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2016 Color Trends for your home: Everything is White?!

by Paul Sarlo, Associate Broker at Douglas Elliman
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The 2016 Color Trends Are ...

If you like to stay up to date on the latest in home design, you may be interested to hear the color trends predicted for 2016. From Benjamin Moore's Simply White to Behr's Ivory Keys, the leading color trend is white, which serves as a neutral backdrop for other dramatic elements.

But before you go out and buy gallons of white, note that this year's on-trend whites have color and warmth to them. These subtle variations in tone make them the perfect accompaniment to other hot colors highlighted this year, so keep that in mind as you select accent colors.

To update your space using the neutral white trend, take the following steps:

  • Create a blank canvas -- Paint an entire room in your favorite warm white. Starting with a neutral background lets other elements in the room stand out and become the focal point. Neutral rooms tend to be minimalist, so scale back on accessories and let the major pieces support your design.
  • Experiment with hues -- Try layering with several shades of white. Create a clean, classic look with a white room and an occasional pop of color. The design possibilities using a white color palette are surprisingly endless.
  • Add contrast -- Bold accent colors and crisp lines create sharp contrasts against white walls. Consider creating a feature wall with one of the other 2016 trend colors, likeBlue Cloud from Olympic Paints or Paradise Found by PPG Porter Paints. You can also add other architectural elements in a dark wood or with geometric patterns.
 
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Holiday Entertaining Made Easy

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Holiday Entertaining Made Easy

Is the whole family coming over for the holidays? Or perhaps you'd like to share some festive cheer with your neighbors? Whatever the reason, 'tis the season, so now's the time to start planning.

Stock Your Pantry -- Get ready for hosting with a well-stocked pantry and freezer. Must-haves include quick, no-cook appetizers; basic baking ingredients; spices and marinades; and frozen puff pastry, pie and cookie dough.

Set the Mood -- Keep decorative accessories handy during this season of entertaining. A vase with fresh-cut flowers and tea lights in frosted glass holders are enough to add that festive touch.

Pre-Plan and Prep Cook -- Come up with a few go-to holiday menu plans and try to prep cook many of the elements in advance. This will prevent you from spending the day slaving over a hot stove and allow you to enjoy your guests.

Find a Place for Everyone -- Consider your holiday hosting capacity. Do you have enough space at the dinner table? Do you need extra chairs or place settings? Is your oven space adequate for the quantity of food you'll be preparing?

Bring on the Fun -- Have a variety of board games, books, playing cards and movies ready for those times when your guests need to entertain themselves. If you're hosting young ones, have a few age-appropriate toys available as well.

Ready the Guest Room -- If your house guests are staying overnight, make sure they have everything they need to enjoy their stay. Set out extra towels, toiletries and bed linens, as well as maps and guidebooks for the area.

 
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Convert a Bland Wall into a Stunning Feature!

by Paul Sarlo, Associate Broker at Douglas Elliman

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Convert a Bland Wall Into a Stunning Design Feature

Just because a new home comes with fresh white walls doesn't mean they have to stay that way. A statement wall can pull a design together, add personality, and make furniture and accessories pop. Creating an eye-catching feature can be simple, starting with a can of paint and a wall to highlight.

Whether you choose to make a statement with a bold, bright wall color or an exotic, textured wallpaper, the key is to balance it with other design elements in the room.

Choose a Focal Point -- Decide what aspect of the room you would like to draw attention to. Fireplaces, large furniture pieces and artwork are popular focal points. If your room doesn't lend itself to having a statement wall, highlight a small office nook in the kitchen or create an inset wall for a stylish master bedroom.

Pick a Bold Color or Pattern -- Choose a bright color, interesting texture or striking pattern for your statement wall. Pick up a color from the textiles already in the room or go with a contrasting color to stand out further.

Place Furniture for Maximum Impact -- Arrange pieces of furniture to draw attention to your statement wall. For example, two light-colored occasional chairs on opposite sides of a darkly painted wall attract the eye and create a focal point, particularly when they're coupled with pops of color in pillows, lamps and art.

Add Accents -- Finish off a room's design by carefully placing accessories that highlight your statement wall. This is the perfect opportunity to integrate your personality into your home. Show off your favorite artwork, family heirlooms or travel keepsakes.

Summer Soiree Anyone?

by Paul Sarlo, Associate Broker at Douglas Elliman
 
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Celebrate the Season with These Party Ideas

There's just something about the starry nights and fresh air that make summer the perfect time for parties. From a friendly neighborhood gathering to an afternoon pool party, here are five themed ideas to get you started.

Movie Under the Stars -- Turn your backyard into an outdoor movie theater. All you need for an evening filled with your favorite Hollywood stars is an inflatable screen and projector, a cozy area for seating or sleeping bags and, of course, popcorn. (Try one of these 50 flavored recipes.)

Neighborhood Block Party -- Host a summertime gathering on your street, inviting the neighbors to bring chairs and potluck dishes to share. Arrange games for the kids and invite your local fire or police department. And while you're planning, don't forget to apply for a permit to set up roadblocks.

Elegant Garden Party -- Invite your friends over for a traditional garden party. While the setting is casual, a garden party is anything but. Give your gathering an air of sophistication with crisp white linens and extravagant centerpieces, and serve your guests an assortment of appetizers and finger foods.

Container Planters or Rooftop Gardening

by Paul Sarlo, Associate Broker at Douglas Elliman

Create a Garden Paradise

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Urban and suburban living doesn't mean you can't create a gardener's paradise. Spectacular gardens can grow in unexpected places. Here are a few tips on how to create a rooftop or patio garden.

Check Zoning Rules -- Before you start, consult your local zoning bylaws, municipal building requirements and your HOA (if you have one). Adding a rooftop or patio garden may require reinforcing the structure and possibly a permit.

Plan Your Space -- Decide how you intend to use the space. Are you trying to enhance the view from the inside or do you want an outdoor space for relaxing or entertaining? Once you map out the main design elements, you can plan your container garden around them.

Consider Weight -- Keep containers lightweight by using soilless potting mixes, planter inserts or lightweight containers, especially if you plan on growing plants that require a lot of water.

Choose Sturdy Plants -- Pick plants that can handle the elements. Compact shrubs and hardy perennials that are ideal for container gardening include boxwood, cedar, euonymus, ferns, grasses, lavender, yews, dwarf conifers and succulents.

Think Safe and Secure -- Consider adding walls or a lattice structure to provide a safety barrier and protect plants from wind damage. It's also a good idea to secure planters to keep them from toppling over.

Raise Planters -- Protect your rooftop or patio from rot and water damage by placing planters on bases or feet to prevent water from pooling underneath. Raising planters also allows for air circulation to the roots, encouraging stronger root development.

Water Regularly -- Remember that container gardens are more susceptible to drying out so use moisture-retaining gel grains or mulch to lessen evaporation, or consider installing a drip irrigation system. 

 

There's a fruit that can clean your microwave!

by Paul Sarlo, Associate Broker at Douglas Elliman

 6 Wildly Creative Cleaning Hacks For Every Room In Your House

Ritz Carlton Penthouse Condo White Plains - Westchester Magazine - Dream Home 2014

by Paul Sarlo, Associate Broker at Coldwell Banker RE

Starting every Friday, Saturday and Sunday from September 12th through October 19, 2014 you can visit and indulge yourself in luxury sponsored by Westchester Magazine. A magnificent penthouse apartment, a whole side of one of the towers, over 5,400sq ft. on the 40th floor, will be meticulously designed and guaranteed to make your mouth drop! Besides the ten foot ceilings and floor to ceiling windows with spectacular panoramic views, it is professionally styled by some of the finest designers in the business. Just to name a few: Bilotta Kitchens, ABC Carpet and Home, Klaffs, Roche Bobois, Safavieh, Terra Tile and more will wow you as you tour this beautiful dream home. And, at the same time a portion of the proceeds from your purchased tour ticket will go to My Sisters' Place, to help put an end domestic violence.

For more information, go to:
www.westchestermagazine.com/westchester-maragzine/dream-home/2014-tickets/

 

 

Robert A.M. Stern, Armonk New York Real Estate

by Paul Sarlo, Associate Broker at Coldwell Banker RE

An original masterpiece created by renowned architect, Robert A.M. Stern! Known as Deer Ridge, this postmodern home sits on one of the highest points in Armonk.
POSSIBLE SUB DIVISION - 2 ACRE ZONING

The organization and flow of the rooms are daringly configured. Skylights and clerestories create natural shadows, slices of sunlight stream inside in vivid proportions, transforming rooms into visual kinetic places of passage. Curved walls and geometric shapes throughout creating graceful and surprising details. An Oasis in Armonk!

 


 

New York Real Estate in the Raw

by Paul Sarlo, Associate Broker at Coldwell Banker RE

And yet, an education for buyers and sellers.

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by Paul Sarlo, Associate Broker at Coldwell Banker RE

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