Western New York is full of museums, and Buffalo specifically has some really cool options. So, if you dig history or just need a day our of your apartments, consider checking out some of the local museums:
Buffalo Museum of Science
If you like science, archaeology or dinosaurs (who doesn’t?) then check out the Buffalo Museum of Science. Currently, you can catch the Mummies of the World exhibit, and see both naturally and intentionally preserved mummies from both other museums and private collectors.
Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural Site
At the Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural Site, you can take in a bit of presidential history in your own backyard. With exhibits about Roosevelt’s path to becoming president, the Pan American Expo and American history in general, it’s a great way to spend some time on the weekend.
With ever-changing exhibits, a cool layout and work from both current and past artists, the Albright Knox Art Gallery will impress any art enthusiast. Take a day to appreciate Buffalo’s fine arts culture and you won’t be disappointed.
Ever wondered how you can make your apartment come to life? How about adding some more life into the space (literally)?
Plants can do a lot for an apartment, from purifying the air to improving the look. Of course, choosing the right plants could be a bit difficult, especially if you haven’t had plants before. Make sure to do things right from the beginning to keep your plants alive and well!
Choose Plants for the Right Light
Typically, with apartments, you’ll be dealing with low-light. So, you’ll want to choose plants that can thrive without a lot of sunlight, like snake plants or or peace lilies.
In contrast, with a high light scenario, you can get away with plants like ficus or bird of paradise plants.
Remember to Water!
Surprisingly enough, plants can’t survive without water. So, set up a schedule or even input some reminders on your phone.
Make Plants into a Focal Point
Placing plants on your coffee table, for example, makes them a centerpiece for the room. Not only will this help you with remembering to water, but it also creates a natural energy for the space.
The “Zen” interior look stresses minimalism, openness and blurring the line between interior and exterior. A more open layout, such as a loft, could easily fit within the Zen appeal, though with some work any apartment could also work.
How can you develop a Zen look in your apartment?
Natural, Soft Colors
Stick to colors that regular occur in nature for the most part. Really, you can incorporate any colors you like, but certain neutral/natural colors should be the foundation – especially on the walls.
Limit/Eliminate the Clutter
Remember, openness is the key, so lots of clutter will really ruin the aesthetic. Keep things minimal and optimize your space as much as possible.
Bring in Something Natural
Any room with a Zen appeal should have something growing in it. It cleans the air and complements the open feel, allowing for a relaxing energy in the space.
There are some things that every apartment needs – and one of these things is music. More specifically, some way to listen to your music without needing headphones. You might also consider consolidating sound systems to get the more from less in order to save space (instead of utilizing both an iPod dock and a home theatre system, you can consolidate by using one for both things).
Of course, some of your audio decisions will depend on your budget, but these days you can get great sound for a decent price. Here are a few ways to incorporate music and general audio into your apartment:
iPod Dock / Airplay Device
While many iPod docks are just that – a device with which you can listen to your iPod – some can incorporate your TV or films as well. The Bowers & Wilkins Zeppelin Air (pictured below) has an input to easily connect a Blu-Ray or DVD player’s audio output. And with five speakers, it will easily fill an apartment living room with your favorite tunes or entertainment audio. Whatever device you look into, consider spending a bit extra if it means killing two birds with one stone.
Bookshelf Speakers / Sound System
If you really want to invest in some premium audio, you will want to consider bookshelf speakers or even an entire theatre sound system. In this case, you’ll need a audio/video receiver to connect all of the components. However, you will have a lot of customizable options and you can really get the sound that you want for your particular room.
While many view the classic record player as an outmoded audio device, true audiophiles will tell you that you get the most out of your music with through vinyl. While incorporating a turntable won’t save you any space, it will offer a neat visual piece to the room while giving you impeccable audio (assuming that you have well-kept vinyls and decent speakers).
With apartment bathrooms, you don’t necessarily have the freedom to be entirely creative as you would with a detached house. In a house, you can add a custom bath or sink, made of stone or in some really neat shape. But, in an apartment you can’t really tear out the tub or sink for a replacement.
That being said, you do have options to make the bathroom your own without replacing the major pieces to the room. Consider these options:
Add Some Artwork
Most bathrooms that feel comfortable have some sort of art on the wall. Avoid the cheesiness and go for something non-bathroom themed:
Coordinate the Colors / Patterns
Have a color palette and stick to it. Your bath matt, towels and shower curtains should match. They don’t need to be the same color or pattern, but there should be some unified design.
Get Some Random Stuff
Magazines, games, whatever. When you have guests over, chances are that they’ll used the bathroom and, for that matter, you probably will use the bathroom every day. So, stock up on bathroom entertainment, because it’ll get used.
Our Allentown, Elmwood and Delaware Ave apartments (among others) are all in close proximity to the Elmwood/Bidwell Farmers Market.
Every Saturday from now, through October, the Farmers Market will be up from 8 am to 1 pm, with fresh local produce, in addition to other local food products, drinks and the like. Their website has a list of vendors, with more info on events, news, and even a photo gallery. You can also like them on Facebook to keep up on current events for the market.
Basically, you can get good food for a good price, support local economy and have a nice morning in a beautiful park – sounds pretty nice, right? Check out the Farmers Market to see what we mean!
One piece of furniture that really brings an apartment or loft together – even defining the room – is the coffee table. While the couch or the entertainment center take up more real estate in a room, the coffee table gets seen more than the couch (since when you sit on a couch, you don’t see it) and you typically have more physical interaction with a coffee table than your entertainment center (setting cups down, flipping through magazines or coffee table books, etc.).
So, this week we feature a Pinterest Board full of coffee tables. Maybe you haven’t found the perfect coffee table as of yet. If that’s the case, check out “Modern Coffee Tables” from Michael Habachy, which includes the following pieces:
Depending on your style of needs, you might want a coffee table the stresses functionality over cool appearance for your Buffalo apartment. Of, maybe functionality isn’t your main concern. Either way, this board will give you some good ideas, some of which even link to site where you can make a purchase. Pretty sweet!
You might wonder how much cleanliness has to do with interior design, and you’re not alone. The truth is, no matter how cool you get your apartment in Buffalo to look, it won’t have the right feel if it’s dirty. In fact, I can think of at least three ways that cleanliness affects the quality of your interior design:
Why do you invest time and money into your interior design look? Pretty obvious right? It’s so that your apartment looks cool. However, dust, dirt, pillows on the floor, throw blankets laying around randomly and similar issues won’t really help the look of your space. Dust, especially, just makes any effort go without purpose. So, clean up so that the look of your particular style doesn’t go to waste.
As it turns out, people don’t feel very comfortable in a dirty living room. You put a lot of effort into making your space look nice so that you can feel relaxed when you sit on your couch or lay down in bed. Breathing in and seeing the dust all over doesn’t really contribute to relaxation or comfort.
Similarly, keep things clean helps to keep things smelling fresh. The better everything smells, the better you will feel. So, keep dusting, vacuuming and mopping so that the aroma compliments the great appearance of your apartment.
If you live in our downtown Buffalo apartments, Grand Island is just a short easy drive up the 190. So, if you’ve ever wondered what it was like to take a cruise on the Niagara River, check out Grand Lady Cruises. With both public and private cruises available, you can get a little bit of coastal luxury without going to the Caribbean.
Here are a few specific things that Grand Lady Cruises could accommodate:
Buffalo has plenty of great restaurants with incredible decor, food and drinks. But, let’s be honest, a cruise adds some extra excitement to a date. The Grand Lady does both lunch and dinner cruises, though the dinner cruise would probably be more suitable for a date. At 3 hours long, including live entertainment and a three course meal, you and your date will have a great time for sure!
Work Meetings & Presentations
If you want to make a good impression on some potential clients, investors, etc. – a boat will probably do the trick. You’ll definitely want to gauge the possibility of a boat cruise to see if the rental makes sense for your particular situation, but chances are that the cruise will make a good impression in a business scenario.
Parties, Weddings, Etc.
Again, Buffalo has no shortage of land-based event venues, but doing stuff on the water just has more panache. From wedding receptions to a simple get together, the Grand Lady has a lot of possibilities for parties both in private and public cruises.
We are here again with another Pinterest Board to follow: “Apartment Design” by Mary Fierro. It’s a fairly eclectic board, but I saw a lot of arrangements that would work for our Buffalo apartments:
I can’t really be sure, but I’m pretty positive that this bed frame is made from “upcycled” shipping pallets. Besides that inventive use of reclaimed material, I also dig the colors, fur comforter and printed area rug.
Restored antique pieces like this dresser can really compliment a modern look for an apartment. Of course, they also work great as additions to a Victorian look.
This is a very good example of color coordination in a room. Notice how the red tones show up in the shades, area rug and accent pieces on the bookshelf. Plus, the rustic wood desk is just cool – simple, functional and beautiful.