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Making an Apartment Feel Like Home — 5 Simple Tips

Renting an apartment does not doom you to blank, boring walls and awkward living spaces. It is possible to make any apartment feel like your own with these 5 simple tips. Before you get started, ask your landlord what changes are allowable; it may be possible to paint the walls (and often is if you will return them to their original color upon moving out). Then get started with tips like these:

1) Divide big rooms into smaller spaces. Use a bookshelf or screen to separate a big living room, and be creative as you think about how you can break the space down.

2) Add color where you can. If you cannot paint the walls, paint your bed frame or bookcase to add bright spots around the apartment. Pick bold fabric colors, hang artwork, and look for other ways to liven up the color scheme.

3) Buy a rug (or two). Want more color on the carpet? Hardwood floor not a match for your furniture? Buy fun, funky rugs and place them at key spots in the apartment. You can change the entire look of a room by adding a rug.

4) Use a bookcase to create an entryway area. A bookcase can be set up to store boots, umbrellas, scarves, and an assortment of other coats and accessories.

5) Hang drapes. In bedrooms and living areas, curtains and drapes are quick, non-permanent ways to add some warmth and interest to your rooms. You can use the drapes to cover windows or to hang across an entire wall — mimicking the effect of wallpaper.

You can choose the many benefits of apartment living and still make the place feel like your own, with simple tips like these. For more information about a gorgeous luxury apartment you can make feel like home, contact Wood Partners today!

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Questions to Ask a Green Apartment Building

Living in a green building has certain advantages, such as reduced energy bills, cleaner facilities and the benevolent feeling which comes with using renewable energy. Many renters tend to misunderstand green living, however, and misunderstand how to find green apartment buildings.

Finding apartment buildings and living facilities with green options means knowing what to ask when interviewing a property manager. Some questions to ask, and the answers to expect, are:

1. What improvements have been made on the property to reduce energy costs?

While the property may not have all of the following upgrades, even one or two will improve the energy efficiency of a building: rooftop solar panels, increased insulation, Double Low E windows, onsite recycling, Energy Star appliances, water efficient landscaping possibly using recycled rain water, water efficient plumbing, native plants used for landscaping, and energy reducing outdoor lighting.

2. Are you LEED certified?

If the answer to this question is “no”, don’t run yet. The LEED certification is a national government process which allows a building to receive Federal benefits for using green resources. If a building is LEED certified, you will know that they have been recognized for their energy efficient efforts. If they are not certified, it simply means they have not applied for the recognition or they do not have enough requirements fulfilled for the stiff regulations. Again, even one or two of the aforementioned upgrades will benefit you as the renter.

3. How will the upgrades benefit me?

This question kills two birds with one stone. You will find out if you are responsible for the energy usage payments and you will discover how you can work with the property for energy efficiency. For example, the answer may be, “You will pay less utilities, and if you use energy efficient light bulbs, you will continue to help us stay green.” Perhaps the benefits will extend to the recycling program, where the property is kept cleaner because the trash bins do not fill up fast due to the separation of household trash. The appearance of the home is often nicer with upgrades because the energy efficient windows create a seamless transition from windowsill to wall and make your apartment appear cleaner.

If you have more questions or need further information in recognizing green apartment living, contact us right away!


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Green living in a Wood Partners apartment

As the makeup of the American family changes, demand for eco-friendly apartment homes in popular urban areas is increasing. Young people are getting married later in life, and choosing to have children later. In the 1990’s people left the cities and moved to the suburbs to fulfill the American dream. Now, the trend is walk-able neighborhoods, reduced commute to work, and the excitement of city living.

A new generation of home buyers place eco-friendly home features at the top of their list. According to a Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate survey of 1000 adults between the ages of 18 and 35, energy efficient technology is a must at home. 84% of the survey participants considered technology like energy efficient washers and dryers, security systems, and thermostats essential. According to the survey,

“If a home is not up-to-date with the latest tech capabilities, 64% of Millennials surveyed would simply not consider living there.”

 

77% of Millennials surveyed would choose a home with essential spaces as opposed to the large stereotypical McMansion style homes preferred by previous generations. A living room becomes a home theater. A dining room becomes a home office. This type of living is eco-friendly. Smaller spaces require less energy to heat and cool. Smart design makes existing spaces versatile.

The new generation of home buyers moves at the speed of technology. Will home builders be able to keep up with the demand for eco-friendly, entertaining, “smart” living spaces?

Wood Partners apartment communities are located in popular urban areas. Sleek high-rise buildings and traditional garden-style communities are available from Los Angeles to Charleston. Wood Partners communities are designed to last and meet the standards of ENERGY STAR or LEED. Enjoy modern conveniences, high end services, and environmentally responsible living in a Wood Partners apartment community.

For more information on Wood Partners green apartment homes, please contact us.


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How to Get Big Style in a Small Apartment

iStock_000014814198XSmallAfter viewing hundreds of apartments, you’ve finally found the right one. There’s only one problem. The space is much smaller than expected. While you may be tempted to give up on decorating the apartment in a stylish manner, don’t. You can get big style in a small apartment.

The first tip is to measure the room you’re decorating. It’s important to have an idea of what pieces of furniture will fit so that you don’t buy pieces that are too large. While measuring, consider the pieces you’d like to have. Do you want a sectional or would a couch and a couple chairs be more your style? Make notes as you go on where you want the furniture and how large the space you want to fit the furniture into is. You can even draw out a blueprint of the room and draw the pieces you want to incorporate.

The next step is to consider the wall space of the room. Every beautifully decorated room has great art pieces. Again, measure the space you want to use and imagine what pieces you want to add. Do you want to add a large piece on the focal wall or do you want to save that piece for a television? You may even want to do a medium-sized piece surrounded by a smaller grouping of photos or paintings.

You now want to choose a color scheme. In many apartments you won’t be able to paint the walls, but that’s okay. Follow the 60/30/10 rule and you’ll have great style each and every time. With this rule, 60% of the color is made up by the wall color. Another 30% will be the color of the furniture and the last 10% will be the accessories in the room. Let’s say that the walls are beige. You could choose chocolate brown furniture and turquoise accessories. Of course, this is just an example. Remember that color has as much to do with the style as the shape of the pieces you choose. For example, burgundy will always give a classic feel to a room while a neon pink sofa would look extremely modern.

Lastly, it’s time to go shopping and put it all together. Remember to take your measurements with you and to remember your color scheme. When choosing art, look for pieces that combine the three colors you’ve chosen. Soon, you’ll have an apartment that looks stylish rather than tiny.

Wood Partners develops gorgeous luxury apartments. Contact us today.


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Meet the Team: Kelli Boozer

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When Kelli Boozer isn’t crunching numbers in our Atlanta office, she’s day dreaming about her fantasy career as a beachside fitness instructor. Find out what inspires her, what reality show she watches and when is the best time of day to ask her for a favor!

Name: Kelli Boozer

Title/Position: Senior Accountant

Office Name/Location: Wood Partners/Atlanta, GA

Fantasy career: Fitness Instructor (beachside)

Favorite ethnic cuisine: Mexican food

Most exotic travel experience: Yosemite National Park

Starbucks (or other coffee shop) order: Skinny Vanilla Latte

A perfect day in would be: A rainy day with movies, a couch, a blanket, chocolate and napping

Best advice you ever received: Refuse to worry. Rehearsing your troubles and worries results in experiencing them many times, whereas, we are meant to go through them only when they occur.

What you like most about your work: The people

Favorite weekend activity: Something outside – usually the park

Your first job: Fred’s

What inspires you? People who are positive and smile in unfortunate situations

Most productive time of day: Before lunch J

Reality show you’re embarrassed to admit you watch: The Kardashians

Person you’d like to have dinner with: Bradley Cooper

What you’re most proud of: My wonderful friends and family

A business tool you can’t live without: Excel

Next travel destination: Hopefully Hawaii!

A bad habit: Mexican food

Favorite possession: Pictures

Words you live by: What is it to gain the world if you lose your soul

First thing you do when you get to the office: Get Caffeine! while my computer starts up..

Last thing you do before you leave your office: Update my “To-Do List”

Your favorite guilty pleasure: “Blue Bell – Cookies-n-cream” ice cream