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Fall Decor in Bedroom

How to Incorporate Fall Colors Into Your Current Decor

Fall Decor in BedroomFrom the crisp, chilly days to the earlier nights, fall is definitely here. With Thanksgiving right around the corner, you only have a little more time to embrace and celebrate this wondrous season. If you’re thinking of enjoying your holidays in our Houston apartments, you want your décor to reflect all that’s beautiful about the fall, including the colors!

Here are four great and easy tips for naturally incorporating the colors of fall into your décor. Prepare to stun your friends and family when they see your apartment.

1. Add Throw Pillows

New throw pillows update any old couch, making it look fresh and appealing again. Choose rich hues like ruby red, golden yellow, rusted orange, and even rich, chocolatey brown. Your guests will love to sit and reminisce here for hours.

2. Replace Your Linens

If you don’t already use a tablecloth or linens for your dining room table, now’s the perfect time to. Linens with embroidered fall leaves or other seasonal patterns will make any dinner feel like a festive occasion, especially when Thanksgiving rolls around.

3. Buy a Few Baubles

Not sure how to add touches of fall in the rest of your apartment? Try placing a few baubles in the living room, kitchen, and even the bathroom. Vases, small statues and figurines, and candles in the beautiful colors of fall will get you in the seasonal spirit every day.

4. Change Your Sheets

Don’t forget about the bedroom. Choose your favorite fall hue and find a sheet set that matches it. You may want to invest in a complementary comforter for those chilly nights ahead. You’ll go to bed and wake up each daydreaming of the season.

If you’re ready to settle into Houston just in time for the holidays, come to Villas at Hermann Park. Situated in the Texas Medical District, you can stroll right over to the Houston Zoo or the city’s Museum District. Our apartments offer amenities such as slate flooring in entryway, kitchen and bathrooms, linen closet, two-door bathrooms, energy-efficient ceiling fans, French doors, Travertine fireplaces, crown molding, granite countertops, gourmet kitchens, bay windows, and an included full-size washer and dryer.

Our community offers one-bedroom, two-bedroom, and three-bedroom floor plans to choose from. To learn more or to set up a walk-through, please call our office today.

Sandwich on Plate

3 Places to Get the Best Sandwich in Houston

Sandwich on PlateWith all the effort you’ve put into searching for and moving into our apartments in Houston, you’ve certainly worked up quite an appetite! The only problem is you’re new to the neighborhood and you don’t really know where to eat.

You’re craving a sandwich, but where should you go? Luckily, with this handy guide, you can discover three amazing sandwich shops that will knock your socks off.

1. BB’s Café

BB’s Café is the home of the Midnight Masterpiece sandwich, a name that should not be taken lightly. The prime ingredient in this sandwich is the award-winning roast beef. This meat first spends six hours being slow-roasted, then is trimmed down into melt-in-your mouth pieces. With pickles, tomato, lettuce, spicy mayonnaise and BB’s Sauce, the French bread that supports this monster is quite tough indeed.

2. Lee’s Fried Chicken & Donuts

Prepare to redefine what you call a sandwich when you eat at Lee’s Fried Chicken & Donuts. Why you ask? Their Double Donut Fried Chicken sandwich doesn’t use the traditional bread. Instead, soft and sweet glazed donuts house a few pieces of succulent chicken tenders. It’s a strange combination for sure, but you’re going to fall in love with it regardless.

3. Café TH

Vietnamese restaurant Café TH is known for The Zombie, which ought to put you in a food coma. It’s jam-packed with pickled vegetables, jalapenos, cilantro, French butter, fried eggs, peppercorn ham, pate, steamed pork, bacon, and jambon. Had enough yet? You have your pick of chicken, char-grilled pork, or pork meatballs as the star of this mammoth sandwich.

Now that you’ve had a taste of Houston’s culinary excellence, why don’t you stick around? At Villas at Hermann Park, you’ll be right in the thick of things. You can quickly get to the nearby MacGregor neighborhood for a bite to eat.

Of course, if you feel like cooking at home, you’ll be quite impressed with the amenities. You’ll have designer granite countertops, black or stainless-steel kitchen appliances, and a gourmet kitchen. Our community even has an outdoor grilling station with a ceiling fan and seating.

Now that we’ve whet your appetite, why not come in and see what Villas at Hermann Park are all about? Call us today to check our availability or schedule a tour.

Woman on Laptop

5 Cyber Monday Shopping Tips to Keep You on Track

Woman on LaptopYou have managed to make a plan that allows you to avoid the hustle and bustle of Black Friday by indulging in Cyber Monday from the comfort of home and maybe in your pajamas—because we probably had way too much Thanksgiving turkey and just want to relax in bed. Here are five tips to keep you on track and be the online bargain hunter that swoops the championship on Cyber Monday.

1. Make a List and Stick to It

Know in advance what you are looking for and who your shopping list targets are well before Cyber Monday. Don’t get roped into indulgence purchases—or junk you’ll never use— just because of the great discounts available. Make a list and use it!

2. Stay on Budget

Making a list is a great way to stay within your target budget. However, you need to also establish a set amount of money that you are willing to spend to avoid crossing the debt threshold. After all, Cyber Monday deals are all about saving cash, so be sure to track your spending or hold out for better deals that will come closer to the holiday season.

3. Plan Your Shopping in Advance

Know who’s offering the best specials and discounts on the items you want most. You can go ahead and add things to your online shopping cart and save them for the big day, and your discounts will reflect when you log on and refresh the page. This helps you manage your spending and saves you valuable time on Cyber Monday.

4. Use the Worldwide Web to Your Advantage

Don’t forget to check for fresh deals throughout the day while you are online, as many retailers offer last-minute shopping deals and specials on Cyber Monday. Timing is everything when it comes to shopping on the web.

5. Know the Sales

The Internet is a powerful tool, and you can quickly use it to find the best deals all day long. Many big-box retailers offer price-matching deals that can allow you to get your items from comparable retailers at the same cost. Imagine the savings on shipping!

Shopping for Houston Apartments This Cyber Monday?

Come and check out the wonderful world of life in our Houston apartments at the Villas of Hermann Park. Our welcoming community looks forward to having you join us for the holiday season.

Throw Pillows on a Couch

3 Ideas for Decorating Your Apartment With Throw Pillows

Throw Pillows on a CouchIf you’re like most people, you like to change things around in your primary living space now and then to keep things interesting. However, doing a full redecorating job on a routine basis isn’t feasible or even desirable for most people. Fortunately, there are ways for residents of our apartments in Houston to provide their space with a mini facelift without going to a great deal of time or expense. For instance, you can use throw pillows to give your decor a boost. Following are three ways that decorative pillows can liven up your living room.

Use Larger Pillows 

Although it may be tempting to buy a bunch of smaller pillows simply for variety’s sake, using larger pillows results in a cleaner look with more impact. Choose pillows that are at least 18 inches in length, but try not to go over 24 inches — anything much over that is probably going to look too cumbersome. Remember, the pillows are supposed to complement the sofa rather than act as its competition.

Go for a Traditional Look

Traditional decorating strategies have a way of pulling a room that otherwise looks unfinished together with a final layer of polish. Choose an even number of pillows for a traditional look and arrange them in a symmetrical fashion on your couch. For instance, you can place two large pillows in solid colors on corresponding sides of the couch, and then put smaller pillows in patterns or complementary colors in front of them. Whether you use patterns or solid colors will depend on the couch. Never use patterned pillows with a couch with patterned upholstery if you want to avoid a messy, overdone look. Choose classic fabrics such as silk, linen, or velvet for a solidly traditional look.

Go for a Modern Look 

If you’d like to go in the opposite direction and opt for a modern look instead, use an odd number of pillows. The trick here is to make the pillow placement look uncontrived yet visually appealing, so experiment with different placements until you find the one that you like the best.

Please feel free to reach out to us for more information on our apartment community.

Cat Grooming Themselves

How to Groom Your Cat at Home

Cat Grooming ThemselvesKeeping your cat healthy and looking great is no small task but with a few helpful tips, you can make the transition from summer to fall easy for your feline friends. Unlike dogs, cats actually take care of quite a bit of grooming on their own, so they typically need to be bathed less often. However, even though they are great at keeping their coats clean, they may need your help in the brushing and trimming departments. Follow our simple and easy at-home grooming steps to keep your cat looking purr-fect this fall.

3 Simple At-Home Cat Grooming Steps

Step 1: Cut Those Nails

Cats need their nails trimmed twice a month to help avoid any issues while walking and playing. Purchase a pair of cat nail trimming scissors and place your cat in your lap, with their paws facing away from you. Grab a few treats to keep them interested and carefully grab each paw, lightly applying pressure near the nail tip. Cut the nail at an angle, making sure not to clip the nail quick.

Step 2: Brush Their Coat

Find a brush that is appropriate for your cat’s fur length and type. Next, you can choose to hold them in a similar position as you did while trimming their nails or let them sit as normal while you brush through their coat. Be sure to keep plenty of treats nearby to keep them happy and be sure to repeat once or twice a week.

Step 3: Clean Ears, Eyes and Teeth Too

Your cat’s ears and eyes can get gunky if they aren’t cleaned occasionally. Using special pet-safe cleansing wipes or a warm washcloth, carefully wipe the inside of their ears, making sure not to push too hard or go too deep inside the ear canal. Use a clean cloth to gently wipe around the eyes as well.

Invest in a finger toothbrush and pet toothpaste to clean your cat’s teeth at least once a day. This will prevent the build-up of plaque in addition to keeping their teeth healthy and strong.

A Happy Cat Makes for a Happy Home

We love your furry friend just as much as you do and want to make sure you love calling our apartment community home. For more information about our community or to take a look at the available floor plans at our apartments in Houston, visit our office today.

Cyclist on Bike

4 Exciting Events Happening in October

Cyclist on BikeThe leaves on the ground, the chill in the air: October is one of the best months of the year. If you’re planning to move into our Houston apartments soon, you may be looking for some activities to keep you occupied.

Luckily, there’s a lot on the social calendar this month. Here are four events worth looking forward to!

1. Park to Port Bike Ride

Get to know Hermann Park on Saturday, October 7 at 7 a.m. at the Park to Port Bike Ride event. This biking marathon is in its fourth year. If you want to participate, you’ll go all the way from Hermann Park to Brady’s Landing and back, which is 20 miles! The landing party will have plenty of food and live music, so you can still have a blast watching from the sidelines.

2. A Night at Market Square

On Saturday, October 14, Market Square Park on 301 Milam St. comes alive. The PhotoMoto HTX photo booth will be available to capture all the memories. There will also be food trucks, restaurants and bars, lawn games, and live music. The fun starts at 6 p.m.

3. Wings Over Houston Airshow

On the weekend of October 21 through the 22nd, Ellington Airport on 510 Ellington Field will be a bit busier than usual. That’s because it’s the weekend of the Wings Over Houston Airshow. Take in the beauty of the U.S. Navy F-18 Super Hornet, the USAF Thunderbirds, and more as these old planes fly majestically.

4. Texas Renaissance Festival

On weekends from late September through November 26, you can check out the Texas Renaissance Festival, which boasts 55 acres of entertainment. Take a step back in time to the 16th century, where queens and kings ruled and British architecture was everywhere you looked. Be sure to stay until dusk to see the fireworks.

Once you attend these October events, you’ll fall in love with Houston. Stay a while at Villas in Hermann Park in the Texas Medical District. You’ll practically be within minutes of the MacGregor neighborhood, the Houston Zoo, the Museum District, and Hermann Park. Some of our apartments have been recently renovated, too. To schedule a walk-through, call our office today.

Beer Glass

Don’t Miss Oktoberfest Houston!

Beer GlassDon’t miss out on the opportunity to spend a day drinking flavorful craft beers from local breweries, listening to talented musicians play polka music, eating tasty German food and taking part in fun activities. Residents of our Houston apartments who attend the Oktoberfest Houston won’t miss out on this fun, once-a-year opportunity.

A Day Filled With Tasty German Inspired Food and Drinks

Oktoberfest Houston allows the community to gather together and show their appreciation for German culture. The event is filled with dozens of local vendors that will serve everything from crisp, locally brewed craft beers to tasty Brats and other German-inspired food.

While you are sipping on beer or eating tasty treats, polka music will be playing in the background. This sets the mood for the event and makes you feel like you are actually in Germany.

Show Off Your Athletic Skills and Take Part in the Oktoberfest Olympiad Games

Sign up to take part in the Oktoberfest Olympiad Games and impress friends, family, and random strangers from the community with your athletic skills. The Oktoberfest Olympiad Games is a fun event that is filled with various Oktoberfest-themed activities. Event participants will be required to take part in everything from the Barrel Roll and Stein Race to the Legendary Brat Toss and Stein Hoisting Competition.

Visit the Fun Zone at Oktoberfest Houston

Have a little fun by stopping by the Fun Zone. The Fun Zone, set up by Houston Sport & Social Club, has a number of fun activities for you to enjoy. Activities that will be at this year’s event include giant Jenga, cornhole and darts.

Event Details for Oktoberfest Houston

Oktoberfest Houston is scheduled to take place on September 30, 2017 at The Water Works at Buffalo Bayou. The Water Works at Buffalo Bayou is located at 105 Sabine St. in downtown Houston, Texas.

Residents living at Villas at Hermann Park can enjoy fun activities like Oktoberfest because our community is centrally located near downtown Houston. In just a few minutes, our residents can be in downtown Houston and take part in various local events. Call us today to schedule an appointment to tour our newly renovated Houston apartments.

Kitten and Puppy

4 Ways to Make Your New Pet Feel at Home

Kitten and PuppyThere are few things more exciting than an addition to your family, and a new cat or dog can be just the thing to bring a little comfort to your life each day. But sometimes, animals have a little trouble warming up to their new homes, so try these four tips to make them as happy as they make you.

Surround Your Pet With the Familiar

Dogs and cats normally have some sort of physical possession that they’re used to. A ratty blanket or toy can remind them that not everything has changed, which can help them breathe a little easier about their new space. They want their own stuff just like people want their own things around them.

Scale Down Their World

Most pets are overwhelmed with the amount of attention they get coupled with the amount of new territory there is to be discovered. Your apartment may not seem very big to you, but it can feel enormous to a new pet. Putting them in a crate or a bathroom makes it easier for them to get comfortable with a smaller section of their home rather than trying to do it all at once.

Get Used to Routines

The more consistent you are, the more your pet will feel more at home with their surroundings. Feeding, walking, and playtime should all follow a relatively consistent schedule for best results. As your cat or dog gets used to it, they’ll be excited for rather than confused by everyday activities.

Make Your Introductions Slow

For every new change in your pet’s life, you’ll want to go slowly so your pet feels confident with trying something new. This is especially good advice if you have more than one pet in your apartment home. Letting the two of them get used to each other’s smells is your only goal for the first few days. After which, you can start to see how they interact together.

A pet-friendly apartment community will certainly make your pet feel more welcome, and the Villas at Hermann Park can do just that for both of you. Give us a call if you’re looking for apartments in Houston for you and your four-legged friend!

Three Apples

3 Apple Cider Recipes That Will Get You Ready for Fall

Three ApplesFall holidays like Halloween and Thanksgiving seem to call for apple cider. As welcoming as traditional presentations are, perhaps our Villas at Hermann Park residents could put a little twist on the staple. Here are a few recipes for our Houston, Texas community members.

Homemade Apple Cider

Picking up a gallon of Apple Cider seems simple, easy and fills the bill at home. But there’s something special about making homemade apple cider at least once. You don’t need to imagine how the smell will waft through your living space, because it isn’t difficult to make.

Gather 10 of your favorite sweet apples. They can be red delicious, yellow, it doesn’t matter as long as they aren’t tart, like some green ones tend to be. Quarter the apples and place in a large stock pot. Pour in enough water to cover the quarters by about 2 inches. Add 2 tablespoons of ground cinnamon and 1 tablespoon of allspice. Boil for one hour uncovered then cover and simmer for two more. Strain out the solids and run the remainder through a sieve lined with a cheesecloth. Once you have your liquid cider separated, chill in the refrigerator and serve.

Apple Cider Moscow Mule

The Moscow mule trend is pretty popular these days. Moreover, the Moscow mule drink has been gaining traction in the mixology world. You may see those copper mugs hanging in restaurants and bars. Making an apple cider interpretation will impress party guests.

Blend 4 ounces of chilled cider with 4 ounces of apple pie vodka and one can of ginger beer. Shake the mix. Fill two copper mugs with crushed ice and pour in your cocktail mixture. Top off with ginger beer if needed. Garnish with cinnamon sticks and apple slices.

Eyebrow-Raising Cider for All Ages

As terrific as apple cider may be, it’s a tad powerful on the taste buds for some to serve all year. It can also become mundane unless you spice it up. Try some of these simple twists to give it that wow factor.

  • Spiced Hot Apple Cider: Add 4 cinnamon sticks, 1 teaspoon of ground ginger and 1 teaspoon of allspice into 7 cups of cider and bring to a slow boil for 5 minutes. Strain and serve hot with orange slices.
  • Shirley Temple Apple Cider: Kids adore the idea of Shirley Temples and you can do the same type of thing with cider. Pour cider into a curvy glass, add seltzer for fizz, splash with grenadine, garnish with maraschino cherries and an umbrella. Voila!

We hope our residents at Villas at Hermann Park enjoy these apple cider ideas. If you or a friend would like more information about our Houston apartments, call us today.

Band on Stage and Crowd

See Coldplay Live!

Band on Stage and CrowdWith the summer months officially in full swing, now is the perfect time of the year to head out to see your favorite bands play live in concert. Whether you consider yourself a long time fan or you’re simply looking for a great show to kick off your weekend, you won’t want to miss Coldplay as they perform at NRG Stadium this August.

Don’t Miss Coldplay Live at NRG Stadium

Formed in 1996, Coldplay has continued to rise in fame over the last two decades that they have been playing together and touring the globe. With hit singles like Yellow, Clocks, Paradise and Speed and Sound, the band has become one of the most successful and sought after live performances in history. They have sold more than 90 million records worldwide, officially making them one of the world’s best-selling bands of all time. And with over 209 nominations and 62 award wins —including 7 Grammy awards— Coldplay is well-respected within the industry as well.

After crossing the globe on several previous international tours, Coldplay is back in action and playing a number of stadium shows in the U.S. this fall. They will be visiting Houston this August on their much awaited “A Head Full of Dreams Tour,” with a state-of-the-art laser show and pyrotechnic visuals that are sure to keep you on the edge of your seats.

Event Details

Coldplay will be performing at NRG Stadium on Friday, August 25, 2017, with doors opening at 7:00 p.m. Tickets are starting at just $27.50 and there are even options for VIP packages still available as well. Don’t miss out on this very rare opportunity to see the band play live in Houston!

Close Out Your Summer Fun With Tickets to See Coldplay Live!

What better way to end the month of August than with an awesome rock concert at NRG Stadium? Make sure to grab your tickets to see Coldplay live before they’re gone! For more information on our community and excellent amenities or to take a look at our available floor plans at our luxury apartments in Houston, be sure to visit our office or give us a call!

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