HOW TO MAKE YOUR HOME FEEL LIKE A COZY WEEKEND GETAWAY

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via MyDomaine.com – The modern farmhouse décor style has seen a resurgence in recent years. Visions of loungey and lofty spaces with pitched roofs, reclaimed beams, deep cozy sofas, and small antique pieces are enough to make each of us want to buy a cabin in the woods and retreat from city life forever.

Your Next Destination…

img-06From a day at the beach, to a night at the theatre, Staten Island has it all. We’re home to great cultural attractions, a wild zoo, fun nightlife, and more than 170 parks. No wonder people say “If you haven’t seen Staten Island, you haven’t REALLY seen New York!”

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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 >>>

The Keys to Making a Gallery Wall Look Timeless (Not Trendy)

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Gallery walls have been going strong for a while now in home design. That’s probably because they’re the perfect solution for filling up blank wall space—until, well, they’re not. If we are being honest, gallery walls are actually pretty difficult to pull off. Sure, it’s your home and ultimately anything goes. But haven’t we all seen a gallery wall or two that’s awkward, either in terms of the spacing or placement of pieces, frame selection, or heck, even the amount (and style) of items? A gallery wall should really always be a work in progress—something that continues to grow until it reaches the state of being potentially wall-to-wall, ceiling-to-floor salon style for maximum impact. A small cluster of random artwork on a wall feels too try-hard, right? But I guess you’ve got to start somewhere and acquire works that mean something to you over time. So as you go about that process, let’s take a look at some fully “mature” salon walls that get it right and figure out why. That way, you’ll have some guidance and inspo for your own project. Keep Reading on ApartmentTherapy.com >>>

5 Go-To Spring Decorating Tips

via Tamara Anka at CitrineLiving.com

open-kithen-shelves-blue-and-white-accessories-dishes-bowls-apothecary-jarsSTYLING TIP # 1: ADD YOUR FAVORITE COLOR

You may or may not know I am a die-hard fan of classic blue and white. I’ve grown my collection over the years from a few pieces sprinkled around here and there, to large groupings on counters, shelves, tables, you name it. You’ll find it incorporated everywhere throughout our home, from season to season. So naturally, color is a big one for me. Even though I’ve been using this as my main color for quite a while now, it plays a major role each season – especially how I’ll play other colors off it.

 

blue-and-white-chinoiserie-vase-white-light-blue-hydrangeasSTYLING TIP # 2: BRING IN FRESH AND FAUX FLOWERS

Many of you know I love faux flowers and use them all the time. I’m not always able to find affordable fresh blooms where I live, so I have built up quite the collection of gorgeous faux stems for my regular rotation. When I am able to find beautiful fresh blooms locally, or cut them from the garden, you can bet I have them. Nothing brings in the beauty of the warmer months like gorgeous fresh flowers!

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5 SPRING TRENDS TO SPRUCE UP YOUR SPACE

Designer-approved trends inspired by the season.

BY Since launching her eponymous interiors firm in 2007, New York-based designer Young Huh has specialized in turning houses into homes, one room at a time. When it comes to her own spaces, she’s all about a seasonal refresh with of-the-moment decorative accessories and unexpected finishes. These small changes can make a world of a difference for waking up a tired space. Ready for a renewal yourself? Use Huh’s creative ideas on upgrades for spring.

shot-03-hero-080r-15221769371. Refresh Your Room’s Energy

Pale blues and serene greens can really change the mood of a space. No need to break out the paintbrush or buy a new sofa to get those peaceful, chill Spring vibes. Instead, focus on layering colored accents into your existing decor—adding a blue frame or candle on a living room console, placing a porcelain glass vase full of fresh flowers artfully on a mantel, and showcasing crystal topped containers can all enhance your room’s positive energy.

From left: Jamie Young lamp, $313, bloomingdales.com; Sparrow & Wren x Kassatex jar (small), $38, bloomingdales.com; Sparrow & Wren x Kassatex jar (large), $62, bloomingdales.com; Sparrow & Wren x Kassatex jar (medium), $50, bloomingdales.com; Christofle tray, $390, bloomingdales.com; Vietri vase, $239, bloomingdales.com; Voluspa candle, $30, bloomingdales.com; Kendra Scott picture frame, $195, bloomingdales.com; Jamie Young lamp, $338, bloomingdales.com

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Give Your Bed Fresh Style.

mediumLooking for a way to give your bedroom a fresh outlook, a small change to the bedding can bring life back into a room. With 2018’s focus on trends such as geometrics, creative marks and big photo blooms. The choices are endless to re-energize your bedroom whatever your style House of Decor will have the perfect bedding for you.

First up is High Contrast Geometrics with bold tile designs in mustard yellow combined with grey, navy and duck egg blue add a nostalgic feel of 60’s & 70’s while the white negative space brings the designs up to date.

The 3D geometric pattern on the Hex Lines Geometric bedding from House of Decors Geometric Arte range is perfect to add a modern touch to the trend. To add interest use contrasting cushions don’t be afraid to experiment with shapes and colours. Check out the Geometric cushions from this Premium textiles range.  Continue reading at Dwell.com

THE ULTIMATE 12-MONTH “SELF-CARE” CHALLENGE THAT TOPS ANY NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTION

2d7436b1c1293c8a2722b99810332275Now that we’ve officially crossed the half-way mark of January, I thought it was only fitting to take a second and check in on each other. How are you doing? How is the new year going so far? I finally took the plunge and tossed out our Christmas tree last weekend. Even though it sure was hard to say goodbye to that bone-dry mini fir, I convinced my husband to leave up a few strands of lights around our apartment. That way, we can enjoy the spirit of the holidays for just a tad-bit longer. Plus, those warm white bulbs always illuminate such a cozy vibe, don’t you think?

Anyway, enough of my off-tangent rant. Time to get back on track.

How are your new year’s resolutions coming? I know I mentioned some simple resolutions to revitalize your body, mind and soul here that are totally doable any time of the year, but then I got to thinking: What about the people that are looking to grow and evolve but aren’t really keen on resolutions in the first place? And that’s why I’m here today.

Instead of creating one, two, three (four, five, six) giant self-care goals to achieve throughout the next 365 days, why not take the year one month at a time? That way, you can tackle smaller challenges with each 30/31 days that pass and revel in just as much (if not more!) self-improvement success by the time December rolls around. Enticing, right?

Now of course, everyone is unique so your idea of self-care might differ with what I’ve listed below, but I’m hoping it will at least help you get started on your journey!

January: Infuse your mind with inspiration.

With the cheerful holiday decor all packed up and the outdoor temperatures consistently dropping, it doesn’t take much for January to seem a bit dreary. But don’t let the cold frigid weather get you down. Instead, take time to infuse your mind with inspiration. Plan a trip. Add adventures to your bucket list. And if you don’t have a bucket list, create one. The excitement of having something to look forward to will be the heat needed on even the coldest of days. FULL ARTICLE AT WIT & DELIGHT

Low-Stress Holidays: The Art of the Gift Basket

2017-12-01_13-04-42via ApartmentTherapy.com – Growing up, I remember the time leading up to Christmas being weeks that my mother had the makings of her annual gift baskets strewn throughout our infrequently used formal dining room. Baskets or buckets, Carrs crackers, pepper jellies, candied pecans were a few of the items. Oh, and rolls and rolls of cellophane and ribbon. Our dining room became her own little elf workshop where she carefully put together anywhere from 10-50 gifts for the people in her life – co-workers, teachers, neighbors, and distant relatives who might unexpectedly drop by for a holiday visit.

While I personally couldn’t stand the look of cellophane and curled ribbons (I know, what 10-year-old isn’t into curled ribbons?), I did appreciate the attention she put into making the perfect gift basket. It is, in fact, an art.

If you’ve turned your nose up at gift baskets in the past, I’m with you. They can be tacky, impersonal, and sometimes just full of, how shall I say, crap. But knowing how much time and effort my mother put into creating the perfect assortment, it might just be the way to go this holiday season – especially if you’re gifting to the masses.

Follow these simple guidelines for the best gift basket:

  1. Pick a theme. Having a game plan helps guide you in all your purchases. Think themes like A Cozy Night At Home, Family Game Night, Gifts for Hosting, or End-of-Semester Teacher Survival Kit to get you on the right track.
  2. Start with a good container. Pick something that can easily be reused or repurposed. And by all means, don’t just go for a brown basket! (See our favorite picks below.)

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Amazon to open ‘state-of-the-art’ logistics facility

2017-09-06_13-07-57Amazon plans to create a new, high-tech logistics facility with advanced robotics and 2,250 new, full-time jobs on Staten Island.

Gov. Cuomo announced Wednesday that Amazon will open a $100 million, 855,000 square-foot “fulfillment center” at the Global Logistics Park on Staten Island’s West Shore.

The center will be Amazon’s first such facility in New York and joins more than 70 such centers operated by the company as part of its sophisticated product-moving operation.

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