Update Your Apartment for 2015

New year, new you…new home? The beginning of a new year always centers on changes and improvements, but typically the focus is on ourselves—our health, our relationships, our jobs. When examining areas for improvement, we often forget one of the most important parts of ourselves: our homes.

It’s the place we wake up to each morning to begin our days and where we go to unwind after a long week. The environment we live in is critical to our success, so why not give the apartment a few updates this year? Explore a few “home improvements” to start the year feeling fresh, recharged, and ready to take on your resolutions.

Source: HGTV
Source: HGTV

Move it around
One of the easiest, quickest ways to change your environment is rearranging your furniture. Maybe try a new angle for your bed, move your couches around or try creating feng shui in your living room.

Update the color
It may be time to try a new color on your walls—look into fun removable wallpaper, find a new paint shade or create an accent wall. Pick a color or design that will give you energy.

Add some new pops of color
If you’re not ready for new colors on your wall, add pops of color where you can. Adding a new rug, bringing in some exotic plants, or finding fun throws and pillows are easy color additions.

Change the little details
If you’re looking for even smaller changes, find the little details in your apartment. Replace the knobs on your dressers or kitchen cabinets, find new prints for your wall decor, or swap in new photos for your frames.

Expand the space
Similar to adding new details, you can update your apartment by removing details to create space. End the year by de-cluttering unnecessary items or collecting donations for your local Goodwill. You can also expand the space in your rooms with new mirrors.

Give it an upgrade
If you really want to up the ante this year, add some fun tech and home products to improve your productivity. Easy gadgets include a Broom Groomer to help you clean, a Smart Dashboard to stay up-to-date, a Space Bar Monitor to organize your desk, and an Over-the-Door Drying Rack to maximize space.

Have Yourself a White Christmas

You can watch the weather channel tirelessly.  You can try doing the “snow dance.”  You can play “Let It Snow” on repeat.  You can close your eyes and make a wish.  Try as you might, a snowy landscape can be hard to come by in the Pacific Northwest.  Rather than keep peeking out your window each morning in hopes of some flakes, you can make your own snow scene.  Gather a few supplies ahead of time and you’ll be ready to make your own White Christmas this year.  Get ready for your apartment to become transformed into a winter wonderland.

Make your own snow
Try some new spins to the classic paper snowflake patterns.  If you have a hot glue gun, you can create your own unique snowflake formations to decorate your windows.  Or roll up some paper into these gorgeous quill snowflakes to hang around your apartment.

Source: We Lived Happily Ever After
Source: We Lived Happily Ever After

Eat some snow
A snow day is not complete without closing your eyes, poking your tongue out, and catching some delightful flakes.  You can make your own edible snow by decorating fluffy white meringue snowflakes or baking powdery Russian Tea Cakes.

Source: Babble
Source: Babble

Build a snowman
You can pass on the freezing toes and wet gloves, but still build your very own Frosty.  All you need is some paper and scissors to take over your door with a fun paper snowman craft.  If you’re partial to creating in the kitchen, build these delicious melting snowman cookies.

Source: Better Homes and Gardens
Source: Better Homes and Gardens

Sip a frosty cocktail
Since you won’t be cold from playing outside, you can instead warm up with some boozy cocktails.  Sip the flavors of winter with this Coconut Cream Martini or create a frosty concoction with this Vodka Snowflake Cocktail.  Cheers!

Source: A Night Owl
Source: A Night Owl

Add some winter décor
If your apartment has some extra mason jars available, you’re prepared to build some fun winter crafts.  Gather some Epsom salt to add piles of snow to your candles or build your very own snow globes!

Source: Julie Ann Art
Source: Julie Ann Art

Giving Back with a Little Help!

The holidays are all about giving and this year our residents helped us to give in a big way! As a locally-owned private family company, we are committed to doing our part to make our community a better place. So, we partnered with Marine Toys for Tots Foundation to help ensure every child has something to unwrap this holiday season.

The best part is, with all of your help, we were quite successful at it, too!

Thank you to all of our residents, we were able to collect ten bins full of toys to donate to Toys for Tots local chapter to distribute to children in the Puget Sound area.

We are so grateful for the wonderful people who call The Century home and we wish you all the happiest of holidays

5 Holiday Entertaining Essentials

The beauty of the holiday season: it’s the perfect excuse to come together with your closest friends and family. It’s the time of year to gather with your loved ones and revel in the joy of simply being together.

If you’re taking on hosting duties this season, you’ll want to create a night to remember. Whether your friends are coming over for the yearly cookie swap or your entire extended family is coming over for a five-course meal, this is the year to bring your entertaining to the next level. You already know the basics—a party playlist, fresh flowers, and good food—so here are five essentials for really wowing your guests this year:

Source: Fashionable Hostess
Source: Fashionable Hostess

 

  1. Warm holiday-scented candles: lighting a few candles throughout your apartment helps set the mood and create a warm, comforting atmosphere.
Source: Good Housekeeping
Source: Good Housekeeping

 

  1. Bar cart stocked with seasonal cocktails: the best way to get a party started is the drinks.
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Source: Hank and Hunt

 

  1. A bountiful, colorful cheese board: pick out a variety of cheeses, meats, fruits, and crackers for easy appetizers.
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Source: Chic Coastal Living

 

  1. Hand-crafted place settings: delight your guests with special name cards as an added touch.
Source: The Kitchn
Source: The Kitchn

 

  1. Don’t let them leave empty-handed: pick out your favorite treat to pass out among partygoers before they leave.
Source: Swanky Recipes
Source: Swanky Recipes

DIY Holiday Decorating Tips

To be jolly, fa la la la la, la la la la!

Time to break out the mistletoes, twinkle lights, and ribbon! It’s time to deck your halls with holiday cheer. Here are some easy and creative DIY projects to get you inspired.

For your tree: HGTV
If you’re celebrating Christmas, you’ll love these creative and quirky themes. Try something new this year by building your tree out of books or wooden logs.

Source: HGTV
Source: HGTV

For your wreath: Nesting Place
Explore this huge compilation of eclectic, homemade wreath ideas! The list is growing, so you’re sure to find a creative new way to dress your door.

Source: Nesting Place
Source: Nesting Place

For your kitchen: Camille Styles
Baking holiday cookies is not only a fun seasonal activity, but an easy way to spread cheer to your friends, co-workers, and family. From elegant sugar cookies to decadent meringues, classic gingerbread to cranberry bars, Camille Styles is sure to impress.

Source: Camille Styles
Source: Camille Styles

For your gifts: Martha Stewart
Martha is always a great go-to for holiday inspiration and easy DIY. No matter the gift you’re giving—whether it’s a bottle of wine or toy for a toddler—Martha has beautiful tags to help dress your presents.

Source: Martha Stewart
Source: Martha Stewart

For your hostess: Style Me Pretty
If your calendar is looking booked with holiday gatherings and soirees, you’ll be in need of some fun hostess gifts. Check out these adorable homemade boxes of goodies.

Source: Style Me Pretty
Source: Style Me Pretty

For quick ideas: Real Simple
If you’re short on time, but big on holiday cheer, Real Simple has you covered. Here are some quick and easy ideas to get your home in the season.

Source: Real Simple
Source: Real Simple

For your mantel: Southern Living
Your mantel is the centerpiece of your home, so be sure to give yours a festive makeover. Whether you prefer simple and elegant or colorful and bold, these ideas will make yours pop.

Source: Southern Living
Source: Southern Living

For everything else: Pinterest
Of course you can never go wrong browsing Pinterest. If the projects above were just getting you started, you’ll get lost for hours in the beautiful ideas and creative crafts on Pinterest. Search any idea you like—from snowflakes to twinkle lights to dreidels to candles!