SUBTLE YET STRIKING DESIGN

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It’s the simplest design that’s often the most sophisticated. A subtly curved vase, filled with a single flower. A delicately-proportioned daybed fit for luxe lounging. Thoughtful technology that’s easy on the eyes and equally easy to use. When united by a strong overall vision, these streamlined elements can create some of the most comforting, serene, and striking interiors out there. One thing we know for certain when it comes to the items and ideas that fill our home — a little restraint goes a long way! So, here we celebrate understated pieces that don’t need to shout to make an impact. Show us a space with a tightly-controlled color palette and well-chosen, subtle, and juxtaposed furnishings and we’ll show you a room that swoons.

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25 Valentine’s Day Decorating Ideas For Your Modern Home

2018-02-07_14-17-49Valentine’s Day isn’t everyone’s favorite holiday, with its expensive roses, cheap boxes of chocolate and oversized teddy bears that leave many rolling their eyes.

Opinions and relationship statuses aside, this Hallmark holiday does give us a fun opportunity to add a pop of color and a dose of love to our homes in the dead of winter. So we’ve come up with some ways to quickly and easily achieve modern Valentine’s Day decorating.

It’s a holiday that’s characteristically clichéd, so decorating your home with modern flair starts by using pieces that aren’t specifically Valentine’s Day-themed. Skip the “Happy Valentine’s Day” banners, serveware and balloons, and look for stylish home goods in a rosy color palette; they’ll fit the occasion without looking kitschy.

To achieve a modern Valentine’s Day decorating look with hearts, consider replacing the traditional red and pink with black and white or metallics. As an added bonus, décor that isn’t holiday-specific means it can be used long after February 14.

Whether you’re hosting a dinner party for friends, cooking an intimate meal for two or just relaxing at home in your pajamas, here are a few our of our favorite ways to give your home a little love.  FULL ARTICLE at FRESHHOME.COM

SPECIAL “MUDDY SHOE” TOURS NOW BEING CONDUCTED AT THE MEADOWS AT PANTHER VALLEY IN ALLAMUCHY TWP.

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Homebuyers Invited to Tour Popular Essex Design on Friday, February 2nd and Saturday, February 10th

Homebuyers have two opportunities to participate in special “Muddy Boot” tours of the popular Essex townhome design at The Meadows at Panther Valley, the new residential community rising in this well-established Allamuchy Township neighborhood.

Baker Residential, developer of The Meadows at Panther Valley, will conduct tours of a three-bedroom Essex home under construction on Friday, February 2nd and Saturday, February 10th from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.  The guided tours will provide an advanced look at the 2,282 square-foot layout, which features a desired first-floor master bedroom suite, 2.5 baths, kitchen with breakfast nook, separate living and dining room and two-car garage.

The Essex is one of six layouts at The Meadows at Panther Valley which provide a first-floor master bedroom, offering the ease of one-level living without sacrificing the space of a two-story home.

The “Muddy Boot” tours are being conducted as Baker Residential rolls out a limited-time incentive on the select inventory of remaining Essex townhomes. The special offer provides up to $10,000 for purchasers to use towards designer options.  The incentive is available until February 28th, 2018. Continue reading “SPECIAL “MUDDY SHOE” TOURS NOW BEING CONDUCTED AT THE MEADOWS AT PANTHER VALLEY IN ALLAMUCHY TWP.”

THE BEST GIFTS AND IDEAS FOR A ROMANTIC VALENTINE’S DAY

The right gift for your beloved is a choice that should come from the heart—but that doesn’t mean a little research can’t help. The following picks are the result of more than 100 hours of research performed by some two dozen testers tasked with finding the best items to help you plan your next romantic occasion (even if you secretly hoard all of the chocolate for yourself).

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CHOCOLATE BOX

RECCHIUTI CONFECTIONS BLACK BOX

The Black Box offers just the right balance of understated and seductive, and the chocolates inside are sure to excite the most jaded palate.

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THE ULTIMATE 12-MONTH “SELF-CARE” CHALLENGE THAT TOPS ANY NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTION

2d7436b1c1293c8a2722b99810332275Now that we’ve officially crossed the half-way mark of January, I thought it was only fitting to take a second and check in on each other. How are you doing? How is the new year going so far? I finally took the plunge and tossed out our Christmas tree last weekend. Even though it sure was hard to say goodbye to that bone-dry mini fir, I convinced my husband to leave up a few strands of lights around our apartment. That way, we can enjoy the spirit of the holidays for just a tad-bit longer. Plus, those warm white bulbs always illuminate such a cozy vibe, don’t you think?

Anyway, enough of my off-tangent rant. Time to get back on track.

How are your new year’s resolutions coming? I know I mentioned some simple resolutions to revitalize your body, mind and soul here that are totally doable any time of the year, but then I got to thinking: What about the people that are looking to grow and evolve but aren’t really keen on resolutions in the first place? And that’s why I’m here today.

Instead of creating one, two, three (four, five, six) giant self-care goals to achieve throughout the next 365 days, why not take the year one month at a time? That way, you can tackle smaller challenges with each 30/31 days that pass and revel in just as much (if not more!) self-improvement success by the time December rolls around. Enticing, right?

Now of course, everyone is unique so your idea of self-care might differ with what I’ve listed below, but I’m hoping it will at least help you get started on your journey!

January: Infuse your mind with inspiration.

With the cheerful holiday decor all packed up and the outdoor temperatures consistently dropping, it doesn’t take much for January to seem a bit dreary. But don’t let the cold frigid weather get you down. Instead, take time to infuse your mind with inspiration. Plan a trip. Add adventures to your bucket list. And if you don’t have a bucket list, create one. The excitement of having something to look forward to will be the heat needed on even the coldest of days. FULL ARTICLE AT WIT & DELIGHT

LIMITED-TIME WINTER INCENTIVES NOW BEING OFFERED AT THE MEADOWS AT PANTHER VALLEY IN ALLAMUCHY TWP.

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Baker Residential has rolled out a limited-time “New Year, New Home” incentive to provide buyers at The Meadows at Panther Valley an opportunity to personalize their brand new three-bedroom townhome.

The special offer provides a $10,000 credit for purchasers to use towards designer upgrades and options at the fast-selling Allamuchy Township neighborhood.  The incentive is available on select homesites purchased by January 31st, 2018.

Located in Warren County’s well-established gated Panther Valley community, The Meadows offers eight well-appointed three-bedroom designs, priced from the low-$300,000s to mid-$400,00s. Homes range from 1,904 to 2,847 square-feet and provide two-car garages and 2.5 baths.  Designer appointments can be found throughout the floorplans, including gourmet inspired kitchens with granite countertops and stainless steel appliances, master suites with volume ceilings, walk-in closets and expansive living areas with hardwood floors. Finished walk-out basements are also available on select homesites.

The Meadows features six popular townhome designs with desired first-floor master bedroom suites, offering the ease of one-level living without sacrificing the space of a two-story home.

Panther Valley’s 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 located within the gated Panther Valley community is available on a membership basis.

The Meadows 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 Meadows sales office is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For additional information, please call 908-852-0016 or visit us at www.themeadowsatpanthervalley.com.

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.

9 Scented Candles Interior Designers Always Buy

jo-maloneCandles may as well be currency in the interior-design world. Interior designers use them as the final touch to a room, the one that elevates a space to the next sensory level. We mortals love them too but have a hard time knowing where to start.

To help you wade through the morass, we rounded up our favorites. Psst — they are also on every interior designer’s list!

Get ready to buy matches in bulk.

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If it’s good enough for Kate Middleton, then it’s good enough for us. The Duchess of Cambridge had Jo Malone’s citrus scents — Orange Blossom ($65) included — perfuming Westminster Abbey during her royal wedding. ‘Nuff said.

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