Decorating and Organizing Ideas for Children’s Rooms

Kids rooms are fun and can be a creative expression for their personalities. Each room is unique to that particular child, whether it’s the toys they have, the theme, bedding, or wall decorations, but sometimes it’s hard to keep their space tidy with so many toys and trinkets. Here are some tips to organize your kid’s space:

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1) Toy overload. Get a cubby or bench with room for a lot of storage. Go to Pottery Barn for Kids or a local craft store to find the perfect size to fill up the space. Then, once you place it in your child’s room, place all the toys where they can fit best, and maybe even label them with a p-touch if you’re super OCD. This way, you can keep things organized a bit better.

2) Glow in the dark. Kids tend to get scared if a room is too dark, so to ease their fears get a pretty night light, or put glow-in-the-dark stars on the ceiling so they get excited about bedtime. It will also help them find their way to the bathroom in the middle of the night.

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3) Let them express themselves. Kids love decorating their space with their toys, their school artwork, pictures of their friends, so why not create a bulletin board to display these things? Or, you can also get removable wall transfers – like these ones on Etsy, which can easily be stuck up on the wall and pulled down at any time. You can even try painting one of the walls with a chalkboard paint, so they can write on the walls without upsetting mommy and daddy.

Four Quick Delivery Homes at Whispering Pines

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Pictured is the gourmet kitchen of the model home at Whispering Pines. Pricing starts from the low $400′s.

Judd Builders’ gorgeous Whispering Pines community, located in beautiful Lehigh County, has four outstanding quick delivery homes available. They’re the perfect option for buyers who are looking to move in by summer. Pricing for these luxurious, single-family homes start in the lower $400s. Buyers will also be pleased to know that there are no lot premiums on these fabulous homes! To find out more about these quick delivery homes or the other floor plans, contact the Whispering Pines sales office at (610) 282-2511 or visit the community page.

For homebuyers who’d like to be in by summer, Whispering Pines currently has a four quick delivery homes: a Fredricksburg Provincial, two Fredricksburg Classic models, and a Baldwin Provincial.

The Fredricksburg includes 4 bedrooms, 2 full bathrooms and 1 half bathroom, a walk-out basement, and a 3-car garage all in 3,120 square feet. Imagine hosting a dinner party or holiday celebration in the magnificent gourmet kitchen, which boasts an island, 42” cabinets and a breakfast area. The future homebuyer will be able to choose flooring and cabinetry. The owner’s suite is a relaxing sanctuary with an open and airy feel. There is a volume ceiling and an optional 2-sided fireplace that is connected to the adjacent sitting area. It also has two walk-in closets. The owner’s bathroom includes a double sink vanities, a shower with seat, jetted tub, and a linen closet.

The Baldwin includes 4 bedrooms, 2 full bathrooms and 1 half bathroom, and a 3-car garage all in 3,400 square feet. The first floor includes a convenient first floor laundry. The magnificent gourmet kitchen boasts an island, 42” cabinets and a breakfast area. The owner’s suite has two walk-in closets, and bathroom includes a double sink vanities, a shower with seat, jetted tub, and a linen closet.

Whispering Pines is ideally situated in the Central Valley of Lehigh Valley. Located only 60 miles north of Philadelphia in Lehigh Valley, this area includes magnificent estates, rolling hills and farmland. In addition to the quiet, beautiful setting, Whispering Pines is also conveniently located close to shopping including the Shoppes at Promenade with restaurants, movie theaters, upscale shopping and hotels; as well as unparalleled recreational facilities, cultural and historical attractions, and golf courses.  Homeowners who wish to commute to work or play will find major highways including Routes 78, 309, 22, 663, 476 and 378 all close by, providing easy access to the commercial and business centers of Philadelphia, Quakertown, Allentown, Bethlehem, Easton and other Bucks County and Montgomery County towns. Homebuyers with children will be pleased to know that Whispering Pines is located in the highly regarded Southern Lehigh School district.

To visit the community and tour the designer-decorated models and quick delivery homes from Allentown and West: Take I-78 East to exit 60. Merge onto PA-309 South toward Quakertown. Turn right at Main Street. Turn right on Liberty Road. Whispering Pines is on the left. To visit from Bethlehem: Take Rt. 378 South and continue on Main Street. Turn Right at Liberty Road. Whispering Pines is on the left. The sales office is open Monday through Friday from 11 to 5 p.m. and Sunday from Noon to 5 p.m. For more information call (610) 282-2511.

Spruce Up Your Backyard

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Summer is upon us, so cleaning up your backyard for entertaining is a must. Beautify your backyard doesn’t have to cost a lot, you just need some inspiration, ingenuity, and be ready to get your hands a little dirty.

If you have an outdated, ugly tool shed, pretty it up! Give it a fresh coat of paint, clean it out, and maybe even add some decorations. You can add flags, iron decorations, hang flower baskets from the windows, or just add some nice flowers or plants around it to make it less of an eyesore, and more of a centerpiece for your yard.

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If you already have an outdoor patio set, try swapping out the chair pads for a new look or summer. You can also add some decorative pillows to the back of the chairs for added comfort and coziness. When entertaining, you can add placemats, and real silverware, plates, glasses, and decorative napkins for an elegant touch to a brunch or dinner. Don’t forget to add some flowers or a centerpiece to finish it off.

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Lastly, give your garden a makeover! Make sure to weed out all the unwanted plants, so that your plant beds look neat, and healthy. Try displaying some of the smaller herbs and plants in different types of containers, such a window sill holders, recycled containers, etc – for a unique touch. Add stepping stones, or slabs of wood to make a path around your garden.

Things to do in Philadelphia This Weekend

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Beer Garden, Food Trucks, & Entertainment
The Oval is now open! Philadelphia’s new “Park on the Parkway,” has free programming, events and activities for all ages. During operating hours, The Oval features interactive games, special events including live music, movie nights, performances and workshops as well as a rotating lineup of food trucks and a beautiful beer garden. Check out The Oval website to learn more.

Discounted Dining in the City
Beginning on Thursday, July 17 and running through Sunday, July 27, more than two dozen University City restaurants open their doors to serve discounted dinners for the annual University City event. At each participating restaurant, three-course feasts are dished for $15, $25 or $35 depending on the restaurant. Cocktails, wine and beer are available for an additional cost. Visit the University City Dining Days website.

Al Fresco Movie Night
This summer, Mt. Airy presents two-nights of free al fresco movie screenings all summer long. Every Friday and Saturday night from June 20 through August 16 — with the exception of Friday, July 4 and Saturday, July 5 — head to Mt. Airy for outdoor film screenings of all sort. The movie lineup includes October Sky, Men in Black, Pitch Perfect and Now You See Me. The full list of upcoming films is available here on the Go Mt. Airy website.

Global Decor to Spruce Up Your Home!

Why travel to a destination when you can make your home feel like you’re already there? Homes are always more interesting when you have unique items that reflect your travels, and express your personality. It’s summer – the time of year to take a vacations and relax, so why not give your home a bit of a makeover in the process? Luckily you don’t have to travel too far to get the global flavor of a foreign place. Lots of stores carry items that are both inexpensive and work as great centerpieces, so you can decorate your space in the style of a certain exotic destination.

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Lamps/Lighting – use ornamental, Moroccan-style lamps to reflect light in a beautiful way, or choose lanterns filled candles to bring out the ambiance of the room. It’s probably the easiest, least expensive way to give your a home a bit of an exotic flare!

Centerpieces – when traveling on vacation or perusing the isles of Home Goods or Pier 1 always be on the lookout for that main “centerpiece” item, that’s just a little too big, but will pull the entire design of the room together. This could be a Buddha statue, a beautiful Bombe chest, or a decorative mirror.

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Bold Pattern and Rich Fabrics – adding a mix of different fabrics and textures can give a room a warm, and inviting feeling. Use soft fabrics such as silk, organza, and contrast them with cotton, and/or wool rugs. Bright, bold accent colors, such as orange or red, are great for adding a little contrast to the drab neutral or black couch.