The Best Websites to Find Apartment Decorating Inspo

Now that you’re moved into your new Arcadia Run apartment home, it’s time to start decorating! Decorating is one of the most fun things you can do when settling into your apartment, as it reflects your own unique style and personality. However, you may run into a few decorating roadblocks, such as having too many ideas or not enough inspiration. We’ve compiled a list of our favorite online sources for apartment decorating inspiration, so get those creative juices flowing!

 

Apartment Therapy

This website has it all for apartment decorating! Get ideas and inspirations from their articles and gorgeous photos, as well as tips for the DIY type. One of our favorite parts of Apartment Therapy is they have a video section that breaks down certain DIY projects, or how to organize a certain room in your home. You can also take photo tours of curated apartments for assistance putting together an entire home style.

 

House Beautiful

If you’re having trouble deciding on a color theme for your apartment, look no further than House Beautiful. They offer designer tested color schemes, and you can read about everything from the best colors that work for a bathroom or hot color trends for this year. However, there’s no wrong choice when it comes to deciding on something you love!

 

HGTV

Home to everyone’s favorite interior designer Joanna Gaines (and Chip!), HGTV online is a huge source for all things decorating related. Find inspiration if you’re looking to decorate for the upcoming season (pumpkin spice everything) or how to master an easy DIY project. Stay up to date with them on social media, as they frequently post home design inspiration!

 

Pinterest

If you have something in your head and are looking for a way to narrow down exactly what you want, browse Pinterest! Pinterest’s many design boards from thousands of users and brands allow you to see different ways of decorating a bedroom, or how best to organize your closet. You can even make your own boards for future inspiration, our check out Arcadia Run’s page!

 

Better Homes & Garden

Another all-purpose site, BHG has everything you could need for ideas on how to decorate your apartment home. Learn how to arrange furniture for more floor space, or make a centerpiece for that end of summer party you’re hosting! You can even pin ideas from here to your personal Pinterest page!

 

Freshome

Looking to keep up with the newest trends and designs? Look no further than Freshome. They keep you up to date with the hottest decor trends this year, or what modern design ideas are popular for your apartment home. Freshome also does a great job of educating you on what exactly ‘rustic chic’ (or any design term) means, and how you can make it work for you.

 

Now that you have a better idea on where to look for some inspiration, get to decorating! Learn more about living in a new apartment home at Arcadia Run by visiting us online.

Manassas Events to Attend Before Summer Ends!

Summer is quickly coming to a close and there is no better time to take advantage of the amazing weather and summer events right here in Manassas! While you’re hanging out downtown, you can also enjoy a local restaurant and do a little bit of back to school shopping! Just a few miles from Arcadia Run, Downtown Manassas is the place to be seen, so check out the remaining summer events happening soon!

 

Friday Family Movie Night

August 18th – Storks at Harris Pavilion

The last Family Movie Night this summer is sure to be one of the best! If you’re looking for something to do with the kids on Friday night, this is the perfect opportunity to get them out of the house!

 

Take Out Tuesday Concert Series

Joe Chiocca on the 22nd and Gary Smallwood on the 29th, 6-8pm Harris Pavilion

Get a 10% discount at participating restaurants downtown for takeout food and enjoy a relaxed concert setting while you eat and listen to tunes.

 

Sunday Concert Series and Ice Cream Social

August 19th and 26th 3-4:30pm Harris Pavilion

Bring the kids over to the Harris Pavilion for free ice cream after a show played by one of our favorite local orchestras.

 

First Baptist Church Community Festival

August 19th 11am-3pm Harris Pavilion

Enjoy a festival of food, games, music, vendors and fun for the whole family provided by the First Baptist Church!

 

Civil War Weekend

August 25th-27th Manassas Museum

Experience history first hand with live reenactments, educational activities, tours, food, music and more! A perfect event for the whole family, pick and choose which events to go to this weekend all throughout Manassas.

 

Saturday Night Adult Dance (on a Friday!)

August 25th 8-11pm Southern Persuasion

Join us for an adults only dance party at the Harris Pavilion while jamming out to this local group.

 

First Friday in Historic Downtown Manassas

September 1st 6-9pm

Celebrate Manassas’s last First Friday this month with activities and specials going on in shops and restaurants throughout the town.

 

Bands Brews and Barbeque
Sept 9th, 12-6pm, Manassas Museum Lawn

Now officially in it’s 7th year, Bands Brews and Barbeque is the perfect end of the summer celebration. What more could be better than great music and great food?

 

Tuesday Summer Farmers Markets

In addition to the year round farmer’s markets, don’t miss the last few summer farmer’s markets ending soon!

 

42nd Annual Edgar Rohr Memorial Antique Car Meet

September 16th, 10am-3pm at the Manassas Museum

In its 42nd year, join the community for an antique car meet to see some of the coolest rides around.

 

Battle Street Live

Just to add to your musical entertainment options for the summer, come on over to Battle Street to dine at your favorite restaurant while enjoying a new band each time! View the schedule here.

 

Now that you have a full list of events happening over the next few weeks, it’s time to fill up your calendar and make the most of the warm weather here in Manassas!

End of Summer Storage Solutions

Summertime sadness is slowing creeping up on us: the time when we have to pack away the beach chairs and say goodbye to our white jeans after Labor Day. While no one likes seeing summer come to a close, it’s better to get ahead of the game when it comes to putting away all of your summer items. Shoving all of your beach towels in the closet (we know it crossed your mind) can seem like an easy fix, but it will be better in the long run if you take the time to properly store everything youyou’re your family have used this summer. Check out some of our ideas on how to best organize seasonal summer items!

 

Beach/Pool Towels

Have you somehow ended up with more towels than you started with at the summer? Maybe friends left them at your place after a day at the Arcadia Run pool, but regardless, towels are definitely storage space-eaters. Wash all pool towels one more time, and find a space to stack them in a closer or drawer. If you have more than you know what to do with, put one in your car that can double as a blanket or seat cover. In a pinch, beach towels can also be used as extra towels for guests.

 

Beach/Pool Toys

A summer spent on a raft in the pool is a summer well spent! Whether the kids swim noodles and floaties scattered throughout your apartment, or that giant swan you posted photos of all summer long is sitting in your living room, it will soon be time to put them away. Any rafts or floats that are in good condition can be deflated and then folded up to store away. If any toys or floats are looking worse for the wear and can be easily replaced next summer, toss them.

 

Bags

Packing your bag for the beach or pool at the beginning of the summer is way more exciting than emptying it when the season is over. Toss any trash that accumulated in your bag, and clean it out as best you can. Save any full sunscreen bottles that you can keep using and store them with your toiletries. If you can’t bear to be parted just yet with your beach bag, use it as a grocery bag, or for carrying items to your car.

 

Summer Clothes

Before you know it, it will be time to make room again for your fall clothes. If you have kids, go through all of their summer clothes and see which ones they’ll be able to wear again next summer, and which ones they’ll have outgrown. Donate any clothes they won’t be wearing again, and pack away the others. Tip: be sure to label any bins or boxes you put away. This will make things easy to find next summer, and ensure you won’t be pulling out winter scarves and hats when you’re looking for bathing suits!

The end of summer doesn’t mean the fun has to stop at Arcadia Run! Check out all of our wonderful amenities and apartment plans at www.arcadiarun.com.

 

Ready Your Apartment for Summer Getaways

We know you hate leaving your Arcadia Run apartment home, but summer is the time for vacations and getaways! However, there’s nothing worse than coming back home to piles of laundry or dirty dishes. Preparing your apartment for when you are gone will give you peace of mind while you’re gone, and provide an easier transition back to your daily routine. Eliminate the stress of leaving your apartment before vacation by reading some of our tried and true tips!

 

Empty the trash

This may seem like a no-brainer, but you would be surprised how many people, in their rush to get out the door, forget to empty the trash. Make sure to empty all trashcans, including in the bedroom and bathroom, and put in fresh trash bags. Not only will this eliminate any odors, but also it will be one less thing you have to worry about when you come home.

Clean out the fridge

No, that left over quesadilla from last night will not be good when you get home in a week. Check your fridge for any items that will not last longer than a few days and toss them. Save yourself the hassle (and gag reflex) and check all cartons of milk or creamer, and if they have an expiration date during or right after your vacation, dump them down the drain. The same goes for fruit or vegetables that might start to wilt or grow something while you’re gone.

Laundry

A few days before you leave, do a load or two of sheets, towels, etc. This way you won’t have to worry about doing them when you’re trying to sort through that seemingly never ending mountain of laundry that comes at the end of a long trip. Plus, it’ll be nice to come home to your own bed with fresh sheets and pillowcases on it so you can get a good night’s sleep before going back to work or school.

Unplug

Hopefully you’re going on a nice vacation where you’ll be able to unplug and unwind from the daily grind. Before you leave, you should also unplug any necessary appliances in your apartment home. Unplug smaller items such as chargers, coffee machines, electrical toothbrushes, etc.

Leave it to us

At Arcadia Run, we understand the importance of having a fun, relaxing vacation, and that means we will do our part to help you out! We will come water your plants for you, or even feed your cats! Contact us to learn more about how we can help you out this summer when you leave for a trip with our away services.

 

If you follow all these tips, you’ll be on your way to a stress-free vacation this summer! Learn more about all Arcadia Run has to offer at www.arcadiarun.com.

Kitchen Features to Love in an Arcadia Run Apartment

Gone are the days of closest-sized kitchens and laminate countertops. At Arcadia Run, our new apartment homes are suited for your lifestyle today with modern features and floorplans! Included in these modern features are kitchens that can truly be the hearth of your (apartment) home without you having to sacrifice space in other areas. Functional, fashionable, and fit for a top chef, our modern kitchens are our favorite parts of each floor plan design, so read on to discover why!

 

Island or Peninsula

The most sought after home floor plans today include those that are open and spacious. This also rings true for apartments! In each apartment home at Arcadia Run, you will find a kitchen island or peninsula that opens up the entire apartment for a cohesive space where you can be cooking in the kitchen, but still watching TV in the living room!

Plenty of Storage

Time and time again our residents boast that one of their favorite aspects of Arcadia Run’s apartments is how much storage space they provide! In each kitchen, the layout features ample cabinet and pantry space to store all of your trendy kitchen gadgets as well as the necessary cups, plates, etc. They include 42” designer cabinets, so that you can have a beautiful and sophisticated space to match your style.

Granite countertops

If your apartment home doesn’t have granite countertops, you are surely missing out! Our stunning granite kitchen counters are stain resistant, scratch resistant, and add a trendy design element to each apartment home.

Laminate hardwood

Although we would love to put hardwood in the kitchens here, it just doesn’t make sense since they are not very durable. Enter the next best thing: laminate hardwood. Laminate hardwood floors are perfect for the kitchen since they work well to resist liquids and spills, and don’t ding and dent easily. The hardwood look gives the space even more of a luxury feel. 

Updated appliances

Our modern apartments would not be anything without modern appliances to match! You will never have to fear that something will break or not function properly when our appliances are brand new! If by some crazy fluke something does go wrong with any appliances, our maintenance crew will be on it!

Curious to see an Arcadia Run apartment kitchen for yourself? Stop by any day of the week for a tour of our model apartment home and community! Visit arcadiarun.com for more information and to schedule a tour.

 

Ways to Stay Active This Summer at Arcadia Run

The hot, humid, dog days of summer are here at Arcadia Run. It is tempting to stay in the nice, cold oasis of your apartment home, but you need to take advantage of all we have to offer! Staying active at Arcadia Run means that you can get out and enjoy yourself right in your own community, just steps from home. No need to battle summer crowds or traffic jams; we have everything you need right here! Check out some of our favorite ideas for staying active this summer at Arcadia Run.

 

The pool

 

Laying out by the pool is great, but splashing around in the water is even better! Whether you’re doing laps, playing Marco Polo with the kids, or just floating around, you’ll be moving. Not only will you stay cool, but you’ll get a workout too! This is the kind of summer activity we can get on board with.

 

Fitness Classes

 

Why pay for an expensive gym when you can walk right to your own gym right here at Arcadia Run? We’ve teamed up with our friends at Power For Life Fitness to offer residents fitness classes every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday! Get your Namaste on at yoga, or release some of that energy at cardio kickboxing. Check out our monthly schedule of classes and times here.

 

Walk It Out

 

Going for a run during the peak humidity of the summer doesn’t sound like a great idea. However, Arcadia Run has walking trails nearby that are the perfect place for a relaxing walk to clear your mind, or even motivating a friend to go with you. If it is really too hot out, head down to our gym and hop on a treadmill!

 

Play Ball       

 

For those looking for a little more competition, get some friends together and get a ball game going! Our ball courts at Arcadia Run are the perfect place to play a little 1 on 1, 2 on 2, or the classic game of HORSE. Whether you just want to practice your free throw or have a full on scrimmage, our ball courts are heating up this summer.

 

Playground

 

If you have kids running around driving you crazy over summer vacation, head on out to the Arcadia Run playground! With slides and steps and other things to climb on, the kids will have a blast running around. The best part about the playground is that kids can use their imagination and entertain themselves. We bet they’ll be asking to go back every day!

 

Your summer doesn’t have to be spent inside your apartment home! Get outside and experience all that Arcadia Run has to offer. Learn more about our other amenities by visiting us online.

Kid-Friendly Summer Activities in Manassas, VA

The littles (or bigs) are finally out of school for the summer! They are excited for lazy summer days sitting by the pool at Arcadia Run, but you are worried about what will happen when they utter the dreaded phrase: “Mom, I’m boredddddd.” Not to worry! Arcadia Run is located near some great places to take the kids and keep them entertained all summer long. From parks to fun and games to learning about history, they’ll have plenty to tell the teachers about what they did this summer. Check out some of our favorite things to do with kids this summer in Manassas, VA.

 

Splash Down Waterpark

There’s no better place to beat the summer heat with the kids than a visit to the waterpark! With slides, pools, places to splash around, and covered pavilions, this is the perfect place to spend a whole day. Splash Down even has a variety of food, snack, and ice cream options for purchase. Not to mention, you’ll get to tire the kids out at the same time they are having a blast. The water park offers daily tickets, as well as season passes and specials.

 

Signal Hill Park

Take a short drive over to Signal Hill Park with the kids and even the dog! This park has everything, from basketball courts to playgrounds to miles of trails. Grab a couple of friends or other parents their kids for an afternoon shooting some hoops, or having a picnic at the picnic table area.

 

Fourth of July Fireworks

The Fourth of July is the perfect time to grill, play outside, and watch fireworks with the kids. Head on over to Signal Hill Park on the 4th for their annual fireworks celebration! Admission is free for everyone, and they’ll have a variety of food trucks available just in case. Fireworks start at 9:15pm, so bring a blanket and get ready to watch a great display.

 

Urban Evolution

Do your kids have a lot of energy? Try out Urban Evolution! They host parkour summer day camps for kids through the entire season. They’ll get to jump around with their friends or siblings under the supervision of professional trainers, and work off some of that energy! They also have a variety of classes for adults to try if you’re looking to stay active this summer.

 

Manassas National Battlefield Park

Your kids will be sure to stop their grumbling about going to a historic site when you get to the Manassas National Battlefield. Let them roam the battlefields, check out the cannons, and even see a live action demonstration! They offer several kid friendly activities and getting them outside and exploring will ensure that they’re not being zombies in front of a TV or computer screen all summer vacation.

 

With ball courts, a pool, a firepit, and just a short drive from all these activities, living at Arcadia Run just gets even better in the summertime! Check out all we have to offer by visiting us online.

Stay Cool at the Pool With These Summer Must-Haves

The hot days of summer are here at Arcadia Run and if you need us, we’ll be spending our days lounging by the resort-style pool! You really don’t need much to enjoy a day at the pool, but we’ve found some items for your pool bag that once you try, you won’t be able to live without for the rest of the summer. Check out some of our new favorite pool must-haves below!

 

Towel Clips

No need to worry about readjusting your towel every time you rotate to tan, or making sure it doesn’t fly away in the breeze. These towel clips will keep your towel in place, and come in a variety of fun shapes and sizes! At a great price, you can pick up a few pairs for yourself or neighbors who you love to hang by the pool with.

 

Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker

Time to turn up the jams! Whether you’re listening to Lorde’s new album or botching the words to Despacito, these speakers will keep the fun going all summer long. Waterproof speakers are a must at the pool, and these will keep working whether a cannonball splashes them or a sudden thunderstorm rolls through.

 

Novelty Pool Floats

We donut hate these cute pool floats! Spend a hot day cooling off in the pool on one of these floats, available in shapes such as donuts, pineapples, or even a flamingo. Get the perfect summer Instagram picture of you and your friends on the swan float and you will be the envy of everyone at the pool.

 

Drink Tumbler

Glass isn’t allowed at the pool, so keep your drinks cold with a plastic or metal tumbler. If you know you are going to get a lot of use out of this tumbler, you can splurge on a Yeti insulated tumbler that will keep your drink cold all afternoon! If you’re looking for a deal, check out these tumblers on Amazon that come in every possible size and color. If there is no room in your pool bag for a tumbler, no worries! You can always grab some water at the Clubhouse, or take a few steps back to your apartment home.

 

Waterproof Phone Pouch

The pool is for you to go swimming, not your phone! Don’t be afraid to take your phone to pool with a waterproof pouch. They will keep your phone and any other electronics safe from the water, even if you accidentally drop them in the pool. Spending a few dollars on one of these bags is a much better alternative than replacing your phone altogether!

 

The best part about the pool at Arcadia Run is that you can bring whatever you want and you’re sure to have a great time! Learn more about Arcadia Run Apartments all we have to offer by visiting us online.

3-Ingredient Party Perfect Summer Dishes

One of the best things about summertime is getting to enjoy all that the warm weather has to offer, such as lazy days by the Arcadia Run pool and cookouts in the evenings with friends. Yummy dishes such as hamburgers and corn on the cob are summertime staples, but the last thing anyone wants to do is spend hours in the kitchen when you could be outside enjoying the summer sun! We’ve searched high and low for some party-perfect dishes that only require 3 ingredients, meaning you spend less time inside and more time chowing down. Check out some of our favorites below!

 

Sweet and Smoky Brussel Sprouts

Didn’t your grandmother tell you to eat your brussel sprouts? Gone are the days of bland brussel sprouts; this recipe will have you eating them more often. All you need are brussel sprouts, dates, and everyone’s favorite ingredient: bacon! All of these combined make the perfect side dish for the dinner party you’re having next weekend.

 

Shells and Cheese

Mac and cheese isn’t just for the kids anymore! Stir up some pasta shells in milk and add in cheese and you’ll have a delicious, cheesy bowl of shells to take to a cookout at the neighbors or by the pool. Tip: while this recipe only calls for shells, milk, and cheese, you can add in any of your other favorite ingredients to spice it up!

 

Pesto

One of the most versatile sauces for the summer, pesto can be put on almost everything! Spread it on crackers with cheese, use on a caprese salad, or mix it in with pasta salad. Instead of pine nuts, this recipe only calls for basil (abundant during the summer months), EVOO, and salt and pepper. A perfectly refreshing topping like this will have everyone coming back to seconds.

 

Jalapeno Poppers

The only thing hotter than the summer sun will be these poppers on the picnic table! All you need are fresh jalapenos, cream cheese, and bacon to whip up a snack or app that everyone will devour.

 

Mint Chocolate Chip Pie

Finally, the best part of any cookout: dessert! Cool everything off with this delicious ice cream pie that you just have to assemble, stick in the freezer, and pull out when you’re ready to serve. This pie calls for a premade Oreo crust, whipped cream, and mint chocolate chip ice cream, but you can substitute in any ice cream flavor you want.

 

Nutella Brownies

Nutella: proof that happiness can come in a jar. Grab some eggs, flour, and Nutella to make these easy brownies, perfect to keep around all summer long. If you’re bringing them to a party, hide a few for yourself because they will go fast.

 

Summer is the perfect time to find your brand new apartment home at Arcadia Run for a gorgeous kitchen to cook these delicious dishes this summer! Visit us online to learn more.

 

Source: https://www.buzzfeed.com/rachelysanders/genius-three-ingredient-recipes?utm_term=.uoN0E3Y50#.tg8AxoR0A

 

The Best Websites to Find Affordable Apartment Furniture

It’s officially almost summertime, and that means that many of you are moving into a new apartment home here at Arcadia Run! If you are looking to purchase some new furniture for the first time, or need to replace some items that you already have, we are here to share with you some of the best furniture websites out there. Since we are always looking for a deal, and know you are too, we’ve ranked these sites according to affordability and value. Without further ado, let’s jump into our top picks for affordable furniture websites!

 

Apt2B – This website was started by two young guys who wanted to make furniture shopping for your apartment “as easy as ordering pizza.” On this site, you’ll find simple and modern designs where you can choose a fabric for the majority of sofa and chair options. The company’s fun and real approach to the business is sure to pull you in, and all of the pieces are reasonably priced. As their website states, “furniture is like death and taxes; it’s inevitable,” so why not make it fun?

 

CB2 – You grew up hearing about how great Crate + Barrel is, but have you met the younger and cooler sibling, CB2? Not only can you find some amazing modern pieces here, but some of the furniture is specifically made for apartment living. CB2 does a great job of understanding how to bring super modern and hip designs to people with all budgets!

 

Capsule Home – This is the website you go to for a truly fashionable piece of furniture with a surprisingly affordable price tag. As it says on their website, “Capsule produces unique pieces, often with mixed materials and multi-function use that are intended to add dimension to any home.” The pieces here are perfect for apartment homes, and created by individual designers who each have an eye for great style.

 

Wayfair – You’ve seen the commercials on TV and maybe even gotten their catalog in the mail, but Wayfair is truly one of the best. It is one of the world’s largest online furniture selections and includes other brands like Joss & Main, All Modern, Dwell Studios, and Birch Lane. Depending on your personal home design style, whether you’re classic, modern, eclectic, etc., one of these brands will have the perfect piece of furniture you are looking for!

 

Overstock – If you’re a bargain shopper, you’ll love this website for their amazing sales! This smart website takes stock of excess inventory from thousands of different retail categories and sells it to customers lower than the recommended manufacturer price. This way, you know you’re getting a good deal. Another benefit to this website is that there are a great deal of customer reviews, meaning you can hear firsthand about which products are the best.

 

Houzz – This website is a catchall for furniture shopping and those who don’t know what they want. With almost 100 furniture brands all in one place, you can easily find what you are looking for based on price, color, ratings from previous customers, and even sort by room. Houzz is also a great place for apartment inspiration, as you are able to shop directly through photos of rooms designed by pros.

 

Before you find the perfect furniture, you are going to need to find the perfect apartment home. Contact us today to schedule a tour and find your new apartment home!