Friday, May 29, 2015

Quick, Cheap Bedroom Makeover Ideas

Want to makeover your bedroom this weekend without spending much dough?  Check out Good Housekeeping's suggestions for turning your bedroom into a relaxing hideaway.  

Remove all clutter and items that conflict with relaxation or romance, including the television.  If your space is small and you can't get rid of all the stuff, at least put it away in smart-looking containers.

Try switching up your bedding with either a new comforter or duvet cover, or maybe just a couple of new throw pillows if that's all your budget allows.  A reversible duvet cover allows even more flexibility!

Rearranging your furniture can give your room a whole new look for free.  Also, rotate and flip your mattress so it wears evenly.

A wall-mounted headboard is a cheap facsimile of the real thing and can be achieved with wall decals or paint and stencils.

Adding trim to your bedding or curtains can make your textiles super-unique for not much money.  The possibilities are endless!

A rug is a great way to introduce texture, color, and pattern into your bedroom.  Make sure it is large enough to fit under the bed and at least one other piece of furniture.

There are even more ideas on Good Housekeeping, including adding accents to dressers, replacing drawer handles, curtains, and more.  Be sure to check out all of them!

Looking for a new #apartment with a bedroom that has some pizzazz?  Give A Plus Apartments a call today at 512-231-1400.

Friday, May 22, 2015

120th Anniversary of the Moonlight Towers

The Moonlight Towers are an iconic piece of #Austin history and this month will be 120 years since the towers were first put up, The Austin American Statesman reports.

In May of 1895, Austin received 31 towers from Detroit, who was going to a more modern lighting system.  There are 17 remaining towers, which are the only moonlight towers still standing in the entire world.

When the towers were purchased in 1894, Austin had only 18,400 residents and the contract for the towers specified that "The lights must be strong enough for a man with normal eyesight to read the time on his watch without squinting at a distance of 1,500 feet form the tower in any direction on the darkest of night."

The towers were erected in a quest to light the entire city as a response to the brutal "servant girl murders" that had claimed the lives of 8 people in 1885.

The first tower to be lit was the one in Hyde Park at 41st and Speedway. Legend says that a man named Gilbert Searight fell from one of the towers while working on it and died.  A schoolboy also fell from a tower in 1930.  His fall resulted in a 
9-day coma and 187 stitches, but no broken bones.

In 1965, the Zilker Park moonlight tower was decorated as the Zilker Holiday Tree for the first time and in 1970, the moonlight towers were named Texas State Landmarks.  In 1976, the icons are added to the National Register of Historic Places.  

By the early 1990's, the towers were a shadow of their former shells and were restored just in time for their 1995 centennial celebration.  Last year, $2.1 million was alloted to restoring the towers once again.  The city will be restoring them over time at a rate of 3 to five towers each year.

Want to live in an #apartment near the glow of the Moonlight Towers?  Give A Plus Apartments a call today at 512-231-1400!    

Friday, May 15, 2015

Living With a Small Bathroom

Small bathrooms are often something renters are stuck with, but with Apartment Therapy's advice, you can make your small bathroom space as usable as possible!

Only keep the things that you absolutely need in the bathroom to get ready.  Store things that can be stored somewhere else, like jewelry and accessories, and possibly even make-up, in your bedroom or another appropriate place.  

Make sure all those things you need on a daily basis are easy to get to and organized.  Borrow organization ideas from the kitchen like hooks and magnetic strips, plus use containers with dividers to make sure you can find needed items quickly.

A lot of bathrooms have awful lighting, so make sure you supplement it with task lighting and use bulbs of the right wattage and color to make your bathroom (and you) look as great as possible.

Make your bathroom feel as large as possible by using smaller accessories, adding a larger mirror or additional mirrored surfaces to reflect light, and move the curtain rod so the shower curtain doesn't take up valuable extra space.  If you're able to paint, choosing the right color can also make the room seem larger.  

Go for comfort when outfitting a small bathroom to make it feel more luxurious.  A super plush floor mat, higher quality shower curtain, and big fluffy towels are all splurges that can make your room feel like a special retreat.  

Need help finding an #apartment with a larger bathroom?  Give A Plus Apartments a call today at 512-231-1400.

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Austin Among the Best Places to Work for a Small Business

Austin is ranked #4 on a new list of the best U.S. Cities to be employed by a small business, the Austin Business Journal reports.

The study, which was conducted by personal finance website WalletHub, looked at eleven metrics including the number of small businesses, small business job growth, median income, and umemployment rates in the 100 largest US Cities by population.

Austin's median annual income came in at number two, and it came in at number three for earnings for employees of small businesses.  Both numbers were adjusted for cost of living.  Austin was number four in terms of unemployment and population growth.  

Austin fell substantially in the number of small businesses per capita, however, coming in at 34.

Are you a small business owner or employee looking to make the move to a new #apartment?  Give A Plus Apartments a call today at 512-231-1400!

Friday, May 1, 2015

Decorating Guide for Moving-In with Your Significant Other

It's a big adjustment when you make the leap in your relationship to cohabitation.  Just because you're a love match doesn't mean you are a design match.  Check out Apartment Therapy's tips for decorating with your significant other. 

Beware of compromising so much you wind up with a decorating style that both of you hate.  Rather than making no one happy, try taking turns on choosing items.  That way both of you will get things you love and you may wind up with stronger decor because it will look collected rather than forced.

Each of you should get one or two "vetos", no questions asked.  However, be sure to think carefully before you use your veto, because both of you get one.

Search for design inspiration together.  That way you can spend time together and enjoy looking for things that get you excited about decorating your place.  Vintage shopping, art museums and even design blogs are all great places to look for inspiration.

It's okay to wait until later to make some decisions.  Moving in together is a big adjustment and if you find yourselves fighting about furniture all the time, it may be better to leave the topic for now.  Once things have settled down, design disagreements may naturally disappear.

At the end of the day, what matters is that person you love that you chose to move in with, NOT the stuff that both of you brought to the table.  The most important part of your home is the people, not the belongings, and be sure to focus on that when you want to throw his ballcap collection out the window.

Ready to find an #apartment with room for two?  Give A Plus Apartment Locators a call today at 512-231-1400.