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.

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


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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7 Ideas for Your Self-Care

Over the last decade, the self-care industry has flourished thanks to the advent of social influencers, self-help bloggers, and society’s increased emphasis on mental health. According to the Oxford Dictionary, the definition of self-care is “the practice of taking action to preserve or improve one’s own health.” While self-care refers to completing basic functions that maintain health and hygiene. The term has also come to refer to enjoying luxuries of all magnitudes from eating an extra scoop of ice cream to purchasing a new laptop. All your self-care choices should be done within reason. In other words, if you are struggling to make a tuition payment, maybe don’t buy the top-of-the-line new smartphone. The goal of the cultural-version of self-care is to recognize your accomplishments, no matter how small, and celebrate them.

The phrase “treat yourself” has become the iconic mantra of self-care because it embodies the notion of rewarding oneself through enjoyable activities and purchases. If you recognize the need to focus on your own self-care, here are seven ideas for how to treat yourself:

1. Take A Bath

Beyond basic cleanliness, a long, warm bath and a good book can be a great way to relax after a stressful day or week. Light your favorite scented-candle and drop in a bath bomb for an evening of relaxation and enjoyment. Your muscles will thank you when they are tension-free as you head to bed.

2. Watch An Extra Episode

Are you just dying to know what happens in the next episode of the show you are currently trying not to binge-watch? There is no harm in watching one more episode if you have the time. Maybe the dishes need to be done or the dog needs to be groomed – if a minor chore stands between you and your desire to watch an extra episode, then treat yourself!

3. Order Two Appetizers

Counting calories has its time and place. If you are out to dinner for a special occasion, don’t kick yourself in the butt for ordering extra treats. While going out for a meal is about food, it is also about good company. More food means longer time spent at the table engaging in conversation. It’s all about the apps!

4. Plan Your Dream Trip 

Whether you want to take a road trip one state over or have dreamed about exploring Machu Picchu since you were a kid, now is the time. You don’t have to actually take the trip tomorrow. Simply starting to plan is a step in the “treat yourself” direction! You’ll be surprised how exciting it can be to save time off and money when you know it’s for something you’re looking forward to.

5. Cut Out the Negative

Self-care isn’t all about bringing goods things into your life. It’s also about letting go of the bad. From letting go of friends who don’t have your best interests at heart to decluttering your apartment, it can be very relieving to remove people and things from your life that are holding you back from living your best life.

6. Splurge A Little

You never want to make a purchase that is going to prevent you from paying for your non-negotiables (rent, insurance, groceries, etc.), but every now and then it is nice to indulge in that item that is just outside of your budget. For some people that might be buying a popular brand of athletic apparel and for others that might mean buying lunch out one day per week instead of packing it.

7. Spend More Time On You

It can be challenging to make time for yourself with the hustle and bustle of life sweeping you along. Between work, family, friends, and responsibilities it can sometimes seem impossible to make time for yourself to do little things like paint your nails, workout, or dance around the living room. Whatever it is that makes you feel like you, make more time for it.

Self-care is easier to do when you live somewhere that you love. If you are searching for a new place to call home where you can watch extra TV episodes, read in the bath, hang your splurge buys, and more, then explore the White Oak Communities of Vista at White Oak, Montgomery Paint Branch, and Yorkshire Apartment Homes. From one to three-bedroom apartments, there is a layout to suit anyone’s lifestyle and self-care regimen.


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.

Furnishing a New Apartment on a Budget

Furnishing a New Apartment on a Budget

Whether you are moving into your very first apartment or need some new pieces for your space, furnishing an apartment can quickly add up. From carpets to couches, there are certain ways to acquire great pieces without overpaying. Avoid a shock when you see your credit card statement after a shopping spree by implementing some of these savvy shopping tactics:

Family unpacking cardboard boxes at new home.


  • Browser Extensions – If you use Google Chrome to do your online shopping, you will want to explore the Chrome Web Store’s free extensions. There are some extensions dedicated to helping you save money. For example, Honey automatically scans possible coupon codes for you at checkout without you having to do research on third-party sites.
  • Coupons – Often times when you give your email address to a company via their website they will send you a welcome discount. Refrain from giving your email for the first time until you know you are ready to make a purchase. You don’t want the coupon to expire if you take a long time to make a decision!
  • Forums – Social media is a great tool for finding second-hand furniture and decor. Facebook Marketplace is one example of a place where people can post photos of things they are trying to sell with a price. You can search for what you are looking for using keywords and a distance parameter. Often times, you can also negotiate the price with the seller. As with any online connection, use your judgement and arrange to make the exchange in a public, populated place.
  • Second Hand Stores – Thrift stores contain a treasure trove of unique pieces to fill your new apartment with. Some might need some TLC, while you might find someone donated items in perfect condition. Depending on how crafty you are, you can find and rehab a piece of furniture as a fun project.
  • Yard Sales – Keep an eye out around town for yard, estate, and moving sales signs. Furniture such as couches and loveseats can be a pain to move long distances so people often try and sell them before they move. Yard sales are great because you can inspect the condition of what you are buying in person before making an offer.
  • Ask Friends and Family – If you have friends and family in the area, don’t be afraid to ask if they have any extra furniture they are trying to get rid of, or if they know someone who does. Networking is a great strategy for furnishing your space!



Moving into an apartment is an exciting life event! Once your move is set and you implement some of the above shopping tactics to fill you space, you will have plenty of time to enjoy your new town.


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.