Finding Your Decorating Style

One of the most exciting aspects of moving into a new apartment is the opportunity to create a personalized space. However, the prospect of a blank canvas can also be a little daunting, especially if you’re not sure of your personal decorating style. Keep reading to discover how you can identify and maximize your personal decorating style to create an apartment that’s uniquely “you”!

Rank Your Décor

Looking at your current décor is a good first step in identifying your style. Take an inventory of your current furniture, accessories, and artwork. Rank each piece as “love it,” “like it,” or “lose it.” At the end, collect a list of the items you love and see if there is a common thread linking them all together, such as color, style, shape, or pattern. Use this final list as a guideline for the types of new items you’d like to add to your apartment space to completely personalize it and create your dream home.

Discover Your Style

Are all your favorite pieces elegant and classical, such as those you’d find in an upscale mansion? If so, your style is sophisticated classic. The sophisticated classic decorating style makes use of delicate, slightly more feminine-inspired furniture that often includes Victorian decorative elements. Rounded vases, intricately-carved statues, and mirrors are ideal accessories to place in a sophisticated classic room. Colors that suit this style are dark woods paired with neutral or soft-toned fabrics. Keep your eye out for metal, marble, and glass finishes and accents to complete the look of your apartment.

If you instead favor items that are modern, bold-colored, and sleek, your style may be contemporary or art deco. Contemporary homes make use of furniture that has clean, straight lines or curves rather than items that are extremely feminine or detailed. Geometric shapes abound in the form of square- or circular-shaped lamps, large area rugs, and tabletop accessories. Choose fabrics with bold colors and large patterns, and have a little fun finding accessories that are inspired by modern or abstract art. Lacquered wood in either light or dark finishes will look excellent in your modern-styled apartment.

If your “love it” list appears completely mismatched, don’t worry—eclectic decorating styles make use of contrasting styles and objects to imbue your apartment with real personality. Eclectic style often makes use of vintage or rustic elements to give your space a cozy, lived-in feel. Weathered finishes pair well with faded or cool jewel tone colors when decorating in this type of style, but don’t be afraid to intersperse modern décor or artistic elements as well. Style each room around your favorite piece, such as a vintage chair, crystal chandelier, or colorful work of art to give each area of your apartment its own personality.

You can discover your unique decorating style as you furnish your luxury apartment in the Carmel Rincon community. We offer a variety of luxury amenities in our spacious San Francisco apartments, including stainless steel appliances, floor-to-ceiling windows, and hardwood floors. Visit us on the web to find out more about our floor plans and pricing, and make sure to check out our current move-in specials!

DIY Apartment Décor

One of the greatest benefits of renting an apartment is the opportunity to create a home with its own unique personality. Many home décor projects don’t need significant time, money, or carpentry skills to create a unique and comfortable living space that fits your personal sense of style. All you’ll need to personalize your Houston apartment is a little creativity and inspiration!

Create Visual Vignettes
Visual vignettes are small areas of your apartment devoted solely to décor. These spaces contain similar design elements that are often grouped according to a theme that appeals to you, such as books, candles, vintage items, or sports. The key to creating a visual vignette is to keep the area small and uncluttered. Start with a “blank canvas” such as a shelf, end table, or wall. Choose an appealing theme and find objects you would like to display. Interior designers recommend using the “rule of three” when creating visual vignettes: place three matching items, such as jars, books, or seashells on a surface or wall for display. The odd number of objects creates a more visually appealing layout than an even number or items.

Make a Gallery Wall
One of the best ways to display photos, posters, and other artwork is to create a gallery wall. Any wall in your apartment can serve as the backdrop for your gallery, but areas of high visual impact or large empty wall space are best. Hallways, kitchens, bathrooms, and entryways are all ideal locations for your gallery wall. Although the artwork you’d like to place on your wall doesn’t need to have a single theme, the key to tie your gallery wall together is matching frames. However, you don’t need to purchase exactly the same frame for each item, either—simply choose frames that are the same color (or paint them to match) to create a sense of flow. If you have photos or objects you’d like to display on your gallery wall but don’t want to hang them, consider adding one or more floating shelves to provide a display surface when necessary.

Add Drapes or Curtains
Drapes and curtains serve many decorative and functional purposes. These decorative elements add style, color, personality, privacy, and brightness control to any room. Hanging curtains is an excellent non-permanent way to enhance the décor in any room of your apartment, creating a completed look that improves upon the existing high-end finishes. Drapes and curtains are available in countless colors, fabrics, and styles, so you’re sure to find the perfect set that matches both your style preference and the color palette you’ve chosen for each room. You can purchase new drapes for your apartment, or search through thrift shops and estate sales to find the perfect vintage items already infused with unique charm and personality.

Alta Heights offers studio, one-, and two-bedroom luxury apartments located near Houston’s Washington Corridor and Historical Heights district. Our apartments feature amenities that include stainless steel appliances, granite countertops, window blinds, garden tubs and showers, and more to create the perfect luxury retreat from your cares. Click through our website to learn more about the Alta Heights community and find out how you can pre-lease your Houston apartment space for 2014!

Luxury Living in Sunnyvale

Sunnyvale’s Loft House is not only a premium luxury living spot, it’s also located in one of the most walkable parts of town. You’ll find ethnic cuisine with a modern twist, traditional pub-style entertainment, and more just blocks from your front door. Keep reading to discover a few of the popular upscale dining options that Sunnyvale residents regularly enjoy.

Turmeric Restaurant

Turmeric Restaurant is a downtown Sunnyvale favorite, featuring an inviting, upscale dining room where you’ll enjoy world-class Indian fare. As you dine, take a moment to admire the Rajasthan tapestries and collection of eclectic artwork that adorn the walls. Each meal pairs well with one of Turmeric’s wide selection of top-quality wines for an exquisite dining experience you’ll be ready to repeat. On Turmeric’s menu, you’ll find both traditional and innovative dishes perfected and created by chef-owner Arvind Bhargava. The exotic flavors, aromas, textures, and colors of every selection create a high-class dining experience that has impressed countless food critics over the years. Turmeric offers an extensive vegetarian menu that has even won over dedicated “carnivores.” Regardless of the selection you enjoy off of Turmeric’s menu, it’s sure to be a delicacy you won’t soon forget.

Peacock Lounge

Featuring an upscale interior coupled with adult entertainment such as pool and darts, Peacock Lounge aims to create a sophisticated yet casual atmosphere. The bar’s 14 HDTVs and two 160” HD screens ensure you’ll never miss a moment of the sports action. Peacock Bar serves 14 beers on tap and offers a full menu of wine and spirits. You can dance the night away on Peacock’s dance floor to the sounds of their digital jukebox, or enjoy the talents of a professional DJ or live band on select nights of the week. Recurring events include Tuesday Karaoke and Friday night Video DJing.

Lilly Mac’s

Lilly Mac’s brings the authentic taste of Ireland to the sunny shores of California. Have a seat at the bar and enjoy a pint of Guinness while you watch live soccer or rugby on the large-screen TV’s. Some of the other beers you’ll find on tap include Harp Lager, Pyramid Haywire, and Smithwick’s. For non-beer drinkers, Lilly Mac’s also features wine, whiskey, cocktails, martinis, and mojitos in addition to daily Happy Hour specials. Upstairs, the newly-renovated bar and open-air patio provide the perfect space for private functions. Lilly Mac’s offers weekly dancing and entertainment fit for any of the finest pubs in Ireland, creating the perfect atmosphere whether you want to relax with a pint or sing along to the traditional music with your friends.

Bay Leaf Restaurant

Ranked in the top third of Sunnyvale’s restaurants, Bay Leaf features authentic Indonesian, Thai, and Asian food. Some of menu’s top picks include pepes ikan, ayam penyet, duck fried rice, and otak otak. You can quench your thirst with a tropical coconut- or avocado-based beverage, spiced Thai tea, or a selection of beer and wine. Bay Leaf is open daily for lunch and dinner, and is well known for its excellent, friendly service and outstanding Indonesian menu.

You can enjoy luxury living in the vibrant center of Sunnyvale when you choose to make Loft House your California home. Our trendy apartment community features contemporary loft-style spaces with amenities that include an open-air courtyard, oversized windows, modern kitchens, and natural wood-style flooring. Are you ready to enjoy upscale living in Sunnyvale’s newest apartment concept? Visit us on the web for more information, floor plans, and an extensive gallery.

Tips for Moving to an Apartment

An apartment is a place where you should feel comfortable, relaxed, and at home. Before, during, and after your move, there are several steps you can take to turn your new apartment into the California living space of your dreams.

Downsize Your Belongings

Even a large, spacious apartment can feel small and cramped if it is cluttered. Before you move, sort through your belongings and discard or donate items you no longer need or use. Organize your belongings while you pack and have a discard box or pile to separate items you won’t be keeping from those you plan to take with you. Reducing the amount of material that must be moved will make the moving process much easier in addition to reducing clutter in your new home. One of the best rules of thumb states that if you have not used an item or gone looking for it in the past year, it’s likely something you can discard without missing.

Find Creative Small Space Solutions

Creative storage solutions maximize the space in your apartment by reducing clutter. End tables, coffee tables, and other flat surfaces tend to accumulate clutter, so furnish your new apartment with options that reduce the temptation to fill them up. Ottomans with hidden storage, tables with baskets placed underneath, and hooks on the wall for scarves, leashes, and keys are all excellent ways to eliminate common sources of apartment clutter. If you have unused kitchen cabinets, don’t be afraid to store non-cookware items in them to save space in other areas of your home. Freestanding bookshelves work as excellent space dividers while also providing much-needed storage for books, photos, plants, and decorative items. You can either purchase or make an entryway shelf and bench to provide a convenient place to store coats, umbrellas, shoes, and mail. Secretary desks make excellent workspaces that fold away to save space and hide papers or other clutter when it’s time to relax.

Personalize Your Apartment

The surest way to feel like you’re coming home to your new luxury apartment is to personalize the space. Leaving your décor at a minimum can create the feeling of living in someone else’s home rather than your own. However, many people leave decorating for “later,” and then never get around to it! Instead, consider decorating your new apartment as one of the first steps to take after moving day. Don’t be afraid to add personal touches such as art, photos, and area rugs to give your space personality. Curtains, rugs, throw pillows, and linens can create a colorful and energetic space where you feel rejuvenated and at home. In the kitchen and bathroom, work with the colors of your tile, counters, and cabinetry to pull the room together with added touches like flowers (real or fake), small knickknacks (don’t go overboard!), and towels or mats. You can also create individual style in a room with decorative functional items such as trash cans, soap dishes, and toothbrush holders.

Are you ready to enjoy a spacious, personalized loft space in Sunnyvale, CA? Loft House is Sunnyvale’s newest apartment concept, and we’d like to welcome you into our community! Visit us on the web to view our gallery and check out our floor plans to find out which space will best fit your lifestyle. When you’re ready to talk leasing options, contact us to find out how you can take advantage of one of our many current specials!

BLVD63 Opening Summer 2014!

Choosing to live off-campus offers a plethora of benefits to students who want to lead an active San Diego lifestyle. You’ll enjoy luxurious amenities, catered community mixers, and a short six-minute commute to SDSU that will make you wonder why you didn’t think about moving off of campus earlier! If you’re looking for luxury living options during the Fall 2014 semester, look no farther than BLVD63.

Roommate Matching

Finding the perfect roommate shouldn’t be the luck of the draw. No one wants to tarnish a great living experience with a roommate that just doesn’t mesh. BLVD63 can help you find one or more roommates to share your luxurious new space with the RoomSync Facebook app. RoomSync matches potential roommates based upon the preferences, lifestyles, hobbies, and more found on your Facebook page. This powerful and efficient roommate matching service is used by schools, rental properties, and companies to find well-matched roommates to deliver a superior living experience.

Fully Furnished

The last thing you should have worry about when you’re preparing for college classes is finding the money and time to furnish your apartment. BLVD63 makes these worries disappear by providing apartments already furnished in a slick, modern beach style. Moving day will be a breeze. You’ll have no heavy furniture to transport, no need to rent a truck, and absolutely no need to pay friends in pizza to act as a moving crew. (Of course, if your friends want to help you carry a few suitcases, we recommend saying yes!) When you receive the keys to your new apartment, you’ll open the door to a contemporary kitchen, 46” flatscreen TV, and full-size washer and dryer—we want our residents to forget the meaning of the word laundromat!

Close to SDSU

Choosing to live in a luxury space off campus doesn’t mean you have to endure an undesirable commute. Whether you’re trying to get to class or heading over for the latest game, living at BLVD63 puts you within a six-minute drive of the SDSU campus and Viejas Arena. If you don’t want to drive, don’t worry about it—you’re just steps away from public trolleys and buses that make commuting for work, class, sports, and world-class concerts a cinch. You’ll also spot BLVD63 manning a table at many of your home games, handing out free swag before the event!

Near the Beach

California living means access to some of the US’s best beaches. Scientific research has even shown that people who live near beaches are happier and more relaxed. What better way to get into the San Diego state of mind than taking a day trip to popular coastal hangouts such as Pacific Beach and Mission Beach? BLVD63 is located just a short 20-minute drive from the coast, ensuring you’ll find plenty of sun, sand, and fun just around the corner.

Come check out BLVD63—opening soon at 6345 El Cajon Blvd.! Just minutes from trendy local eateries, bars, and the SDSU campus, you’ll love coming home to a luxurious and active California lifestyle. Check us out at Viejas Arena during the next game, or stop by our luxury apartment community to take a tour and discuss your leasing options. You can find more information about the features you’ll enjoy when you enjoy resort-style living at BLVD63 on our website.