How To Arrange Spring Florals Like A Dutch Painting

a-colorful-spring-floral-arrangement-inspired-by-dutch-paintings-floral-tutorial-on-coco-kelleyDo you remember the potluck dinner parties our parents’ and grandparents’ used to throw? Mom or Grandma would get a bundle of grocery store flowers (mums or carnations, anyone?!?) and plop them in a big pitcher or some random family heirloom vase. A giant stack of plates would get posted on the end of the banquet and that was that.

Well, we thought it’d be fun to take a little inspiration from classic Dutch paintings and make a non-traditional, traditional floral arrangement to go with our modern take on the family buffet. Everything old is new!

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Nature, Pleasure & Mayhem: 19th-Century Steamboat Excursions

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On Tuesday evening, May 22, the Palisades Interstate Park in New Jersey will offer its visitors a unique chance to catch a glimpse of nineteenth-century style “Nature, Pleasure & Mayhem,” as historian Marika Plater presents an illustrated talk on the steamboat excursions that became popular with working-class New Yorkers at the end of that century. Her talk, which is free and open to all, with no reservations needed, will begin at 7:30 PM at the spacious auditorium of the Visitor Center at the park’s Fort Lee Historic Park facility. Continue reading

VIA LOFTS WILL DELIVER TEN LUXURY CONDOS TO UPTOWN HOBOKEN

VIA Lofts ExteriorThe evolution of Hoboken’s upper northwest neighborhood will soon take another step forward with the upcoming debut of VIA Lofts, a boutique collection of 10 upscale condominium homes located at 1410 Grand Street in this well-known Hudson County City.

In preparing for the summer sales launch, developer Bijou Properties has begun accepting names for a list of VIP Homebuyers at the six-story luxury building.  Interested prospects can visit www.VIALofts.com to add their name to the list and be one of the first to preview VIA Lofts’ two-and three-bedroom homes in advance of its Grand Opening.

Initial occupancy for the condominium homes at VIA Lofts is expected in October, 2018.

“Uptown Hoboken has staked its claim as one of the region’s most desirable residential settings for homebuyers seeking urban-inspired luxury, a family-oriented setting and commuter convenience into Manhattan,” says Christopher Mazzola, Development Manager for locally-based Bijou Properties. “VIA Lofts will effectively tap into this market by introducing well-appointed homes with large and open floorplans in a stylish and eco-friendly building that promotes a healthier, more efficient lifestyle.”

VIA Lofts Living Room.1Hoboken’s northwest quarter is celebrated for being close enough to enjoy all that the City has to offer but in a more peaceful, removed setting.  A host of restaurants, bars, boutique shops and conveniences are within walking distance, including a Trader Joe’s, Bowtie Cinemas, Bierhaus Biergarten, Gravity Vault Rock Climbing Gym, all less than one minute from the building.

There’s also a New York Sports Club nearby, as well as the 14th Street New York Waterway Ferry providing convenient service to midtown and downtown Manhattan.

VIA Lofts is on pace to receive LEED Platinum certification from the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), making it the latest collection of premium, “green” residences developed by Bijou Properties in Hoboken.   Designed by MHS Architects, new building is being built in accordance with the USGBC’s LEED guidelines for developing high-performance, sustainable buildings which incorporate responsible site development, energy efficient design and ecological-friendly materials to create environmentally-sensitive urban living environment.

About Bijou Properties

Founded in 1999 in Hoboken NJ, Bijou Properties designs, develops & manages the highest quality sustainable buildings and has become a recognized leader in the field of green development along the Hudson Waterfront.  Recent projects include Park + Garden, Garden Street Lofts (NJ’s First LEED Gold Residential Highrise), The Hostess Factory, a 42,000 square-foot retail restoration including a 20,000 square-foot Green Roof; and Edge Lofts, a Midrise residential project at 1405 Clinton Street which is a candidate to receive the first NJ LEED Residential for Homes Platinum designation.  Beyond its individual properties, Bijou Properties is focused on creating better neighborhoods and healthier environments for the community at large.  More information can be found on the company website: www.bijouproperties.com.

NY Adventure Club Field Trip: Exploring the Secrets of the NJ Palisades

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Sunday, May 20th at 10:30 AM at the Burr-Hamilton Duel Site statue

The ruins of an abandoned mansion, a haunted clock tower in the middle of NJ’s wealthiest neighborhood, a scenic overlook on a 500-foot-high cliff — come explore the secrets of the narrow stretch of land right across from New York City.

Join New York Adventure Club for a field trip to the New Jersey Palisades, NJ, a line of steep cliffs along the west side of the lower Hudson River in northeastern New Jersey and southeastern New York formed nearly 200 million years ago.

Guided by a New York Adventure Club brand ambassador, this unique field trip will include:

A mile-long trail walk to the abandoned ruins of Cliffdale Manor, a fifteen-room manor house built in 1911 for George A. Zabriskie, New York representative for the Minneapolis-based Pillsbury flour mills

A visit to a hidden beach on the Hudson

A visit to incredible vantage points along the Palisades, from directly underneath the GW Bridge to high on top of cliffs overlooking the Hudson River

A stop at the Devil’s Tower, a stone clock tower originally designed for sugar baron Manuel Rionda (1854–1943) that is claimed to be haunted

Vehicular transportation will be provided to/from meeting location and between all field trip destinations.

See you there!

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 >>>

CURE BREAST CANCER FOUNDATION LAUNCHES “THINK PINK” TEXT-TO-DONATE CAMPAIGN FOR MOTHER’S DAY 2018

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The Cure Breast Cancer Foundation (CBCF) is providing yet another easy way to Think Pink this Mother’s Day with the launch of a text-to-donate campaign that will raise important funds and advance innovative research that could dramatically change the treatment for breast cancer in the years to come.

Starting on Wednesday, May 9th, 2018, CBCF will accept mobile donations in a “Text for a Cure” initiative throughout Mother’s Day weekend.  To participate in the campaign and donate via phone, simply text the code: DONATE to (973) 828-0883 and follow the link to indicate the amount you’d like to contribute to the Clifton, N.J.-based not-for-profit 501(c) 3 charity.

All monies raised during the weekend will support trailblazing breast cancer research being conducted under the direction of noted oncologist, Dr. Larry Norton, at the world-renowned Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center and other national and international research facilities.   Since its inception in December 2007, CBCF has raised over $7 million for breast cancer research, which has been devoted entirely to Dr. Larry Norton’s and his colleagues’ research on the growth and spreading of breast cancer cells known as the Self-Seeding Theory. This research focuses on improving the understanding of not only breast cancer, but also other cancers.

Donors can also visit www.501auctions.com/cbcf to dedicate fund to support CBCF efforts.

For more information on the CBCF, please call (973) 471-CBCF (2223) or visit http://curebreastcancerfoundation.org.

Cure Breast Cancer Foundation

The Cure Breast Cancer Foundation (CBCF) is a Clifton, N.J. – based not-for-profit 501(c) 3 charity devoted to fund research on the growth and spreading of breast cancer cells, also known as the Self-Seeding Theory, at the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in Manhattan and other national and international cancer research facilities under the direction of Dr. Larry Norton, who serves as the Foundation’s Scientific Advisor.  The founder and president is Carly Abramson.  Her father, Andrew Abramson, is Treasurer.  For more information, call (973) 471-CBCF (2223), e-mail info@curebreastcancerfoundation.org or visit www.curebreastcancerfoundation.org.

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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