Get the Workout You Need

These health benefits from working out will jump start your routine.

  • Controls weight. Exercise can either help you to stabilize or lose your weight. Physical activity burns calories, so the more intensely you work out, the more calories you burn, and the more weight you can loose.
  • Helps improve health conditions and disease. The best way to prevent or to manage lifestyle diseases like heart disease is regular exercise. Exercise will help with type 2 diabetes and depression and some types of cancer, arthritis, and stroke.
  • Improves mood. A 30-minute brisk walk or workout in your apartment fitness center stimulates brain chemicals making you more relaxed and cheerful.
  • Boosts energy. Physical activity will boost your endurance, muscle strength, and with a more efficiently working heart and lungs, give you more energy.
  • Helps with sleep. Whether you have trouble getting to sleep or staying asleep, exercise can help, but not too close to your bedtime.
  • It’s fun. When you exercise outdoors or in a more social setting like a dance class, it’s a lot of fun.

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Prepare Your for Your Vacation

We have a few tips to keep your home safe for your next trip.

  • Have your mail and newspaper held while you’re out of town. Thieves use this indicator to find easy targets.
  • Put one or two lights on timers, so it looks like you’re home in the evenings.
  • Let your credit card companies know you will be out of town. Many of the security features now block cards that are used in randomly different locations.
  • Check your smoke detector before you leave to make sure it’s in good working order.
  • Leave emergency contact information with a neighbor, just in case.
  • Turn off and unplug any unnecessary appliances for peace of mind. Turn off the air conditioner, too.
  • Toss any perishable food that could spoil in your absence, and take out the trash.
  • Run your garbage disposal with a half of a cup of vinegar and some water to keep it from smelling up the place.

For information on our floor plans and amenities, please contact us at any time.

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Get Your Belongings Organized With These 5 Tips

Compared with living in a house, apartment living generally provides more challenges when it comes to finding space for all of your belongings.  Because of this, it’s important that you stay organized.  Here are five tips to help organize your belongings.

  • Raise your bed: Your bed will undoubtedly take up a good portion of the floor space in your bedroom.  While that may sound deflating as far as storage space is concerned, you can easily add space by raising your bed with bed risers, so that you can fit storage bins underneath.
  • Wall shelves: A great way to add storage space from nothing is by adding wall shelves.  Wall shelves take a wall and turn it into a place to store your belongings or add a decorative touch to your apartment.
  • Rotate clothing: To keep your closet organized, it’s definitely a good idea to rotate your clothing based on the season.  Having to fight through your winter coats to get to your summer shirts doesn’t make sense, so depending on the season, rotate the off-season’s clothing to the back.
  • Dual-purpose furniture: Having furniture that serves multiple purposes is a great way to reduce the amount of furniture in your apartment and lead to more organization.  Examples include a couch that is also a day-bed and having your dinner table serve as a work space.
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5 Ideas to Help You With Your Art Collection

Every great home has art in it. Whether you like modern art or you prefer art from the 16th century, you can decorate your home with it, even if you can’t afford original pieces by well-known artists or masters. If you’re ready to build your art collection and you want stunning pieces but aren’t sure to get them, utilize these five tips. You’ll get as much art as you can afford.

  1. Find galleries in your area that showcase up and coming artists if you like contemporary art. You’ll get good prices since artists won’t be well-known yet, but those pieces could easily go up and become valuable down the road.
  2. Visit art fairs if you like more traditional work. You can buy many paintings on the spot and take them home.
  3. Look for artists in your area that sell work online. You can browse many sites and find work you love.
  4. Attend auctions if you’re looking for really special pieces. You could pay a pretty penny for them, but if you want a very specific piece or artist, auctions are an ideal way to get what you want.
  5. Don’t be afraid of buying prints! High-quality prints can look wonderful in a home as long as you don’t buy cheap frames. Get them framed professionally and you’ll notice a world of difference when it comes to how prints look in your home.

 

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Give Your Apartment a Cool Industrial Look With These 4 Design Ideas

You can do a lot with our apartment decorating ideas. The design allows for all kinds of styles, including classic, contemporary, and industrial. There are several ways to give your place that look. With a little creativity, it will have a modern style. Here are a few design ideas.

-Take a look at your apartment and show off pipes, ducts, and other industrial features. They add to the structure and dimension of a home, enhancing contrast and design. They can be new or rusted, either way it works.

-Elements of wood and metal are part of an industrial style. Use them as surfaces for things like tables, chairs, stairs, and more. This design works for practical, functional purposes as well as decor.

-Think about the colors used. Neutral, earth tones help to bring the design out. Go for grey, brown, and steel. Also, they contrast very well with white walls. Look at some industrial design photos and observe the hues.

-Colors and surfaces create an industrial look. Another feature is vintage pieces. They give the place texture and some character. You can use furniture, fixture, or decor. Balance the elements and you have an interesting, modern style.

These apartment decorating ideas will help you give your apartment a cool look. Experiment, play around with furniture, and bring out the architecture.

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Tips to Help You Go Green at Your Apartments

Reducing our carbon footprint is not only good for the planet, it can also be good for our wallets. Here are green living tips to protect the environment and to save money.

  • Replace your light bulbs with Light Emitting Diodes. These have come down in price dramatically and use even less electricity than compact fluorescent bulbs. The light they give off is soft and looks very natural.
  • Turn off items that are not in use. Even if your phone is fully charged it will drain electricity if it is plugged in. Same goes for laptops and other rechargeable items.
  • Consider getting a solar charger for your rechargeable gadgets. Let the sun charge your phone, not the power grid.
  • Consider using green energy. You can opt on your power bill to have the power company utilize green sources of energy for use in your home. This will cost a few dollars extra per month but will give power companies further incentive to invest in more clean power solutions.

To get more apartment living tips or to know more about living in our community, contact us today .

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How to Make Natural Dog Shampoo in Our Pet-Friendly Apartments

Owning a dog can get expensive when it comes to grooming. Fortunately, there are some simple recipes for natural homemade dog shampoo you can create at home. Here are three different ways you can create natural dog shampoo in your apartment at Woodlands West:

  • You can make natural homemade dog shampoo by mixing together two cups of dish soap, two cups of apple cider vinegar, four cups of water, and four ounces of vegetable glycerin. Make sure the dish soap has a seven to eight pH level and doesn’t have a strong scent. Shake it well before using it.
  • To make a conditioner, begin to boil four cups of water, and add in two teaspoons of rosemary. Once it boils, take it off the stove and let it sit for 10 minutes. Once it’s cooled, strain out the rosemary and put the liquid in a bottle for easy use.
  • To create a dry shampoo, sprinkle half a cup of baking soda on your dog’s coat, rub it in, then brush his fur. Avoid putting it on or near his face.

If you would like to receive more information regarding our pet-friendly apartments, please contact us today.

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Create a Perfect Dining Space in Your Apartment With These 5 Tips

An inviting dining space is ideal for entertaining and for eating on your own in comfort. Check out these five tips for creating your perfect dining space.

If you want to utilize your space to squeeze in more people use a round dining room table instead of a square shaped one so diners can get a bit of extra elbow room. However, if you’re looking to create a more spacious area then go for a rectangular table instead.

Open up your the feeling of your dining space by hanging mirrors and artwork on the wall. Use artwork you already love or go for a theme like photographs of gourmet food and wine.

Use classy candelabras on the dining table to set a sensual mood. The right lighting can elevate your sensory experience and even bring out more flavor in the food.

Create an interesting visual component with color and layers. Drape different sized table cloths over the table then use placemats on top of them. Warm colors like reds and yellows rev up the appetite while cool colors like blues and greens create a sense of calm.

Contact us today and learn about the available apartment living in Charlotte.

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Best Foods to Pair With Wheat Beers

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It’s time to get out the recipes that pair great with good beer. Who doesn’t love a good, frosty wheat beer on? Everyone should gather round the spigot and have their fill. But when you are looking for the best foods to pair with your wheat beers, you have got plenty from which to choose.

Here are three dishes that make for a good pairing with your Wheat brew of choice:

Lobster & Avocado Salad: Who doesn’t like a good lobster? Pair the lobster and avocado salad with your favorite Hefenweizen, which makes your flavors have punch. The great lobster flavors and avocado creaminess really make your wheat beers sing with harmony.

Smashed Beets with Goat Cheese: If this sounds like an odd paring, you really should give it a try. Hefenweizen pairs off well with goat cheese and the herbs in the salad make the notes in the beer great.

Lemon Risotto: A third dish to go for beer and food pairings is lemon risotto. The great flavors here are made that much finer with the lemon wedges goodness.

All three of these dishes are great beer and food pairings for your Hefenweizen wheat beers. Try them out on the grill or in the kitchen of your apartment and let us know which one is best!

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Three Ideas for Designing a Beautiful Apartment

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With space and elegant design, you can create a beautiful look in a Berkshire Place home. It is fun, lets you use your creativity, and easier than you think. For savvy apartment design, a few of these ideas can inspire and give you some guidance on the materials and arrangement of furniture so that you will have a stylish place in no time:

  • A good way to make your apartment visually appealing and practical is with built-in storage. You can place books, candles, and other household items on and in it. It helps to organize a room while adding to the decor.
  • Incorporate the outside into a room. This can be done with windows or a patio. However, it can also be done with beautiful, lively house plants. Pick out ones you like and arrange them around a room.
  • One of the best ways to beautify a room is with artwork. There are so many options to choose from, depending on your tastes. See what speaks to you and decorate your walls with captivating images.

These tips will help make your apartment attractive and inviting. See what works in your home.

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