Mirrors can be both practical and mysterious. Checking your reflection helps match clothing and they also create amazing illusions. Here are four ideas that may help the residents of 9500 in Austin, Texas, use mirrors to transform your living spaces.
Mirrors lend the optical illusion that spaces are larger than their actual square footage. For example, an oversized mirror at the end of a corridor can make that pathway look twice as long. In spaces like the living room or dining room, changing a full wall from white to a reflective surface makes a cozy room appear huge. Strategic use of big, oversized mirrors is all about perception and creating a feeling that you and your guests are immersed in vastly larger spaces. Target your largest walls for the greatest effect.
Adding an over-the-door mirror to doors can extend the appearance of the room and be tremendously practical. It provides an opportunity to preview dresses, suits and ties by retrieving them from your closet and holding them up in the mirror. With the mirror only a few steps away, it streamlines the process of getting ready for work, parties and networking events. A full-length mirror of this type can be a dress-up game-changer.
A Picture Is Worth a Thousand Words
The artistic repurposing of vintage items can be both environmentally friendly and trendy. Many interior designs feature repainted old picture frames with inset mirrors. They add a splash of color to a room and the mirror adds brightness.
Collectors often enjoy sharing their treasures with friends and family. These rarities may be set out on a table or in a display case. Either way, adding a mirror can really make them pop. Place a mirror under a table display and suddenly it has a new, eye-catching dimension that draws people’s attention. Using mirrors in this way puts your prized possessions on full display.
We hope these transformative mirror ideas inspire our 9500 community members. If you or a friend would like more information about our Austin apartments, call us today!
Summer is the perfect time to mix up a batch of iced tea and spend the afternoon outside with a good book. Are you tired of your same old boring iced tea recipe? Try one of these wonderful alternatives.
Power-Packed Iced Tea
This recipe comes from AZ Foothills and incorporates chia seeds, which many people claim is a superfood. Healthier than regular sweet tea or not, this recipe is certainly delicious!
- 1/2 t. black chia seeds
- 1 cup boiling water plus 2 t. room temp water
- 1 bag of your favorite black tea
- Ice cubes
- Lemon wedge
- In a small bowl, add chia seeds to 2 tablespoons of water. Set aside.
- Bring remaining water to a boil and brew tea for 5 minutes. Add soaked chia seeds.
- Fill a tall glass with ice.
- Slowly pour brewed tea over ice and garnish with a lemon wedge.
Old-Fashioned Southern Sweet Tea
Traditional recipes stand the test of time because people love the way they taste. This iced sweet tea recipe from Food.com adds a pinch of baking soda to smooth out the acidity. The result is a smoother than smooth beverage, perfect for sipping on the hottest of summer days.
- 6 black tea bags
- 1⁄8 t. baking soda
- 2 cups boiling water plus 6 cups cold water
- 1 1⁄2 cup sugar
- Boil 2 cups of water. Add baking soda to the water and stir until completely dissolved.
- Brew tea in a large heat-proof container for 15 minutes.
- Remove tea bags and discard.
- Add sugar to the hot tea and stir to dissolve.
- Add cold water to hot tea and stir together.
- Cool on your countertop until room temperature.
- Place in refrigerator to completely cool.
- Serve over fresh ice in a tall glass.
Spend this summer at the 9500 Apartments in Austin, where you can enjoy a summer of swimming and relaxation in a cozy residential setting. Call (844) 230-8099 to learn more about the community or to schedule a personal tour.
Summer is right around the corner, and the Texas sun is going to be blazing. While Austin is a great place to spend the season, offering plenty of things to do, it gets pretty warm in this part of the country and it’s important to stay protected from the sun’s rays. If you’re spending the summer in Austin, here are five ways to stay protected on a sunny summer day!
The sunshine is good for you, but UV rays are not. To stay protected, you will want to make sure you are wearing plenty of sunscreen. Look for a sunscreen that is rated at SPF 30 or higher.
Your eyes are especially vulnerable to the sun’s rays. To keep them safe, be sure to wear your polarized sunglasses when you go outdoors on a summer day.
Wear a Hat
Another article of clothing that can keep you safe from the sun is a hat. Long before they were fashion statements, hats were meant to keep the sun’s rays away from your face and eyes. A good ballcap (or any other type of hat that provides adequate shade) is always a great idea on a summer day!
Stick to the Shade
It’s always significantly cooler in the shade, which means less chance of a heat stroke. The shade also blocks most UV radiation, which means less chance of skin damage.
One of the most important things you can do to stay safe in hot weather is to stay hydrated. Make sure you bring a water bottle with you when you go outdoors, and drink from it often.
At 9500 Apartments, we hope you will join us in sunny Austin this summer. If you would like to learn more about our Austin apartments, feel free to contact us today!
Springtime in Texas is picnic season! The residents at our Austin apartments have been packing their baskets and stocking up on flying discs, so we thought this would be a great opportunity to share some spring picnic tips with you.
There are a few items that are simply picnic essentials.
- Large blanket. Go for an oversized blanket that’s ideally large enough to accommodate food and people.
- Insulated picnic tote. Insulated totes do the duty of keeping refrigerated items chilled. Plus, they help keep everything organized and easy to carry. Look for a tote with pockets that hold easy-to-forget tools, such as corkscrews.
- Plates & cups. Styrofoam is hard on the environment. Strong paper works perfectly, and it’s recyclable. If you’re looking for something even more eco-friendly, look for compostable products made from fallen leaves.
- Utensils. Plastic, disposable utensils get the job done most of the time, but it helps to have a few real knives on hand in case you have cheese or hard-to-cut items.
Most picnic food can be made ahead of time, allowing you to enjoy the carefree afternoon when you unpack your basket. A quick online search will provide you with thousands of tasty recipe ideas that travel well and are delicious make-ahead outdoor meals. In addition to sandwiches and salads, be sure to pack a variety of nuts, cheeses, fruits and berries; they’re great for grazing throughout the day.
Many parks don’t allow glass, so be sure to check the rules before you head out. For beer, it’s just as easy to opt for cans. If you’re going for wine, cartons are a great workaround in glass-free spaces.
With this checklist, you’ll be on your way to fun in the sun in no time! Naturally, a great picnic takes place outside, but it’s even better when the basket’s packed in a great kitchen. If you agree, stop by our 9500 Apartments, and check out our beautiful living spaces.
With the weather warming up in spring, you can expect your pup to want to spend more time outdoors. While fresh air and exercise are great for your pet, there are certain hazards you should be aware of, such as tick-borne diseases and illnesses spread by other dogs. Use the following tips to make sure your pup stays safe and happy this season.
Keep Fleas and Ticks at Bay
Fleas and ticks can make your dog miserable or even ill this spring. Some dogs are allergic to flea bites, while ticks can spread certain diseases to dogs. Applying a preventative flea and tick product can help reduce your dog’s risk of being bitten by these pets when you’re outside.
Check Your Pup’s Vaccinations
Your dog should be up-to-date on all vaccinations required by law and recommended by your vet. Being vaccinated helps reduce your pup’s risk of getting seriously ill from infectious diseases, such as rabies and distemper. Keep in mind that some vaccinations are good for three years, while others are only good for one year. Your vet can let you know which vaccinations your pet needs, so you can schedule an appointment.
Use a Leash
Don’t let your pup run around off leash when you’re out and about this spring. The only exception should be local dog parks that have off-leash areas that are fenced in. Keeping your dog on a leash when you’re outside helps reduce the risk of having her run off and get lost or injured. When you do take your pup out this spring, make sure she also wears a collar with current tags and microchip information in case she does get loose.
Our community in Austin, TX has well-tended ground for you and your pup to explore this spring. Please contact us to learn more about our available apartments in Austin.
The big game is just around the corner, which means that football fans all over the nation will be gathering to eat finger foods and cheer on their favorite team. If you are hosting the party this year, you may want to spice up the party with some fantastic cocktails. Below are just three ideas to get you started.
Sweet Tea Cocktail
If you are hosting a game day party, this sweet tea cocktail is sure to be a score with your guests. This cocktail is incredibly simple to make and only requires a few ingredients. Start by mixing mint, raspberries, cucumber and ice in a shaker, and then add lemonade and sweet tea vodka. After you shake the mixture very well, poor it over ice in a mason jar.
Lemonade is a staple at most parties, and this cocktail will be no exception. You can either make homemade lemonade or use a mix, and then simply add your light liquor of choice, such as vodka or gin. It will be a great refresher to keep your guests in the game.
Beer and football go together like a touchdown and a field goal, so why not add a little fun to your party by making some beer margaritas? All you need to do is mix together limeade, tequila, and your favorite beer in a pitcher. Then, poor the drink into margarita glasses that have salt around the rim. Now, you are really ready to support your team.
Regardless of which team you support, having amazing cocktails at your party will make you the winner of the night. If you are looking for a new place to host your party for the big game, take a look at our Austin apartments and call today to see which floor plans are available!
It’s no secret that winter weather conditions often result in dry skin. Indoor heating plays a part as well. Fortunately, there are strategies available to residents of apartments in Austin, TX, for keeping their skin soft and supple no matter what the environmental conditions are. Following are five ways you can keep your skin smooth and glowing during winter.
Hydrate From the Inside Out
You undoubtedly already know that keeping the surface of the skin moisturized is an essential part of fighting winter dryness. However, it’s just as important to guard against dehydration by drinking enough water, so make certain that your fill on a daily basis.
Dead skin cells in super dry parts of the body such as the upper arms often collect around hair follicles, causing bumpy skin and rough patches. Using a lotion with salicylic acid to keep this from occurring, and use an exfoliating mitt when you take a shower or bath.
Use Nondrying Cleansers
Using body and hand cleansers that don’t contain alcohol or soap helps keep skin from drying out too much in winter. You can also use alcohol-free sanitary hand sanitizers to help keep hands well-hydrated, and always wear gloves or mittens when outdoors in cold temperatures.
Use Lukewarm Water Whenever Possible
Washing your face and hands, showering, and bathing with lukewarm water is far less drying than performing the same activities using hot water. However, few things are better than relaxing in a hot bath at the end of a cold winter day, so add an ample amount of a good-quality bath oil to prevent skin from drying out while soaking.
Moisturize Immediately After Bathing
Slathering on moisturizer as soon as possible after stepping out of the shower or bath keeps precious moisture locked into the skin. At least once per week, use a spa-quality body oil designed to really sink in.
If you’re looking for a new home in Austin this winter, give us a call today!
Picking holiday dishes can be a puzzle. Everything may look delicious to you, but what will other people like? Everyone’s trying to convince you take a chance and try something new, but aren’t the ‘classics’ classic for a reason? Narrowing down your options is the first step unless you want to serve an over abundance of food in your Austin apartment.
Take a look at a few of our favorite holiday dishes!
Crostini with Thyme-Roasted Tomatoes
This dish is simple, festive and delicious. It’s similar to bruschetta, but with a few key differences. In this dish, you’re using one half of a plum tomato, and you’re getting the irresistible flavor of thyme baked right in. It’s great color on your table, and an appetizer that will go quickly.
Roasted Beef Tenderloin
You don’t always have to go with ham or turkey over the holidays. Instead, try beef tenderloin that has been coated with black pepper, roasted and served with a black olive sauce. This may be slightly pricier, but if you’re only having a few people over for dinner, it’s a good way to get everyone fed without having to try to eat or freeze lots of leftovers.
Chai-Spiced Honey Bundt Cakes
It doesn’t have to be all fruit pies around this time of year. Chai is inherently associated with the holidays, and it gives everyone that warm feeling as they breathe in the spiced air. This cake is going to impress your guests, and the best part is that it’s not all that hard to make. Serve it with coffee or chai tea as a complement at the end of the night.
The holidays don’t have to be hard or confusing. It’s all about taking your favorites this year and using your second-best choices for next year or even just your next big event. Apartments in Austin are the perfect place to host, and 9500 has the best in the city. Call us if you’re looking for a new spot to call home!
Thanksgiving isn’t just about great food. It’s a time for friends and family to come together. And while sparkling conversation, football and the Macy Thanksgiving Day’s Parade on TV are all great, sometimes it’s a good idea to have a few more things planned on the agenda to be assured that everyone has a wonderful time. Here are three fun games to get you started.
Three Games to Play While Celebrating Thanksgiving
This is the perfect game to get things moving after the big feast when you want to get the blood flowing, this will get everyone standing and excited, without any danger of pulling a muscle. The participants are broken into two teams, and a sort of relay race is done by moving small objects, like nuts and cranberries, from bowl to bowl with chopsticks.
While we’ve been celebrating Thanksgiving for a long time, there’s no reason not to bring 21st century party games into the mix by involving your smartphone. Games like Heads Up, created by Ellen Degeneres takes a classic party game like “Who Am I” and adds entirely new layers of fun.
This game is ideal for large groups of people, making it perfect for Thanksgiving gatherings. It’s also lots of fun for families. The point of the game is to compete for inane categories. By choosing the categories, you can determine how much movement is involved in the game or if you’ll need any special equipment. Categories you could choose are tallest thumb or who can sing the alphabet the fastest.
Whether you’re looking for an open floor plan, or want a spacious private patio to take your party games outdoors, here at 9500 Apartments, we have the perfect Austin, Texas apartment for you. Check our website to find out more about our different floor plans.
What do you think of when you hear the word, “Halloween”? Do you think about cute tots dressed up as ghosts, princesses and the latest super heroes? Are you eager to shop the Halloween candy sales so you have an excuse to eat your favorites before you hand them out to the kids at your Austin apartment? Add a bit of fun to the holiday by learning the following five fun facts.
1. Jack o’ lanterns were not always made of pumpkins.
If carving a pumpkin into a Jack o’ lantern is one of your favorite parts of Halloween, you might want to skip this fun fact. While it is popular to buy pumpkins to carve today, in the past, people bought potatoes, turnips or beets to carve instead.
2. Dance for your treat.
It is without a doubt that many of Halloween’s traditions originated in Europe. Long ago, Europeans used to perform door to door while dressed up in costumes. Their purpose? To get a treat, of course. Experts think that this is how the United States got the idea for trick-or-treating.
3. Cabbage night.
Did you know that some American towns refer to Halloween as Cabbage Night instead? Framingham, Massachusetts borrowed a fortune telling game from the Scots and turned it into a game of throwing cabbages at the homes of their unhappy neighbors.
4. Find the love of your life on Halloween.
Speaking of fortune-telling games, Ireland has a history of people celebrating Halloween by playing them. Their purpose was to predict who might become their spouse. In that day and age, Halloween was one of the few days were the two genders could mingle.
5. Halloween = Irish.
Irish Celts are widely credited with having traditions that lead to Halloween. In order to appease the ghosts, ancient Celts would leave treats out on their stoops after dressing up.
Did you learn anything from the above fun facts? Now you can be the life of the Halloween party with your newfound knowledge.
With their superb location only eight miles from downtown, 9500 Apartments in Austin is the perfect home base for families, young couples, retirees and commuters.