Create Your Own Indoor Herb Garden

If there’s one thing that adds instant depth to homemade recipes, it’s fresh herbs. Basil on top of Caprese salad, rosemary with grilled chicken, dill with pan-seared salmon, minty lemonade — herbs are more than just garnishes. And while you could use the powdered versions, you’ll get so much more flavor with the real deal. Take advantage of a windowsill or countertop and create your own indoor herb garden with these tips.

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Coffee mugs are a creative way to house fresh basil.

DIY Indoor Herb Garden

Pick your vessel — Mason jars, vintage tea cups, mugs, traditional pots… they’re all fair game when planting herbs. Create drainage holes using a jewelry drill, or look for pre-made, attractive pots at places like Home Depot.

Consider sunlight — Make sure your herb garden gets about 5-8 hours of sunlight per day. Choose a south-facing window if possible to help ensure they receive enough light! If this isn’t an option, consider herbs that don’t require as much light — that means you’ll probably want to stay away from cilantro and parsley!

Watch how much you water — Thyme likes dry soil while basil needs a little more water. Once you pick your plants (side note: Trader Joe’s, Target, and Home Depot are great places to look for herbs), read up on how to best care of them.

One-pot wonder — Hearty herbs like sage and rosemary can coexist together happily in one pot. This is a great solution if you’re short on counter space or can’t devote much time to indoor gardening. All they need is a little water and as much sunlight as possible. Check out the tutorial on Apartment Therapy. Other great one-pot combinations are:

  • Parsley and basil
  • Oregano and thyme
  • Chives and nasturtium (bonus points — these produce flowers!)

Kickstart with a kit — If you’re less inclined for a DIY project, you can buy an herb garden kit on Amazon. These kits can get pretty high-tech: some are self-watering, and others include a light that replicates natural sunlight.

What Millennials Want in an Apartment

Millennials know what they want. This is the on-demand generation where everything is available at the touch of a button. Need a ride? There’s an app for that. Need food, quick? There’s an app for that, too. But when it comes to finding the right home, it’s not as simple as downloading an app. Fortunately, we know what millennials want — and you can find it all at Bella Ridge.

The Perfect Apartments at Bella Ridge

The cozy club room at Bella Ridge.

Concierge Services

While we don’t have an app for dry cleaning, we do offer concierge services for a variety of services (like dry cleaning!). Think of us as your personal assistant — we’re here to help keep your home life running smoothly.

Resident Rewards

Beyond perks like granite countertops, large spaces, separate tubs and showers, and more, we also offer a different kind of resident rewards. Our resident rewards program is free to join and gives you discounts on local shopping, dining, and lifestyle services.

Green Property

Sustainability is important for the earth, and we’re pleased with our Green Globe Certification. This national certification demonstrates excellence in water conservation and energy efficiency.

Free Bike Rentals

Sustainability doesn’t stop at building codes. We offer free bike rentals at Bella Ridge — it’s a great way to burn some calories and help the environment simultaneously.

Dog Park

Four-legged friends are welcome at Bella Ridge. We even have our own designated dog park! Just remember to review our dog park etiquette.

Free Poolside Covered Cabanas

Our stunning pool is the perfect place to get away from it all without ever leaving home. In addition to free covered cabanas, our pool also features tanning ledges and a grilling area so you can make a day of it.

Free Resident Events

Meet other Bella residents and enjoy perks like wine nights and holiday parties at our resident events.

24-Hour Fitness Center

Are you one of those people who likes to exercise late at night? We totally aren’t. But we feel you! That’s why our fitness center is open 24 hours.

DVD Rentals

Millennials love a good #tb. Enter DVD rentals. You might be tempted to queue up your Netflix account, but check our selection first! It’s old-school fun for an awesome night in.

 

Meet Our Brand-New Covington Community, Artesia Apartments

We’re excited to bring you the good life at our newest apartment community, Artesia Apartments! Located in the heart of scenic Covington, this 264-unit property features all of the luxurious, modern amenities you’d expect from a new community. Case in point? Artesia’s resident services center. Clocking in at 5,654 square feet, this enormous area just for residents features touch screen virtual property tours, a furnished snack bar, and a professional fitness center overlooking Artesia’s resort-style swimming pool (complete with tanning ledges!).

Speaking of the pool, unwind in style under double arbors and semi-private cabanas. Bring your furry friends along to Artesia’s private pet park, or grill out at the outdoor kitchen facility. With nature as our focal point, Artesia is brimming with peaceful water features and beautiful landscaping—not to mention our zen sculpture garden!

Of course, when you’re deciding which apartment community to call home, a property’s most important features are within individual units.

At Artesia, you’ll find thoughtful details like stainless steel appliances, freestanding showers, garden tubs, shaker panel kitchen cabinets, faux wood flooring, granite countertops, and crown molding. Many apartments also boast smart features like USB charging ports. In addition to design, Artesia is also focused on convenience: freestanding, remote-access garages are available, as are on-site package delivery modules. All units include washers and dryers with some having a dedicated laundry room.

If you’re interested in calling Artesia your new home, contact us today! Two-bedroom apartments will be move-in ready on May 1, and we’re currently offering select special like one month free rent, reduced deposits, and waived administrative fees on select units.

Don’t Forget to Spring Clean These Unexpected Spots

Chances are that after Mardi Gras, most people’s apartments could use a good scrubbing. There’s no better feeling than a clean space, but it’s easy to forget to clean certain areas. We’ve collected a list of spring cleaning tips focused on commonly forgotten areas – give these places a good scrubbing, and you’ll notice a difference in your home’s overall appearance and feel while also reducing germs, dirt, and grime.

A sparklingly clean kitchen at Surf Rider apartments in Metairie.

Unexpected Spots to Clean

Crevices between Appliances

Have you noticed crumbs or food stuck in the tiny gap between your oven range and countertop? Use a crevice attachment on your vacuum or a long, thin duster to capture grime between nooks and crannies.

Tops of Appliances

Just because you can’t see it doesn’t mean it’s not there. Dirt and dust can accumulate on top of appliances like microwaves, refrigerators, and stove vents – clean these areas to remove months of buildup in one simple swipe!

Ceiling Fan

Similarly to the tops of appliances, ceiling fans can collect dust and grime on the tops of their blades. Use the pillowcase trick so that dust doesn’t fall onto the floor!

Electronics

Did you know your television remote control could be one of the germ-covered items in your home? Use a disinfectant wipe or spray to clean between the buttons and on the front and back of the remote. Remember to clean other oft-handled small appliances, too, like keyboards and tablets.

Salt and Pepper Shakers

Have you ever cleaned your salt and pepper shakers individually? Probably not – but you should! Like the remote or shared tablet, salt and pepper shakers are used by everyone in the household every day.

Soap Dispenser

Similar to salt and pepper shakers, your soap dispenser is an oft-used item that can accumulate germs and grime. Wipe it down each time you clean your kitchen or bathroom countertops.

House Plants

Use a duster on house plants like orchids or ferns. The plants will immediately look brighter and refreshed, plus you’ll be removing surface dirt and grime!

Inside the Fridge

Don’t wait until move-out day to give the fridge a frantic scrub-down. Take your time wiping the insides of all drawers and shelves, and you’re guaranteed to smile every time you open the fridge. You can also refer to these five all-natural methods for cleaning the fridge.

Baseboards

Even if you vacuum and wash the floors, you’ll see a big difference visually if you take the time to wipe down your baseboards with a damp cloth. Dust and small hairs can accumulate easily on baseboards, sullying the overall look of your floors.

Keep It Clean With More Easy Tips

Be sure to read up on more easy cleaning hacks here on our blog, or visit our Pinterest board dedicated to apartment organization and cleaning tips for ideas you can use throughout your apartment!

No Valentine? No Problem with These Fun Ideas

Valentine’s Day is a sweet way for couples to acknowledge one another. But what if you’re single? Don’t fret. We’ve collected five fun ideas for treating yourself this Valentine’s Day — no plus-one required.

Valentine’s Day Ideas if You’re Single

Order a Decadent Meal…

With apps like Postmates and Uber Eats now available in New Orleans, you can have gourmet cuisine delivered straight to your door. Just think of how much more comfortable you’ll be on the couch in pajamas than waiting at a busy restaurant.

…or Fall in Love with a New Recipe

Channel your inner celebrity chef and whip up a new recipe for dinner. We like browsing The Kitchn — they even have a special post with “12 Recipes for a Solo Valentine’s Day Celebration.”

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Photo via The Kitchn.

Grab Your Gals (or Guys) and Head to the Movies

Round up some fun-loving friends, and go see a movie. Opt for a comedy or thriller, and definitely plan to spring for popcorn and candy.

Take a Day Trip

Sometimes, getting out of town means getting a fresh, new perspective. If your schedule permits, plan for a day trip just outside of the city. We’ve got a few ideas here.

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Photo courtesy Nottoway Plantation on Facebook.

Remember, It’s About Love

The holiday is all about love, so think about how that might translate into non-romantic meanings. Give your mom or friend a call and let them know you love them. Offer some extra snuggles to your pet. Or pamper yourself with a pedicure or beauty treatment for a little self love.

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