How to Quickly Fill a Blank Wall in Your Apartment

Nancy Smith - Monday, July 09, 2018

When it comes to renting an apartment, decorating your space shouldn’t feel difficult or restricted. If you prefer a minimal design, but still want to cover some of the white space, hanging a tapestry is a quick solution that will give you the design you desire without taking up a lot of your time. 

Hanging Tapestries in Your Home in 3 Ways

The ideal solution for your design needs can be accomplished with a beautiful tapestry in a matter of mere minutes. Not only can they bring a focal point to a room, but they can serve other purposes such as giving additional insulation to a wall, and creating a modern age headboard. Depending on how crafty or DIY-inclined you are, there are a few ways to hang a tapestry without putting too many holes in your walls.

• Use a curtain rod: While leaving minimal damage to your walls, curtain rods are an excellent way to display tapestries. It also gives you a few options, you can either purchase hooks or clamps to hang the piece, or if you know how to sew, you can create an opening for the rod. Curtain rods are also great when it comes to weight distribution so you won’t have to worry about the rod giving into the tapestry’s weight – assuming you buy one that is sturdy enough.
• Use a dowel: Create a pocket in your tapestry for the rod by either sewing or using fusible fabric bonding agent. Once you have the rod threaded through the pocket, attach an eye hook to both ends so that you can secure the yarn, string, or rope you have chosen. This method will allow you to put only one hole in your wall. If your tapestry is heavier, you should choose a substantial hook for the wall.
• Wooden wall mount: If you have the creative ability, or know someone who does, you can cut a piece of wood to size then stain or paint it to coordinate with your overall décor scheme. Once it has dried, you can attach the tapestry to the back of the wood with either a bonding agent or a staple gun. Next you can either attach hooks on either end of the back to secure it to your wall, or use a decorative yarn or rope as suggested in the dowel method. 

Whether it’s a piece you inherited from a grandparent, or a flea market bargain, you can hang it in a way that represents your unique style but in a way that is still renter-friendly. Perhaps it’s the size of your apartment that is the issue and you’ve run out of space to hang your tapestry. Hawthorne Gardens has a variety of floor plans that can suit your needs. From one bedroom options to layouts with a den, you will find a layout that you will want to call your home. Schedule a tour with us today! 

Is Your Linen Closet Harming Your Skin?

Nancy Smith - Tuesday, June 19, 2018
At the end of a long, busy day the last thing we think about is what the cotton sheets and pillowcases on our bed can do to our hair and skin. Many cotton blends we adorn our beds with are equipped with moisture-wicking technology which sounds great, but, sometimes it takes too much moisture that our hair and skin actually benefit from. 

How Cotton Might Hurt You in Your Sleep

While it feels nice against our skin, especially as we head off to dreamland, cotton is not the best material for your sleeping routine. Cotton and cotton blend materials are created to wick moisture away from your body, which makes them ideal for gym apparel or an afternoon spent in the sun. But, when it wicks moisture from your body for a prolonged period of time, such as sleeping, it can cause your hair to become coarse or brittle. It can also cause premature fine lines or even acne. 

If you have experienced any of these issues, it could be worth it to switch your pillowcases and bedsheets with a material, such as satin, that still feels nice against your skin but does not do as much harm. Take some time to go through your linen closet and decide what sets can stay and which should be replaced.  

Contact Hawthorne Gardens

One of the nice things about living at Hawthorne Gardens is the fact that our apartments are equipped with spacious closets so there’s plenty of room for your new sheets and towel sets. Our closets won’t leave you feeling as though your possessions are overcrowded or that you don’t have enough space! To take a tour of our apartments, and to become a resident, contact us today to schedule a tour!

Pool Safety Tips

Nancy Smith - Friday, June 01, 2018

Hawthorne Gardens has a pool area which is exclusive for residents to enjoy throughout the summer months. With that being said, we feel it’s important that our tenants understand the proper ways to keep themselves and their children safe in the pool area. Here are some of our pool safety tips!

Pool Safety Tips

• Have your cell phone with you at the pool in case of an emergency.
• Don’t run or engage in horseplay around the pool.
• Be sure that your children are familiar with basic swimming and water safety tips.
• Keep a close eye on children in the pool area.
• Always swim with a buddy.
• Never push anyone into the pool.

We want our residents to have fun in the sun all summer long and by keeping these tips in mind you’ll be able to do just that!

Contact Hawthorne Gardens

We want you to enjoy our pool this summer too! To do so, take a tour of our apartments and become a resident! In addition to our pool, we have numerous desirable amenities for our residents to enjoy. Some of our amenities include: a full size washer and dryer in each apartment, air conditioning, state-of-the-art fitness center, and so much more! With the combination of our amenities and our convenient location to so many local businesses, you will be calling Hawthorne Gardens ‘home’ before you know it. 

4 Spring Décor Trends to Get On Board with This Year

Nancy Smith - Friday, May 18, 2018

As spring rolls around each year, it’s time to bring life back into our homes and do away with winter items and décor. Whether you find an amazing piece at a thrift store, or you spotted a to-die-for item at a high-end boutique, take the leap and make the change! 

4 Trends to Incorporate This Spring 
1. Accent Pillows: There’s no real reason why we love pillows so much, other than for the simple sake of bring life into our homes, adding texture, creating eye appeal, while also making the space more comfortable. This year’s trend is the silk scarf pillow, which works well for the season since they are as light as they are luxurious. 
2. Metallic Accents: While the use of metallic in a design isn’t something new, it’s certainly becoming trendier this year. The key is to balance the bright, lavish metallic with earthy materials like leather or wood accents. This way your home doesn’t have an overly glam look, unless that’s the style you’re going for – in which case, make it yours and have fun! 
3. Textures: Textural poufs, fabrics, accent rugs, or weathered wood pieces are hitting the shelves and will create a look your friends will envy! Don’t be afraid of a piece with personality, especially if it’s something you can change with the seasons. 
4. Statement Chairs: This isn’t something that is necessarily a spring trend, but, a trend none the less! Adding a statement chair to your living room or office creates eye appeal that we all strive for without over taking the room. Choose wisely with this piece, it’s unlikely that you will change your seating with the seasons and the right piece can last years!      

Whether you’re switching your pillows for the season, or adding pops of metallic to your home, stick with a common theme so it transitions nicely throughout your home. If you bring home a metallic pineapple for the living room, find another size that can be incorporated nicely into your kitchen! 

Contact Hawthorne Gardens
If you’re looking for a new place to call home this spring, contact Hawthorne Gardens and schedule a tour! Our apartments have so many amenities that you’re sure to love including a washer and dryer in each unit, individual garages with an automatic door opener, and spacious closets! 

May Activities in the Albany Area

Nancy Smith - Tuesday, May 01, 2018

If you’re like us, you may have been suffering from Spring Fever, especially towards the end of our winter season when the snow just kept coming. Spring is finally here and there is a lot happening in the Capital Region, we’ve gathered a list of a few events to help get you out of your home this season!

Arts and Culture Events
The King and I at Proctors: From May 1st through May 6th Proctors is proud to have the Lincoln Center Theater production of The King and I. Tickets are on sale at the box office, or on their website!

Night Sky Adventure at miSci: Venture to the miSci (formerly the Schenectady Museum) to learn about the exciting mission to Mars where scientists attempt to learn what is inside the planet without diggings holes! 

A Taste of Albany: A culinary showcase and benefit that allows you to sample food from around the Capital Region. Food tastings, music, and auctions are all set to happen during the event. 

Outdoor Activities
BCAN Walk to End Bladder Cancer: Join the Bladder Cancer Advocacy Network’s fundraising and awareness event that aims to increase public awareness about bladder cancer, provide educational and supportive services, while also helping to advance cancer research. 

Spring Flower Walk with Claudia Vispo: Spend a few hours outdoors hiking with your guide Claudia Vispo in search of budding flowers. 

Albany Tulip Fest: An event many Capital Region natives are familiar with that happens each year Mother’s Day weekend. Spend some time enjoying the great outdoors

These are only a few of the activities happening in our area during the month of May! For a complete list of what’s happening and more details for what we’ve listed, visit Perhaps your month is already booked with fun-filled activities and you’re searching for a new place to call home. Contact Hawthorne Gardens to schedule your tour. We offer floor plans that vary from one bedroom to three bedrooms, so we’re sure to have something that will fit your needs!

10 Tips to Keeping Your Home Organized

Nancy Smith - Thursday, April 19, 2018

Having a home that is cluttered and unorganized is a terrible habit that needs to be broken. Some find it easiest to become more organized when they’re doing their spring cleaning since they are already going through their belongings and tossing out unwanted items. But, the organization shouldn’t stop once the spring cleaning is over with; keep up with it with these 10 tips!

10 Ways to Become Better Organized

1. Storage Boxes: Even something so small can have a major impact on your space. Storage boxes, bins, or baskets serve multiple purposes. They create an appealing look for your home while also putting things out of sight. 
2. Furnishings with Doors: If at all possible, decorate your home with door-fronted furniture. Television stands, armoires, cabinets, and so many more pieces of furniture can act as a storage container without creating an eyesore. 
3. Bed Risers: One issue that many renters may face is running out of storage and trying to find a way to create more storage. One way to do so is utilizing bed risers, especially in a child’s room or a guest room. This gives the ability to store items under the bed while still allowing them to be accessible. 
4. Key Hooks: Are you (or someone else in your home) always misplacing your keys? Try a key hook for the entryway! There are many options available now from sleek and modern to options that boast a lot of personality – either way, it will do its job and keep your keys where they belong!
5. Cord Organizers: Whether the cords are under the desk in your office, bunched up with your entertainment center, or next to an end table, they can be quite unsightly! Cord organizers act as cover for your cords, while keeping them organized and out of eyesight. It also helps keep little fingers away too! 
6. Table Skirt: If your end table has a shelf underneath that you use for storage (or even the floor beneath it), topping it with a table skirt brings a cute addition to the room while still keeping the table functional. 
7. Hamper with a Lid: If you keep your clothes hamper out in the open, using one with a lid not only covers all of your dirty clothes but also helps keep your space looking neat and organized.
8. Multi-Tasking Furniture: Furniture that serves multiple purposes is a must for those who require a lot of storage but desire pieces that serve another function. Pieces such as storage ottomans or storage beds are the perfect way to incorporate multiple functions.  
9. Mail or Coupon Box: Many of us are in the habit of tossing mail on the counter with the idea of going through it later, or even the coupons we get while grocery shopping. Rather than leaving it out, purchase a decorative box that can hide it for you until you have time to sort it out.
10. Space Saver Bags: Vacuum-sealed bags give you the opportunity to store more items than usual under your bed or in a closet. This can be beneficial for seasonal items like heavy, bulky, sweaters that typically take up a lot of space. 

These are just 10 of the organization tips we have for you and we hope you find them to help you in your home. Maybe you’ve mastered the necessary organization skills to keep your home neat and tidy and you simply need more space. Hawthorne Gardens is the place for you! We offer a variety of floor plan best suited for you and your needs. From one bedroom to three bedrooms, you’ll be happy to call us home. Schedule a tour today!

Is Your Closet Making You Stressed

Nancy Smith - Friday, April 06, 2018

While getting ready for your day, or packing for a trip, have you ever noticed that your stress level increases while you’re in your closet? If you answered anything other than a firm “no”, your stress could potentially be due to an unorganized or cluttered closet. The stress hormone known as cortisol is one of our worst enemies, reduce your level by straightening up your closet (or anything other messy area in your home)!

Reduce the Clutter in Your Closet

It may sound counter intuitive, but, start by completely emptying your closet. Try to keep your stress level in check during this moment, because once you’re finished, it will have been worth it. Go through every piece that once lived in your closet and ask yourself if you really need it, can you survive without it, and when was the last time it saw the light of day (or an evening out). This task may also include the need to try a few things on and ensuring everything still fits. If it doesn’t fit like it once used to, the chances of it fitting like you imagine it should are fairly slim.

Once you have your “keep pile” it’s time to refill the closet. But, before you go any further, keep in mind that the ultimate goal here is organization. Put all of your shoes, boots, sandals (or any other form of footwear) to one side of the closet based on your preference. Some find it easier to have them lined up from tallest to shortest while others prefer the ones least used tucked away in the back with the most worn pair(s) up front. 

Now it’s time to organize your clothes, how they are organized is your personal preference. Most find the least stressful way to organize clothes is by category: dress pants, dress shirts, sweaters, activewear, etc. You may want to keep in mind how the clothes will hang in the closet and if longer items have the potential to block something such as taller boots. If you feel as though this may trigger your cortisol hormone, find an alternative before getting further into the project.   

Contact Hawthorne Gardens

Perhaps your stress level isn’t impacted due to clutter in your closet, but, more so because of the size of the closet. The residents at Hawthorne Gardens have the pleasure of enjoying many of our amenities including spacious closets in their apartment. The size of our closets will make it easier for you to keep everything organized as it should be. To learn more about our apartments and their amenities, schedule a tour today and you’ll be calling us home before you know it! 

3 Different Floor Plans to Choose From at Hawthorne Gardens

Nancy Smith - Friday, March 23, 2018

Searching for an apartment brings up a lot of feelings and emotions; it can be exciting but sometimes frustrating as well. Something that can be the most frustrating is the lack of floor plan options many apartment complexes have to offer. Hawthorne Gardens understands that one-size certainly does not fit all, which is why we offer 3 different floor plans

Floor Plans Offered At Hawthorne Gardens

One Bedroom: Our one bedroom apartments are perfect for people who don’t host a lot of overnight guests, but, love hosting dinner parties and gatherings with friends and family. The kitchen is equipped with plenty of space to cook and prep as well as a breakfast nook while the living room and dining room areas give your guests ample space to enjoy themselves. 
As if that wasn’t enough, the bedroom includes a dressing area, large closet, and personal bathroom. Each apartment is also equipped with a private balcony so you can enjoy your morning coffee in peace before beginning your day!

Two Bedroom: Our two bedroom apartments are perfect for small families, people who frequently have guests staying the night, or people who enjoy having a little more space! In addition to the wonderful qualities of our one bedroom apartments, our two bedrooms have more than enough storage. The master bedroom has a spacious closet as well as a walk-in. Or, if storing seasonal decorations is a concern you can use the storage closet attached to your balcony!

How does the thought of having your own washer and dryer sound? You won’t need to worry about going to the laundromat or sharing machines with your neighbors. 

Three Bedroom:
The three bedroom apartments we offer for those who need space for everything; family, guests, entertaining, as well as their own private bathroom. The master bedroom has it all – dressing area, walk-in closet, and private bathroom. The third bedroom could even be used as a den if that’s preferable to fit your needs! 

The kitchen with breakfast nook and balcony both create additional space for you to begin or end your day in peace and comfort. 

Contact Hawthorne Gardens

Perhaps your current living situation doesn’t meet (or surpass) your needs. If that’s the case, it’s time to reconsider and find a new place to call home! Contact Hawthorne Gardens today to schedule a tour. You’ll be calling us home before you know it!

Is the Washing Machine the Ideal Place to Keep Your Dirty Clothes?

Nancy Smith - Thursday, March 01, 2018

Tossing clothes into the washing machine where they lay waiting for enough to accrue so that you will need to run the machine may seem like the best and easiest route to take. The clothes are going to end up in there anyway, so what’s the big deal? Our apartments are equipped with in-unit washers and dryers which can be tempting for some to use the washer as way to store dirty clothes. Ultimately, this may not be the best idea! 

Clothes sitting in the drum of a washing machine are more likely to have a decrease in light and airflow which can prevent the machine from fully drying. Once this happens, the moisture encourages the growth of germs, mildew, or even mold on your laundry. Washing machines are inherently warm and damp, which provides the ideal home for the bacteria to grow. While they aren’t necessarily harmful to the clothes, they are harmful to your machine. The spores in the machine are also able to travel through the air which could lead to health issues. 

Leave your washing machine open, or at least ajar, while empty gives the machine time to fully dry in between cycles. Additionally, to keep your machine at its best you should clean it once a month or so. Many laundry detergent manufacturers also make a cleaning solution for the machine.     

Using a hamper or laundry basket will help increase the longevity of your machine while also minimizing the potential growth and spread of bacteria or mold spores. 

Contact Hawthorne Gardens

Perhaps your current living situation doesn’t have a washer or dryer in the unit ready for you to use whenever you’d like. If that’s the case, it’s time to reconsider and find a new place to call home! Contact Hawthorne Gardens today to schedule a tour. Our luxury apartments are nestled in the Town of North Greenbush offers a high level of comfort our residents love!  

3 Steps To Creating a Yoga Studio in Your Home

Nancy Smith - Friday, February 23, 2018

You don’t have to go to a yoga studio in order to get your workout completed for the day! Create a studio that’s all your own, in the privacy of your home, in a few minutes with these easy steps.

Creating Your Own Yoga Studio At Home

1. Designate an Area for Yoga: To be serious about doing yoga at home, you need to create an area specifically for yoga. This will become your “studio”. Whether you use a curtain or wall divider to separate your space, it’s important to have a designated area to keep you motivated. You can even use a piece of furniture that you already have such as coffee table, or even if there’s ample room between your couch and the wall!
2. Stock up on Instructional Videos: Unless you’re a professional instructor, you may find it easier to have videos on hand to guide you through your routine. There are many different techniques which all serve different purposes. Before committing, do some research to find the routine that will work best for you!
3. Start Your Routine: Many of us are creatures of habit, which makes it easier to stick to a routine. Whether you prefer to do yoga first thing in the morning to start your day, or if you’d rather use it to wind down at the end of the day, find what works for you and stick to it.

With the spacious living areas of each of our apartments, you will find creating your own yoga studio is quick and simple. If you want to add more to your routine, head to our fitness center. With your own in-house yoga studio and our fitness center, you won’t need a gym membership!

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