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5 Creative Valentine’s Day Ideas

Valentine's Day GiftsForget store-bought cards, boring chocolates and wilting flower– your Valentine deserves something as unique and special as they are. Make this Valentine’s Day memorable for your special someone with one of these five creative and unique ideas.

Five Unique and Memorable Valentine’s Day Ideas

Freeze flowers or pomegranate seeds in ice cubes. Making your significant other a special drink or cocktail is a perfect way to pamper them on Valentine’s Day. Ice cubes adorned with flower petals or red seeds will add the perfect romantic touch to your gesture.

Host a movie night featuring romantic movies from Hollywood’s Golden Age. Dim the lights, make some popcorn or hot cocoa and cuddle up with your favorite person under a cozy blanket to watch classic Hollywood love stories like Casablanca, Roman Holiday and An Affair to Remember.

Give your Valentine good luck in the form of a paper fortune cookie. Feeling a little crafty? This free printable template for colorful paper fortune cookies lets you give your special someone sweet Valentine’s Day wishes. All you need is a printer, some scissors and a little imagination.

Make flowers more thoughtful with a hand-crafted vase. If you’re feeling extra crafty, try popping your Valentine’s Day flower bouquet into a handmade thumbprint mason jar vase. This quick do-it-yourself project calls for nothing more than a mason jar and some paint. It makes a wonderful gift that will remain long after the flowers inside have wilted.

Bake a sweet dessert together. If you want to make your Valentine a dessert as sweet as they are, try baking an Oreo skillet cookie together. This yummy cookie cake has only two ingredients, minimizing clean-up and giving you and your sweetheart plenty of time to cuddle up and enjoy.

Residents of The Trestles looking to make this Valentine’s Day memorable for their special someone should be certain to try one of these five unique ideas.

If you’re looking for a new apartment in Raleigh to celebrate all your holidays in, give us a call today!

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.

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.

Best Sites for Holiday Shopping in Raleigh, NC

Christmas couple with shopping bags

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.

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.

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.

Turn Vintage Scarves into Curtains for Your Trestles Home

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Make your own curtains at the Trestles with this DIY tutorial! Source: Pixabay

Why spend the money on new curtains for the bay windows of your apartments in Raleigh, when you can make DIY curtains? Your vintage scarves are perfect for creating stylish curtains for your apartment.

Materials:

  • Eight to ten vintage scarves of the same width.
  • Dressmaker pins.
  • Sewing machine, with needs at a size of eight, nine and ten.
  • Clip rings to hang scarves.

Instructions:

  • Lay one scarf right side up on the table, with the second scarf face down on top of it.
  • Pin the scarves together along one edge and sew that edge together, leaving about 1/8 seam allowance.
  • Remove the dressmaker pins and make sure you did not miss a spot when sewing. You can always go back and add the stitches.
  • Lay the last sewn scarf right side up, placing your third scarf on top of it. Pin them together along one edge and sew that edge. Repeat this process for all additional scarves.
  • Use clip rings to hang up your new curtain of scarves.

Once you create your own curtains from vintage scarves, share your snapshots on Trestles Apartments’ Facebook page. And to learn more about our apartments in Raleigh, be sure to contact us to schedule a tour of the Trestles.

Greetings from Raleigh! Welcome to The Trestles’ New Online Home

Are you looking to learn more about living in Raleigh? Have you been seeking a new home in The Triangle? If you’re thinking of settling in Raleigh, you’ve come to the right place.

155344208The Trestles’ blog is a great place to learn about living in Raleigh, and detailed below are a few highlights of Raleigh that you’ll learn about.

Living in Raleigh has got plenty of perks. Known as the “City of Oaks,” Raleigh is a welcoming combination of friendly and fun. The city embodies a small-town Southern vibe while still offering its residents everything that a big city has to offer. There is no shortage of good food, shops, attractions, arts, culture, music and other events.

In addition to all of the things that make up the culture of the city, you can find world-class healthcare as well. Business is thriving, so it’s also a place to secure a job with some upward mobility. If education is your thing, choose from several excellent schools.

The list continues on with sports and recreation. Raleigh is home to a bevy of nationally recognized collegiate sports teams, from Duke to Shaw to NC State. If you are more about the action, there are incredible options for hiking, biking, boating, kayaking, fishing, swimming and more.

If you’re looking for apartments in Northeast Raleigh, you’ll want to check out The Trestles. It’s a beautiful community featuring one- and two-bedroom apartments that boast many features and amenities. You’ll find things like:

  • Walk-in closets
  • Kitchens with dishwashers and self-cleaning ovens
  • Washer/dryer connections in-unit
  • Playground
  • Two swimming pools

Be sure to check out our blog on a regular basis to stay in the know about living in Raleigh. And if you’re ready to settle into the Triangle, don’t hesitate to contact us at The Trestles today.