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Looking to start the summer in a new home? Consider NJ Realtors’ real estate stats from last June while you’re scoping out the market:


New listings in June 2018, up 2.4 percent from the previous year.


Median sales price of a singlefamily home in June 2018.


If you’re trying to be more environmentally conscious in your home, Natural Living Style: Inspirational Ideas for a Beautiful and Sustainable Home (Ryland Peters & Small, $19) is the perfect read. Author Selina Lake offers up tips on how to reduce plastic waste in various rooms, identifies sustainable, organic fabrics and shares how to incorporate and decorate with materials found in nature like wood, bamboo, cork, recycled glass and more. Outdoor living space need a facelift? Urban Garden Design (Kyle Books, $18) by award-winning garden designer Kate Gould is stocked with tips on how to transform a blah space into a beautiful garden. It caters especially to those with smaller areas, and has tips for both beginner gardeners and full-on experts. Through the use of vivid photographs of patterns and mid-century-style artifacts, authors and designers Mark Hampshire and Keith Stephenson show readers how mid-century style can tell a story in your home in MidCentury Modern Living: The Mini Modern’s Guide to Pattern and Style (Kyle Books, $16). The authors also share the stories behind their own designs and their sources of inspiration.


Average sales price of all homes in June 2018.


Average days properties had been on the market, down 10.8 percent from the previous year.


Homes for sale in June 2018, down 12 percent from the previous year.


We have sensory-friendly movies and sensory-friendly clothes, so why not sensory-friendly home décor? Target’s Pillowfort brand has launched the firstever line of home décor specifically designed for kids with sensory issues, and everything is ridiculously clever, not to mention adorable. The line includes a rocking chair for those who have trouble staying still, a tent that a kid can retreat to when he or she needs some alone time and floor cushions made of different fabrics and textures. Best yet? Every item is less than $100, so you can stock up.


Italian appliances brand Smeg and Italian fashion house Dolce & Gabbana have teamed up for what might be the most “bellissimo” collaboration in recent home décor history. Following their partnership last year on a line of hand-painted refrigerators, the new Sicily Is My Love collection features small appliances like toasters, juicers, coffee machines, kettles, blenders and stand mixers, all adorned with fun floral motifs, bright fruits and other whimsical interpretations of Sicilian folklore. Get yours at Williams-Sonoma.


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CB2 is adored for its modern yet classic furniture for every room of the home, and now the brand is adding vintage to its repertoire. CB2 has teamed up with designer and collector Charlie Ferrer for its firstever vintage collection, which features authentic chairs, tables, lamps and more from the 1950s–1970s that Ferrer hand-selected from boutiques and galleries across Europe. Prices range from $999 to $11,999, and the furniture is available now at select CB2 stores.


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NJHome: Summer 2019  

NJHome: Summer 2019