Monthly Archives: January 2015

Affordable Luxury Living for Less

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The word luxury has a bad rep and is often associated with expensive tastes. However, did you know it was still possible it live on a beer budget but have champagne taste? Luxury apartment rentals allow tenants to live in the lap of luxury but for affordable rates that don’t break the bank.

Following the Great Recession, the American housing market took a huge hit as countless Americans who lost their jobs due to lay offs were no longer able to afford their mortgages. As such, many families were forced to downsize. Now nearly seven years later, renting lofts and apartments has become the norm for many singles and families. In fact, developers are erecting beautiful apartment buildings at an alarming r (more…)

30 Jan 2015

Tips for Living in Luxury for Less

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Talk about being in a “no flex zone”, gone are the days when it was en vogue to live in the lap of luxury and brag about. Even humble-bragging is frowned down on nowadays. The Great Recession taught Americans a lot, mainly that can get by — and still be happy — while living on far less.

Naturally, this mentality has changed the face of the housing and rental markets. Large, restaurant-quality, professional-chef inspired kitchen featuring large appliances such as SubZero refrigerators are out. However, kitchens designed around entertaining and featuring high-efficiency appliances are in. It’s not that luxury is completely out of style, it’s just that Americans are taking a different approach to it.

For example, luxury city apartments, such as downtown, (more…)

23 Jan 2015

The Ultimate Shed Buying Guide

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Buying sheds and garages is something that people usually do when they need more usable space on their property for storage or recreation. It seems like a simple enough decision — you go to a store, you pick out a shed, you bring it home. Right? Not exactly. Shopping for sheds can be pretty straightforward but there are few big decisions you’ll have to make. Here are three of them.

1. Custom vs. Pre-built?
One of the first things you’re going to need to think about it whether you want to have a custom build or a pre-built shed. Of course, you need to consider what the main use of the shed or garage is going to be — will it be used for storing bulky items or r (more…)

16 Jan 2015

Three Easy Tips for Organizing a Messy Home

Benefits of climate controlled storage

One of the worst things about winter is being stuck inside all of the time. Especially after the holidays, it’s really easy to start realizing how much junk you have in your home and how disorganized thing actually are. If you’re really wanting to get a jump on spring cleaning, there’s no time like the present to start organizing your home. Here are three tips for doing it.

1. Purge
The first thing you need to do when you’re organizing your home is purge the non essentials. You should make three piles: one for things you need to keep, one for things you need to donate, and one for things that need to be thrown away. Be really honest with yourself about which pile things belong in and stick to your decisions. While you’re going through all of your things, take stock (more…)

16 Jan 2015

Helping Seniors Stay Safe At Home

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Many elderly people may find themselves living alone following the loss of a spouse or companion, but are not yet ready to move to assisted living facilities or independent senior housing. While the seniors may be confident in their abilities to live at home, their families may have some concerns. Investing in devices to make the senior safer and more comfortable at home can give family members peace of mind while respecting the wishes of the elderly family member.

Every senior should have a phone in case of emergencies, and to keep in contact with friends, family, and medical professionals. While many seniors may wish to keep their land line with the same numbers, they may also benefit from a cell phone. Both cell phones and traditional phones come in senior-friendly options, with larger butt (more…)

15 Jan 2015

Finding the Right Independent and Assisted Living Options for Seniors

Cost of senior care

Searching for the right living options for seniors can be daunting, but with the right planning and knowledge of elder care, it doesn’t have to be. One of the categories that often stumps people looking into senior living is the difference between independent and assisted living homes. By understanding where these two options for seniors differ, the elderly and their relatives will have a better idea of what they need for their golden years.

If you are currently looking into senior care options for yourself or a parent, you’ll benefit most by knowing the basic aspects of independent and assisted living. Here are just a few of the significant features of each type of liv (more…)

13 Jan 2015

Clothing For the Homeless Donate Your Spare Clothing Today

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This winter has been particularly cold and relentless. Winter is bad enough for those with means. For those who are needy — the poor, the sick, the elderly, the homeless — winter can be not only difficult; it can be devesting. Unfortunately, far too many people in the U.S. (and the world) struggle to find suitable clothing. Thousands of people every year find themselves with little to no options in regards to clothing themselves. It’s bad enough to have no money. It’s even worse to have no clothes.

This is precisely why clothing donations are important now more than ever. Charitable clothing donations are critical for those who are unable to help themselves. Unfortunately, we as a society cannot rely on those who have the most means to aid the poor and hungry. Did you know, (more…)

12 Jan 2015

Three of the Coolest Nautical Conversation Pieces Your Living Room Needs

Nautical wheel

When designing a nautical themed room, there are certain rules you must follow. First, you need to get the colors right. Use navy, white, and khaki as the main colors for nautical decor. Second, you need to get some nautical decorations placed around the room to really drive home the theme. Third — and most importantly — you need to have a strong centerpiece to tie it all together.

Here are just a few of the coolest nautical items you can use as conversation pieces and to bring your nautical theme together.

A Reproduction of a Famous Pirate Flag.

Believe it or not, pirates didn’t fly skull and cross bones. Instead, they each had their own black flags emblazoned with an individuali (more…)

12 Jan 2015

The Benefits of Renting a Loft Apartment

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Recently, Brooklyn New York was rated the most expensive place to own a home in the United States, beating out notoriously expensive metropolitan areas such as San Francisco and Washington D.C. Interestingly, these statistics were quite surprisingly. Brooklyn was once considered a refuge from the overly priced city loft apartments and townhomes in Manhattan.

While Brooklyn may be the most expensive place for home ownership in the country, renting lofts and apartments is a viable option to home ownership. In fact, home ownership rates are the lowest they’ve been in nearly seven years. While the real estate market has shown promising signs of recover following the Great Recession, potential home owners (more…)

09 Jan 2015

The 6 Most Expensive Homes in the World

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Any property management company knows that luxury homes are in high demand in today’s growing economy. Some of the most wanted luxury homes for sale sell for millions or even billions of dollars, and the features and amenities they offer are astounding. New luxury homes are often kept up and cared for by a property management company, and the real estate agent is responsible for attracting people who are interested in buying investment property. For anyone who is thinking about making a big purchase soon or is just interested in learning more about the most luxurious homes in the world, here’s a list compiled by Forbes Magazine of some of the most expensive homes that have been on the market in the past few years.

    1. Villa Leopolda (Villefranche-sur-Mer, France) (more…)

08 Jan 2015