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I'm a REALTOR with Keller Williams Midtown Direct Realty in Maplewood, NJ and INHABIT SOMa is the newsletter for my Real Estate business. It will also include updates on the market statistics for NYC's Bedroom Communities, such as South Orange, Maplewood, Montclair, Glen Ridge, and Short Hills/Millburn.

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Successful Landscape Design is Child’s Play

When Carla approached me to write about landscape design, I was unsure of an approach. I could discuss Aesthetics, Function, Feel, Grading and Drainage, Privacy,  Lighting,  Water, Trees/shrubs/Perennials, Native Plants,  Sustainability, Play structures, Garden furniture/Ornaments, Firepits, Outdoor structures,  Vegetable Gardens, Decking/Patios, Retaining walls, Water features, etc.  I started writing down some ideas and then quickly scrapped them all.

While Landscape Design encompasses these topics, yesterdays visit with a client reinforced for me the importance of combining  children’s safety with the above. 

A Modern Farmhouse with Global Flair in South Orange, NJ

Fresh & contemporary meets rustic & classic with a twist in this beautiful farmhouse.

For this newly added family room, the homeowners had a vision for coastal style for their farmhouse – fresh, airy, blue and white with a relaxed vibe. They also have a love for travel and Indonesian, African and South American decor – intricate carved wood, natural dyed textiles, unique print patterns and hand-crafted metals.

Congrats. You’re in Your New Home. Now What?

Before you begin decorating your new home…  

Most of us come from apartments and don’t have enough furniture to fill our new space.  We also have partners, kids, pets, full time jobs. We start and stop, find our motivation – only to lose it in a wake of beige paint, unopened moving boxes (some for years!), and a sea of toys.

Slow Down, You Move Too Fast

I know how exciting it is to move into your new home.

Building a Garage in Maplewood NJ

Buying a home doesn’t usually involve building a garage.

And building a garage is no small feat. It takes planning and hiring the right people to see that it gets done correctly. It also requires research – as is so often the case in homeownership.

You may know that we bought No. 139 on a whim.  What you may not know is that the home didn’t have a garage or fence.

Designing for Small Spaces | A Handful of DIY Ideas

Contrary to popular belief, designing for small spaces doesn’t mean you can’t go big, bold, and deep. So pick a wall and consider one of the following ideas.

Hang a large, oversized mirror as a focal point – it instantly makes the room look larger and because it reflects light and makes the room brighter, warmer.

Designing For Small Spaces

Adhere wallpaper on one wall. This doesn’t need to be expensive – try self-adhesive wallpaper,

It’s Not Just a Finished Basement, It’s a Lower Level

Don’t just create a finished basement, create a lower level that discovers new, livable space and increases the value of your home at the same time.

“What do you mean you can’t find the electrical source? How is that not possible?”, I asked my electrician while we stood in our dark basement. It should also be noted that both doorbells and a few random switches on the second floor weren’t working either…

“You guys need to tear out a portion of the ceiling and most of the walls”,