With the spring season around the corner, we decided to share some of the top decorating trends for apartments and townhouses in 2017. We have scoured our favorite resources and selected ideas to bring some color and fun into your apartment in Austin.
House Plants are on the Rise!
Recent statistics from Pinterest.com note that there has been a 200% increase in house plant purchases – and with good reason. From plants that require lots of sunshine to those who don’t, there are lots of great options, and most don’t need too much care.
Not sure which are best for your home? We found this great resource for you. Just click here to ApartmentTherapy.com for a full list of the top house plants for apartments.
“Hygge” – The New Term for Comfy
Did you know the secret to happiness is now referred to as “Hygge” décor? We didn’t either, so we had to check this new trend out. According to our resource on this subject, here’s their take on this upcoming trend for 2017: “Finding the words to convey sentimental feelings can be hard sometimes. Yet, the opposite is true when it comes to the Danish term "hygge." Although there is literally no single translation for the concept (pronounced hoo-gah or hue-gah) the Danes use hygge to describe the warm feelings of happiness, comfort, and coziness—not unlike our idea of holiday spirit—they strive to achieve during the cooler weather seasons.”
Nightstands Bring New Light to Bedroom Décor
It was a bit hard to believe, yet according to the top online décor sites, the interest in ‘nightstands’ has far exceeded any former stats. On Pinterest alone, they have seen a 721% increase in clicks to anything to do with bed stands or small table décor. If you are a DIY aficionado, here’s a good link with step by step directions on how to make your own nightstand.
Color it Copper, Poised Taupe, Pink or Byzantine Blue
Be it a blanket, throw, floor rug, pillow, purse, or a new pair of shoes, the top colors of 2017 are now in; some we are familiar with, and others have opened our eyes to new ideas. Gone are the blankets that we have stored in the closet for unknown reasons or the pillows we have had for 20 years. In are the Pink shoes for Easter celebrations with a Byzantine Blue accessory to complement our fresh look of spring!
Wicker Makes a Comeback
I can remember sitting on my Grandmother’s wicker chairs and always wondering if I would end up with their ownership? I should have nabbed them when I could as and wicker (and rattan) baskets, furniture, and home décor accents are at the top of the charts for 2017. FYI: we found a super way to add wicker into our apartment in Austin by using wicker baskets for storage of towels and such.
Although there are endless things to do in Austin, we thought we’d dedicate this blog to one of our favorite weekend escapes from our apartment in Austin, Texas, to Bandera’s famous Cowboy Country.
It’s no secret that this Texas town is known as the Cowboy Capitol of the World. It’s where dreams of being a cowboy can come true with a wide variety of traditional fun naturally unraveling every day. It’s where Dude Ranch conversations overflow with old time stories of yester-year and real time chats about where and what real wranglers need to complete before the winter arrives.
If you’ve never experienced staying at true Dude Ranch, the options are many and more than worth the drive from your home at Le Montreaux apartments and investment in the time away.
Here’s a good list; have a great time riding into the sunset!
2E Twin Elm Guest Ranch
888-567-3049 or 830-796-3628
Flying L Guest Ranch
800-292-5134 or 830-460-3001
Dixie Dude Ranch
800-375-9255 or 830-796-7771
Hill Country Equestrian Lodge
Purple Sage Ranch Conference Center & Retreat
800-373-0931 or 830-796-7703
866-797-9339 or 830-796-9339
Silver Spur Guest Ranch
Venado Springs Ranch
210-289-1610 or 866-796-0660
West 1077 Guest Ranch
7 Canyons Ranch
830-562-3942 or 866-796-0660
With the wonderful fall weather that continues to bless us in Austin, Texas, there’s no reason for children, or adults for that matter, to be inside and absorbed by technology. This November, take time to truly unplug those video games and connect with Mother Nature’s colorful creatures in person. Be a short drive or day’s adventure from our apartments in Austin, there are plenty of options throughout our magnificent state to help us power down and immerse your family in real live animal action at these following nature preserves:
Barrow Nature Preserve
Barton Creek Wilderness Park
Big Walnut Creek Nature Preserve
Blowing Sink Research Management Area
Blunn Creek Nature Preserve
Colorado River Wildlife Sanctuary
Decker Tallgrass Prairie Preserve
Deer Park at Maple Run Preserve
Goat Cave Karst Nature Preserve
Indiangrass Wildlife Sanctuary
Mayfield Nature Preserve
Onion Creek Wildlife Sanctuary
Stephenson Nature Preserve & Outdoor Education Center
Stillhouse Hollow Nature Preserve
Zilker Nature Preserve
Just one step into any store in and around our apartments in Austin, Texas and you’ll know what Halloween takes second place (to the Christmas season) for festive fun at all ages. To help you make your final plans, here are a few of the top things to do and top events in Austin this Halloween season.
The month’s Blog starts with a few ideas for families and ends with our new “Frights for the Older Folks” column.
FUN FOR ALL AGES
Harvest the Fall Fun
Come on over to Strawberry Hills this Halloween season for endless activity for all ages. It’s almost overwhelming. Check out this list then check into some seasonal fun through November 8th!
MEET YOUR FAVORITE COMIC BOOK ARTISTS AND ACTORS IN AUSTIN! It’s a Celebration of all Things Comic and it’s coming to our home town in Austin this October 30 – 31, 2015. Come meet the creators of your favorite works and rub elbows with fellow comic enthusiasts at Wizard World Austin Comic Con. Check out hundreds of comics and collectibles in the Con's marketplace and find great sketches, lithographs, and more in the Artists Alley. Meet comic legends, popular artists, and television celebrities like acclaimed actors: * Bruce Campbell (Army of Darkness, Evil Dead, Burn Notice, Spider Man) * Morena Baccarin (Homeland, V, Stargate SG-1, Serenity) * Academy Award nominee Chris Sarandon (The Nightmare Before Christmas, The Princess Bride) * Artist/illustrator/co-creator of Hell's Hands Neal Adams * And many more... It’s a perfect family get-a-way day and just a short drive from LeMontreaux apartments in Austin. LOCATION Austin Convention Center 500 East Cesar Chavez Street Austin, TX 78701 SHOW HOURS Friday, October 30, 2015 – 12:-00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Saturday, October 31, 2015 – 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
It’s been a long hot summer and it’s not over yet. Fortunately for our family neighborhood in Austin, Texas, there’s plenty of ways to keep cool through the end of the steaming summer days. Here’s a list of some of our favorites that are just a short drive from your driveway at Le Montreaux concierge apartments in Austin
With 350 acres, Zilker Park – the site of the Austin City Limits Festival – is a great spot to enjoy a picnic under a shady tree, sip some cool Southern Sweet Tea and treat Fido to a fun game of Frisbee.
Zilker Park Boat Rentals is located on Barton Creek, just east of Barton Springs Pool in Zilker Park. They rent canoes and kayaks. Visit their web site for additional information.
Feel like getting wet or on the water? We love to rent kayaks at Lady Bird Lake and paddle around while enjoying the wrap-around scenery of the city and expansive landscaping along the shorelines and 10 mile scenic bike trail.
There’s no doubt that our long summer days have a tendency to take a toll on our bodies and soul. For those of you who want to get your feet back on the ground, refreshed and moving forward, we have some great ideas for ladies(and men) this month to put some well-deserved primping and muscle pumping ideas back into your personal life.
Seeking a softball team or other sports program close to your apartment in Austin? There are endless adult sports leagues in Austin. Check out NAKID Social Sports for your next game of volleyball, soccer and surprise events that showcase boat parties and other fun ways to enjoy your time indoors and out all summer long.
Glow Spa and Wax House offers facials, peels, massages and other pampering treatments for women and men at 7739 Northcross Drive, Suite E, in Austin.
This spa uses LYCON-brand waxes in scents such as Chocolate and Berry which are just a start to the many options you can choose to get your skin looking refreshed and ready for whatever life may bring
For the ladies, ya gotta love the colors and personal care that await you at LACQUER. This summer, make time for a little time on your own at 210 Guadalupe Street where you can sip on a refreshing glass of sparkling wine or fresh Mimosa while the pros take their time to pamper you with a pedicure and manicure for some very reasonable rates. The nail salon uses quality brands such as Deborah Lippmann and other designer polishes and organic upgrades.
A few weeks ago we tossed a little history about the city of Austin your way. Now that you are settled in, here are some important contacts that we thought might be of interest to you as you get settled in at your new apartment community in Austin, Texas.
Important Numbers and Facts to KnowCounty - Travis
With all of the growth of our region, we’re seeing a wonderful new addition to our neighborhood apartments at Le Montreaux. And as your new hosts, we thought it might be nice to give you a few tips about the history of your new home town. We’ll start with a little history …
It all started back in 1830 just after our state won its independence from Mexico. At that point, we needed a home base to call our capital. History notes that a group of individuals were appointed to take a poll and the winner was … Austin, which is named after a prominent politician of that time: Stephen F. Austin.
There was a little hitch in the get-along when Sam Houston showed up on the scene and moved our administration offices to his namesake city, yet other than that, we’ve been Austin for over 150 years and counting.
Since then we’ve continued to thrive and thanks to all of the great benefits that our city offers, we’ve claimed the title of the Live Music Capital of the World and site of the University of Texas – which has many accolades to add to our fine community.
If you have an interest in learning more about your new home town, click here to read all about the history of Austin, Texas.