5 Spare Room Ideas to Make the Most of Your Space

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spare room ideas

Did your roommate or kids move out? You’ve always wished your apartment had more space in your apartment. Instead of downgrading to a 1 bedroom apartment, now’s your chance to transform that unused room into a useful and exciting space. Revitalizing an unused space is a great way to breathe new life into your apartment, especially when space is a bit tight. This article contains spare room ideas that can help you make the most of an extra bedroom.

Let’s take a look at a few ideas you should consider for turning your spare room into the kind of space you can enjoy rather than just an empty room!

5 Spare Room Ideas to Make the Most of Your Space

Use every square inch of your apartment by incorporating these spare room ideas into your decorating.

1. Transform It Into a Library

Do you have loads of books that end of getting wedged into every nook and cranny of your apartment? Books are lovely items that look great when properly displayed. Plus everyone loves reading. Adding library shelving is the perfect way to turn your extra space into a reader’s paradise. Add a small sofa or lounge chair and you’re all set!

2. Transform It Into a Meditation Room

More and more people are discovering the transformative power of meditation. If this is something you’re interested in and have been seeking a place that is quiet and free of distractions, turning an unused space into a meditation room is the perfect plan. Decorate with scented candles, a rug, and a meditation pillow, and you’ll discover your own personal nirvana right there at home! 

3. Transform It Into a Relaxing Family Room

Sometimes all you want is a space where you can relax with your family and let the stress of the world melt away. So consider transforming that spare room into an oasis where you can prop your feet up and enjoy each other. Furnish the space with a comfy couch and chairs, rugs and candles, and perhaps some paintings that remind you of your favorite travel destinations.

4. Transform It Into an Entertainment Room

You don’t need to invest a lot of money to create your own home entertainment room. It’s all about having a space dedicated to enjoying your favorite movies, music, or video games, where you can stretch out and have fun! 

5. Transform It Into a Craft Room

Do you have baskets upon baskets of yarn laying around your living room? Or maybe a sewing machine cabinet taking up valuable space in your bedroom? What about all the paints and canvases taking over your kitchen table? Turning your spare room into a craft room not only gives your yarn, paints, or sewing machine their own space, it also clears up the rest of your apartment space.

Taking Advantage of All Your Space

These spare room ideas are only the tip of the iceberg. There are a million possibilities, and you’re limited only by your imagination. When you’re looking for guest bed ideas or wanting a multifunction bedroom, that’s a great time to let your creativity run wild!

Click here to learn how to set up a small space nursery in your apartment.

A New Apartment for the New Year: 5 Winter Apartment Hunting Tips

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apartment hunting

Is finding an apartment one of your New Year’s resolutions? June, July, and August are the busiest moving months which means there are more options at that time. But that doesn’t mean you can’t find a great place in the middle of Winter. You just have to be a little bit savvier when it comes to apartment hunting. 

To help you learn how to rent an apartment in Winter, keep reading. We’re sharing with you five winter apartment hunting tips. 

1. List Your Top Three Priorities

Since inventory tends to be lower, you may not find an apartment that has everything on your wish list. An easier way to find a new apartment is to list your top three priorities. 

Maybe you want an apartment close to public transportation or comes with its own washer and dryer in the unit. Perhaps you can’t live without having a balcony. Listing your top three options can help you narrow your search. 

Also, knowing when to start looking for apartments is a good idea. The earlier you start, the more time you’ll have to find exactly what you want.  

2. See if You Can Take Over a Lease

It’s not uncommon for people to need to break their lease. They may have taken a new job, bought a new home, or their family size is increasing. Whatever the reason, breaking a lease happens and it isn’t cheap. Taking over a lease means that you get an apartment and the current tenants get out of their lease without having to pay a hefty fine.

3. Set a Budget, Then Look at Neighborhoods

Before starting your apartment search, the first step should be to create a budget. Then based on that information, you can determine which apartment communities to look at and which ones are above your budget range. Visit apartment websites to view floor plans and prices to see which communities you can afford.

4. Be Flexible

You may get lucky and find a great deal in the apartment of your dreams. But you should also prepare to be a little flexible. The options aren’t as varied as during the Summer months. If you don’t find the exact apartment you’re looking for now, you may be able to move into another apartment in the same community when one becomes available. 

5. Come Prepared

Since there are fewer apartments available in the Winter, there may be greater demand. Coming prepared with all your documents ensures that you end up with the apartment you like the most. Have a list of your past and present landlords, financial information, and your checkbook ready. You can also apply online in many places to be ahead of the game. 

Check Online Testimonials 

If you’re apartment hunting in a new area, you may not have anyone to recommend good apartment buildings to live in. But online reviews are now becoming just as trusted as a referral source as personal referrals are. 

We’re proud of the testimonials we’ve received from our tenants. To view them and see for yourself, click here

Ready to look at apartments in Fort Wayne at Willow Creek Crossing? Contact us today to schedule a personal tour.

 

4 Trendy Apartment Amenities that Will Change Renting Forever

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apartment amenities

When it comes to finding the right apartment in your city, you should consider what apartment amenities will come with your new place. Every apartment community is different, based on their location and the different things the property can offer to residents.

What are some of the biggest trends that are changing the way we view apartment communities? Take a look at four of the amenities you should look for on your next apartment hunt.

A Fitness Center

Fitness centers are becoming the new big thing in many apartment communities, taking the quality of it to new heights. This is something you will see a lot of rental properties do next year.

Onsite fitness centers typically include treadmills, free weights, and elliptical or cycling equipment that is free for all residents.

Billiard Room

A billiard room is also a new trend in apartment amenities.

You can spend an afternoon indoors playing a few games of pool regardless of how the weather is outside! This can be a great way to spend time with your family and friends without having to spend a penny.

Our billiard rooms includes a pool table if you feel like racking them up and a ping pong table as well if you want to become the next Forrest Gump of ping pong.

Park with BBQ Grill

A fun and inviting community should be important whether you have a huge family or it’s just you on your own. Our park is a great place to spend the day. Spend time playing on the swingset or reading a book under the tree. Your kids will be able to run around and play without the worry of traffic as you fire up the grill to cook a delicious meal on one of the bbq grills.

If you want a safe area to relax and enjoy the day our parks will have what you need.

Pet-Friendly Apartments

Your furry friends are a part of your family and you shouldn’t have to give them up because an apartment doesn’t allow them on their property. Instead of sending them to the pound or passing them on to a loved one, stay in one of our pet-friendly apartments and keep your pet as a part of the family!

 We do have a few restrictions on which types of dogs are allowed on the property, along with some recommendations of which dogs wouldn’t do well cooped up in apartments. Reach out to us directly if you don’t see your dog on the list and have additional questions.

Which Apartment Amenities Will You Look for When Choosing Your New Place?

Now that you have looked at four of the growing trends in regards to the apartment amenities, which ones stand out to you the most? Comment below and don’t forget to follow our blog here if you want to learn more about renting an apartment.

5 Fun Things to Do With Kids in Fort Wayne

fun things to do with kids in fort wayne

fun things to do with kids in fort wayne

If you’re looking for a day of heart-warming fun with the little ones, look no further than Fort Wayne, Indiana. This medium-sized city is full of local charm, beautiful nature, and family fun. You don’t have to look far to stumble into some adventure in Indiana’s second largest city. No matter what your kiddo is into (history, action, animals) they’ll find it right here.

Whether you’ve got family coming in town or kids to entertain of your own, we’ve got you covered. Here are 5 fun things to do with kids in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

1. Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo

Let’s start with a classic: the zoo. Your little one will love wandering through nearly 40 acres of Australian Adventure, African Lions, and the like. Boasting 100 different species within 5 exhibits, you can easily make a day here. There are two different adventure rides, as well as a scenic rail ride to take visitors through the park. You can even feed the giraffes and goats, or go on a pony trail!

2. Science Central

Fort Wayne’s interactive science center is an imagination lover’s paradise. With over 200 permanent exhibits and various national-touring exhibits, even residents visit again. See how the “Earth is brought to life” at the Science on a Sphere exhibit. Or, stroll through different demonstrations to learn about the solar system, weather, and more. If you live in Fort Wayne, you can even become a member!

3. Parkview Field

Take them out to the ball game, take them out to the crowd at Parkview Field. This stadium is the home playing field of the TinCaps, a well-known minor league in the Midwest region. The Parkview that stands today is from 2008, however, the field itself dates back to 1871. It was originally called “The Castle” and it hosted hundreds of future major league teams.

4. Visit the Parks

Fort Wayne boasts a fair amount of green space. Fox Island County Park is one of the prominent outdoor locations, with over 600 acres of parkland. You’ll find a plethora of fishing and hiking trails here, as well as a bird observatory. Salomon Farm Park is equally as interesting to adults as it is children. Learn about 1930’s farm life, a significant era of agriculture and domestic life.

5. Foellinger-Freimann Botanical Conservatory

Outdoor lovers – rejoice! This list wouldn’t be complete without Foellinger-Freimann Botanical Conservatory. TripAdvisor even rates this garden as one of the top places to visit in Fort Wayne. Even in the winter months, you can pack up and head here to enjoy several indoor gardens. We love the tropical garden, filled with breadfruit, coffee, banana, and orange trees!

Looking for things to do with kids in Fort Wayne?

Luckily, Fort Wayne is full of family fun. From parks to escape rooms to chocolate tours, there’s plenty of things to do with kids in Fort Wayne. And heck, the whole family may love it so much, they’ll want to call it home. That’s where we come in. Willow Creek Crossing offers a variety of one-, two-, and three-bedroom apartments for rent. Contact us today to schedule a tour of our facilities!

Damage-Free Decor: Tips for Holiday Decor That Won’t Cost You Your Security Deposit

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holiday decor

The last month of the year is a whirl of color, family and friends, winter wonder, and cozy holiday decor. Time to hang up the mistletoe, deck the halls and spread good cheer. But, how do you get into the holiday spirit without damaging your apartment?

Santa leaves coal in the stockings of naughty boys and girls. If you are naughty, your apartment community won’t leave you anything when you move out. You will leave your deposit there!

Read on for our tips for fun, festive and damage-free holiday home decor.

Select a Holiday Decor Style

Are you in favor of a Victorian Christmas look? Or is a Mid-Century modern holiday more your style? All one color or many colors? Candlelight or Vegas-style? Choose a holiday style to personalize your apartment decor. You can add a designer touch with throw pillow covers, table runners, wreaths and candle rings. Lights and other accessories add to the look.

Watch out for visual overload though. Choose your accent colors and patterns with care. Even the largest space can’t accommodate three tapestries, five plaids, and multicolored glitter!

To Tree or Not to Tree

While many apartment communities don’t allow real trees due to fire code, there’s still hope. Artificial trees are a great option for those who want a tree. The bare aluminum Festivus pole need not come to mind (although it would be a fun holiday decoration!). Newer trees come in tall narrow “candle” shapes, half rounds and other shapes to fit any space. Or, a table top tree can be the perfect touch without taking up too much space.

Holiday decor doesn’t always mean a tree though. Garlands and holly are an excellent way to liven up any room. You could also decorate your houseplants by throwing on some garland and ornaments. Just be sure that your plants are pet-safe so your furry friends can enjoy the holiday too.

There are a variety of colors, shapes, and sizes when it comes to decking the halls. 

Lightweight LED String Lights

LED string lights can add just the right amount of sparkle to your holiday home. You can choose string, icicle, net, or curtain lights. They come in an array of colors and lengths. 

Don’t limit lights to just a tree though. Think about windows, doors, and art, too. Some lights also have an option for movement or music. You can go with a soft glow or a full Vegas light show.

Think about battery-operated tea lights to take the place of candle flames. There are even flame-flicker LEDs for safe looks without heat or worrying that you’ll forget to blow them out.

No Nail Removable Hooks and Shelves

These products are lifesavers. Avoid nail damage to your walls and subsequent patching plaster.  Removable damage-free adhesive allows you to hang stockings, lights, garlands, and even the mistletoe without a single hole in the plaster.

Invest in the outdoor hooks or an over the door hook to hang your wreath. You can even create a mock mantlepiece for your stockings with a simple accent shelf. Just take your time in removing the removable wall hooks to prevent paint damage. 

Cozy, Fun and Festive

We hope these holiday decor tips are helpful to you. The holidays are a very special time for friends, family, and community. We hope to see you at our holiday open house this year. 

Keep reading our blog for up-to-date community news and tips.

A Very Techy Christmas Holiday Open House

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christmas open house

Residents, wouldn’t it be nice to get a new TV, Bluetooth speaker, wifi action camera, or other techy gift? Well now’s your chance! Stop by our leasing office December 19th from 4-6pm for A Very Techy Christmas Holiday Open House!

We have refreshments and you can enter to win some nice electronic prizes, just in time for Christmas! In exchange for a donation to the Community Harvest Food Bank, we will give you tickets to enter to win a prize. You will receive one ticket for each nonperishable food item donated (two tickets each for peanut butter, canned fish or meat). You can enter to win:

  • 24” Television with DVD Player
  • Cinematic Bluetooth Wireless Speaker
  • Lava Lamp
  • HD Tablet
  • Wireless Gift Set: Headphones, Earbuds, Portable Speaker
  • Table Lamp with Bluetooth Speaker and USB Charging
  • Wi-Fi Action Camera
  • Mood Light Alarm Clock
  • Battery Operated Lionel Pennsylvania Flyer Train Set (One ticket per family for this prize)

If you can’t make it to our open house, stop in anytime with your non-perishable donation and enter the drawing.

Let’s go all out to support the Community Harvest Food Bank this Season!

How to Choose Furniture for Small Spaces

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furniture for small spaces

Is it possible to buy furniture for small spaces without making your apartment feel cramped and cluttered? If you’re among the millions of Americans who prefer to downsize, you’ll want to learn quickly. You need to be able to strike the right balance between creating a space that has a natural flow, plenty of room to move without knocking things over, and a warm inviting space.

That can seem like a tall order if you’re operating in a limited space. Read on to learn your best options for furnishing small spaces.

How Will You Use the Space?

Before you start buying furniture, you’re going to want to map out your room. Each room will be used differently and you need to take normal traffic patterns into consideration.

If you have the bed and a couple of small nightstands in the bedroom, will you be able to get up and walk to the bathroom and closet easily?

In the living room, you’ll need to consider where the TV will go and how you plan to get up and moving around to and from the kitchen. Take into account how you’ll flow from the entryway to the living room, too.

That will make it easier to help you determine what size furniture you need to fit your small space and be able to move around with ease.

Get Multifunctional Furniture

The key to making furniture for small spaces work is by taking advantage of every bit of available space. That’s why you want to choose furniture that is multipurpose. For example, a coffee table with drawers can give you added storage space. An ottoman can be an extra seat or storage space. A futon can serve as a bed and a couch, which is great if you plan to have guests.

Use Walls and Corner Spaces

In a tight space, you can utilize the walls and corners of the space you help you get the most out of what you have.

You can hang a mirror opposite a window, which can help brighten a room and make it seem more spacious. In a corner space, a classic corner piece can give you more storage space without adding clutter to your space.

Don’t Go Overboard with Accents

In a small space, you can easily go overboard with accents. You want to strike a nice balance that will add personality to your space without overdoing it. Adding a couple of plants will add color and bring a little nature indoors. You can also add things like accent pillows that can add color to a room and brighten it up. You can use color psychology to strike the right emotional balance in the room.

The Perfect Furniture for Small Spaces

The perfect furniture for small spaces is stylish and functional. You’re able to have a comfortable home that’s warm, inviting, and gives you plenty of room to move.

If you’re downsizing to a smaller place, you’ll quickly learn that it can be fun to furnish a small space and make it your own.

Ready to take the leap? Check out our latest apartment listings now.

The 7 Best Indoor Plants for Apartment-Dwellers

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indoor plants

Did you know that being close to nature has a proven and direct link to positive mental wellbeing? While the cooler weather and your busy schedule may keep you inside more often–away from all the beautiful trails and bike paths Fort Wayne has to offer–that doesn’t mean you can’t still surround yourself with gorgeous pops of nature.

Incorporating plants into your apartment’s design is an awesome way to breathe a little life into the space and to bring a bit of the great outdoors inside!

Check out these 7 indoor plants that’ll make the perfect addition to your Willow Creek Crossing apartment!

1. Chinese Evergreen

This neat little plant is the perfect option for the plant lover who hasn’t got a balcony or a garden of their own. Capable of surviving in super low light or even on artificial light, this little plant thrives in indirect sunlight. Just choose whichever space in your apartment could use a little bit of brightening-up and clear a little space for your Chinese Evergreen!

2. Pothos

This special little plant is super versatile; it can thrive in a traditional pot or from a hanging basket where it can dangle it’s pretty little vines. Beyond the way the Pothos plant looks, it can serve your space by purifying the air of toxins that are commonly found in rugs and carpets!

3. Iron Plant

The iron plant, also known as the cast-iron plant, is one of the most durable plants you can find–which makes it perfect for the busy apartment-owner. It will survive in low light, poor soil, and minimal water. Plus, its rich green leaves will add a lovely bit of color to an otherwise dim area.

4. Fiddle Leaf Fig

The Fiddle Leaf Fig is perfect for the apartment with plenty of vertical space. This neat little plant grows waxy leaves that shoot skyward and seldom branch out horizontally. This plant needs medium light but only needs to be watered when you notice the soil has gone dry.

5. Peace Lily

If you’re in it for the blooms, the Peace Lily may be just the plant you’re looking for! This hardy lily sprouts delicate-looking white flowers that are actually some of the hardiest blooms you can find! The Peace Lily does well in super low light and can even survive perfectly well off of fluorescents in place of the sun. Water once a week and forget about it!

6. Lavender

And no–we’re not talking about a trimmed and dried bunch of the stuff! Smaller varieties of potted lavender actually grow quite well indoors, as long as it’s grown near a window where it can get as much light as possible. Plus: lavender plants make for a lovely, natural air freshener! The presence of this plant can really lighten up the air in your apartment.

7. Philodendron

This plant is a staple bloom for apartment-dwellers. It does best in bright spaces, but not in direct sunlight. One of the most unique and appealing things about the Philodendron is that it’s an honest plant. If there’s a problem, it’ll always be obvious! If your plant needs less sun, he’ll turn yellow; if he needs more fertilizer, he’ll sprout uncharacteristically small leaves.

Apartment Plants

You can never have too many indoor plants! Those gorgeous leaves and blooms are enough to make any space 10 times more comfortable and relaxing. Head to Lowe’s, Menard’s, or a local nursery to find the best plants for your apartment!

Apartment Etiquette: 5 Tips for Being a Good Neighbor

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being a good neighbor

Are you constantly playing loud music in your apartment and forcing your neighbors to bang on your door before you turn it down? You’re not being a good neighbor! Loud neighbors are some of the worst neighbors in the world and make life uncomfortable for everyone.

If you live in an apartment complex, you should always be mindful of how much noise you’re making and how noise could potentially affect those around you. You should also take other steps to ensure you’re being a good neighbor.

As we celebrate National Good Neighbor Day, here are 5 tips that will help you be the best neighbor possible.

1. Say Hello to Your Neighbors When You See Them

In many cases, being a good neighbor is as simple as saying hi to someone when you see them outside your apartment or around the community. Giving them a wave or a handshake will help you form a bond with them and could lead to further conversations.

But saying hello is the least you can do to be neighborly.

2. Keep the Inside and Outside of Your Apartment Clean

No one wants to live next to someone who is a slob. So you should make every effort to clean the area around your apartment’s front door. Clear away any clutter like shoes, leaves, and garbage. You should also keep the inside of your apartment clean and tidy. If you end up with a rodent or pest problem, it could affect your neighbors down the line.

3. Return Things You Borrow From Your Neighbors

If you have good relationships with your neighbors, they might offer to lend you things from time to time. Get those things back to them in a timely fashion. If you fail to return something like an iron or a vacuum cleaner, it could cause a rift between you and your neighbors.

4. Address Any Issues You Might Have With a Neighbor Directly

Do you have a problem with something a neighbor has said or done? Try to take care of it yourself right away before it escalates into a bigger problem. Approach the neighbor and kindly address them. You should only get the police involved if you feel threatened at any time.

Many neighbors will appreciate you coming to them with a problem instead of going around them to try and solve it. It will allow you to communicate better in the future.

5. Follow Your Apartment Community’s Rules

Your apartment community likely has a set of rules that all tenants are expected to follow. Those rules cover everything from where you can park to how you should dispose of your trash. Follow those rules! They’re in place to make the community a friendly, cleaner, hand happier place to live for everyone. If you don’t, you’re not going to have many friends in your apartment community.

Being a Good Neighbor Will Be Great for Your Entire Apartment Community

The key to being a good neighbor is showing respect to those around you and being as friendly as you can be to them. By doing these things, you can make life a lot more pleasant for everyone in your apartment community. You and all your neighbors will get along a lot better and have great relationships.

Now get out there and celebrate National Good Neighbor Day!

How to Set up a Small Space Nursery in Your Apartment

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small space nursery

Whether you’re about to welcome a new baby into your family or you’re becoming a grandparent and your grandchild will be spending a few nights a week with you, we know that you want to figure out how you can create a small space nursery in your apartment that won’t make everyone feel cramped.

We know you also want to be able to design a beautiful nursery that helps you to celebrate and get excited about a new arrival.

The good news? You don’t have to feel like you’re living in a tiny house just because you’re ready to create an apartment nursery.

This post will show you how you can pull off the perfect space.

1. Buy Less

We know that, when there’s a baby on the way, you’re tempted to set up an enormous registry and buy anything and everything possible to give your baby a great life. The truth is, they don’t need all that and if you’re living in an apartment, you may not have space.

Get real with yourself about the essentials you’ll actually need in your small space nursery. Look for all-in-one pieces, like a crib that comes with an attachable changing table. Look for a bassinet or “nest” that you can use to hang the baby above your bed instead of buying another crib for your bedroom.

Invest in a collapsible stroller that you can slide under the crib and that’s public-transit friendly. Finally, tell friends you’re going for a minimalist look so that they’re not tempted to shower you in gifts that you don’t have room for.

2. Wall Space is Storage Space

Next, when creating small space nurseries, remember that wall space is your best friend. Grab as many floor-to-ceiling shelving units that you can handle, and use them to store books, diapers, and even folded baby clothing.

Look for under-the-bed storage containers that you can store out of season or next month’s baby clothing inside. Same goes for towels and baby lotions. Plus, you’ll be able to display tons of stuffed animals and family photos on the shelf space you have left over.

3. Use a Rug to Divide Space

Finally, one of the best baby nursery ideas for small rooms is to use a rug as your space guideline. In short, use a rug as a type of floor plan. When the rug ends, so does the space dedicated as the nursery. This will force you to get creative with how you use your space, but it will also create the illusion of having a “separate” area that’s just for baby.

Plus, we know that toddlers have a tendency to sneak out of their crib at night and they’ll have a soft place to land.

So, a rug in the nursery isn’t just a great design tip. It also helps everyone to stay safe.

Ready to Create Your Own Small-Space Nursery?

We hope that this post has you feeling excited about the process of creating own small space nursery in your apartment.

Looking for additional advice on how to get the most out of every inch in your apartment? We’ve got you covered. Check out our blog to learn more tips on how to live your best life with the square footage that you have and consider renting one of our affordable apartments.