Wouldn’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.
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).
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:
The Cure Breast Cancer Foundation (CBCF) will host its 10th Annual Golf Classic on Monday, August 7th at the Mountain Ridge Country Club in West Caldwell, N.J., site of the USGA 2012 Men’s Senior Amateur Championship, the 2014 MGA Mid-Amateur Championship and has been one of Golf Week’s “Top 100 Classic Courses in America.”
The annual “Pink is the New Green®” event is one of the most popular and successful events sponsored by CBCF having raised millions to assist the efforts of the Foundation’s Scientific Advisor, Dr. Larry Norton. Dr. Norton, Deputy Physician-in-Chief for Breast Cancer Programs and the Medical Director of the Evelyn H. Lauder Breast Center at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, is leading the fight against breast cancer with trailblazing work, and has discovered that cancer cell mobility and the interactions between the cancer cell and its microscopic environment are the key pathways to understanding and eventually eradicating breast cancer.
Reservations are now open for both the morning and afternoon sessions of The Golf Classic. The morning session will begin at 7:00 a.m. with registration and breakfast, followed by a shotgun start at 8:15 a.m. The afternoon session will begin at 10:30 a.m. with registration and breakfast and a 12:30 p.m. shotgun start. An $18,000 winner-take-all-chip-off will take place immediately following conclusion of play. Continue reading
After first being proposed several years ago, plans appear to be advancing for a new residential development at the edge of a Bayonne neighborhood.
The building is planned for 190 West 54th Street, just off of John F. Kennedy Boulevard, in the city’s 3rd Ward. The site, located adjacent to Mayor Richard A. Rutkowski Park along the Newark Bay and around the corner from New Jersey Transit bus service to Manhattan and Jersey City, was previously home to the Hi-Hat Caterers facility. A different development for the property was planned back in 2003, according to the Hudson Reporter, but even though construction began in 2007, the building was never finished due to the financial market conditions at the time.
This project was originally proposed by 190 West 54th Street Urban Renewal Associates, LLC which appears to be affiliated with Westchester County, New York-based Baker Residential, back in 2014. At the time, it was slated to be a four-story elevator building with outdoor parking provided on-site, according to a LoopNet listing. City records show that the original project plans also called for the structure to include 248 residential rental units, that the plans were approved by the Bayonne Planning Board, and that the developer entered into a financial agreement with the City to receive a 30-year tax exemption and pay an annual Payment in Lieu of Taxes (PILOT) instead. An ordinance at the time stated that “the City Council further found that the requested tax exemptions are important to the City and that without the incentive of the tax exemptions, it is unlikely that the Project would be undertaken.”
The New York Post sees Bayonne as on the cusp of a real estate renaissance.
In a recent report profiling a couple who moved to Bayonne in 2004, the newspaper said that the city has “long held loads of potential,” citing the Light Rail, and number of developable land parcels, but “legal battles, lackluster efforts and economic downturns” have hampered its progress in the past.
But the report said there are signs “that Bayonne’s time has at last arrived,” citing the redevelopment of the Military Ocean Terminal, as well as the many other projects currently being built around the city.
Around 1,000 residential units are being worked on this year, while another 2,000 to 3,000 apartments will be added over the next five years, the city Business Administrator Joe DeMarco said in the report.
The city’s rental costs are also significantly cheaper than Jersey City — $1,800 for a one-bedroom and between $2,200 and $3,000 for a two-bedroom, whereas similar units in Jersey City cost between roughly $2,500 and $3.500, the report said.
The 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.