High-end City Apartment Tour (With Floor Plan)

High-end City Apartment Tour (With Floor Plan)

In New Jersey, USA, this city apartment is designed for young professionals who value style and comfort. Visualised by Kamran Karimov, this 98 square metre apartment, this elegant modern home is fashioned with cool grey decor that is counterbalanced with warm wood grain elements. Punchy black accents give the contemporary decor scheme visual weight, whilst modern light installations instil an atmospheric glow. Storage furniture is sleek and linear, smoothing subtly around the perimeter of an open, light-filled living room with panoramic windows. Earthy brown and green infusions colour the two bedrooms and bathrooms to provide visual interest and promote a sense of calm.

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This Is Exactly How to Write an Apartment Address

This Is Exactly How to Write an Apartment Address

It’s one of those things you expect everyone to understand. When it comes to writing out an apartment address, most people were taught how to properly do so in elementary school… or so you thought. In contrast to what you may believe, there’s actually a lot of confusion out there. In fact, search engines are overflowing with questions from people trying to determine the best way to ensure their packages and mail arrive on time and intact. Here’s a breakdown of the correct wait to address mail when you’re sending it to an apartment.

It’s easiest to write out an apartment address when you’re mailing an envelope. After all, there’s no confusing boxes to fill in like when you’re shopping online. A good rule of thumb is to use the three-line system that requires your legal name to be written on the first line. On the second line, write the street address and unit designator. That should be followed by the city, state, and zip code on the third line. It’s not that your mail won’t arrive at its destination if you put the unit number on its own line. In fact, it will probably be fine. However, this is not the specific way the United States Postal Service prefers it to be written.

Whether it’s a piece of mail or a larger package, it’s absolutely vital that you use a unit designator. These unit designators are the specific abbreviations that make it clear where inside the street address a piece of mail should end up. According to the United States Postal Service, the most common ones are “APT” for an apartment, “BLDG” for a building, and “FL” for floor. Those are followed by “STE” for suite, “RM” for room, and “DEPT” for department. For something that’s just referred to as a unit, the designator is just “unit.” Easy enough.

While many of us use just the pound sign to signify the number of a unit, the USPS specifically says it should not be used as a secondary unit designator if you have another option. While your mail will probably get to the correct destination if you use the pound sign, there must be a space between the pound sign and the secondary number. 

If you’re trying to address something that’s being sent internationally, things get a bit more complicated. That’s because each country tends to have rules that are slightly different. Stick to the previously-mentioned system for the first two lines, using the name followed by the street address and unit designator. However, things change a bit when you get to the third line. Depending on where your mail is going, the third line should have the city and postal code. Follow that up on the fourth line with the country, ideally in capitalized letters.

There are always additional specifics that should be considered when you’re addressing mail. For instance, if you’re sending something to a friend who lives in an apartment with several roommates or works in a busy office building, you may want to write “Attn” before their name to specify attention. When you follow the tips and tricks the postal service specifies, you have a greater chance of having your mail land in its intended place. 

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You Can Do It: 10 Rental Updates Your Landlord Doesn’t Need to Know About

You Can Do It: 10 Rental Updates Your Landlord Doesn’t Need to Know About

This is not a post about deceiving your landlord. This post is about updates you can make to your rental that more than likely don’t need your landlord’s permission. My husband and I are landlords. Rentals are a part of our full-time job; so here are some things WE wouldn’t mind you doing if you lived in our rentals … and I bet your landlord might feel the same way. If you’re sick of ugly apartment cabinets and want to cover them, or just can’t stand the light fixtures in your space, here are some simple ideas for you.

1. Create your own walls with pieces of furniture.

Need more rooms or spaces? Create them with furniture.

2. Change up the kitchen cabinet or bathroom vanity hardware.

New knobs can change a bathroom or kitchen, and they are really easy to change. I would buy some fun ones that you might use again … maybe in your new home or on a piece of furniture. Make sure you store all the old knobs with all the screws so you can easily put them back on when you leave.

Don’t do: Don’t drill new holes. You do need to ask permission to drill any new holes. Don’t switch the hardware out with something you would need to drill a second hole or a hole in a different place. If your cabinet does not have hardware then you need to ask to drill holes.

3. Remove your kitchen cabinet doors.

If your rental has ugly doors and you happen to have some awesome kitchenware that needs to be displayed, then go ahead and remove them. Make sure you store your kitchen cabinet doors in a place where they will not be damaged. Make sure you are extra careful if they are painted just to be thoughtful. Don’t want to remove the doors? You can make temporary cabinet covers by concealing ugly doors with removable adhesive paper (contact paper).

Don’t do: Don’t lose all the hinge hardware or putty fill the door holes. Remember, kitchen cabinets are a very expensive fix so store them well. Not storing them well will probably cause you to have to pay a hefty price.

4. Do use temporary wallpaper.

If you have a landlord with a “no paint policy” check out the paint-able and totally removable wallpaper from Tempaper. There are many brands of temporary wallpaper and as long as it is installed and removed well it will more than likely be okay with your landlord.

5. Install plug-in pendants.

If you are allowed to drill into the wall then there should be no problem with installing a hook into the ceiling. This is an easy way to make your rental look custom and then take that custom look with you when it’s time to go.

Don’t Do: Use the wrong hook or hardware to install into the ceiling. Doing this will make the hole bigger than it needs to be and a not so easy fix for your landlord. 

6. Do switch up the shades or bulbs of your light fixture.

There are so many ideas out there to spruce up existing fixtures. Make sure your store the original shade or bulb so you can return it when you leave.

Don’t Do: I think changing the light fixture without permission is a bad idea. It never hurts to ask but don’t be mad when your landlord says no. My husband is a general contractor and even he won’t install a new light fixture in one of his rentals. Why? If the licensed and insured electrical company installs your fixtures, then if something goes wrong, only they are liable. How do I, as your landlord, know you know electrical work? If something happens then I am liable. If you are that passionate about it, tell your landlord you will pay for his electrician to come install it and then re-install the original one when you leave. Safe people are happy people, right?

7. Do take the closet doors off.

Again, as long as you store them well and put them back on when you leave then your landlord should have no problems with this removal.

8. Do use rugs to cover ugly floors.

Whether it is gross carpet or really ugly vinyl … a rug can right some wrongs. If you have ugly kitchen vinyl, buy a vinyl sheet remnant and cut it as large as you need it to be. Turn it over to the white side and paint it. Use rug tape and you have a water friendly and mop-able way to cover some serious ugly.

Brown and white colored fireplace with two windows on each side.

9. Do install outside mount roman shades to hide ugly or broken blinds.

In this living room makeover I hid the white blinds by pulling them all the way up and installing this bamboo roman shade over the window trim. You didn’t even know they were there did you? The family uses the roman shades when they want privacy and the broken white blinds are completely hidden.

10. Do use contact paper.

You can contact paper on walls, your kitchen cabinets, your fridge, your door and so many other places. You can even use frosted glass contact paper on a window to give you privacy.

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Your rental can feel like your home with these simple updates. On another note, while I would be fine with all of these updates, if you are not sure…go ahead and ask your landlord anyway. A trusting landlord will let you do more but you do have to gain the trust at first. Love this post and want more? You’re in luck, because we’ve got lots of great posts planned specifically for all you renters so stay tuned. 

Making Two Apartments Into One Colour-Rich Home (With Floor Plan)

Making Two Apartments Into One Colour-Rich Home (With Floor Plan)

This 156.8 square metre home design project presented the task of uniting two separate apartments into one new residence. Visualised by Bureau Slovo, glazing around the perimeter of the property became the major feature of the reimagined abode, and so wall decor was kept minimal and white. Furniture and textiles fulfil opportunities for added colour, exploring a palette of warm coral, pale green, and hazy light blue. Furniture silhouettes and finishes are on-trend, boldly delivering curves, fluted texture, and swathes of wood grain. You’ll find an equally stylish kid’s room on board too, where unique accessories make up a creative playspace. Stay till the end for the floor plan.

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