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Become a interior design expert in less than 800 words

Want to become an interior design expert in less than 800 words? Than keep reading!

First thing to know are the 6 different types of color schemes; monochromatic, complementary, split-complementary, double-complementary, triad and analogous.

Second thing to know is the color wheel. They’re all the same when you search them on Google Images.

Third thing to know is that red, blue and yellow are your primary colors while green, orange and purple are secondary. Everything else falls into place.

If you can just remember that mono- is a prefix meaning “single” or “one” you’ll be able to remember this one super easily. A monochromatic scheme is pretty much when you’ve taken your space and applied various hues or tints of the same shade. I think this idea works super well in a laundry room or bathroom; something you don’t plan on changing for a while but want to have a nice feel and flavor in. I also say that the best way to pull off this scheme is to keep the walls either a cream, white or grey base color. Painting the ceiling a shade from this scale can really bring a nice pop without having an overdose of color.

Everyone remembers complementary colors from their elementary art class. To make this scheme you pick one color from the color wheel and match it to the color directly across from it. Examples would be Christmas (red and green) or the University of Illinois (blue and orange.) My advice on this is to remember that your primary and secondary colors all come in so many different shades, and you really need to remember that. I struggled with only imagining bright orange and royal blue, which can look okay but is also a very bold jump if you’ve kept to basic colors the whole time. An idea to start this off in a very calm way is to pastel one of your colors and make the other be bold. Baby powder blue with bold orange? Pastel yellow with a rich plum? Yes and yes please.

This is where we’re treading waters; in a split-complementary scheme you pick your base color you want to deal with, find it’s complement and then use the two colors next to it on either side of the wheel. For example, if I chose a blue-green as my base color, my split-complement scheme would include blue-green, orange and red. Typically the farther down I’ll go on this list the bolder your scheme will become, and split-complementary is no exception. My suggestion would be to take your base color as a wall coating, utilize one split color in the furniture and then the second as just a splash in either the curtains, rug or throws.

By definition a double-complementary scheme is “four colors arranged into two complementary color pairs.” Chances are you’ll never perfect this in a way you’ll love (unless you’re a BIG risk taker.) The best way I can help you visualize this is with a teenage girls room; teal and red-orange (burnt orange) paired with yellow-green and a red-violet (deep pink.) This scheme is super hard to harmonize correctly but can be done well in an apartment, as it actually allows for you to pick a bunch of colors to have in maybe a bed spread or in a kitchen, especially if you have neutral walls.

This one’s simple to remember, the prefix tri- means “three.” Three colors on the wheel that are equally spaced from each other will create this funky theme. Easily enough this combo could just as easily be your primary or secondary colors just grouped together as normal. This example is the featured image of this post, which I stumbled upon during my class and fell in love with.

Last but not least we have analogous, which is simply just colors that are adjacent to each other on the color wheel. One of the most popular choices of this scheme tends to be usage of your blues, greens and yellow-greens. However, with the way the wheel works this is your best choice if you want a little variety, but something not quite as bold of funky as the above mentioned.


2015 Super Bowl Party Tips at Your Apartment



Clearly, the 2015 Super Bowl between the New England Patriots and Seattle Seahawks is going to be a big deal. The real question for apartment renters is how they will take in the big game?

Below are tips on how to throw an amazing Super Bowl bash:


  • Party Games
    • Not everyone is a fan of the Patriots or Seahawks. Having games where a prize can be rewarded for predicting the score is the perfect way to keep everyone glued to the television set. Super Bowl Squares is one of the most popular, where numbers are randomly drawn to represent the score of the game. If you get the right numbers you could be the lucky winner!
  • Food
    • Just because you are throwing a party doesn’t mean that you are required to make all of the food! Be sure to coordinate with the friends that you are inviting what food dishes they should bring over. From nacho dip to pigs in a blanket to potato chips, there will be a wide variety of great grub if this is coordinate correctly.
  • Social Media:
    • If you are throwing a party with a lot of people, how can you not incorporate social media into the mix nowadays? You should provide incentive for everyone in attendance that whoever receives the most social media interaction on a picture from the party will receive a $25 gift card. This will make everyone come up with very clever photograph that people will be talking about all night.
  • Decorations
    • When people walk into your apartment, they should be excited for the Super Bowl and nice decorations are the perfect way to convey this. Just look at how nice of a job the NFL does with decorating the end zones of each team during the Super Bowl! Make sure to invest energy into getting football themed napkins, plates and balloons; it will make a big difference! Not to mention, those social media pictures will just be that much better.

Whether you will watch it at a friends home or throw your own bash, have a blast and enjoy the big game and the great commercials that go along with it!





Happy New Year!

If you’re contemplating making any resolutions for the new year, here are some tips to help you plan for and achieve your goals!

Don’t Make The Same Resolution

If your resolution has been the same for the past five years, maybe something’s not working. Try a brand new resolution this year; something you’ve never tried before. Make your resolution for something enjoyable. You’ll be much more likely to succeed.

Set Tangible Goals

Saying, “I want to get better at playing guitar,” is not something that can really be measured; it’s subjective. But saying, “I want to learn how to play 12 new songs,” is a much more specific and achievable goal. Make tangible resolutions so that you’ll definitely know when you’ve achieved them.

Backwards Plan This Thing

You really want this year to be different? Want your resolution to stick? Well, you’ve got to work backwards for it. Look at the end of the coming year and then plan deadlines (where you want to be or what you’d like to have accomplished) at various points moving backwards until the present date. Now when you look at your calendar, you’ll have defined benchmarks that build to your ultimate end game. You’ve got to be diligent and track your progress.

Don’t Forget Your Friends

Have a buddy work on the same (or similar) resolution with you! It’s much easier when you’ve got someone to check in and commiserate with if/when things get tough. Find someone who will keep you in line and encourage you.

Public Shaming

Nothing keeps you accountable to your resolutions quite like some good old-fashioned public shaming! Well, hopefully it doesn’t come to that, but when you make your goals/resolutions public, it provides extra incentive to stick with them. I mean, you don’t want everyone to know that you quit or gave up, do you?  Let people know your plans and you’ll be amazed at the boost of motivation it provides.

Cheers to 2015 and good luck!!


Tips for Staying Slim During the Holidays

There’s no doubt that the holidays call for celebrating, indulging, and relaxing. For some reason, when December comes many people make up every excuse to replace their diet and exercise routine with baked goods and lazy weekends indoors. While a little holiday decadence is a must this time of year, there’s no reason to reverse your hard work and healthy habits in a matter of a few days. Here are a few helpful tricks so that you can have your cake and eat it too during the holidays.

Watch Your Portions.

The easiest way  to remember how to control portions is to make sure the majority of your plate is loaded up with veggies. You don’t have to deny yourself a bread roll or a slice of pie here and there…just make sure vegetables are the main part of your meal. That way, you will fill up on healthy, nutritious, and low-calorie foods before it’s time to splurge on the indulgent stuff.

Grab a Buddy.

The holidays are everyone’s favorite time of year to reunite with with family and friends. One great way to catch up with people you haven’t seen in a while is to make your get-together an active one. If one of your friends is in town for the holidays, plan a walking coffee date, or catch up on a hike. Stay active and be social at the same time.

Maximize Your Workout.

No one wants to spend all day in the gym when there is holiday shopping, dinner parties, and bundling up to do. So, if you only have 30 minutes to spare, make it worth your time by amping up your workout.

Get Festive with Your Fitness Routine.

Exercise is often disguised in fun activities we love doing with friends and family. In fact, anything that gets you breathing and gets your heart rate up will help to burn calories during the holidays (and burn off that pumpkin pie, too). Ice skating, sledding, and snowball fights all count as exercise!  Ice-skating actually burns 420 calories per hour. Or, if you live somewhere that’s warm enough to exercise outdoors, grab your family for a game of flag football—it burns 450 calories per hour. Who said you had to go to a gym to log in your workout?

While sticking to these tips is a great way to stay in shape during the holiday, be sure to keep your diet and exercise routine realistic and do what works for you.


Cooking a Huge Thanksgiving Dinner in a Modest-Sized Kitchen

When your kitchen is anything but industrial sized the thought of cooking an elaborate Thanksgiving dinner for family and friends might seem near impossible. But a pint-sized kitchen shouldn’t stand in your way this holiday season. Here are some tips to help get you ready. 

Clear Off the Counter Space

One of the most common complaints about small kitchens is the lack of counter space. To make the most of what you have clear off anything that won’t be used for cooking. The toaster, banana hammock, yesterday’s mail – all those non-essentials need to be tucked away in a cabinet until after Thanksgiving.

Invest in Space Saving Equipment

Culinary tools are made for kitchens of all sizes. There are a few that can be real space savers like over-the-sink cutting boards and collapsible measuring cups. If you have the floor space but are short on counter space you can always purchase a freestanding island, which also usually offers some additional storage space.

Get Organized

The better organized you are the more you’ll get out of every square inch of your kitchen. Section the space off into different zones for dinner purposes like having a spot strictly for measuring and mixing. A set of Tupperware can also be used to hold and stack ingredients that you’ve prepped beforehand. It’s also a good idea to create a plan of action as a part of your organization efforts. Think through the order in which you’ll cook things, what equipment you’ll need, etc.

Preparation is Pivotal

Whenever possible prep food before the real cooking gets underway. This is a sanity saver for anyone, but if you have a small kitchen it also keeps things more manageable. Prep as many items as possible then put them in the refrigerator until they’re ready to be cooked.

Keep It Simple

The more ingredients a dish needs the bigger the mess there will be, you’ll have more things taking up counter space and there will be less room in the fridge/pantry for other items. Sticking to simple sides and appetizers that need only 3-5 ingredients will make things a lot easier, and they can taste just as good as their more complex counterparts.

Clean Up as You Cook

Professional chefs know that cleaning up as you cook isn’t just more sanitary, it’s also a space saver.  Trash empty cans and cuttings as soon as you’re done with them. Rinse out dishes after you use them (see below). Put items back in the pantry or fridge rather than shoving them to the back of the counter.

Rinse and Reuse

Instead of having numerous bowls, pots, measurers and utensils out rinse them off and reuse them. Not only will this cut down on clutter, but you’ll also have less to wash after eating dinner.


Instagram Wall Art

We take so many pictures on our phones that sometimes they just get stuck there. Sure they get likes and shares, but what if you want to see it off screen? Printing your Instagram photos can be a great way to add a personal touch to your art at home, and there are some great services that print professionally on different mediums. Check them out!

1. Printstagram

Printstagram offers several options to turn your digital photos into prints. The Framed Print and Poster options will make the most impact. With the Framed Print option, you get a 12″x12″ square of a four-photo grid, in a clean, modern frame. If you want more than four photos, the Poster option lets you print up to hundreds of your feed favorites onto one giant poster.

2. PostalPIx

For a bit more instant gratification, this iPhone app may be the way to go. For only 30 cents per pic, pic an image you want to print, and bam! It’ll be shipped to your door—and fast! The best part is that it’s all done from an app.

3. CanvasPop

If you’re going for a more elegant look, you can get your Insta photos printed right onto canvas. These will deinfitely leave more finished look to your art. Prices range form $40 to $114.

4. Artifact Uprising

The Wood Block + Prints are a super classy reason to start getting some photos printed ASAP. Your timeless photos are printed on unique, thick textured paper. They come with a block of woo with a slot that is just the size for your photo to wedge into, for a minimal frame.

5. ImageSnap

Want something a bit more permanent? A bit more lasting? This company prints your pics on tiles, from itty bitty for fridge magnets to big statements on 12″x12″ slabs. There’s a tile for anything!

Be sure to try out these great sites and share on our social media pages!


Back-to-School Safety Tips

You can help protect your children from the most frequent kinds of school-related injuries by following these practical, proven tips.

Traveling to School

When parents talk about school safety these days, they’re usually referring to the surge in violence at schools. But research shows that school-age children are actually nine times more likely to sustain an unintentional injury — whether on the playground or in school — than to be the victim of violence while at school. In fact, an estimated 2.2 million children ages 14 and under are injured in school-related accidents each year, according to the National SAFE KIDS Campaign.
Accidents can be prevented if parents are on the lookout for potential hazards. To help you keep your kids free from harm, here are some safety tips from SAFE KIDS, the Consumer Product Safety Commission, and the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Traveling to and from School

1. Plan a walking route to school or the bus stop. Choose the most direct way with the fewest street crossings and, if possible, with intersections that have crossing guards.
2. Walk the route with your child beforehand. Tell him or her to stay away from parks, vacant lots, fields and other places where there aren’t many people around.
3. Teach your child never to talk to strangers or accept rides or gifts from strangers. Remember, a stranger is anyone you or your children don’t know well or don’t trust.
4. Be sure your child walks to and from school with a sibling, friend, or neighbor.
5. Teach your kids — whether walking, biking, or riding the bus to school — to obey all traffic signals, signs and traffic officers. Remind them to be extra careful in bad weather.
6. When driving kids, deliver and pick them up as close to the school as possible. Don’t leave until they are in the schoolyard or building
7. If your child bikes to school, make sure he wears a helmet that meets one of the safety standards. Research indicates that a helmet can reduce the risk of head injury by up to 85 percent.
8. If your child rides a scooter to school, make sure she wears sturdy shoes, a helmet, kneepads and elbow pads. Children under age 12 should not ride motorized scooters, according to recent recommendations from the Consumer Product Safety Commission.
9. Teach children to arrive at the bus stop early, stay out of the street, wait for the bus to come to a complete stop before approaching the street, watch for cars and avoid the driver’s blind spot.
10. Remind your children to stay seated at all times and keep their heads and arms inside the bus while riding. When exiting the bus, children should wait until the bus comes to a complete stop, exit from the front using the handrail to avoid falls and cross the street at least 10 feet (or 10 giant steps) in front of the bus.
11. Tell your child not to bend down in front of the bus to tie shoes or pick up objects, as the driver may not see him before starting to move.
12. Be sure that your child knows his or her home phone number and address, your work number, the number of another trusted adult and how to call 911 for emergencies.

On the Playground

13. Check the playground equipment at your child’s school. Look for hazards such as rusted or broken equipment and dangerous surfaces. The surface around the equipment should be covered with wood chips, mulch, sand, pea gravel, or mats made of safety-tested rubber or fiber material to prevent head injury when a child falls. Report any hazards to the school.
14. Avoid any drawstrings on the hood or around the neck of jackets and sweatshirts. Drawstrings at the waist or bottom of jackets should extend no more than three inches long to prevent catching in car and school bus doors or getting caught on playground equipment.
15. Make sure that the school’s athletic director or a custodian anchors soccer goals into the ground so they won’t tip over and crush a child.
15. Teach children proper playground behavior: no pushing, shoving, or crowding.
16. Give your child some strategies for coping with bullies. He should not give in to a bully’s demands, but should simply walk away or tell the bully to stop. If the bullying continues, talk to the teacher.
17. Make sure your child’s school has up-to-date information on recalled toys and children’s products. Schools, daycare providers and parents can receive recall information by fax, email, or in the regular mail free of charge by calling the Consumer Product Safety Commission hotline at 800-638-2772.

Have A Fun & Safe School Year!


4th Of July Safety

The entire Morgan Properties’ team would like to wish you, your family and friends a safe and happy 4th of July!

Fireworks are often a part of special times like the 4th of July and New Year’s Eve. But fireworks can be dangerous. 200 people on average go to the emergency room every day with fireworks-related injuries in the month around the July 4th holiday. The best way to protect your family is not to use any fireworks at home. Attend public fireworks displays, and leave the lighting to the professionals.

Fireworks are not approved to be used in common areas at Morgan Properties.
Please visit your community Facebook page for dates and locations of local fireworks displays, events and celebrations.

We are committed to keeping all of our residents and their homes safe so please do your part and follow the safety guidelines and community rules and regulations.

Please be reminded that our leasing offices will be closed on Friday, July 4th in observance of the holiday however our maintenance team is available to our residents in the event of an emergency by calling your after hours emergency phone number.

Thank you and enjoy your holiday!


Tips For Apartment Gardening

Growing a garden in an apartment might sound like an impossibility, but it’s not. Even if you have no sunlight or no place to put any soil, there are options for you. In most cases, you can get started very cheaply and maybe even for free. Some scenarios cost a little more, but when you consider what you will end up saving on grocery bills over time, it pays for itself.

Producing your own food is a great way to get vegetables that are tastier than what grocery stores offer, that are cheaper (because you’re doing all the labor) and that come from soil you know and having nothing in them but what you fed them. It’s also a very relaxing hobby that can bring some life into an otherwise dull apartment experience.

Many apartment residents are taking up gardening, growing vegetables, herbs, flowers, and other plants on their patios, balconies or even inside their apartments. No matter how tiny your apartment, there’s room for a few plants. Read on for tips on how you too can have an apartment garden.


  • If your apartment has a balcony or patio you are truly blessed and should take complete advantage of that outdoor space, no matter how tiny.
  • Maybe you don’t have a balcony in your apartment, but you do have a large window. You can easily grow plants in pots in front of that window.
  • Then there’s sprouting. Sprouting might just be the perfect way to grow your own food in an apartment. You can grow fresh, healthy, organic produce in just a few days with just a few simple steps, and using nothing more complicated that a quart canning jar and cheese-cloth if you don’t want to purchase a sprouter.
  • People have been planting flowers and vegetables in window boxes for centuries, and you can too. All you need is a window box, a place to put it, and the soil and plants to put in the window boxes.
  • Grow lights and hydroponics inside are another apartment gardening idea
  • Herb gardens can be grown inside in your kitchen or on a windowsill somewhere in your apartment quite easily.

If you’ve never gardened at all, the first thing you need to know is: it’s not rocket science. There’s a little research to be done, so you’ll know what each plant needs. Getting started takes some planning and may require a few experiments. The maintenance is pretty straightforward – mostly just watering. And then you’ll need to know when to pick your produce and how to go about that. It can be a lot of work at first, especially if you’ve always known veggies as things that magically appeared in grocery stores. But it gets easier the longer you do it.

Also remember not to get frustrated if you lose a plant or a crop, or the birds or bugs get to it before you can. These things happen. Some experienced gardeners make it look easy to avoid these mishaps, but that’s because they’ve been doing it long enough to develop an instinct about it. You’ll get there, too.

If you’re uncertain of your gardening skills, tomatoes are a great plant to start with. They need a fair amount of sunlight, but if you have that, they’re hearty growers that defy almost every mistake you throw at them.

Be aware that pets, especially cats may make things difficult. For example, cats like to knock plants over, dogs like to dig dirt and pet birds may chomp on food items that are poisonous to them. You can still grow food around pets. You just need to be aware and take precautions. If you can grow your food on the balcony, for example, and just never let the pet roam around out there, you’re all set.


Winter Storm Safety

Please review the following tips and information so that we can complete our snow removal processes and ensure your comfort in your home.

Morgan Properties is committed to ensuring that snow is removed from sidewalks, parking lots & roadways as quickly as possible.   Main roadways will be cleared first to ensure access for emergency vehicles.  Smaller lots and parking spaces will then be addressed.   Our number one concern is for the safety and convenience of our residents.  Therefore, we are asking for your assistance when it comes to snow removal.

  •  Please use caution during the storm getting to and from your vehicles.  Although snow will be removed as the storm is on going, final clean up will not be completed in all areas until the storm has passed.
  •  Sidewalks, steps and roadways are treated for ice removal.  If you see areas that need additional ice treatments when temperatures are fluctuating, please report this to the management office or emergency service number.
  • Please use caution when driving behind a snowplow and maintain a safe distance.    If you see the plow coming in your direction, please stay to the side or the road, or stop your vehicle to allow the plow to move by safely.
  • Do not park in fire lanes or along curbs that are not designated parking areas. This will make clearing the roadways difficult, and you may be at risk of being towed.
  • All residents are responsible for cleaning off their own vehicles.  Please do not place patio chairs, or other household items in parking areas if you leave the property.  We will clear parking spaces as quickly as possible.
  • Some winter storms may include freezing rain, or ice.  Ice build-up on power lines and trees can cause power outages and unsafe driving conditions.  Please stay tuned to weather alerts in our area.
  • In the event of a power outage, we recommend that you have flashlights and extra batteries on hand.  Please refrain from using candles for light.  Candles can easily catch fire on curtains, lampshades, and other items when left unattended.   Never leave your home with a candle burning.
  • Please remember that Kerosene heaters are NOT permitted in our apartments.

Thank you for your attention to this very important matter.  We appreciate your cooperation as we work together to continue to make Morgan Properties the best place to call home.