Topic: Decorating

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. 

 

Entertaining at Home: Wine + Succulent Party

‘Tis the season for a summer party and what better combination than succulents and wine? Succulents are small in size and are an easy-care plant. Get ready to “wine” down with your friends and show your love for these cute and fun plants by having a memorable wine and succulent party.

Set the Succulent Scene

What’s a party without decorations? You can decorate your apartment with terrariums and other plant arrangements filled with succulents of all different shapes and sizes. If you are planning to have a small group of guests, have the party inside your apartment. If not, you may want to consider finding a spot outside to host. We will be happy to accommodate your wine and succulent party wishes and needs.

Get the Wine Ready

It’s not a party without food or drinks. Get your wine bottles out and enjoy your favorite wines with your friends. Summer wines are a must. Choose light white wines such as Rocks 2014 or California White Wine. Rose, Champagne, or sparkling wine are also great alternatives. To make things more fun, you could even ask your guest to bring their favorite bottle of wine and when each bottle is opened, ask them to share why it’s their favorite.

Creative Potting Station

Add a creative spin to your wine and succulent party with a potting station. All you need is simple terracotta pots, succulent potting mix, decorative sand or gravel, and a selection of succulents for your friends to choose from. You could also add some small seashells or crystals to the mix for your guest to add a cute touch to their pots.

Party Favors

Spruce up your party with these cute favor ideas from Portofino. You can send your friends home with the simplest party favors. Some ideas you could use are teacups, coffee mugs, flower vases, candles, and wine glasses. Whether you are celebrating a special occasion or not, a simple party favor is a thoughtful touch that will go a long way.

Best Places To Find Affordable Artwork For Any Style

Whether you’re wanting a different aesthetic or just moved into your apartment, finding affordable art that’s also pleasing to the eye could be a challenge. Art completes a space; it puts life into a room.  

Picture walking into your friend’s apartment and seeing absolutely nothing hanging on the walls other than a TV, how uninteresting. This guide will be good use to you no matter if you’re shopping online or at a physical store.   

Shopping for affordable art locally

Most people in Lubbock tend to do most of their shopping online, but do not let that discourage you from looking around town. You can find most of what you are looking for! Just recently, this town has added the holy grail of all home décor shopping: HomeGoods. I would start here. HomeGoods is one of my favorite places to look for home design pieces and affordable art. What’s great about this specific retailer is that they have many different styles of art to buy, whether you’re into pictures of flowers or photo pictures with inspirational quotes to add to your gallery wall, they have it all and more.  

Another place that has a wider variety of art to look through is At Home. At Home has more generic staple pieces and necessities for space. Their artwork is usually at a grander scale and can be placed on a large wall. Do not go there if you are in a hurry and need something fast, because just sifting through their artwork could take some time. Both Homegoods and At Home are practical in both convenience and cost, and you will be sure to find something that will impress all your friends.  

Shopping for affordable art online

If shipping costs aren’t an issue, then buying online for art could be a fun, but tedious task. Depending on what style of art you are looking for, some websites can be pricey, especially places like Etsy where artists are selling their work. I would stay away from websites like that due to high prices and long wait times. Some places that I would investigate for buying affordable art would be well-known and trusted retailers or sites.

If you have a more of an eclectic style, then Tiny Showcase would be a fun place to look for quirky pieces. A good thing about them is that they have deals every Tuesday. Tiny Showcase releases limited-edition art to the market and lets the buyer choose which charity they want to give a percentage of their purchase to at checkout. After browsing their website, they have more than just artwork; they have stationary and posters as well. Most of their artwork is cheap and is in categories by year. Tiny Showcase’s goal is to make you feel good about buying art.

A website with a copious amount of art to choose from is Wayfair. This website offers all types of pieces no matter your style, they have anything from abstract, to a farmhouse, to coastal. On top of that, Wayfair even has color categories to narrow your search further. You will be able to find most of anything that you are looking for just by going to Wayfair.  

Embracing A Green Thumb While Living In An Apartment

Living in an apartment doesn’t mean that you can’t have plants or flowers; you must know how to take care of them while putting them in places that fit their needs. This guide will help you keep your plant friend’s alive, whether you’re low or high maintenance.

How much are you willing to take care of your plants?

How busy are you? Plants usually do not require maximum effort, nor do they take much time to grow. However, if you put in a little love for them, they will grow and make your apartment happy and inviting.  

Succulents, flowers, or both?

First, it is good to do some research on plants to know which are easy and which are difficult to kill. That way if you’re a beginner, you will be able to keep your plants alive while knowing how to care for them. If being a beginner describes you, then you should start with something easy, like a succulent or a type of cactus.  

If you are not a beginner and would like a more challenging gardening project, then I would tackle a miniature rose plant or a moth orchid.

Find a plant that shares your personality and matches the maintenance you are willing to give it.

Choosing the correct pot for your plant

Depending on which plants you choose, finding the right pot for your plant is vital in the health of it. If you want to go the easy route, succulents do not need a container that has holes at the bottom for draining, since these plants tend to prefer holding moisture. If you prefer a plant that produces flowers, a pot that has holes for draining is necessary. If you are worried about the potential mess, then you could make sure you don’t overwater it or put something underneath to keep dirt off the floor.  

You can find most pots or things that could be a substitute for a plant holder at most stores. For any plants that don’t require much water can be potted in practically anything, get creative!

Keeping up with your plants  

After going through all the hard stuff like research and finding the right pot, you always need to remember to water and take care of it properly. That might not be the case for a cactus or succulent, because those only need water about once a month, but for a plant that needs frequent watering, make sure to only water it when it needs it! Observe its habits and if it needs to be in the shade or the sun, act accordingly. Sometimes the plant can grow so large that it overgrows its pot, so if that happens, be sure to move it to a bigger home.

Growing plants in your apartment are no challenge, but by putting in some extra time and commitment, you can get just what you want out of embracing your green thumb.

Once you get into a rhythm, your plants will be sure to thank you by sprouting flowers, growing leaves and becoming too big for its pot.

How To Decorate A Blank Wall

Whether you just moved in, or it is time to redecorate, decorating a blank space can be very overwhelming. Don’t be afraid! Take some deep breaths and get organized!

Determining your style  

Whether you’re boho chic or have a minimalistic feel, artwork and personal style can be linked together to better express you. These days, people are getting creative with their wall art, some take great lengths to express themselves.  

The first trick is to stick to a color palette; then from there, you will be able to narrow down your search for things that fall into that category.  

Once you figure out color, now you must decide on a theme for your environment. If you go for more of an eclectic vibe, then maybe you would have succulents wall mounts included in your gallery wall. If that isn’t your style, and you tend to go more for the girly things, then maybe have a series of pink and gold-framed pictures.  

Doing research could help you if you’re stuck. Researching popular trends that fall into your interests will provide you with examples of what other people have done to give you a better picture of what your style would be.  

Once you determine a color scheme and a style for your space, you should be ready to decorate!  

Placement  

Placement is everything when decorating a space. Having your pictures and wall mounts all level and organized will make your guests feel visibly satisfied. If you decide on doing a gallery wall, pick pieces that will flow nicely together and keep them at an odd number – just a little interior design trick.  

Once you have everything you plan to use to spruce up your blank wall, you should first arrange everything on the floor to make sure you are happy with placement and style. After that, you should level and mark on the wall to show where the nails will go for your pieces. Then comes the more natural part, either hammer in the nails or use a drill on the exact place that you marked. When you’ve completed drilling and hanging, you should now be looking at all your new, stylish decorations that are on the wall.