Check Out These Impressive Landmarks Built Out of Gingerbread

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‘Tis the season for recreating our homes and favorite buildings out of dough. Even though no one has put baked panel to icing and build the Gilmore Girls home in Stars Hollow out of crispy gingerbread or frosty fondant (yet), these landmarks both real and fictional have us whispering, “I smell snow.”

ApartmentTherapy.com has put together an amazing array of gingerbread houses that imitate architecture artistry. I can’t take my eyes away!

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Low-Stress Holidays: The Art of the Gift Basket

2017-12-01_13-04-42via ApartmentTherapy.com – Growing up, I remember the time leading up to Christmas being weeks that my mother had the makings of her annual gift baskets strewn throughout our infrequently used formal dining room. Baskets or buckets, Carrs crackers, pepper jellies, candied pecans were a few of the items. Oh, and rolls and rolls of cellophane and ribbon. Our dining room became her own little elf workshop where she carefully put together anywhere from 10-50 gifts for the people in her life – co-workers, teachers, neighbors, and distant relatives who might unexpectedly drop by for a holiday visit.

While I personally couldn’t stand the look of cellophane and curled ribbons (I know, what 10-year-old isn’t into curled ribbons?), I did appreciate the attention she put into making the perfect gift basket. It is, in fact, an art.

If you’ve turned your nose up at gift baskets in the past, I’m with you. They can be tacky, impersonal, and sometimes just full of, how shall I say, crap. But knowing how much time and effort my mother put into creating the perfect assortment, it might just be the way to go this holiday season – especially if you’re gifting to the masses.

Follow these simple guidelines for the best gift basket:

  1. Pick a theme. Having a game plan helps guide you in all your purchases. Think themes like A Cozy Night At Home, Family Game Night, Gifts for Hosting, or End-of-Semester Teacher Survival Kit to get you on the right track.
  2. Start with a good container. Pick something that can easily be reused or repurposed. And by all means, don’t just go for a brown basket! (See our favorite picks below.)

 

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10 Fall Cocktails to Toast to This Thanksgiving

pumpkin-spice-margaritaThere are countless things to be grateful for, but let’s face it: the best way to be thankful on Turkey Day is to kick back, bond, and have a drink (or three) with loved ones. To take Thanksgiving entertaining to the next level, match your courses with deserving wines, and start off with cocktail hour. Don’t forget to stock your freezer with ice, because we’ve got 10 tipples that are guaranteed to be magnificent with your meal.

Pumpkin Spice Margarita

Pumpkin spice and tequila certainly sound like odd bedfellows, but hear me out. The key to making this seasonal spin on the margarita work is using the right tequila for the task at hand: richer reposado tequila instead of clean and clear blanco. This aged tequila is earthy enough to hold up to the warm spices and nutty gourd but is still light and bright enough that it doesn’t overpower the lime and orange liqueur.

Recipe and Full Article at PopSugar.com

 

THANKSGIVING DECORATING, TABLESCAPE AND CENTERPIECE TIPS AND IDEAS

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via Food & Wine –  We’re at Thanksgiving for the food, clearly, but décor and a beautifully set table are just as important a part of the big day as the turkey and sides (well…they’re close). Here, a few easy tips to make sure your table is Thanksgiving ready.

FRESH LINENS

Send all of your linens (napkins, table runners, even a fancy apron for the chef) out to be dry cleaned so they’re pressed and ready for the big day.

MISMATCH YOUR TABLEWARE

Not everyone has enough matching glasses, silverware and plates for 20 plus people, so don’t hesitate to mix-and-match what you have. Keeping it all in the same color family will give your table an eclectic, but coordinated look.

USE CANDLES

Use a lot of them. Everywhere. No, you’re not trying to seduce your house guests, but the warm glow of (UNSCENTED!) candles is much more welcoming than overhead lights. Candlesticks are festive, but short pillar candles or votives won’t block the person dining across from you.

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GREAT GEAR FOR PARTIES

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via Wirecutter – If you’re having a party—whether it’s a small get-together or a call-the-cops dance party—you’ll need some supplies. Here’s our guide to the most essential gear you’ll need to throw the best party. The picks below represent several hundred hours of research and testing; some picks come from longer full guides, while other items come from research we did specifically for this collection. A great party is a chance to put your phone down and enjoy good company. Prepare just enough so you can relax and have fun. It’s your party, after all.

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Muddy Boot Tours This Weekend (Saturday, October 28th) at Maple Fields in Orange County

Baker Residential is reporting swift progress on the final section of three-bedroom townhomes at Maple Fields, the collection of 256 upscale residences in the Orange County, N.Y. City Middletown.

Maple Fields Daylight 600wConstruction is well underway on the latest housing phase which is experiencing heightened buyer interest thanks to an exciting mix of new floorplans and sought-after neighborhood locations available, according to Elizabeth Bauer, Baker’s Director of Sales and Marketing.

Included in the section is the never-before-offered three-bedroom Croton townhome, priced from just $277,450.  Interested homebuyers are invited to tour the already popular design this weekend on Saturday, October 28th during special “Muddy Boot” tours from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m.

Also available for sale is a premium townhome building with an inventory of the highly-popular Ramapo, Hudson and Wallkill home plans.  Priced from low-$300,000s, the homes have the added benefit of finished walk-out basements.

“Sales velocity has intensified at Maple Fields, making now the perfect time to visit Maple Fields and reserve one of these popular suburban townhomes before it’s too late,” Ms. Bauer says.  “Our current inventory includes some of the best housing opportunities we have to offer.  As a result, we don’t expect these residences to remain available very long.”

Spacious and well-appointed homes at Maple Fields range from 1,619 to 2,329 square-feet and have been designed to perfectly satisfy the lifestyle demands of young couples and families seeking the ideal Hudson Valley environment.  Residences boast a long list of upscale interior appointments and finishes included in the base price, including 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-and two-car garages.

Maple Fields’ location has drawn many young homebuyers 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 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 Homes themselves provide “A Difference You Can See.”

 

Benjamin Moore Reveals Its 2018 Color of the Year

e_coy_german_cover_48374_11aw_small“The whole thing is about being a detective,” says Benjamin Moore director of strategic design intelligence Ellen O’Neill as she spreads her case files (a stack of newspaper clippings, tear sheets, and various ephemera bound with a velvet ribbon) across a table at New York mainstay the Odeon. Each year O’Neill and her team of private eyes travel the globe on a top-secret investigation: to distill the ideas and imagery from design fairs, art exhibitions, and cultural happenings into a single color that sums up the contemporary zeitgeist. Considering they have more than 3,500 hues to choose from, it’s no simple feat.

Sometimes the case is difficult to crack (last year’s elusive Shadow required some cross-examination and 2016’s Simply White caused somewhat of a stir). But the 2018 verdict—like so much else of the present moment—was unapologetically strong-willed. It transformed the National Mall into a sea of color at the Women’s March in January, it starred in hit TV shows from the eerie Twin Peaks to the somehow eerier The Handmaid’s Tale. It stomped down practically every runway in February and stampeded onto the streets come September. It clad the glowing interior of a concert hall in Stockholm’s Royal College of Music. And it curved around the corners of Eero Saarinen’s elliptical newly restored TWA lounge. There was no doubt about it: O’Neill (and just about everyone else) was seeing red. Well, Caliente, to be exact—a warm, enveloping hue that’s easy to love.

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