The 3 Most Important Decorating Elements


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via PopSugar – The way Shannon Smith transforms a bare apartment into a cozy home might cause you to confuse her for a magician, or an interior design fairy godmother at the very least. The Homepolish interior designer can do wonders to a space no matter how tight the budget or small the square footage.

The secret to creating a stunning home, she says, is to focus on three things when decorating. “I am a firm believer that you don’t need a lot of stuff to make your space feel finished. If you consider these three things — texture, color, and scale — you can make any space feel cozy.”

Keep reading to hear what Shannon has to say about approaching each.

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A Beginner’s Guide to Buying and Collecting Art

twyla-guide-to-buying-and-collecting-art_7-e1488899091188One of the many highlights of adulting is finally having the opportunity to create a beautiful home for yourself. And whether you rent or own, you know you’re at this stage when you’re ready to graduate from having Ikea posters to hanging meaningful works of art on your walls. A lot of people have the misconception that you need mega bucks to build an art collection but these days there are lots of great resources available to help you find art you love…and it isn’t as intimidating as you think. But with all of the resources, mediums, artists and works of art to filter through, where does one even begin? Enter Ariel Saldivar, VP of artist relations for Twyla, a new e-commerce site devoted to making access to exclusive works of art accessible to everyone. Ariel is here to share her top tips for buying and collecting art plus five favorite emerging artists whose works are available on

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An Impressive Seven Home Sold in Less than a Month at The M at Englewood South in Bergen County

M-Entrance 2MBHomebuyers are springing into action at The M at Englewood South with an impressive 7 homes sold in the past four weeks at the upscale collection of brand new condominium homes in this popular Bergen County Borough.

The robust sales activity is attributed to a number of factors, according to The Marketing Directors, the exclusive marketing and sales agent at The M at Englewood South.  First and foremost is the building itself, which offers five luxuriously-appointed two-bedroom floorplans to choose from and a vibrant, activity-rich lifestyle.

Adding to the appeal is attractive pricing from the mid-$400,000s and financing incentives designed to clear the path to homeownership for single-professionals and young couples and families. The M at Englewood South offers a creative 3% downpayment program which mean homeownership is attainable with an initial deposit as low as $13,000.  Creating even more affordability is a special limited-time incentive with up to $20,000 off the price of a two-bedroom home.

This combination has created a very desirable purchasing opportunity at The M at Englewood South for the high number of young buyers priced out of northern New Jersey’s highly-competitive, for-sale housing market, points out Ellie Kim, Sales Representative for The Marketing Directors. Continue reading

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H Mart, with a location right here in Englewood, cited as one of 8 great ethnic markets around North Jersey!

2017-05-03_14-26-09Odds are you won’t find fresh banana flowers in your local supermarket. Nor, for that matter, floss halvah, beef kibbeh, warm simit, or house-made kimchi. For authentic international products, most markets in North Jersey, no matter how big nor how global, won’t do. Sure, you might find ethnic products at conventional food emporiums, but when you need or want something more exotic than soy sauce or bok choy, do yourself — and your family — a favor and go to one of the many local ethnic markets that offer uncommon ingredients and novel foods. You may not only discover the captivating spots your ex-pat neighbor shops to make the aromatic dishes that has you salivating each time you pass their door but a wonderful world of new tastes and flavors.

H Mart, Englewood, Little Ferry, Leonia, Fort Lee and Ridgefield

Put on good walking shoes to get around this Asian market, a national chain with five locations in North Jersey (another is planned for Paramus). It’s huge — and its wide aisles are filled with just about anything you could want, and then some. Kimchi (sliced, whole, cubed, stuffed, with oysters, with extra garlic; some in 7-pound jars), ramen (including Nongshim, Korea’s No.1 brand), rice (sweet, brown, mixed grain, some sold in backbreaking 25-pound bags), seaweed (dried, seasoned, roasted), plus a vast selection of produce (chive flowers, bamboo shoots, sesame leaves, banana flowers, 1½ foot-long Chinese beans, lotus root…), fish (you name it, they have it), meat (ditto).

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The peaceful, yet ultra-convenient location of The M at Englewood South created the perfect environment for Sylvia Hong and her husband, Seung Jae Choi.

The couple, who had been renting an apartment in a more congested Bergen County neighborhood, decided it was time to purchase their first home and set out to find a residence in a less hectic community, but still near all they’d grown to love in the area.

“We were living in a very busy location and wanted a home away from the hustle-and-bustle,” Ms. Hong says.  “At the same time, we also wanted to remain close to the many shops and restaurants we had grown accustom to.”

The couple began looking at condominium and townhome communities near Bergen County’s Hudson River waterfront.  Their search wasn’t long thanks to the good fortune of having a friend who had been living at The M at Englewood South, a brand new collection of upscale condominium homes just off Route 4.

“The M at Englewood South was attractive for several reasons,” Sylvia added.  “First and foremost  the location was away from the commotion of more populated Bergen County neighborhoods, but still just a short drive to our favorite retail, dining and entertainment.  We also loved that it was a new construction community.  And the pet-friendly neighborhood is perfect for my dog.”

The M at Englewood South has been a popular choice for many first-time homebuyers.  The community provides the kind of luxury residences, neighborhood environment and incredible affordable prices that single-professionals and young couples seek when moving up from rental homes.

Two bedroom homes at The M at Englewood South are priced from the mid-$400,000s.  There’s also creative financing available that offers a special 3% downpayment, meaning a well-appointed condominium can be purchased with an initial deposit as low as $13,000.

“We’re also offering a limited-time incentive that provides up to $20,000 off the price of a two-bedroom home,” says Ellie Kim, Sales Representative for The Marketing Directors, exclusive marketing and sales agent at The M at Englewood South.

More than 75% of its condominiums at The M at Englewood South are now sold.  Residences feature open living spaces, sumptuous bedrooms, state-of-the-art kitchens with maple cabinetry, under-counter lighting and granite countertops, large laundry areas with side-by-side General Electric washers and dryers, and large walk-in closets. There is also oak hardwood flooring throughout the living area and ceramic tile flooring in the entry hall and kitchen.

The community provides all the lifestyle attributes that today’s young homebuyer desires with recreational amenities including a resort-inspired pool and sundeck.  Opening Memorial Day weekend, the pool has unquestionably cemented its status as a social center with scores of residents gathering to unwind and socialize during summer months.  There’s also a resident’s clubroom with catering kitchen for large parties and entertaining.  What’s more, residents receive a one year membership at The Gym, a 40,000 SF state-of-the-art fitness center located at 20 Nordhoff Place.

“Our location minutes from the George Washington Bridge also provides easy access to the business and entertainment centers of Manhattan,” Ms. Kim says.  “A shuttle service is provided from the community to the nearby NJ Transit bus stop which offers convenient public transportation service into New York City.  For those that prefer using their personal vehicle, a parking space is included in the purchase price in The M’s enclosed parking garage.”

For more information on The M at Englewood South and to view our new fully-furnished model homes, visit or call 201-982-7306.

About The Marketing Directors:

The Marketing Directors is a development advisory and master property marketing and sales force that works exclusively on behalf of owners and builders of new homes. Headquartered in New York, with offices and sales teams active around North America, The Marketing Directors is known for its success in selling and leasing homes at prices that help its clients achieve their goals for each development. In its 30+ year history, The Marketing Directors has helped its clients successfully sell-out more than 1,000 new developments across the country – more than any other marketing firm. It is headed by founder Adrienne Albert and Jacqueline Urgo.

More information can be found on the company website:

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BALAM Dance Theatre Presents “Poetry Moves”

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Carlos Fittante in Rhythm Bird, a Balinese/modern dance fusion piece. Photo Credit: Julie Lemberger Photography

BALAM Dance Theatre (BALAM), a non-profit professional dance theatre company, returns to New Jersey to premiere its new Out & About series program, Poetry Moves, created in honor of National Poetry Month to spotlight various modalities of poetic communication.  This entertaining, family friendly program will be presented in Fort Lee, New Jersey at the Fort Lee Public Library, located at 320 Main Street, on Sunday, April 30 from 2:00-3:00 p.m.  The event is FREE and open to the public.

The library is wheelchair accessible.  Parking is available on the street and in the lot behind the library building on Hoym Street.  For directions and further information, contact the Fort Lee Public Library at 201-592-3615. Continue reading

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2017-03-28_13-35-13Eggs, blooms and vibrant colors abound as Easter arrives in all of its springtime splendor. Welcome the holiday by adorning your home with a cheerful wreath that celebrates the season.

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Homes under $400,000 in short supply

2017-04-03_12-04-28Laura and Dennis Hill found the perfect starter home in Oradell, made an offer, and began planning how they’d decorate every room. “I loved this house,” says Laura Hill, a 27-year-old teacher.

But other buyers loved it even more – or at least were willing to pay more – and the Hills lost out. “I was devastated,” Laura Hill recalls. It was the first of four unsuccessful bidding wars the Hills fought, before finally buying a Maywood Cape Cod for $365,000.

The Hills’ experience reflects the reality facing buyers in the under-$400,000 market in North Jersey: There is a lot of competition for a small number of properties.

“Anything under $400,000 is going very quickly in Bergen County,” says Mary Beth Nappi of Liberty 100 Real Estate in Waldwick. “Sometimes, by the time of the open house, there are already several offers.” Agents tell of open houses crowded with potential buyers, and buyers bidding $20,000 or even $30,000 over the asking price – and still being shut out.

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The M at Englewood South Stands Out in Tight Housing Market with Affordable Pricing and Special 3% Downpayment Program

M-PoolShot-2 MBENGLEWOOD, NJ – The recently-released February report of existing home sales by the National Association of Realtors paints a challenging picture for budget-conscience first-time homebuyers. According to the monthly data, low inventory and strong competition have increased home values and reduced the number of affordable purchasing opportunities found throughout much of the region.

In areas such as Bergen and Hudson Counties, where high prices already stretch the budget of young couples and single-professionals, the tightening housing market could delay the dream of ownership for many.

“There’s a large number of young buyers looking to move up from pricey rentals and purchase a home in close proximity to Manhattan,” says Steven Luzzi, Senior Loan Officer at Hoboken-based HomeBridge Financial Services, Inc.  “Unfortunately, the resale home market in northern New Jersey and New York City doesn’t present a lot of opportunity.”

Yet, even with the supply of affordable resale homes short, there’s still great deals to be had, Mr. Luzzi points out.  New home communities are stepping in to fill the gap with attractive pricing and innovative financing programs that make the ownership dream a reality.

“Buyers are turning to new construction for-sale communities in the immediate suburbs of Manhattan to find a home to call their own,” he continues.  “The market-driven price structure at these developments, along with loan programs designed to fit their needs, allow them to purchase and stay within budget.”

To help bring ownership further within reach for its younger clients, HomeBridge Financial, offers financing plans that lower the initial downpayment and make monthly obligations comparable to what they’ve been paying in rent.  For example, at The M at Englewood South, an upscale Bergen County condominium with great access into Manhattan, HomeBridge Financial offers a special 3% downpayment program.  Paired with prices starting from the mid-$400,000s for a two-bedroom home, the program means young couples and single-professionals can savor the pride of ownership at The M at Englewood South with an initial deposit as low as $13,000. Continue reading

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10 Design Trends You’ll Be Seeing Everywhere This Year

design-trends-try-2017The Spring season is the perfect time to reinvigorate any and all areas of your life that you wish, especially when it comes to your most cherished space: your home! If you are feeling that your interior space is becoming a little bit old, outdated, or just generally in need of a solid design makeover, it may be time to consider trying out some of the latest up-and-coming 2017 decor trends. Read on as we have gathered the 10 chicest selections that are sure to make a fashion-forward statement all year long.

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