Monthly Archives: September 2020

Positive Perspectives on Living Alone, The One Bedroom Way

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No matter where you are in your pursuit of happiness, living arrangements can directly affect your success. If you are a student or young professional, there may be a time when living solo is beneficial for you and a one bedroom apartment simply fits the bill. While it is true living alone is not for everyone, there are many positive aspects to consider, which might explain why one-person households are on the rise. We’re calling it the “One Bedroom Way”, where easy living lets you focus on your goals and takes you to great places literally, financially and mentally. If you’re thinking about a move to “just you”, consider these points on the decision…

Privacy is Pivotal

Many rewarding social experiences can come from living with roommates but if it’s time to get serious about your life goals, it may be time to pivot for privacy. Living alone is sometimes thought to be for loners or anti-socials but it’s important to remember loneliness and solitude are two very different things. A little privacy can go a long way for focus. And many lone dwellers are still very active and social, it just takes self awareness and balance.

In your own apartment, it’s a lot easier to enforce personal limits and form better habits. According to the Psychology of Habits at theworldcounts.org, “40% percent of your actions are not conscious decisions but habits. So habits are a big part of your life.” You can socialize and host gatherings, but it all ends on your terms. The lights go out according to your schedule, not your guests’, and you can reset for your next day of grinding. After a hard days work, there’s nothing more refreshing than coming home to your own things, groceries and routines exactly where you left them.

Quiet Time is Crucial

Speaking of resetting, peace and quiet can go a long way. With more privacy at home, you can control your time and surroundings enough to designate more down time. Both privacy and quiet time can promote less stress, better work-life balance, and clearer decision making. If you are a student or young professional, you often need silence or a specific atmosphere to focus—doable when you live alone.

One of the most important benefits to living solo is it allows for more self-care. Relaxing and “turning off” for periods of time is necessary for good mental and physical health, and therefore productivity. According to a 2015 article, co-founder and CEO of Milanote Ollie Campbell was able to boost company productivity by 23% just by introducing periods of quietness into the work schedule. That “you” time is a powerful thing and sometimes it’s not easily accesible in multi-person living quarters.

Positivity is Paramount

The best part of any move is making it “home”. When you live solo, you can customize your apartment to reflect your personal style (release your inner designer) and create your own happy place. Curating your space to best fit your lifestyle allows for a better flow of activity and energy throughout your home which increases efficiency. Not to mention, when you get ready for a significant other, the stage is already set!

A one bedroom apartment is also often cheaper than roommate living. At places like Portofino, you don’t have extra expenses for fitness memberships or pool facilities either. Therefore, you’re afforded more funds for your favorite things and future aspirations. You are able to save for next steps in life or set back cushion for hard times. Living alone can be great for utility and very fulfilling. Your new apartment will bring excitement, a sense of renewal and fresh energy to your life. And when you feel good, you do good, right? This is definitely something thrive on.

 

Join the Neighborhood… Even if you live in a one bedroom apartment, you are never truly alone at Portofino in Lubbock, Texas. The neighborhood feel and community amenities are always good company. NOW LEASING for the one bedroom, one bath Cobblestone floor plan—ideal for a single or couples lifestyle.

To start living all the simple pleasures of Portofino, schedule a tour or contact us today!

 

Fun Ideas to Fill Your Home with Fall Feels

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It’s almost fall, y’all! Time to get excited for pumpkin spice and everything nice… in your mug AND in your home. If you’re looking for some refreshing new ways to fill your apartment with all the fall feels this season, check out some of our favorites idea below.

Dress Up Your Door

A beautiful display of rich color and texture in a wreath is one of the simplest ways to give your guests a warm welcome. Try to find florals that complement the color of your door to maximize its impact. If you live at Portofino, burnt orange, sienna and saffron hues will pop off our warm grey exteriors. And whether you decide to buy or diy your wreath, try weaving in some fabrics or elements from your home into the wreath, like one of your favorite scarves or some bold artificial stems. This is sure to make your wreath unique and more personal to your style, in turn making it feel more like home.

Go Natural 

One of the best ways to invoke the spirit of fall is to bring the outside in. Make your arrangements unique by pairing traditional fall florals like mums or marigolds with found elements like pine cones, dried vines or pompous grass stems (yes, they are making a comeback). Fresh golden eucalyptus, gourds or even synthetic branches are easy finds that don’t take much effort to look good. Even autumn foods and ingredients like apples, cinnamon sticks, and rosemary in a wooden vase would make for a beautiful, festive table display.

Seek Seasonal Scents

Smell is one of the most delightful aspects of fall. Simply put, if your home doesn’t smell like a Thanksgiving pie is cooking, you’re doing fall decorating all wrong. Wink, wink. Smell is 9/10ths of the experience so it’s best to punch it up this time of year. Plug in a flameless candle or diffuser with your favorite scent to sink deeper into the season. Or good ole’ fashioned fall potpourri will do the trick, just pour it into your favorite West Elm inspired concrete vase or rattan basket for a modern vibe.

Pump Up Your Pumpkin Game

Pumpkins of all shapes, colors and sizes are an autumn must-have. Velvet, fabric or wooden selections are always adorable and give you the most bang for the buck. But if you’re a more traditional fall fanatic, you likely want fresh pumpkins. We’re loving the blue and green shades this year! Stacking pumpkins is a simple yet trendy way to display them. Or for some family fun and a graphic twist, carve your pumpkins with homely sayings, geometric patterns or other styles to match your home’s aesthetic. Life Hack: To lengthen the lives of your fresh fall pumpkins, soak them in a bucket of water and ⅔ cups of bleach. Your front porch will thank us later!

 

Fall for Portofino Apartments… We admire the warmth of the autumn season, but the family friendly lifestyle of Portofino in Lubbock, Texas keeps things this warm and comfy all year long. Our apartment community is comprised of multiple estate-sized family residences for a true neighborhood feel. You’ll fall in love with the simple pleasures of Portofino. 

NOW LEASING cozy one bedroom, one bath Cobblestone floor plans! Take a look around our website or schedule a tour of the community to learn more. 

 

12 Days of Holiday Faves

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PORTOFINO’S 12 DAYS OF HOLIDAY FAVES 
This time of year we love to give back, especially to our devoted friends and followers. So, we’re doing that x 12. We’ve put together a fun line-up of our favorite things to give away for our 12 Days of Holiday Faves Giveaways, starting now!

Follow the 12 Days of Holiday Faves Giveaways on our social accounts for multiple chances to win great things like gift cards, food, electronics, charitable opportunities, and more! Giveaways will occur daily from December 12th to December 24th. To join the festivities, find us on Facebook and Instagram, follow the pages, then like and comment on the Facebook giveaways you want! Participation is required to enter. See official rules below…

HOW TO ENTER 

Facebook: Like any 12 Days of Holiday Faves post and comment your answer in the comments of each giveaway. Giveaways will post daily, from December 12th to December 24th and close at the end of the day. Posts may have varying gifts, values and comment requests for entry. Facebook entries are limited to one entry per post made by Catalina West. 12 giveaways with 12 coordinating posts will be published by Portofino; each is a new opportunity to enter.*

If you aren’t following our Facebook or Instagram you’ll be missing out on some fabulous holiday finds and fun. Feel free to like, share and tag your friend to spread the holiday cheer!

 


Official Rules: The 12 Days of Holiday Faves Giveaway is hosted by Portofino of Asken Properties and open to Lubbock residents, both Asken Properties residents and non-residents. No purchase necessary. Any related purchases do not enhance chances of winning. Void where prohibited. Entrants must be 18 years or older. In addition to blogs, Portofino will use Facebook and Instagram to promote this contest. The 12 Days of Holiday Faves Giveaway is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by or associated with Facebook.

*To enter on Facebook, you must like the Portofino’s 12 Days of Holiday Faves Giveaway post that you desire to win and submit a comment on the photo of the post. All entries must be submitted by 12:00 am on the day of each giveaway. To enter, submissions must be made on 12 Days of Holiday Faves Giveaway promotional posts, original or following reminder posts, and no other communications can be accepted or counted as valid entries. Winners will be announced 1-2 days after each giveaway has posted, either on the giveaway post or via direct message on Facebook. Winner announcement times and gift receipts may vary depending on the type of gift won and the day of the post in relation to holidays.

By entering, all entrants give explicit permission for Portofino to use the user-generated content (UGC) submitted. By entering this contest, you grant the publicity rights of your content to Portofino for this contest, therefore giving Portofino ermission to repost your comment or content on Facebook or use your image for contest posts made by Portofino and future 12 Days of Holiday Faves Giveaway promotions.