Tips for Staying Cool This Summer

May 17th, 2018

With the summer season upon us, the temperatures will begin to rise, and along with the sun may be some fairly hot days as well. Beat the heat and stay cool in your Foster City apartment this summer by following the tips below to keep cool even on a steamy summer day.

Keep Your Clothes Light and Loose

Dark and fitted clothing can cause you to retain body heat which will make you sweat when temperatures begin to soar. Stock your closet with fun and fresh light summer colors that are loose fitting and flowing to keep your temperature down and give your body a little room to breathe.

Stay Hydrated With Cold Beverages

Most people know that drinking hot soup can warm you up. The same theory holds true for cooling down. Drinking ice-cold beverages can help lower your body temperature from the inside keeping you from becoming overheated. It is also vital to drink more during the summer as you will lose more water from your body when sweating and dehydration occur if you don’t replenish your fluids.

Pull Down the Shades on Sunny Afternoons

While the sunshine may be beautiful during the peak times of the day, that bright afternoon sun can beam in your windows and raise the temperature of your apartment. Instead, enjoy the morning sunshine or a beautiful California sunset and draw your shades, blinds, or drapes during the afternoon. This will help keep your apartment cooler and save you on your energy bill.

Keep Some Cooling Neck Wraps Handy

Whether you are relaxing in your apartment or enjoying a jog, neck wraps are an easy way to lower your body temperature and cool down quickly. All you have to do is soak them in water and wrap them around your neck.

Take a Relaxing Dip in the Pool

The summer season is the perfect time to take advantage of the pool at your Foster City apartment. If you are expecting some warm temperatures for the day, plan to get your daily exercise in by doing a few laps around the pool, or take the time for an evening swim at the end of a hot day to cool you off.

Don’t let the summer heat make you sweat; follow the tips above to cool off and enjoy the sunshine. Looking for a great apartment with a pool to help cool you off? Stop into The Plaza luxury apartments to find the best floor plan for you.

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Bring the Sunshine Inside With These 5 Summer Decor Tips

May 3rd, 2018

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The summer season is the perfect time to relax, unwind and bring in a little of the beautiful sunshine for the season. There is no better way to start off summer than by following these summer decor tips to brighten up your Foster City apartment.

Let In More Light by Decluttering

Clear the way for some extra light in your home by removing dark items and cleaning up cluttered areas. Put away blankets and winter decor to help let your apartment fill with light and feel the summer sunshine all day long.

Add Some Live Flower Arrangements

Take advantage of the wonderful flower availability this time of year and decorate your mantel, dining room table, or shelving with some live plants or vases of cut summer flowers. Not only will you enjoy the aesthetic benefits, but you also can take advantage of the fragrance of the flowers as well.

Bring In Some Summer Scents

While fragrances such as cinnamon and evergreen can be great smells during the cold months, summer is time to trade out those candles and room deodorizers with some citrus, ocean breeze, or coconut scents to bring you the feel of carefree days on the beach.

Add a Little Beach Inside Your Home

While creating a full-scale beach may be an impossible feat, you can still bring a little bit of the beach back with you to enjoy in your home. Find some unique vases or go old school with some mason jars and create some sand creations, making sure to add in some shells or unique stones. Decorate your mantel or end tables with the vases, and add a few shells around the base to complete the look.

Think Bold and Bright When Choosing Colors

This season, bright colors are the trend in summer home decor. Think bright blues, yellows and oranges when choosing accent pieces or adding pops of color such as throw pillows and rugs. If your walls are neutral, add some color to those as well with a unique piece of art featuring bold and bright colors. If you have curtains or drapes, tie them back with a bright piece of fabric to allow the sunshine in during the day.

Embrace the summer season by implementing some of the summer decor tips listed above. If you are looking for a new apartment to try out your new summer decor ideas, call or stop by The Plaza luxury apartments to inquire about available floor plans.

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How to Make the Best Iced Coffee at Home

April 17th, 2018

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The scorching heat of summer calls for innovative ways to keep your body temperature low. Most of you tend to find the idea of drinking a glass of iced coffee as an excellent way of getting rid of the excessive heat. If you think that iced coffee is simply letting your hot coffee get cold as you relax in your Foster City, California apartments, then we need to talk. If you are used to buying your favorite iced coffee from a vendor, then you need to start preparing your best homemade iced coffee today. There are lots of ways to make iced coffee at home, but we shall only dwell on a single method that will give the best drink.

Ingredients

  • 1/3-cup whole coffee beans
  • Ice
  • Milk
  • One and a half cups of filtered cold water
  • Sweeteners such as caramel, melted chocolate or flavored syrups
  • Equipment: You will require a coffee grinder and the French press.

How to Prepare

Start by grinding the coffee beans until they become coarse, to allow easy filtration by your French press and are sufficient to infuse. You should grind right in-between the fine, and you are good to go.

Combine your ground coffee with the filtered water in the French press. Add more coffee to the French press, and top off with one-and-a-half cups of water.

Once you have the mixture in your French press, stir gently until the coffee and the filtered water are well-blended.

Put your French press lid in position and ensure that the plunger is in its upright position. You can let the coffee mixture stay overnight in the refrigerator. Leave the plunger in the upright position, even as you place the mixture in your refrigerator, to allow the grounds to absorb the filtered water overnight.

Remove your mixture from the fridge the following day, and plunge to separate the grounds from the coffee. Conduct this step with a lot of care, if you want to achieve the desired results at the end.

To make your sweet iced coffee, fill your glass/cup with ice cubes and fill it halfway with milk (optional). Fill the remaining half of the glass/cup with the iced coffee you prepared. Gently stir to obtain a fine mixture and start enjoying your homemade iced coffee.

One thing that you have to remember as you prepare your iced coffee in your Foster City apartments, is that if your French press is larger, then you can make a more significant amount of iced coffee using the same ratio of water to ground coffee.

Are you looking for a nice apartment in California featuring a wide range of amenities and high-quality finishes? No need to worry; The Plaza in Foster City is here for you. Contact us today and experience the difference.

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4 Yoga Poses for Better Sleep

April 3rd, 2018

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Statistics show that at least 70 million Americans suffer from chronic sleep problems. If the sleep pills and other forms of medication aren’t doing you any favors, then you need to turn your head and seek alternative solutions. One of the best ways you can use to deal with your sleep problems is by incorporating a few yoga poses in your sleep ritual. Yoga has numerous meditative elements that can help you deal with your daily stress. The good thing is that yoga doesn’t always have to be vigorous and time-consuming. A few poses in your Foster City apartments can go a long way in making you feel better. Here are some yoga poses for better sleep.

The Rock-a-Bye Ball Roll

This move will take you between seven and eight minutes. Lie flat, facing upwards, and bring your knees closer to your chest. Next, cross your leg ankles, and then slowly wrap both your hands around your shins while clinching them. Breathe in, and raise your whole body to the sitting position, breathe out and roll back. Repeat this for one minute, then roll back, extend your legs and arms and drift to a comfortable sleep.

The Child’s Pose

To perform the child’s pose, drop your hips back to your heels and move your chest between your thighs. Make sure that your toes are touching each other while your knees should be as wide as possible to ease your posture and make you comfortable, allowing you to breathe deeply. Rest your forehead on the ground or couch, and stretch your hands out in front of you. Roll your forehead from one side to the other on the ground to give yourself a face massage. Do this for about five minutes before you go to bed.

Fire Log Pose

This is another simple yoga pose that you can perform in your apartments in California. Start by extending your left leg straight out, then slowly bend your knee to a 90-degree angle. Slowly flex your right foot, and slowly place it on top of your left knee, such that your right shin stays stacked on top of your left. You should move your left foot closer to your pelvis if you feel some pain in your hip joint. Move your head forward as you breathe out, while slowly increasing the hip stretch. Stay in this position for about one minute and repeat the same on the other side.

Supine Spinal Twist

This is an incredible yoga move if your tummy problems have been denying you sleep. Roll both of your knees towards the left side of your body while pulling down your right shoulder towards the ground. Now turn your head to the right and press down your knees with your left hand. Stay in this position and count up to six breaths, and repeat the sequence on the right side of your body.

Are you a resident of Foster City, California looking for stylish apartments with excellent amenities, such as a pool and spa? Look no further, since The Plaza luxury apartment living in Foster City offers more than that. Contact us today and let us move your life to the next level.

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Keep Your Kitchen Clean with These Super-Quick Tasks

March 22nd, 2018

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The kitchen is one of the areas in your apartment home that needs the most cleaning. From food preparation to foot traffic, this part of your home can end up with grime and dirt without regular cleaning. Fortunately, there are several simple and fast ways to make sure that your kitchen stays as clean as possible on a regular basis.

Clean Your Refrigerator Doors

The handles and doors of your fridge can get dirty easily from all the times they’re touched. Wipe these down daily or every few days using a damp cloth to remove grime. With just a couple of minutes of cleaning, you’ll have a fridge that looks clean and shiny.

Clean Inside Your Microwave

The inside of your microwave is easy to overlook, but it can be covered in food stains that are hard to remove when you let them sit. Take a few minutes a day or every other day to spray a bit of cleaner inside your microwave, then wipe it down with a cloth. This should remove food particles and stains before they have a chance to harden.

Make Dry Dishes Disappear

If you tend to have dishes sitting out on your counter for days after they’ve been washed, make a habit of putting them away once they’re dry. If you don’t want to wait, you can dry them with a towel, then put them where they belong. This helps keep your countertops from looking cluttered.

Clean Your Sink

Your sink’s surface can be coated in grime when it’s not cleaned regularly. You can stop this from happening by wiping it down on a daily basis. Use a cloth and multi-purpose cleaning product to quickly get rid of any grime that’s starting to build up.

Sweep Messy Areas

Do a quick sweep in areas that are usually the messiest places in your kitchen, such as near counters where you prepare food. This is a fast and convenient way to get rid of crumbs and other food particles on your floor, so they won’t attract bugs.

Put Items Back Promptly

When you’re preparing food, don’t leave all the ingredients sitting out on the counter until you get around to cleaning up later. Instead, put them back immediately after you’re done using them. This makes it easier to keep your countertops clean.

The kitchens in our luxury apartments in Foster City CA feature stainless steel Whirlpool appliances, stone countertops and espresso flat-panel wood cabinetry. Contact us for more details on our apartment features and community amenities.

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The Best Storage Solutions for Apartment Living

March 8th, 2018

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When you live in an apartment, you might find that you don’t have quite as much storage space as you need. The good news is you don’t have to rely only on closets to store your belongings. You can create your own storage solutions that won’t take up much space at all in your home.

Hang Up Hooks

Hooks can provide you with convenient storage space for hanging scarves, jewelry, belts and other accessories in your closet. Choose adhesive hooks to stick on your wall rather than using nails to hang hooks if your building has a policy against putting holes in walls. Adhesive hooks can hold these lightweight items and keep them organized, so you can easily find what you need. You can also use adhesive hooks in your kitchen or near your door to hold hats and other outdoor items.

Set Up Shelving Units

Bookcases and shelving units with cubbies make ideal places to put a wide range of items, from books and DVDs to knickknacks and collectibles. Since they’re available in several sizes, you can choose a size that works best in your apartment. Keep in mind that you can also purchase baskets for holding linens and other household items, and place these inside the cubbies or on bookcase shelves. This helps keep your shelves looking neat and tidy.

Choose a Storage Chest

Getting a storage chest for your bedroom, living room or even your dining room offers a convenient place to put items so that they’re out of view. This helps cut down on clutter in your home while also giving you a chance to spruce things up with a decorative chest, such as a rustic oak wood chest or an elegant cherry wood chest. You can also use the top of the chest to place books, lamps and other items.

Select Stacking Tables

Some tables, such as bedside tables and end tables, are available with open bases that provide you with a chance to create extra storage space. You can slide smaller tables under the larger ones, and pull them out when you need them. You can also make use of the open area below these tables for storage. For example, you can place a basket with knitting supplies, magazines or other items under these tables and easily take them out when you want to use them.

Our community in Foster City, CA has apartments available with walk-in closets for additional storage space. Please contact us for more information about our available Foster City apartments.

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3 Essential Apartment Accessories for 2018

February 20th, 2018

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As you may know from experience, it takes hard work to make a house or apartment truly feel like home. This is particularly true for those who don’t have a gift for interior decorating. If you have no idea where to start when it comes to decorating your home, here are three essential decor accessories for 2018 that you should buy to help you get started.

1. Accent Mirrors

Very few rooms are complete without a few tasteful wall accents. A small wall accent that is well-positioned can contribute a lot to a space. One essential wall accent is the accent mirror. Not only do accent mirrors have the ability to make a room feel even larger, but they can also disrupt the monotony of plain wall.

Before you start buying accent mirrors for the walls in your home, you should figure out which mirror size best suits your space. For example, you may want to buy multiple small accent mirrors rather than one big mirror for a large space. You can arrange the small accent mirrors into a geometric shape. Also, be sure to buy mirrors with frames that complement the rest of the decor in the space.

2. Artwork

One way you can liven up a space and add your own personal touch is by putting artwork up on the walls. Ideally, you should choose artwork that speaks to you rather than just purchasing the first piece of aesthetically appealing artwork that you come across. You can put up a painting or a series of black and white photographs. If you decide to put multiple pieces of artwork up, you should establish a design theme to follow.

3. Throw Pillows

Chances are, you’ve heard that accessories are the key to successfully putting together a nice outfit. Well, accessories are also the key to skillful interior decorating. Many professional interior designers will attest that throw pillows are one of the best accessories for a home.

Since throw pillows are relatively inexpensive, they are considered an interchangeable accessory. Therefore, you buy throw pillows for different themes and different seasons. For example, you might buy floral throw pillows for the spring. You can choose throw pillows with quirky designs as long as the colors are complementary with the rest of the colors in the space.

Reach out to friends and neighbors in your community for more tips when it comes to decor accessories for your home. If you would like to move into a new apartment and join the ThePlaza community, contact us. You can also visit our office to take a look at the Foster City apartments available.

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5 Ways to Decorate With Rugs

February 6th, 2018

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Chances are, you have a space in your apartment home that could use a little “oomph” to really make it pop. Or, you may be wondering how you can add your own personal touch to your favorite room in your apartment. No matter the case, you should consider buying a few nice area rugs to decorate your apartment. Here are five ways to decorate with rugs.

Choose the Right Material

Aesthetic appeal is not the only factor that you should consider when buying area rugs for your home. You should choose a rug made of the right fiber type for your needs. For example, if you’re going to place the area rug in a space that receives a lot of foot traffic, the material you choose should be durable. On the other hand, the area rug you buy for a bathroom should be made from a soft and absorbent material.

Vivid and Eye-Catching

When it comes to decorating your home with area rugs, you should choose vivid colors and eye-catching patterns. The goal is to select area rugs that stand out significantly from the other furnishings. Be sure to select colors that complement or match the rest of the decor in the space.

Define Spaces

In open concept and large rooms, you can use area rugs to define the space. For example, you buy a runner rug to separate the dining room from the living room. You can also use throw rugs to designate sitting areas for the adults and play areas for the children in the living room.

Use Rugs As a Focal Point

If you want an area rug to be the focal point of the room, you should choose a rug that is beautiful enough to stand alone in a room. To make the rug the focal point, you should arrange furnishings around the rug. Another option that you have is positioning the furniture on the area rug.

Consider Unique Shapes

Rectangular- or square-shaped rugs should not be the only rugs that you consider. Choosing a rug that is uniquely shaped can be an easy way to add life and uniqueness to a space in your home. A circular rug is a step in the right direction, but you should consider shapes that are even more quirky.

As you can see, there are many ways to decorate a space in your apartment home with rugs. You should reach out to others in your community for more advice when it comes to decorating with area rugs. If you’re interested in moving into a new home and joining The Plaza community, don’t hesitate to contact us. You can also take a look at the Foster City apartments available by visiting our office.

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How to Grow a Garden in Your Apartment

April 17th, 2017

Basil PlantIf you think you’ve got to have a big yard in order to grow a garden, you obviously haven’t been introduced to the wonderful world of indoor growing.  Naturally, you won’t be able to grow large fields of corn in the living room of your apartment in Foster City, you’ll be able to grow enough green stuff to provide your place with plenty of natural beauty. Whether you want to grow food for the table or simply grow a lush ornamental garden to brighten up dreary winter days, you’ll be able to do so following a few tried-and-true methods listed below.

Identify a Sunny Windowsill

You’ll need a windowsill with a southern or western exposure for best results if you are hoping to grow culinary herbs and certain types of vegetables in your apartment. With the right amount of sun, you’ll be able to grow herbs such as mint, thyme, chives, oregano, dill, and marjoram. If you’ve never cooked with fresh culinary herbs before, you will be amazed at the difference in the way food tastes when it’s been used to prepare meals. Pinching pieces off from the plants to use in cooking encourages the plant to grow. You should always pinch from the top growth right above the leaf nodes — this will help keep the plants from becoming straggly.

If you have a sliding glass door with a southern or western exposure, you can grow garden vegetables such as peas and beans in pots. With enough sun and the addition of a grow light, you may also be able to grow some types of cherry tomatoes. Always buy dwarf varieties of seeds for vegetables that you’re planning on growing indoors.

Choose Low-Light-Loving House Plants

Most common houseplants actually originated as understory plants in tropical rainforests, making them ideal for use in areas that don’t receive a lot of natural light. You can get colorful dracaenas that provide a vibrant foliage display containing vivid reds and pinks, or if you have a space you want to fill with something green and growing, fig trees can grow all the way up to the ceiling in indoor environments. Some house plants such as philodendrons are practically indestructible and are therefore ideal for those who have not yet cultivated a green thumb. No matter what your preference, there is a house plant that will fit in with your indoor living environment.

Are you looking for a brand new apartment to start growing your houseplants in? If so, give The Plaza a call! Our spacious apartments are perfect for plants of all kinds.

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How to Arrange a Floral Bouquet

April 4th, 2017

Red RosesLooking to bring some of the beauty of the outdoors into your apartment this spring? Consider putting together your own floral bouquet to display in your living space. Not sure where to start? We’ve got some tips for arranging a floral bouquet like a pro.

Trim the Stems Properly to Fit the Vase

Once you’ve chosen your flowers and vase, the first step is to trim the stems of the flowers down to fit into the vase properly. When cutting flower stems, try to cut them at a 45-degree angle; this will help to prolong the life of the flowers by helping water absorb into the stems more easily. When cutting, test out how each flower will fit into the vase and be sure to remove any foliage that will fall below the water level. Otherwise, this could cause your flowers to wilt faster and can create a foul odor as well.

Create a Focal Point With Large Blooms

Start with the larger of the blooms you’ve selected to create a focal point within your bouquet. Begin arranging these blooms in circular layers, being sure to step back and assess the bouquet from a distance after placing every couple of flowers. These blooms should make for the center of your bouquet. Depending on the size of the blooms, you may also want to use a foam holder at the bottom of your vase to secure them in place.

Surround With Smaller Blooms

Next, use smaller blooms to surround the focal point of your bouquet. Ideally, these flowers should also be slightly shorter than the flowers in the center of your arrangement. This will help to create a natural layered look. Again, work by placing flowers along the perimeter of the bouquet, taking a step back to ensure everything looks even and balanced before moving onto the next step.

Finish With Berries or Greens

Any bouquet should be finished off with a final layer of greens, berries, or a mix of both around the sides. This will help to cover up the stems of the flowers you’ve already placed and give your arrangement a “finished” look. Greenery can also be used as an inexpensive “filler” material to give your bouquet a larger and fuller look. Plus, it helps to separate blooms so that air can properly circulate between them, thus helping your bouquet stay fresher for longer.

Spring is a beautiful time here at The Plaza apartments in Foster City, CA. Contact us today to inquire about current floor plan availability.

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