A Beginner’s Guide to Buying and Collecting Art

twyla-guide-to-buying-and-collecting-art_7-e1488899091188One of the many highlights of adulting is finally having the opportunity to create a beautiful home for yourself. And whether you rent or own, you know you’re at this stage when you’re ready to graduate from having Ikea posters to hanging meaningful works of art on your walls. A lot of people have the misconception that you need mega bucks to build an art collection but these days there are lots of great resources available to help you find art you love…and it isn’t as intimidating as you think. But with all of the resources, mediums, artists and works of art to filter through, where does one even begin? Enter Ariel Saldivar, VP of artist relations for Twyla, a new e-commerce site devoted to making access to exclusive works of art accessible to everyone. Ariel is here to share her top tips for buying and collecting art plus five favorite emerging artists whose works are available on Twyla.com.

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Baker Meadows 042817Anticipation is rising for the upcoming debut of a new townhome phase that will introduce exciting new floorplans to The Meadows at Panther Valley, the new collection of value-packed residences rising in this well-established Allamuchy Township neighborhood.

Expected to be unveiled shortly, the well-appointed and expansive three-bedroom layouts will range from 1,900 to 2,800 square-feet, with prices starting from the low-$300,000s.  Included in the new designs – which will provide two-car garages, 2.5 baths and a host of upscale interior finishes included in the base price – will be homes with desirable first-floor master bedroom suites.

“Buyers have been asking for townhomes that provide the added ease and convenience of one-level living,” says Elizabeth Bauer, Director of Sales and Marketing for developer Baker Residential.  “These new designs will deliver that lifestyle with a sumptuous master bedroom and soaring living space on the entry level, as well as two additional bedrooms on the second floor for children or visiting guests.”

The Meadows’s current housing phase in on the verge of a complete sell-out. Included in the available inventory are a selection of “Quick Move-In” dates this spring.  The remaining residences provide upscale living with designer appointments found through the interior, including gourmet-inspired kitchens with granite countertops and stainless steel appliances, two-car garages, finished basements and master suites with volume ceilings, walk-in closets. Continue reading “NEW THREE-BEDROOM TOWNHOME DESIGN READYING FOR DEBUT AT THE MEADOWS AT PANTHER VALLEY”

Construction Begins on Final Two Oakmont Townhomes with Spring Occupancy at the Meadows at Panther Valley

baker_meadows-exterior_dusk_1235-rev5-11x8ALLAMUCHY, NJ – Limited opportunities remain for homebuyers to enjoy upscale townhome living in scenic Warren County this summer season at The Meadows at Panther Valley, the new collection of value-packed three-bedroom townhomes rising in this well-established Allamuchy Township neighborhood.

Construction is now underway on the final two Oakmont townhome designs with occupancy dates this spring, according to developer Baker Residential.  Priced from $342,410, the “Quick Move-In” homes offer 2,535 square-feet of luxury living space and boast incredible views of the surrounding mountain terrain.

“A major selling point at The Meadows is the opportunity to purchase an upscale townhome in a community that’s already rich in recreational and social amenities,” says Elizabeth Bauer, Director of Sales and Marketing for Baker Residential. “The Oakmont residences will allow two lucky purchasers to enjoy all that Panther Valley and northwest New Jersey have to offer almost immediately after closing.”

Oakmont KitchenPanther Valley boasts a comprehensive amenity package that’s completed and ready for use.  The suburban neighborhood provides two sparkling lakes, three beautiful pools, a wealth of tennis and basketball courts, tot lots and multi-purpose fields. 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’s current housing phase in on the verge of a complete sell-out. In addition to the Oakmont, the Sherwood design is being offered with “Quick Move-In” dates this spring.  Homes at The Meadows provide a long list of upgraded features in the base price, including gourmet-inspired kitchens with granite countertops and stainless steel appliances, two-car garages, finished basements and master suites with volume ceilings, walk-in closets and full baths.

The Meadows sales office is open daily from 11 a.m. to 6 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 concern 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 hundreds of 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.


Two New Townhome Designs Generate Excitement at Maple Fields in Middletown, N.Y.

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MIDDLETOWN, N.Y. – A palpable buzz is growing at Maple Fields in Middletown, N.Y. where developer Baker Residential has introduced two new townhome designs to meet the needs of today’s first-time homebuyer.

The layouts, which have been unveiled in the community’s newest housing phase, include a two-bedroom Genesee design priced from $233,400 and a three-bedroom Croton home starting at just $248,400.   The residences provide the upscale interior appointments and finishes that have made Maple Fields one of Orange County’s fastest selling new home communities.  Homeowners receive 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.

“These homes represent an opportunity to receive the luxury, comfort and appeal of Maple Fields at an incredibly attractive price point,” says Elizabeth Bauer, Baker’s Director of Sales and Marketing.  “They’ve already generated a strong response and excitement from young couples and families eager to purchase their first home and enjoy ideal suburban living that’s well within their budget.” Continue reading “Two New Townhome Designs Generate Excitement at Maple Fields in Middletown, N.Y.”

10 Design Trends You’ll Be Seeing Everywhere This Year

design-trends-try-2017The Spring season is the perfect time to reinvigorate any and all areas of your life that you wish, especially when it comes to your most cherished space: your home! If you are feeling that your interior space is becoming a little bit old, outdated, or just generally in need of a solid design makeover, it may be time to consider trying out some of the latest up-and-coming 2017 decor trends. Read on as we have gathered the 10 chicest selections that are sure to make a fashion-forward statement all year long.

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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.