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Old mansion turned apartment

This old mansion turned apartment is sporting a fairly eclectic approach when it comes to its interiors. This is only the lower part of mansion but I am very drawn to all of the old architecture. Typically crown molding really doesn’t do much for me but when it is kept monochromatic it make a subtle statement. There are also some nice mid century pieces at play.

old mansion,modern,apartment

old mansion,modern,apartment

Paul McCobb

I have always loved the work of Paul McCobb. The only pieces I have owned of his were a set of four shovel chairs but sadly those are gone. While trolling Flickr I came across some stunning groupings of Paul’s work. Reform Gallery looks to have put together this amazing collection. There is something elegant and refined about the materials and design found in McCobb’s work. Thanks Jonathan for letting me share your photos!

Paul McCobb, mid century,mcm furniture

Paul McCobb, mid century,mcm furniture

The Importance of Apartment Curb Appeal

Guest Post by Yoriko Thomas

Homeowners and homebuyers talk at length about the importance of curb appeal when people are looking to buy or sell a home. The first impression a potential buyer gets of the house is the view from the street, and if a house doesn’t look inviting or stylish from the front walkway, it’s unlikely to net as much as the sellers want.

While you might not hear about it when it comes to apartment complexes, curb appeal is just as important — if not more so. Apartment complex managers are not looking to sell their property just once, like home sellers, but dozens if not hundreds of times, even within the same few months.

The way an apartment looks from the outside is crucial in getting potential renters to stop and take a look at available units. If the grass between your units is dying and riddled with weeds, or if your parking lot is crumbling to bits and filled with trash, you’re losing out on valuable lessees with money to spend. Here’s how to make sure your apartment complex has the curb appeal it needs to attract the top tenants.


Make Your Landscaping Pop

You could have granite countertops and walk-in closets in your apartments, but no one will stop to find out if your complex is surrounded by a grubby dirt lot. Even if you made sure to landscape when you bought the property 20 years ago, your plants might have died or become overgrown, or maybe the designs have just become outdated and unappealing to new renters.

While it is a step in the right direction to lay down grass beds and pull up weeds, there are a few more cost-effective ways to make your landscaping look appealing. Strategically placed color adds life to a dreary landscape, so plant flowers and other colorful plants around your property. You can coordinate your flowers with your apartment’s color scheme or even with the season or holiday.
You can also spruce up your landscaping by adding upgraded signage and practical landscaping features, like new shiny cluster mailboxes. These details may seem minor, but they could date your complex and detract from its appearance. If your landscaping is creative and modern, you’ll pull in more applications.

Light Up the Night

Apartment hunting doesn’t always stop when the sun goes down. You can draw attention to your complex at night by adding attractive outdoor lights. However, you must be careful to create the ideal balance between light and dark. While no one is going to notice a pitch-black apartment complex, an overly bright housing area creates problems for tenants that most applicants want to avoid.

The biggest mistake is not using enough fixtures and creating too many dark spaces. Don’t limit lights to entrances; instead, highlight your interesting landscaping features with lighting and create visual interest with some cut-ins. Not only does lighting look attractive, but it speaks to the safety and security of your complex as well. With the right balance of illumination, you’ll create a stunning and memorable atmosphere.

Repave and Reap the Benefits

One of the biggest eyesores an apartment complex can have is an old parking lot. While parking lots can be expensive to update, they are a crucial part of most complexes, and their health factors strongly into a potential tenant’s decision. Most renters don’t want to pay rent to a complex that isn’t looking after the safety of their vehicles.

If your lot has potholes, cracks, a crumbling surface, or disappearing lines, it’s time to stop deferring and start repaving. The look of a fresh driveway and parking lot is as powerful as the most modern of architecture, and the faster you address paving problems when they appear, the longer you’ll have to wait between serious repaving projects. During the repaving, you’ll even have the opportunity to add other attractive features like covered parking or paver stones to give your lot an upgraded look.

If you aren’t updating your apartment complex’s exterior features every few years, you are likely missing out on rent payments. Even a coat of fresh paint on the complex’s exteriors is enough to liven up a dreary space. Be creative and unique in your landscaping and lighting, and make sure the essential aspects of your outdoor space are kept up to code. The curb appeal of your complex brings in more than rent, and it will pay off in the long run if you keep it up.

3 Fab Furniture Ideas for Your Small Space

Guest Post by Yoriko Thomas

While we all might dream of a mansion or a huge house on a hill overlooking the ocean, the reality of our abodes is usually something much more humble. No matter how lofty our goals might be, while we’re working on achieving them we’re likely stuck living in a small apartment or home for the time being.

Making do with a small space presents many challenges. These homes often come with cramped living spaces, tiny kitchens, and miniscule closets that are the bane of every fashionista’s existence. It might be easy to throw one’s hands up and decide that there’s just so working around these problems of space, but we don’t give up that easily.

If you approach your small space as an opportunity, instead of an obstacle, miracles can happen. Review some of our tips on how your teeny tiny apartment can make a big impact.


Mid century in Grand Rapids

Lately I can’t get enough of mid century homes for sale. This mid century in Grand Rapids was designed by the nationally renowned architect H.H. Cole in 1961 for the Merkel family. The box design is different than the post and beam I like but I would certainly live here in a heart beat. The star case is pretty amazing as the first thing you see when entering the house. All of the mahogany in the house is warm and inviting.

mid century in grand rapids, mcm, Michigan modern

mid century in grand rapids, mcm, Michigan modern

Palm Springs fashion editorial

This Palm Springs fashion editorial by ilse de boer photographed by tim zaragoza for air france madame is pretty nice. Is Palm Springs really that cool that you can just do a photo shoot in the street and have it look good? I think they should have taken it inside a few of these homes. The mid century modern architecture is times and could make just about any fashion look amazing.

palm springs fashion, architecture mid century,mcm

palm springs fashion, architecture mid century,mcm

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