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How to Make Your Bedroom Feel Cozier

Taluswood Apartments BedroomWith the fall season in full swing, now is the perfect time to reinvent your apartment decor to include more comfy and cozy pieces. Whether you are a regular home decor pro or you’re new to the design game, with a few simple tips you can easily transform your space. Check out our favorite decorating ideas to make your bedroom a relaxing and cozy retreat this fall.

Make Your Bedroom Feel Cozier With These Easy Decorating Tips

1. Keep Things Light

While the colder months tend to make people feel like adding more rich and dark colors, lighter hues in the bedroom are much more relaxing. Create a warm and inviting space with a lighter color palette that includes whites, creams, light blues or light greens.

2. Softer is Better

While it’s nice to mix hard and soft in the bedroom, shoot for bold focal pieces like metal bed frames or wooden side tables mixed with soft linens and other accents. Mixing and matching these hard and soft pieces is a great way to bring balance to the space.

3. Play With Prints

Soft and light can get boring very quickly, so don’t forget to add a punch to the room with a few fun prints. Go for a chunky throw in a tasteful animal print or a couple of floral pillows to help make your bed comfier.

4. Bring Nature In

Nothing can bring a bedroom together more quickly than the addition of a few well-placed natural elements. Whether you go with house plants, fresh flowers or a few bouquets of everlasting fake flowers, natural elements help to create a calm and tranquil atmosphere.

5. Try Vintage

Give your bedroom a fall refresh by going on the hunt for the perfect vintage blanket or comforter. Choose classic colors and patterns that aren’t too busy to help make sure that your vintage find will look great for years to come.

Stay Cozy and Comfy All Year Long at Taluswood Apartments

Have fun with your fall decorating by creating a beautiful and relaxing bedroom oasis. For more about our amenities or to schedule a tour of our pet-friendly apartments in Mountlake Terrace, visit our office at Taluswood Apartments today.

Hiking Boots

Fun Fall Activities to Try This Season

Hiking BootsFall’s crisp air and colorful leaves make it a beautiful time of year to appreciate. Don’t let the season go by without doing a few fall-related activities. You can make the most of the season by trying one or more of the following autumn activities this year.

Make Leaf Crafts

Gather up fall leaves or purchase artificial ones at your local arts and crafts store. You can use these leaves to make seasonal works of art to display around your home. For example, you can create a wreath with fall leaves and other seasonal decor items, or decorate pumpkins by covering them with these leaves. You can also make imprints with your fall leaves and turn them into framed art for shelves.

Bake in Pumpkin Bowls

Make a fall casserole dish right inside miniature pumpkins. Hollow out the pumpkins, then fill them with sausage, onions, sautéed pumpkin, chopped apples, dried cranberries and spices, such as thyme. Put the pumpkins in a baking dish, cover them with aluminum foil and bake at 350 degrees for 25 minutes. Uncover the pumpkins, then bake for about ten more minutes.

Decorate Your Patio or Balcony

Celebrate the season with decorations for your patio or balcony. You can give this part of your home some autumn flair by adding decorative gourds or mini pumpkins, as well as fall flower arrangements in vases, such as sunflowers and marigolds. Turn your patio or balcony into a cozy place, and you’ll have somewhere to sit and enjoy the fresh air all season long.

Go for a Hike or Walk

Take a walk in your local area to admire fall foliage, or go a bit farther away to hit hiking trails in the great outdoors while it’s mild out. Take a thermos of warm apple cider to sip along the way, and don’t forget to take plenty of pictures. If it’s chilly out, bundle up in a thick sweater, boots and a coat before heading outdoors for your hike or walk.

Our apartments in Mountlake Terrace, Washington come with a patio or balcony that’s perfect for decorating this fall. Contact us to learn more about our community and apartment amenities.

Tea Party

Helpful Pointers for Throwing an Afternoon Tea Party

Tea PartyEveryone adores an afternoon tea party, and our apartments in Mountlake Terrace are the perfect place to host one. If you’re thinking about hosting a quaint gathering with your friends, make it memorable by following these helpful pointers below.

Invitations

Two weeks prior, send out invitations that convey the tone and style. Will it be a dressy occasion or an event that’s more casual? When choosing a date, remember to take work schedules into consideration. Keep the list small if you want a more intimate setting.

What You Will Need

Teacups and Teapots

Before people arrive, boil some water in a teapot for brewing. Be careful that the water doesn’t over-boil, a process that releases oxygen and can dilute the flavor of the tea. Place milk, sugar, honey, and lemon wedges on the table next to the teacups and saucers. Display your best china for a fancier celebration.

Teas

There are many types of teas, from loose leaf to prefilled tea bags. For guests that may not like tea, supply coffee, lemonade, or a fruity cocktail. If you feel inclined, boil a large batch of your favorite tea. Popular flavors include earl grey and chamomile. Don’t forget the spoons.

Treats

When hosting an afternoon tea party, make sure to provide a delicious spread. Many teas pair well with scones and fruits. Serving bite-size pastries allow guests to socialize without the hassle of juggling large plates with oversized food. Keep it light and fluffy.

Cranberry-orange scones are ideal for tea parties, but make sure to supply bowls filled with flavorful jam on the side. Strawberry cake pops are perfect for adding more to the mix. Use a cake tier for cinnamon-swirl bread slices and pumpkin flavored cupcakes. Don’t forget the almond wafers or British biscuits.

Arrange all your treats on a designated serving station adorned with colorful flowers and paper decorations. To create an unforgettable affair, think of offering a fanciful party favor for your guests to take home.

Whatever the occasion, excitedly introduce your friends to the wonderful tradition that’s growing in popularity—it’s a great way to meet new community members too. Visit Taluswood Apartments today to find a floor plan perfect for hosting your next afternoon tea party.

Aloe

5 Essential Indoor Plants for Your Apartment

Aloe

Indoor plants, in every shape and size, are currently trending. Not only do they make great apartment decor, they help purify the air in your home as well. If you’re looking to add a plant or two to your apartment and don’t know where to start, you’ve come to the right place! We’re sharing a list of our favorite low-maintenance plants that thrive indoors.

Aloe Vera

Aloe vera is known for its natural healing properties. The gel found inside the plant can be used to soothe cuts and burns. These low-maintenance plants like bright, indirect light, which can be found near a window. Water the plant deeply, until water runs out of the drainage hole, only when the top two inches of the soil is dry. When in doubt, it’s better to underwater this plant. Overwatering aloe vera can cause root rot.

Snake Plant

Don’t have a green thumb? Then a snake plant may be perfect for you. They are one of the most low-maintenance plants and require very little water, especially during winter months. When watering, avoid pouring directly into the center of the plant. Try watering the soil around it instead. Like aloe vera, snake plants enjoy bright, indirect light; however, they tend to be a little more forgiving than most plants. Snake plants grow tall, making them a great option if you’re looking for something with a bit of height.

Peace Lily

Peace lilies have beautiful flowers that bloom year-round. They do well in shaded areas and cooler temperatures, making them the ideal indoor plant. Peace lilies like a lot of water at once, but need time to dry out between waterings. You can tell when they need to be watered because their leaves will start to droop. Peace lilies are mildly toxic when consumed, so keep them away from children and pets by placing them on high shelves, countertops, etc.

Spider Plant

Spider plants are the only “spider” you’ll want in your apartment home! These plants don’t need a ton of light—they do well in bedrooms and bathrooms. Soil should be kept moist, not soggy, especially in spring and summer. The top inch of soil should be dry before watering. You can check this by inserting your index finger into the soil. Cats are attracted to spider plants since they have a similar effect to catnip. If you own a cat, keep the plant out-of-reach—hanging is always a great option!

Rubber Plant

Looking for a larger statement piece? Consider a rubber plant! They prefer bright, indirect light—many say placing it near a sunny window with a sheer curtain to diffuse the light is ideal. During the growing season, the soil should be kept moist. During the dormant season, they may need water only once or twice a month. Leaves turning yellow or brown is a sign of overwatering.

Indoor plants are an easy way to transform your apartment’s decor and any of these would make a great addition to your home. The best part is … you can never have too many plants! If you’re interested in becoming a resident of our apartments in Mountlake Terrace, don’t hesitate to contact us today!

Fried Rice

Top Asian Cuisine Restaurants Near Mountlake Terrace

Fried RiceMountlake Terrace and the surrounding area is home to a number of great Asian restaurants that are well worth a visit. Following is an overview of some particularly outstanding ones you may want to visit when you’re craving tasty Asian cuisine.

Amorn Thai

If you are looking for great Thai food in the Mountlake Terrace area, look no further. Amorn Thai is so dedicated to creating an authentic experience that the owner even shut down the restaurant temporarily to go buy Thai ingredients in Thailand. The ambiance and food are authentic and the servers and staff members are friendly and helpful. Before coming, however, make sure you have cash on you because this restaurant does not accept credit cards.

Sahm Gook Ji Palace

Sahm Gook Ji Palace offers scrumptious Chinese, Korean and Asian fusion dishes. The combo dishes are ideal both for those who are trying out Asian food for the first time and those who enjoy a variety of great foods. The portions are large and the restaurant gets high marks for offering great-tasting food, an authentic atmosphere, and caring, friendly staff.

Bar Dojo

Bar Dojo offers Asian fusion dishes with great drinks. It’s an ideal spot for an informal gathering, night on the town or a romantic dinner with your significant other. The bar is manned by great bartenders and offers plenty of unique drink options. The food is a bit pricey but the great taste makes it well worth the cost. Be sure to make a reservation beforehand as the spot tends to get packed on a regular basis.

Highway Teriyaki

Highway Teriyaki stands out for offering great Japanese and Chinese food at a very reasonable price. Complimentary soup is provided while you wait for your order and the place offers fast service and very reasonable prices.

Our apartments in Mountlake Terrace are conveniently located to provide easy access to these great Asian restaurants and other great eateries. What is more, we also offer a plethora of helpful community amenities to make your life easier and more enjoyable. One-, two- and three-bedroom floor plans are available at various price points and each apartment comes with high-speed internet, a fully equipped kitchen, a dishwasher and a fireplace. Feel free to get in touch with us to find out more about our floor plans, take a tour or learn about our other amenities.

Stack of Pancakes

3 Unique Pancake Recipes You Need to Try

Stack of PancakesWith fall slowly setting in and pumpkin spice goodies flanking stores and coffee shops everywhere, it’s the time of year for cooking on those long weekends. Your Mountlake Terrace apartment is equipped with a state-of-the-art kitchen for whipping up the perfect weekend brunch, like delicious pancakes where you’ll want to make extras for the rest of the week. Here are three of our favorite pancake recipes you have to try.

1. S’mores Pancakes

S’mores, the classic summer campfire treat made with graham crackers, chocolate, and marshmallows that most of us enjoyed as children, are experiencing a resurgence. S’mores are showing up in everything from coffee and cocktails to gourmet cupcakes. Why not pancakes too? With plenty of graham cracker and chocolate flavors, marshmallow fluff easily heats up to make the sauce that completes these decadent pancakes which take a classic childhood treat to the next level.

2. Oreo Cookie Pancakes

Surprisingly, these pancakes don’t actually use Oreos and are vegan (with the option to go gluten-free). With cookie-inspired pancakes being all the rage lately at restaurants, you can cook up these Oreo pancakes at home. Furthermore, these Oreo pancakes would go great with both the coconut-vanilla filling recipe included or store-bought vanilla frosting should also do the trick. Top-notch cocoa or cacao powder will make these unique pancakes your go-to breakfast treat that will make the original blue-packaged cookies pale in comparison.

3. Pancake Poppers

Did you never quite get the hang of flipping pancakes but want that soft texture you don’t get with waffles? With pancake poppers, all you need is a muffin pan! It’s only an added bonus that this bite-sized portable form of pancakes can be easily stored and frozen to have throughout the week, and dip easily in maple syrup. Throw in some chocolate chips, nuts, or fruit to get that perfect pancake taste and feel without the difficulty of flipping and shaping pancakes on the griddle.

Conveniently located near several chain and gourmet grocery stores, you’ll have no trouble finding quality local ingredients and the newest kitchen appliances for your culinary adventures. Whether your style is healthy or indulgent, Taluswood Apartments is the place to call home. Contact us today to inquire about our available floor plans!

Burger With Fries

Best Burgers Near Mountlake Terrace

Burger With FriesMountlake Terrace may be a small suburban city located north of Seattle, Washington, but it has some of the best burger joints in the state. Discover some of the amazing restaurants that are located near our apartments in Mountlake Terrace that are known for serving mouth-watering, tasty burgers.

Red Onion Burgers

Address: 21005 44th Ave. W Mountlake Terrace, Washington

Red Onion Burgers is the place to go if you want to experience the best hamburgers in town. For years, the restaurant has bragged that it serves the “best tasting burgers in Mountlake Terrace” and the locals seem to agree.

When visiting Red Onion Burgers, you will have the ability to choose from a wide variety of burger options. Their menu includes burgers that are made from beef, chicken, turkey, veggie and salmon. Diners can order straight from the menu or get a little crazy and create your own burger.

Dick’s Drive-In

Address: 21910 WA-99, Edmonds, Washington

Dick’s might not be in Mountlake Terrace but it’s very nearby and their burgers are so iconic that you don’t want to miss out on trying them. Their burgers have been featured on local and national ‘best of’ lists. When you just want to grab a good ole burger, fries and a shake, this is the place to go.

Diamond Knot Brewpub

Address: 5602 232nd St. SW Mountlake Terrace, Washington

Diamond Knot Brewpub gives you the opportunity to create your own burger masterpiece. There is no set burger menu. Instead, when you visit you are given a list of toppings that you can add to your burger. Toppings include everything from cheese and a fried egg to mushrooms and bell peppers.

If that wasn’t all, Diamond Knot Brewpub is one of the only local restaurants that serve beef patties that are made right here in the state of Washington. Their 100% beef patties are made from beef that comes straight from Mount Vernon, a city located to the north of Mountlake Terrace.

These tasty burger joints are just a short walk or drive away when you make Taluswood Apartments your new home. Come take a private tour of our beautiful Mountlake Terrace apartments. Call us today to schedule a tour. We can’t wait to hear from you.

Baking Soda

4 Ways to Use Baking Soda to Clean Your Apartment

Baking SodaYou want to keep your apartment clean and tidy, but it’s best to stay away from less-than-ideal cleaners. There is no need to use chemical cleaners that could be toxic or cleaners that are expensive when you can use something that is probably already in your kitchen. Baking soda is a wonderful all-purpose cleaner with many uses at our apartments in Mountlake Terrace.

Drain Cleaner

Baking soda is a great cleaner for the drains of your kitchen and bathroom sinks as well as your tub and shower drains. Simply sprinkle some baking soda into the drain, and let it sit for several minutes or overnight. Pour a little vinegar in the drain for added benefit. Once the baking soda has had a chance to sit in the drain, run hot water into the drain to rinse the mixture away.

Sink and Tub Cleaner

Baking soda can get your sinks, showers and tubs wonderfully clean. Simply moisten the surface you want to clean, and then sprinkle some baking soda onto the surface. Gently scour with a sponge, and then rinse with water. If the surface is especially dirty, let the baking soda sit for several minutes before scrubbing.

Refrigerator and Freezer

Your refrigerator and freezer can wind up getting some spilled food on them. That is easy enough to clean by sprinkling baking soda on the surface and then wiping it up with a damp paper towel. Make sure you first remove all food items from the dirty shelf or compartment before you start cleaning. Also, use a mixture of baking soda and warm water to clean the refrigerator’s crisper drawers.

Countertops

The countertops in your kitchen and bathroom need to be wiped up and sanitized to keep them looking clean and fresh. A simple way to do this is to remove all items from the counters. Then moisten the area with a damp sponge or rag. Sprinkle baking soda on the surface you want to clean, and then wipe that up. If there is still some baking soda residue on the counter, wipe with another damp cloth to rinse.

There are many other great ways to use baking soda when cleaning your apartment. If you are looking for comfortable Mountlake Terrace apartments to call home, call our office today to see which floor plans are currently available.

Cat Lying Down

How to Keep Your Indoor Cat Entertained

Cat Lying DownAt our pet-friendly Mountlake Terrace apartments, we welcome your four-legged friends! If you have a cat, there are a few things you should do to make sure they stay entertained and happy. This will help prevent problems like the scratching of furniture, breaking of your knick-knacks, and other such behavioral issues. Here are a few tips for keeping your feline friend interested in harmless activities while you’re away:

Hide Toys Throughout Your Apartment

Observe your cat and see which types of toys they like best, and then hide a selection of those types in various rooms for your cat to find. This will cause your cat to burn off energy looking for them. Change them up every few days to keep things interesting.

Hide Treats Inside the Toys

Animals naturally look for food, and if they find some, they will persist at getting it until they succeed. This is great because some toys are made especially so that you can hide treats in them that cats can only remove by batting the toys around. With enough effort, the treat falls out of the toy and your cat can then eat it. Using these toys will keep your cat well-exercised.

Put a Bird Feeder On Your Patio or Balcony

Cats are known for hunting birds, but they get almost as much fun out of just watching them. Put a bird feeder outside on your patio or balcony where your cat can see it, but not get to it, to provide hours of entertainment.

Provide a Play Structure

Cat play structures allow cats to satisfy their urge to climb and do so in a way that doesn’t involve knocking things over. The best ones also have cubby-hole areas, and this may help keep your cat from being so determined to get into your cabinets. Even so, it’s a good idea to remove all knick-knacks and other items from your counters and any other place your cat typically climbs to. Put them in locked display cases to keep both them and your cat safe.

To see some great apartment homes for you and your cat to enjoy, just stop by our office. Taluswood Apartments is pet-friendly and will be glad to have you join our community. Contact us to learn more!

Burritos

Our Favorite Mexican Restaurants Near Mountlake Terrace

BurritosThere’s nothing quite like discovering a good Mexican restaurant. We all have one in our eating-out repertoire. Here are a few possibilities in the Mountlake Terrace area that offer slightly different vibes and fare. We hope our Taluswood residents enjoy these dining choices.

Las Espuelas Family Mexican

Located at 4306 228th Street in Mountlake Terrace, this family-owned and operated Mexican restaurant has earned high praise from customers. The well-known eatery employs chefs that hail from their native Mexico. They enjoy combining authentic, traditional dishes with their own unique cooking flair for a personal spin on Mexican cuisine. The décor is a blend of Old Mexico with a Southwest cowboy theme. The name, Las Espuelas, literally means “the spurs” in English. The atmosphere makes a slight departure from more commonplace Mexican restaurants. The menu follows suit. The ingredients are fresh, dinner portions big and the drinks tend to be a bit overwhelming, in a good way. They’re open 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily.

La Palmera

Located at 15224 Main Street in the upscale Mill Creek Town Center, this eatery is considered a “lively” choice for Mexican cuisine lovers. The atmosphere tends to be more festive than most with live music and an emphasis on the cantina. Customers favor their fajitas, Sangria and Cadillac margaritas. The family-run restaurant gets very busy in the evenings. To their credit, the staff is polite, efficient and gets customers seated and served quickly. The décor slants more toward Spanish than traditional Mexican. They offer vegetarian options and even cater off-site events. Open Sunday-Thursday from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 1 a.m.

Casa de Mama Mexican Cuisine

Located at 23716 8th Ave SE in Bothell’s Country Village Shops, the simple wood and tile restaurant gets high praise from customers enjoying a day of shopping and tasty food. The Country Village has a wide array of hip, artsy, country-style businesses, outdoor seating, railroad cars, and a duck pond that make the trek fun for the entire family. Casa De Mama is a small operation that gets good marks for its margaritas, mojitos, burritos and refried beans. In terms of a place to dine, this may be more of a shopping day trip with a nice lunch or dinner to top it off. The food is good and you can sit outside on an enjoyable day. Open Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., and Sunday from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

We hope our Taluswood community members find these Mexican restaurant selections helpful. If you or a friend would like more information about our Mountlake Terrace apartments, call us today.

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