THREE TIPS FOR STYLING AN ENTRYWAY

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via A Beautiful Mess – We’re still hard at work on our studio house—one mini space at a time. This week we completed two small spaces (double yay!), and today we’re teaming up with Martha Stewart Living at The Home Depot to share a few tips for styling an entry space.

But first, I must confess. I’m the worst at mini spaces. You know the ones. Too small to be a room, but still in need of decor and organization. I put them off and eventually get used to their half-finished status. They’re my blind spot.

But not this time! This time things are different. And you know what? I’m loving it. Our new entry space is inviting and organized. Since it’s the first thing we see when we walk through those doors every morning, I think of this space as our friendliest spot in the house, always waving “hell-oo-ooo!”

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August Table to Farm Dinner

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Thursday, August 9th at 7:30 at URBY 

3-course meal with wine
Celebrate the best ingredients peak summer has to offer!

Pasture-raised meat
Organically and sustainably-grown produce from Empress Green and other NY farms

Vegan/vegetarian, gluten free, and other dietary needs will be catered for. Please let us know when you purchase your ticket!

Creating a Library in your Apartment

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Just because you live in small space doesn’t mean you should have to be reading everything on Kindle. If you’re a true bibliophile, you probably leave dozens (or hundreds) of books lying out all around your home. Instead of shoving them under the bed or trying to get your mom to store them for you, you should figure out how to use your books to add color and beauty to your apartment. So how you can display them without looking like you’re on an episode of “Hoarders?” Here are the best ways to incorporate a library into any small space:

USE BOOKSHELVES AS DIVIDERS

If you live in a studio apartment or need to divide a single room into multiple sections, consider investing in a pair of large, open bookshelves. You’ll be able to use them to split up the room without actually enclosing it or having to hang anything from the ceiling. A couple of bookcases can make up the wall of a makeshift bedroom while showing all your titles off to guests. Should you ever feel like revamping your living space, you can reposition the shelves to create an entirely new layout.

DISPLAY BOOKS IN A HALLWAY

Too often, small apartment owners under-utilize their hallways. Get rid of the dead space by hanging up a few shelves and displaying some books along the hall. You’ll be using your living area to its full potential and make some DIY book art in the process. Find out how much weight your shelves will be able to bear before putting too many books on them.

TURN A CLOSET INTO A LIBRARY

If you happen to have an unused closet in your apartment or would be willing to store your clothes and other belongings elsewhere, you could create a mini-library. If you’re lucky enough to have a walk-in closet, put a chair or a bean bag in there and turn it into a full-fledged reading room. Hang up some lights or plug in a few lamps to complete this ultimate bookworm oasis. Continue Reading 

Shakespeare in the Park: Twelfth Night

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An evening at Free Shakespeare in the Park means a starlit night enjoying Shakespeare’s enchanting stories at The Delacorte Theater in Central Park. In July/August, the Public Theater will present a production of Shakespeare’s play, Twelfth Night. This year, the Public is proud to partner with The New York Public Library to distribute free vouchers for Shakespeare in the Park.

Saturday, August 4th, we invite you to wait in line at Stapleton Library for up to two free ticket vouchers that can be used that night to attend Twelfth Night at The Delacorte Theater!

Ticket vouchers will be distributed between 12PM (noon) and 2PM, while supplies last. Each person in line (age 5+) is allowed two (2) vouchers, and each voucher is good for one ticket. Vouchers must be exchanged for tickets at the Delacorte Theater Box Office in Central Park between 5PM and 7:30PM. Vouchers are only valid until 7:30PM for performances on the day they are issued.

About Twelfth Night: In celebration of five extraordinary years of Public Works, a Public Theater initiative that invites diverse communities across New York to create ambitious works of participatory theater, Free Shakespeare in the Park presents a re-imagining of Public Works’ 2016 musical adaptation of TWELFTH NIGHT for a full five-week run in Central Park. Professional artists and two rotating ensembles of community members from all five boroughs will perform together on the Delacorte stage in this enchanting comedy about Viola (Nikki M. James), a young heroine who washes up on the shores of Illyria, disguises herself as a man, is sent to court a countess, and falls in love with a Duke.

Featuring music and lyrics by critically-acclaimed songwriter Shaina Taub, this very special TWELFTH NIGHT is a unique partnership between two Public Theater programs that exemplify The Public’s commitment to radical inclusion. Oskar Eustis, The Public’s Artistic Director, and Kwame Kwei-Armah, incoming Artistic Director of London’s Young Vic, helm this unforgettable musical about love in all its many disguises.

About The Public Theater’s Free Shakespeare in the Park:

Joseph Papp founded The Public Theater’s Free Shakespeare in the Park with the belief that everyone has the right to a rich and vibrant cultural life. In the same way that the city’s public libraries offer a wealth of knowledge for free, he believed that a city like New York should have a public theater to offer the best possible artistic experiences for free. The Delacorte Theater has been the home for Free Shakespeare in the Park for more than half a century, and The Public has staged hundreds of productions for more than 5 million people. It has become one of New York City’s most beloved cultural traditions, putting the best actors of our time in the most celebrated plays of our culture, presented for free to the city of New York. An evening at Free Shakespeare in the Park means a starlit night enjoying Shakespeare’s universal stories and masterful artistry.

Staten Island 1st Silent Disco Party

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Saturday, July 21st at 9 PM

All Generations and GQ and Family invades Staten island with the first ever silent disco party, At Bootleg Mannings Craft Beer & Whiskey Bar ’s most popular curated bar and venue! Bootleg Manning boasts over 150 beers, and whiskey, and a outdoor space perfect for dancing! The party kicks off when the headphones go on and 3 live DJs take the stage, battling for your attention. There will be 6 djs ( DJ Crossfade , Dj Andrea Jones ,Dj Kaddu, Dj Ajay , Dj Money , Dj Clein) spinning all night to you singing, drinking and eatting, and dancing til 4am! Kitchen open till 4am
Your 3 live DJs are spinning all night:
DJ 1 (Green): Reagge, Afrobeats ,Top 40 Dance Hits and All other Generals
DJ 2 (Red): 80’s, 90’s & Early 2000 Throwbacks
DJ 3 (Blue): Hip Hop, R&B , Latino Music

Your experience includes:
• A Pair of Headphones
• Glow Sticks and Raffle to win Gift Cards
• 3 Live DJ’s battling for your attention
• Large selection of beers
Special Notes:
• 21+
• Rain or Shine, we bring the party indoors!
• Dress code: Casual
What to bring:
• Valid ID
• You MUST have a Valid State ID ,credit or debit card for the check-in process. If the headphones are NOT returned, there will be a charge to your credit or debit card after the event.
• No need to print your ticket, just show the code on your phone or they will have your name at the door.
How it works:
When you arrive you’ll receive a pair of special wireless headphones. You can adjust the volume and choose between up to three DJ’s with a flip of a switch. Each headset has a color LED that shows what channel you are listening to. It’s super social; you’re in control of the music! There’s no loud music that you have to talk over. Plus, there’s no ringing in your ears when you leave! Come and Enjoy the first Silent Disco

PRICES AT THE DOORS MIGHT CHANGE GET YOUR TICKETS NOW

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10 of the hottest interior trends for Spring Summer 2018

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House Beautiful has some great ideas for Summer decorating … 

Ice-cream pastels, glittery golds, indigo blues and super zingy color pops – these are all trends for this year.

EMBELLISHMENTS

Macrame, fringing, tufting, tassels and feathers – you name it, it’s here for this season and you’ll see it on cushions, wall hangings, throws, rugsand accessories. This trend will add a wonderful handmade quality to each room, beautiful tactile cushions on the sofa and a sumptuous throw with tassels on the bed, and a wall-hanging or two on plain walls .CONTINUE READING >>>

American Salute with the Staten Island Philharmonic

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Join us for a free summertime concert on the lawn in front of the Greenbelt’s Carousel for All Children in Willowbrook Park. Included in the program of patriotic music will be two original pieces composted by Howard Fox, President of the Board of Directors of the Greenbelt Conservancy: “An American Folk Tapestry“, which is a medley of American folk songs representing various regions of the country, and “Hymn for a Fallen Soldier,” a more solemn piece in memory of and in honor of those who gave the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom.

This event is free and open to all. Please bring your own lawn chair or blanket. The Carousel concession stand will be open for purchasing drinks, ice cream and snacks.
The Staten Island Philharmonic will host two additional free concerts on Sunday, July 1 at 4 PM in Conference House Park in Tottenville and on Wednesday, July 4 at 6 PM at the Alice Austen House/Museum in the Rosebank section of Staten Island.

Summer Tablescape Ideas

summer-tablescape-2-copyWelcome to the summer edition of 10 Minute Decorating!  Today we’ll all be sharing some simple outdoor decorating ideas that reflect that more relaxed summer vibe that I love.  You can find all of the beautiful projects from my blogging friends at the end of this post.  They’re all quick, easy, and add that pretty summer touch!  But first, some simple summer tablescape ideas from me!

Summer is my absolute FAVORITE season of the year!  I look forward to it all year.  The weather, the more laid back schedules, the fresh fruits and veggies, evenings on the backyard patio – I love it all! {well… except the mosquitos!}.  We also love BBQing and having our meals outdoors.  Our patio is east facing so I can get some morning sun while having my breakfast and enjoy the cooler shade once the later afternoon hits. Continue reading at .cleanandscentsible.com >>>