When a Change of Season Calls for a Beautiful Room Refresh

jz20mwemtl2ksbwrk7ak_full_3c2a2369-819x1024Autumn has always been my favorite time of year. Every August, just like clockwork, I find myself anxiously anticipating the change in season. It prompts me to refresh my wardrobe with yummy sweaters and find new and innovative ways to redecorate my home in preparation for the chilly yet cozier months of the year.

When Sherwin-Williams shared their 2019 Color of the Year, Cavern Clay SW 7701, Kate and I both agreed we loved the look and feel of this color tone and we jumped at the thought of doing a beautiful redesign story around it. I was drawn to the warm terracotta color because of its ancient, elemental roots and mostly by the way it made me feel. Cavern Clay is a blend of midcentury modern style and the rich and earthy American Southwest, which together create a kind of desert modern aesthetic vibe. Because I love and live in all things boho, Kate asked me to take on this makeover story, and if you know me just a little bit, you know I absolutely LOVE anything interiors related, especially if it’s bohemian. So, I couldn’t wait to get started.

Because I’m currently living in a rental unfortunately my bedroom was off limits for painting. So I quickly reached out to good friends Jenny Jorgensen and Kate Worum, the local mavens of She She, a hand-painted print and pattern design studio, to see if they were interested in receiving a little room refresh and luckily Kate Worum was all in! Kate, a local Minneapolis illustrator who recently turned 30, was looking for a fresh start and a little change of scenery in her life. We were happy to provide that to her with a fresh wall of paint in her bedroom, and we thought, why not help a girl out with a full-on room refresh! After kicking off the project I went over to her place right away and we began brainstorming how we could transform her sunny little apartment bedroom into a relaxing bohemian bungalow.

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DMG Investments Invites Public to Grand Opening Celebration This Weekend at One Park Condos in Cliffside Park

New Model and Completed Amenities to be Unveiled

OnePark_highres-15 bstnrDMG Investments will host the official Grand Opening this weekend (Saturday October 6th and Sunday October 7th) of One Park, the 14-story luxury condominium building located atop the historic Palisades Cliffs in Cliffside Park, NJ, just minutes from Manhattan.

The Open House events will take place from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and allow prospective buyers to tour the now-completed One Park building for the first time to get a full sense of the incredible lifestyle being offered at Bergen County’s premier new residential address.  Attendees will receive an up-close look at the just-unveiled recreational and social amenities which raise the bar for resort-style living on New Jersey’s Hudson River Gold Coast. A brand new two-bedroom model home merchandised by prominent Manhattan-based interior design firm Designs by Human is also open for tours.

“We’re excited to officially welcome prospects into One Park this weekend,” says Benjamin Watson, Vice President of Marketing of DMG Investments.   “The Grand Opening is a significant milestone and announces One Park’s arrival as the newest upscale condominium building in the long sought-after New Jersey Gold Coast marketplace.    One Park was carefully designed and created to take full advantage of its unique location perched high above the vibrant waterfront below with uninterrupted New York City views that enhance the luxury and elegance of its homes and amenities.  We’re delighted to now take the wraps off this building and provide the public their first look at how One Park stands apart in today’s luxury condominium landscape.”

More than 25,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor amenities will be on full display during the Grand Opening weekend, including an Aquatic Center featuring an indoor 55-foot heated pool with sauna and steam rooms, and adjoining outdoor sun deck; private furnished roof deck including dining terrace with grilling stations, fire pits, intimate seating areas and outdoor movie theater.  There’s also a state-of-the-art fitness center with private pilates room, squash court, golf simulator, children’s playroom, pet spa and guest suites.  The building also offers a 24-hour doorman and secure parking garage with a fully-automated Unitronics system.

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Designed by Architectura, One Park features a glass window wall facade that incorporates elements of the building’s unique location on the Palisades Cliffs.  The stunning building features a mix of lavishly-appointed one- to four-bedroom homes ranging from 752 to more than 1,600 square-feet. Each residence has private outdoor space. The homes are priced from the $500,000s.

Interior spaces boast expansive kitchens with chef-caliber appliances, the finest fixtures, and breathe taking views. Bedroom suites are calm sanctuaries for rest and relaxation, with floor-to-ceiling windows flooding the space with light. Spa-inspired master bathrooms are adorned with a freestanding sculpted tub, large open shower, porcelain flooring and richly-toned wall tiles.

One Park’s Cliffside Park location has long attracted those commuting to New York City for business and pleasure who appreciate its proximity to the George Washington Bridge, Lincoln Tunnel and New York Waterway ferry service to Manhattan.  The one square-mile borough also enjoys a diverse dining and shopping scene. The main thoroughfare, Anderson Avenue, or “The Avenue” as it is affectionately referred to, is lined with boutique stores and shops, while an eclectic offering of dining, shopping and waterfront recreational and nightlife pursuits are just minutes away in Edgewater, Weehawken, North Bergen and Hoboken.

For more information on One Park, please call 201-633-7600 or visit www.OneParkCondosNJ.com.



Headquartered in New York City at 100 Wall Street, DMG Investments LLC (“DMG”) was established in 2013 as the US subsidiary of DoThink Holding Group, a well-known real estate developer in China.

DMG focuses on real estate acquisitions, development and management as well as financing. Leveraging the expertise of a team of dedicated real estate professionals with decades of experience creating and adding value for investors, DMG has amassed a portfolio of best-in-class assets across the US in dynamic markets in New York, New Jersey, Texas, Tennessee and Wisconsin.

As the portfolio continues to grow, DMG is dedicated to providing amenities and services that enhance the livability of each project be it in the student housing, traditional multifamily or condominium sector. In the years to come, the goal of DMG is to become a global real estate enterprise with a world-class reputation for sustainable development and a business philosophy that emphasizes the importance of delivering value for investors, owners and residents.

Hike Huyler’s Landing

HuylersSaturday, October 13: “Huyler’s Landing”

Meet 10 AM at the Kearney House at Alpine Picnic Area & Boat Basin (click here for detailed directions). About 5 mi., 3.5 hrs., moderateBring lunch. For more information: 201-769-1360 ext. 108.

Eric Nelsen, a historical interpreter who will lead this hike, calls it “the quintessential Palisades history hike.” The 5-mile route, which meets at 10 AM at the Kearney House and is rated moderate by the hike leader, will introduce hikers to the thriving riverfront communities that once occupied the park’s shoreline, and then take them to the summit on a trail used by Revolutionary War soldiers. Along the summit, the group will visit some of the imposing foundation ruins of grand cliff-top manors of the Gilded Age. The hike will return to the Kearney House with a descent down the old Closter Dock Road, upon which farmers of Bergen County once sent wagon loads of goods to the river. Hikers should bring lunch with them to eat on the hike, and can expect to return to the starting point by around 1:30 PM.

Gone to the Dogs


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City Place at the Promenade hosted its fifth annual Woofstock + Friends event this past Saturday, September 8, featuring local pet-centric vendors, adoptable pets, a red carpet, a doggie couture trunk show, tons of raffle prizes. The day benefited and gave exposure to Bergen County Protect and Rescue Foundation (BCPR)Closter Animal Welfare Society (CLAWS), and START II Animal Shelter.

For many, the highlight of the day was the Puparazzi Pooch Parade, where more than 60 fashionable pups strutted their stuff down the red carpet. Skippy, a dachshund dressed as a hot dog from Fair Lawn, NJ took home the grand prize– a one-of-a-kind Willis for President pet bed and gift basket from Pet Valu.

Ambience Boutique’s Wag to the Bone trunk show was a hit with the doganistas in attendance including Apple, an 11-year old Yorkie from Washington Heights, NY who sauntered away in a Wild One zip-up hoodie from n:Philanthropy.

Guests entered the free raffle to win a range of pet-friendly prizes including a $50 gift card from Dog Cakes for Dogs, one free commissioned pet portrait by Pet House and Portraits (who was also on-site with face painting), a gift basket from Fort Lee Dog Walking & Pet Sitting Services, a spa set with gift certificate from Miss Molly’s Lap of Luxury Grooming Salon, and two free walks from Brett Shelby Dog Training. Other vendors included Animal General, La-Petisserie, and Pet Health. The Borough of Edgewater was also on-site registering local pets.

The promenade was buzzing. Guests and their four-legged pals could be seen dining al fresco at the property’s waterfront eateries and stepping out of retailers with shopping bags in tow. BCPR and CLAWS received a dozen applications for pet adoption and multiple volunteer inquiries.

BALAM Dance Theatre Premieres

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See a program of diverse songs and dances from around the world featuring fans, a fashion

BALAM Dance Theatre (BALAM), a New York City based ensemble contemporary world dance company,returns to Bergen County, New Jersey to debut its new Out & About series programThe Dancing Fan: An Icon from Spanish, Japanese, and Balinese Courts.  The program features an eclectic repertoire of Balinese, Japanese, and Spanish songs and dances using fans.

This free, family friendly event is open to the public and will be presented on Wednesday, October 24 from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Leonia Public Library, located at 227 Fort Lee Rd. in Leonia, New Jersey.  The library is wheelchair accessible.  Parking is available in the library parking lot.  For directions and further information, contact the Leonia Public Library at (201) 592-5770.

The culturally and historically diverse program is sure to entertain and inform the audience.  Join entertainer and mistress of ceremonies, Inma Heredia, BALAM’s hostess from Seville, Spain and the world’s first and only flamenco stand-up comedian, as she brings her salero (special charm).

Audience members will learn the el lenguage del abanico, the language of the fan, and discover the three traditional world dances featuring fans presented by these prominent artists.  Nani Devi, BALAM’s Resident Balinese Artist, performs the role of Condong from the Balinese court dance Legong.  Toshinori Hamada, BALAM’s principal dancer and karate black belt martial artist, presents the warrior’s tale, Yashima, a haunting Japanese Noh theatre solo.  Barbara Romero, BALAM’s Spanish dance expert, performs opposite the company’s artistic director Carlos Fittante in La Madrileña,a duet from the Romantic era exemplifying the Spanish escuela bolera style.

About BALAM Dance Theatre

Founded by choreographer and movement researcher, Islene Pinder, BALAM Dance Theatre offers a new vision of contemporary dance that is rooted in the dazzling opulence and magical aura of Balinese theatre.

The New York City-based dance/theatre company creates a unique entertainment experience that has universal appeal. Audiences of all ages and backgrounds enjoy BALAM’s innovative movement alchemy where dynamic athleticism, detailed skills, and movement techniques from around world are fused and enhanced by eclectic music, striking masks, vibrant costumes and fantasy stories.

The company educates the community about dances and cultures throughout the world.  Through its Out & About Series, free and affordable performances, workshops and creative events at the grassroots level are made available for families, children, students and community residents.

BALAM has been featured at numerous festivals and venues including First Night New York; Lincoln Center Out-of-Doors; Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival; Downtown Dance Festival; and has also appeared throughout the United States and internationally.  The company has received praise from the New York Times and Village Voice, the Governor and people of Bali and the Indonesian Consulate of New York, as well as others.

For further information, call 646-361-9183 or visit BALAM Dance Theatre on its blog, www.balamdancetheatre.blogspot.com; follow the company on Facebook, www.facebook.com/balamdancetheatre; and check for updates on Twitter @BALAMDance

Behr Just Announced Its 2019 Color Of The Year, And You’re Going To Love It


It’s official: 2019 is all about the color blue — Blueprint, to be exact — at least according to Behr. The paint company revealed Blueprint S740-5, a warm, soft hue, as the brand’s 2019 Color Of The Year, describing the shade as “a mid-tone blue that charts a course for people to reimagine the colors and design of their home.” The paint company says it’s meant to signify authenticity, confidence, and timelessness. As far as blues go, this one’s pretty stunning — it feels cozy and inviting, but not overpowering.

Erika Woelfel, Behr’s vice president of color and creative services, called the shade an “instant classic,” adding that, “Much like the sketches builders rely on to bring an architectural design to life, Blueprint S470-5 lays a foundation for consumers to make their unique vision a reality.” Continue Reading >>>

Pet Adoption Event in Edgewater, NJ

Cool BeeSaturday, September 22nd 

Care to #GetYourRescueOn? Join North Shore Animal League on Saturday, September 22nd, from 12pm-5pm at Edgewater Farmer’s Market (336 River Rd) in collaboration with Bergen County Protect and Rescue! Our mobile unit will be on hand with cats, kittens, puppies, and dogs available for adoption and ready to bring home with you.

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Celebrate Fall With Oktoberfest at The Community Chest


Worth the short trip to Englewood

This fall, join The Community Chest for an evening of fun at the third annual Oktoberfest at The Community Chest on Thursday, October 18.  This special event will be held at the Englewood Field Club, located at 341 Engle Street in Englewood, New Jersey, from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Admission to Oktoberfest at The Community Chest is $100 per ticket, and millennials (ages 21 to 30) are admitted for $40 a ticket.  Group rates for ten tickets are also available for $800.  Each ticket purchase includes a great selection of craft beers sponsored by The Alementary Brewing Co., a light dinner and delicious fare prepared in Bavarian style.  A live auction offers culinary and other opportunities, a raffle, and prizes.  This year, a wine pull is a new addition to the Oktoberfest.  Everyone who purchases a wine pull ticket will win a bottle of wine.

The event introduces the nonprofit organization’s launch of its 2018-2019 Annual Campaign.  The funds raised support area nonprofit organizations addressing a range of issues, including health and mental health, hunger, arts programming, the environment, and volunteerism.  These organizations provide social, cultural, recreational, and educational services to local residents in need of all ages hailing from eastern Bergen County. Continue reading



via Amy Wicks at Laurel & Wolf – When it comes to home design, we love a good mood board, and we’re all for collecting inspirational images on Pinterest, but nothing can replace the ease of working with an interior designer when you want to see a room come together fast (and on a budget!)

Here’s why: our designers have access to the best pricing–thanks to Laurel & Wolf’s longstanding relationships with all the best retailers and wholesalers–and they have years of experience in creating spaces that are deeply personal to their clients.

With this in mind, we asked a few of our favorite designers if they would be willing to spill their best design secrets; the hacks they use time and again, when they want to do a quick room makeover.


Interior designer Lori Evans suggests honing in on one or two areas in your space. Love color? Paint one wall your favorite color and let everything pop! Love texture? Create a statement wall with some appeal. “Wood strips from your local home improvement store, wallpaper with some texture and fake brick paneling can enhance your room and make everything look richer,” she said.

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