Nothing says summer like a lively patio! As the days grow longer and the evenings warm up for open-air dining, it’s time to take advantage of your outdoor space. Here are a few DIY tips and tricks for decorating your patio:
Eye your space. When we say “eye,” we really mean “measure.” How much décor you indulge in is dependent upon how much room you have. Whether you’re working with a small, cozy space or an expansive deck, great patio décor starts with knowing your space.
Decide on the decor style and build around it. Do you like the Southern living look with white wicker furniture, big fluffy pillows, and potted flowers, or do you prefer the Zen-style minimalist with teak wood furniture and bamboo plants? Or maybe you like the Bohemian look with a mixture of plants, rugs, and trinkets you’ve picked up during your travels. Whatever your style, once you decide on what speaks to you the most, the real fun begins.
Start off with an outdoor rug(s) that can be easily cleaned and fits your style. You can also try putting smaller rugs together for an interesting and colorful mosaic look. Don’t be afraid to go bold with colors and styles.
Play with different pieces of furniture and combine shapes and sizes for the perfect symmetric look. While there is patio furniture specifically made for the elements, that doesn’t mean you can’t borrow from inside your apartment home. Small side tables and sturdy vases make great décor items for patios.
Plants and flowers complement any patio style. Plants that “climb” up the back of a wall or fence add dimension and in some cases, a bit of shade. Experiment with different styles of pots that fit your style or remind you of something fun. For example, if your theme is beach-style, go for decorative pots with patterned sea shells or seahorse prints, etc.
Plant an outdoor garden. You don’t need an acre of land to enjoy some fresh herbs and vegetables. Check in with your local nursery for garden supplies and ideas or check out this resource from Dengarden and enjoy the “fruits” of your labor this summer.
Invite some friends over for open-air dining on your patio. Target, Pier One, Homegoods, and Amazon all carry great outdoor dishes and glasses sets with plenty of patterns to match your décor. Set the mood and set the table – and break bread with friends under the stars.
Whether you want to spruce up your patio for guests or simply want a change of decor scenery, summer is the best time to start fun little projects. What summer projects do you have in store for your home? Tag us at #LifeatWeidner and share your wonderful home decor inspirations with us.
Happy summer days and nights, from the Weidner team!
As we become more aware of the importance of greener living, we become attuned to the many small ways we can make a difference. With so much information out there about this important topic, we thought we’d share these 10 simple steps you can implement in your apartment home, and in your everyday lives.
Greener Living is Better Living!
Shed the light- with the right kind of lightbulb! By switching to Compact Fluorescent Lightbulbs, you can save money and light your apartment home more efficiently. According to Energy.gov, the average household spends 5% of its energy budget on lighting.
Don’t cool and heat areas that are not in use. Close up heating and cooling vents to spare bedrooms. That includes walk-in closets that contain mostly clothes and shoes. Items like photos, records, and family heirlooms might need more of a temperature-controlled environment, but for the most part, closets don’t need to be cooled and heated.
Switch to chemical free and biodegradable cleaning products. It’s better for the earth, your body, and your pets, too! EPA.gov offers some helpful suggestions for choosing greener products.
Get a “green thumb” and invest in some indoor plants. Indoor plants help to purify the air you breathe in addition to improving the overall décor! Consider planting a few windowsill plants and herb gardens for some easily accessible spices when cooking!
Make sure you have a surge protector to help protect your electronic devices against power spikes. The all-in-one strip makes it easy to turn off devices when not in use.
Go strawless! Straws are one of the top single-use plastics that end up in the ocean. The easy alternative to this is buying fun, reusable metal or wooden straws. It’s win-win!
Purify your own water. Brita and other similar brands are the way to go. Bottled water is both expensive and damaging to the environment. A Brita purifier is not only cheap, it will save you money while simultaneously helping our environment.
Does your air filter need replacing? Check with your leasing office or maintenance manager for scheduling. Optimizing your air conditioning unit keeps the air clean and saves you money!
Shop your local Farmer’s Market and support organic farming- but make sure not to overbuy. According to the EPA, “Most people don’t realize how much food they throw away every day — from uneaten leftovers to spoiled produce. About 95 percent of the food we throw away ends up in landfills or combustion facilities.”
Conserve water. Don’t run the dishwasher until it’s full and try to do full loads of laundry as often as you can.
Going green isn’t just a trend, it’s a positive lifestyle change. You can make a significant difference in the world here and here at Weidner, we support and encourage everyone to “live green!”
June 18 is International Picnic Day and we thought we’d share some of our favorite ideas to host the perfect picnic. Whether you’re hosting the family, a group of friends, or your date, picnicking with prowess requires some preparation for the best results.
Gather your supplies! You can find complete picnic baskets with all the supplies already inside or you can roam around your own apartment and create your own customized picnic basket. You’ll need at least one blanket for the ground, utensils and napkins. Some other items you might consider are hand sanitizer or wipes, a tablecloth, umbrellas for shade (or rain if you like picnicking in moody weather), bug spray and sunscreen. This is in addition to your food and beverages.
Find that perfect spot. If that happens to be a picnic table under a picturesque shade tree – great, but sometimes you might have to do a bit of scouting to find just the right spot to spread your blanket and feast. Serious picnickers make an entire day of it and set up tents or cabanas. If that’s you, scout early and stake your claim. Summer is a lovely time for family picnics. Consider how much privacy you want and how much room you may need for games like horseshoes when you choose your ideal spot.
The menu. Most grocery stores have pre-made picnic boxes with ready-made foods like sandwiches and fruits and snacks, but if you don’t mind the extra prep time, check out these delectable recipes from Martha Stewart and the Barefoot Contessa.
Entertainment. Who says picnics have to be quiet? Plan your entertainment out with your favorite playlist, accompanied by some games like horseshoes, cornhole, and all things cool like water balloons and water toys. If someone plays the guitar – ask them to play some tunes for the outdoor concert effect.
Miscellaneous tips for the perfect picnic:
Keep the bugs, bees, and birds away from your food by keeping it covered tightly. Fill up a pitcher of sugar water and set the pitcher away from your feast to distract bugs and bees. Slice up some citrus fruit and place it on a plate away from your table to distract the bugs, bees, and birds! Residents near beach areas know all too well how fast a seagull will swoop in for your sandwich. Keep food tightly covered in special containers or aluminum foil. Or, invest in a pack of hair nets. The elasticized band fits perfectly around a dinner plate, protecting all your favorite foods.
Pre-freeze water bottles and use them as ice packs to keep food cold during the day.
Repurpose an egg cart and/or a muffin tin to transport smaller food items and keep them from spilling.
The most important ingredients for any picnic are fun and relaxation. Enjoy your summer picnic on International Picnic Day and every day!
Ranking #1 on the Weidner Best Cities list and #10 on the U.S. News Best Places to Live list is Seattle, Washington! Seattle is situated on the Puget Sound in the Pacific Northwest, surrounded by evergreen forests, mountains, and miles of parks. It’s also home to tech giants Microsoft and Amazon, a bevy of coffee houses, eateries, and cultural landmarks, making Seattle one of America’s most eclectic and favorite cities.
Things to Do, See, and Taste in Seattle
Starting with one of the city’s most recognizable and iconic landmarks, the Space Needle offers stunning views of downtown Seattle, the Cascade Mountains, Mount Baker, and Mount Rainer from its 520-foot observation deck. Just below the Space Needle sits the Chihuly Garden and Glass museum, a series of 8 galleries and a 40-foot Glasshouse.
For the ultimate in Farmer’s Markets, Pike Place Market puts the eclectic pulse of Seattle at your fingertips with a combination of specialty shops, fresh fish and seafood markets, antiques, collectibles and an array of delectable restaurants.
For outdoor enthusiasts, Seattle offers a supple offering of places to explore and things to do. From paddle boarding and boating to skiing and snowboarding to hiking and biking, there’s something for everyone at every level of fitness! Waterfront Park, Kerry Park, Kubota Garden, and Woodland Park Zoo are just a sampling of outdoor excursions the entire family can enjoy. Day trips are also available to Mount Rainer or nearby Victoria.
For a tour of museums, locals and tourists alike rank the Children’s Museum, Pacific Science Center and Museum of Flight high on their list of favorite cultural outings. Seattle is also known for its eclectic blend of music venues including The Crocodile, The Sunset, and the Tractor Tavern, for a sampling of local and national bands.
Also synonymous with Seattle are its coffee roasters including Starbucks and Tully’s with coffee houses on just about every corner. Storyville Coffee Pike Place, Ghost Alley Espresso and Moore Coffee Shop are among the favorites.
Employment and Education in Seattle, WA
Seattle is home to major employers including Amazon, Microsoft, Boeing, University of Washington, and Providence Health & Services. Colleges and Universities include University of Washington, Seattle University, and Seattle Pacific University.
Weidner Communities in Seattle, WA
Weidner Apartment Homes is pleased to offer an array of apartments for rent in Seattle, WA with amenities designed to please. Vive Apartments is a brand new community located in the heart of the Ballard neighborhood, featuring breathtaking views of the Sound and Olympic mountains. Tower 12 Apartment Homes is located in downtown Seattle, with easy access to sports stadiums, restaurants, shopping and downtown office buildings.
Whether you are new to Seattle or a longtime resident of the city, Weidner shares your enthusiasm for this bustling city.
We hope you’ve enjoyed our Weidner List of 10 Best Cities Series. We’ve introduced you to some of our favorite cities, including Sacramento and Tuscon, where Weidner offers you quality apartment homes that you can rely on for comfort, style, and the ultimate in livability. If you haven’t already, be sure to check out the rest of the series to see if your favorite city made the cut!
We are pleased to announce our most recent acquisition, Swan Creek Apartment Homes in Fitchburg, Wisconsin.
Swan Creek Apartment Homes is located just 4 miles from downtown Madison, Wisconsin and offers studio, one, and two bedroom floor plans ranging from 524 to 1,257 square feet. Each interior features amenities that are designed to help residents feel at home from the moment they step into these stylish and comfortable apartments.
Stylish, Comfortable Amenities
A generous amount of living space is complemented by classic hardwood floors, gourmet kitchens, convenient walk-in closets, and stylish window coverings. In select apartment homes, there is also a cozy fireplace. With 8 floor plans to choose from, Swan Creek is sure to have an apartment that fits your unique style and preferences.
The Swan Creek community amenities include a state-of-the-art fitness center, manicured landscaping, underground parking, laundry facilities, and easy access to dining, shopping, and entertainment. Best of all, Swan Creek is a pet-friendly community! This is comfortable apartment living at its best in Fitchburg, Wisconsin!
About the Neighborhood
Swan Creek is conveniently located just outside Madison, near the Fitchburg Technology Campus. Residents have plenty of nature and trails to explore at nearby parks including Knollwood Conservation Park, Capital Springs State Recreation Area, and Turville Point Park. The area boasts lush, mature trees, and a family-friendly neighborhood with plenty of nightlife and cultural landmarks just minutes away.
The University of Wisconsin-Madison Arboretum, Chazen Museum of Art, and Capitol Square rank high on the list of cultural landmarks and are an easy drive from Swan Creek. State Street and downtown Madison is a favorite among residents for its eclectic offering of shops and dining venues.
Whether you’re relocating from across the country or around the corner, we’re happy to welcome you home to Swan Creek Apartment Homes in Fitchburg, WI.
Ranking #2 on the Weidner Best Cities list and #15 on the U.S. News Best Places to Live list, Salt Lake City, UT mesmerizes with the Wasatch Mountains as its natural backdrop. This bustling, metropolitan city also boasts an array of dining, shopping and entertainment venues.
As Utah’s capital city, Salt Lake is perhaps best known for the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and 10-acre Temple Square, but it also offers a vast array of things to keep the whole family entertained. There are five national parks and several ski resorts in the vicinity, offering some of the best skiing, hiking, and biking trails in the country. Home to the Salt Lake City Winter Olympics in 2002, Salt Lake City is considered paradise for outdoor enthusiasts.
Things to Do, See, and Taste in Salt Lake City, UT
Residents and tourists alike can’t get enough of the Wasatch Mountains and have ranked the 3-hour tour of this natural beauty as one of their favorite things to do. The tour gives you an up-close look at Big Cottonwood Canyon, Cottonwood River, Great Salt Lake, and Silver Lake. Be prepared for amazing photo ops and a deep appreciation of all the history and wildlife.
For museum enthusiasts, The Natural History Museum, Clark Planetarium, and Utah Museum of Fine Arts are among the top favorites with stellar exhibits, tours, and events. Red Butte Gardens, Gilgal Gardens, and Tracy Aviary offer a more interactive experience with nature and seasonal tours all year long.
For something a little different – Salt Lake City can be discovered through a scavenger hunt that transforms the city into a “real-life game board.” Through a self-guided tour “via any smartphone, teams travel to Salt Lake City’s well-known and hidden gems. Along the way, you’ll solve clues and complete challenges while learning about local history.”
Along with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, Salt Lake City offers a multitude of cultural shows and events including the Utah Symphony, Capitol Theatre, Eccles Theatre and Ballet West. The chef in the family will appreciate the city’s eclectic restaurant scene, from fine dining to casual eateries. Valter’s Osteria, Log Haven, The Pie Pizzeria Underground, and Legend’s Sports Pub are just a sampling of the city’s menu.
Employment and Education in Salt Lake City
Major employers make their home in Salt Lake City including Bringham Young University, University Health Care, University of Utah Healthcare, and Sun Products Corp. Nearby colleges and universities include University of Utah, Western Governors University, Westminster College and the BYU Salt Lake Center.
Weidner Communities in Salt Lake City, UT
Lucky for you, Weidner Apartment Homes has a few beautiful communities for rent in Salt Lake City, UT. With plenty of floor plans to choose from and amenities that cater to your need for comfort and style, you’ll find what you’re looking for at Weidner. Welcome home to Salt Lake City, Utah!