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Design Ideas for Small Spaces

Sacha R - Friday, January 04, 2019

Stumped on how to style your space? Whether you just moved in or simply want to refresh your existing space, knowing how to decorate smaller spaces can be difficult. There are some tips that everyone suggests, such as hanging mirrors and investing in multi-use pieces, but we’re here to suggest the not so obvious.

1. Clear the Clutter

A great place to start is to adopt a decluttering mantra and clear the clutter. We tend to bring clutter and unnecessary furniture from apartment to apartment and this can quickly make your space feel small. Devote a day to cleaning out your home and watch the space open up!

2. Play with Color

While apartment living doesn’t allow you to paint the walls, there are other ways to use color to brighten up a space. Set a color scheme for each room of your apartment and then go from there. Add pillows, blankets, fake flower and rugs to tie the room together and add visual interest. 

3. Buy the Right Size Furniture

It may be time to ditch the oversized sectional from your college days and invest in a smaller, but better-quality sofa. Cramming too much furniture that’s also too big will make a space look and feel small. It will also have you stumbling around the room as you trip over end tables and chairs!

Spend some time measuring your space and putting some thought in to the pieces you’d like to have in your home. The result will be beautiful and sophisticated. 

4. Use the Space Under Your Bed

The space under your bed can often be over looked. Use the space to store clothes and shoes you aren’t wearing at the moment. You can also store extra blankets, sheets, and pillows in organizing bins.

5. Install A Vertical Garden

The lack of yard is no problem when you install a beautiful vertical garden. The project can be completed with just some steel mesh, an empty wall and a few potted plants. The garden will add color to your space and bring the outside in!

Looking for other ideas on how to fill an empty wall? We’ve got you covered!

Now that you have some fun ideas on how to style your space, it’s time to design your Hawthorne Gardens apartment exactly how you want it.


Holidays in the Capital Region

Sacha R - Monday, December 17, 2018


The northeast is no stranger to snowfall, but it can be difficult at times to beat the winter blues and defeat the case of cabin fever we all experience. To add to this, the holiday season keeps us busy running errands, picking up packages, and deciding which (if any) holiday parties to attend. We are lucky enough to live in an area with such a diverse culture and a long list of fun activities to try during the holiday season.

5 Things to do in the Capital Region During the Holidays

  1. Artful Playgroup for Toddlers: Bundle up the little ones on December 5th and head to the Art Omi: Benson Center for a morning filled with playing, exploring, and art as your little ones learn more about themselves and our world.
  2. Ice Skating: Whether you’ve been ice skating most of your life, or you want to try something new, heading to the Clifton Park Ice Arena can be a fun way to enjoy the day while staying active. 
  3. It’s a Wonderful Life: Experience the seasonal classic as it was meant to be, on the big screen, at The Palace Theatre. The movie starts at 7pm on December 21st making it a great way to start your weekend with friends and family! 
  4. Capital Holiday Lights: Whether you’re looking to take a leisurely stroll or you prefer to stay warm in the comfort of your own vehicle, viewing the holiday light displays is an event for all ages and a great tradition to incorporate in your holiday season! 
  5. Schedule a Tour: With the end of the year right around the corner, scheduling a tour of Hawthorne Gardens and finding your new home is a great way to celebrate the season. With a full-size washer and dryer in each unit, private entrances, multiple layout options, you’ll want to call us your home sooner rather than later. Schedule your tour today!

Make Your Home Cozy for Winter in 5 Easy Steps

Sacha R - Thursday, December 06, 2018


The winter season is upon us, meaning it gets dark earlier and all we want to do is stay inside our warm apartment at Hawthorne Gardens. This season, follow these tips to make your apartment feel more inviting this winter.

5 Ways to Make Your Apartment Cozier for Winter

  1. Create a Nook – Staying inside longer is the perfect reason to catch up on your reading! Pick a small space to get cozy and add everything you’ll need to create a relaxing environment. Add pillows, a warm quilt to keep you comfortable, and be sure to have a place where you can set your hot tea. Now all you need is something to read!
  2. Add Layers of Lighting – Opening the drapes on your window will allow plenty of natural light to enter the room to keep your reading material illuminated, not to mention the added benefit of vitamin D. Incorporating table lamps and floor lamps with warm and cool lights will help to ensure that you can always get the lighting you’re looking for.
  3. Keep Blankets Handy – One of the easiest ways to make your home feel a little cozier is by draping blankets over your furniture. This added touch will make your home feel more inviting, and ensure that extra warmth is just an arm’s reach away.
  4. Incorporate Texture – Adding texture to your walls is an easy way to create a cozy feeling for your home. If your windows currently have blinds, consider adding drapes for another layer of texture, privacy, and a personal touch. Adding tapestries can also quickly fill a blank wall, while also creating a unique focal point.
  5. Personal Comfort – For those who are away from loved ones and find themselves getting a little homesick at times, this is a perfect project. Take the time to add some of your favorite images to your wall space, desks, or other areas that look a little bare. Whether it’s a family photo, photos from your college days, or your favorite album in a frame, looking at familiar images is sure to make your apartment feel a little cozier.
For more tips and insights, including the benefits of renting from Hawthorne Gardens and to take a tour of our community, contact us today! 

4 Bedroom Items that Might Cause Stress

Sacha R - Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Bedrooms should be a place that provides a sense of calm and tranquility. That being said, there could be a few items or aspects of your bedroom that are the root of some of your stress or anguish. From color schemes, lighting, to air flow, keep reading for our 4 items that could be causing stress in your bedroom.

Reducing Stress in Your Bedroom in 4 Easy Ways


1. Bold Colors: For your bedroom, the color palette should include soothing hues as opposed to palettes that are bold or ones that “pop”. Soft, muted tones like blue-grays, lighter greens, even blush tones create a zen-like feeling and can put you at ease.
2. Air Flow and Lighting: It’s true that we all love our privacy, but opening the blinds and letting natural light in can be a great way to start the day and help boost your mood. Even opening the windows and letting fresh air into the room can ease your stress level. Adding an air purifier can also prove to be beneficial.
3. Double Duty: If you’re using your bedroom as more than only a bedroom, like using some of the space as an office, can send mixed signals to your brain when it comes time to relax for the evening. Having your office in the same space as where you sleep can make it difficult to separate your work life from your home life. 
4. Piles of Stuff: Piles of clothes in the corner, stacks of books, or shoes left out not only creates clutter in your room, but mental clutter as well. When your brain is trying to relax, it might start wandering to the dirty clothes that didn’t make their way to the clothes hamper.  Avoid the distraction but putting items back in their proper place when you’re done with them, or finding a better place other than the floor. 


Making these 4 changes can help to reduce the amount of stress your bedroom causes and put you on a path that is more conducive to a peaceful life style. Once you have your bedroom squared away, it’s time to look at other rooms in your home; even your cabinets can cause stress or headaches. If you’ve perfected every room in your home and you’re still feeling stressed, it’s possible that it’s your home that is causing your stress. If that’s the case, it’s time to find a new place to call your home! We’d love to give you a tour of our community and apartments. With multiple floorplans, spacious closets, and full size washer and dryers in each unit, we’re sure to have something you will love. 

9 Thanksgiving Traditions Your Family Will Love

Sacha R - Thursday, November 08, 2018

When it comes to many holidays, including Thanksgiving, it’s typically the same course of events each year. Wake up early, cook, possibly travel, eat, nap, and then indulge in more food. This Thanksgiving, try something new and start a new tradition. They don’t have to be boring or time consuming like people may think; these ideas are fun, easy, and family-friendly!

9 New Thanksgiving Traditions to Start 

1. Recipe Swap: This will be easy and fun, especially if you’re hosting as a potluck. If you are, ask your guests to bring the recipe for the dish they shared. If it isn’t a potluck, ask them to bring any of their favorite recipes to share. This will give your guests something to talk about aside from the weather and the game on T.V. 
2. Hold a Raffle: Ask each guest to bring a nonperishable food item to donate to a food pantry; each item gives them an entry into the raffle. Have fun with the prizes, first choice at the turkey or dessert, rights to the wishbone, goofy sunglasses or toys from a dollar store – the sky’s the limits, use your imagination!  
3. Guess the Thanks: Each year people tend to go around the table and share what they are thankful for that year. Instead, have your guests write down on a piece of paper what they are thankful for and put it in a jar. When it’s time to eat, you will each read a submission and take turns guessing the anonymous submission. 
4. Ditch the Football: Okay, maybe not entirely, but keep in mind not everyone wants to watch football for six hours. Instead, add in some classic T.V. sitcoms – especially any that have Thanksgiving episodes. 
5.  Those Who Cook Don’t Clean: If you cooked, kick your feet up after the feast is over; those who      didn’t cook will do the cleaning! This can be viewed as more of a principal than a tradition, call it what you will, it is something that should be adopted in each household. 
6.  Pre-Dessert Walk: Something so simple, we almost didn’t think of it. Rather than crashing on the couch or recliner, get everyone up and moving. Go for a walk in the park or down a peaceful road before having dessert. 
7. Bring a Game: Chances are, if your family plays a game – they play it every time they’re together. There’s nothing wrong with playing the same game, but, it’s fun to mix things up and try something new. Introduce your friends and family to a game they haven’t played before, you never know, it could become a new favorite.
8. Hand-Me-Down Exchange: Holidays are a perfect time to clean out the closet, especially if there are kids in your home. Encourage your guests to bring any items they are no longer wearing, winter coats, boots, shirts, you name it! Chances are one of your friends or loved one could use the item, or knows someone who’s in need! 
9. Book Swap: Don’t think of this as a book club, simply a swap. Guests can bring a book (or two, or three) and pass them along to one another so that others can enjoy their favorites. This will help give your guests something to talk about and perhaps introduce them to an author they wouldn’t normally read. It will also help kids become comfortable if they aren’t as rowdy as some of the other young ones.


We hope you enjoy these new traditions as much as we do! If you have, we’d love to hear about it. Let us know on our Facebook (@hawthornegardensapts). For more tips, including 10 ways to keep your home organized contact us today!

4 Chic Ways to Use Fall Foliage in Your Home

Sacha R - Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Creating custom décor for your home doesn’t have to be a hard, time consuming, or costly. In fact, you can incorporate fall foliage found around the Capital Region including our community on six wooded acres in the Town of Guilderland. 


4 Ways to Decorate Your Home with Fall Foliage

Leaf Pressings: Floating frames, or picture frames that you can see through, create a perfect opportunity to press leaves. All too often, people use heavy books to press leaves or flowers, and then they’re forgotten about. Picking your favorite leaf, or leaves, and pairing them with properly sized floating frames gives you the chance to create an easy piece of art that is also tasteful and easy to switch out with the seasons. 

Fall Palette Arrangements: There are a lot of bushes with gorgeous colored leaves during the autumn months. Shades of reds and oranges pair with pale-colored hydrangea flowers you can find either from your local florist or super market flower department. Once you have your arrangement, all you’ll need is a vase and natural lighting from our oversized windows or private balcony

Garden Container Arrangement: Keeping in mind the same idea as the fall palette arrangement, a garden container arrangement can spruce up your balcony or patio in a matter of moments. Whether you prefer a container that is ornate, country chic, or something simple it can easily be dressed up with fall foliage to create something beautiful for your space. 

Acorn Garland: This DIY project might take more than a few minutes and a bit of effort, but the outcome is truly unique and a conversation starter.  To create this fall themed garland you will need to gather a large number of acorns (or purchase them at your local craft store!) and a suede cord or thicker twine. Once you have enough to satisfy your decorating needs, you can paint the acorn or leave it in its natural state, and then attach it to your cord using super glue or hot glue. To create a dangling effect, glue the acorn to the cord by its cupule (or cap). 


If you’re looking for more tips on decorating for the seasons, just let us know during your tour. We’ll be happy to give you tips, ideas, and suggest our favorite place to pick up décor. 

Activities in the Capital Region this Season

Sacha R - Monday, October 01, 2018

When we think of fall activities, carving pumpkins and picking apples are the first things that seem to pop into our brains. What about the rest of the events going on around the Capital Region? Take a look at the list below and change up your usual fall activities! 


Outdoor Fall Activities

2018 Wing Walk: Saturday, October 6th is Schenectady’s 2018 Wing Walk. Venture through Downtown Schenectady and enjoy samples of unique chicken wing recipes from a variety of restaurants. Once you’re done, vote for your favorite! 

Running SCCCared 5K Family Run/Walk: Happening Saturday, October 13th is St. Catherine’s Center for Children for their 5th Annual Running SCCCared Family 5K at The Crossings of Colonie. Spend the day with friends and family being active for a good cause and enjoy light refreshments after!

Saratoga DBA Fall Festival: Celebrate the fall season in Downtown Saratoga with games, music, costume parade and so many more family-friendly activities. It all happens on Saturday, October 27th; you won’t want to miss this day of fun! 

Indoor Fall Activities

Secret Stockade Tours: The tour begins outside but then takes you through a journey through two Stockade homes, each with their own history. Refreshments will be served inside the historic Brouwer House, the Stockade’s oldest home. You don’t want to miss this tour happening on October 10th. 

Children’s Star Sighting: Saturday, October 20th at the Henry Hudson Planetarium is an interactive program for kids to explore the stars, planets, comets, and constellations. Bring the night sky to life for your kids!


Check out Albany.com for more events happening in the Capital Region this fall and try something new.  While you’re out enjoying everything the area has to offer, take a tour of our apartments! We have amenities our renters love and multiple layouts to choose from including two and three bedroom apartments!

5 Energy Savings Tips for Renters

Sacha R - Thursday, September 20, 2018

When trying to cut out unnecessary expenses many of us don’t take into consideration the items around our homes that may actually cause an increase in our energy bill each month. Take these 5 tips into consideration and then put them to work so you can begin reducing some of your electric bill. 

5 Ways to Save on Energy


1. Consider Your Product Choice – Shop around for lightbulbs and appliances. More often than not, you’ll be able to find some with the ENERGY STAR label on it. These products oftentimes are much more energy efficient and have lower standby power. Better yet, they even tend to last longer than comparable non-ENERGY STAR products. Lighting, for example, is a great place to start. Replacing your current lightbulbs with an energy efficient option is a great way to save!
2. Clear Your Vents – Ensuring that furniture is not blocking a vent or register allows the air in your apartment to flow freely. 
3. Unplug Your Electronics – When you’re not using an electronic, simply unplug it. Of course, you won’t want to do this with things like your refrigerator or your digital alarm clock, but if you are done charging your laptop, your phone, or even if you’re done with the microwave, unplug it! It might not seem like it will make much of a difference, but you’ll be watching your electricity bill go down little by little.
4. Make Use of Power Strips – When you have several items to be plugged into one area – say, with your TV or at your desk – plug them all into a power strip. Not only will a power strip give you more outlets to use, but it also makes it much easier to switch your electronics off with the push of one button when you’re leaving your house for the day.
5. Window Curtains and Blinds – Not only do they add eye appeal to your home, but, they can also help with your energy needs. During the winter months, take advantage of the warmth from the sun and open the drapes for a few hours. As the temperatures begin to rise during the summer season, they can help keep out the heat so your apartment stays cool.


Start incorporating these energy savings tips in your home today! If you’re looking for a new place to call home, take a tour of Hawthorne Gardens. With multiple floor plans to choose from and amenities renters love, you’ll be ready to move in today! 

Which is Better: Renting from a Property Management Company or Landlord?

Sacha R - Thursday, September 06, 2018
Whether you’re a first-time renter, or you have years of apartment renting experience, it’s important to understand the differences between renting from a property management compared to renting from a landlord. While one may appear to have more perks than others, there are a few aspects to take into consideration. 

Differences Between Property Management Companies and Landlords


It’s important to keep in mind that while a friendly demeanor from a property manager or landlord is important, it should not be the deciding factor when considering where to live. There are many more important aspects to take into consideration while making your final decision. Take into consideration the following:


After Hours: As unfortunate as it is, many of us accidentally lock ourselves out of our apartments. What’s more unfortunate is when it happens at 9pm on Saturday. Property management companies offer emergency maintenance services and a member of the maintenance staff will be able to assist you momentarily. Landlords are less likely to offer you the same service, especially if they handle everything on their own – tenants are likely to run into issues during the landlord’s “down time”. 
Repairs: Issues from water leaks to heating or cooling repairs typically fall on the shoulders of the property management and the maintenance staff. Depending on the landlord, they could be less willing to make repairs when the cost comes from their own pocket.  
Grounds Keeping:  Upstate New York is no stranger when it comes to heavy snow, frequent storms, and snow accumulations beginning at 3am. Keep in mind that many landlords do not include grounds keeping in your rent, but property management companies do. This luxury gives renters the peace of mind knowing that they don’t need to worry about shoveling first thing in the morning in order to make it to work, or in the evening after they arrive home.
Consistency: While it might not sound like a big deal at first, consistency is important. Whether it’s consistencies with the rules, what’s allowed and what isn’t, and consistency with businesslike processes. Some landlords could be swayed to bending the rules for a tenant, which could impact your living situation. For example, if you move into a building under the pretense that they don’t allow dogs then you’re woken up from frequent barking, you might be upset. Consistencies across the board can be expected while working with a property management company. 


Contact Hawthorne Gardens


When you decide to call Hawthorne Gardens your home, you have the comfort of feeling like you’re home but without all of the responsibility and headaches associated with renting from a landlord or being a homeowner. Our community is situated on 6 wooded acres in the Town of Guilderland, offering you the peace and quiet you enjoy while still being close enough to life’s necessities. To take a tour of our apartments, and to learn more about what we have to offer, contact us today! 

10 Items Renters Don’t Have to Worry About at Hawthorne Gardens

Sacha R - Friday, August 24, 2018

There are numerous perks and benefits of being a renter at Hawthorne Gardens, including peace of mind knowing you don’t have to worry about aspects of home life like a homeowner does. Become the envy of your home-owning friends with these major perks from Hawthorne Gardens. 


1. School Taxes: Homeowners are required to pay school taxes whether or not they have children. Renters, even those with children, are lucky enough to avoid paying this tax.
2. Property Taxes: Yet another cost associated with home-ownership are property taxes, and depending on the area, they can be quite costly. This is an expense incurred by homeowners, and not renters, making it a valuable perk for renters.
3. Maintenance Repairs: While renting, we understand that things do happen, and replacements will need to be made. Renters won’t be responsible for repairs or replacement unless there has been gross neglect. You are responsible, however, for notifying our Maintenance Staff of the repair request.
4. Property Updates: A new roof, window replacement, and exterior updates are all something homeowners face. Residents at Hawthorne Gardens don’t have to worry about these updates!
5. Pest Control: As winter comes to an end; pests begin to appear again in the lawn. They can be quite the nuisance, but, not one that renters need to handle.
6. Pavement Upkeep: Pavement upkeep is another costly expense homeowners are faced with. This is not the case for renters though! Pavement upkeep falls to the responsibility of Hawthorne Gardens!
7. Lawn Maintenance: Spend the warmer months enjoying what you love doing as opposed to yard work. Spring clean-up, planting, and mowing are all part of our maintenance plan.
8. Garbage: While renting, you are responsible for ridding your apartment of garbage and waste. Luckily, you are not responsible for the garbage being hauled away.
9. Snow Removal: The Capital Region is no stranger to snow storms and snow removal. Luckily for you, snow removal is left to us to handle!
10. Flooring: Having new flooring installed can be quite costly for homeowners, making it a wonderful perk for renters. Replacement of flooring, unless there has been gross neglect, is up to Hawthorne Gardens to replace.

Are you ready to make Hawthorne Gardens your new home? Schedule your tour of our gorgeous community today! 

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