Spaces Design Studio owner Joy Nan Rodia knows that each room in a person's home serves a distinct purpose. A bedroom should offer end-of-day relaxation, a home office should invigorate the senses, and a kitchen should function as both a communal haven and the best place to hide from the ghosts that inhabit in all televisions. Giving life—and a unifying vision—to these spaces is what she does best. A graduate of New York's Parsons The New School for Design and the founder of the Association of Redesign and Staging Professionals, Joy has been providing interior-design services for 20 years. No matter the job, she carefully considers each residential or commercial client's color preferences and budget as she creates an atmosphere using flooring, lighting, and fabrics.
In addition to her own design work, Joy shares her passion for home styling via classes, workshops, and training programs at her School of Interior Redesign and Home Staging. She also gives back, acting as an interior designer for the Make-A-Wish Foundation of New Jersey.
You never know what you’ll find at Buddy’s Small Lots. It might be a rechargeable kids’ go-kart, or a portable, pop-up beach canopy to keep the sun from staring at you in your swimsuit. Or it might be a Sunbeam stand mixer, the latest as-seen-on-TV invention, or a wood patio table. In any case, what it will be is steeply discounted. With a rapidly changing inventory of brand-new items, Buddy’s is just about impossible to sum up. Along with outfitting a home or dispatching holiday shopping in one swoop, customers can leave with the makings of a decent meal—the store also sells popular brands of milk, eggs, canned goods, and other grocery staples.
A bouquet seems simple at first, sprays of baby’s breath filling out the broad orange petals of lilies and the brushstroke curls of roses. Without an eye for color and composition, though, the huge range of flowers that are available can be intimidating. The School of Floral Arts & Design develops talented florists and hobbyists through classes and courses that introduce theories of composition and design. Instructors with decades of experience cover everything from design to business sense, and pupils leave carrying mini topiaries, centerpieces, and seasonal wreaths. Professional courses help florists enhance their craft with lessons on designing bouquets and corsages.
Build A Basket creates thoughtful gift kits to aid expressions of gratitude, love, and confusion as well as celebrations of birthdays, holidays, and special occasions. Benevolent benefactors can assemble a personalized endowment by choosing a container, whether a small, antique-style sea-grass suitcase basket ($15.99) or a large wicker basket ($15.99). From there, gifters can sift through an extensive miscellany of care-package wares from gag gifts ($2.50–$24.95) to indulgent spa products ($2.50–$38.99). Present panniers also come prefashioned for golf devotees ($2.99–$25.99), pretend princesses ($29.99), and Valentines with a red-velvet sweet tooth ($34.99). Hundreds of individualized options await gift givers short on time, inspiration, or basket-weaving prowess.
Steinway grand piano was not designed with a three-year-old in mind. These beautiful, expensive instruments?15 to 20 of which sprawl across Lindeblad School of Music's showroom?look too imposing and elegant for a person who still dreams of growing up to become a helicopter. But at Lindeblad School of Music?s recitals, these ivory-tickling toddlers climb the Steinway's bench, dangle their legs over its pedals, and begin to pluck rich, gorgeous sound from machines hand carved from African mahogany and other opulent woods.
It?s not that the Lindeblad family doesn?t know the worth of these instruments?after all, they?ve been restoring them for four generations. But the recitals epitomize one of Lindeblad School of Music's educational principles: a dual emphasis on practice and performance. As they?re taking lessons, students are preparing to play before an audience on a superb piano or realistically painted refrigerator box. The faculty who help them all possess an inclination to instruction as well as diversity in their musical experience. The Lindeblad School of Music offers one-on-one lessons and group classes in piano, voice, guitar, and violin. Before a course of private study, the school's director, Dr. Vogel, pairs students interested in a specific genre, such as classical or jazz, with teachers from that field, most of whom have a master's degree or a doctorate degree. Parents are welcome to meet with the director by appointment throughout the year to discuss children's progress and goal assessment. During their children's lessons, parents can wait in a reception area equipped with a coffee machine, WiFi, and a television playing music programming.
At Diamond Rock, climbers of all abilities clamber over 3,000 square feet of textured, sculpted surfaces, challenging their bodies and minds to pull themselves ever higher. The terrain ranges from sloping slabs to vertical faces to difficult overhangs, taking climbers up to 37 feet above the ground. But they don't have to go it alone. Help comes in the form of private lessons and group classes taught by experienced instructors. In beginner belay-certification classes, adults and kids aged 15 and older can learn how to wear harnesses and communicate with a belay partner to ensure a safe climb. Because Diamond Rock is located within a gymnastics facility, classes for younger children bring more fun by combining tumbling and gymnastics with climbing adventures, just like a first date with Spiderman.