Thursday, March 26, 2015

Vintage Furniture Stores in San Antonio


Looking for vintage or antique furniture for your new #apartment in San Antonio?  There are lots of places where you can get new to you furniture and unique pieces you won't find anywhere else.

Retro Haus has a large selection of vintage furniture and accessories from the 1950's through the early 1980's. They even have lots of old vinyl for you audiophiles. This conveniently located downtown shop has great prices and will make you feel like you've stepped back in time!

Mid Modern/Mod Pod is a fantastic place to get all your midcentury gems.  They carefully curate and display high-end furniture, art, lighting, and clothing.  The owner lovingly restores pieces in need of a little TLC.

Back Alley Antiques has a huge array of 19th and 20th century American and European Antiques, collectibles, quilts, vintage and estate jewelry and more.  They also have an impressive collection of Life magazines dating all the way back to the 1940's.  

Looking for a real bargain?  Check out Thrift Town on Thousand Oaks Drive.  Shoppers rave about how well cared for items are and you could snag a great deal on a piece of furniture or accessory for your house.  Inventory changes quickly, so going regularly will give you the best chance for finding your dream piece.

Ready to find your next apartment you can fill with the vintage furniture of your dreams?  Give San Antonio Apartments Now a call today at 512-258-8224.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Decorating Around a Color You Hate



#Apartments often come with tile, flooring or wall colors that you don't like, but can't be changed because you are renting.  About.com tells you how to live with a color you can't stand.

First of all, figure out what you don't like about the color.  Is your problem color really out of style or just a color that you hate?  Next, figure out not only what color your hated object is, but what the undertones are to it so you can choose colors that go with it rather than fight against it or make it look even worse.

Once you've identified the offending color and its undertones, you have a couple of choices, the first of which is to "hide it in plain sight".  That means that you should surround it with similar colors, which should help it blend it rather than stick out like a sore thumb.  Use the color wheel to find analogous colors that will soften the ugly color.

Your other option is to be adventurous and embrace the color you once hated.  If it's a pattern that you are horrified by, then pick some colors from the pattern to decorate with.  If it's from another time period, why not embrace that style and go a bit retro to make it seem like an intentional, fun choice rather than something you are stuck with?

Need help finding a brand new apartment with up-to-the-minute decor?  Give Austin Apartments Now a call today at 512-258-8224.

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Local Investment Firm Focuses on Downtown Area Apartments


Ocean2Ocean, a San Antonio investment firm, has purchased Rainbow Hills, a 24 unit apartment community just outside of Loop 410.  The San Antonio Business Journal reports that the move is part of a larger strategy for the company.

The firm is focused on urban rather than suburban properties with proximity to retail, grocery stores, and transit.  Ocean2Ocean believes that the future is in urban areas as Millennials choose to live close to where they work and play, leaving their automobiles at home.

The company is going against a trend of national investment firms to purchase apartment communities in suburban San Antonio.  Ocean2Ocean plans to put in about $500,000 into the property for upgrades and renovations.  They will focus on making it a more family friendly community by reserving some space for yards and landscaping, adding washer and dryer hook-ups and including features that will allow people to forgo driving their cars.

The firm plans to continue to get closer to downtown as they purchase and renovate more apartment properties.
Ready to find an #apartment close to work and play?  Give San Antonio Apartments Now a call today at 512-258-8224!

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Tips for "Off" Days



Dreary cold weather and the arrival of Daylight Savings Time can make getting motivated to do your work difficult.  Apartment Therapy is here to the rescue with their suggestions for getting down to business when you'd rather be lying under the covers.

An intense period of activity will often wake you up and get you going.  Whether it's a cold shower, a little five minute dance party, or some quick exercises, you can get yourself going.

Try the Pomodoro method, which prescribes that you determine what task you want to do, work on it for 25 minutes, and then take a 3-5 minute break.  After doing that for four 25 minute intervals, you get a 15 minute break.  This is great when you're having a really hard time getting motivated because it's much easier to do something for 25 minutes than an indeterminate amount of time.

During those breaks, rather than sitting at your desk and staring into space (or watching cat videos), do something that will help you re-focus when it's time to get back to work, like a couple of yoga positions, or walk around the office and chat with a coworker for a couple of minutes.  This will make your break feel more like a real break and allow you to approach your work with fresh resolve.

Even if it's freezing cold or raining, step outside for a few minutes to get some fresh air.

Make a to-do list and then prioritize your top action items.  By seeing everything written down, you can get your long to-do list out of your head and focus on the task at hand.  Plus, if you're having a day where it's difficult to focus, you can just go on auto-pilot and won't have to think about what's next.

When you're warming up in the morning, go ahead and do a couple of the activities that require less thinking to ease into your work day.  

Of course, if all else fails, just jumping in and getting started may be the best way to approach work when you just don't want to do anything!

Need help finding an #apartment where you'll love to take breaks?  Give Austin Apartments Now a call today at 512-258-8224.

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Living Frugally


Looking to save money?  About.com has the top tips for living frugally.  Whether you want start living more cheaply to save for a big purchase, to pay down debt, or to work less and live more, follow these suggestions to spend less money.

Rather than buying books or renting movies, check them out from your local library.  It's free and you also won't have to come up with storage space for your books after you buy them.  If there are movies your library doesn't have, Redbox only charges $1 a night.

Cutting coupons can often save you money, especially if you find a grocery store that has days where they double coupons.  However proceed with caution: often the store brand is cheaper than the name brand even with a coupon.  You can also search for free samples online and either try a new product or get an old favorite at no cost.

Dining out is one of the biggest discretionary expenses in most people's budget and it is one of the easiest to cut back on.  Cooking at home more and eating out less will save you lots of money.

Paying your bills online not only saves on stamp and check costs, but if you sign up for autopay, you won't have to worry about any late fees when you forget to pay your bills on time.

Combine errands to save on gas and ride your bike or walk to those errands that are close by.  Speaking of car savings, changing your own oil is an easy car repair you can do at home that will save money.

When it comes to household chores, creating your own cleaners will not only cost less, but is better for the environment and your health because you aren't exposed to toxic chemicals.  By washing your laundry in cold water, you save money on electricity because your water heater doesn't have to be turned on and your clothes will come out just as clean.

Another saving electricity tip?  Turn off lights, electronics, and appliances when they aren't in use.  Also, when you get cold, throw on a sweater instead of turning up the heat.  In the summer, close the drapes or blinds and turn on a fan rather than turning down the thermostat.

Looking for a new #apartment with lower rent to go with your new frugal lifestyle?  Give San Antonio Apartments Now a call today at 210-802-1112.

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Suburbs Losing Popularity



For decades, the population growth has been in the suburbs.  However, city centers are starting to draw more people, Realty Times reports.

2011 was the first time in almost 100 years that population growth was larger in urban areas than in the suburbs.  City-dwellers are attracted by the job opportunities available there, and largely fall into two camps:  young professionals and Baby Boomers.  

Despite the draw of the denser city life, many people who move back to the city are bringing the way of life they had in the suburbs with them.  Weathier city residents still live in single-family houses and own a car, no matter how urbanized their new neighborhood.

While many people were driven to the suburbs for the larger houses, highly rated public schools, and more value for their money, the trade off is a long commute.  Unfortunately some people can't afford to live in areas like Los Angeles and are forced to make a three to four hour commute daily to live in a nearby suburb.

Are you looking for a new #apartment to be closer to work?  Give Austin Apartments Now a call today at 512-258-8224.