Tips for Cleaning Your Nashville Apartment

Fall Cleaning August is almost over and the cooler weather is just around the corner.  But, while you were out enjoying the warm Tennessee weather your house was gathering dust and dirt, so let’s get that cleaning underway and get ready for the fall.

Take Inventory of Supplies – Before you begin cleaning, take stock in your cleaning supplies.  Make sure that you have the right products for each room.  Consider keeping cleaning supplies organized by room for future use and don’t forget that your cabinet has some make at home cleaning supplies like vinegar and baking soda.

Reach High – You more than likely have done a great job keeping your apartment clean during the summer months, but now that fall is here it is time to look up and clean areas that are not at eye level. Look in the corners for cobwebs and dust with a handled duster or use your vacuum’s extension attachment to get into hard to reach areas.  Don’t forget fan blades and light fixtures.

Look Low – Again, fall is a good time to look below eye level and clean baseboards and hard to reach corners.  Use a broom to clean corners and use a duster and/or a warm sudsy cloth to clean baseboards.

Out of Sight/Out of Mind – And probably the reach of your broom or vacuum.  This is a good time to move furniture and get those dust bunnies from under the couch or to remove and vacuum under the cushions of your couch and chairs.

Let the Sunshine In – Don’t forget windows and window sashes.   Clean your windows with vinegar and water and wipe down with a microfiber cloth or purchase a squeegee and wash like the pros with a bit of degreasing liquid soap detergent and warm water.

Tackle the Refrigerator – This is a great time to empty the refrigerator and freezer.  Get rid of anything that has expired or has been in your refrigerator for more than 3 months and wipe down all of the shelving with warm sudsy water.  Take this time to determine if the set up your refrigerator is optimized, if not adjust shelving to make access easier.

Launder Bed Linens, Blankets and More – None of us like laundry, but the change of season is a good time to wash your bed linens, as well as blankets, comforters and throws.  While you are at it, shake out throw rugs and pillows.

Follow these great tips for easy fall cleaning and to get your apartment ready for fall.

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Tips for Updating Your Apartment

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Renting an apartment in Nashville definitely has its perks — great night life, great music and great restaurants. ParkCentral apartments offer beautiful luxurious living, but you might find it tricky to create a space that is your own without sacrificing your security deposit.

So we’ve rounded up easy, budget-friendly ideas to update your space and to make it feel like home sweet home.

  • Add a rug to any room for a pop of color and to update your décor. Rugs come in a variety of sizes, colors, materials and prints. Pick something bold and arrange furniture into a sitting area or select a rug for your entry, kitchen or bathroom.
  • Be bold by combining colors. One of this year’s color trends mixes bold colors together to create a look that adds pop and style. This year’s trend colors include Mediterranean Blue, Aqua, Turquoise, Yellows and vivid Greens.
  • Add art to your walls. There are so many affordable art pieces at home goods stores, or buy a piece of fabric and frame it with supplies from your local craft store. Adding art to any room can make the space feel like your own.
  • Update your bathroom. This is one of the easiest and most affordable rooms to modernize. Select coordinated or complimentary colors and update your shower curtain, rugs, towels and accessories.
  • Consider using removable wallpaper on one wall in your bedroom or living area. Try a small piece before doing the entire wall, but it comes in a lot of colors and prints and is easy to install and remove.

 

 

Using Mirrors to Make Your Apartment More Spacious

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Mirrors are an affordable way to expand the space in your Nashville apartment; they can make any room look larger and brighter as they reflect light and tricks the eye to think a space is larger.

Here are eight quick tips to use mirrors to expand your space:

  1. Place a mirror across from a window or patio door.Placing a mirror across from a window or door to give the illusion of a larger space and to bring in light and the view from outdoors.
  2. A large mirror can expand your space.A large mirror can act as a focal point and make any room look bigger. There are a lot of options at home good stores. They give the illusion of depth.
  3. Group mirrors together. Creating a stylish grouping of mirrors is an affordable way to brighten and extend a room or hallway. Check out home goods stores, thrift shops and yard sales for some great options. Paint the frames in monochrome colors and group them on a wall.
  4. Place a mirror behind furniture.A trick to expand a small space and draw the eye is to place a mirror behind furniture such as a couch or chair; this will brighten and enlarge a dark, small area.
  5. Mirrors on furniture and doors. Mirrors on furniture is another stylish option to make a room feel more spacious and uncluttered. Purchase unframed mirrors or mirrored tiles and adhere them to furniture doors or a tabletop to add the appearance of space and light.
  6. Turn a mirror on its side.This works best with narrower mirrors, but it makes a wall look longer instantly.
  7. Add floor length mirrors to make any space feel taller.Place floor length mirrors behind furniture or on their own and add height to any room.
  8. Fake a window.Add the illusion of a window by using mirrored tiles behind a piece of furniture or purchase an old window frame and place a mirror behind it. This is a great and fun way to make a small room look larger.

These are some great ways to make any space look larger and are perfect for apartments.

 

Fun Things to Do this Summer in Nashville

 

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Arts & Entertainment

While Nashville is famous for its music, it is fast getting recognized as a happening art scene.  The first Saturday of every month art galleries in the downtown area host receptions and art openings featuring local and world-renowned artists and their artwork.  This festive event welcomes you to stroll down 5th Avenue (and other locations) with many galleries offering wine and refreshments.  Join in the fun.

More details can be found on their website.

WeHo (Wedgewood/Houston) opens their doors to experience a free art and music walk.  The walk begins at 6:00 pm.  Check out details on their website.

The Sideshow Fringe Festival is a four day celebration featuring theater and live presentations of dance, music, puppetry, juggling, poetry and more.  The festival takes place from July 31st to August 3rd.  This event now in its fourth year showcases diverse talent, go their website for more details.

Fitness

Looking for some fun runs this summer; here are a few for both novice and advanced runners:

On Sunday July 26th, the 37th Music City Triatholon brings out the area’s best runners, swimmers and bikers.  There is still time to register.

On August 8th join in the fun for a great cause with the annual Tomato 5K.  Proceeds from this event support the YMCA of Middle Tennessee’s Annual Giving Campaign.  Kids Run starts at 7:00 am and the 5K at 7:30 am.

If you haven’t participated in a Color Run Night then this year is the year to start.  On August 15th The Color Run is coming to Nashville; Glow with the Flow and join the thousands who participate in this fun 5K run.  The first wave of racers start at 8:00 pm, but the pre and post-race activities are fun, so be sure to get there early and plan to stay late.

On August 22nd you can participate in the “It’s Just a 10k” race.  This flat course is fast and certified.   Join in the fun and set a personal best record.

 Sports

Nothing says summer like a baseball game.  Enjoy a great game and sunshine with the Nashville Sounds this year in their new stadium; First Tennessee Park.  Tickets start as low as $10 and there are night and weekend games, so grab some friends or family and head out to the ballgame.

Can it really be time to think about football?  August 23rd is the first preseason game at Tennessee Titans Nissan Stadium against the Rams.

Hot Spots near ParkCentral Apartments – Nashville, TN

Nashville has so much to offer, great parks, museums, restaurants, music and night life.  We have compiled a list of some top night hot spots that are not too far from your Nashville Apartment and a little off the beaten path.

nashville_bluebirdBluebird Café – this quirky Nashville classic is tucked way in Green Hills in a strip mall, but offers a unique music listening experience featuring raw, local TALENT.   Featured in the early 2000s on the television show “Live From the Blue Bird Café”, this intimate music venue provides music lovers with the opportunity to enjoy great music and for song writers to feature their craft.  It is small (only 90 seats) and lines can be long, but it is a great way to hear music in Nashville.

station_inn_logoThe Station Inn – Nothing says Nashville like this gritty music venue.   This place is not fancy; it is dark with rows of folding tables and mismatched chairs.  Don’t let the run down appearance deter you, the music is amazing and on many nights one of the stars from the Grand Ole Opry show up to jam.

They only serve beer, hot dogs and pizza, but if you are looking for a night of talent and music, this is the place to go.  Yelp gives it a 4 ½ star rating for music venues and dive bars.

patterson houseThe Patterson House – Any place that serves a Bacon Old Fashion is OK in my books, but the high ratings and comments found on Yelp and Trip Advisor make this a night spot worth checking out.

It is located in Midtown on Music Row and is open 7 days a week from 5 pm to 3 am.  This speak easy serves light apps, has a great vibe and the bar tenders are referred to as mixologists.  All these attributes and their 4 ½ star Yelp rating make it a Nashville hot spot worth visiting.

4th of July in Nashville

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Let’s face it: You live in a pretty cool apartment in an awesome city, so there is never a lack of fun things to do. Here are just a few that are convenient to your ParkCentral apartment.

If you don’t want to do any of these or face the crowds, you always can head up to the Sky Deck for the afternoon or maybe catch the fireworks from there, or pack a picnic and enjoy the afternoon at Centennial Park.

But for those who want to venture out, here’s what is happening:

  1. The city of Nashville is putting on the biggest 4th of July firework display in the country! Check out Music City on July 4th – Let Freedom Sing with Martina McBride and Mikky Ekko as headliners. The all-day celebration ends with a firework display timed to music played by Nashville Symphony Orchestra.
  2. If running is more your style (or you want to get a bit of exercise in so you can indulge later), kick off the 4th with a run through Public Square Park by signing up for Music City July 4th 5K/10K runs. 
  3. If all that running makes you hungry, you can check out Music City Hot Chicken Festival from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at East Park.  There is live music all day, cold Yazoo beer and the best hot chicken in town.
  4. Tennessee Brew Works and Little Harpeth Brewing Company are both celebrating 4th of July with parties, beer, bands and fireworks. Tennessee Brew Works (noon to 6 p.m.) and Little Harpeth Brewing (6 p.m. to Grand Finale).

Great Ideas for Father’s Day Gifts

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Even if Dad doesn’t live close to your Nashville Apartment you can send him a gift that will be sure to please and remind him of how much you care.  Sign Dad up for a membership that will deliver gifts to him all year long.

Wine Memberships – Send Dad wine by purchasing him a wine club membership.  Global Wine Cellars and Gold Series Club are two great ones.  Tennessee has some great wineries that offer memberships as well.

Sock of the Month Club – Send Dad a pair of socks each month.  Select from a variety of styles and colors.  This makes a great Father’s Day gift.

Shave of the Month Club – There are a number of options for sending Dad razors and more.  Check out Dollar Shave Club, Harry’s Razors and Gillette’s Monthly Shave Clubs.

Chocolate Clubs – If Dad has a sweet tooth there a number of memberships that deliver chocolate right to Dad’s door.  Godiva, Harry and David’s, Chocolate of the Month Club are just a few.

Memberships to things that Dad loves is a great Father’s Day Gift.

Spending Father’s Day with Dad in Centennial Park

 

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You are lucky enough to live in a great apartment on Centennial Park and the location and award winning designs and amenities were some of the reasons you chose The Park, but did you know that Centennial Park has so many options to treat your Dad to a perfect Father’s Day.

This 132 acre park is right outside your window and is the perfect way to spend the day.  Visit the iconic Pantheon, not the one in Rome, but there is a replica of the Pantheon in Centennial Park.  This exact replica of the original now acts as an Art Museum which is the permanent home to over 63 paintings from 19th and 20th American artists and hosts temporary exhibits throughout the year.

If art isn’t Dad’s thing, take a stroll through the park, hike along the one-mile walking trail or get fit on the exercise trail, visit the duck pond, the sunken garden or Lake Watauga.  What a great way to spend Father’s Day.

Pack a picnic, bring the family (don’t forget Fido) and enjoy a sunny Sunday in the park.  The best part is if you forget something you only have to cross the street, but while you are there you will feel miles away.

If rock and roll and blues are more your style, you are in luck.  On June 19th the San Rafael Band will be playing from 7pm to 9pm in nearby Red Caboose Park in Bellevue.  Bring a lawn chair, blanket and picnic basket and be ready to listen to some great rock and blues.

Every Friday Centennial Park in the summer you can enjoy the Big Band Dance series.  June 20th will be Debbi Bailes & Her Band.   Learn how to dance with group lessons from 7:00 to 7:30 and 8:30 to 8:50.  Put on your dancing shoes, bring a blanket and a picnic or enjoy the savory and sweet treats from the Food Tucks.

These are just some ideas for treating your Dad to the perfect Father’s Day near your apartment in Nashville.

Adding Flair to Your Nashville Apartment with Fabric

You live in one of the best cities in the country in one of the best apartment communities, your complex is great with a perfect location, great amenities and great neighbors, but your bedroom is lacking the flair that you want, but you don’t want to spend a lot of money or compromise your security deposit with a lot of nails and drill holes.

One way to make a dramatic statement in your bedroom without damaging the walls is to hang large pieces of fabric.

It is easier than you think and can be completed in a day.

  1. Decide on the color and theme of your bedroom, choose a single color fabric or a pattern. High quality bedroom sheets can be used as well.
  2. Measure your wall, be sure to leave an extra inch on each side of the fabric, this will be used to make a clean line once the fabric is applied.  If you are applying more then one piece of fabric, you will want to measure it similarly to how you would measure wallpaper, keeping the pattern in mind when measuring.
  3. Gather your supplies; drop cloth, Spray Liquid Starch such as Stay Flo (or make your own), paint rollers and an sharp utility knife and a friend (this is a two person project).
  4. Now it is time to be creative; attach the fabric temporarily with thumb tacks. Then starting at a top corner, spray the starch on the fabric and with a paint roller and work your way down the wall.  If you need to apply more than one piece of fabric be certain to overlap it slightly and make certain the patterns match.  (Alternatively you could apply the starch using a roller and paint tray).
  5. Once the fabric is dry you can remove your thumb tacks.
  6. Using your utility or Exacto knife, cleanly cut the excess fabric off and roll one more time with a clean dry roller.
  7. The fabric can easily be removed when it is time to move. Simply remove the fabric and clean the walls with warm water mixed with some white vinegar.
  8. Do not use material that is too heavy or too dense in color as it may not stick or could leave water or color marks (velvet and heavy brocade are not good choices).

This easy to do method allows you to add your own unique touch to your bedroom.

There are a number of articles and videos that can help you with this project.

Visit Milky Way Farm this weekend in Nashville

 

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If you are lucky enough to live in Nashville, TN, and looking for something to do this Memorial Day Weekend, why not check out the Milky Way Farm?

Named after the famous candy bar, Milky Way Farm is located on Route 31 just south of Nashville. This historic property is more than a thousand acres of green pastures inhabited by deer, wild turkey and more. The farm has lakes, streams, barns, trails and breathtaking views, too.

Trail rides and guided tours also are available. Check out their website for more information.

Enjoy Memorial Day in Nashville, TN.