Videos To Watch For Tips And Tricks For Decorating Your Apartment!

One of the many fun things about having your own space is decorating and finding your individual style. Apartment living can require you to get creative when figuring out where each item of furniture should go, in order you optimize all areas. Often, we turn to others for their advice and guidance while depending on their opinions to help us figure out what looks the best. Afterall, sometimes social media just knows best! If you are looking for some inspiration and your Pinterest board is just not cutting it, check out these 4 YouTube videos for decorating ideas!

10 SMALL APARTMENT DECORATING TIPS + HACKS by Lone Fox

Join Drew as he takes you through his 10 tips for decorating a cozy-sized apartment. Just because you have a limited space does not mean you have to feel cramped and cluttered. From elevated beds that have storage space underneath to what color furniture you should be looking for, he covers some great hacks that you may not have thought of yourself! 

Alexandra Gater

If you are looking for a channel with a ton of tips and tricks, Alexandra’s is the one for you! Her channel is dedicated to design and decorating tips. She has some of her videos separated into playlists including, “How Tos”, “Clean/Organize With Me”, and “Paint It Possible” so that you can find what you are looking for quickly. Alexandra also does a lot of fun DIYs to follow! And really… is there anything better than hearing those compliments on your DIY creations?

2020 Affordable Apartment Tour

While you want your apartment to look nice, most people do not like to spend a ton of money on decor and you do not have to! “Words For My Daughter” takes us on a tour of her beautifully decorated apartment and shares with us where she got her household items for low prices! Budget friendly while looking high end? Who could ask for anything more!

INTERIOR DESIGN: How to Make Your Home Look Expensive On A Budget

Everyone’s budgets are different. Sharrah goes through the best interior design tips for budgets of all kinds. You will learn many useful tips and while you are at it, check out her channel! She has a lot of fun decor videos for many occasions such as how to decorate for different seasons of the year!

Social media is a great resource when it comes to finding hacks and DIYs for every aspect of your life, and YouTube is the best! There are so many other fun and helpful videos that you can look at to ensure you find your own style without it being too costly. Happy Decorating!

Tips For Finding The Perfect Off Campus Apartment

Heading off to college can come with many exciting changes! One of those changes, for some, includes living on your own for the first time. While this may sound equally exciting and intimidating, it can also be an amazing opportunity to find yourself and grow. Finding the perfect place to live is not always easy. Here are some tips to remember when searching for the perfect off-campus apartment! 

When looking for a place to live, it is always important to do research on the area that you will be residing in. Do you feel safe? Ensuring that you feel comfortable where you live is principle.  If you are a student, research how far the apartment is from your school. Is it manageable for you? Also look up how close the local grocery store, convenience store, urgent care, etc. is from your home. Now that you are an adult living on your own, you are in charge of your own food and amenities. Knowing where these places are compared to your apartment community is important. 

Having a pet is optional, of course, but it does not hurt to have a furry companion by your side during a time of change. If you decide to have a pet, you will need to find an apartment community that allows pets. Call and ask the team what their pet policy is. Are certain breeds not allowed? Are only small dogs allowed? What is the pet fee? These are the types of questions you should be inquiring. Before taking on the responsibility of a pet, make sure you can not only afford one but have the proper necessities to care for them.

One of the most key parts of finding an apartment off campus is making certain that the rent is within your budget. Ask the team if they have any incentives for students. Know what you are looking for in an apartment community. Make a list of what amenities you want– a pool? playground? gym? You will be living there so you deserve to live the life you want. However, if the rent is not within your budget, it is important to note what amenities you could live without and find an apartment community that is more reasonably priced for you. 

Search for a roommate that you can rely on. College can be stressful as it is and the last thing you want is someone who does not make it any easier on you. But do not forget to have fun with your roommates! Get excited about having a place together and take some time to sit down and think of how you want to decorate your apartment! This is home for you– make it cozy, a place of comfort, and the perfect place to have a relaxing movie night after a tough exam! 

Flexibility is key! Some apartment communities offer lease length terms that are conducive to student renters. At DLP Real Estate Management, our renters are offered the Elite Resident Program! Elite Resident Program is a unique benefit that offers residents as an opt-in program, whereby residents enjoy additional perks. To learn more, ask the team at your community for more information!

Lastly, make a pro/con list of every place you are considering living. It is hard to make such a big decision but seeing it written down on paper can often ease the stress and make the process a little bit simpler. Additionally, ask those around you who you trust on their honest opinions on the apartment community you are considering. Sometimes others see something that we do not. In the end, it is your decision but it never hurts to get a second opinion. 

 

DIY Spring Crafts!

It’s Spring! Flowers are starting to bloom, grass is starting to grow, the sky becomes a little more blue, and the world is full of bright and fun colors! What better time to liven up your apartment? This Spring embrace your inner artist and create some cute decorations to hang around your apartment! These are so easy that even those with no artistic bone in their body can do them! Below are 5 DIY Spring Crafts for you to enjoy:

1.Spring Coloring Sheet

If you are on a budget, or just cannot squeeze in a time consuming craft, don’t worry about it! Pull out your 64 pack of crayons (admittedly, the best pack of crayons), print out the worksheet, and let your inner Picasso ‘spring’ out! Coloring is also a super helpful de-stressing activity too! When you are done, hang up your masterpiece!

What you will need:

Crayons/ Paints

Coloring Page

2. Window Clings!

Window clings are a blast from the past for some people. There is something magical about the way the sun shines through the window and your artwork glows in the rays. Luckily, this fun form of art does not have to live in the past! If your local store does not sell them, Amazon has a ton of fun window cling kits that will totally make for a fun afternoon craft! Grab some puffy paint, make them your own, let them dry, and voila! You now have a colorful, long lasting decoration that will liven up your apartment!

What you will need:

Window Clings

Puffy Paint

3. Tissue Paper Flowers

Tissue paper flowers can be used to decorate for any occasion! Baby showers, wedding showers, Halloween, and more!  There is an array of different flowers you can make and luckily, YouTube has hundreds of tutorials! While this is one of the more time consuming crafts, it is definitely a fun one and you can even make a crafting afternoon out of it with your friends! Afterwards, grab a vase and put your creations in there! Not only will you have a cute decoration, but the awesome memories behind it. Plus, on the bright side, these flowers will never die!

What you will need:

Tissue paper

Ruler

Scissors

Stapler

Thread

4. Paint Your Own Flower Pot

“April showers bring May flowers.” Spring is all about the flowers. The weather is getting warmer and the plants are starting to bloom. Spring is the perfect season to get started on your planting. If you are planning on growing a plant this Spring, add a little bit more fun into it! Get crafty and paint your own flower pot. Decorate it however you want and make it your own! This will make raising your plant a little bit more special!

What you will need:

Flower pot

Paint

Paint brush

Stickers (optional)

5. Create butterflies out of pipe cleaners!

Butterflies are one of the biggest symbols of Springtime!  Create your own to put around the house by making beautiful butterflies out of pipe cleaners! This is a fun craft to do with kids or friends! Check out this article by Fave Crafts on how to make your own butterflies!

What you will need:

Pipe cleaners

Beads

Large beads and buttons

Spring is the perfect time to refresh and relax! Unwind from the busy week and enjoy crafting! You never know–you may love it so much, it may become your new hobby!

6 Inexpensive Valentine’s Day Ideas!

February is the month of love! With Valentine’s Day approaching, it is always an exciting feeling to think about spoiling the one that you admire. Although with all of that happiness and excitement might come the daunting feeling that it could be financially difficult to pamper your significant other. Luckily, it does not have to be that way! Here are some inexpensive Valentine’s Day ideas to make that day just as special!

1. Make your own chocolate covered strawberries together!

Chocolate covered strawberries are a delicious Valentine’s Day staple. Head to the grocery store, buy the ingredients you need, pour a glass of wine, and create a date night full of making desserts and watching your favorite movie! Tis the season for red, white, and pink so definitely be sure to buy colorful frosting and heart shaped sprinkles to decorate your creations! This is a fun, yummy, and inexpensive idea!

2. Snuggle up at home and watch a movie
Speaking of watching a movie, you can never go wrong with a stay at home movie night! Sometimes it is difficult to agree on a movie that both you and your other half want to watch every other day of the year. So to make this extra romantic, watch something that you know they love! Whether it is a sappy romantic comedy, action packed film, or their favorite Disney cartoon, just the fact that you are agreeing to watch it with them will make it all the more special! This is the perfect way to unwind from the hecticness of life! Remember to bring make the popcorn!

3. Take them out on a picnic
Picnics have always been a romantic gesture. Just you and your love sitting outside in the warm sun enjoying a delicious homemade lunch makes the perfect date. If you live in a state where it is warm enough to go the local park for a picnic– do it! This is an inexpensive idea that anybody is sure to appreciate. If you live in an area where it is way too cold to be outside, no worries! Indoor picnics are totally just as thoughtful as they would be if they were outside! Location does not matter, it is the company that does!

4. Make them a delicious home cooked meal
There is something exceptional about enjoying a home cooked meal made by the one you love instead of going out to eat. While eating at a restaurant is enjoyable as well, making your meal at home gives you the opportunity to personalize the meal with something extra that you know your significant other likes with no added cost! Not only that, but you can dance around the kitchen, cook together, and just enjoy each other’s company in your own home!

5. Write them a heartfelt letter expressing how you feel!
Love does not need to be shown by expensive materialistic gifts. There is something moving about a handwritten letter expressing how you truly feel that will melt anybody’s heart. The fact that you took the time out of your busy schedule to sit down and write about how much your significant other means to you is sure to bring a smile to their face. One gesture will mean a lot and your words will be treasured for a lifetime.

6. Enjoy their favorite pastime with them!
Most people have that one pastime from their childhood they loved to do! Ice skating, playing softball, dancing — no matter what it is, find a place where they can live out their childhood passion! For example, if they were a performer growing up, check the local community theater to see what production they are going to be putting on! Let them embrace their inner theater nerd!  If they loved to sing, head to the local karaoke bar! Seeing their inner child come out is sure to make their Valentine’s day and yours!

Overall, there are so many creative and inexpensive ideas that you and your significant other can do together in this Valentine’s day! Materialistic items are not everything and that is important to remember. While showing your love every day of the year is imperative, make them feel like the only person in the world especially on Valentine’s Day!

5 Tips For Enjoying and Embracing The Holiday Craze!

It’s that time again! The holidays are a fun and crazy time of year!  From Thanksgiving to New Years, people are running around non-stop to get everything that they need to get done complete. It is important to remember to embrace the holiday spirit in the midst of all the craziness. Shopping and wrapping and events — Oh my! We have some great strategies to keep the holiday light and bright during this busy time!  

1. Remember the most important thing is not how much something cost

Giving presents during the holiday season is just as exciting as receiving them. It is hard when your loved ones deserve so much and your price range is not quite that high. That’s ok! The gifts you buy do not have to cost a lot.  It is not about the price tag, but rather about spending time with your loved ones and enjoying each other’s company. Whether you buy someone a $200 purse or a $8 candle, it is the thought that counts and they will love it either way because it came from you! With that being said, make time to visit your family and friends if you are able too! You may see them every day or you may only see them twice a year, either way your company, especially during such a special time of year, is the perfect gift!

2. Give back to your community

Giving back makes the holiday season all the more special and magical. Anything from food, toys, clothes, time– it is more than welcome! A lot of people go without during the holidays and as easy as is to get wrapped up in materialistic items, sometimes taking a minute to step back and put things in perspective is extremely helpful. If you are interested in giving back, check out our last blog, “Tis The Season For Giving!” to learn more about your closest food bank donation location as well as other ways to give back!

3. Fill your home with holiday scents and music

There is nothing that makes a home feel extra festive and warm than the sweet smells of the holiday season! Sugar cookies, peppermint, balsam and cedar, cranberry– oh my! No other feeling beats walking into your home after a long day and relaxing to the heartwarming scents of the holidays! Yankee candle has an extensive holiday candle collection that is sure to fill your home with cheer! Music is also another great way to boost your mood! If you have a list of housework to get done, blast some holiday music throughout the house! This is a for sure way to not only make your to do list more fun but a great way to feel more cheerful! Dance and sing your heart out to “Rockin Around The Christmas Tree” like nobody’s watching!

4. Have a cookie baking party with your friends!

Baking cookies is a classic holiday activity that many people around the world love to take part in. Call up your closest friends and put together a holiday cookie baking party! Ask them to bring their favorite recipes with them so you have an assortment of delicious cookies! While the cookies bake, pour a glass of wine, tune into the Hallmark Channel, and watch one of their cheesy holiday films that you cannot help but cry over! The holidays are about spending time with the ones you love so why not make a party out of it!

5. Take time to embrace the holiday spirit

The holidays are one of the most magical times of the year. Take some time out of your busy day and take a walk around the neighborhood with a cup of warm hot chocolate in your hands. It is amazing to see the effort people put into festively decorating for the holidays. With lights and decorations everywhere you look, it is hard not to embrace the holiday spirit. Don’t forget to compliment someone’s decor if you see them! That is a great way to spread the joy of the holidays!

Tis The Season For Giving!

If you will be sitting down to a delicious Thanksgiving meal this holiday season, remember to count your good fortune, as not everyone will be enjoying what you are. The food that we take for granted is something that others may dream of having. During this season of giving, consider donating food or giving your time to help out and feed those who are going without.

Food banks are always looking for Holiday food items. If you made too much food or bought one too many cans of cranberry sauce, bring it to your local food bank. This one action will not only help someone but it will make you feel good as well. Food banks are a located around the country. If you live in Brunswick at our LIVE Golden Isles community or in Jesup at our Village at Sunset Place community, you’ll want to head to Savannah to the America’s Second Harvest of Coastal Georgia, Inc. foodbank! Around the Conyers area where our Village at Iris Glen community lies, there are two locations to choose from! In Atlanta, there is the Atlanta Community Food Bank and the Georgia Mountain Food Bank— both of which are great organizations! Located in Macon, right near our 3 Warner Robins communities, is the Middle Georgia Community Food Bank— a short drive away from helping somebody out! LIVE Victory Apartment Homes, LIVE Marathon Apartment Homes, and The Village at Holly Park are our 3 communities located in Columbus! Feeding The Valley Food Bank, located in Midland, is just a short drive away for the residents in these communities! If you live at our PROSPER Azalea City community in Valdosta, you’ll be happy to know that the Second Harvest of South Georgia Inc., is right here in Valdosta and ready for your donations! Last but not least, our Augusta communities, The Village at Charlestowne and The Village at Cedar Grove, are also within a short distance of Golden Harvest Food Bank! Not only can you go to drop off food, but you can donate your time as well by volunteering! Seeing the grateful faces of those getting a hot plate for the first time in however long is a feeling that will stay with you for a long time. If you will be traveling this holiday but still want to donate, check out the Feeding America website where you can enter your zip code and the nearest donation locations will be available for you to choose from!

You can take matters into your own hands and pack up some plates of delicious Thanksgiving food, take a drive around the neighborhood, and give it to those who you feel may need it the most. It could be someone who is homeless, someone who is eating alone because they just lost their spouse, a new friend that just moved to the neighborhood, give to anybody who you feel could use some extra magic this holiday season! Speaking of Thanksgiving, are there any Thanksgiving themed runs going on in your area? If so, get your running shoes on and participate! These events are often held in sponsorship of a good cause! This is one healthy way to give back!

Of course, all of these suggestions are not just for Thanksgiving! Christmas is another wonderful opportunity to give. As mentioned you can help your local food back, but you can also donate toys for children whose families may not have the funds to give them anything. Toys For Tots is a great organization to donate and volunteer with! There are plenty of donation sites throughout the state. On their website, there is the option to put in your location so they can direct you to the nearest donation spot in your state where you can donate a toy for a child this Christmas! There are also multiple places around the country to donate any clothes you are not wearing anymore. As winter approaches and the temperatures drop, any warm clothes that you can donate will be much appreciated.

The magic of the holiday season begins with you! Donating food, your time, toys, clothes, etc. is may seem like one small gesture but to someone else, that one gesture could be absolutely life changing. Set aside some time in your busy schedule and think about what you can do to give back. After all, Tis the Season for Giving!