Put a Little Spring in Your Apartment

I’m not scientist, but it seems like plants aren’t the only living things that feel the need for newness in the spring. Winter weather makes us all go into hiding, but come spring, everyone’s ready for a fresh start. Here are some things you can do to put a little spring in your home’s front steps and throughout. Continue reading

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Make Spring Yours in the Great Outdoors!

If you’re living in a new place or you’re sick of the old one, maybe you should try some new activities to really make the most of Spring weather. Putting yourself out there might seem like a bold move, but it is often worth the risk. Here are some outdoor ideas that make help make the most of spring time! Continue reading

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Apartments in Denver and the Best Neighborhoods to Find Them

RV_Denver-SkylineMusic festivals, buzzing tech economy, beautiful scenery, and world-class skiing and snowboarding: these are just a few of the major draws to Denver, Colorado. If you’re looking to make the move out west and are in need of apartments in Denver, we’ve compiled a list of the three best neighborhoods to start your search.

3. Capitol Hill

This bustling neighborhood is situated right in the heart of the Mile High City. Everything you could need is within walking distance—bars, restaurants, and shops help make this area a lively cultural hub. If you’re looking at Capitol Hill apartments in Denver to call home, take a look at the Marquis Parkway. The high-rise community offers private balconies, state-of-the-art fitness facility, and cabana pool area. Continue reading

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Martis Gras… More like Martis Great!

Any excuse to throw a party, right? Just because you’re not headed to NOLA, the land of bad decisions, this February, doesn’t mean you can’t celebrate with the best of them. Here’s a list of things you need to throw a successful Martis Gras Party. Continue reading

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Making Your Apartment Stand Out

shutterstock_113714182Sure, it’s a fact that the apartment right next to you is a mirror image of yours. Trying to make two things that are pretty much exactly the same look different seems like quite the conundrum. Just because you were more driven by price than you were by aesthetics, doesn’t mean you have to spend the next year or three feeling like you’re camping out in a waiting room.

Here are some things you can do:

  1. Paint a wall in the kitchen or common area with chalkboard paint or a funky pattern.
  2. Change the light fixtures. You can change everything out, as long as you change it back, and the good news is, you can take it all with you to your next place.
  3. Plants! Greenery and flowers really bring a space to life.
  4. Knobs. Adding unique knobs to the kitchen and bathroom cabinets is a real game changer. Check out World Market’s website.
  5. Round shower rods. Round shower rods make a bathroom into “washroom.” Just adds an extra element of chicness that it was missing before.
  6. Wall Decals. Throw up a tree or a quote. Whatever you’re feeling.
  7. Removable wallpaper. Learn about. Whether it’s on your walls, the back of shelves or shutterstock_130154954on the fridge, it’ll take any room from dull to never a dull moment.

8.Christmas in July. And every other month, too.  Hang Christmas lights up year round for a romantic feel.

  1. Rugs! That boring apartment carpet is enough to make anyone lose it. Throw some colorful rugs in all of the main rooms for extra flare.
  2. Curtains! Grossed out by the boring horizontal blinds the plague the windows? Cover them up! Most apartments will accommodate some curtains hung on the inside.
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Top 5 Houston Apartments

Downtown Houston at DuskConsistently ranked as one of the nation’s top growing metropolitan areas, Houston, Texas is a major hub of industry, culture, and commerce. As hundreds of people from around the world flock to the city every day, quality Houston apartments can be hard to come by. That’s where Renter’s Voice comes in. Renter’s Voice can help you find the right apartment that fits all of your needs. Below are the top five Houston apartment communities on Renter’s Voice and the amenities that make them great.

  1. The Westmore at Bellaire: Situated in Houston’s posh suburban neighborhood of Bellaire, The Westmore offers one- and two-bedroom apartments just minutes away from Uptown. Amenities include a WiFi-equipped gourmet coffee bar, fully-furnished corporate housing, and a high-endurance fitness center. This Houston apartment community is also pet-friendly and within walking distance of two of the city’s most beloved dog parks.

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Be My Valentine

Just when we thought the gifting season was behind us, we are reminded that Valentine’s Day is just around the corner. Picking out the perfect gift for your loved ones can be tough, especially when this occasion is built on sentiment and love. But it doesn’t have to be so stressful. Keep it simple and don’t overthink it. Continue reading

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Valentine’s Day Without a Date

shutterstock_99734633If you’re anything like me, Valentine’s Day is wonderful if you have a significant other. If you are not in a relationship, it’s a whole entire month full of pink, red and infinite reminders that you are alone. I’ve never wanted to burn a red teddy bear more than the year my ex broke up with me a week before Valentine’s Day. So, you’ve got a few choices; you can spend February 14th ears deep in a tub of cookies n’ cream, watching Meg Ryan movies and crying to your dog, or celebrate it your way.

Here are three things you can do to celebrate the love in your life:

Invite over all of your favorite single friends. What  better way to celebrate how much you love yourself than to spend it with a bunch of people who also love you?

Have everyone bring over five stuff they love. Doesn’t matter if it’s French fries or nail polish or a bottle of Titos, but there does have to be enough for everyone.

shutterstock_62855062Be sure you come prepared to talk about at least three annoying couples  that you know, saw that day or see on movies. Who doesn’t love to vent about their coworker’s boyfriend who sent her a singing telegram for Valentine’s Day with a guy dressed as an Oompa Loompa singing his own rendition of “Fools Rush In.”

Face it, these things sound a lot better than going to some overpriced dinner, wearing heals or buying a gift that’s so cheesy it would make Michael Bolton barf.

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Alternative Apartment Storage for Small Spaces

Blue Wooden DresserWhen you think about single-family homes, it’s usually a given that “If it doesn’t have a closet, it’s not a bedroom.” If this were only the case with every best-rated apartment! It’s surprising how often you can end up in a room that is perfect in every way except that it has zero storage space… and even a missing closet. How do you cope? Well, you get creative!

Storing Clothing

Obviously one of the most difficult things to store in a closetless space is clothing. You can solve this storage conundrum if you’re willing to put in a little time and effort. The most basic solution is to acquire a wardrobe and a dresser — but let’s look a little deeper. Continue reading

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Have a Happy Valentine’s Day

shutterstock_113486641Love is in the air and Valentine’s Day is just around the corner.   If you work on this day, it sometimes is best to reserve a spot at your favorite restaurant early in the week since most are booked and sold out.

If you decide you want to have a private dinner party at home and your guest plans to stay overnight, you should also ensure that your professional management office is contacted to request any overnight parking passes if your community requires one.

Most communities do not have problems with resident decorations inside or outside of their apartment, but you should check with your leasing office if their rules seem stringent.

Also, try to avoid usage of nails or tacks to pin your Valentine’s decorations on the wall since that could provide damage to the walls.  When you purchase scotch tape, look for those that are designed to not remove paint from the walls.

shutterstock_130859777If you plan on barbecuing, ensure your community allows either grills on the patios, or front or back yards, since some do not.  If you plan on using the community barbecue, you should ensure you reserve an early spot or cook your food before your guest arrives and warm it when they come over.

If you have children, be sure you have prepared enough treats, games, or television programs so you can have a nice evening for Valentine’s Day.  Some communities have a media room to rent and that might work in your favor since you can send the children to watch a video while you have a quiet dinner, but don’t forget to reserve this room early since it is a favorite option for many residents.

Have a great Valentine’s Day!

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