Local Events to Check Out This Spring

Honolulu is the most populous city in Hawaii, featuring some of the Islands’ best entertainment, dining, and nightlife. One of the major draws for visitors and locals alike are the many annual events that take place each year in Honolulu and Waikiki. This spring, you can find a range of activities, festivals, and fairs to enjoy that highlight both Hawaiian and American culture and traditions just minutes from your apartment’s front door.

4th Annual Mele Mei Celebration

The first day of May signals the beginning of the month-long event called Mele Mei, which recognizes and celebrates Hawaii’s cultural traditions of music and dance. Concerts, dance performances, and more are held throughout the month of May, featuring both local and international performers and participants. Mele Mei 2014 kicks off on April 29th, after which events will run throughout the Hawaiian Islands until the end of May. The Pakele Live! Mele Mei Concert Series runs every Thursday at the Willows Restaurant in Honolulu. Admission to concerts includes a sit-down dinner in The Willows’ one-of-a-kind restaurant. Other Mele Mei events include the Hawaii Book & Music Festival on May 3rd and 4th, the Hilton Nā Hōkū Hanohano All-Stars Concert on May 10th at the Hilton Hawaiian Village Great Lawn in Waikiki, and the 6th Annual ‘Ukulele Picnic on May 25th at Honolulu’s Kaka’ako Waterfront Park. Many Mele Mei events have minimal admission or are open free to the public, allowing everyone to take part in the spirit of traditional Hawaiian music and dance.

50th State Fair

Hawaii’s 50th State Fair will be held at the Aloha Stadium in Honolulu, HI, on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays from May 23rd through July 6th. Many Hawaiian families consider the State Fair a fun and exciting annual event. You’ll find both thrilling and child-friendly rides and entertainment, including traditional fair games with an array of prizes. Fair-goers can enjoy a wide variety of savory and sweet treats at the food stalls while enjoying live music and entertainment. Other fair attractions include jousting and circus shows, a petting zoo, a temporary tattoo parlor, and the all-new for 2014 Grizzly Experience and Sea Lion Splash.

16th Annual Lantern Floating Hawaii

On Memorial Day, you can take part in the 16th Annual Lantern Floating Hawaii ceremony. This unique and positive ceremony celebrates the spirit of Memorial Day in an event that merges U.S., Japanese, and Hawaiian cultural traditions. In 1999, the First Inaugural Lantern Floating Hawaii ceremony took place on Memorial Day, during which lanterns are released onto the water as a symbol of both remembrance of the past and hopeful wishes for the future ahead. The ceremony itself is comprised of many stages, beginning with the sounding of the pū, a Hawaiian conch shell that purifies the location before taiko drums and Hawaiian chant prepare attendees for the ceremony ahead. Spiritual and musical events follow, until the ceremony culminates with the floating of the lanterns. You can take part in many ways: by watching at home, by attending the ceremony on the beach, by including your wishes in a collective remembrance lantern, or even by personally floating a lantern of your own.

Life at Waena Apartments will make you happy to come home to an apartment located within walking distance of downtown Honolulu and all it has to offer. Check us out on the web for a full list of the amenities and features you can enjoy in one of our spacious Honolulu apartment homes. You can also learn more online about our pricing information, photos, and a listing of local neighborhood hotspots.

Creating a Master Bedroom Retreat

After a long day of work or play, you deserve a personalized retreat where you can get a great night’s sleep. At RockVue Apartments, you’ll discover spacious master bedrooms with ample closet space and attached bathrooms for your comfort and convenience. Whether you are getting ready to design your first apartment master bedroom or you’re simply looking for a way to improve your current one, the tips below are sure to inspire you!

Start with the Sheets

The most heavily-used piece of furniture in your bedroom is the bed—naturally, this should be the most comfortable spot in the room! The first step to create a master bedroom retreat is furnishing your bed with linens you love. When shopping for the softest sheets you can find, keep in mind that factors such as thread count, ply, and fabric type will all affect the feel of your sheets. Try to find colors in soft, muted hues that appeal to you—brightly-colored sheets look great during the day, but can actually make it harder for you to fall asleep at night. Less saturated tones promote mental relaxation that will help you to drift off more quickly. Once you find the perfect sheets, purchase at least two sets so you can rotate them.

Replace Your Pillows

While pillows are designed to last a number of years, they should be replaced when they stop providing the support you need for comfortable sleep. You can prolong your pillows’ usable lifetime by plumping them every time you make your bed in the morning to redistribute the filling. However, if your pillows look or feel flattened and uncomfortable, it’s time to replace them. The right set of pillows will offer superior comfort that will truly make your bed feel like a paradise.

Eliminate Clutter

A cluttered master bedroom can feel cramped or imposing, affecting your ability to relax. Contain clutter with stylish storage solutions such as baskets, jewelry boxes, mason jars, and adequate shelving to display any knickknacks you may want to keep in the room. However, opt for a more minimalistic approach when decorating your bedroom to maintain a sense of mental relaxation. Reorganizing your master closet so your clothes all fit neatly inside will reduce the likelihood of items spilling out onto dressers and other horizontal surfaces. A rolling laundry organizer can make sorting and storing dirty laundry a snap in preparation for laundry day.

Remove Distractions

Do you have a TV or computer in your master bedroom? Falling asleep to the TV is not as relaxing as it seems! Studies have shown that you are more likely to experience sleep problems if you habitually watch TV right before bed. Remove the TV from your bedroom to create a room used solely for sleeping and relaxation. Similarly, keep laptops, gaming systems, and other distractions out of the bedroom to create a more effective personal retreat from your daily life.

You can create your own modern retreat at RockVue Apartments in Broomfield. We know you like to work hard and play harder, which is why we’ve created the perfect apartment community where you can relax and unwind at the end of a busy day. Our community amenities include ample outdoor living spaces, a relaxing pool and spa, and an onsite park where you can enjoy the fresh Colorado air. Inside your apartment, you’ll discover plenty of storage space, oversized tubs, and modern lighting and hardware. Check us out on the web or stop by for an in-person tour today! 

All About Wall Décor

One of the best ways to personalize your apartment space is to add décor to the walls. There are many options for decorating your walls, ranging from solely artistic items to functional pieces such as shelving, clocks, and corkboards. Keep reading to find out how you can utilize your walls to the fullest to create a comfortable and functional personal space at RockVue Apartments.

Artwork and Photos

Artwork is one of the most popular forms of wall décor. Your choice of artwork is extremely personal—you may select art for your walls because you like its style, color, or size. If you are an artist, consider creating and hanging some of your own pieces to further personalize your space. Choose frames for your artwork that suit both the print and your décor to help art blend seamlessly with the furniture and fabrics in each room. Photographs are another great way to add personality to your apartment. Today, there are many options for turning personal photos into larger prints or even canvas or metal wall hangings. You can hang larger photos alone to create a focal point in any room or group smaller photographs together to create collages. Hallways and narrow rooms are popular places to utilize multiple prints or photographic series. Textile art, such as rugs and tapestries, adds both color and warmth to your apartment. These items can be hung in a variety of places to soften the look of a room. If you’re looking to add depth to a room, consider hanging sculptures or three-dimensional artwork, such as shadowboxes or embossed tiles.

Functional Items

Not all wall décor must be solely artistic. Functional wall décor includes shelves, clocks, cubbies, hooks, mirrors, and message boards. These items add multiple benefits to your apartment, acting as both decorative items and serving a unique purpose. When choosing functional items, select those that mesh with the rest of your décor. Clocks, shelves, and message boards are available in a variety of sizes, shapes, and colors, so you’re sure to find the perfect piece suited exactly to your needs. Arrange these items singly or in groups to create exactly the look you want. Keep in mind that if you plan to utilize shelves or message boards often, they should be at eye level and within easy reach. Mirrors reflect light to brighten a dark corner or make a small room look larger. You can add a frame to any mirror to transform it into a unique piece that also suits your décor. Curio or display cabinets are a great way to display a collection without taking up horizontal space. Keeping your collection inside a wall-mounted cabinet will also protect it while allowing you to view these items whenever you like.

We invite you to create your own personalized space at RockVue Apartments in Broomfield, CO. Our community features luxury one- and two-bedroom apartment spaces with modern designs, spacious floor plans, and high-end finishes you’ll love. Click through our website to view our gallery and layout options to find your dream apartment today!

Checklist for Moving Into Your Island Apartment

Moving into a new apartment is an exciting event. However, moving can also feel stressful or rushed without the right tools to help you utilize your time wisely. Prior to your move-in date, creating a checklist of items to bring and tasks to perform can make the moving process easier and ensure nothing is forgotten. Keep reading for some helpful tips on creating a comprehensive moving checklist to make your move to Kalaeloa Rental Homes a smooth and easy experience.

Moving Tasks

If you plan to hire movers to help with your transition to a new apartment, don’t wait until the last minute to find help. Begin calling moving companies five to six weeks prior to your move so you’ll have time to compare estimates and schedule movers for a date and time that is convenient for you. At least four weeks before you plan to move, contact your current utility companies and service providers to let them know when you will be canceling your electric, water, gas, internet, phone, and other services. At the same time, contact the companies that provide service to your new apartment to set up your accounts. You should also file a notice of address change to ensure your mail will be delivered to the correct address after you move.

Moving Items

Boxes and tape aren’t the only items you’ll need to transfer items from your previous home to your new one. One of the easiest ways to reduce stress during a move is to label and organize your boxes as you pack them. Keep a permanent marker on hand to label boxes by room so you or your movers will know where to put them on moving day. It can also be helpful to utilize colored labels for each room to avoid mix-ups. As you pack, try to pack one room or area of your home at a time to avoid mixing items from different rooms into the same box. Keeping each box organized by room will make the unpacking process much easier. Other items you should consider for your move include a dolly to help with large boxes or heavy furniture, padded blankets to protect the edges of furniture from bumps, and a portable lockbox for important items. Store medical documents, insurance papers, bank information, and other sensitive documents or valuable items in your lockbox to ensure they are safely transported on moving day. A locking box will also prevent any unauthorized access to these items if movers, friends, or others will be coming and going from your apartment during your move. Pack yourself a suitcase or box that contains all the essential items you’ll need during your first few days in your new apartment. Include clothing, linens, toiletries, medications, electronics chargers, and plenty of snacks. If you have a pet, make sure to pack him a bag or box as well to ensure your furry friend is comfortable and safe after your move. Keep these bags or boxes in your car so they are not misplaced and remain within easy reach, allowing you to relax and enjoy your first night in your new apartment.

Are you ready to love coming home to Kalaeloa Rental Homes in Kapolei, HI? Our community features a variety of spacious rental homes in the heart of Oahu’s island beauty. We are located within easy travel distance to Ewa Beach, Pearl Harbor, and Kunia. You can learn more about us by clicking through our website to check out the fabulous features and amenities our residents enjoy. 

Simple Apartment Spring Cleaning Tasks

Spring is traditionally the time of year when homeowners and apartment tenants alike set aside time to clean and organize their homes. Creating a clean, organized home helps to provide a refreshed mental outlook on life and can even improve your health by eliminating dust and dirt that may have built up over time. Even if you only have time for minimal spring cleaning this year, concentrating on a few effective tasks will enhance the look of your apartment’s luxurious features.

Windows

Your expansive windows allow ample natural light into your apartment and provide a clear view of the stunning San Diego cityscape enjoyed by residents of Carmel Pacific Ridge. It can be easy to ignore—or fail to notice—dirty windows because smudges and dust build up slowly over time. However, cleaning your windows can make a big difference in the look and feel of your luxury apartment. Window cleaning isn’t difficult and won’t take up much time with the right tools at your disposal. All you’ll need is a bucket, dishwashing liquid, a soft sponge, a rubber squeegee, and a microfiber towel. Mix a few drops of liquid dish soap with warm water to create your cleaning solution. Spread the solution over your window with the sponge, scrubbing gently at stubborn spots. Once the window has been cleaned, use the squeegee to remove most of the liquid. Finish by buffing with the microfiber towel to eliminate any remaining streaks or spots for crystal clear windows you’re sure to enjoy.

Countertops

Your Carmel Pacific Ridge apartment features beautiful quartz countertops that offset your contemporary solid wood cabinetry. Taking a few moments this spring to ensure your countertops are clean and looking their best will enhance the entire look of your apartment. In most cases, all you need to do to maintain your countertops is wipe them down using a soft cloth and water or a mild household cleaner. If your counters have any stains from foods, beverages, or hard water, use a scratch-free sponge and non-abrasive cleanser to remove them. Apply pressure to the sponge and scrub in small circles to break up the stain. If you have food or limescale buildup on your counters, gently scrape it away with a razor blade and wipe any remaining debris with water and a soft cloth.

Appliances

Carmel Pacific Ridge apartments feature beautiful new stainless steel appliances for improved performance and visual appeal. You don’t need to purchase expensive specialized cleaners to keep your appliances looking their best. All you need to maintain your stainless steel appliances is a non-abrasive sponge or cloth, mild dish soap, and baby or mineral oil. Place a few drops of dish soap on a damp rag and use it to clean away any fingerprints or stains on your appliances. Wipe the area dry to avoid leaving soap or water spots. You can polish your stainless steel appliances using baby oil or mineral oil; use a small amount of this liquid on a dry cloth and rub it into the steel for that like-new shine that will make your apartment’s kitchen glow!

Are you ready to enjoy life to the fullest in your stylish and beautifully-appointed Carmel Pacific Ridge apartment? Check us out on the web to find out more about our apartment finishes and amenities, including wood-style flooring, pendant accent lighting, and private outdoor living space. You can contact us online or stop by in person to discuss leasing rates, move-in specials, and more. 

Interior Design Inspiration for Your Apartment’s Décor

Spring is a great time to refresh your San Diego apartment’s décor. Whether you’re looking to make a few simple changes or you’re ready for a complete overhaul of your decorating style, these interior design tips can help you make the most of your living space:

Bright Colors

Bright colors are a tried-and-true method to make a small space seem larger. There are many ways to incorporate a bright new color scheme into your apartment without breaking the bank. You can lay the foundation for a brighter, airier apartment by choosing a large area rug as the focal point for your living room. Group furniture around the rug while leaving plenty of space for foot traffic. Choose accessories such as vases, lamps, jars, and artwork that draw on the colors in your rug; sprinkling these items throughout the room will create a feeling of cohesion. You can carry your bright new color scheme into your bathroom and bedroom using rugs and linens such as towels, sheets, and throw pillows. Choosing lighter-colored furniture that meshes with your bright new color scheme will also enhance the open and inviting feel of every room in your apartment.

Upcycling

Upcycling is the process of reusing old items to create a new piece with even more value than the original. This form of recycling reduces the amount of materials that are discarded into landfills and can save you money by reducing the amount of money you spend on new décor. Some great examples of upcycling include turning old ladders and stepstools into shelves and planters, creating a kitchen table from old sawhorses and lumber, and repurposing old food containers or packaging into chic new storage solutions. Chalkboard paint can turn an old cabinet door into a message board or any container into a versatile and easily-labeled vessel.

Mix and Match

One of the pitfalls many apartment owners often run into when choosing a decorative style is the desire to make everything match. While it’s true that your apartment can benefit from a cohesive feeling of style, making everything too “matchy matchy” can actually detract from the look of your living space. In a room where everything matches perfectly, there is little room for your personality to shine through. Rather than concentrating on choosing matching colors and items down to the last detail, leave yourself a little breathing space to include personal keepsakes, photos, and other items in your apartment’s décor. Show off your collection of teacups, postcards, or baseballs in a unique way that complements rather than completely blends into your décor. Highlighting the things that make you unique will create an apartment space that is completely your own. If you don’t have many personal items or a collection to show off, never fear—there are other ways to mix and match your apartment’s style to create a comfortable and lived-in space. Choose one or two decorative items at odds with your overall style to bring in elements of contrast for visual depth and interest. Adding an intricately-framed mirror to your modern apartment or placing a few modern prints among your vintage art collection will create just the right amount of appealing contrast in your décor.

Are you ready to create a fresh new space in your San Diego apartment this spring? Carmel Pacific Ridge is a resort-style apartment community featuring luxurious apartment spaces where you can let your creativity shine. We are located on a hilltop offering panoramic views of the city beyond, including Mission Valley, Riverwalk, and the San Diego Bay. You can find out more about the Carmel Pacific Ridge living experience on our website

Finding the Perfect Apartment

Is it time to start looking for a new apartment home? Searching out the perfect apartment for your needs can be a fun and easy experience when you determine a few requirements ahead of time. Evaluating your location, space, and other factors before and during your search can help you find the best apartment solution for your needs in the Boston area.

Location

One of the most important aspects of any living space is its location. Not only should your apartment be located in a place you love, it should offer convenient access to shopping, dining, work, and leisure activities as well. Take some time to explore the local neighborhood before deciding on your future apartment home. Talk to some of the residents if possible and ask what they like—and dislike—about the area. Choose a location that offers you the access you need to parking, roads, or public transportation to get to work easily and spend time out on the town. Studies have shown that shorter commutes and easier access to leisure activities can improve both your mental and your physical health. The more access you have to transportation options, the more you’ll be able to enjoy apartment life to the fullest without worrying about getting to your destination.

Space

Another important factor to consider in the search for your perfect apartment is space. You want an apartment that is the right size for your needs, especially if you have a family or roommate to consider. Moving into an apartment that is too small can leave you feeling cramped and uncomfortable, while a space that is too big for your needs will be a challenge to keep clean and organized. Finding exactly the right layout and amount of space will ensure you feel comfortable and relaxed while at home. Options to look for in the ideal apartment include ample storage space, large closets, and a floor plan that will accommodate your preferred furniture and arrangements.

Amenities

Apartment communities offer a wide range of luxuries and amenities to their residents. When you consider a potential apartment home, look at the community as a whole to determine if it is the right fit for you. Evaluate which amenities you consider necessities, which options you prefer to have, and which aren’t necessary. While some people consider an apartment balcony or patio a must-have, others might instead require their new home to have a dishwasher, washer and dryer, or individual climate control. Ask to see a list of the full range of apartment amenities when you visit each community and check off your must-haves to ensure your new home will have the necessities you require. If you’re considering several communities that all include your entire list of must-haves, look next to your second-tier preferred amenities, such as green building, energy-efficient appliances, and extra storage. The community that includes all of your must-haves and many or even all of your preferred amenities could be the best choice for you.

Are you ready to enjoy a wide range of amenities and luxuries in a pet-friendly apartment community located in the heart of Watertown, MA? Alta At The Estates is a four-story apartment community offering one- and two-bedroom apartments with a long list of luxury amenities. When you choose to live in our apartment community, you’ll enjoy stainless steel appliances, granite countertops, individual balconies and patios, and ample free outdoor parking, all just blocks from MBTA public transportation into Boston and Cambridge. Visit us online to learn more or contact us about setting up a long- or short-term lease today!

Welcome to Alta At The Estate

The city of Boston is one of the oldest in the United States, harboring not only a rich history, but an active role in some of today’s top cutting-edge scientific research as well. If you’re looking for an apartment home in the Boston area, you know how difficult it can be to find the perfect balance of location and amenities. Alta At The Estate offers that rare combination of luxury amenities, serene surroundings, and convenient access to everything you love about living in the City on a Hill.

Our Location

As one of the earliest settled locations in the Massachusetts area, Watertown was established in the early 1630s. Located just nine miles (only 20 minutes) from the middle of the greater city of Boston, Watertown offers a peaceful urban retreat from the bustle of the big city. Alta At The Estate is located adjacent to Whitney Hill Park and Victory Field, two of Watertown’s hidden natural gems. Across the street, you’ll find the historical Gore Estate, which features an elegant mansion and fresh produce sales from the estate’s very own farm. However, don’t let the peace and quiet of our locale fool you into thinking you aren’t living in the middle of it all—just minutes from your front door are shops, restaurants, and entertainment that are easily accessible on foot. Less than half a mile from Alta At The Estate, you’ll find the West Street Tavern bar and restaurant, a Starbucks coffee shop, Watertown High School, and the Tabrizi Bakery. When you need convenient access to Boston, Cambridge, and beyond, you’ll find that Alta At The Estate is just blocks from the Watertown MBTA stop, providing easy access to Boston’s extensive public transportation system. 

Our Community

Alta At The Estate is pleased to offer a wide variety of luxury amenities for our residents to enjoy. Plus, if you’re looking for options such as short-term leases or townhouse-style apartments, we can accommodate you! Our on-site maintenance and management ensure the grounds are well cared-for and provide immediate assistance to address resident needs. We also offer package receiving so you won’t need to worry about secure mail deliveries while you’re out. Our community provides ample outdoor open free parking for your convenience and elevator service to each floor of the building, both of which are rare and valuable gems in the greater Boston area. Some of the other community amenities you can enjoy include our state-of-the art fitness room, which features 24-hour access to Techno Gym equipment with iPod docks and touchscreen TVs to keep you motivated and moving. When you need a quiet place to work, stop by our business center—don’t forget to take breaks at our on-site cyber café and coffee bar! Other Alta At The Estate amenities include our media room with large-screen TVs and gaming equipment and our spacious community clubhouse, where our residents can enjoy countless social activities. Our outdoor amenities are just as plentiful: a playground, saltwater pool, sundeck, barbecue and picnic area, and dog park where every member of your family can enjoy the fresh air. You’ll also find plenty of outdoor lounge space and a fire pit. Our environmentally-minded residents will love our recycling service and green building practices, which reflect Alta At The Estate’s commitment to a greener, healthier future for the planet and its population.

You’ll find everything you’re looking for in the perfect apartment community and more when you choose Alta At The Estate, a chic, upscale living experience in the heart of Watertown. Contact us online or click through our website to find out more about our one- and two-bedroom apartments for rent!