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5 Autumn-Inspired Decorating Tips for Your Apartment

It’s October, which means that it’s time to make your home boo-tiful with fall-inspired and holiday decor. Here are some tips on how to make simple changes to your apartment to make a seamless transition into the autumn season:

  1. Swap out a few home accessories. Nothing says fall like plaid and flannel. Give your sofa or bed a quick facelift by placing a few plaid or check marked colored throw pillows. Stick with neutral and darker colors to make it feel like fall. Simple changes like pumpkin-inspired coasters or a new tablecloth can turn your apartment into a charming and festive space.

  2. Visit the Farmer’s Market. Grab pumpkins from the Freshfarm Downtown Silver Spring Market, it operates every Saturday year-round. Pumpkins are the season’s obvious must-have but don’t be afraid to mix it up with multi-colored pumpkins or gourds. The farmer’s market has a large selection of winter squash that is great for roasting, eating, or decorating.

  3. Add some mood lighting. Lighting is essential to creating an ambiance so don’t overlook it when you start incorporating your seasonal decorations. A string of orange lights or orb lights will help you achieve a subtle Halloween look. Candles make any space feel cozy. There are Halloween themed ones or pick a candle with autumn scents like Cinnamon, Apple Pie, or Hazelnut. Consider using electric candles for added safety if you have pets or kids in your apartment.

  4. Stock up on sweet treats. You’ll need to load up on sweet treats if you’re expecting trick or treaters. Why not store them in colorful jars and bowls? If October had an official color it would be orange and candy corn in a clear jar is a fun way to add a splash of orange to your place. Plus your friends and family will enjoy grabbing a few treats on their way out as well.

  5. Get crafty. If you want to get creative, there are lots of easy do-it-yourself decorations you can create. One idea is making candy corn painted wine bottles. Take an empty wine bottle, strip the label off and then paint it in stripes of yellow, orange, and white. It makes the perfect holiday-inspired decoration.

The White Oak Communities of Montgomery Paint Branch and Yorkshire Apartment Homes are close to many shopping centers with an excellent inventory of home decor. You can browse the aisles of the Westfield Wheaton or Orchard Center Target, the Silver Spring T.J.Maxx, or the Rockville HomeGoods.Happy decorating!

The White Oak communities are professionally managed by Grady Management, Inc. Learn more about Grady Management on their official website or Facebook page. Our communities Yorkshire Apartment Homes and Montgomery Paint Branch Apartment Homes 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.

Top 5 Parks in Silver Spring

One of the best things you can do is take in nature’s beauty. Thankfully, Silver Spring has many places to do just that. We rounded up a list of must-see parks in the area. Make the most of your fall and check out these beautiful parks:

  1. Rock Creek Park passes along the west side of Silver Spring, and offers hiking trails, picnic grounds, and bicycling on weekends. The park is one of the larger ones in the area at 2,100 acres. It’s also home to fun attractions like the Carter Barron Amphitheatre, Rock Creek Planetarium, and Rock Creek Park Horse Center. After your park day is done, you can easily walk over to the Smithsonian National Zoo as the park borders it.

    Dog Park

  2. Acorn Park is in the downtown area of Silver Spring. The park used to be Francis Preston Blair’s estate named “Silver Spring” (sound familiar?) which was inspired by a mica-speckled spring he discovered. Although the park is not very large, it packs in plenty to see with an acorn-shaped gazebo and beautiful murals.
  3. Wheaton Regional Park is a great spot for families with an adventure playground, which includes climbing structures, swings, giant slides, a sandcastle, and more. The Brookside Nature center has live reptile and mammal displays that are fun for all ages. Tennis lovers will enjoy the six outdoor courts and when the weather is not so nice there is the Wheaton Indoor Tennis Facility available.
  4. Sligo Creek Park offers hiking trails, tennis courts, playgrounds and bicycling. With over 10 miles of hard surface trail, there are several areas to explore that provide recreation for people of all ages and abilities. There are 15 picnic areas along the path that are free to use. The parks ends at Wheaton Regional Park if you want to hit two parks in one day.
  5. Ellsworth Urban Park is a 3.6-acre park that surrounds the Northwest Branch of the Anacostia River and is home to a playground area and tennis courts. The park just added a new dog park— a great place for your four-legged friends to run and frolic. Their dog park has separate areas for dogs over and under 20 pounds. Plus, there are benches to relax as you sit and watch your dogs play. The park has ample parking and is within walking distance to many restaurants and shops.

Silver Spring is a great location for those seeking a perfect blend of city living with recreational parks. With so many beautiful places near our communities Vista at White Oak Apartments, Yorkshire Apartment Homes, and Montgomery Paint Branch Apartment Homes choosing one that fits your needs is a breeze.

Fall Festivities in Silver Spring

It’s that time of year again when the weather cools off and the Pumpkin Spice Lattes, autumn leaves, and beloved fall-inspired events return. So throw on a jacket and head to any of these events in the area to bring in the season in style:

The 6th Annual Dance and Music Festival at Veteran’s Plaza in downtown Silver Spring kicks off Sunday, September 22. The free events runs from 3 pm – 9 pm and features dance performances. All ages welcome. Continue reading “Fall Festivities in Silver Spring”

Free Things to do in Montgomery County

Explore what MoCo has to offer without breaking the bank. There are so many great things to do in the area that are perfect for dates, family trips, or just a solo excursion.

Get outside before the summer is over. Enjoy hiking, biking, and kayaking at the many parks and trails in the area. Wheaton Regional Park has over 11 miles of paved and natural surface trails. Have a picnic at the many available picnic tables and grills. There is a playground for the little ones so they can slide and swing to their heart’s desire. Pine Lake is nestled in the park if you want to fish or you can just relax by the water.

Brookside Gardens, is an award-winning garden within Wheaton Regional Park. The gardens are open without charge and includes an aquatic garden, children’s garden, and Japanese Style Garden— just to name a few. The gardens also often host active events like Yoga or Tai Chi. The area is definitely a must-see in Montgomery County.

The White Oak Library has a ton of free events, plus you can get all your summer reading in from their large selection of books. They have a weekly crafting event aptly named, “Crafternoons” where you’ll get to make your own creation in a guided workshop. Animal lovers will want to attend “Read to a Dog” where children can read to a therapy dog to improve their reading confidence. The list of upcoming events can all be found on their website. Continue reading “Free Things to do in Montgomery County”

Decorating On A Budget

Decorating your apartment is an important part of making your space feel like home. And you don’t have to spend a fortune to make a stylish space. Here are some ideas to give your place a facelift on a budget:

1. Let Your Room Reflect You

A well-placed mirror has the power to make a small room feel larger. Mirrors are the perfect way to open a smaller space up. Go for different shaped frames like a sunburst design or several panels to add an elegant touch to your walls. Try shopping second hand to see if you can score a vintage find.

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