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How to Decorate With Indoor Plants

Indoor PlantsIndoor plants not only improve air quality, they also offer a wide range of decorating options. With so many different types of houseplants available, the possibilities are endless. Of course, endless possibilities can also be overwhelming. It can be helpful to learn a few basic concepts on how to use plants to decorate. Once you understand the basics, you can use the plants you want to fill in the details.

1. Filling in Awkward Places

It is pretty common to find yourself with one or more awkward spaces in your home or apartment – spaces that nothing quite seems to fit. Indoor plants give you a way to fill in those spaces and make them look great. Try using a few plants with differing heights, and maybe a few other eye-catching design elements, to fill in the space.

2. Centerpiece

Tables often look better with centerpieces. While you can certainly use a big coffee table book or some other object, you could also use one or more houseplants to spruce things up. A mid-sized plant is an option, as are clusters of smaller plants grouped together.

3. Room Divider

A shelf with indoor plants loosely spaced can make a great room divider. By adding more plants, you can make the divider more difficult to see through. Or, you can make more space to create a screen that offers glimpses of what lies beyond.

4. Add Movement to the Room

Plants that produce long runners can be used to add movement across a room, or connect one room to another. Depending on the length and flexibility of the plant, you can create numerous designs depending on your preference.

5. Adding Color and Life

Plants automatically add a splash of color to any room they are placed in. In a fully white room, even green stands out nicely. If your room is more varied, you can pick plants that have colors that enhance your space in whatever way you like.

Have Fun With Your Apartment Decor

Now is a great time to try out some decorating ideas with your indoor plants. Please contact us to learn more about our available Houston apartments.

Woman in Hotel Room

Don’t Miss Out on the Best Waterton Hotel Rates This Summer

Woman in Hotel RoomHouston is a wonderful city to live in, as residents of the fantastic Villas at Hermann Park know. However, if you really want to appreciate the city, you need to get away for a great vacation. As a resident of Villas at Hermann Park, you get access to special summer rates at Waterton managed hotels. Special pricing is only valid now until August 31, 2017, so don’t wait on planning your vacation!

Take Advantage of Special Rates for Your Summer Getaway

Our Waterton managed hotels are located in California, Massachusetts, Illinois, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin, giving you plenty of travel destinations for your summer trip! Our special rates are as follows. When booking your stay, simply request the Waterton corporate rate when calling the hotel of your choice.

Starting from $49.00: Comfort Inn Piqua in Ohio

Starting from $89.00: Aloft Beachwood in Ohio and DoubleTree Pittsburgh Airport in Pennsylvania

Starting from $99.00: Sheraton Needham and DoubleTree Westborough in Massachusetts, Sheraton Madison in Wisconsin and DoubleTree Skokie in Illinois

Starting from $139 weekdays and $99 weekends: Courtyard Boston Marlborough in Massachusetts

Starting from $159 weekdays and $99 weekends: Westin San Francisco Airport and Aloft San Francisco Airport in California, Sheraton Framingham in Massachusetts, and Westin Columbus in Ohio

20% off best available rate: Hyatt Place San Jose in California

You will be in the heart of the city that you choose, whether that city is Millbrae, Skokie, Marlborough, or one of the other choices. Visit the Ghiradelli Square in San Francisco if you stay at Westin San Francisco Airport or Aloft San Francisco Airport or stop by Marlborough Memorial Beach in Marlborough if you stay at Courtyard Boston Marlborough. Indulge in the seafood culture of Marlborough or explore the diverse culinary world of San Francisco!

Once you get back from your summer travels, you’re going to want a place you can comfortably relax and rest at. Our apartments in Houston offer spacious one-, two- and three-bedroom floor plans. Our apartment homes include a full size washer and dryer, gourmet kitchens with stainless/black appliances and elegant granite countertops with designer finishes. Our community also offers a 24/7 fitness center for cardio and strength training and an outdoor grilling station with seating and ceiling fan. Call our office today to learn more about our great amenities and apartment homes!

Outdoors Park

3 Quick Getaways Near Houston

Outdoors ParkYou love your Houston apartment, but you also love exploring the many sights of greater Texas. Thankfully, Houston is just a short drive from several fascinating destinations. With so many fun activities nearby, there’s really no need for a full-fledged road trip. The next time you have wanderlust but can’t fit in the time for a traditional vacation, check out one of these quick getaways.

3 Wonderful Getaways Close to Houston

Brazos Bend State Park

If your goal is to spend more time in the great outdoors, you’ll easily achieve it when you visit Brazos Bend State Park. The beautiful park used to be a ranch, but currently is paradise for nature lovers. You’ll reach it in just less than an hour. Once there, you can stay overnight in a tent or cabin, or just stick around for a few hours of outside fun. From mountain biking to bird watching, there’s plenty to keep you entertained.

George Ranch Historical Park

Watch history come alive before your very eyes at George Ranch. Home to several historic structures, the ranch owes its vibrancy to its costumed interpreters who put on a great show while giving guests the inside scoop on life in Texas in the “good old days.” Reserve your spot in one of the ranch’s unique cooking classes or stop by on a Saturday for a historic lunch.

Galveston’s Strand Historic District

The Strand is a top destination in Galveston, which is a quick drive from Houston. Meander along The Strand’s streets and take in the unique atmosphere. You’ll love the historic structures, several of which survived one of the country’s worst natural disasters. The neighborhood is home to several excellent restaurants, so stop by for a bite before you resume your afternoon of exploration.

Whether you’re hoping for an outdoor adventure or simply want to go shopping, you can have a fun time without ever driving more than an hour away from Houston. Grab a map and a cooler and get ready to have a blast at some of the most fascinating destinations in Texas.

The Villas at Hermann Park are within easy reach of several fun destinations. Get in touch with us at your earliest convenience to learn more about our floor plans and our convenient location.

Villas at Hermann Park Living Room

How to Decorate Your Apartment for Summer

Villas at Hermann Park Living RoomSome people love to decorate their homes for every season. Summer is upon us and if you want to decorate for the season, now is the time to do it. Use these tips to decorate your apartment for summer this season and bring the warmth and sunlight into your space.

How to Decorate Your Apartment for Summer

  • Bring in some beach decor. There is nothing that better contains the feeling of summer than things that come from the sea. You can highlight the summer months by adding in some of these decor items in some areas around your apartment.
  • Bring in the outdoors. You should think about bringing in some plants and flowers to really bring some nature inside and make it feel a bit more like summer. If you do not have a green thumb, you should still consider getting some fake ones that you don’t need to remember to water.
  • Use light colors. You do not want to bring in anything that is too dark because light colors define summer. Get rid of anything with dark hues and focus on the things that brighten up the room and make it feel more like summer.
  • Bring in natural light. If you have drapes or blinds that you normally use for your windows, then you should open these up and let some natural light in. Not only will it open up the room but it will also make it feel a bit more like summer and the sunshine you are looking for.
  • Get rid of decor for other seasons. Before you can say you are completely done with your decorating, you need to make sure that decor from other seasons has been removed so your summer theme can shine through all season long. You do not want these themes to clash during the process.

Summer is a fun and exciting time of year. There are so many things to do and see in the summer. It only makes sense that you want to create that feeling in your apartment, too. If you are looking for a new apartment to enjoy this season and beyond, be sure to stop by our office to learn more about our Houston apartments.

Yellow Squash

Dishes to Try Using Seasonal Ingredients

Yellow SquashAhhh, warmer weather. That means fun times are ahead and colorful, juicy seasonal ingredients are readily available. To cure your spring fever, get into the kitchen at your Houston apartment and enjoy some new recipes and foods. Here are some ideas to spark your imagination and tempt your taste buds.

Fruity Salad

During spring and summer, fruits in season are everywhere, whether that’s the farmers market, grocery store or even a local farm near our Houston apartments. Take full advantage of that bounty by whipping up some cool and colorful dishes. One great and simple idea is to create a fruit salad that incorporates strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, raspberries, grapes, watermelon, cantaloupe, peaches and/or nectarines. Just use whatever fruits you can find at any given time. This dish is great on its own, as a snack or served alongside breakfast or lunch.

One-Dish Meal

There’s nothing much better during the busy and muggy spring and summer months than being able to create delectable yet unbelievably simple cold meals. Try having a one-dish meal that includes a variety of chilled seasonal favorites all in one bowl or on a plate. Try incorporating leafy and salad greens, fresh herbs such as parsley and cilantro, corn, broccoli, beets, cucumbers and green beans. Add protein such as grilled chicken or black beans plus brown rice or quinoa. Drizzle with olive oil and vinegar. This meal is great for lunch, dinner or brunch.

Colorful Squash

Who doesn’t love some refreshing squash during the summer months? Many people enjoy this vegetable because it’s so versatile and tasty, not to mention its nutrients and cheerful bright yellow color. Here’s a great way to take advantage of all those benefits. Slice several yellow squashes and chop yellow or sweet seasonal onions. Place this in a baking dish and sprinkle with freshly ground pepper and unrefined sea salt. Cook in the oven at 350 degrees for 30 minutes, adjusting the time depending on how quickly the veggies are done. After removing from the oven, add chopped fresh basil and drizzle with olive oil.

Our apartments in Houston have wonderful kitchens that provide ideal settings for trying seasonal dishes. Call our office today to see which of our floor plans are available.

View of Earth

What is Earth Day?

View of EarthEarth Day is a worldwide celebration of our spectacular planet. It’s held each year on April 22 with tons of activities that allow supporters of environmental protection to gather together and promote Earth-friendly endeavors. Earth Day marks the anniversary of the birth of the environmental movement, which created many pieces of legislation to help protect the planet we call home.

Earth Day History

Earth Day was the brainchild of Senator Gaylord Nelson of Wisconsin. He believed protecting the environment wasn’t being adequately addressed in politics or the media, so he created a unique event, celebrated for the first time on April 22, 1970. With an estimated 20 million people celebrating this first nationwide endeavor, it sparked a surprising turnout that has continued to grow annually.

The tremendous support of Earth Day, environmental awareness and healthy, sustainable practices led to the creation of the Environmental Protection Agency and passage of national legislation including the Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, and Endangered Species Act. In 1990, on Earth Day’s 20th Anniversary, the event went global with more than 200 million people in 141 countries joining in to celebrate and support the planet. This included a huge boost of worldwide recycling efforts. During the millennium celebration, Earth Day efforts focused on global warming and a big push for clean energy.

Earth Day Today

Earth Day isn’t just a day of festivities, but also a day of action to help change human behavior. Earth Day events are now held in more than 193 countries, which is coordinated by the Earth Day Network. The year 2020 will mark the 50th anniversary of the largest secular observance in the world, which is expected to be celebrated by more than a billion people worldwide.

Earth Day participants living in Houston apartments can learn more about festivals and other events at Earth Day Houston and keep up to date with the Citizens’ Environmental Coalition (CEC) calendar. If you’re looking for a vibrant new community to call home, give us a ring at 866-518-1931. Located in the heart of Houston, the Villas at Hermann Park includes newly renovated homes and amenities. We also make it easier to go green with online rent payments and maintenance requests for paper-free interactions that promote Earth-friendly endeavors.

White Wine in a Glass

The Best Places to Grab a Glass of Wine in Houston

White Wine in a GlassAfter a long day at work, a glass of wine is a must. Luckily, Houston offers a wide range of options near the Villas at Hermann Park. This can make it very easy for those living in our apartments in Houston to enjoy the perfect glass of wine before coming back home to relax in a spacious pool. Where should you go for a glass of wine?

Top Places to Get Wine in Houston

No matter what type of wine or the experience you are looking to enjoy, there are plenty of fun and sophisticated destinations throughout the city that can make this experience perfect. Check out these must-visit locations.

Sonoma Wine Bar & Restaurant

You’ll love visiting this location on Studewood Street. It offers a modern and elegant location with a roaring fire when the temperatures dip. With a full wine list, it is easy to enjoy this location. Enjoy your wine with a custom-made pizza, too.

Boheme

Located on Fairview St., Boheme is an interesting, fun bar with a more artistic vibe. There is lots of outdoor seating here and a large selection of cocktails and wine. It is a good place to meet friends after work.

13 Celsius

A more relaxing location perfect for unwinding, 13 Celsius is a great place for wine sipping. There’s an interior white marble bar or an open courtyard perfect for warm weather. You’ll find this location on Caroline St.

La Carafe

Located on Congress Ave., La Carafe is a bit more romantic and soft. It is a good place for dinner and relaxing conversation. The building it is in is one of the oldest in the community. The wine list here is pretty significant, offering something for everyone.

When You Live Nearby, There’s no Reason not to Relax

When you live in our Houston apartments, you are only a few minutes from any of these destinations and plenty of other wine bars and restaurants in the city. For those looking for an apartment in the heart of it all, contact our office to make an appointment to learn about the currently available floor plans we have.

Villas at Hermann Park Dining Area

How to Host a Spring Party in Your Apartment

Villas at Hermann Park Dining AreaVillas at Hermann Park Apartments in Houston, Texas is a great place to celebrate a spring party with family and/or friends. Following are just a few of the many celebration ideas you may want to consider for your event.

Get Outside

Enjoy spring to the fullest by hosting your party outside. Offer snacks and drinks instead of a meal and have your party by the pool. Alternatively, you can plan a BBQ and take advantage of Villas at Hermann Park’s outdoor grilling station with seating and a ceiling fan. If your party guests include children, plan some fun, action-packed games you can play before you eat.

Appreciate Nature in Your Apartment

It is not hard to grow small plants in any apartment. Try sprouting a few in the weeks leading up to your party or buy some small plants from a local store. Use them to decorate your home in preparation for a spring party. There is nothing like natural greenery to enhance your interior decor not just during spring but year-round. What is more, your greenery does not need to crowd out your friends as it is easy to serve meals or snacks buffet-style so everyone has room to sit and chat or walk around.

Go Organic

Spring is the season of growth and it is the time when many farmers begin planting their crops. Unfortunately, the growing process has been ruined in many ways by the use of powerful chemicals that can have a negative impact on our bodies. Create a fully organic spring event by offering non-GMO snacks and drinks and encourage your friends and family members to bring only organic food to the party.

Villas at Hermann Park is not only great for party hosting but also year-round living. Dedicated staff members offer professional, friendly services such as housekeeping, pet sitting, dry cleaning, and emergency maintenance to provide you with time to relax and enjoy life. Our community has a variety of one-, two- and three-bedroom floor plans. Stop by our office today to learn more about our community and to find the apartment home that best suits your needs.

Clovers

3 Recipes to Make for St. Patrick’s Day

CloversFor the residents of the Villas at Hermann Park in Houston, Texas, St. Patrick’s Day is cause for celebration. On Friday, March 17, everyone is a little Irish and here are three recipes to help get you and your party guests into the spirit.

Smithwick’s Ale Basil Bread

We’re all well aware that St. Paddy’s Day and beer go hand in hand. And, even though it has not yet received its due as a federally-recognized day off from work, it falls on a Friday this year here. That means many of us won’t have to rise and shine the day after. Here is a beer-infused side to help soak up some of the hops.

Ingredients: Olive oil to line a baking sheet, 3 ¼ cups of flour, 1.25 ounces of active dry yeast, 1.5 teaspoons of salt, one-half teaspoon of black pepper, 3 ounces of grated Parmesan, 12-ounces of Smithwick’s Irish Ale, and one cup chopped basil.

Combine dry ingredients in a large mixing bowl. Add Smithwick’s and mix. Form loaf on a floured surface. Place on oiled sheet and bake at 400 degrees for about 45 minutes or until center is firm. Test by with a toothpick.

Cheesy Guinness Dip

In keeping with the beer-infused holiday, your guests can stay true to the theme with a solid beer dip.

Ingredients: 2 packages of soft cream cheese, 1/3 cup of Guinness, 1 teaspoon of salt and black pepper, ½ teaspoon of onion powder, and 2 cups of shredded pepper jack or preferred cheese.

Combine thoroughly in a mixing bowl and serve with pretzels, crackers of chips.

Murphy’s Irish Sliders

Sliders are always a party favorite. They’re bite-sized tweeners that are more than an appetizer, but less than a meal. A good stout like Murphy’s can keep your food Irish focused.

Barbecue Sauce Ingredients: 2 tablespoons of olive oil, 4 garlic cloves thinly sliced, 1 cup of hoisin sauce, I teaspoon of white pepper, ¼ cup of soy sauce, 12 ounces of Murphy’s Irish Stout. In a saucepan, cook garlic in olive oil for 30 seconds, then add remaining ingredients for 10 minutes or until thick.

Chicken Ingredients: 2 tablespoons olive oil, 1 pound of thinly sliced, boneless chicken breasts, 18 ounces of Murphy’s.

Combine ingredients in a deep skillet until chicken is fully cooked. Remove chicken and place in a saucepan with barbecue sauce to simmer and stir occasionally. Insert into slider rolls and serve.

We wish all our Villas at Hermann Park community members a joyous and safe St. Patrick’s Day. If you or a friend would like more information about our Houston apartments, call us today.

Cleaning Supplies

How to Prepare for Spring Cleaning

Cleaning SuppliesThe Villas at Hermann Park apartments in Houston, Texas are a great place to live if you must be close to the Texas Medical Center. The apartments offer the spacious floor plans at an affordable price. With our roomy floor plans, you will have all of the space you need to live comfortably and within reach of many of the places you need to be. In order to maintain your ideal comfort level, it is beneficial to remember a few tips when it comes to spring cleaning.

Tips for Spring Cleaning

When it comes to spring cleaning there are few things that will make the process go much faster. Create a game plan that allows you to divide and conquer the tough jobs.

  • Get rid of the things you don’t need. Reducing clutter will make it easier to clean the things you want to keep.
  • Make sure you have all of the cleaning supplies you need on hand before you start. Buying everything in advance means you don’t have to stop at the store once you get on a roll.
  • Buy a few large storage containers. These are ideal for blankets and seasonal clothes and will fit easily in the bottom of the closet.
  • Divide up the chores. Dust first, then sweep, and mop last. Eliminating each task room by room means you don’t have to go back and forth between tools.
  • Take care of the little jobs first. If you have a small cabinet that you need to clean, do it first and get it out of the way. By doing these tasks first you aren’t dragging dirt back out into the open.
  • If you have kids, delegate chores and allow them to pitch in. It will give them a sense of accomplishment and teach them pride in their home.

If you are looking for an apartment in Houston, Texas, contact the Villas at Hermann Park. You can tour the community that is within a short distance of the Texas Medical Center. Visit the website or call for an appointment today! Our apartments give you the taste of home when you need it the most.

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