Monday, November 23, 2015

Two Decor Trends We Love This Holiday Season

Decorating your home for the holiday’s can be one of the most anticipated activities of the season. Decor magazines, Pinterest boards, and DIY sites are all abuzz with new color schemes and trends to get your home looking charming and stylish. Below, you’ll find our top two choices--that we can’t help but love--with suggestions of where to shop for some of the key pieces that will help you in pulling off these looks at home.

Wreaths, Branches, and Berries - A hot new trend is to hang big round wreaths in your windows. You can also get birch-wood style branches, and berries to place on the mantle of your fireplace, and round out the look. Now you have yourself a mini forest wonderland. This idea combines a forest color palette and theme to make one of the most beautiful holiday decor trends ever. It’s at the top of our list, and I’m sure it’s not hard to see why.

Neutral color schemes - In contrast to the previous idea, a neutral color arrangement for holiday decor can seem like the total opposite of what you would expect holiday decorations to look like. However, wooden letters that spell holiday-themed words like “Noel” etc, or using burlap Christmas stockings, large white candles, and strings of Christmas lights can paint a lovely picture that will make your apartment feel warm and cozy inside.

We hope you found this article helpful when getting your home into holiday shape! If you are looking for an apartment to call home this season, A Plus Apartment Locators would love to get you set up! Our service is free of charge and we answer phones 7 days a week. Call today at 512 231 1400.

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Organize your Entryway for under $100

Living in an apartment can be challenging when it comes to space. Before you know it, papers have stacked up, shoes are piled by the front door, and you’ve lost your keys somewhere in the clutter. Our solution? Get a setup for your entry way where everything has a place! Below, we list three options to help you get organized and make your life easier.

Cubical storage bench - This bench doubles as a seat and a storage device for shoes. Place it by the entryway of your apartment and you’ve got a spot for your shoes, as well as a place to put them on. This beautiful bench comes in three different colors. Dark cherry is our favorite.

Entryway shelf and hooks - This shelf comes with hooks underneath for your keys and coats. You can place picture frames on a small basket on the shelf for more storage, and it comes in three different colors to match the style of your apartment.

Wall mounted postcard basket - This basket has five slots for organizing different sized papers, and it also has the option to be mounted on the wall. The entrance of your home is an ideal place to put mail, as you can put it in a spot that you won’t forget about, and it won’t reach the table or counter to clutter things up. 

Check out our Pinterest board here on interior design ideas for small entry ways!

We hope you found these suggestions useful to help your apartment stay organized and clutter free. If you are currently looking for an apartment within a certain area and budget, one of our apartment locators can make the search process fast and easy for you. And, our service is free of charge. Call today at 512 231 1400.

Monday, November 2, 2015

Austin: Are we expanding faster than we can absorb?

The summer months in Austin have seen an upward trend in apartment permits and new construction. New apartment permit applications looked to be slowing earlier in the year, yet notably turned around over the summer.  A full 30% of outstanding apartment permit applications were submitted in the last three months. This is double the applications submitted in the previous three months.

This, in addition to the apartment properties that are currently under construction, means a considerable number of new units coming online. There are 66 apartments already under construction, 8 of which broke ground over the summer months. These apartment projects will eventually contribute over 15,000 additional units to the Austin rental inventory in the months to come.

While new construction and construction underway is spread all throughout the city, the Domain and Far North area remain the hot spot for new rentals and apartments. This may be fueled by upscale shopping centers, new restaurants, and the fact that rental rates average half of what they are in the central business district.

The question still remains, can Austin absorb all the new growth it has and will undoubtedly see in the months to come? Are we creating more homes than we can fill, or are we simply keeping up with the supply and demand? Leave a comment below and tell us what you think.

If you are currently searching for a new home and are interested in renting an apartment, give us a call at 512 231 1400. One of our experienced apartment locators will find you a home that best suits your needs, your budget and your lifestyle. We answer phones 7 days a week and our service is always free to our clients.  Let us make this your easiest and quickest apartment search yet.