosing it or having to hang anything from the ceiling. A couple of bookcases can make up the wall of a makeshift bedroom while showing all your titles off to guests. Should you ever feel like revamping your living space, you can reposition the shelves to create an entirely new layout.

Display Books in a Hallway

Too often, small apartment owners under-utilize their hallways. Get rid of the dead space by hanging up a few shelves and displaying some books along the hall. You’ll be using your living area to its full potential and make some DIY book art in the process. Find out how much weight your shelves will be able to bear before putting too many books on them.

Turn A Closet into a Library

If you happen to have an unused closet in your apartment or would be willing to store your clothes and other belongings elsewhere, you could create a mini-library. If you’re lucky enough to have a walk-in closet, put a chair or a bean bag in there and turn it into a full-fledged reading room. Hang up some lights or plug in a few lamps to complete this ultimate bookworm oasis. Continue Reading 

10 of the hottest interior trends for Spring Summer 2018


House Beautiful has some great ideas for Summer decorating … 

Ice-cream pastels, glittery golds, indigo blues and super zingy color pops – these are all trends for this year.


Macrame, fringing, tufting, tassels and feathers – you name it, it’s here for this season and you’ll see it on cushions, wall hangings, throws, rugsand accessories. This trend will add a wonderful handmade quality to each room, beautiful tactile cushions on the sofa and a sumptuous throw with tassels on the bed, and a wall-hanging or two on plain walls .CONTINUE READING >>>

The Common Art-Hanging Mistakes We Keep Seeing Over and Over

2018-06-11_11-39-11Though I’m a firm believe in the power of doing whatever you damn well want—and in fact applaud design rule breakers—sometimes design “mistakes” don’t make a room feel rebellious. They just make a space seem sad. Read on to see if either of these art hanging no-no’s is currently on display in your home. And then learn how you can remedy and re-hang the situation.

Mistake #1: Hanging art too high

I see this mistake the most often. It seems so trivial, but even a piece of art hung a few inches too high can make a whole room feel “off.”

What do I mean by too high? Because factors are different for every home—where the art is going, what it will be hanging above, how high the ceilings are—there’s no one-size-fits-all formula that can tell you exactly where on your wall an art piece needs to go. But, there are some tips you can remember that might help you remedy this mistake if you’ve realized some of your art is too high.

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