Where to Buy Furniture and Home Decor That Won’t Bust Your Budget

Finding stylish home decor and furniture doesn't have to bust your budget. Visit the following stores to find unique and trendy home decor and furniture at prices that won’t break the bank!

  • Cost Plus World Market is an affordable retail store that sells unique home furniture, decor, rugs, curtains, gifts, coffee, wine, and so much more. They offer original, high quality items at a great value. World Market brings the beauty of global markets to you and their large selection of original items is constantly changing. They have stores all over the nation and you can also shop online.
  • Christmas Tree Shops offers a surprising variety of items that are always changing, at prices you won’t find anywhere else. The buyers at Christmas Tree Shops travel all over the world to find products that are distinctive and intriguing.
  • Pier 1 Imports is well known for their fun, inspiring, colorful, and unique furniture and decor. They use fashion-forward trends and even handcraft exclusive items with the customer in mind. The products at Pier 1 can really inspire and ignite your creativity.

Redecorating? Here’s How to Get Gutsy with Color and Design

Bold style and colors can transform your home to make it feel more fun and happy. If you’re looking to liven up your home and really make your space more exciting, follow these tips for some inspiration.

  • Use a large, oversized reflective object, such as a light fixture, to assert dominance on everything else in the room.
  • Experiment with design objects and put them out of their element. Something like placing a rug on the wall can really make a statement.
  • A patterned piece of furniture can be a great addition to your space. Something like a floral pattern on a sofa or polka dots on a chair can make an impact.
  • Turn one wall into a modern piece of art. Even using a simple splash of color on one of your walls can make a huge difference.
  • Use a patterned light switch plate instead of the plain old white ones for a fun little pop of color.
  • Instead of filling a vase with flowers, use a large leaf with a unique shape.

12 Bold Color Tricks to Try in Every Room [HGTV]
22 Ways to Be (a Little) More Daring With Your Decorating [HGTV]
Daring Decor Additions: Take Your Design Up A Notch With These 5 Striking Style Ideas [Apartment Therapy]

EDGEWATER INFORMATION AND NOTICES

SCHOOLS OPEN – DRIVE CAREFULLY – Edgewater Schools re-open on Tuesday September 6. The Edgewater Police remind motorists to be aware of more pedestrians crossing the street during the school year and it is the law to stop for pedestrians who have entered a designated cross walk. All vehicles must stop for school buses that are flashing red lights. The Edgewater Police also remind residents and students to cross at signalized intersections with a designated cross walk. Do not cross mid-block and endanger yourself and others.

ONE WAY TRAFFIC RESUMES ON UNDERCLIFF AVENUE – In an attempt to regulate the flow of traffic and facilitate morning drop off at the George Washington School, beginning Tuesday September 6, during the school week only, Monday through Friday, Undercliff Avenue will be one way southbound from Orchard Street to Route 5 from 7:30 a.m. to 8:15 a.m.

LABOR DAY SCHEDULE CHANGES – In observance of Labor Day on Monday September 5; Borough Offices closed, no ferry service, no trash collection, regular ferry service on Friday September 2, place trash at the curb no earlier than 8:00 p.m. on Monday September 5 for a Tuesday September 6 collection.

SHADYSIDE METERED PARKING REGULATIONS – The new parking regulations in the Shadyside Parking Area tentatively go into effect Tuesday September 6. There is a four hour parking limit within the parking lot between River Road and Old River Road and a two hour parking limit for all parallel and perpendicular parking off of Old River Road. Parking Meter Kiosks are available in front of YogArt yogurt store, Mangia Restaurant, and Teeter Totter Art Studio.

EDGEWATER VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT 50th ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION – Come celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Edgewater Volunteer Fire Department on Saturday September 10 at the Edgewater Marina, 989 River Road. 50 years ago a group of dedicated residents signed up to help the town and its career fire department providing fire protection to its residents and businesses. The program was so successful, the town eventually switched to an all-volunteer department who protect life and property 24 hours a day 7 days a week. Free fun, music, refreshments, children’s activities. Parking at the Edgewater Community Center, 1167 River Road.

SEPTEMBER 11 MEMORIAL SERVICE – This year’s September 11 Memorial Service will take place in the Borough Hall Courtyard, Sunday September 11, 55 River Road at 9:30 a.m. Let us not forget our three residents who perished on that fateful day, Robert M. Levine, Anne T. Ransom, Jayesh Shah and recognize those brave Americans who answered the call to duty.

COASTAL CLEAN UP DAY – Join the Mayor and Council for our 5th annual “Coastal Clean-Up Day” on Saturday September 17 at the Edgewater Commons Mall, by the Outback Steakhouse at 10:00 a.m. Last year we had over 100 volunteers who helped in removing over 20 yards of debris and litter from the Hudson River shore line. Contact Helene Ciccarelli for attendance information 201-943-1700 ext. 3150 or email helene@edgewaternj.org.

THE 25th ANNUAL ARTS AND MUSIC FESTIVAL – Sunday September 18, 2016 on Old River Road in the Shadyside Neighborhood — A Juried Arts Show featuring artists, sculptors, jewelry makers, photographers, designers and musicians. A day of fun, music, refreshments.

EDGEWATER HEALTH FAIR – Saturday September 24 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon at the Edgewater Community Center, 1167 River Road. In cooperation with the Edgewater Board of Health and the Bergen County Department of Health free health screenings and consultations; bone density for 50 and older, diabetes screening, blood pressure, pain management, athletic training and exercise, skin, woman’s health, weight management, drug and alcohol prevention, dental and vision, cardiac, affordable health care providers and Medicare resources, senior services, domestic pet licensing. In cooperation with Englewood Hospital and Medical Center, Holy Name Medical Center, Hackensack University Medical Center Palisades. Flu vaccines and blood screening available as well as children’s lead screening, please call the Public Health Nurse Patti Dalton at 201-943-1700 ext. 6005.

ANNUAL SHREDDING EVENT – The 2016 annual shredding event has been scheduled for Saturday October 8, 2016 from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Edgewater Community Center. Bring your unwanted papers, tax returns, receipts and watch them be shredded in a state of the art shredding truck, free to residents.

EDGEWATER COMMUNITY ALERT FOR SEPTEMBER 2, 2016

7 Military Aircraft Fly Over Hudson River

At approximately 9:30 a.m. on Friday, September 2nd, seven F-16s will fly over the Hudson River. The aircraft will make two south bound passes and two northbound passes at approximately 2,000 feet and at high speed. The aircraft fly over will generate loud noises.

Weight Loss Tips for New Dieters

You’ve never had to watch your weight before, but it seems like all of those years of eating whatever you want are suddenly catching up with you. If you’re about to embark on your first diet, use these simple tips to stay on track and maximize results.

  1. Think about it in the long-term. Instead of thinking of your diet as something that will eventually end, consider it a lifestyle change. That way, you’ll be able to maintain your results and even indulge in the occasional treat.
  2. Aim for realistic goals. Instead of starting an extreme diet to lose a very large amount of weight each week, set realistic goals that you can safely and healthily meet. For example, aiming to lose 2 pounds per week is a healthy and attainable weight loss goal that will still yield major results.
  3. Skip the fad diets. Instead of falling for a fad diet that cuts out a major food group or involves complicated meal plans, opt for a healthy diet that includes whole foods and balanced meals.
  4. Keep it simple. Fill your diet with fruits, vegetables, lean meats, and the occasional healthy whole grains and you’ll have no problem shedding those extra pounds.

Healthy Weight Loss and Dieting Tips [HelpGuide.org]
The 25 Best Diet Tricks of All Time [Health]
Jillian Michaels: Weight-Loss Tips That Work [Health]

How to Host a Swap Party

While you may have heard of the clothing swap and the book swap, who says that you can’t swap everything that you frequently use? Swap parties are great ways to de-clutter your home while also recycling your unused items, and they’re mutually beneficial for everyone who attends. Now, how about a snack swap?

  1. Decide what to swap. Consider things that you and your friends all use, such as clothing, shoes, books, kids' toys, and music.
  2. Let your guests know what to make. If you don’t want to swap pre-used goods, host a food swap with items like soup or cookies. Just make sure to let your guests know well in advance so that they can get to cooking or baking.
  3. Pick the right amount of people. Depending on the size of your home, you might want to narrow your invite list down to only a few people (just make sure that you invite at least five, or it won’t be much of a swap!).
  4. Send an e-vite. In order to detail the instructions clearly, send all of your guests an email at least two weeks in advance.
  5. Set up a swapping area. Clear out the swap room so that you have ample space to browse, and then make displays for the swappable items, such as tables or clothing racks.
  6. Swap! Go around the room taking turns, or let your guests loose in a free-for-all swapping excursion.

How to Host a Swap Party [Real Simple]
How to Host a Clothing Swap Party – Rules & Ideas [Money Crashers]
Soup Swap Party [Soup Swap Party]

Hosting Guests on a Budget at Windsor at Mariners? Serve Everything from Appetizers to Entrees With These Household Items

If you’re hosting your first dinner party or holiday gathering at Windsor at Mariners, you may find it difficult to round up enough serving trays and platters to serve everyone. Luckily, with a bit of creativity, you can find unique and affordable ways to serve your guests with household items that you already own. Here are a few smart ideas for serving a group.

  1. Present utensils in baskets. Even if you have to use disposable utensils to accommodate everyone, make them look festive by displaying them in decorative baskets.
  2. Display appetizers right on the cutting board. Once you’re done cutting cheeses and other appetizers, leave them right on the cutting board! Attractive cutting boards create a rustic look that’s still really chic.
  3. Make your own cake stand. Create a makeshift cake stand by simply turning a glass bowl upside down and placing a matching glass plate on top. If you want to add more stability, glue the two together.
  4. Reuse martini glasses. If your party doesn’t involve martinis, use the decorative martini glasses to serve mixed nuts, candies, and other finger foods.
  5. Use disposable cookware. If worse comes to worse and you just don’t have enough serving dishes, skip over to a dollar store and purchase some disposable aluminum cooking trays. Once the food is done, you can serve it right from the tray.

Big List of Inexpensive Ways to Serve Holiday Meals [The Frugal Girls]
Creative and Fun Ways to Serve Food [Pinterest]
Fall Party Food: Cute Serving Ideas [Better Homes and Gardens]

How to Hang Curtains the Right Way

Something as small as adjusting your curtain rods can quickly change the look of your home. Follow these tips to create a better look for your window and the rest of your space!

  • Always hang your curtains up high to the ceiling. It makes your ceilings look higher and your space look larger and will enhance the overall atmosphere of your room.
  • If your curtains aren’t wide enough it will block light and make the window look smaller, therefore making your whole room appear smaller. When the curtains are pushed open, you want to see almost all of the window.
  • The most common mistake in hanging curtains is hanging them too short making it look awkward. Make sure the bottom of the curtains just kiss the floor.
  • You can also make the curtains puddle on the floor to give your room a romantic, feminine, and European vibe.

Quick & Affordable Home Makeover Task: Adjust Your Curtain Rods [Apartment Therapy]
Hanging Curtains All Wrong [Emily Henderson]
It’s Curtains, Hang Em High [Home Goods]

How to Clean Your Microwave Without Harsh Chemicals

From reheating leftovers to warming up bowls of canned soup, your microwave sees a whole lot of messes from its various daily tasks. You may think that you need to use a store-bought cleanser to get out those tough, caked-on stains, but if you want to avoid those harsh chemicals, you can actually make your own cleanser at home. Follow these steps for cleaning your microwave in an all-natural way.

  1. Pour one cup of vinegar into a microwave-safe bowl, and then add one cup of hot water and stir the two together.
  2. Place the bowl with its vinegar solution in the center of the microwave and turn it on. Let it run on average power for 10 minutes.
  3. Keep an eye on the bowl and remove it from the microwave when you notice it starting to boil (likely somewhere between 5 and 10 minutes). Note: Be sure to use an oven mitt, as the bowl will be very hot.
  4. Wet a rag with lukewarm water and give the inside a good wipe-down to remove the now-loosened debris inside.
  5. Once all of the debris is steam cleaned away, create a simple solution of lemon juice and water. Dip another rag into the homemade cleanser and give the microwave another wipe-down to freshen things up.

How to Clean Your Microwave Naturally With Just a Lemon [The Kitchn]
How to Clean and Shine Your Microwave Without Cleaner [One Good Thing]
Use a Lemon to Make Cleaning the Microwave Easy [Lifehacker]

How to Start Selling on eBay

Do you have a few unused yet still valuable things lying around your home? Whether it’s an old cell phone or collectible comic books, eBay is a good place to sell almost any of your unwanted items. Here are a few tips to help you get started on the online auction site.

  1. Choose worthwhile items. Functional electronics, name-brand clothing, and collectibles are all good items to sell on eBay. Things that are poor quality, broken, or very outdated, however, are not.
  2. Take high quality photos. While eBay offers a feature that includes stock photos for certain items, it’s usually better to upload your own photo so that the buyer can see exactly what they're buying. Use a high quality cell phone or digital camera, and be sure to include photos of every part of the item, including any possible defects.
  3. Create a detailed description. The more detailed your description, the better. Answer all of the questions that eBay asks about your item, and then add anything else that an interested party should know in the description.
  4. Check out other prices. To better your chances of selling your item, check out how much similar items sold for and list your item for about the same.
  5. Ship quickly. Once your item sells, be sure to ship it quickly so that the buyer will give you a good rating — and hopefully improve your chances of selling again.

How to Sell Online With eBay [eBay]
Top Ten Mistakes by Beginning eBay Sellers [About Money]
Sell on eBay [For Dummies]

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