The Record Homescape 04-02-2020

P NORTHJERSEY.COM ❚ THURSDAY, APRIL 2, 2020 ❚ 1H A SPECIAL ADVERTISING SECTION OF THE RECORD Homescape Designed For Living: Mixing it up -- ‘70s glam and contemporary elegance. 4H INTERIOR DESIGN ❚ HOME IMPROVEMENT Spring cleaning ritual takes on more significance HOME REMODELING Recruit ‘at-home’ family members to lend a hand By DONNA ROLANDO E Kitchen cabinet doors constructed of laminate material, such as the Satin White Kershaw Style cabinets and island above, are attractive and, like solid wood, a popular choice for kitchen remodels. Selecting kitchen cabinets — materials matter Let style, budget and maintenance be your guide By KATHIE ROBITZ of beauty and quality. But it can be expensive, and, depending on the type of wood, it requires more main- tenance in an environment subject to itchen remodels are a big moisture, grease and grime. If wood undertaking, and cabinets is your choice, you’ll have your pick will eat up a major portion of the budget. So, it’s important between species such as oak, maple, to choose wisely when selecting a hickory, cherry, ash, pine, or even material that suits your taste, your teak, as well as numerous finishes. pocketbook, and your lifestyle. It’s a Says James Mayers, assistant vice material world, but you’ve got options: president of Operations for Kitchen Magic, a kitchen remod- eling company with several locations in New Jersey, “Most real wood doors are composed of solid wood. Sometimes, particularly with painted applications, doors are a hybrid of real PHOTOS COURTESY OF KITCHEN MAGIC wood and com- posite wood. Solid wood kitchen cabinet doors are of high-quality and There are cer- made from several species of wood with a variety of finishes. tainly different wood, laminate, acrylic, and stainless grades of wood — value, standard steel. Some people will mix and match. and premium — so it is important to It depends on your preference, the know what is being used by the manu- design style you hope to achieve, and facturer.” your pocketbook. Color-wise, today’s look is on the WOOD, NATURALLY light side. Says Linda Fennessy, Public Wood is always a favorite, in terms Relations manager for the company, SPECIAL TO HOMESCAPE K “The trend we see in today’s wood kitchen projects is lighter, as in creamy maple or grey stains for a dis- tressed farmhouse-style. That being said, darker species are making a bit of a comeback, for a rich and sophisti- cated style.” But as the company’s director of Business Development and Product Innovation, James T. Norman, says, “Of course this varies by individual homeowner’s preferences. But clear, natural stains are popular and allow the natural wood grain to show through. Other popular wood stain finishes include walnut, ebony, chest- nut, pine, and gray.” PRACTICAL LAMINATE Another, and perhaps the most popular material for kitchen cabinet doors today is laminate. According to Fennessy, “A vast majority of homeowners opt for laminate doors for their remodeling projects. The laminate door option is far more durable and conducive to the kitchen environment than wood. Laminate doors clean easily and look just as beautiful years later as the day they were installed; never fading, cracking or chipping with normal use. “Unlike wood doors that absorb their surrounding elements, maintenance-free [laminate] doors do not expand and contract when exposed to the heat and humidity in SPECIAL TO HOMESCAPE ven those notorious for postponing spring cleaning ‘til summer… or even fall… are likely to be embrac- ing new habits this year during the global health crisis that has disinfectants flying off retail shelves. Not only are many Americans working from home where clutter and dirt are in sight 24/7 but COVID-19 has no doubt heightened their awareness of the need to protect their families through good hygiene. And what better way to rid the house of germs, including the coronavirus, than well-targeted spring cleaning? This year, it’s more of a necessity than a chore. You have the time and probably a small army of family members to recruit for the task. So, let’s get started with the help of a few professionals, all of whom offer their services virtually in line with the times. YOUR GAME PLAN For many it’s that first step that’s the hardest. But this year especially, you don’t want to miss a thing, so come up with a game plan before breaking out the dust mop. “The important thing is to make it manageable,” said Ines Cohron, founder of green-focused Total Home Cleaning in Summit. “Pick one room at a time and give yourself a time limit. Mentally you’ll know that you are only doing it for a specified period that will be rewarded with a little break.” If you’re easily sidetracked, Barbara Maniscalco of Barb’s Home Organizing in Bergen County suggested a checklist to “ensure that you don’t miss the areas in each room that need the most attention. Start with the easiest place to clean so that you have a feeling of accomplish- ment.” Today, with family members of all ages stuck in the house due to the pandemic, high-traffic areas like bedrooms, kitchen and family room are no doubt seeing more action; so, kick off your cleaning effort where it will have the greatest effect, says Lisa Harris, founder of Organize With Lisa LLC in Bergen County. Let your game plan include, as Cohron PHOTO COURTESY OF GETTY IMAGES suggested, a central Cleaning and then disinfecting sur- gathering spot where faces is recommended, particularly all family members in gathering areas like the kitchen. can have access to cleaning supplies with child oversight, of course. And make the plan realistic. “People usually under- estimate the time a fridge cleaning can take,” said Cohron. WORK SMART, NOT HARD The pros shared a few tips on how to conquer the cleanup without it conquering you. Cohron, for example, likes to let soap and water do much of the work. That could mean dampening dried spots on the stove or elsewhere with a soapy sponge and letting it sit for a few minutes to loosen dirt; or how about boiling a large cup of water in the microwave? The steam will make cleaning a snap. Other time-consuming elements of the room to tackle first might be airing out bedding or soaking sheets. See CABINETS, Page 2H See SPRING CLEANING, Page 2H Arbor Day and Earth Day both arrive in April By TERI GATTO SPECIAL TO HOMESCAPE I t’s April; the daffodils are blooming, bird-song abounds and the days are lon- ger. And appropriately, this is the month we celebrate both Arbor Day and Earth Day. In 1872, a Nebraska newspaper editor suggested that a day should be selected to stress the ecological importance of trees. The first Arbor Day was held on April 10 of that year and Nebraskans were encour- aged to mark it by planting a tree. This year, Arbor Day will be marked on April 24, preceded two days earlier by Earth Day, which began in 1970 and is celebrating its 50th year. Considered the birth of the modern environmental movement, Earth Day was designed to bring awareness of the increasing problems of air and water pollution. Today, as we try to adjust to challenges of global warming and a growing pandemic, let’s take a break to appreciate the natural world that endures, and find ways to help nurture it. For example, while we all shelter at home, we can start planning our flower and vegetable gardens, order seeds and start them germinating inside the home. And remember, there are cool weather veggies such as kale and Brussels sprouts that can be sowed now. LIFE-GIVING TREES “Trees are like our oldest, dearest friends: we rely on them for so much, yet often take them for granted,” says Peter Smith, Urban Forestry manager, Arbor Day Foundation. The longest-living organisms on earth, trees give us countless gifts, including shel- tering people and animals, filtering rain- water, slowing urban runoff, and removing carbon dioxide from the air and giving back oxygen for us to breathe. “As one old forester friend used to say, ‘we need to plant them faster than we cut them down,’” recalls Smith. “No tree lives forever, and we need to be vigilant to ensure that the ones overhead are safe. Some trees, upon inspection, will need to be removed. But unfortunately, we still see that tree removals exceed new tree plantings.” According to the Arbor Day Foundation, spring is the perfect time to check on the health of mature trees. Since canopies are not completely filled, you may check to see if the structure of your tree was damaged by a winter storm. When planting a new tree, make sure you select one that will thrive in the chosen spot. “Your location, topography, and cli- mate are just a few of the challenges faced when selecting a tree to plant near a home See ARBOR DAY, Page 2H