The Journey to a Calm & Happy Home

2017-03-16_10-05-48There’s more to a beautiful home than just the decor and furnishings you put into it. Your home also needs to function well, and be a calm and happy respite from the rest of your hectic life. If you can’t say those things about your space, then it’s likely you might feel a little off-balance in your life, overall. A happy home is the finishing touch on a happy life.

How this particular deficit might manifest in your life is an overall feeling like you don’t have a good routine down; like you’re always catching up instead of keeping up. Instead of being a consistently calm environment, your home functions in cycles, first into a chaotic mess and then—after the resulting tornado of cleaning—spotless but short-lived harmony.

In order to bring your life into balance, it can help to see a top-down, bird’s-eye view.

If that sounds all too familiar, you need to find homeostasis. And a routine that works for you. Read through some of these resources to see if you can figure out how to bring this part of your life back into balance.

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More Homes Sold, Fewer Available

2017-03-02_11-47-28via The New York Times – According to data from the National Association of Realtors, the number of existing homes sold in 2016 was the highest in a decade: 5.45 million single-family houses, townhouses, condominiums and co-ops were sold, up 3.8 percent from 5.25 million in 2015. The previous high, in 2006, was 6.48 million.

All but the least expensive homes (those priced up to $100,000) showed an increase in sales, with the greatest gains for homes priced between $250,000 and $500,000.

Not surprisingly, by the end of 2016 the number of existing homes for sale had dropped 6.3 percent compared with a year earlier, to 1.65 million — the lowest number since the National Association of Realtors began tracking that figure in 1999. Coupled with rising interest rates, that could make buying a home more challenging in 2017.

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Affordability, Location and Lifestyle Equate to Spirited Sales at The Meadows at Panther Valley

baker_meadows-exterior_dusk_1235-rev5-11x8ALLAMUCHY, NJ – Affordability, location and lifestyle have added up to create the tremendous popularity of The Meadows at Panther Valley, a collection of value-packed three-bedroom townhomes being developed by Baker Residential in Warren County’s Allamuchy Township.

The suburban community continues to enjoy spirited sales with many of its housing phases sold out quickly after being released to the public.  It’s a main reason why many interested buyers inquire about new townhome offerings well before being brought to market.

“The Meadows has something for everyone,” says Elizabeth Bauer, Baker Residential’s Director of Sales and Marketing.  “Young couples appreciate the affordable home prices and tremendous commutability to nearby work centers.  Empty-nesters like the maintenance-free lifestyle and wealth of recreational and social amenities right outside their door.  Of course, the open and well-appointed floorplans are a draw for all buyer types.” Continue reading “Affordability, Location and Lifestyle Equate to Spirited Sales at The Meadows at Panther Valley”

“Muddy Shoe” Tours Will Provide First Look at Newest Townhome Designs at Maple Fields in Middletown, NY

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MIDDLETOWN, N.Y. – Anticipation is rising for the upcoming debut of a new townhome phase that will introduce two new exciting floorplans to Maple Fields, the fast-selling residential community in the Orange County, N.Y.  City of Middletown.

To satisfy homebuyer excitement, Developer Baker Residential is preparing to host special “Muddy Shoe” tours of townhome buildings under construction in the latest housing phase.  The guided tours – expected to be scheduled shortly – will offer the first look into the new two-bedroom layouts being unveiled at the community.

Purchasers clamoring at the opportunity to see the homes for themselves can call the Maple Fields’s sales office at 914-461-9208 to reserve their spot on the “Muddy Shoe” tours. Continue reading ““Muddy Shoe” Tours Will Provide First Look at Newest Townhome Designs at Maple Fields in Middletown, NY”

THE HOME OF DESIGNER FINN JUHL

2017-02-15_14-10-49I’ve always been fascinated by the homes of the designers who created the furniture that we love, and one of the most fascinating is the home of Danish designer Finn Juhl. Although his designs aren’t nearly as well-known as those of Charles and Ray Eames, his home is even more widely publicized, perhaps owing to its timeless minimalism, and to the lovely, intentional way he set pieces into the space, letting his furniture, and the way it was grouped together, inform the shape of the house itself.

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5 easy DIY projects to tackle this winter

2017-02-06_11-50-34The winter months are the perfect time to dig in and tackle easy DIY projects for an updated home you’ll enjoy all year long. These five simple home improvement projects are incredibly easy, affordable and can be completed in three hours or less.

Marvelous mirrors

Mirror, mirror, on the wall, you’re looking a little shabby. Mirrors are timeless decor options, but the frames can look dated over time. Breathe new life into an old mirror by painting the frame a rich, modern color that pops within the current color scheme. Another idea is to clean the frame and adhere mosaic tiles along the edge for a crafty, custom look.

Handsome hardware

Old hardware makes any room look like a relic of yesteryear. A complete replacement can be costly, so instead opt to paint existing hardware. Simply remove and clean to eliminate grime. Then use one of 11 colors of Krylon(R) Premium Metallic, like Pewter Gray or White Copper, to create a lustrous, high-gloss metallic finish in just a few coats. A tip for painting hardware is to use an old egg carton. Turn the egg carton upside down, secure the hardware to the egg cups and spray away!

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