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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.

Best Sites for Holiday Shopping in Raleigh, NC

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Are you looking for the best places to go holiday shopping this season? Malls and retail stores can be hectic and crowded during the holidays; it’s a good idea to be sure of the best places so that you’re not battling for a parking space just to find out that you’re in the wrong place.

Whether you’re new to the area or just looking for some tips, here are 5 of the best holiday shopping destinations in Raleigh, North Carolina.

  • Crabtree Valley Mall- If a saturated shopping mall is your preferred place to holiday shop, Crabtree Valley Mall is your place. Packed with popular department stores, brand name retailers, jewelry, book stores, restaurants, and tech devices, you are bound to find whatever it is you’re seeking in one of the nearly 200 stores.
  • North Hills- Giving Crabtree Valley Mall a run for its money, North Hills is another great one-stop-shop for holiday shopping. If you don’t like the idea of getting lost in a massive mall, North Hills offers an outdoor shopping experience alternative. Similarly, they are equipped with plenty of shopping, dining, events, and entertainment.
  • Logan’s Trading Company- Sometimes, gifting others with flowers and festive plant life is a great way to go. Logan’s Trading Company is a garden shop that has been open for 50 years and sells plants, flowers, holiday decor, landscaping products, and yummy edibles. It’s a great place to stop in for your home holiday decorations and distant relatives, coworkers, or in-laws.
  • Deco Raleigh- For those seeking a shopping experience that is diverse and unique, head over to Deco Raleigh. With a mission to support local talent, Deco Raleigh sells the handmade products of over 60 local artisans including pottery, art, jewelry, greeting cards, and t-shirts. Here, you are sure to find something that you will not find anywhere else.
  • Quail Ridge Books & Music- Your go-to bookstore is Quail Ridge Books & Music. There is a wide array of books, both new and used, to appease many different hobbies and interests. You can also find music, memberships, cards, and gift cards. Check it out and see what you can check off of your holiday shopping list.

These Fun Apps will Motivate You to Get to The Tresles Fitness Center

A happier, healthier lifestyle can be enjoyed by everyone who leases our apartments in Raleigh with a fitness center. If you consider working out to be a chore, think about changing your mindset.

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Getting active is actually very enjoyable and could boost the mood, as well as help you reach your target weight and live a longer life. The following fun fitness apps will make working out a pleasant pastime:

  • Zombies, Run! – Are you a fan of zombie movies and video games? If so, you’ll get a thrill as you join a zombie survivor camp and complete tasks, such as gathering supplies, whilst listening to a pre-compiled playlist.
  • Nexercise – Your physical movements will be tracked by this app, which will motivate you to burn calories. When points are earned, they can be exchanged for gift cards at local stores!
  • Pact – Having a workout buddy will inspire you to get active, so use Pact to make an agreement  with other app users for achieving healthy eating and exercise goals.

If you want to have easy access to fitness amenities, our apartments in Raleigh with a fitness center would suit your needs. Contact us at The Trestles to apply for residency today.

How to Breathe Easier in Your Raleigh Apartment

The Triangle region is beautiful. Unlike high-developed industrial cities, Raleigh-Durham is surrounded by trees, green space and tons of natural beauty. However, one of the drawbacks of this lush scenery is that hay fever and allergies are a problem for many people who live here.

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Here are a few tips to breathe easier in your Raleigh apartment:

  • Keep your windows shut at all times. While a fresh breeze is wonderful, it can also cover your apartment with a layer of pollen. Use your air conditioning to keep your apartment cool and fresh.
  • Eliminate items that can hold pollen and dust.This includes rugs, drapes, pillows, and other fabrics. Less is more, so embrace a minimalist decor.
  • Thoroughly wash your bedding on a regular basis.
  • Change air conditioning filters on a monthly basis.
  • Clean the area under your sinks regularly. This area grows mold very easily, so it is in your best interest to keep it sparkling clean.
  • When you are done with your shower allow the fan to run for a few minutes to dry the room out. Keep mold and mildew to a minimum by adhering to a regular cleaning schedule.

Our apartments in Raleigh are just minutes from Downtown Raleigh. Contact us today at The Trestles to learn more about living in our community.

5 Cool Ways to Display Fresh Flowers in Your Apartment

Fresh flowers in your The Trestles apartment home in downtown Raleigh not only look pretty, but can make you feel good every time you see them. They add to the ambiance of a home and are easy to incorporate into your space.

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If you’re looking to bring fresh flowers into a home, make note of the following apartment decorating tips:

  • Place a few large blooms that are long stemmed into a pitcher or a vase. While simple and minimal, it can look professional.
  • A single bloom put in a bud vase can look right at home.
  • For an alternative to a vase, tie a bouquet together at the stems and place in a shallow tray with some water.
  • For a beautiful centerpiece, place flowering branches in a clear, glass vase. A bouquet of flowers that are all the same also make a wonderful and simple centerpiece.
  • If you would like to add depth to your flower arrangement, go with greens and flowers that are from similar color families. To tailor the look, opt for a vase that matches your flowers.

Are you searching for a place to call home just a few miles outside of downtown Raleigh? If that’s the case, don’t hesitate to contact us at The Trestles to learn more about our community.

Tips for Creating a Better Grocery Budget in Raleigh

How much money do you spend on a typical grocery shop? The average U.S. household spends 13 percent of their income on edibles and household essentials every year. Based on research gathered by the USDA’s Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion, a family of four will spend $786 per month on groceries!

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Despite this, it is possible to slash your monthly expenditure with some simple budget advice. Here are some apartment living tips to help you create an affordable grocery budget:

  1. Plan Each Week – Decide what you will eat ahead of the weekly grocery shop. Not only will this help you stick to a monthly budget but also, it will prevent unnecessary purchases and food waste.
  2. Prioritize Purchases – Sure, that blender might be on sale or that outfit is really in this season, but what do you need the most? Name your priorities and stick to them.
  3. Don’t Eat Out – Instead of dining at expensive restaurants, recreate the menus in an affordable way from the comfort of your own apartment!

You can try out our apartment living tips in a one, two or three-bedroom property at The Trestles community. To check availability for our rental spaces, contact us today to tour our Raleigh apartments.

Why Living Alone in an Apartment is Awesome

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Living alone is a great experience for some individuals. Source: marin via FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Living in a one-bedroom apartment in Raleigh, NC at The Trestles can be a wonderful experience. After all, there are a lot of reasons why living alone is so great.

  • Decorate exactly how you want to decorate. Who cares if it is a little out of the ordinary as long as you love it.
  • Clean as you would like, or be as messy as you would like (within reason).
  • The entire bed is yours, so you can sleep smack dab in the middle of it.
  • Use your space for hobbies and passions without feeling guilty. After all, there’s no need to apologize for your hobby taking over the living room when you’re the only one who calls the space home.
  • Living alone can be a great way to embrace an active social life. For instance, if you have a roommate, you might be tempted to stay home and hang out with him or her rather than hitting the town.

Searching for a one-bedroom apartment in Raleigh, NC? If so, make sure to contact us to us for detailed information about our luxury apartment community and our wonderful amenities.

Be More Eco-Friendly with these DIY Cleaners

Cleaning your apartment is a necessary part of daily life. Unfortunately, a lot of the cleaning agents we use are terrible for the environment. Here are a few eco-friendly apartment living tips to help you be more green and make your own cleaners.

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To make an all-purpose cleaner for all surfaces except for glass, all you need is 3/4 a cup of water, 1/4 a cup of rubbing alcohol, a drop of dish soap and a few drops of an essential oil of your choice. Go for an oil that has a scent you enjoy like peppermint or orange. Mix these ingredients into a spray bottle, shake it up and put it to use.

For a fantastic glass cleaner, mix together two cups of water, two tablespoons of white vinegar, two tablespoons of rubbing alcohol and five drops of essential oil with peppermint. Pour the mixture into a spray bottle, shake it up and spray it onto a rag for the best results.

One cup of water with 1/4 cup of white vinegar makes for a fantastic shower cleaner.

To learn more about our luxury apartments for rent in Raleigh, please contact us at The Trestles and schedule a walkthrough.

7 Beauty Tips Will Help Get You Through the Raleigh Summer

There is no denying summertime in Raleigh is hot. Then when heat’s best friend humidity comes to call, some days you want nothing more than to stay inside with the air conditioner running full blast.

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Instead get out and enjoy all that sunshine by using these simple beauty tips to help keep you looking and feeling fresh:

  • Everyone knows aloe is a “must have” for a sunburn. Try freezing aloe for even more cool soothing relief.
  • Always keep a couple colorful silk scarves on hand for those days when heat and humidity take a toil on your hair.
  • Pick up a pack of oil blotting rice paper sheets to soak up excess facial oil and perspiration.
  • Get rid of those unsightly underarm sweat stains by spraying with lemon juice right before washing.
  • Control summertime frizzies with an old toothbrush. Spray with the styling product of your choice then gently brush the length of the strand.
  • Coloring your hair isn’t cheap. Always use a conditioner with SPF to keep your color from fading.
  • Replace heavy powder blush with a tinted creme blush during the summer months.

Are you looking for a new place to live in Raleigh where you can stretch out and relax is summer? If so, be sure to contact us at the Trestles to take a tour of our community in The Triangle.