A September State of Mind

A September State of Mind

Hi friends. So sorry to go completely MIA on you. Between attempting online school with a five-year-old, much of California burning to the ground, and the general state total chaos in which we find ourselves, getting to the computer for any length of time has been a bit of challenge, to put it mildly. And then I blinked and summer is officially over.

But I had to finally get on here as I have big news for you!

They say you shouldn’t make major life decisions during times of extreme stress, right? Well, we decided to throw all caution to the wind and instead have purchased a coastal cottage in Washington State! Apparently a global pandemic, homeschooling a kindergartner and the most consequential presidential election of our lifetime wasn’t enough to keep me busy.

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In all seriousness, if the past seven months of Covid have taught us anything, it’s the importance of friends and family and so we decided to create a gathering place that can bring together those we love most for years to come. Nestled within the myriad of inlets and islands that dot the Puget Sound north of Seattle, the cottage enjoys sweeping views of the Olympic mountains and Hood Canal. I consider it my official respite from the impending doom. Sadly it looks nothing like the inspiration images I’ve collected here.

Instead, it is going to take a LOT of work to get our little coastal cottage visitor ready – and in a very short period of time. Over the coming weeks, I plan to take you along on the entire design journey. I will be sharing everything with you – from the cottage’s current state, to all of my design inspiration and through the remodel process. If all goes according to plan, I’ll share a major before and after reveal in time to spend the holiday season with our family rather than more than 800 miles away.

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Trust me, we’re going to have plenty to discuss, as I have to pick an entire household’s worth of things – from paint colors and kitchen cabinets down to dishware, bedding and everything in between. No design decision will be left unturned. It’s both exhilarating and incredibly daunting. These mood boards are just part my first ideation session for my dream vibe.

I’m hopeful sharing this process with you will offer you some fresh design ideas and positive inspiration as we all hunker down to weather what will undoubtedly be a stormy fall – be it literally or just politically. It’s been a rather dark year and I feel like this might be a way to share a little bit of light. I know I am very happy for the creative distraction. I hope you are too.

I can’t wait to share more very soon!

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Convertible Furniture for Small Spaces | ApartmentSearch

Convertible Furniture for Small Spaces | ApartmentSearch

Helix California King bedroom setLook, we get it: you need space. You also need furniture. Luckily, there’s a way to get both without cramping your style! Convertible furniture lets you stay hip with your furniture while maximizing space in your tiny apartment.

#1: The Cedar Storage Ottoman

An ottoman is great as a footrest or seat. This one from CORT acts as a double agent. The hinged top is padded and covered in black leather, making it a smart and stylish seat that opens to a cedar-lined storage area for everything from games and magazines to extra blankets. Park it in the bedroom, hallway, or living room.

#2: The Connection Sleeper Sofa

Don’t sleep on the sleeper sofa (metaphorically, of course)! The Connection Sleeper Sofa—another one from CORT—will have you snoozing, sitting, and snuggling your pupper all on one amazing piece of furniture. The Connection Sleeper Sofa transitions seamlessly from bed to couch and back again in the blink of an eye. Plus, you’ll have your ottoman for linen and blankets!

#3: The Helix California King Bed

Did someone say sleep? With the Helix California King Bed from CORT, you can drift off to sweet dreams knowing you’re maximizing storage space in your tiny apartment. Think you won’t have any room to move with a king bed? Think again! This bed comes with ample storage underneath while maintaining its sleekness, sophistication, and luxuriousness—fit for royalty.

#4: The Ridley Nesting Tables

Though not necessarily convertible, the Ridley Nesting Tables are so multi-purpose we’d be remiss to exclude them. These unique tables can fit into each other to save space, or be spread out around your apartment to maximize useful surface area. Stack a set in the corner to make a tiered shelf. Use two as bedside tables and the other one in your living room for drinks. Or even bust them out during dinner as TV eating trays for mom, dad, and the little one!

#5: The Bianca Cabinet

Here’s another piece of furniture so versatile we had to include it. The Bianca Cabinet adds valuable storage to any room in even the smallest apartment. Use it as a TV stand in the living room and store games in its drawers, or use it as a dresser in your bedroom and keep pictures on its shelves. The possibilities are practically endless with the magical Bianca Cabinet.

If you’re getting ready to move into your first apartment, find out which furniture you’re definitely going to need, so you can start planning.

With CORT furniture rental, you can find convertible furniture and more for any room in your house or apartment. Choose from a variety of sizes, colors, and styles to find the perfect furniture for you. Need more space than even convertible furniture from CORT can provide? Search for a bigger apartment among hundreds of options across the country on ApartmentSearch.

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Can’t-Miss May Events in DC | Apartminty

Can’t-Miss May Events in DC | Apartminty

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Rounding up our list of favorite events in May is tough – there are too many good ones to choose from! From Cinco de Mayo celebrations to getting physical outside, May is jam-packed with events. There is a good mix of free events throughout the month, which we love, of course. While there are several events at some of DC’s greatest venues, we are excited to get outside and enjoy all of the outdoor happenings. May always sets the bar high for summer, because it is always a fun-filled month. This year is no different, and we are already loving it. These can’t-miss events in DC this May are our favorites to attend, but trust us when we say, there are plenty more to choose from. 

Passport DC

Passport DC is a month-long celebration of the cultural traditions and diversity in DC. The month of May is cultural awareness month, and what better way to celebrate than by exploring DC’s various embassies, traditions, cuisine, and entertainment. Passport DC’s main event is the Around the World Embassy Tour. The Around the World Embassy Tour takes place on Saturday, May 4th, and participants can explore and enjoy the food, art, dance, fashion, and more at the various Embassies throughout the city. Other events that occur throughout the month as a part of Passport DC include Flower Mart, the European Union Open House, and Fiesta Asia.

When: May 1st – 31st, 2019
Where: Various Embassies throughout DC
Cost: Free

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Running of the Chihuahuas

I don’t know about you, but there is no way I’d rather celebrate Cinco de Mayo than by watching the Running of the Chihuahuas. The Wharf puts on quite the show to celebrate these little pups, and we are all for it. Cold beers, a costume contest, live music, and delicious food are all a part of the festivities. Interested in having your pup race? It is $30 per dog and is exclusively for half or full mixed Chihuahuas. No dog? No worries! It is just as enjoyable wandering around The Wharf, enjoying the sites, food, and cold drinks while live music fills the area. 

When: Saturday, May 4th, 2019 | 1:00 – 5:00 PM
Where: The Wharf
Cost: Free

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Queens of Egypt: The Mother of All Parties

Travel back in time and see what the women of Egypt were all about, you will quickly realize they were queens. BYT and National Geographic are putting on an epic party to celebrate the Queens of Egypt exhibit, and you don’t want to miss it. An open bar, DJ set, and lightning talks from woman explorers and scientists will make for a fun and interesting evening. Explore the exhibit, enjoy a live drum performance, and get the perfect royal cat-eye makeup at the event’s hair & makeup station. Tickets are just $55 and include access into the party as well as access to the open bar. Put on your perfect Egyptian Queen outfit and get ready for a night to remember. 

When: Friday, May 10th, 2019 | 8:30 PM – 12:30 AM
Where: National Geographic Museum | 1600 M St. NW
Cost: Tickets Begin at $55

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U Street’s Funk Parade

 Its time to get funky – the U Street Funk Parade is back! This day-long fair and street festival is one of our favorite Spring celebrations here in DC. U Street comes alive with music, art, entertainment, and much more. Countless performers make wandering the street even more enjoyable than it already is. The festival takes place from 1:00 – 7:00 PM, but it doesn’t end there. The parade is from 5:00 – 6:00 PM and the celebrations end with a nighttime music fest from 7:00 PM – 12:00 AM, with a featured showcase at 8:00 PM. That is a lot of entertainment for one day, but we promise you it is worth seeing. The Funk Parade is a chance for us to come together and celebrate DC’s music and art scene. 

When: Saturday, May 11th, 2019 | 1:00 – 7:00 PM
Where: U Street NW
Cost: Free

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DC Bike Ride

On May 18th, enjoy a beautiful May morning with a recreational bike ride through the Nation’s Capital. The DC Bike Ride is a family-friendly bike ride for all ages and all abilities. The 20-mile ride takes you past several landmarks as well as the National Mall. No race is complete without a Finish Festival, and the DC Bike Ride will have a good one! Live music, food, drinks, and fun activities will be the perfect end to a relaxing ride. Grab some friends and family, gear up, and get ready to ride through the most beautiful city. 

When: Saturday, May 18th, 2019 | 8:00 AM
Where: West Potomac Park | 100 West Basin Drive SW
Cost: Registration begins at $32.50

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15 Items to Keep in Your Tornado Safe Space

Did you know the U.S. has an average of more than 1,000 tornadoes recorded each year?

There are two regions with an excessively high frequency of tornadoes. Florida is one and “Tornado Alley” in the south-central United States is the other, according to NOAA.

If you’re in the part of the country that’s prone to tornadoes, you need to have a safe room to go to when the weather turns bad.

Your safe spot will shield you from the wind, hail and flying debris. A safe location should have no windows and could be a basement, storm cellar or an interior room on the lowest floor of your apartment building. An interior closet or bathroom in your apartment is also a safe place to hunker down in.

Items to keep in your tornado safe space

When you have to go to your safe space, you never know how long you’ll be there. It could be 30 minutes and it could be for several hours. You need to be prepared, not only with essentials but also with things to keep you and your family distracted and calm. We’ve organized a list to help get you through the storm with useful items for your safe space.

1. Water and snacks

Water and munchies are a must for everyone in your safe space. Plan ahead with water bottles and non-perishables. Keep foodstuffs organized.

Have a bag you can grab to take with you to a storm shelter or your safe space in your apartment.

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2. Baby and toddler food

Have a baby in the family? Be sure to have formula, bottles and baby food with utensils ready for your tornado safe space. Or, pack it to take to a shelter.

If you’ve got a toddler, have Cheerios and other favorites in resealable plastic bags for easy accessibility.

3. NOAA radio

You should get a weather radio so you can listen to NOAA Weather Radio. It will keep you tuned in to emergency info about tornado watches and warnings.

4. Footwear

You don’t know what the conditions will be like during the weather event and post-storm climate. FEMA recommends wearing closed-toe shoes like boots or sturdy sneakers. A likelihood of broken glass and other rubble that could prove dangerous.

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5. Protective gear

In case of the tornado hitting full out in your area, be ready for anything. Keep bike helmets to protect from falling debris with you. Have a helmet for everyone in the family.

And if you have room and the time to drag it, bring a mattress with you. It could protect the entire family in case of flying glass, doors or other debris.

6. First aid kit

Prepare a small backpack with Band-Aids, antiseptic wipes and more, or buy a first aid kit that’s already full of necessities.

If a tornado warning occurs, you can grab the backpack on your way to a storm shelter, or stash one in your apartment’s safe space.

7. Sanitation and hygiene supplies

How long will you be in your tornado safe spot? Only Mother Nature knows for sure. Since it’s always better to be ready ahead of time, have a few personal hygiene supplies on hand. Think disposable towels, hand sanitizers, portable tissue packs, toilet paper and trash bags.

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8. Necessities for kids

Be sure to pack a safe space or shelter bag with necessities, such as diapers and wipes for babies. Also, have a go-bag with anything special your toddler needs. Include favorite washcloths that could prove useful.

9. Flashlights

Power losses are likely when high winds blow. Be sure to have a battery-operated lantern and other flashlights. Also, plan ahead with extra batteries.

10. Cell phone chargers

Don’t risk your cell phone going to black. You may not have power, so be prepared with a portable universal battery cell phone charger. Find one with USB ports for several phones.

11. Personal docs

It’s always smart to keep important documents in one place. In a storm situation, keep them in a waterproof bag. Safeguard your passport, insurance papers and your checkbook.

12. Activities for kids

If you have little kids, be sure to have supplies to keep them busy while you wait out the wind. It will be a good distraction.

Charge iPads charged, bring crayons and coloring books, a board game and favorite stuffed animals for nap time. Have pillows and blankets, too.

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13. Adult distractions

Adults need their own versions of safe space distractions. Have your iPad mini and access to the novel you’re reading (or listening to). Bring your crossword puzzle book and the like.

Have pillows and a blanket in your safe space, too. These things could help make the waiting period for the storm to pass more bearable.

14. Dog or cat accessories

Does your dog or cat get traumatized in thunder, wind and rain? Have a thunder vest or shirt that they can wear. It can squash anxiety through gentle, constant pressure.

Create a spot where cats will feel safe to hide under a blanket. Also have water, food, treats and toys for your pets.

15. Meds and eyeglasses

Remember to keep your medications and eyeglasses (and contact lenses) with you in a storm. Keep headache pills and other medications you take in your safe space, or in the shelter bag you’ve packed. Include daily prescriptions, insulin, epinephrine auto-injectors and anything else you may need, along with contact lens solution and eye drops.

After the storm

According to the Weather Channel, it’s critical to be sure that a storm has truly passed before going outside. Check for updates on your NOAA Weather Radio, local broadcasts or cell phone. These outlets will be able to provide the latest weather information related to the storm where you live.

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What is a Walk-Up Apartment?

A walk-up apartment is an apartment located in a building accessible only by stairs. There’s no elevator to reach the upper floors of the building — just your legs and lots of steps.

Things to consider before moving into a walk-up apartment

Walk-up apartments can be a lot of work so they might seem less desirable. Due to the low demand, that means they can be more affordable — even in an expensive city like Manhattan.

Buildings with walk-up apartments are usually smaller and have fewer tenants, giving you a more private living situation. And you can ditch the gym membership since you’ll be getting your exercise every day via the stairs.

But there are lots of obvious downsides to a walk-up apartment. If you decide to move into one, it’ll be difficult hauling all of your furniture up multiple flights of stairs. It can be tiring walking up and down stairs each day and even worse if you’re someone who’s bouncing in and out of the house regularly.

Pros of a walk-up apartment

  • More affordable rent price
  • Exercise
  • More privacy

Cons of a walk-up apartment

  • Difficult to move into
  • Tiring
  • Not ideal for someone who is frequently in and out of the house

It’s all about perspective

Whether or not a walk-up apartment is right for you all comes down to your perspective. What one person views as a pro might be viewed as a con to you or vice-versa. Make sure the pros outweigh the cons from your perspective before moving into a walk-up apartment.

Additional resources

  • How to Move Furniture Up the Stairs Without Scratching
  • How to Start Working Out Without Paying for a Gym Membership
  • What is an Accessible Apartment?
  • How Your Apartment Can Help You Lose Weight
  • 6 Ways to Get Fit in Your Apartment

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The Most Common Renter Complaints That Landlords Hear

The landlord-tenant relationship can be a difficult one to navigate, especially if it involves a lot of renter complaints.

But that doesn’t mean it’s impossible to build a strong foundation with your landlord. Both parties have a lot at stake.

For you, it’s your home and your security deposit, and for your landlord, it’s their income and the property in which they have invested time and money. It’s not uncommon for tension to arise at some point, but how you handle difficult situations can make or break the relationship with your landlord moving forward.

The best initial step you can take to avoid a less-than-stellar landlord is to include an assessment of your potential landlord as part of the decision process when searching for a new place to live. Have they been easy to contact so far? Have they answered your questions and addressed your concerns? Do some background research and see if you can find any reviews from past tenants.

If you do find yourself experiencing one of these common renter complaints, there are steps you can take to try and resolve the situation.

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Common renter complaint #1: Poor communication

Many renters deal with a lack of communication from their landlords and feel that they’re unaware of certain rules or expectations as they relate to the property. Maybe you sign your lease agreement, move into your new home and never really hear from your landlord again. Or, maybe you’re having trouble with your landlord’s responsiveness to issues like maintenance requests, noisy neighbors or other important questions.

Early on in the relationship with your landlord, ask if they can walk through the lease agreement with you and point out any rules or expectations that are especially important to them (something a good landlord should do on their own.) As a tenant, it’s your responsibility to read through the lease agreement in its entirety and bring up any questions you may have.

Do your best to keep lines of communication open with your landlord — make timely contact about any issues or questions that arise and don’t be afraid to ask for help. If your landlord lives in the same building or is frequently on the property, be sure to be friendly and say hello when you cross paths. Establishing this relationship from the get-go will build trust.

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Common renter complaint #2: Maintenance issues

Maintenance issues and repairs are one of the main reasons you’ll have to get in touch with your landlord throughout your rental experience. Whether it’s something minor like a lighting fixture fix or something major like a water leak, your landlord should be responding and repairing your requests in a timely manner.

Establish your landlord’s preferred method of communication from the get-go. Can you text them a picture of the issue to make sure it’s catching their attention and not getting lost in an email inbox? Are they not as tech-savvy and prefer you give them a call directly? If you don’t already have a tenant portal, ask your landlord if they would consider setting one up so you can easily submit maintenance requests and your landlord can easily track everything in one place.

Be clear on what your responsibility is as a renter and what your landlord’s responsibility is. Make sure to check in on your local laws to figure out what the expectations are on important maintenance issues like water, heating or other habitability issues.

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Common renter complaint #3: Lack of privacy

Sometimes, a landlord might be on the property without actually entering your home. He might comment on whether or not your front porch had been cleared of leaves or whether or not the recycling bin was too full, and it always felt like an invasion of privacy to have him pop up unannounced.

As a tenant, you absolutely have a legal right to the quiet enjoyment of your home and your landlord is required to provide you with at least 24 hours notice before entering your property (unless there’s an emergency situation). If your landlord is showing up for maintenance or inspections without notifying you first, bring it to their attention right away.

If your landlord performs regular inspections, ask if they would be willing to come on the same day every month or give you a schedule for the entirety of your lease agreement. If language around routine inspections isn’t included in your lease agreement, be sure to ask about it before you sign.

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Common renter complaint #4: Security deposit refunds

It’s always upsetting to move out of a property and learn that your security deposit refund is much smaller than you were expecting — especially if you followed all move-out instructions and didn’t cause any major damage.

It’s important to understand that typically, landlords are not profiting off of your security deposit — they’re using the finances to repair an issue that occurred when you were the renter. Of course, there are situations where this isn’t the case and legal action is the only feasible option.

Before you move out, ask your landlord to provide you with a move-out checklist or clearly state their expectations. Refer to any checklists or inspection documents that you may have completed upon move in to make sure you’re leaving the property in the same condition you found it.

Ask your landlord if they would be willing to do a property walkthrough with you before you hand over the keys to address any issues that can be fixed or cleaned before you leave. Take pictures upon move out so you have evidence to show your landlord if need be.

If you are charged or your landlord withholds your security deposit, ask for an itemized list of the deductions so you can clearly see where your money is going.

Keep it friendly

Establishing a positive relationship with your landlord from the beginning and keeping lines of communication open will make it easier for both parties to deal with any issues that arise down the road.

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