Smart Ways to Organize Your Kitchen Pantry

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Coming home to your apartment is especially nice when you have an outstanding kitchen to create innovative meals. With fully equipped designer kitchens and pantries for plenty of storage, all you’ll need is a chef’s hat!

One vital part of any good kitchen is its organization so you can find everything easily to create scrumptious meals. Following a few tips will help get your pantry in order and keep it that way.

  • Begin by clearing the clutter. Place two containers or bins in the kitchen. Sort through items in the cabinets, drawers, and pantry shelves. Place items to throw away in one bin and items to keep in another.
  • Utilize every inch of space to the max with additional shelves, a Lazy Susan, and bins and baskets for small cans and spices.
  • Arrange items on shelves with visibility being the key focus.
  • Group items. This can be by type like cans, bottles, or bags or by food groups such as sweets, snacks, or ingredients.
  • Keep a notepad and pencil in the pantry to keep a running note of items you need on your next trip to the store.

Getting your apartment organized and in order will make your time preparing meals fast and efficient!

Does Your Apartment Decor Feel Unfinished? Try These Last Touches


Residing in our community gives you fantastic choices when it comes to apartment design. The space and features enable you to get creative and style the interior to bring out your unique tastes and personality. From rugs to artwork, there are countless ways to make your place come to life. Here are a few tips for finishing touches:

  • You can never go wrong with flowers. They are a timeless way to decorate, and are easy and affordable. Arrange several in a vase you like and put them on a table for color.
  • One way to decorate that also brings comfort is adding large pillows to your sofa. Get ones that are 18 inches or larger and they will add layer to the room. Plus you can relax on them.
  • If you are not certain as to how to carry out a look, repeat your patterns. Repetition helps, and is ideal for when you are in doubt.

Our apartments are beautiful, comfortable, and very inviting. Have fun and use your imagination when adding decor. Go with what you like and make it your own.

The Best Pets to Own In a Rental Space


Choosing a pet when you are renting can be difficult. You want to get the best pet possible for you,  that will also be happy in your pet-friendly apartment.

  • Fish are good pets for any environment as long as you keep the tank clean.
  • Birds are nice to have as well, but be sure you get a small bird that doesn’t make a lot of noise.
  • One great apartment pet is a cat. As long as you groom them regularly, they can live quite happily in a smaller space.
  • There are a variety of dogs that you can also get, as long as you exercise them. Smaller breeds like a Corgi or Poodle work best.

Don’t deny yourself a pet because you live in an apartment. There are a number of good pets you can have at your pet-friendly apartment. If you would like more information on keeping pets, you can contact us at today at The Lumiere.

Keep Your Kids focused on School With These Tips


In order to keep the little ones on track, it is a good idea to rethink your apartment organization to create a designated  place where your child can go to complete schoolwork. We discovered a few ideas to help you with setting up a homework space.

Distractions and interruptions can be disastrous to getting homework completed. Use cardboard displays to designate a distraction free homework zone.

Keep pencils, pens, and other tools organized with mason jars. Store items used most frequently on your desktop. Items used less frequently get their own shelf nearby.

Create an instant moveable desktop surface with a clipboard. The clipboard’s surface can rest on your child’s lap without slipping while keeping papers in one place.

Hang artwork to keep kids inspired. Bright colors and positive images do wonders for keeping your child’s creative spirit in full swing.

Sometimes the amount of homework assigned in a week can be overwhelming. Stay organized by using a homework calendar. Hang the calendar where your child can keep track of their progress.

Contact us to learn more about renting your next home at the Lumiere.

How to Pick the Perfect Watchdog for Your Apartment


If you are thinking of getting a watchdog when living in one of our pet-friendly apartment rentals, it is good to know which dogs are suitable for your lifestyle. You can pick the perfect watchdog for your apartment by learning the personality traits of each dog.

  • Dachshund: The Dachshund is faithful, reliable and has a loud bark. While he is loud enough to warn you of a stranger approaching, this aggressive little dog may not be the best choice for a family with children.
  • Scottish Terriers: If you need a watchdog who is a little more family-friendly, this is a great choice. He is playful, smart, loyal and great with children. The Scottish Terrier may be small in size, but he packs a lot of confidence and a loud bark.
  • Miniature Schnauzer: Miniature Schnauzers are very alert, territorial and do not trust strangers right off the bat. If you hear him barking, it is usually for a food reason. This little dog is clever, energetic and loves playing with children.

If you are considering moving into one of our pet-friendly apartment rentals, we invite you to contact us today.

Take a Great Winter Vacation at These 5 Destinations


Winter is rapidly approaching, and for many of us, the urge to escape to warmer climates becomes unbearable. Here are five winter vacation destinations you should consider when planning your trip.

  • The island of Kuaui in the Hawaiian islands is wonderful. With it’s wonderfully warm climate and beaches, you will shake off the winter blues fast.
  • Puerto Rico is a great way to experience the best of the Caribbean, all without having to bring your passport. It is warm, and the food is amazing.
  • Costa Rica’s dry season commences in December, leaving you to enjoy the 70 degree weather, all while enjoying the beautiful landscape and jungles.
  • Key West is the perfect place to enjoy a warm holiday vacation, with loads of restaurants and outdoor activities. Try the bike trails, and travel through the other Florida Keys as well.
  • For entertainment and warmth, Miami Beach is the place to go. This is truly a city that knows how to party. So why don’t you go this year?

For more ideas about how to spend your holidays, or to know more about living in our community, contact us today.