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How to Decorate Your Private Patio or Balcony

Decorating doesn’t necessarily come naturally for some people, but thankfully we all have plenty of opportunities to get better at it. Even if it’s not your favorite activity, it can’t be denied that you feel better in your own skin when you surround yourself with the colors and objects you love. Patios sometimes get passed over, as you can see by looking at some of the apartments in Raleigh, so we’ll give you some tips to get yours back in shape.

Grab Some Crates

Wooden crates are a fun and inexpensive way to create seating on your balcony, and they provide spaces for plants or vases. You can use them as seating with throw pillows and blankets, or prop up your favorite weather-resistant items and use the crates as a table. To make the crates impervious to rain, just put a wood stain on them before you set them outside. You can use plastic crates as well, but you’ll miss out on the rustic feel if you use plastic over wood. You can also make your own cushions to keep yourself comfortable when you’re out there so you can save the blankets for your lap.

Make Use of Herbs

If you like to cook, this is probably the most fun and practical way to decorate your balcony. Keep your favorites in hanging plants out on the balcony, and you’ll come to associate your balcony with all of the yummy meals you’ll make in your apartment. For some extra fun, you can eat outside amidst all of the delicious smells. If you’re not a big cook, then you can use flowers instead of herbs.

The Trestles are the best Raleigh apartments has to offer, and each apartment comes with its own private patio or balcony. If you would like to learn more about our availability and many other amenities, we invite you to give us a call for more information today!

Three Breakfast Places in Raleigh That You Have to Try

Whether you’re searching for a quick place to grab a fast bite before work or school, or seeking a spot to languish over coffee after brunch during late morning on a weekend, you’ll be glad to know that Raleigh has an excellent supply of top-quality breakfast options. Following are just three of the fine breakfast places that every resident in apartments in Raleigh, North Carolina, should try at least once.

Big Ed’s City Market Restaurant 

Big Ed’s is where you go for traditional southern cooking served in an eclectic atmosphere. Big Ed’s has been in business since 1958, so you know they’re doing a lot of things right with over a half century under their belt. Besides fresh, local foods prepared in the finest Southern culinary traditions, you can enjoy Big Ed’s museum of Southern culture along with your meal. Old school biscuits and gravy, grits and bacon are all standard staples at Big Ed’s.

Tupelo Honey Cafe

This aptly named eatery served quintessential Southern soul food at its finest. Defined as comfort food with a creative twist, Tupelo Honey’s serves brunch seven days per week, making it ideal for those who seek to enjoy a leisurely morning meal experience but don’t want to deal with the brunch crowds that popular establishments generally have on weekends. The food is seasonal, fresh and made from scratch.

The Flying Biscuit Cafe 

The Flying Biscuit Cafe is another fabulous Raleigh establishment that does breakfast right. Specializing in fresh and filling fare, this restaurant serves breakfast all day. Famous for its signature cranberry and apple butters, The Flying Biscuit Cafe also offers many vegetarian and vegan options.

If you would like more information on making the most of life in Raleigh, please don’t hesitate to contact us at your convenience. We’d be happy to share our knowledge of the city with you. We’ll be happy to share our knowledge of this gorgeous city with you!

Here’s Where to Celebrate the Fourth of July in Raleigh

Living in a really great apartment community like The Trestles in northeastern Raleigh certainly has some wonderful perks. The convenient location makes it effortless to enjoy all the local activities and events of the area, such as the exciting Fourth of July celebrations during the upcoming holiday weekend.

Where to Celebrate the Fourth of July

Grab some of your friends and fellow community members and check out one or both of the following celebrations:

  • The 25th Annual Historic Independence Day Open House – July 4th, 2016 (from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Joel Lane Museum House located at 160 S. Saint Mary’s Street, Raleigh, NC.) This is a celebration honoring the “The Birthplace of Raleigh” and Colonel Joel Lane, who was a founding father of the city and in office during the Revolutionary War. In addition to touring the museum, the grounds and the beautiful gardens, visitors can soak up the history and learn about the era through demonstrations of old time crafts. Guests of all ages are invited, and admission is free.
  • The ‘Works – July 4th, 2016 (from noon through 11 p.m. on Fayetteville Street in downtown Raleigh, NC.) This is the official City of Raleigh Fourth of July fireworks celebration and it is slated to be even more spectacular than last year. The day begins with fun for all ages, including live music, delicious food, a beer and wine tent, street performers, contests  and exciting games and rides for the youngsters. The day’s finale will be a breathtaking display of fireworks guaranteed to light up the sky over the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts. Admission is free.

These are just a few of the exciting events available for residents of the Trestles Apartments in Raleigh, NC. If you are a new resident or need directions, contact us today and let us help!

5 Easy and Beautiful Ways to Decorate For Summer

It’s gorgeous outside, and if you had your way, you’d be in the great outdoors constantly until the end of the summer season. However, with the right furniture, decor, and linens, your Raleigh apartment can become a true summer haven. Struggling to find inspiration? Implement these simple decorating suggestions:

Easy Summer Decorating Tips

  • Wreaths are no longer just for the holiday season. Capture the best of the great outdoors with a summer wreath, which you can hang on your wall or on the door. Wreaths can feature live or fake flowers, but for a more summery vibe, include plenty of greens. For a unique, beachy take on the wreath concept, adorn a DIY wreath with seashells.
  • Colorful summer linens. Forget the heavy linens and dark colors of winter; the summer months are all about cotton and other lightweight linens. The more colorful the linens in your household, the better. When in doubt, opt for green and blue hues that reflect the grass, the sky, and the water.
  • Patio-style furniture and accessories. Bring the patio concept indoors with bamboo and wicker furniture, which is simultaneously chic and affordable — and super comfortable.
  • Beachy decor. Are you eager to feel the sand beneath your toes but unable to fit a beach trip in your busy schedule? Recreate the splendor of the beach with nautical or shell-infused decor.
  • Paper lanterns. During the day, the more light you can let in your apartment, the better. At night, however, you can bring the summer vibe inside with the help of paper lanterns. These will remind you of chilling outside with a beer at your favorite restaurant patio.

Summer fun is never far away at The Trestles, where you can chill on your private patio, hang out at the pool, or simply gaze out your beautiful bay windows. Reach out at your earliest convenience to learn more about our apartments and amenities.

3 Museums to Visit in Raleigh

When you live at The Trestles Apartments in northeastern Raleigh, you aren’t far from some of the top museums in the South. Whether you’re looking for science, art or history, we have the place for you.

These three museums are just a few of the cultural treasures Raleigh has to offer.

North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences

The largest natural sciences museum in the Northeast, the North Carolina Museum of the Natural Sciences features an exploration center, eco-center and nature exploration center. General admission is free. There are always traveling and special exhibits going on, as well as presentations in the three-story, globe-like Daily Planet Theater. The permanent collection includes natural flora and fauna treasures of the state, North Carolina gems and minerals and a Discovery Room designed for kids. It contains a living collection of native fish, reptiles and arthropods, along with a conservatory.

North Carolina Museum of Art

North Carolina’s Museum of Art is notable for its indoor and outdoor art collection. Its 164 acre outdoor art park is the country’s largest. Stroll the trails and experience sculptures – including an impressive display of Rodins – or visit current exhibitions in the Edward Durrell Stone-designed building. The permanent collection includes Northern European and Italian Renaissance masterpieces along with African, Ancient American, Egyptian, classical and contemporary pieces.

North Carolina Museum of History

Learn about the Tarheel State’s history from its indigenous peoples to the present day at the North Carolina Museum of History, an affiliate of the Smithsonian. Learn about its military, sports and artistic legacies. The collection includes over 150,000 artifacts from six centuries.  Admission is free.

Contact Us

Raleigh is North Carolina’s cultural hub. If you’re interested in the better things life has to offer, visit The Trestles Apartments today.  It offers the finest one and two-bedroom floor plans for apartments in Raleigh, with fireplaces and private patios.

5 Strength-Training Moves You Can Do at Home or on the Go

Building up your body strength offers a number of benefits, including stronger bones and muscles, greater stamina and improved focus. If you have trouble finding time to head to the gym regularly, try doing these strength-training moves at home, at work or when you’re on the go.

Bicep Curls

Hold a pair of dumbbells at each side, then slowly raise them up to your chest while keeping your elbows bent. Do 10 to 12 at a time with each arm to strengthen your upper arms. You can also hold canned goods or other heavy objects in each hand if you don’t have dumbbells with you.

Single Leg Squats

Stand on one leg, then lower your body slowly. Move back into a standing position, then switch to the other leg to make the muscles in both legs stronger.

Superman

Lie on the floor on your stomach and raise your arms over your head. Lift your legs and arms off the floor, then hold that position for about 5 seconds to strengthen your torso.

Box Dips

Start in a sitting position with your hands facing forward and resting on a box or table behind you. Keep your feet on the floor, then lower your body. Your arms should end up at right angles to it. This helps make your arm muscles stronger.

Bicycle Crunches

Lie on your back and lift your legs until they’re at a right angle to your body. Move your legs as though you’re riding a bicycle to give your leg muscles a good workout.

If you’re working on getting in shape for summer, this is a great time to start doing these strength-training exercises. At The Trestles, you can do these moves in the comfort of your spacious apartment or in our on-site 24-hour fitness center. Contact us for more information on our apartments in Raleigh.

 

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What to Store in Your Outdoor Storage Space

Finding an apartment that offers its residents an outdoor storage space is kind of like finding a pot of gold. It is, however, important to know what kinds of things to store in an outdoor storage space. The following list provides examples of the types of items best stored in an outdoor space.
1) Christmas and holiday decorations. Since people only decorate their homes with Christmas decorations once a year, they don’t need access to these decorations regularly. It is best to store them in an outdoor unit, where they will be safely tucked out of the way. These items include Christmas trees, wreaths, strings of lights, and yard decorations.

2) Memory boxes. Many people keep memory boxes filled with treasured items from loved ones. Although they are precious, they are also items that people do not pull out very often. By keeping these boxes in an outdoor storage space, that leaves room within the house for items that are accessed more often.

3) Yard tools and machinery. Outdoor storage spaces aren’t just for rarely-used items. They also are a perfect spot for yard tools and machinery that are used outdoors and that are difficult to clean. Rather than try to store them inside and make a mess in the process, the outdoor unit is a great place to put them. These kinds of items include such things as lawn mowers, shovels, blowers, potting soil, and rakes.

4) Extra chairs and tables. Many people enjoy hosting parties at their homes, but they don’t want to keep the extra chairs and tables lying out during the times they aren’t hosting parties. Outdoor storage spaces are a really good place to store chairs and tables by keeping them out of site when not needed.

5) Old items for sale. When people buy new things to replace the old, they often look for a place to donate or sell the old items to, rather than throwing them away. People can keep old items out in the storage shed until they find a new home for them.

 

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5 Ways to Use Seashells in Home Decorating

Getting the opportunity to visit the beach usually means a day of sunshine, leisure, and fun in the ocean. Many of us also have the habit of collecting a wide variety of seashells along the shoreline. We collect them for one simple reason – they’re beautiful to look at and each one has something unique about it.

However, most of us just end up throwing them away because we don’t know what to do with them after a certain point in time. Yet, seashells can be very useful, and if you have a creative mind, you can use them in many ways to decorate your apartment. Plus, they don’t cost a penny.

Here are 5 ways in which seashells can be useful as decorating your living space.

Seashell Jar

If you can find an old glass jar or canister, just fill it up with seashells and maybe even some starfish. Get a sand dollar, and mark it with the name of the location from which you found the seashells. Use a metallic, permanent marker so that the writing stays and looks nice. Your seashell souvenir is now ready. All you have to do now is find the perfect place to display it.

Multipurpose Displays

If you find large shells such as conches or sea biscuits, you can use them for a couple of display options. Put them into your home office or in your work space as paperweights. Also, arrange them atop your dinner table or kitchen counters as beachy decorations. They’ll look cool and your sea shell collection won’t go to waste.

Photo Frame

Using a plain picture frame that you already have or purchasing some new ones with solid, thick frames, you can dress them up by supergluing your collected seashells onto the frame. Insert a photo of you and your loved ones from your day at the beach.

Jewelry Holder

You can use this to place your jewelry or even your watch before going to bed. All you need to do is turn a large shell upside down and place it on your bedside table. It’s that simple.

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Five Unique Objects to Make Stools

A lot of times, we have objects around our homes or apartments that we can’t find a use for but also don’t want to toss out, especially if they’re in decent condition. Repurposing these types of materials are not only fun ways to get creative, but they’re a great way to add a unique, homemade design detail to our living space.

In this segment, we’ll talk about unique ways to build your own stools with old, unused objects.

Steel Bucket Stool 

Steel buckets are sturdy and can hold a lot of weight. When you are not using them to fetch a pail of water, you can turn this daily, mundane object to create a razzmatazz stool. Color them in attractive shades and drill in wooden legs to give them the base they require. Add a cushion to the top and voila your stool is ready!

Wooden Crate Stool

Most of the time, we find leftover wooden crates lying around that we’re not sure what to do with. Wooden furniture of all sorts is stylish and versatile. Repurpose your old wine crate into a new place to sit.

Electric Spool Stool 

These spools make for the perfect kids’ stools. They can accommodate light weights and their base is already established. All you need to do is add a colorful cushion on the top to complete the look.

The Lone Log Stool

You can give an otherwise lifeless log a new purpose by putting a layer of varnish on it after giving it a smooth finish. This would be a very natural and simple approach to a DIY stool.

Reading Material Stool

Get some magazines and stack them up to create a magazine stool. Top them up with a cushion and bind them together with a leather belt or other binding material to create this offbeat stool. The weight of the magazines and their colorful spines put together will make for a perfectly functional decoration piece in your home.

Tips to Separate Work from Home

Nowadays, it can be extremely challenging to balance our time, both being at work and while we’re away from work. We spend a great deal of time at work, some of us so much so that we forget to turn it off when we leave and let it seep into our personal time.

It’s very important for everyone to find time for themselves. It creates a healthy mentality, a balanced psyche, and better relationships.

  • Relaxation Ritual- Think of something that truly helps you relax. Whether that’s a bubble bath, a cup of hot tea, or a trip to the gym. Whatever activity takes you out of your element and helps you unwind, let this activity become a post-work ritual. Rituals help us to be in the moment and stay present.
  • Put Work Away- Whatever work supplies you bring home with you, put them somewhere where you can close the door. Put your briefcase, work phone, laptop, and documents into an assigned area that’s out of sight. Out of sight, out of mind.
  • Turn Off Your Phone- This one can be tough. Some of us don’t have the option to turn off our lifeline to work. If this is the case for you, then at least do this during the really important events. If you’re at your kid’s sports game, on a date with your partner, or spending some time with loved ones, work can wait for those couple of meaningful hours.
  • Meditate- This doesn’t mean light some sage and begin chanting. Meditation is an effective, proven technique to quiet the chatter in your mind and help you find peace. Find a space in your home or outside that is quiet and serene, close your eyes, and simply focus on breathing deeply and fully. Your mind may race initially, but if you give yourself some time, the chatter will drift off and you’ll be able to be present.
  • Get Outside- Being outdoors and breathing in fresh air is a timeless method to relaxing. Pay attention to what’s going on around you and take in your surroundings. Visually witnessing nature in its element is a great way to refresh your mind and rid yourself of stress.
  • Tomorrow- Remember: there’s always tomorrow. Work will still be there when you get to the office in the morning, and regardless of whether or not you choose to work while you’re at home, there will still be more work to do.

Give yourself the gift of personal space.