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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MAPLE FIELDS IN THE HISTORIC HUDSON VALLEY

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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NEW TOWNHOME DESIGNS WITH FIRST-FLOOR MASTER SUITES UNVEILED AT THE MEADOWS AT PANTHER VALLEY

baker_meadows-exterior_dusk_1235-rev5-11x8ALLAMUCHY, NJ – The Meadows at Panther Valley, the collection of townhomes rising in this desirable Allamuchy Township neighborhood, has officially unveiled five new floorplans with sought-after first floor master bedroom suites.

Priced from the $300,000s, the townhomes 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.

“Buyers anxiously awaiting the arrival of these floorplans now have the first opportunity to purchase one of the exciting new designs,” says Elizabeth Bauer, Director of Sales and Marketing for developer Baker Residential.   “We expect a tremendous response from empty-nesters looking to eliminate the daily hassle of climbing stairs, as well as young homebuyers who want added convenience without sacrificing space.”

In all, nine three-bedroom floorplans are offered at The Meadows, ranging from 1,904 to 2,847 square-feet.  The townhomes provide two-car garages, 2.5 baths, and designer appointments 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 provided on select homesites. Continue reading “NEW TOWNHOME DESIGNS WITH FIRST-FLOOR MASTER SUITES UNVEILED AT THE MEADOWS AT PANTHER VALLEY”

CEREMONIES IN WAKE COUNTY, N.C. TOWN OF CARY MARK START OF CONSTRUCTION AT PROVIDENCE AT YATES POND

Yates Pnd Ground BreakingWAKE COUNTY, N.C. – Officials from Baker Residential’s Raleigh, NC Division officially welcomed their newest community, Providence at Yates Pond, with a special ground breaking ceremony.  Located in the town of Cary, Providence at Yates Pond will feature 88 estate-inspired homes.

Division President Joseph P. Conlan was joined by General Manager Deveraux Hamilton and members of the homebuilder’s team for the event which signified construction has begun on the community’s model home.

“We’re now one step closer to delivering an upscale, well-planned community to the greater Raleigh marketplace,” remarked Mr. Conlan.  “We’ve already made tremendous progress on the infrastructure and are excited to begin construction on the first homes at Providence at Yates Pond and bring this much-anticipated residential offering to the market.”

Baker Residential is preparing to schedule the first of its VIP Preview appointments for the opening of Providence at Yates Pond.  Homebuyers who have placed their name on the community’s Interest List will soon be invited to visit the sales center and obtain an up close look at floorplans, interior finishes and community details.  Prospects eager to participate in the VIP Preview can visit www.ProvidenceatYatesPond.com to join the Interest List. Continue reading “CEREMONIES IN WAKE COUNTY, N.C. TOWN OF CARY MARK START OF CONSTRUCTION AT PROVIDENCE AT YATES POND”