September 29, 2016

An Interview with Fiber Artist Nancy Cook from Blue Scarf Collective

In anticipation of Blue Scarf Collective’s inaugural show Breaking the Static, we will be featuring a Blue Scarf Collective artist every few days. Check back often!

Maplewood resident Nancy Cook is an active member of Blue Scarf Collective. Working primarily in fiber arts with an emphasis in knitting and sewing, she also loves floral design, jewelry, gardening, weaving, paper arts, lace making and so many other things we are most likely leaving out!

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September 27, 2016

Creating Space: Mudroom Edition

If you are anything like me, I bet your household has a plethora of outerwear. Jackets, boots, sneakers, coats, hoodies, flip flops, rain coats… so many different things to somehow stash out of the way yet keep always at the ready.

Last spring I decided that, in order to preserve my sanity, we had to carve out a mudroom space somewhere – anywhere – in the house. We have a small room off the kitchen that is probably a breakfast room but we had been using it as an art room for the kids.

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September 26, 2016

Get Outside: Planting Fall Crops

The attempt I made to rid my abundant kale of pesky whiteflies pretty much failed. The bed was just too infested with the little critters to bounce back and while the steeped garlic concoction seemed to work at least a little bit, the leaves were so covered in sticky eggs that what remained was inedible.

I ended up pulling out the entire bed and giving the soil a good turn. After adding some compost to freshen it up,

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September 23, 2016

Artist Interview: Sherry Beth Sacks from Blue Scarf Collective

In anticipation of Blue Scarf Collective’s inaugural show Breaking the Static, we will be featuring a Blue Scarf Collective artist every few days. Check back often!

South Orange resident Sherry Beth Sacks is the founder of Blue Scarf Collective and we are huge fans! Working primarily in acrylics and mixed media, Sherry’s art is informed and inspired by her study of biology as well as her absorption and reflection of the everyday experience.

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September 22, 2016

Current Absorption Rates in Maplewood and South Orange

An absorption rate around six months typically indicates a balanced market. A rate above six months indicates a buyer’s market and one below indicates a seller’s market.

Any guess what absorption rates we are currently seeing in Maplewood and South Orange?

Let’s start with a basic definition of absorption rate. Absorption rates in real estate indicate the rate, typically in months, at which homes are selling in a particular market. Another way to think about it is how long it would take for all the homes that are currently on the market to sell if no additional inventory came on the market.

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September 20, 2016

On Collecting

Are you a collector? What are you drawn to? I believe that a house doesn’t truly feel like a home unless it projects a sense of history. An easy way to curate a lived in feel is by displaying a beloved collection – whatever it may be.

An object doesn’t have to be important to be, well, Important. If you love something, whatever it is, it says something about you and your personality.

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September 15, 2016

Fall Trend: Dutch Wax Fabric

All of a sudden bright, bold color is everywhere: on the runway, in shop windows and splashed all over the shelter magazines. It feels like a natural progression after the hot summer we had and I am busy looking for ways to bring this breath of fresh air into my own home.

While on this colorful mission, I recently lost several hours of my life hunting for fabric on the internet. I had such a hard time narrowing down the must-haves –

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September 15, 2016

New Listing: 404 Clark Street in South Orange

I’m beyond excited to announce my new listing in the West Montrose neighborhood of South Orange!

404 Clark Street is a 6-bedroom, 3 full-bath Colonial that’s full of charm. The home is located two blocks from Mountain Station and is within walking distance of South Orange Station. Perched above the neighborhood, the spacious, covered front porch has the sweetest views! I would have coffee out there daily.

Other features include: an expansive living room with front-to-back sunlight and a wood-burning fireplace,

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September 13, 2016

Design Surprise: Dramatic Accent Colors

Since the main color I chose for the body of 120 Oakview is relatively subtle, I decided to do something a little different with the eaves of my home to make it stand out. I sought out a color several shades darker than the Stonington Gray I chose for the main house color and ended up going with Shaker Gray.

It doesn’t jump out at you immediately but whenever I notice it it makes me smile.

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September 09, 2016

Get Outside: Fighting Whiteflies In The Garden

So it seems the weather just won’t cool off and as a result I simply can’t force myself to go out and do a stitch of work in my garden. It’s just too hot! Despite the heat, I am going to have to tackle a little maintenance this weekend for as I went out to snip some kale for dinner last night I was welcomed by a dreaded white cloud. My kale has been infested with whiteflies.

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