Ideal Renter Solutions to Maximize Your Space in 4 Ways

Stonegate Apartments - Tuesday, March 06, 2018

How many times have you started reading a blog about maximizing your space, only to realize their suggested solutions won’t actually work for you? Whether it’s installing shelving units, or suspending your pans from the kitchen ceiling, not every solution is viable for your space. 

Space Saving Tips For Renters

Maximize your floor space: Whether you live in one of our one bedroom or even one of our 3 bedroom apartments, floor space can be a hot commodity. Lofted beds, for example, are a great piece for a child’s bedroom. This allows for plenty of space for a desk to do their homework without overcrowding the floor.  

Small tool kitchen storage: While renting, you may find that the kitchen space or layout isn’t completely what you desire. Investing in organizational containers, stand-alone shelves, or even tension rods will allow you the ability to customize your kitchen to fit your needs. 

Invest in baskets: Decorative baskets serve a higher purpose than simply looking nice. Baskets can be tucked into the corner of a room while holding extra throw blankets. If your kitchen cabinets don’t rest up against the ceiling, this creates an ideal place for decorative baskets that hold items you aren’t using on a regular basis but can’t seem to part with. 

Embrace the decorative ladder: Whether you’re aiming for a country feel, or a mid-century vibe, ladders have found their way into our homes and out of storage. Depending on where you want your ladder to live will vary how it’s used for storage. From blankets and throws, to bookshelves (if the rungs are wide enough) ladders create storage that is both unique and purposeful. 

Perhaps you’ve simply run out of space in your apartment and you’re in need of a new place to call home. Contact us today and schedule a tour! Stonegate Apartments offers one, two, and three-bedroom apartments. Our community enjoys high level standards and comfort. We’re sure to have a place you’d love to call your home.  

3 Tips to Make Your Yoga Routine Easier at Home

Stonegate Apartments - Tuesday, February 20, 2018
You don’t have to go to a yoga studio in order to get your workout completed for the day! Create a studio that’s all your own in the privacy of your home in a few minutes with these easy steps.

Create A Yoga Studio At Home

1. Designate an Area for Yoga: To be serious about doing yoga at home, you need to create an area specifically for yoga. This will become your “studio”. Whether you use a curtain or wall divider to separate your space, it’s important to have a designated area to keep you motivated. You can even use a piece of furniture that you already have such as coffee table, or even if there’s ample room between your couch and the wall!
2. Stock up on Instructional Videos: Unless you’re a professional instructor, you may find it easier to have videos on hand to guide you through your routine. There are many different techniques which all serve different purposes. Before committing, do some research to find the routine best suited for you!
3. Start Your Routine: Many of us are creatures of habit, which makes it easier to stick to a routine. Whether you prefer to do yoga first thing in the morning to start your day, or if you’d rather use it to wind down at the end of the day, find what works for you and stick to it.

With the spacious living areas of each of our apartments, you will find creating your own yoga studio isn’t difficult at all. If you want to add more to your routine, head to our fitness center. With your own in-house yoga studio and our fitness center, you won’t need a gym membership!

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Events to Keep Everyone Busy This Month

Stonegate Apartments - Thursday, February 01, 2018

We might be in the middle of a blistery cold winter, but, that doesn't mean you have to be stuck inside your home all season. During the month of February has something scheduled every week! Events such as ice skating, basketball games, a wine and chocolate festival, and everything in between - there's fun for the whole family throughout the Capital Region no matter if you prefer to be indoors or outdoors!

Indoor Fun in the Capital Region:

Siena Men's Basketball Games: Head to the Times Union Center on February 2nd to show your support for the Siena Men's Basketball team as they take on Manhattan. Unable to make that game? That's okay! The Saints will be back at it on February 12th at the Times Union Center to take on Iona, and then again on February 18th to take on Monmouth.

Wine and Chocolate Festival: Who doesn't love the classic combination of wine and chocolate? You won't want to miss this event on February 10th at The Desmond Hotel in Albany!

Children's Star Sighting: February 17th the Henry Hudson Planetarium is hosting an event suitable for kids in grades pre-k through second grade. Children's Star Sighting is an interactive program that allows children to explore the stars, planets, comets, and constellations in the night sky.

Longfellows Wedding Show: Are you or someone you know planning a wedding? Head to Longfellows on February 25th for The Longfellows Wedding Show. This is their 18th year hosting the event. 

Outdoor Fun in the Capital Region:

Fire and Ice Days at The Mill/Ice Bar: Spend an evening relaxing at a 30-foot ice bar or have some fun using the ice-sculpted shuffleboard at The Mill/Ice Bar in Round Lake. The Ice Bar will be open each weekend throughout the month of February. There will even be fire pits to keep you toasty while enjoying the ice. 

Clifton Park Winterfest: The Town of Clifton Park is hosting their annual Winterfest on February 10th with events for the whole family! Face painting, Best Soup contest, horse-drawn sleigh rides, and a winter nature tour – there's plenty for everyone. 

Youth Hockey: Do you know a child who is interested in learning how to play hockey? Get them started for free on February 24th at the Empire State Plaza. The event is hosted by USA Hockey and Troy Albany Youth Hockey. 

These are only a few of the events happening throughout the Capital Region during the month of February! With so much happening, there's no reason to feel the winter blues.

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Looking for a new place to call home this winter season? Contact Stonegate Apartments and schedule a tour. We're sure to have a place you will love!

Add Color to Your Home without Painting with these 4 Fun Tips

Stonegate Apartments - Thursday, January 18, 2018
Living in an apartment boasts a variety of perks for each of the residents, but, sometimes we need a bit of inspiration when it comes to decorating without paint. The inability to paint doesn’t mean you can’t surround yourself with beautiful colors. Below are 4 easy ways to incorporate color into your home without picking up a paintbrush! 

1. Pillows and Throws: Accessories like pillows and blankets create the perfect opportunity to add layers of color as well as textures to your home. They’re also something that can easily be changed with the calendar seasons or even the holidays. 
2. Accent Rug: Invest in an accent rug! If you have mostly neutral colors for furniture an accent rug can bring added life to the room. Or if you have a couch that boasts a colorful personality, find a rug that will coordinate well so it ties the room together. 
3. Reupholster Dining Chairs: Have you been to a garage sale and spotted a set of dining chairs that needed a little TLC but weren’t sure what to do with them? Have them reupholstered, or if you have the skills this creates the perfect DIY project! 
4. Plants: If colorful furniture and DIY projects isn’t your cup of tea, try added life to your apartment with plants. Don’t have a green thumb? The right artificial plant (that doesn’t look artificial) will work for your space just as well. 

There are so many ways to bring color into your home without a drop of paint ever touching the walls; we hope these 4 ideas have brought you a bit of inspiration. We’d love to see your pictures, share them with us on Facebook (@liveatstonegate)! 

Maybe you need a little more than some color in your home, how about a blank slate? With so many benefits and amenities you’ll want to call Stonegate Apartments your home! Contact us and schedule a tour today!

Start 2018 with a New Home at Stonegate Apartments

Stonegate Apartments - Friday, January 05, 2018
Stonegate Apartments are a luxury complex which is nestled in the Town of North Greenbush. We are proud to have created a quiet, rural-like community; with so many perks and amenities you’ll be ready to call us your home sooner rather than later.

Benefits of Living at Stonegate Apartments

Our residents enjoy a high level of comfort while living in one of our many layouts. We offer one, two, or three-bedroom luxury apartments. Each of our apartments have their own in-unit FULL SIZE washer/dryer, sound proof flooring, granite counter tops, as well as 9’ ceilings! 

Some of our other amenities include:
Key Fob/ Intercom Entry: Safety is a top priority for our entire staff which is why our buildings are equipped with secure entrances.
Community Center: Our community center offers residents a place to work or relax with a full kitchen and business/media area. Not only that, it also has a fitness room!
Heated Garage with Elevator Service: You won’t have to worry about warming up a car or combating the frigid temperatures with our heated garage! Come and go as you please without facing the cold. 
Inground Swimming Pool: Enjoy relaxing poolside during those warm summer months! 

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5 Tips to Creating a Cozier Apartment this Winter Season

Stonegate Apartments - Thursday, December 14, 2017

Winter is officially upon us, which for upstate New York means blistering winds and frigid temperatures. It gets darker faster and many of us want to stay inside where it’s nice and warm. This winter season; create a cozier apartment while also making it feel more inviting. 

1. Add Levels of Lighting: During the winter, we begin and end our days in the dark. Creating layers of light in your apartment with a mixture of table lamps and floor lamps will help brighten your home. For more of a mixture, use a variety of warm lights and cool lights. 
2. Add Texture: Create a cozier home by adding texture to your walls. If you have drapes for example, pulling them shut will create texture as well as keeping the cold air out. If you want to keep yours open and let the light in, find a unique tapestry or quilt to hang from a wall. It will bring life to an otherwise blank space and create a talking point for you and your guests.
3. Create a Nook: Winter is a perfect time to stay inside and catch up on your reading! Pick a space in your apartment that will be your designated reading nook and gather everything that you will need. Add pillows, a blanket, and something to set your tea or coffee on and you’re set for your reading nook!
4. Personal Comfort: For those who are away from loved ones and find themselves getting a little homesick at times, this is a perfect project. Take the time to add some of your favorite images to your wall space, desks, or other areas that look a little bare. Whether it’s a family photo, photos from your college days, or your favorite album in a frame, looking at familiar images is sure to make your apartment feel a little more like home.
5. Keep a Blanket Handy: A quick and easy way to make your home feel cozier is to drape blankets on your couch, recliner, or end chairs. Your home will become cozier, more inviting, and this will ensure that warmth is only an arm’s reach away. 

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Now that you’ve read our tips for a cozier apartment this winter, contact Stonegate Apartments to schedule a tour!

Host a “Home Alone” Themed Party

Stonegate Apartments - Friday, December 01, 2017

Each year it’s the same holiday party; a cookie exchange, an ugly sweater party, or a gingerbread house decorating competition. This holiday season try something different, perhaps a “Home Alone” themed party that will be especially fun for those who are nostalgic for the 1990s. 

The Décor:
The Tree: Your party wouldn’t be complete without a tree covered with lights, tinsel, and ornaments. If getting a real tree isn’t in your wheel house, an artificial tree will do just as well. 

Ditch the Fine China:Bring out your finest paper plates and plastic cups; no fine china allowed at this party!  

Lights: The family’s home was covered in twinkling white lights. Head to the store and grab as many boxes as you can and start hanging them around your home. 

Toys: Do you have any plastic army figurines leftover from your childhood? If so, unpack them and get them set up around the party. If you didn’t have the foresight to keep your army men, head to a toy store – you’re bound to find some!

The Menu:
Pizza: Only the cheesiest-cheese pizzas will work for this theme! Certainly you can make exceptions to the rule for dietary purposes or if you’d like to add a variety of pizzas.

Mac and Cheese: So there’s a bit of a theme happening here – every cheese covered food you loved from your childhood! You can stick to the classic menu from the film by making boxed macaroni and cheese, or you can create the dish using a favorite recipe of your own!

Beverages: You’re setting a childhood memory filled scene, it must include soda! You can certainly add some fun cocktails to the menu if you feel they would go over better with your guests. 

Most importantly, have fun and create new memories with your friends and family! 

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If you don’t currently reside at Stonegate Apartments and would like to make us your home,  contact us today to schedule a tour!

3 Tips to Make Your Home Look Better in 10 Minutes or Less

Stonegate Apartments - Wednesday, November 15, 2017

While living in an apartment, it needs to feel as though it is truly your own space. One aspect many renters face is how to bring “life” into the apartment and turn it into a space that is all their own. We're here to help you make your home look better in 10 minutes or less!

Reduce The Clutter
Many of us are embarrassed to admit this, but, we have clutter. One way to breathe life into your apartment and help bring it towards feeling like your own is to cut down on the clutter, or remove it entirely. It may not be a lot – a magazine or two, fliers, takeout menus, school calendars, but, clearing it out can do a world of wonders! Everything should have a home; even if it's the recycling bin.

Less Can Be More
The space needs to become your own, but, you and your guests shouldn't feel overwhelmed by your design touches. Is your couch covered in pillows and blankets? Try taking a couple pieces away; put them in a linen closet and then switch them out with the seasons! Art and photographs are another wonderful way to bring life into your home, but, every square inch of your walls does not need something hanging from it.

Give Your Furniture Some Space
While arranging the furniture in our homes we're all tempted to put a coffee table directly in front of the couch and a recliner with an end table right next to one of the chair's arms. Give your furniture some space, move your coffee table a few more inches away from the couch and put the end table in a corner with a table top lamp for a little added décor. This will help your space feel less clustered and crowded.

We hope you found these tips helpful; apply them to your home today and see how much they can do for you. Perhaps you're searching for a new place to call home, contact Stonegate Apartments today to schedule a tour!

9 Thanksgiving Traditions for Your Family to Start This Year

Stonegate Apartments - Friday, November 03, 2017

Each year it’s the same: wake up early, cook, travel, eat, nap, and then eat some more. This year try something different with your friends, family, and loved ones. Start a new tradition. They don’t have to be boring or tedious like some people may think; these ideas are fun and easy!

Hold a Raffle
Ask each guest to bring a nonperishable food item to donate to a food pantry; each item gives them an entry into the raffle. Have fun with the prizes, first choice at the turkey or dessert, rights to the wishbone, goofy sunglasses or toys from a dollar store – the sky’s the limits, use your imagination!  

Guess the Thanks
Each year people tend to go around the table and share what they are thankful for that year. Instead, have your guests write down on a piece of paper what they are thankful for and put it in a jar. When it’s time to eat, you will each read a submission and take turns guessing the anonymous submission. 

Recipe Swap
This will be easy and fun especially if you’re hosting as a potluck. If you are, ask your guests to bring the recipe for the dish they shared. If it isn’t a potluck, ask them to bring any of their favorite recipes. This will give your guests something to talk about aside from the weather and the game on T.V.

Those Who Cook Don’t Clean
If you cooked, kick your feet up after the feast is over; those who didn’t cook will do the cleaning! This can be viewed as more of a principal than a tradition, call it what you will, it is something that should be adopted in each household. 

Pre-Dessert Walk
Something so simple, we almost didn’t think of it. Rather than crashing on the couch and recliner, get everyone up and moving. Go for a walk in the park or down a peaceful road before having dessert. 

Bring a Game
Chances are, if your family plays a game – they play it every time they’re together. There’s nothing wrong with playing the same game, but, it’s fun to mix things up and try something new. Introduce your friends and family to a game they haven’t played before, you never know, it could become a new favorite.

Ditch the Football
Okay, maybe not entirely, but keep in mind not everyone wants to watch football for six hours. Instead, add in some classic TV sitcoms – especially any that have Thanksgiving episodes. 

Hand-Me-Down Exchange 
Holidays are a perfect time to clean out the closet, especially if there are kids in your home. Encourage your guests to bring any items they are no longer wearing, winter coats, boots, shirts, you name it! Chances are one of your friends or loved one could use the item, or knows someone who’s in need! 

Book Swap
Don’t think of this as a book club, simply a swap. Guests can bring a book (or two, or three) and pass them along to one another so that others can enjoy their favorites. This will help give your guests something to talk about and perhaps introduce them to an author they wouldn’t normally read. It will also help kids become comfortable if they aren’t as rowdy as some of the other young ones.

We hope you enjoyed these tradition tips and they bring you years of enjoyment. For more tips including where to donate unwanted items contact Stonegate Apartments!

Go Green with These 5 Tips from Stonegate Apartments

Stonegate Apartments - Wednesday, October 25, 2017
Hands holding a planted tree and a globe

Reducing energy usage and chemicals helps to alleviate the footprint we leave behind on our environment. Going green isn’t as difficult as it seems. Follow these 5 tips from Stonegate Apartments to get started making the necessary changes around your home! 

Lighting: Incandescent light bulbs may seem like a better purchase since their sticker price is often cheaper compared to other options. However, they can actually cost you more in the long run. Whereas using light bulbs such as Light Emitting Diode (LED), Halogen Incandescent, or a Compact Fluorescent Light (CFL) will last longer and save you money on your electricity bill. Many manufacturers will include the average lifespan as well as the average cost for your electric bill. 

Turning lights off in a room while not in use is a simple concept, but, is lost on many. Many of us have a bad habit of leaving lights on when we leave a room. Turning lights off can save you money every month and your light bulbs will last longer. 

Temperature Control: There are a few ways to control and maintain a comfortable temperature in your apartment that won’t make your electricity bill skyrocket and will help you go green! Many home goods stores have a wide selection of insulated curtains which help to keep the temperature in your apartment regulated. So if there are extreme temperatures outside, keeping the curtains closed will help keep you cozy and will help ensure your heat (or air conditioning) isn’t running when it shouldn’t. 

Limiting the use of your oven, especially during summer months, will also help keep the temperature regulated and help in your green efforts. Using an oven for long periods of time builds up heat in the apartment, which makes your air conditioning run longer and work harder. 

Power Down: Using a surge protector for appliances or electronics which use a lot of energy allows you to turn them on and off quickly and efficiently. Appliances and electronics that are left plugged in, even if they aren’t on, actually draw energy. Having items plugged into a surge protector will also help protect them in the event of severe weather and power outages. One such item you should consider using this for is your laptop or desktop computer. 

Green Cleaning Products: Take time to consider the chemical cocktail in your cleaning products. These chemicals can potentially be dangerous to those within your home and the environment. While cleaning, the chemicals are released into the environment and they can be absorbed into your skin. Changing your products will lessen pollution in waterways, air, and minimizes our impact to the ozone layer. 

Recycle: The Stonegate community offers recycling with our amenities and we encourage all of our residents to take advantage of this! Adding a recycling bin in your home allows for you to separate the recycling from the garbage and dispose of each in their proper containers once you take them outside. Recycling isn’t as tedious as it sounds and we encourage all of our residents to partake so that we can help protect our environment. 

What steps are you taking to go green? Share your tips and tricks with us! Or, if you’re ready to make the Stonegate community your new home, contact us to schedule a tour!

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