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Top 6 Fall Decor Trends

One of the many fabulous things about living in Maryland is experiencing all four seasons throughout the year. As fall begins to grace us with its presence swimsuits are traded for sweaters, watermelons for pumpkins, and orange crushes for stouts. It is not uncommon for people to start spending more time indoors to stay cozy. As you reorient your activities and tastes for the fall, don’t forget about your apartment! Here are the top six home decor trends to freshen up your space this fall:

Pops of Color

Gray is out and pops of bright color are in! This doesn’t mean you have to go out and buy all new furniture. You can bring a little color to any existing couch or armchair with playful pillows or a tasteful throw blanket.

Plants That Take Care of Themselves (Well, almost)

Shorter days mean fewer hours of sunlight to nurture your houseplants. Do yourself a favor and exchange ‘needy’ plants for those that require less attention such as succulents, ZZ plants, Philodendrons, or Monstreas. And of course, you could always opt for fake plants, which really do take care of themselves.

Back to Basics Furniture

Gone are the days of ornate or ‘heavy’ furniture. Nowadays it is all about clean lines and functionality. When seeking a new dining set or coffee table keep it simple with muted tones and storage space. Your kitchen table can be accented with pops of color from your plate settings.

Metallic Accents

Shiny never looked so good! Forget about waiting for special holidays to add a little sparkle to your apartment, add it now. From cool geometric lamps to candle holders to wall accents, metallic shimmer is the perfect way to add some edge to your space.

Velvet

Velvet blankets, chairs, and pillows add a bit of texture to any room. The slightly shimmery material will go well with your metallic accents. The elegant style of velvet is sure to elevate your apartments overall decor.

Playful Patterns

If pops of color and different texture materials aren’t your thing, then implementing playful patterns might be. From the living area to the bathroom, patterns are eye-catchers. Consider spicing up your space with a patterned rug, shower curtain, or comforter.

The White Oak Communities are located in close proximity to stores with an excellent inventory of home decor, which makes it easy to switch up your apartment’s style with the changing seasons. You can peruse the aisles of the Westfield Wheaton or Orchard Center Target, the Silver Spring T.J.Maxx, or the Rockville HomeGoods.

 

The White Oak communities are professionally managed by Grady Management, Inc. Learn more about Grady Management on the official website or Facebook page. While all White Oak communities are located close to Silver Spring, they each provide their own unique and quality apartment features and community amenities to fit the specific needs of the resident and provide the best of the best in apartment living.

Local Fall Festivities

As the weather cools and the leaves change it is time to get excited about local fall festivities. Between pumpkin picking, Halloween preparations, and apple cider donuts you may already have a busy schedule ahead of you for the season. Make room in your calendar for these local fall events:

Now that you have a jammed packed calendar it’s time to plan your transportation. Not a driver? No problem! With a variety of public transportation options available near the White Oak Communities it will be a piece of pumpkin pie to get out and about all autumn. 

The Metro Bus K6 goes all the way to Fort Totten. The Montgomery County Ride On bus has several stops throughout the area. You can check the schedules online. September 22 is even Car Free Day, so the bus system will be celebrating by offering free bus rides from 10 am – 7 pm running from the Shady Grove Metro Station to the Germantown Transit Center before heading to Black Hill Regional Park, the Clarksburg outlets, and vice versa.

Photo: Ride On Montgomery County Transit

The White Oak Communities of Montgomery White Oak Apartments, Vista at White Oak Apartments, Montgomery Paint Branch Apartments and Yorkshire Apartments are situated perfectly for easy access to Silver Spring and surrounding area events. Nearby are the popular cities of Baltimore, Annapolis, and Washington, DC. With so many places offering fun fall events it’s sure to be a season to remember!

The White Oak communities are professionally managed by Grady Management, Inc. Learn more about Grady Management on the official website or Facebook page. While all White Oak communities are located close to Silver Spring, they each provide their own unique and quality apartment features and community amenities to fit the specific needs of the resident and provide the best of the best in apartment living.

Five Apartment Cleaning Hacks

Let’s face it, cleaning is often the last thing we want to do after a long day at work or in our free time on weekends. With summer weather in full swing still, residents of the White Oak Apartment Communities have so many resources and amenities to keep busy. Each offers a swimming pool, proximity to local parks, and nearby by dining and entertainment. When exploring the neighborhood has maxed out your ability to procrastinate it is time to get cleaning. From your refrigerator to the shower, here are some easy hacks, tricks, and hints for tidying up your apartment:

  1. Smelly fridge: Combat a musty smelling fridge by leaving an open box of baking soda on one of the shelves. It will help absorb odors. Replace with a new box every few months.
  2. Stubborn throw rug stains: Steam away stains on your throw rug with white vinegar, water, a spray bottle, a rag, and an iron. Using one part vinegar with two parts water, spray the stain. Lay a damp rag over the spot. Lastly, using the steam setting, place the hot iron on the rag for about 30 seconds.
  3. Gross and gunky microwave: Slice up a lemon and place it in a microwavable bowl filled with water. Heat until the water boils, stop it, and let the bowl sit for a couple of minutes. When you open the door there will be steam and the caked on gunk will be much easier to scrub away.
  4. Pet hair nightmare: The communities of Vista at White Oak, Yorkshire Apartment Homes, and Montgomery Paint Branch are pet-friendly. While we love our furry friends, no one loves getting up from the couch coated in fur. Dampen the outside of a rubber kitchen glove and run it over your pet’s hair on the coach. You can then rinse off the glove and use it again next week!
  5. Crusty showerhead: Beat hard water buildup by filling a plastic sandwich bag three-quarters of the way with distilled vinegar. Stick the open end of the bag around the showerhead and secure with a rubber band. Let it soak overnight.

Remember to contact your leasing office for any service requests or for any assistance with maintenance in your apartment. With these hacks, your apartment will be squeaky-clean in no time! You’ll be able to sit back, relax, and enjoy the rest of your day without having to worry about other chores like landscaping.

The White Oak communities are professionally managed by Grady Management, Inc. Learn more about Grady Management on the official website or Facebook page. While all White Oak communities are located close to Silver Spring, they each provide their own unique and quality apartment features and community amenities to fit the specific needs of the resident and provide the best of the best in apartment living.

Skip the Dishes: One-Pan Recipes for Apartment Life

Summer is the time of year with the most daylight hours. Even so, no need to waste them indoors doing dishes or unloading the dishwasher! Maximize time outdoors by minimizing the mess you make cooking. Reducing the number of dishwasher loads you run can help cut back on utility costs, especially during the summer months when water demand is high. Here are some summer inspired, one-pan recipes to cook up this season:

Summer Vegetable Pasta

Please your vegetarian family members or guests with this fresh and filling dish. The White Oak Apartment Communities feature excellent kitchen layouts for chopping and dicing veggies and gas stovetops for cooking.

Oven Roasted Chicken and Veggies

Pack in the protein and veggies with this simple recipe that you can pop in the oven. Only a handful of ingredients with minimal preparation time makes this the perfect dish for busy people who are always on the go. With the amazing locations of the White Oak Apartment communities, there is always activities and events nearby to attend!

Seafood Orzo Risotto

Seafood runs in a Marylander’s veins. Embrace the summer seafood craze with this scrumptious seafood orzo risotto that packs a filling punch with little preparation required. While counter space is never an issue when it comes to the kitchens of Vista at White Oak, Yorkshire Apartment Homes, Montgomery White Oak, and Montgomery Paint Branch, it is always nice to keep your cooking mess consolidated. Less scrubbing for later!

 

Did someone say dessert? Satisfy your sweet tooth with this one-pan, no-bake dessert. It is a perfect treat to bring outside to the community playground or pool and share with friends!

The White Oak communities are professionally managed by Grady Management, Inc. Learn more about Grady Management on the official website or Facebook page. While all White Oak communities are located close to Silver Spring, they each provide their own unique and quality apartment features and community amenities to fit the specific needs of the resident and provide the best of the best in apartment living.

7 Tips to Stay Cool in Your Apartment

Maryland weather is known for its heat and humidity. Here are some tips to stay cool without breaking the bank.

  1. Use room-darkening curtains in windows that receive direct sunlight. Keeping the light out during the brightest parts of the day helps keep your apartment cool. 
  2. If you have a ceiling fan, make sure the blades are turning counter-clockwise to circulate the air. In the winter the blades should turn clockwise.
  3. Place fans in front of AC vents to enhance circulation.
  4. Run appliances later at night or earlier in the morning. Dishwashers and dryers produce a lot of heat.
  5. Incandescent lights produce a lot of heat. Turn them off or replace them with more energy efficient bulbs.
  6. Take a cool shower and sleep on cotton sheets.
  7. Stay hydrated throughout the day and wear loose, breathable clothing. 

The White Oak Apartments are designed for maximum efficiency and comfort. Our maintenance team changes filters regularly to keep systems running smoothly and are always available to answer your service call.

 

The White Oak communities are professionally managed by Grady Management, Inc. Learn more about Grady Management on the official website or Facebook page. While all White Oak communities are located close to Silver Spring, they each provide their own unique and quality apartment features and community amenities to fit the specific needs of the resident and provide the best of the best in apartment living.