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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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Benefits of Having Stone Countertops

March 27th, 2016

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Stone countertops have been slowly but surely taking over the kitchen and bathroom interior design for years now. Nowadays, it is a highly sought after material to note within a living space. The most common materials used for countertops include synthetic, ceramic tiles and stone. Most property managers and home builders choose to install stone countertops for many reasons. Here are the benefits of having stone countertops in your apartment:

Looks Great

Stone countertops can help transform your kitchen or bathroom’s look from ordinary to great. Though aesthetics can be subjective, most people agree that stone countertops look greater than any other material. They make a beautiful finishing touch to your home’s kitchen or bathroom.

Durable

Stone countertops last for a lifetime. They are exceptionally durable and require less maintenance than other materials. Unlike any other materials, stone countertops can endure spills and every day wear and tear due to hot cups of drinks, hot pans, spilled wine and even knives or sharp kitchen utensils that cut through the countertop. This makes it more ideal for counters that are used frequently at home for cooking, crafting and other family activities. Stone countertops are also easy to clean as they do not easily react to cleaning solutions that are normally used for household cleaning.

Unique

No two slabs of stones are exactly alike. This means that you can create a truly, one of a kind countertop for your kitchen or bathroom. Also, stone countertops come with a wide variety of color and design patterns, which allow you to choose one that would best fit the character and personality of the interior  Moreover, stone countertops can be made from different types of stones such as quartz, limestone, travertine, onyx, and granite among many others.

Value

Compared to other countertop materials available in the market today, stone countertops add more value to your space. Stone countertops are always in style and desirable. In a sense, they are timeless yet, at the same time, they are contemporary. Most homebuyers and renters choose a home or apartment because the property has stone countertops.

In a nutshell, with its durability, uniqueness, beauty, and functionality, stone countertops make a good fit for any personality or sense of taste. You can rest assured that the place you’re committing to with stone countertops will reflect an array of different levels of quality as far as construction and livability. Enjoy your luxurious stone countertops and let them do the talking for your interior decorating.

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