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How to Pick the Right Curtains for Your Apartment

City Place BedroomThe right curtains will do more than just enhance the look of your home. Drapes can help cut your heating and cooling costs, ensure you have privacy and even make it easier for you to sleep at night. Choose your curtains wisely and you’ll be able to use them for years to come.

4 Things to Consider When You Choose Curtains

What Do You Want the Curtains to Do?

You’ll be happier with your final choice if they not only look great but perform the function that you need them to. Do you need darkness during the day? If you work at night, then the curtains you choose need to block out light and ensure you can sleep. Love a blast of sunlight right in your living room? Our Long Beach apartments get plenty of sun, and lightweight or even sheer curtains will help you enjoy it to the fullest. Decide what features matter most and you’ll know what to look for as you shop.

Style Considerations

Do you love a formal and elegant look with long, lush draperies, or prefer a cottage-chic look with linen and ruffles? Get an idea of what style appeals to you most or matches your existing furnishings and you’ll have an easier time narrowing down your choices at the store.

Sizing

You’ll need to know how wide your window is and how long you want your curtains to be. Measure from the rod (or where the rod will go) to the bottom of the frame or the floor to see what length works best for your room and home.

Color, Print and Texture

The fun part is choosing your prints, colors and even texture; once you know what size and style you need and the function you want the curtains to perform, the rest is simply a matter of personal preference. How can you tell what works? Take a look at what you have and what styles appeal to you:

  • If you have a lot of colorful, busy furniture or love to change up your decorating scheme, neutral colors give you a lot of flexibility.
  • If you have neutral furniture, then bright, colorful or lively curtains can help balance your room and provide a much-needed burst of color for your home.

Taking the time to determine what features matter to you most and shopping around to see what styles, colors and patterns you like best can ensure you love the curtains you buy.

No matter what curtains you choose, you’ll love the amazing views and stunning floor plans at our apartments in Long Beach. Stop by and see one of our spacious and modern apartment homes and see what an updated floor plan could do for your decorating style.

Throw Pillows

Finding the Perfect Throw Pillows for Your Couch

Throw PillowsCustomizing your Long Beach apartment doesn’t have to be a major redecorating project. Instead, use throw pillows to add that personal touch. Here’s what you need to know about choosing the perfect throw pillows for your couch.

Narrowing the Selection

Staring at thousands of choices for throw pillows will only leave you feeling more frustrated. Narrow the selection by deciding on a color palette before you start shopping for pillows.

Take a look at the entire space and the colors of your furniture to choose a color. If your furniture is neutral, a pop of bold color is perfect. If your furniture is patterned or bold, consider neutral pillows.

Think About Patterns

If you decide to go with patterned pillows, the ideal formula is to stick with one basic print, one elaborate print, and one solid. Your most detailed prints should be for bigger pieces that you’ll have fewer of. Stick with simpler patterns and solids for the smaller pieces that you’ll have more of.

Arrangement Matters

When layering throw pillows on your couch, the largest pillows should be in the corners, and the remaining pillows should get smaller as you work your way to the middle of the sofa. And, remember that couches are made for sitting so don’t pile on so many pillows that you have to balance on the edge of the seat!

Getting the Filling Right

Choosing the right pillow inserts will also help define the area. If you want full, plump pillows, choose an insert that’s one size up from the cover. For a more subtle, flatter pillow, choose one that’s the same size. Do not try to use inserts that are smaller than the cover as this will result in “droopy” corners.

The material for the filling is important too, especially if you’ll be using the pillows often. A down blend will provide plenty of comfort while also keeping your pillows plump and pretty for years.

Long Beach Living

The residents at our Long Beach apartments love the spacious layouts and open floor plans that are just perfect for personalization. To learn more about our apartments or to schedule a tour, contact City Place Apartments today!

Polaroid Pictures

How to Make a Vision Board

Polaroid PicturesAt City Place Apartments, we aim to provide our residents with the highest quality of life. A big part of that is to give you the opportunities you need to expand your horizons. As you enjoy living in our Long Beach apartments, consider your future. Who do you want to spend it with? Where will you travel in your lifetime? Are you thinking about a new career path? If you aren’t sure or you have a few goals in mind, make them come true with the help of a vision board. It’s easy to make, and it can be a lot of fun.

Creating Your Future

Vision boards are a simple explanation of what you want to achieve in your life. When you create a display that visualizes your dreams and goals, you work harder almost without thought to achieve those goals. Here’s how to make yours.

#1: There are no Rules

Make your vision board anything you want and in any way you want. Add anything you want to it. Imagine your future. What’s there?

#2: Use any Type of Board

Poster board or a cork board can work well for a vision board. The key here is to make it large enough to include everything you want to achieve. A 24×24 inch board, for example, is perfect. Frame it if you want or keep it simple.

#3: Add Key Images to It

This is where you’ll want to add your goals. Words are okay, but you really need to add images. You can get them online, from magazines, or even draw them. It’s important that most of your board be image-based.

#4: Add Wording and Details

Add words that represent your goals, inspirational statements, or the names of places you want to go. Add postcards. There’s no limit here. Even stickers or marker embellishments work well.

#5: Work on It

Your goals and dreams will change throughout your lifetime. Make sure your vision board keeps up with you.

Have the Space You Need

Create your vision board in our Long Beach apartments. Contact our team to inquire about available floor plans at our community.

City Place Living Room

5 Tips for Arranging Your Living Room Furniture

City Place Living RoomWhen you move into one of our Long Beach apartments, one of the first things you’ll want to do is bring in your furniture. The way you set it up can make or break your living room and other areas, so it’s important to put thought into just how everything is arranged. Here are some tips for getting the best results:

Keep Seating Fairly Close Together

If you use your living room as a social hub, keep the furniture close enough together to allow for easy conversation. You don’t want to feel like you need to yell across the room just to talk to someone sitting in a different chair or couch!

Leave Enough Space to Walk Around Each Piece of Furniture

It’s very inconvenient and can be painful to the thighs to have to try to maneuver between pieces of furniture that have been put too closely together. Leave plenty of room for your guests to walk around easily. The space will also help you keep the room from looking overcrowded with furniture.

Arrange Seating to Face a Focal Point

Which focal point is best depending on what you expect to be doing. If you’ll be watching movies or TV, aim all of the seats so that they provide comfortable views of the screen instead of other people. On the other hand, if conversing will be the main activity, aim chairs so that it’s easy to see each other. Adjust this general guideline to suit your needs.

Leave a Clear Path Between Rooms

If your living room has multiple doors, leave clear paths between them. This will keep it easy to pass through and avoid the feeling of going around an obstacle course when you do so.

Test Multiple Furniture Arrangements

If you have any doubts about how you want your furniture arranged, go ahead and position it in a variety of ways before deciding on one. This way, you’ll be sure you’ve arrived at the pattern that truly suits your tastes.

Before you can furnish a living room, you have to have one. Get a great living room – and a great home – by stopping by our office for a tour of one of our available floor plans.

Lasagna

Top 3 Crowd Pleaser Summer Dinner Dishes

LasagnaWith premier features and convenient amenities, our apartments in Long Beach are the perfect place to make the most of summer. With tile and granite countertops, patios and balconies, our apartment homes are the ideal place for summer entertaining. To make those summer get-togethers easy and effortless, try these three crowd-pleasing summer dinner recipes.

No-Bake Summer Lasagna

This recipe lets you keep the oven off on those hot summer days, but still creates a satisfying supper. Serves four; you can scale the recipe up for larger groups.

Ingredients

  • 8 lasagna noodles, halved
  • 1/2 cup ricotta cheese
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons grated Parmesan
  • 1 small garlic clove, minced
  • 2 pints grape tomatoes, halved
  • 2 zucchinis, halved and thinly sliced
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil leaves
  • Salt and pepper

Boil lasagna noodles until soft. Combine ricotta, Parmesan, 1 tablespoon olive oil and dash of salt and pepper. Heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil over medium heat in large skillet. Sauté garlic and tomatoes with a dash of salt and pepper. Transfer to a bowl. Cook zucchini in 1 tablespoon oil with a dash of salt and pepper until tender. Transfer to another bowl and add basil.

Place one lasagna noodle, half each, on four plates. Top with some of the tomato mixture, then spoon on some of the ricotta mixture, then zucchini, then another noodle. Repeat layers until you’ve used all ingredients. Garnish with more basil.

Summer Salad Bar

Salads are always good for you, but they are especially delicious and refreshing on a hot summer day. Consider making a salad bar at home with a range of prepared topping ingredients. Provide your guests with large entrée salad sized bowls and allow them to build their own salads.

Another excellent entrée salad is the chicken Caesar. Grill chicken breasts basted with light Italian dressing until seared. Serve in bite-sized slices over Romaine lettuce topped with Caesar dressing, shaved Parmesan cheese and garlic toasted croutons.

Sriracha Glazed Grilled Chicken

Everyone loves Sriracha sauce these days, and if your guests like it spicy, they’ll be delighted with this refreshing change from the traditional barbecue sauce.

Ingredients

  • Whole chicken cut into pieces
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 3 tablespoons white vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon Sriracha sauce (any brand)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons toasted sesame oil
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons grated ginger
  • 1 tablespoon sugar

Whisk soy sauce, Sriracha sauce, vinegar, ginger, sesame oil and sugar in a large glass baking dish. Add chicken and toss until coated. Marinate for 30 minutes, tossing occasionally. Grill to perfection.

City Place Apartments is the ideal meeting space for summer entertaining. If you would like more information about our Long Beach apartments, contact us today!

White Lamp

Four Ways to Add Style With Lamps

White LampLighting can make or break how a home feels. One trick for decorating apartments in Long Beach while expressing your personal style is selecting the appropriate lamps for each room.

Decorate With the Right Lamps

Lamps make a huge impact on the overall feel and appearance of an apartment. How can you pick the right ones when the number of floor and table lamp choices is dizzying? Here are four tips for stylish decorating with lamps:

1. Accent Your Décor

A lamp is an accessory that functions much like a piece of jewelry. It should complement the overall style of a room. Whether a room’s style is traditional or retro, consider lamps that enhance it. One way to do this is focusing on the color or the finish of a lamp base.

2. Consider the Shades

The shape and the color of lampshades are important in creating a pleasing look in any room. If contemporary strikes your fancy, consider lamps with colorful, streamlined shades. Drum shapes provide dramatic accents to any space without overwhelming the overall décor. Tapered shades go hand-in-hand with traditional style.

3. Match Size to Space

Express your style with a lamp that’s the correct size for a room. Scale is important, so be sure to avoid placing a tiny lamp in a big room or a huge lamp on a really small table. In general, the shade should be 50 to 75 percent the size of a lamp’s base and large enough to cover any internal hardware.

4. Always Consider the Task at Hand

In addition to being an attractive accent, lighting should be sufficient for any tasks you want to accomplish. For example, a goldtone floor lamp with a translucent shade creates a contemporary, elegant look in an area you use for reading.

There’s nothing more pleasant than coming home to a comfortable, attractive home. Residents of Long Beach apartments can add style to their homes by using these four easy tips for selecting the right lamps. Be sure to call us today to find out more about how our amenities add up to the best of Long Beach living and about the floor plan that’s best for you.

Egg Frittata

How to Host a Brunch Party in Your Apartment

Egg FrittataWho doesn’t love entertaining? Our Long Beach apartments are the perfect place to have friends over to share good food and good times. When people think of entertaining, they usually imagine dinner parties or late night drinks and music. But that leaves people tired and ready for bed while still having to clean up a messy kitchen. Enter the brunch party, the perfect way to enjoy the festivities with good friends while still having plenty of daylight to look ahead to at the end of it.

Follow These Tips to Host a Brunch You’ll Get to Enjoy

  1. Plan ahead: By making a menu days in advance, you’ll cut out the stress while guaranteeing you’ll be serving a well-composed, elegant meal.
  2. Use the night before: The beauty of brunch is your day is still fresh when it’s time to clean everything up, but the disadvantage is feeling like you have to wake up at the crack of dawn to get everything ready. Lay all non-perishables out the night before to let you sleep in a bit and start the day prepared.
  3. The incredible edible egg: There’s no shortage of egg dishes and they come in a variety of categories. This flexible food is as filling as it is delicious, and it’s a great idea to think outside the box (or frying pan). You can stuff an egg casserole with all sorts of delectable ingredients or whip up a frittata. Those are often even more delicious served at room temperature than hot, making it the perfect dish to cook first let sit while you prepare everything else.
  4. Don’t forget the sweets: One of the very best things about brunch is that sweet dishes can have an equally starring role as the savory. No reason to wait until the meal’s end to indulge.
  5. Speaking of indulging: Just because it’s early in the day, doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy a cocktail. Brunch classics are mimosas and Bloody Marys. Feel free to put a twist on the usual by offering grapefruit juice and Prosecco in place of mimosas or use Clamato to craft a Bloody Caesar cocktail.

Our apartments feature gourmet kitchens with tile and granite countertops, gas oven, dishwasher, refrigerator with ice maker, built in microwave, and pantry, perfect for easily preparing a gourmet brunch. To find out more about the amenities we offer here at City Place, give us a call.

Hotel Hallway

Learn About Our Available Summer Rates at Waterton Hotels

Hotel HallwayThe only thing that may be better than having your own great apartment to come home to is a summer escape to a pampering hotel. When you make your home one of our Long Beach apartments, you can take advantage of discount rates at Waterton managed hotels. It’s an exclusive perk for residents. Now, that’s a deal!

Don’t Miss Out on Great Summer Rates

Take a trip up north to enjoy San Jose while staying at the Hyatt Place San Jose, or book a stay filled with convenience and comfort in Millbrae at Aloft San Francisco Airport or the Westin San Francisco Airport. It’s a passport to a weekend of sightseeing and sampling foodie delights around the city! Special rates at affiliated Waterton hotels aren’t limited to your home state, either. If a summer trip takes you east, take advantage of the deals awaiting you in Massachusetts and Pennsylvania, or in Illinois, Wisconsin and Ohio.

For reference, all of our special summer rates at our Waterton managed hotels are listed below. Keep in mind that special pricing is valid now until August 31, 2017. Also, make note that these rates are based on availability and prices are subject to change. When booking your stay, simply request the Waterton corporate rate!

Starting from $49.00: Comfort Inn Piqua in Ohio

Starting from $89.00: Aloft Beachwood in Ohio and DoubleTree Pittsburgh Airport in Pennsylvania

Starting from $99.00: Sheraton Needham and DoubleTree Westborough in Massachusetts, Sheraton Madison in Wisconsin and DoubleTree Skokie in Illinois

Starting from $139 weekdays and $99 weekends: Courtyard Boston Marlborough in Massachusetts

Starting from $159 weekdays and $99 weekends: Westin San Francisco Airport and Aloft San Francisco Airport in California, Sheraton Framingham in Massachusetts, and Westin Columbus in Ohio

20% off best available rate: Hyatt Place San Jose in California

When you return home to Long Beach, more good times await. Our studios, one- and two-bedroom floor plans are spacious and welcoming. Get together with friends at our year-round heated pool, cook up a storm on outdoor grills, and enjoy Southern California weather at our outdoor lounge complete with a fireplace. Exercise as much as you want at our onsite state-of-the-art fitness center and soothe sore muscles with a visit to the steam room.

If you’re ready to come home to City Place, move-in is simplified with the Digital Waterton Concierge. Contact us today to learn more about our available floor plans and amenities!

Cocktail in a Jar

A Step-By-Step Guide on How to Host a Cocktail Party

Cocktail in a JarCity Place apartments in Long Beach is the perfect location for a sophisticated cocktail party. A cocktail party is a party where guests gather at the cocktail hour, which traditionally is 5 p.m. The cocktail party isn’t meant to last all night. Instead, it’s a stopping point before guests go on to enjoy a night out on the town with their friends, loved one, or family. Typically, a cocktail party lasts one to two hours and ends early enough that guests can leave to make their dinner restaurant reservations. Here’s a guide to putting on the best cocktail party in Long Beach.

1. Put the Shuffle Setting on Your Music Device

A cocktail party needs some background music to keep the atmosphere alive. Choose a genre of music that complements the theme of your cocktail party. Then put that genre on shuffle mode and let the music play while you mingle with your guests.

2. Offer Plenty of Appetizers

A cocktail party shouldn’t just have alcoholic drinks. To make sure your guests keep their wits about them, be sure to have plenty of appetizers ready to enjoy. Distribute platters of the appetizers so guests don’t have to congregate in the kitchen just to get a bite to eat.

3. Have Plenty of Mixers

So that you have sufficient time to enjoy the company of your guests, have plenty of mixers on hand so your guests can mix up their own cocktails. Mixers should include tomato juice, cranberry juice, club soda, seltzer water, grapefruit juice and orange juice, to name a few.

4. Decorate With Napkins

Your choice of cocktail napkins helps to add a little flair to your cocktail party. Visit a home store to see all the different varieties of cocktail napkins available. Place stacks of cocktail napkins at strategic locations throughout your apartment home.

5.  Send People Off With a Smile

Make sure your invitation to your cocktail party has an end time. That way when it’s time for lights out, your guests will know it’s time to move on to the rest of their journey for the evening.

To see how ideal our floor plans are for cocktail parties at City Place, contact us to schedule a tour.

Indoor Plant

Best Indoor Plants for Your Apartment

Indoor PlantIf you are looking for a way to spruce up your living space and bring some life into it, you are not alone. This is a common thing to try to do during this time of year. As things come alive outside, it makes people want to bring a little bit of that inside. A great way to do that is by getting some indoor plants and this list can help you choose the best one for your space.

Best Indoor Plants for Your Apartment

Peace Lily

This plant is very pretty because it has white blooms that will bring life to any room. At the same time, it is a good option if you are looking for something that is easy to take care of. The peace lily likes low humidity and low light so if you have a space that does not have a lot of windows, this is a great option.

English Ivy

Not only is it easy to take care of but it also can help to purify the indoor air. It is an adaptable plant and can be hung up or placed on the floor.

Snake Plant

If you are worried that you may forget to water your plants, then the snake plant is one that you should consider. It does not need a lot of water or sunlight to survive which makes it a good option to place in the corner. It also releases oxygen at night instead of during the day so you may want to put this one in your room.

Spider Plant

This decorative plant is very easy to grow and it also has an added benefit. According to NASA, it is one of the best plants at removing pollutants in the air so you may want to get this one based on that alone.

If you are looking for a new place to call home, it may be time to take a look at our Long Beach apartments to see if they are a good fit for you. To see what we have available, call or stop by today. We can even take you on a tour so you can take a good look at our community.

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