5 Essential Holiday Hosting Tips

Stonegate Apartments - Wednesday, December 05, 2018


The holiday season is underway and there are still plenty of opportunities to host your friends and family for holiday-themed dinners, cocktail parties, and gatherings. Whether this is your first time hosting, or you’ve done this a few times, it’s always nice to be prepared. We’ve gathered 5 tips to help you plan a successful evening. 

The 5 Best Holiday Hosting Tips

  1. Consider the Dinner Set: The holiday season is a special time of year which makes it the perfect time to use your good china and silverware. Whether it’s something you inherited from your great grandparents or a nice set you bought for special occasions, take it out of the cupboard and make sure it’s in tip-top shape for your guests!
  2. Beverages: Take your guests into consideration while creating your beverage menu. Some people prefer wine with dinner while others don’t consume alcohol. Having a variety of options will help your guests feel at home. As the host, you can even ask your guests to bring their favorite beverage to share with everyone. This will give your guests something to discuss other than the typical topics. Having a crockpot of hot cocoa warming for guests to enjoy is a nice touch as well. 
  3. Linens and Place Settings: Gather your items together well before your planned gathering date. This will give you enough time to get everything washed and prepped. It will also give you time to prepare for the inevitable “surprise guest”; everybody knows someone who forgets to RSVP or brings someone with them! 
  4. Centerpiece or Tablescape: We’re not saying these are a must-have for your holiday gathering, but, it certainly brings some festive cheer to the table! Whether it’s a modern piece, an old classic, or something DIY, a centerpiece or tablescape can take your table from “ho-hum” to “oh wow”! 
  5. The Menu: Above all else, plan your menu well in advance, make a shopping list and head to the store with enough time before the festivities. This will help cut down on forgotten items or buying something you already have. Much like the beverages, having a variety that will satisfy all of your guests would be ideal. You can also ask them to bring a favorite dish to share with everyone!
We hope you found these 5 holiday hosting tips helpful and you can incorporate them into your party this season! 

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Our luxury apartment community is conveniently located in the Town of North Greenbush and offers many desirable amenities. Our apartments feature large walk in closets, an underground reserved parking garage, key fob/intercom building entry, washer and dryer in every unit, and so much more. Contact us today to schedule your tour!

5 Easy Ways to Stay Productive This Season

Stonegate Apartments - Wednesday, November 21, 2018


When fall arrives, not only do the leaves begin to fall, but many of us are compelled to turn a new leaf and make some changes in our lives. It’s important to make changes that are feasible and ones that you can maintain throughout the year, unlike that pesky New Year’s resolution. When we intentionally make changes about how we’re spending our time and expending our energy can make a major difference in our day-to-day mood. That being said, wouldn’t you want to make a positive change to stay more productive? 

The 5 Best Ways to Stay Productive 

1. Refine Your To-Do List: For many of us, a to-do list that is too long can feel overwhelming and daunting. Refine your to-do list to your liking; perhaps it’s completing 6 tasks on Tuesday and 4 on Saturday so you can enjoy time with friends and family. Even writing out the list so you can physically check items off as you go can be a big mood booster! 

2. Find a Creative Outlet: It’s easy for us to get into a routine where we feel comfortable, we don’t deviate from that routine where we only do the things required of that day. Creativity helps us to live a better life where we are more present in each moment. When we’re actually living in the moment, we can see things from a different perspective. Make an effort to prioritize some time where you’re being creative; whether it’s cooking something new, a DIY Project, or creating your own yoga space, try experimenting with different outlets.

3. Let Go: For many of us, a disorganized home can fuel our stress. It can consume your focus. You may grow tired or frustrated looking for something you swore you had, and then when your frustration reaches a boiling point you end up heading to the store to purchase another version of the very item you were searching for in your home. Rather than waiting for spring to roll around to get yourself into gear and your home better organized, begin today! 

4. Don’t Procrastinate: The enemy of productivity is procrastination and for many it is caused by a task or activity that we really dread. To help alleviate this issue, organize your daily task list in an order that not only works for you but also gets the dreaded task(s) out of the way first. Leaving them for the end will likely create excuses as to why they simply can’t be completed. You’re only hurting yourself in the end because the dreaded task won’t complete itself. 

5. Take Care of Your Work Space: This is especially important if you have an at-home office space dedicated to your daily work life or it’s used for your side hustle. Whether the papers on your desk need to be organized, recycled, or filed away you should keep your space free of clutter so your mind can stay focused on your work. Eliminate the stacks of papers and incorporate plant life on your desk instead.


It’s important to take care of ourselves on a consistent basis in addition to the spaces we inhabit. By doing so it creates a positive chain of reaction and helps us to stay productive throughout the month and hopefully throughout the year. 


If you find yourself in a situation where your apartment isn’t as conducive to the productive lifestyle you desire, you should take a tour of our community. With a state-of-the-art fitness center, a sparkling seasonal swimming pool, and floorplans ranging from one bedroom to three bedrooms, you will enjoy everything we have to offer! To learn more about the Stonegate community and to schedule a tour, contact us today!

4 Tips for a Perfect Thanksgiving

Stonegate Apartments - Wednesday, November 07, 2018

Hosting Thanksgiving, whether it’s your first time or it’s the day you’re “known for”, can be a strenuous undertaking. With the majority of the day focused on food, some details can become lost in the shuffle or forgotten completely. There’s the combination of overnight accommodations for guests, especially if they’re coming the day before and staying with you, on top of the already jam-packed day of preparing food and being a good host.  

4 Essential Tips for Hosting Thanksgiving


Prepare Your Kitchen: Before putting together your list of grocery items, make sure your kitchen is in order.  If you’re hosting, this is arguably one of the busiest days your kitchen will see throughout the year, so it’s important you give it special attention and care. Organize your pantry, clean the fridge – make sure there’s enough room for all of the food and dishes!

If you’re taking a step out of your comfort zone by making a dish you’ve never made before, this is the time to ensure you have all the tools that you need! There’s nothing worse than starting a dish and realizing you’re missing something and then getting stuck. 


Make Your Lists: With your kitchen prepped, it’s time to create your menu, keeping in mind if any guests are bringing a dish or if anyone has a food allergy. It’s likely that your list of items to buy is as long as your arm, having a check list will help keep you on track. Your check list will ensure nothing is forgotten, duplicates aren’t purchased or worse yet – purchasing an item that will go unused. 

With your shopping list set, create your schedule for the big day – including cooking times! You will also want to touch base with the guests who are bringing dishes. Doing this before they’re on their way will help to cover your bases and that nothing has been forgotten during the shuffle. 


Work on Your Dining Room: Coming in second place to the kitchen, this room is most likely to see a considerable amount of action. Your dining room is more than a table, chairs, and curtains. Take into consideration the table linens, place settings, and tablescape. 

If you’ll be using the good china and silver, take them out ahead of time as they will need special attention and prep work of their own. Take inventory of your chairs, do you have enough or will you need more? Will a table for the kids be in order or will they be sitting with the adults? Finally, take into consideration your tablescape and decorations. Consider picking up real mini pumpkins and gourds, they’ll add a nice touch to your décor and you can toss them out at the end of the season rather than storing more seasonal items.


Prepare Your Guest Room: At this point in your preparations you should know if you’re expecting any overnight guests and if so, how many. Change the bed linens, vacuum, clean the windows and curtains. If you think your guests may require something special, ask them ahead of time so you’re prepared to make their stay as comfortable as possible. 


We hope you found these tips helpful and they make a positive impact on your Thanksgiving. We’d love to see pictures of your holiday, be sure to share them with us on Facebook (@liveatstonegate)! 


Perhaps you’ve successfully hosted Thanksgiving and you have a fool-proof process in place already but you’re searching for a new place to call home that offers enough space for these festivities, contact Stonegate today to schedule a tour!

4 Ways to Incorporate Fall Foliage in Your Home

Stonegate Apartments - Friday, October 19, 2018

Creating custom décor for your home doesn’t have to be a hard, time consuming, or costly. In fact, you can incorporate fall foliage found around the Capital Region including our community on six wooded acres in the Town of Guilderland. 

4 Ways to Decorate Your Home with Fall Foliage

Leaf Pressings: Floating frames, or picture frames that you can see through, create a perfect opportunity to press leaves. All too often, people use heavy books to press leaves or flowers, and then they’re forgotten about. Picking your favorite leaf, or leaves, and pairing them with properly sized floating frames gives you the chance to create an easy piece of art that is also tasteful and easy to switch out with the seasons. 


Fall Palette Arrangements: There are a lot of bushes with gorgeous colored leaves during the autumn months. Shades of reds and oranges pair with pale-colored hydrangea flowers you can find either from your local florist or super market flower department. Once you have your arrangement, all you’ll need is a vase and natural lighting from our oversized windows or private balcony


Acorn Garland: This DIY project might take more than a few minutes and a bit of effort, but the outcome is truly unique and a conversation starter.  To create this fall themed garland you will need to gather a large number of acorns (or purchase them at your local craft store!) and a suede cord or thicker twine. Once you have enough to satisfy your decorating needs, you can paint the acorn or leave it in its natural state, and then attach it to your cord using super glue or hot glue. To create a dangling effect, glue the acorn to the cord by its cupule (or cap). 


Garden Container Arrangement: Keeping in mind the same idea as the fall palette arrangement, a garden container arrangement can spruce up your balcony or patio in a matter of moments. Whether you prefer a container that is ornate, country chic, or something simple it can easily be dressed up with fall foliage to create something beautiful for your space. 


If you’re looking for more tips on decorating for the seasons, just let us know during your tour. We’ll be happy to give you tips, ideas, and suggest our favorite place to pick up décor. 

Moving Yourself vs. Hiring Movers

Stonegate Apartments - Friday, October 05, 2018

Among the many decisions to make when it comes time to move you will have to decide whether or not you should hire a moving company, or handle everything on your own. With everything that’s going on, it’s completely normal to feel overwhelmed. To relieve some of this stress and help you decide which option is best for you, we’ve put together a list of pros and cons. 

Pros and Cons of Moving Companies


Pros

Efficiency: We all think we’re the best at packing, but when it comes to efficiency, the professionals are truly the best. They’ll also arrive on time with the appropriate equipment and supplies to make the move a breeze – especially for you. 

Protection: Assuming you hire a legitimate moving company, you’ll find comfort in knowing that your items will be protected. Tight corners, stairs, and bumpy roads typically aren’t an issue for movers. This also means less of a chance of damaging the place you’re moving out of as well as your new home. 


Cons

Expense: Unless you’ve already budgeted for the cost, it could be a price that you aren’t prepared for. Depending on the movers you hire, the cost might be too much. 

Flexibility: If you need to change the time or date of your move, the moving company might not be able to accommodate your new schedule. If this happens, you either need to rearrange your schedule or find a new moving company.

Pros and Cons of Moving Yourself


Pros

Control: If you like having total control of a situation, then it’s typically ideal to do the move yourself. You’re in charge of the vehicle(s) used to transport your belongings and you’re handling everything yourself. It also gives you flexibility in your schedule, if you need to move the time by an hour – or four – it isn’t a big deal if you’re doing it on your own.

Money: This is particularly important if your budget is tight or if you’re trying to cut costs. The costs of hiring a moving can quickly add up. So if you’re trying to save money as much as possible, you may want to pick up a few totes or sturdy cardboard boxes and do the heavy lifting. 


Cons

Planning:  If you’re trying to coordinate an entire move on your own it will take a lot of planning, and more often than not, a lot of helping hands. There are a lot of logistics involved; from packing the truck(s) is a concise manner that makes sense, to properly loading and unloading your belongings. 

Heavy Lifting: Arguably the worst part about moving is all of the heavy lifting, especially if your friends and family suddenly become busy and can’t help you move. 




Whether you decide to hire a moving company or do the heavy lifting yourself is completely up to you. One thing we know for sure is that you will love calling Stonegate your home! To schedule your tour and see everything our community has to offer, contact us today.

How to Become Energy Efficient in 5 Ways

Stonegate Apartments - Tuesday, September 18, 2018

When trying to cut out unnecessary expenses many of us don’t take into consideration the items around our homes that may actually cause an increase in our energy bill each month. Take these 5 tips into consideration and then put them to work so you can begin reducing some of your electric bill. 

5 Energy Saving Tips


1. Make Use of Power Strips – When you have several items to be plugged into one area – say, with your TV or at your desk – plug them all into a power strip. Not only will a power strip give you more outlets to use, but it also makes it much easier to switch your electronics off with the push of one button when you’re leaving your house for the day.
2. Consider Your Product Choice – Shop around for lightbulbs and appliances. More often than not, you’ll be able to find some with the ENERGY STAR label on it. These products oftentimes are much more energy efficient and have lower standby power. Better yet, they even tend to last longer than comparable non-ENERGY STAR products. Lighting, for example, is a great place to start. Replacing your current lightbulbs with an energy efficient option is a great way to save!
3. Unplug Your Electronics – When you’re not using an electronic, simply unplug it. Of course, you won’t want to do this with things like your refrigerator or your digital alarm clock, but if you are done charging your laptop, your phone, or even if you’re done with the microwave, unplug it! It might not seem like it will make much of a difference, but you’ll be watching your electricity bill go down little by little.
4. Clear Your Vents – Ensuring that furniture is not blocking a vent or register allows the air in your apartment to flow freely. 
5. Window Curtains and Blinds – Not only do they add eye appeal to your home, but, they can also help with your energy needs. During the winter months, take advantage of the warmth from the sun and open the drapes for a few hours. As the temperatures begin to rise during the summer season, they can help keep out the heat so your apartment stays cool.


Start incorporating these energy savings tips in your home today! If you’re looking for a new place to call home, take a tour of Stonegate. We’re centrally located in the Town of North Greenbush and offer an atmosphere of convenient living for all of our renters.  

Fall Activities in the Capital Region

Stonegate Apartments - Wednesday, September 05, 2018

When we think of fall activities, carving pumpkins and picking apples are the first things that seem to pop into our brains. What about the rest of the events going on around the Capital Region? Take a look at the list below and change up your usual fall activities! 

Outdoor Fall Activities


2018 Irish 2000 Festival: Happening on September 15th at the Saratoga County Fairgrounds is the 22nd annual Irish 2000 Festival with a lineup of Celtic music from modern to traditional. In recent years, the festival has happened on multiple days, this year it’s happening on one – so don’t miss out!


Hudson River Sightseeing Cruise: Enjoy a narrated cruise by a Hudson River Historian on September 15th and 16th about Albany and the Hudson River. 


Adirondack Balloon Festival: One of the Capital Region’s greatest events is happening from September 20th through the 23rd in Glens Falls and Queensbury, NY. Watch more than 80 hot air balloons take to the sky and enjoy the food, vendors, and family-friendly activities!


Indoor Fall Activities


Lunch Bite Gallery Tour: Wednesday, September 19th the New York State Museum is hosting the Lunch Bite Gallery Tour: “Albany to Buffalo Images of Changing Fortune Along the Erie Canal”. During the exhibit guests will learn how artists depicted the changing landscape as a result of the canal’s prosperity and decline. 


The Price Is Right: Looking for your chance to “come on down” to play games and have a chance to win prizes? October 6th at the Palace Theatre is the chance you’ve been looking for!


Check out Albany.com for more events happening in the Capital Region this fall and try something new.  While you’re out enjoying everything the area has to offer, take a tour of our apartments! We have amenities our renters love and multiple layouts to choose from including two and three bedroom apartments!

Organize Your Cabinets in 5 Easy Steps

Stonegate Apartments - Thursday, August 23, 2018

It may feel like an impossible task, but becoming more organized and creating more storage space in your apartment doesn’t have to be the daunting task we create in our minds. Full disclosure, it isn’t difficult at all, all you need are the best tips to help create the right ideas! 

5 Steps to Better Organized Cabinets


1. Everything has a Place: Open your cabinets and take a step back to truly look at them. Does everything make sense where it’s currently living? Does it flow well with the space? If you’re searching for a utensil while cooking and can’t quickly find it, then it’s time to reorganize so the space works more efficiently.
2. Containers: Store-bought inserts can also help increase the amount of items cabinets can hold, much like cabinet cubbies. Plate racks, Lazy Susans, vertical cookie sheets, and so much more can help hold everything in its rightful place.
3. Tools with a Purpose: Try incorporating purposeful tools into your kitchen. Magnetic spice containers, for example, are a great way to clear up counter space or cabinet space since they can stick to the side of your refrigerator.
4. Out of Sight: Items that you don’t use as frequently, but maybe need easy access to, can be stored in cute bins and baskets on top of cabinets where they are out of the way. If they are items that won’t be used quite as much, consider using a container that has a lid so you can keep the dust out.
5. Cubbies: Cabinet cubbies, rather than open shelving, kind of force your hand and make you keep everything organized. This way you are less likely to have cluttered messy looming behind the cabinet door.


We would love to see how you’ve organized your space, or even if you feel like you need a little help and you’re looking for suggestions! Share photos of your cabinets with us on Facebook (@liveatstonegate) and don’t forget to follow our page so you can keep up with everything we share each month.


Have you tried organizing your cabinets and find you’re still struggling to find a place for everything? It’s possible that there simply isn’t enough space in your home. If this sounds like the situation you’re facing, schedule a tour of our apartments! Our community is nestled on six wooded acres in the Town of Guilderland, which creates a quiet and rural-like community. As if that wasn’t enough, we offer multiple floor plans built to fit your needs! 

10 Items Stonegate Takes Care of for Our Renters

Stonegate Apartments - Monday, August 06, 2018
There are numerous perks and benefits of being a renter at Stonegate, including peace of mind knowing you don’t have to worry about aspects of home life like a homeowner does. Become the envy of your home-owning friends with these major perks from Stonegate. 


1. School Taxes: Homeowners are required to pay school taxes whether they have children or not. Renters, even those with children, are lucky enough to avoid paying this tax.
2. Property Taxes: Yet another cost associated with home-ownership are property taxes, and depending on the area, they can be quite costly. This is an expense incurred by homeowners, and not renters, making it a valuable perk for renters.
3. Maintenance Repairs: While renting, we understand that things do happen, and replacements will need to be made. Renters won’t be responsible for repairs or replacement unless there has been gross neglect. You are responsible, however, for notifying our Maintenance Staff of the repair request.
4. Property Updates: A new roof, window replacement, and exterior updates are all something homeowners face. Stonegate residents don’t have to worry about these updates!
5. Pest Control: As winter comes to an end; pests begin to appear again in the lawn. They can be quite the nuisance, but, not one that renters need to handle.
6. Flooring: Having new flooring installed can be quite costly for homeowners, making it a wonderful perk for renters. Replacement of flooring, unless there has been gross neglect, is up to Stonegate to replace.
7. Pavement Upkeep: Pavement upkeep is another costly expense homeowners are faced with. This is not the case for renters though! Pavement upkeep falls to the responsibility of Stonegate!
8. Lawn Maintenance: Spend the warmer months enjoying what you love doing as opposed to yard work. Spring clean-up, planting, and mowing are all part of our maintenance plan.
9. Garbage: While renting, you are responsible for ridding your apartment of garbage and waste. Luckily, you are not responsible for the garbage being hauled away.
10. Snow Removal: The Capital Region is no stranger to snow storms and snow removal. Luckily for you, snow removal is left to us to handle!

Are you ready to make Stonegate your new home? Schedule your tour of our gorgeous community today! 

The Benefits of Renting from Stonegate

Stonegate Apartments - Thursday, July 19, 2018

There are many apartment communities that don’t give the residents the feeling of “home”; this is not the case for Stonegate. While living in community, our residents enjoy the abundant amenities available to them – all of which make life much easier and more comfortable. Life at Stonegate is perfect for starter homes and empty nesters alike! 

Life at Stonegate

Stonegate offers floor plans ranging from one, two, and three bedroom layouts which include key fob/intercom entrances. Each of our apartments is equipped with its own washer and dryer allowing residents the freedom to do their laundry at their leisure. This is certainly better than spending the day at the laundromat! Residents that are hosting events such as family get-togethers or gatherings for work have the luxury of using our Community Center at Stonegate which has its own business/media area. This creates an atmosphere and setting that many people desire. 

Residents have exclusive use of state-of-the-art equipment in the Fitness Room which saves them time, as well as money, since they will no longer need a monthly gym membership. With convenient hours, there’s no need to feel rushed to come home right away and get a good workout in. 

We also pride ourselves with the ability to provide our residents with a friendly management team as well as an experienced maintenance crew. Stonegate’s maintenance staff is available 24/7 and strives to make your experience with our community as enjoyable as possible. 

To learn more about Stonegate, and to schedule a tour, contact us today. When you’re part of our community, you’ll love where you live! 
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