Living Room Love | Guest Blog Post – Jane Antonovich

We are excited to bring another guest post to the blog. Jane Antonovich from Jane Antonovich Designs is back with part 3 of the 4 part Feng Shui Series on the MPM blog. If you missed part 1, you can check it out here: Feng Shui for Love and Romance. If you missed part 2, you can check it out here: Feng Shui for Health and Wellness.

Living Room Love!

Feng shui design is fun and exciting and can be incredibly transformative! Look what we’ve been up to — this is the living room in the charming St. Louis home of Laura.
Laura moved to her new home this spring and her home was a blank slate (well, with a little clutter tossed in)–and she was very open to allowing a BIG JUMP in energy for her home and her life–very BRAVE! Here are a few before pictures (previous owners) of her living room: Continue reading

The Lifelong Debate | When to Put Your Holiday Lights Up

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The holidays are just around the corner and if you’re like some people, you’re already listening to Christmas music and you may already have or want to put your Christmas lights up. So, when is the “right” time to put your lights up? It’s a lifelong debate that may never have a right answer, but we can at least talk about the ” acceptable time” to put your holiday lights up and take them down. Continue reading

DIY Halloween Home Décor + CONTEST

Halloween is just a few days away! We put together a roundup of 10 of our favorite Pinterest DIY Halloween Home Décor ideas for you all, plus we’re giving away $20 to Silver Mine Subs when you send us your DIY Halloween Home Décor. See below for more details.

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5 Ways to Get Around the “No Painting Rule” in Your Apartment

With more and more apartments now implementing a “no painting rule”, there’s no need to worry! You can still make your apartment look just as good without painting. We’re sharing 5 options to spruce up your walls that are temporary, easily removable, and don’t involve painting! As always, check with your landlord first.

1. Temporary Wallpaper

Use all over a room or for an accent wall.

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10 Things You Can Let go of by the Time You’re 30 | Guest Blogger – Jane Antonovich

We are excited to welcome Jane Antonovich as our guest blogger this week. Jane is a Feng Shui Designer and Organizational Expert who has worked with MPM in the past at our Galaxie building. She designed the leasing office and the Galaxie model studio and did such a great job. Learn more about Jane at the end of the post.


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If you’re holding on to furniture or decor from college or your twenties, It’s time to take a Deep Breath and envision yourself 5 years, even 10 years from now…

What kind of home will you be in? House? Apartment? Condo? Cabin? Bungalow? How will your home feel? Beautiful? Peaceful? Shelter from the fast, zippy world outside?

Will any of the items in this list still be part of your design?

Consider how it would feel to let go of any or all of these as you dream into your future:

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Guest Blog: Revel Madison – DIY Craft Project

Today is the first day of Spring and now is the perfect time to start some DIY projects to spruce up your apartment and kick your organization and spring cleaning into gear.  We are so excited to be collaborating with a new local partner, Revel.  Since they are experts at DIY crafts, we have asked them to do a guest blog for MPM this week.

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We at Revel are thrilled to guest blog for Madison Property Management today! If you haven’t heard of Revel, we are a modern craft bar located just off the Capitol Square. It’s the perfect place to get together with friends to drink and DIY! We have a constantly changing list of workshops and drop-in Craft Bar projects, including everything from bar cart styling and beer glass etching to watercolor brush lettering and gold leaf painting.

One of the most popular projects on our Craft Bar menu is this customizable acrylic tray – perfect for entertaining or as a statement decor piece.revel madison

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Decorating your Apartment for the Holidays, Plus a Chance to WIN!

Just because you live in an apartment, or have a small space, doesn’t mean that you can’t make your space look great during the holidays. We’ve hit up Pinterest to give you the best holiday decorating ideas for your apartment or small space.
 
Let’s start with the tree…
 
Christmas Tree:
Do you like real trees or faux trees? If you love real Christmas trees, check with your landlord first to make sure they are allowed in your building. Faux Christmas trees are a great alternative and although they may be a bit pricey at first, you can use them year after year, so you get your money’s worth. They even make pine scented ornaments now that will make your apartment smell like you have a real tree. Make sure you pick the right size tree to fit in your space. If you have a small space and don’t have much room for a tree, try a tabletop tree, or a half tree as shown below. You can still decorate them just like any other tree, but they don’t take up as much space as a regular sized tree. Don’t have space at all for a tree? There are several alternatives to choose from instead of a tree. Take advantage of your wall space and use lights to create your own tree. Use chalk on a dark wall or create a tree shape with wood pieces or branches on the wall as shown below. We also love the idea of using your books to create a tree against your wall. You could do this on the floor, on a shelf or even on a table.



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Apartment Plants…That You Won’t Kill!

Something that many apartment dwellers don’t incorporate into the décor for their new homes are plants! Some people intentionally leave them out for fear that they won’t be able to keep plants alive. Others just don’t even consider the benefits of having an apartment plant. Plants can do wonders for small spaces! They add a bit of beauty to your space, and they even help with your indoor air quality.

Here are 5 of the most neglect-proof plants that will survive your apartment…as long as you give them just a little bit of water, sunlight and, occasionally, some extra love!

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These are great little plants that not only serve as a source of greenery in your home but also as living artwork! The delicate art of trimming a bonsai tree can be witnessed with Mr. Miyagi in “Karate Kid”, when he’s not forcing Daniel to scrub the deck and wash the cars. Trimming the bonsai can also help as a form of meditation. They aren’t too finicky…just water them a bit each time the soil is nearly dry.

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Having a “Grown-Up” Apartment

apartment-organizationNow that you’ve grown up, your apartment needs to suit you. You do not live in a dorm room anymore and you aren’t sharing rooms with several other friends.  There’s no need for a mini-fridge in your room or common area, no need for a white board on the wall to detail tasks and no need for lofts (unless you are utilizing space in a smaller apartment). It’s time to have a “grown-up” apartment. Continue reading