Time for a Fresh Start: Re-organizing Project

The New Year is time for a fresh start, and what better way to do so than by re-organizing your home! We truly believe that an organized home can maximize your time and allow you to focus on other activities like enjoying the neighborhood or reading a book!

Source: ApartmentTherapy.com

Source: ApartmentTherapy.com

We know that organizing your home can be time consuming, so we focused on the three spaces of a home that would benefit from organization: bathroom, kitchen and living room.

Bathroom

It is difficult to successfully store all our supplies and have a nice looking bathroom. So, we compiled organizing solutions for your bathroom that guarantee it will stay clutter-free.

These hanging baskets could be the best and most attractive way to organize your bathroom supplies.

Source: Our Fifth House

Source: Our Fifth House

A spice-rack can hold all your toiletries and get them off the counter. Re-purpose your old spice racks, or make your own.

Learn the most effective way to organize your items under the sink while increasing storage space.

Source: ApartmentTherapy.com

Source: ApartmentTherapy.com

Kitchen

A cluttered kitchen could be the reason we choose to dine out over cooking, so here are the best practices to have a high-efficiency kitchen.

TheLyricCapitolHill

A Lazy Susan can help organize your refrigerator, and a pan organizer could do the same for your cabinets.

Make your own dry-ingredient containers with this  tutorial.

Source: AparmentTherapy.com

Source: AparmentTherapy.com

Get your foil and plastic wrap out of your drawers and into your cabinet without taking up any room with this trick.

Find out how tension rods can help you organize throughout your kitchen!

Source: ApartmentTherapy.com

Source: ApartmentTherapy.com

Living Room

We have so many not-so-pretty but necessary items in our living room. What to do? Here are some great and easy DIY hiding ideas for your living room items:

Source: ApartmentTherapy.com

Source: ApartmentTherapy.com

Two simple ways to hide your router in plain sight: place inside a nice-looking box, or an old book.

Printers can be a bit of an eye-sore in our living room, so hide it in your entertainment center with this tutorial.

Source: PBJStories.com

Source: PBJStories.com

Too many books? Make an invisible bookcase and wait for your guests’ reaction!

Ever wondered what to do with the AC/heat controller on the wall? We have exactly what you need.

Source: OneKingSlane.com

Source: OneKingSlane.com

Looking for more ideas? Check out our Organizing Ideas Pinterest Board, and follow us on Pinterest for updates on all apartment home ideas!

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Going Green this New Year

Happy New Year!

The Lyric and Pillar Properties, we join you in caring about the impact we have on the environment. Our New Year’s resolution is to become even more environmentally friendly, and we have some information to share that will help you do the same.

Our timing is good because the City of Seattle is enforcing a new garbage law starting January 1, requiring all Seattle residents to compost and recycle. You can read more about that here.

Many of us associate being ‘green’ with recycling. But there are actually three steps: reduce, reuse and then recycle.

  1. Reduce:

Reducing the impact you have on the environment can be very simple, by just changing some small things in your daily life. Here are some easy ideas you can adopt:

  • Look for products with compostable packaging (such as Cedar Grove) or suggest that your local stores use compostable products.
  • Reduce the number of disposable items in your household (see #2 for ideas.)
  • Donate your unwanted items to your local Goodwill, rather than throwing them away.
  • Compost as much as you can. Here are some helpful tips:
    • Obtain a compost bucket and bags to compost food scraps at home.
    • Ask one of our team members for a compost bucket and where to dispose of your compost when your bucket is full.
    • The image below shows you what can be composted, for a list of compostable items, click here.

      Source: U.S. Department of Energy

      Source: U.S. Department of Energy

  1. Reuse:

Reusing may require you to think outside of the box. Sometimes you may have to go the extra mile, but it will pay off by saving you money and energy. Here are some ideas on how to reuse your items:

  • Instead of throwing it away, reuse it. Here are five things we should never throw away and how to reuse them.
  • Save over 544,000 trees by replacing your virgin fiber paper towels with 100% recycled ones.
  • Even better, here are three ways to replace disposable products in your kitchen. Tip: if you can’t live without disposable paper towels or napkins, be sure to compost them.
  • Tired of paying for your grocery bags at the store? Do you have unwanted old t-shirts laying around? Here is a tutorial on how to make your own reusable, no-sew t-shirt tote bags. Tip: put your reusable bags in the car so you never forget them.
  • Purchase a reusable water bottle, instead of bottled water.

    Source: DailyTech.com

    Source: DailyTech.com

  1. Recycle:

Recycling is the most common practice of all three steps for many, but the reality is, there is more to recycling than throwing an aluminum can in the recycling bin. Here is how you can do more:

  • When possible, purchase items made of recycled materials by looking for the recycle sign on packaging.
  • Purchase items with little to no packaging.
  • Bring your own mug for coffee/tea to reduce paper cup waste.
  • There are many household items that can be recycled that we aren’t aware of. Here is a list of ten things you didn’t know you could recycle.

    Source: Flckr / CC by 2.0

    Source: Flckr / CC by 2.0

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Easy Tips to Refresh Your Apartment for 2015

Join a gym, eat more vegetables, get a promotion…paint the living room? The beginning of a new year often centers on changes and improvements, but typically the focus is on ourselves—our health, our relationships, our jobs. When writing our list of resolutions, we tend to forget one of the most important parts of ourselves: our homes.

Regardless of whether we have a good day or a bad day, our home is where we spend our time. The environment we live in is critical to our success, so why not give the apartment a few updates this year? Try these “home improvements” to start 2015 feeling fresh, recharged, and ready to take on your resolutions.

Source: HGTV

Source: HGTV

Move it around
One of the easiest, quickest ways to change your environment is rearranging your furniture. Maybe try a new angle for your bed, move your couches around or try creating feng shui in your living room.

Update the color
It may be time to try a new color on your walls—look into fun removable wallpaper, find a new paint shade or create an accent wall. Pick a color or design that will give you energy.

Add some new pops of color
If you’re not ready for new colors on your wall, add pops of color where you can. Adding a new rug, bringing in some exotic plants, or finding fun throws and pillows are easy color additions.

Change the little details
If you’re looking for even smaller changes, find the little details in your apartment. Replace the knobs on your dressers or kitchen cabinets, find new prints for your wall decor, or swap in new photos for your frames.

Expand the space
Similar to adding new details, you can update your apartment by removing details to create space. End the year by de-cluttering unnecessary items or collecting donations for your local Goodwill. You can also expand the space in your rooms with new mirrors.

Give it an upgrade
If you really want to up the ante this year, add some fun tech and home products to improve your productivity. Easy gadgets include a Broom Groomer to help you clean, a Smart Dashboard to stay up-to-date, a Space Bar Monitor to organize your desk, and an Over-the-Door Drying Rack to maximize space.

Posted in Capitol Hill | Leave a comment

Make Your Own Seattle Snow Day

It’s no secret that snow in Seattle is few and far between.  While the Midwest and Northeast are regularly buried in feet of snow, Seattleites spend their winters tirelessly peeking out their windows each morning hoping for a light dusting of white flakes.  If you’re ready to start up the fireplace and turn on some Christmas carols—but the weather is still not cooperating—here are some ways to have that snow day you’ve been craving.  Gather a few supplies ahead of time, call over a friend, and prepare to stay “trapped” indoors during a cozy winter wonderland.

Make your own snow
Try some new spins to the classic paper snowflake patterns.  If you have a hot glue gun, you can create your own unique snowflake formations to decorate your windows.  Or roll up some paper into these gorgeous quill snowflakes to hang around your apartment.

Source: We Lived Happily Ever After

Source: We Lived Happily Ever After

Eat some snow
A snow day is not complete without closing your eyes, poking your tongue out, and catching some delightful flakes.  You can make your own edible snow by decorating fluffy white meringue snowflakes or baking powdery Russian Tea Cakes.

Source: Babble

Source: Babble

Build a snowman
You can pass on the freezing toes and wet gloves, but still build your very own Frosty.  All you need is some paper and scissors to take over your door with a fun paper snowman craft.  If you’re partial to creating in the kitchen, build these delicious melting snowman cookies.

Source: Better Homes and Gardens

Source: Better Homes and Gardens

Sip a frosty cocktail
Since you won’t be cold from playing outside, you can instead warm up with some boozy cocktails.  Sip the flavors of winter with this Coconut Cream Martini or create a frosty concoction with this Vodka Snowflake Cocktail.  Cheers!

Source: A Night Owl

Source: A Night Owl

Add some winter décor
If your apartment has some extra mason jars available, you’re prepared to build some fun winter crafts.  Gather some Epsom salt to add piles of snow to your candles or build your very own snow globes!

Source: Julie Ann Art

Source: Julie Ann Art

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

5 Tips to Wow Your Holiday Party Guests

For some, taking on hosting duties can be stressful and overwhelming—all the planning, coordinating, and preparation take time. But pulling together a fabulous party doesn’t have to be as hard as it looks. Whether your friends are coming over for the yearly cookie swap, your co-workers are visiting for an ugly sweater party or your entire extended family is coming together for a five-course meal, don’t fear.

You already know the entertaining basics: the perfect playlist, a fun floral centerpiece, and great food. Let your guests lend a hand by bringing a few appetizers and desserts. And set your party stage with these five effortless essentials to wow your guests this year:

Source: Fashionable Hostess

Source: Fashionable Hostess

 

  1. Warm holiday-scented candles: lighting a few candles throughout your apartment helps set the mood and create a warm, comforting atmosphere.
Source: Good Housekeeping

Source: Good Housekeeping

 

  1. Bar cart stocked with seasonal cocktails: the best way to get a party started is the drinks.
Source: Hank and Hunt

Source: Hank and Hunt

 

  1. A bountiful, colorful cheese board: pick out a variety of cheeses, meats, fruits, and crackers for easy appetizers.
Source: Chic Coastal Living

Source: Chic Coastal Living

 

  1. Hand-crafted place settings: delight your guests with special name cards as an added touch.
Source: The Kitchn

Source: The Kitchn

 

  1. Don’t let them leave empty-handed: pick out your favorite treat to pass out among partygoers before they leave.
Source: Swanky Recipes

Source: Swanky Recipes

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Tis the Season…

To be jolly, fa la la la la, la la la la!

Time to break out the mistletoes, twinkle lights, and ribbon! It’s time to deck your halls with holiday cheer. Here are some easy and creative DIY projects to get you inspired:

For your tree: HGTV
If you’re celebrating Christmas, you’ll love these creative and quirky themes. Try something new this year by building your tree out of books or wooden logs.

Source: HGTV

For your wreath: Nesting Place
Explore this huge compilation of eclectic, homemade wreath ideas! The list is growing, so you’re sure to find a creative new way to dress your door.

Source: Nesting Place

For your kitchen: Camille Styles
Baking holiday cookies is not only a fun seasonal activity, but an easy way to spread cheer to your friends, co-workers, and family. From elegant sugar cookies to decadent meringues, classic gingerbread to cranberry bars, Camille Styles is sure to impress.

Source: Camille Styles

Source: Camille Styles

For your gifts: Martha Stewart
Martha is always a great go-to for holiday inspiration and easy DIY. No matter the gift you’re giving—whether it’s a bottle of wine or toy for a toddler—Martha has beautiful tags to help dress your presents.

Source: Martha Stewart

Source: Martha Stewart

For your hostess: Style Me Pretty
If your calendar is looking booked with holiday gatherings and soirees, you’ll be in need of some fun hostess gifts. Check out these adorable homemade boxes of goodies.

Source: Style Me Pretty

Source: Style Me Pretty

For quick ideas: Real Simple
If you’re short on time, but big on holiday cheer, Real Simple has you covered. Here are some quick and easy ideas to get your home in the season.

Source: Real Simple

Source: Real Simple

For everything else: Pinterest
Of course you can never go wrong browsing Pinterest. If the projects above were just getting you started, you’ll get lost for hours in the beautiful ideas and creative crafts on Pinterest. Search any idea you like—from snowflakes to twinkle lights to dreidels to candles!

Posted in Holidays, Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Holiday Shopping Around Capitol Hill

Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, and Cyber Monday have all come and gone. Maybe you found a few steals this past weekend, but now it’s time to get down to business. If you’ve been brainstorming gift ideas and you’re ready to attack the holiday craze early, you can begin your gift shopping nearby. Within and around your own neighborhood are the perfect shops to help you cross every name off your gift list.

Source: capitolhillseattle.com

Source: capitolhillseattle.com

For your family:

Bootyland Kids
Find adorable green clothing and accessories to keep your kids in sustainable style.

The Feed Bag Pet Provisions
Here’s your one-stop shop for spoiling your pet.

For your spouse:

Brenthaven
You’ll find everything they could ever want for their digital lifestyle, including laptop bags and phone cases.

Throwbacks NW
Keep your spouse in style with the coolest throwback jerseys, hats, and shirts.

For your friends:

SugarPill
Surprise your friends with fun bartending essentials, gourmet salts, and pantry staples.

Sweatbox
Pick out a fun yoga class to bring your friend to—it’s the perfect gift for spending time together.

For yourself:

Butter Home
All the hand crafted décor and home furnishings that your heart could desire! Stop in for a personal treat.

LTD Art Gallery
Pick out some new prints for your home or office for a new look this year.

For your co-workers:

Cone and Steiner
Swing by this market down by the stadium for some tasty treats to delight your entire team.

Remedy Teas
Bring them peace and calm this year with delightful blends of teas and spices.

Posted in Holidays | Leave a comment

Give Thanks: Downtown Restaurants Celebrating Thanksgiving

Does your idea of a festive Thanksgiving involve delicious food without the cooking? Well, good news. This year, you can skip the dinner preparation and move right to the meal. Here are some restaurants on Capitol Hill (or a short ride away) where you can gather around the table this Thursday. Now that’s something to be grateful about!

Agrodolce. Source: johnmariani.com.

Agrodolce. Source: johnmariani.com.

Agrodolce
709 N 35th St, Seattle
You can’t go wrong with their three-course meal full of decadent traditional flavors. Cost: $65 per person.

Café Flora
2901 E. Madison St, Seattle
Relax and enjoy their four-course prix fix meal, including gluten-free, vegan, and vegetarian options. Cost: $65 adults, $25 children.

Capital Grille
1301 4th Ave, Seattle
In addition to their regular menu, the Capital Grille will delight you with some Thanksgiving classics. Cost: $36 adults, $15 children.

Daniel’s Broiler
809 Fairview Place North, Seattle
Enjoy breath-taking views of the water while feasting on their four-course meal offerings. Cost: $55 adults, $12 children.

Did we miss anywhere in the neighborhood? Where will you be spending the holiday?

Posted in Capitol Hill, Dining, Holidays | Leave a comment

Ways to Thwart the Cold November Rain

We’re officially into the season of November rain. But thankfully, some of the top product developers in the world have dedicated themselves to help us stay warm and dry. So when it’s hard to hold a candle, here are some places we suggest you check out.

1) Get Inspired on Pinterest
Is there anything you can’t find on Pinterest? Check out these chic outfits designed for cold wet days.

2) The Experts in Outdoor Wear
We’d be remiss if we didn’t remind you about Seattle’s home for Outdoor wear. If you need Gore-Tex, REI is the place to go. Check out their selection of waterproof jackets.

3) Rain Hacks
Perfect for the Seattle tech community, Business Insider wrote up a list of “hacks” to help with rainy days. Our favorite is a way to save your phone. Just lay it in a bowl of rice, and that should dry it out.

4) Keep Your Feet Dry
Whether you are driving, bussing or riding, or if you just end up walkin’, nothing is worse than a pair of soggy feet. Who would know better how to keep you dry than a retailer born and based in Seattle? Check out Nordstrom’s suggestions for waterproof shoes.

5) Cycling Gear
It’s no secret that the people who run Seattle would like you to bike more often to work. While it’s hard for us to ride in a downpour, the fine folks at Road.cc think we still can find a way. Check out their ideas on waterproof clothing that may be helpful when you are riding around town.

Note: You know we are living in Seattle when we don’t talk abut umbrellas. We still don’t know why, but umbrellas are for tourists. File it along with the mysteries of why China refuses to use forks and how salmon know how to swim home to spawn without using Google or Bing Maps.

If you have your own favorite way to stay dry in the cold November rain, then darlin’ don’t refrain. Let us know below.

Posted in Outdoors | Leave a comment

Pics from Our Halloween Costume Contest

It was another great turnout for our annual “Day After Halloween Costume Contest.” We had everything from super heroes and law enforcement, all the way to evil vampires and pink things…

I think we all know who had to be the winner.

See you all again next year!

Posted in Holidays | Leave a comment