The Fundamentals of Space Planning Your Bedroom

2017-08-09_12-44-25So you just moved in (that, or you’re itching to move some things around in your existing home). Now what? I don’t know about you, but I’m always so excited at the prospects of a blank canvas floor plan, until I actually have to start making decisions on where to put everything. I start questioning everything! Is my rug the right size? Should my sofa go against the wall or float in the room? Do my nightstands have to match? Before I know it, I’m completely paralyzed by the whole situation and need my trusted design friends to rush over and help ease me into the right decisions. I rationalize my indecisiveness to the fact that space planning and room layouts are so crucial to the overall vibe a home puts forth.

To help, we turned to California designer Becki Owens to lay out some fundamentals when it comes to the art of placement. She consistently creates fresh, swoon-worthy interiors that always feel right on the mark. Below, Becki outlines four things to remember when setting up a bedroom to introduce good, healthy flow. Sleep tight!

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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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Stone Wave Yoga

stonewave-2565e4b7Created by Liz Glover Wilson, Artist and Yoga Instructor and Keith Buesing, Landscape Designer and Topiary Artist – Stone Wave Yoga and Wellness Retreat Center opened in June 2017 and offers a space for everyone.

Stone Wave facility is located just 1.7 miles from the Hamlet of Gardiner and 4 miles from Mohonk Preserve’s visitor center. They offer two yoga studios, an art studio (www.sunflowerartstudios.community), a changing room, shower facilities, a full kitchen and fresh mountain air.

Classes and events will be offered for all levels and various types of yoga, families, kids and private groups.

Facilities are also available for retreats, private sessions, and special events.

Perseids: Summer Meteor Shower Peak Weekend in the Hudson Valley

The Annual Perseid Meteor ShowerThe always anticipated Perseids meteor shower began July 17 as Earth passed through the path of the Comet Swift-Tuttle, but the shower known for its blazing bright meteors won’t peak until Aug. 12. If your eyes have feasted on any meteors already, they could be part of the Delta Aquarids meteor shower, which started last week and continues through Aug. 13.

Westchester Amateur Astronomers, a nonprofit group, has scheduled its next Starway to Heaven Star Party at the Meadow Parking Lot,Ward Pound Ridge Reservation, for Aug. 18, weather permitting. The bad-weather make-up date is August 25th. Click the Star Parties tab for more information and directions

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Open Days Program Garden Tour

nydc_hyland-wente_dsc_0254Explore five private gardens in Millerton, Millbrook, and Pawling, NY and West Cornwall, CT open for self-guided tours to benefit the Garden Conservancy. Highlights include an extensive naturalistic rock garden, ornamental vegetable gardens, several ponds and water features, a large collection of native plants, and a wild and rocky ravine planted with giant ferns and hot colors. Begin at the Kaye Garden, or see website for additional locations; hours vary. No reservations required; rain or shine. Admission is $7 per private garden; children 12 & under free.

For More Information: See www.opendaysprogram.org or call The Garden Conservancy toll-free weekdays, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. EST, 1-888-842-2442.

17th Annual Jazz in the Valley

jazz_in_the_vally_71717-1500431255-4167JAZZ IN THE VALLEY takes over Poughkeepsie with two stages of non-stop music at Waryas Park on Sunday, August 20, from noon to 6:00 pm (gates open at 11:00 am). Celebrate 17 years of world-class jazz presented on the beautiful banks of the Hudson River with TRANSART & Cultural Services and world-class artists including Swing Unlimited with Delfeayo Marsalis, Cyrus Chestnut, Javon Jackson, Jimmy Cobb & David Williams; Christopher Dean Sullivan Ensemble featuring Mala Waldron; Elio Villafranca & the Jass Syncopators; Neil Clarke’s Mongo Santamaria Centennial Project; and the Jeff Siegel Sextet.

TICKET INFORMATION

Discounted early bird tickets are $40 through August 1. Afterward, general admission is $50, and $60 at the gate. Students with valid ID gain entrance for $20. Tickets can be purchased online through the festival’s website (jazzinthevalleyny.org), or in person at Blue-Byrds Haberdashery & Music (320 Wall Street, Kingston, 845-339-3174). For group ticket sales, directions and more information about Jazz in the Valley, contact TRANSART at info@transartinc.org, (845) 384-6350 or log on to www.jazzinthevalleyny.org. For a combination ticket and round trip bus travel from New York City call (917) 345-1357 or (646) 643-3035.

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