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Tips for Throwing an Elegant Spring Brunch

Brunch FoodBrunch is overtaking dinner as the perfect meal for a fun get-together. It feels lighter and less formal, which adds an air of levity that dinners do not have. Combined with springtime, which is traditionally thought of as a more carefree and lighter season, it’s the perfect backdrop for a great afternoon party.

Here are some tips for hosting a brunch that comes off flawlessly and lets your guests have the most enjoyable experience:

Remember the Basics

In order for your guests to be able to pay attention to your more delicate touches, you have to ensure that they aren’t distracted by missing fundamentals. Make sure you have an easily-accessible place to put their coats and other such belongings. Ensure that cold drinks and other ongoing accessories are within easy reach as well. Finally, remove anything that can be easily broken by people who are distracted by the milling around of all of the guests.

Expand Beyond the Breakfast Food

It’s brunch, not breakfast. Pretty much any food that’s good for lunch will do. Try something new and unique for your drink offering, as well. Overall, avoid cliched foods and drinks. You want your menu to be memorable.

Skip the Candles

They’re not necessary for daytime events. Instead, take advantage of the natural lighting in your apartment home.

Invite the Right Number of Guests to Your Space

A good party room feels full without being so crowded that people can’t avoid bumping into each other. If you think you won’t have enough guests to do the job, add large bouquets of flowers and other fillers to get the right feel. Conversely, if you want so many guests that they won’t all fit in your intended room, consider having the main part of your party in our spacious clubhouse (it includes a kitchen) or in our outdoor kitchen area.

Use a Bold Tablecloth

This will make up for issues like bland, white dinnerware and basic flatware. Floral patterns are especially good for springtime events.

Keep Some Formality

If you’re going to assign seating, use fancy place cards so everyone knows where to go.

One of the best ways to make your spring brunch event a success is to host it in a great new home. Stop by our office to see our available apartments in Houston.

Throw Pillows on a Couch

How to Add Pops of Color to Your Apartment Home This Spring

Throw Pillows on a CouchSpring has sprung. Flowers are blooming everywhere and the colors are simply glorious. You can bring the bright colors of spring into your apartment home with simple touches and additions, like the following:

Create Bold Accents With Paint

Simply use paint to accent certain pieces of furniture in your apartment. It can be an inexpensive touch that brings bright focus to any room. Consider adding pops of color to nightstands, shelves or even flower vases.

Use your imagination and find suitable pieces of furniture or decor pieces for splashes of color. In addition, find the right color to make you feel as happy inside your apartment as you do when exploring the bright colors of nature outside.

Bring in Vivid Pieces of Art

Art doesn’t have to be expensive to be inspiring. You can find a wide range of moderately priced pieces of art. Find an artist that inspires you and look for prints or canvas paintings that makes it feel like spring all year. It doesn’t have to be a specific type of art; it can simply be something that inspires you.

Use Pillows and Throws to Add Color

Even if you have a solid leather sofa, a brightly colored pillow or throw can make it seem much more inviting for curling up with a book, a laptop, or even to watch a favorite television show. Light blankets are ideal for spring. But, you should find throws and pillows that best suit your tastes. And remember, you can change them out seasonally – or according to your mood.

Choose Colorful Furniture and Accent Pieces

There’s no rule that says furniture must be solid gray, black or brown. If you look hard enough, you’ll find plenty of bold and bright color choices for furniture which is an excellent choice to lighten up an apartment. However, if you’re not ready to go quite that bold, you might want to consider adding accent pieces like pottery, vases, or bowls for more color.

When you’re living in our apartments in Houston, adding little pops of color to your apartment can be instrumental in making it feel like home. Contact us today to schedule a tour and find the right floor plan that fits your lifestyle.

Houseplants

DIY Projects for a Green Apartment

HouseplantsAh, April at Haven at Eldridge! Spring, Earth Day events, flowers in bloom. We love this time of year at our lushly landscaped Houston apartments. Our community loves green projects, especially in springtime. Here are some ideas for a fresher, greener apartment this season.

Clean Your Air Naturally With Houseplants

Who knew? The modest garden mum turns out to be a champion in purifying our indoor air. According to NASA research, this plant is strong enough to remove formaldehyde and ammonia, as well as xylene and benzene, from enclosed air, so it can certainly freshen the atmosphere of your apartment. Find mums at grocery stores and garden shops.

And if you see a spider plant for sale, consider taking it home. A spider plant can thrive on benign neglect in a bright corner. It’s tough enough to clear the air of serious pollutants, and it loves to grow.

Mix Your Own Natural Cleaners

For a freshly scented balm for your antique wooden tables and other natural wood furnishings, mix your own polish. Use fresh lemon juice (vinegar also works) with some olive oil. The proper mix is when it looks like salad dressing. Rub it into the wood grain with a cloth, then buff to a clean shine with a second cloth.

For drain cleaning and maintenance, shake a few tablespoons of baking soda into your drain. Then pour about a quarter cup of vinegar down into it. Leave it to bubble for about a half hour; then pour a pot of very hot (near-boiling) water down the drain. This will help keep your drain free and clear of muck for weeks! It works in the bathroom as well as the kitchen.

Bonus: Your pets won’t get sick from natural cleaning supplies you prepare at home.

Learn About Nature Around Us

Plan a visit to the Houston Arboretum and Nature Center at 4501 Woodway Drive. Learn about the birds we see through our apartment windows!

We all spend most of our time indoors, and there is no better spot to do this than at our Houston apartments. Yet it’s good to know we can enjoy nature, inside and out. Find your new home at Haven at Eldridge. Call (866) 323-5594 to learn more about our community!

Playing With Dog

6 Fun Ways to Celebrate National Puppy Day

Playing With DogNational Puppy Day is March 23, so we thought it’d be fun to share some ways to celebrate it with your four-legged friend. Here are some things that both of you will surely enjoy:

Give Your Puppy a Gift

Pup-friendly gifts are easy to find at pet stores. For the most fun, choose a toy, fancy food, or something else your puppy can directly enjoy.

Play With Your Pup

If your puppy is up to play fetch, do that – it provides plenty of exercise for your dog and gives you plenty of opportunities to heap on the “good boys” or “good girls” for every successful retrieval. For a bit more fun, race your puppy to the ball. Just remember to let them win a lot, or your puppy may give up!

Brush Your Puppy

Some dogs like being groomed more than others, but all enjoy being free of shed hair, old leaves, and other matter that has been caught in their coats. Be sure to be gentle with the brush so the process is enjoyable.

Take Some Pictures

Get your camera out and then entice your puppy to do cute or funny things. Once the action starts, snap away to get some great shots. Then, post the pictures to social media and wait for the positive feedback!

Give a Special Treat

Vanilla ice cream is safe for dogs as an occasional treat, and your puppy will love being able to have something sweet. Keep the portion size small, though – like human children, dogs will gladly eat more than their stomachs can handle if they get the chance.

Go Somewhere New

In this case, the location needs to be new to the dog, not you. Check out a new dog park or rest area to provide your puppy with a whole world of new scents and sights to experience. Be sure to leave enough time for the dog to “mark” everything – from a canine’s perspective, this is the whole point.

Once you’re done giving your puppy an extra-special play day, come home to our apartments in Houston to relax. Our pet-friendly community is perfect for you and your four-legged friend. Give us a call to learn more!

Haven at Eldridge Living Room

4 Spring Resolutions to Refresh Your Space

Haven at Eldridge Living RoomSpring is the perfect time to make resolutions for your home as the fresh season brings with it a fresh start for our Houston apartments. Here are 4 spring resolutions to get you started.

1. Reconnect

We spend so much of our downtime connected to various devices instead of feeling grounded in our spaces. This can lead to stale living areas as we give too much attention to passing the time. This spring, take some time to reconnect with your home so you can be more present.

2. Lighten Up

While cozy low-light might make your winters more snuggly, more natural light is the best way to kick off the spring season. Take the time to open the blinds and shades each morning to welcome the new day every morning and to bring fresh energy to your spaces.

3. Clean Sweep

Spring cleaning isn’t a new concept, but it’s still an important one. This year, take a “love it or leave it” approach with your home and reevaluate your belongings. From the kitchen cabinets to your collection of reading materials, get rid of everything you don’t love. The result will be spaces that feel bigger and are more inviting.

4. Weightless

Houston may not get buried in snow like our northern neighbors during the winter, but that doesn’t mean that we don’t like to snuggle up under warm blankets and soft pillows. In the spring, however, energize your areas by making them a bit more weightless, and switching bulky items out for lighter, breezier pieces.

Living in the Present

This spring, as you clear out things you don’t love and change out your warm winter favorites for light, airy spring pieces, remind yourself to live in the present. It’s easy to get lost with future planning, looming deadlines at work, and setting goals. Instead, reconnect with yourself and your spaces so you can be more present and enjoy what you have every single day.

When you make Haven at Eldridge your home, you’ll love putting a personal touch on our brand-new, modern apartments. Give us a call or stop by our office to schedule a tour of our community!

Hiking Boot

Ways to Spend More Time Outdoors

Hiking BootAh, yes! Spring is finally upon us starting March 20. It’s been a strange winter in Texas, and the residents of our Houston apartments are ready to get outside and enjoy Mother Nature before summer’s heat sets in. If you’re ready to banish this chilly season, start by getting outside and enjoying some sunshine.

Here are a few tips to get you started:

Work Outside

Are you feeling trapped by the confines of your cubicle or office? It’s 2018, and a lot of tasks can be completed remotely. Are you meeting a client? Consider scheduling an appointment in the park. Are you able to work remotely? Take your work outside on your private balcony or patio or consider finding a coffee shop that has WiFi and an awesome patio if you’d like to be away from the distractions at home. Do you need a lunch break away from your screen? Eat under a nearby tree.

Take a Break

After a long day, you may want to reach for your phone or fiddle around on Facebook. Once a day, replace your technology breaks with an experience in the great outdoors. A fifteen-minute outdoor excursion around the office building can do wonders to clear your mind and reset your focus.

Find a Fun Outdoor Hobby

Houston’s full of outdoor activities. Maybe you’d like to learn how to fish. Perhaps you’re a hardcore yogi who’s never practiced outdoors. Volleyball or kickball in the park might be just the thing you need to switch it up a little.

Find something you love doing (or something you might enjoy but have never tried), and get to it!

Go on a Retreat

Break away from your screens, keyboards and constant connectivity. Opt for a few days (or weeks) in a natural setting. A weekend getaway in a cabin can really reset your being.

Take a Hike

There are plenty of nature preserves around Houston. Pack a picnic basket and a blanket, and leave your emails for tomorrow. Trust us—they’ll still be there when you return!

Before you know it, summer will be in the full swing of things. To beat the Texas heat, you’ll want to make sure you have an apartment with plenty of amenities to keep you cool. Haven at Eldridge offers resort-style swimming pools, a WiFi-enabled clubhouse and a BBQ grilling area so you can explore your inner chef. In addition, our apartments feature heat and air conditioning. Stop by to learn more about our outstanding amenities!

Kitten on Bed

5 Tips for a Cat-Friendly Apartment

Kitten on BedCats are cute, cuddly, funny and the ideal apartment companion. As a cat owner, it’s important that you do everything you can to show them just how much they mean to you. So aside from giving them lots of love, healthy food, and lots of playtime, make sure your apartment is super cat-friendly as well.

5 Easy Tips for a More Cat-Friendly Apartment

1. Keep Them Safe From the Outdoors

Even if your cat likes to spend time outside, an open window with a faulty screen can make for an easy escape route. Show your cat just how important they are by ensuring they are safe from common hazards like an open window to the outside world.

2. Sweep and Vacuum Often

Cat hair isn’t something anyone wants to find collecting in the corners of their rooms but that’s not the only reasons to keep your floors tidy. Cats love to play with tiny objects like hair ties, wrappers and more. With clean floors, you can help to make sure they don’t eat something they aren’t supposed to.

3. Let Them Scratch

While you want to train your cats not to scratch your floors, furniture and other household items, scratching is an important instinctual practice for your feline friend. So be sure to provide them with alternative scratching materials like cat posts, cat scratchers and more.

4. Stimulate Their Body and Mind

Cats require plenty of exercise, hunting games and other stimulants to keep their bodies and brains healthy. Your cats should be getting at least 10 to 20 minutes of active playtime at different intervals throughout the day. Try playing with them before work, when you get home and before bedtime.

5. Give Them Special Furniture

Cats like to perch up high and hide away down low, so it is a good idea to give them different options for hiding spots around your apartment. Invest in a cat tree or a few special cat beds to help them feel more comfortable.

Enjoy a Purrfect Companionship With Your Cats

Cohabitation with your cats doesn’t have to be a difficult task when you consider their needs. For more about our apartment community or to take a look at the available floor plans at our pet-friendly apartments in Houston, visit us today.

A Couple Dancing

Creative Valentine’s Day Date Ideas

A Couple DancingValentine’s Day is all about celebrating love, and that doesn’t just mean romantic love. If you’re in a relationship, it’s the perfect day for a special date, and if you’re single, it’s a great time to celebrate with your friends or loved ones. Families can even enjoy celebrating their special love together on Valentine’s Day. Of course, you’ll want to make sure you have some great plans so you don’t end up with the old cliché—dinner and a movie.

Get Creative With These Valentine’s Day Date Ideas

Whether you’re planning a date with your significant other, friends, or family members, these creative date ideas are sure to make your Valentine’s Day exciting.

Head to the Ice Rink

A night on the ice is perfect for a romantic date, but it’s also loads of fun for you and your friends and a great family-friendly activity. Make it romantic by holding hands the entire time. If you’re ready for some family fun, get together for some laps around the ice rink. Don’t forget to have a hot drink after spending your time on the cold ice.

Dance the Night Away

Enjoy being held in your sweetheart’s arms while you dance the night away by taking a dance class or visiting a salsa club. Single? Take a group of friends to learn how to ballroom dance or see some live music that gets you out of your seat and dancing your troubles away.

Have a Scavenger Hunt

Make up a great scavenger hunt with photo missions, unique challenges, and great prizes. Make it romantic if you’re celebrating with your significant other. If you’re celebrating with the whole family, keep it family-friendly for a great evening of fun that you’ll never forget. This is a great idea to use if you’re throwing a big Valentine’s Day party at your Houston apartment, too.

Some other fun ideas to try for a unique Valentine’s Day date include:

  • Enjoying a comedy show
  • Having a spa day or evening
  • Singing karaoke
  • Roller skating
  • Taking a trip to a museum

You don’t have to be part of a couple to have a fabulous Valentine’s Day. No matter who you’re spending the day with, these ideas can be customized to your situation for the perfect, unique day. If you’re celebrating Valentine’s Day with someone looking for apartments in Houston, give them our number and have them call today to see which floor plans are available.

Library With Books

The Best Ways to Celebrate National Library Lover’s Month

Library With BooksBooks are among the greatest gifts humanity has ever bestowed upon itself. If you’re looking to celebrate February’s National Library Lover’s Month in style, here are four excellent ways to do it.

1. Make a Visit to the Houston Public Library

The first and most obvious (but nevertheless, best) way to celebrate your love of books is to visit the library that makes them so accessible to all. As long as you have a Houston address, you can check out books for free. Find the nearest library to you and go today.

2. Volunteer Your Time

Libraries, while government-funded, are constantly hurting for cash. Without enough resources, they rely heavily on volunteer help to sort books, check them out to users, put them away, organize shelving systems, clean premises, hold classes and more.

Volunteering your time will help keep libraries running, and help ensure kiddos have access to educational experiences for years to come. If you have special expertise in the arts or sciences, you can always offer to host a class there as well.

3. Donate

You can also donate money to your local library, either instead of volunteering or in addition. Local charitable gifts help libraries maintain the ongoing schedules of events, readings, workshops and more. As an added benefit, your donations are tax-deductible, so they’re a great way to boost that tax refund this year!

4. Keep Your Own Collection

Whether you’ve got little budding readers running around, or maintain only a grown-up interest in the literary word, there’s no better way to celebrate the power of books than with your own collection. Our floor plans offer lots of lovely wall space against which to lean a bookshelf, from the living room to the bedroom, to a cute outdoor bench for books on potted plants. If your library is overflowing, you can always consider donating books to your local thrift shop or school.

Want to learn more about our Houston apartments and whether they’re the right fit for you? We invite you to get in touch with us today, and a member of our friendly team will walk you through the options. Come on home!

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How to Be a Better Neighbor

Haven at Eldridge Community ExteriorLife is busy. You have a lot to do. When you live in a beautiful apartment in Houston, such as at Haven at Eldridge, you know you have fantastic neighbors around you. But have you taken the time to get to know them? Perhaps you could benefit from a quick conversation. Are you doing something that could bother them? It’s not always easy to be a good neighbor but following are some helpful tips.

Tips for Becoming a Good Neighbor

There are a few simple things you can do to be a better neighbor. You don’t have to do much to see a big difference.

#1: Make Time to Say Hi

Communication is the most important component of a good neighborly relationship. Smile, wave, and say hi. It’s important to introduce yourself to new people, rather than waiting for them to connect with you. Be sure they know you’re friendly.

#2: Send Something Over

It may seem like an old-fashioned thing to do, but everyone appreciates a little gift when they are in a new environment. Send over a plate of cookies. You can even arrange a small potluck with a few other neighbors. If you don’t feel comfortable with doing this, why not just send some flowers?

#3: Show Respect

Don’t ask too many questions right away. You want to ensure that people feel that they can trust you before you open up. That may also mean keeping loud noises under control especially in the evenings and early mornings. If you share a wall, be sure you communicate about sounds that can pass through them.

#4: Keep an Eye Out for Them

If you see someone struggling with a door or carrying something in, help out. If you notice people asking questions about who lives there, give your neighbors a heads up later. Most importantly, do favors for them if you can. Many times over, they are sure to pay you back for your help.

Ready to Find a Dream Home?

We invite you to take a look at our available Houston apartments. If you are thinking about moving to a brand new apartment in the heart of West Houston, give us a call at Haven at Eldridge and schedule a tour.

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