Avoid These Small Space Mistakes!

Your RockVue apartment features plenty of open space where you can live life to the fullest. However, there are a few common mistakes renters often make that cause an apartment to feel smaller rather than large, open, and inviting. Check out these small space mistakes and learn how you can avoid them for an airy, comfortable home you’ll love to spend time in.

Cluttering It Up

Too much clutter is a sure-fire way to make your apartment feel smaller and less organized. Clutter can include both temporary and permanent items. Junk mail, shoes, coats, keys, and dirty dishes are all forms of temporary clutter that contribute to general disorganization in your apartment. Trying to show off too many knickknacks or cramming too much furniture into a single space are forms of permanent clutter. Temporary clutter is the easiest to tackle—find or create storage and organization solutions so that everything has a place and nothing sits haphazardly on counters, tables, chairs, or the floor. To address permanent clutter, take a step back and look at your décor. If you have a large number of items you want to show off, consider rotating your collection rather than displaying it all at once. Keep your rooms open and make sure there is an accessible path through each room to avoid cluttering the space with furnishings.

Playing It Safe

“Playing it safe” by decorating with neutrals and muted colors might be easy, but it can make your space feel smaller and less personal. Many people are afraid to use bold colors or patterns because they feel these elements will fill up a space and make it seem smaller. However, the opposite is actually true—bright colors make a room feel larger, while bold patterns make a small room feel more lively and inviting. You may not be able to change the size of your apartment, but you can use colors and patterns to create a feeling of personality and life that will make it feel much larger and more welcoming.

Haphazard Furnishings

Every room in your apartment should have a specific purpose: cooking, relaxing, working, or sleeping. Take this purpose into account when you furnish each room, utilizing only pieces necessary to that room’s function. Too much furniture or furniture that is placed haphazardly throughout a room creates a feeling of disorder that makes the space feel more cramped. Imagine each room as a whole, then divide it into halves, thirds, or fourths in which you place your furniture by function and aesthetics. To avoid moving furniture multiple times, create a floor plan online or on paper to try out a few ideas before you start the heavy lifting.

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Visiting Colorado’s State Parks

Of the many benefits you can enjoy while living in Broomfield, some of the best are free—Colorado is home to some of the nation’s most beautiful landscapes and interesting terrain. Whether you enjoy hiking, picnicking, fishing, or simply strolling along and enjoying lush forests and stunning mountain views, Colorado’s 42 state parks have something amazing in store for you.

Eldorado Canyon State Park

Eldorado Canyon State Park is a popular place for hiking, picnicking, fishing, and rock climbing amidst the area’s stunning sandstone cliffs. This day-use only park has been rated one of SmarterTravel.com’s Ten State Parks You Can’t Miss, thanks to its more than 500 rock climbing routes and 11 easy and moderate hiking trails. Eldorado Canyon State Park also offers a Junior Ranger Program, where young nature-lovers can learn how to protect and preserve Colorado’s natural beauty for generations to come. This state park’s natural beauty is one of its main draws, offering activity-seekers and picnickers alike some of the most picturesque views in Colorado. Because Eldorado Canyon State Park is so popular, the best times to visit are in the early morning, during the week, or during the cooler weather in the fall.

Golden Gate Canyon State Park

Just to the south and west of Broomfield lies Golden Gate Canyon State Park, which features more than 12,000 acres of natural lands spanning 3,000 feet in elevation. One of the highlights of this state park is the Panorama Point Scenic Overlook, which offers views of the Continental Divide. At the Visitors Center, you’ll find information about the park and the Wilbur and Nellie Larkin Memorial Nature Trail trailhead. Just a few of the activities you can enjoy at Golden Gate Canyon State Park include rock climbing, hiking, fishing and hunting, bicycling, horseback riding, and camping. If you prefer to stay overnight without a tent, the park also offers cabins, yurts, and guest houses open to the public.

Roxborough State Park

Roxborough State Park is one of the most geologically-fascinating areas near Broomfield. This Colorado Natural Area and National Cultural District and National Natural Landmark is nestled in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, offering over 3,000 acres of natural terrain. The Fountain Formation, a 300 million-year old eroded sandstone structure, is the most famous geologic feature in the park. Roxborough State Park also contains numerous gulches, creeks, and other drainage systems that feed its grasslands and forest communities. You’re likely to spot some of the region’s native wildlife as you gaze over the rock formations or take a hike on one of the park’s six designated trails. On your way in or out, stop by the Visitors Center to check out the latest exhibits and information or sign up for one of the many events taking place regularly in the park, including moonlight hikes and naturalist-guided golf cart tours.

At RockVue Apartments of Broomfield, we know you love the great outdoors. That’s why our apartment community features a bike repair room, onsite park, regional trail, and sparkling pool and spa! If you’d like more information about our stylish one- and two-bedroom apartments for rent in Broomfield, check us out online, where you can find the latest move-in specials, pricing, and availability.

Personalizing Your Apartment Home

Any space can serve as a place to live, but what makes an apartment a true home? Creating a place that offers you a mental and physical refuge from the world will turn your Honolulu apartment into a personalized space where you can be yourself. Check out the tips below for a little inspiration to help you get started!

Don’t Stress on the Décor

Decorating your apartment and finding a style that’s uniquely “you” should be fun, not stressful. If you find yourself obsessing over finding the perfect rug, piece of art, or place setting, take a breath and a step back. Your apartment is meant to be a work in progress, reflecting your life and your experiences as you live it. This space doesn’t need to be complete, nor does it need to be absolutely perfect. Choose furniture and decorative items that speak most to you, regardless of style, and build the rest of your décor around these times. Keep in mind that you can use a different decorating style in each room, or even mix and match styles within the same room.

Find Your Stress Relief

Even in laid-back Hawaii, there can be little daily stresses that affect your life. Work, school, and other obligations can cause stress, but your apartment should be the perfect place for you to unwind. Find the methods of stress relief that work best for you and incorporate them into your apartment. Do you like soft lighting, a comfy armchair, or a long soak in the tub? Build the atmosphere in your apartment to perfectly suit the things that help you relax the most, and you’ll love coming home to a unique and private sanctuary that will promote a healthier body and mind.

Incorporate Memories

Your life is made up of memories that are uniquely yours—so why not showcase them in your personalized apartment home? Hang photos of family, friends, and places you love to remind you of these positive influences in your life. If you’ve got an empty wall, it can be the perfect place to create a collage that highlights your fondest memories. Special items that hold significance for you can also be incorporated into your décor. Set out your favorite plate and mug as part of a kitchen display or throw your favorite blanket over your couch to snuggle into whenever you sit. Don’t forget to create new memories associated with your apartment home as well—host parties, invite friends and family to visit, and enjoy everyday life to the fullest by taking advantage of your apartment’s proximity to all the great food, shopping, and entertainment that Oahu has to offer.

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Things to Do This Summer on Oahu

Summer is the perfect time to enjoy all that the island of Oahu has to offer right outside your apartment door. The state of Hawaii hosts a unique blend of history, culture, and nature that cannot be found anywhere else. Check out these amazing low-cost activities you can enjoy this summer on Oahu:

Moanalua Gardens

The Moanalua Gardens in Honolulu offer beauty, serenity, and a place where you can enjoy quality time with nature, family, and friends. This 24-acre privately-owned park is also home to the Kamehameha V Cottage, which was once the home of Prince Lot Kapuāiwa, later crowned King Kamehameha V. Moanalua Gardens also contains the distinctive Hitachi tree, which has been the logo for Hitachi Electronics for over 40 years. This tree, which is registered as an Exceptional Tree, is a large monkeypod tree—one of four on the property. Oahu’s annual Prince Lot Hula Festival also takes place at the Moanalua Gardens. This year, the 37th Prince Lot Hula Festival will be held on July 19, 2014, from 9am-4pm—make sure to mark it on your calendar!

Pūpūkea Beach Park

Pūpūkea Beach Park is a Marine Life Conservation District located just north of Waimea Bay. This park features two swimming areas: Shark’s Cove and Three Tables. Shark’s cove is a low-surf area perfect for snorkeling and scuba diving, where you’ll also discover a network of unique tide pools to explore at low tide. At the southern end of Pūpūkea Beach Park, the shallower Three Tables swimming area is perfect for snorkeling near the beach. Farther out, scuba divers can explore lava tubes and rock formations in the 45-foot-deep waters. Other popular activities at Pūpūkea Beach Park include fishing, bodyboarding, sunning, and swimming.

Pearl Harbor

Pearl Harbor is one of the most renowned historical sites in Hawaii. It is the place where the Japanese attacked the United States Navy in 1941, prompting the US’s entry into World War II. Today, visitors can explore both the site of the attack and numerous ships and wrecks, including the USS Arizona Memorial, the USS Bowfin, and the USS Missouri, where the official surrender of Japan took place to end the war. The Pearl Harbor Historical Site also contains a free two-part museum you can explore at your own pace. Nearby, you can also tour the Pacific Aviation Museum, which houses some of the original hangars that still sport glass windowpanes shot out during the attack.

Kukaniloko Birthstones State Monument

Located just off of Kamehameha Highway near Wahiawa and the world-famous Dole Plantation is the Kukaniloko Birthstones State Monument. This historical site is one of the most culturally-significant places in the state of Hawaii. Once reserved only for Hawaiian royalty, today all visitors can walk in the place where Hawaiian high chiefs preferred their children—and future successors—to be born. Two of the most famous Hawaiian figures born at this site are the chiefs Kakuhihewa and Kualii. Additionally, it is believed that the designs and shapes that decorate many of the stones act like a “Hawaiian Stonehenge,” providing a way to track celestial and terrestrial changes throughout the year.

You can visit these amazing places and many more easily from your Kapolei apartment at Kalaeloa Rental Homes. Our premier location offers easy access to Ewa Beach, Pearl Harbor, Honolulu, and more. You can learn more about experiencing a true island lifestyle in your two-, three-, or four-bedroom Hawaiian apartment by clicking through our website or stopping by in person for a tour.