How to Work Remotely From Your Apartment

The growing trend of working from home shows no sign of slowing down in the new year. LinkedIn just named “time” as the perk professionals will want most going into 2020 in their annual trend forecast. Experiments with a 4-day work week have already started at Microsoft and may soon grow in popularity. Set yourself up for success by making sure your apartment is optimized for working from home. Here are some tips to get you started:

1. Designate Your Workspace

Laptop on a Bed

Choose a place in your apartment that will be primarily used as your workspace. Keeping all your papers and materials in one dedicated area will help you feel organized and prevent distractions like the T.V. The same way your bed should be used mainly for bedtime to promote healthy sleep patterns, your work area should promote healthy work habits. Bonus tip: If you’re going to be video-conferencing make sure that your workspace has a background free of clutter.

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6 Tips to Stay Warm and Save this Winter

Winter is coming which means snow, the holidays, and hot chocolate. But with all the fun things associated with the season, there’s the need to keep your apartment warm and cozy. Here are some tips for making sure your apartment stays energy-efficient and warm this winter:

 

1. Put Down A Rug

If your floors feel cold, putting a rug down is a simple solution. it will not only keep your feet from feeling cold but will also add another layer of insulation. This is great for colder rooms without carpets like the bathroom and kitchen.

2. Rearrange the Furniture

Your heating system should not be blocking the heat from getting into the room. It sounds obvious, but it’s surprising how many times people unknowingly block or put things too close to their vents. It will also be chillier near the perimeter of your room so think about moving furniture closer to the center.

3. Turn Down the Heat At Night-Time

Invest in a comforter or heavy blanket to keep you warm at night. Load your couch with snuggly blankets and pillows. Make your home into a cozy place you will love coming home to after being outside in the elements. The reinforcements will stop you from turning up the thermostat. Continue reading “6 Tips to Stay Warm and Save this Winter”

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.

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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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5 Apartment Balcony Decorating Ideas, Tips, and Tricks

Make the most of your outdoor real estate when you transform your balcony into a little oasis. Enjoy having morning coffee, reading a book, or entertaining company as you take in the views and breathe the fresh air. Designing an apartment balcony doesn’t have to be just putting out a table and a few chairs. With a little planning and forethought, the space can become your new favorite place to spend time. We’ve rounded up some of the most innovative ways to make your patio a place you will love:

Be sure to check with your apartment management for rules and regulations regarding balcony decor before adding your own touches.

1. Add Some Green

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Spruce up your space with a few pockets of green. The space will look lush and make you feel like your in the backyard. Planters to hang on the rails or walls can add interest to an otherwise bare space. Plus, your plants will get the sunlight they need on your balcony.

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