Declutter (In a Big Way!)

untitledI 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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Southgate Middletown Welcomed Outdoor Pool with Festive Party on Saturday, July 16th

Southgate PoolSouthgate Middletown officially welcomed its sparkling outdoor pool and sundeck with a special Pool Party on a sunny Saturday afternoon last weekend.

Residents and potential renters alike joined for thee Pool Party which included tasty summer delights from a popular local ice cream truck.  Developer Sterling Properties hosted the festive event at the luxury rental community in Orange County, N.Y.

The pool is located adjacent to Southgate Middletown’s fully-equipped 3,251 square-foot clubhouse, which features a state-of-the-art fitness center with spin, cardio and weight equipment, furnished event lounge, shuffleboard table and media room with six 70” televisions.

“The outdoor pool is the final step in completing our recreation and social amenity package and we’re incredibly excited for its debut,” says Nick Hollenbeck, Director of Sales and Marketing for Sterling Properties.  “We’ve created an outdoor oasis for our residents to enjoy.  We were excited to showcasing the pool and well-rounded rental lifestyle at Southgate Middletown last weekend.” Continue reading

PREMIUM TOWNHOMES WITH SCENIC VIEWS AND WALK-OUT BASEMENTS NOW AVAILABLE AT MAPLE FIELDS

ext-daylight_600w-1481039899-5675A 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.”

Southgate Middletown to Welcome Outdoor Pool with Festive Party on Saturday, July 16th

Southgate PoolSouthgate Middletown will officially welcome its sparkling outdoor pool and sundeck with a special Pool Party on Saturday, July 16th from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Residents and potential renters alike are invited to attend the Pool Party which will include tasty summer delights from a popular local ice cream truck.  Developer Sterling Properties will host the festive event at the luxury rental community in Orange County, N.Y.

The pool is located adjacent to Southgate Middletown’s fully-equipped 3,251 square-foot clubhouse, which features a state-of-the-art fitness center with spin, cardio and weight equipment, furnished event lounge, shuffleboard table and media room with six 70” televisions.

“The outdoor pool is the final step in completing our recreation and social amenity package and we’re incredibly excited for its debut,” says Nick Hollenbeck, Director of Sales and Marketing for Sterling Properties.  “We’ve created an outdoor oasis for our residents to enjoy and look forward to showcasing the well-rounded rental lifestyle at Southgate Middletown next weekend.” Continue reading

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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Dutchess County Hot Air Balloon Festival

balloonfestwebheaderThe Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce will host its annual Hudson Valley Hot-Air Balloon Festival this July. They are expecting another great weekend with about 100 balloon launches between Friday and Sunday.

At Barton Orchards, afternoon launches will be at 6 p.m. on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Morning launches will be at 6 a.m. Saturday and Sunday. Festival hours are Noon-10 p.m. on Friday, 5-7 a.m. and Noon-10 p.m. on Saturday, and 5-7 a.m. and Noon-7 p.m. on Sunday. Festival will include family activities, food and beverages, and live music. There will be a fireworks display Friday night and a Moon Glow on Saturday night. Admission to the morning launches is free. Admission to the afternoon festivals is $10 on Friday and Saturday in advance (a limited number of tickets will be available at the door for $12) and $5 on Sunday. Advance sale tickets are available, including an ALL ACCESS WEEKEND PASS at http://www.balloonfesthv.com. Tether Rides will be available for sale for CASH ONLY the weekend of the event. A limited number of Balloon Rides are available for advance purchase ONLY.

Up-to-the-minute information about launch times, including delays, will be available via the Chamber’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/DutchessChamber throughout the Festival.

For complete Balloon Festival information, tickets, balloon rides, directions, or to be a vendor or sponsor, visit www.balloonfesthv.com.

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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Sparkling Outdoor Pool set for Inaugural Debut at Southgate Middletown in Orange County, N.Y.

southgate_middletown_clubhouse-1487775718-930Southgate Middletown, the upscale apartment community being developed by Sterling Properties in this Orange County City, will unveil its highly-anticipated outdoor pool and sundeck just in time for the official start of the summer season.

The sparking pool will complete the lifestyle experience at Southgate Middletown by providing a tremendously popular recreational amenity and a festive social gathering spot.  The outdoor pool is located adjacent to the community’s fully-equipped 3,251 square-foot clubhouse, which features a state-of-the-art fitness center with spin, cardio and weight equipment, furnished event lounge, shuffleboard table and media room with six 70” televisions.

“We’ve definitely saved the best for last when it comes to our comprehensive social and recreational amenity package,” says Nick Hollenbeck, Director of Sales and Marketing for Sterling Properties.  “Our residents have been enjoying a modern, well-rounded lifestyle since the lavish clubhouse opened earlier this year.  With warm weather now upon us, the pool will make its inaugural debut and provide a finishing touch on the active, fun-filled neighborhood environment at Southgate Middletown.”

Southgate Middletown boasts condo-style one- and two-bedroom residences with high ceilings, soaring living spaces and some of the largest floor plans in the Orange County marketplace. Homes at Southgate Middletown begin from $1,625 with designer finishes including wood grain cabinetry, quartz countertops, oversized subway tile backsplash, stainless appliances and contemporary luxury flooring.  Select homes will also feature private garage parking and ceiling heights reaching over ten feet. Continue reading