Add Soul to Your Space by Decorating with Vintage Pieces

People often associate vintage pieces with dated décor – but where some see stodgy, we see potential. With so many communities in and around New Orleans, residents at 1st Lake can take full advantage of the city’s robust antiques scene. Fall is also an ideal season for decorating with vintage pieces: Cooler temperatures make a day of antiquing extra pleasant.

If you’re on Magazine Street, check out places like Lucullus or Passages Antiques. For even more antique treasure hunting head to the French Quarter. Shops like Keil’s Antiques (founded in 1899!) and Royal Antiques, both on Royal Street, feature formal pieces from the Georgian era and beyond.


Antique tea tins bring color, storage, and a vintage vibe to your space. (Photo courtesy Rina Pitucci on Flickr)

Now that you’ve found your perfect vintage piece, here are our top three tips on how to incorporate a bit of retro allure to your apartment:

  1. Paint it. An antique wood chest of drawers can look awfully formal, but with a coat of paint in a bright color – rich turquoise or sunny marigold, for example – the result is completely fresh and modern. The added benefit of using a bright color on furniture means that you can leave the rest of the space neutral. All of our properties feature a neutral color scheme perfect for pops of color.
  2. Consider placement. Let’s say you purchased a mid-century dining room credenza. Fantastic! But remember, this piece could work in a multitude of ways. Use it in the bedroom as a makeshift dresser, or place it directly behind the couch as a stylish, unexpected sofa table.
  3. Revive, repurpose. Vintage tins have great graphics and punchy colors. They are also incredibly affordable. But, what could you do with a tea tin? A whole lot, actually! We love using them as an herb planter or vase for flower arrangements. They’re great for kitchen organization, too – place long utensils like spatulas and wooden spoons inside a tin for a cheerful look. If you’re feeling adventurous, try making your own candle using the tin as a base.

Five Ways to Change Your Bedroom Without Spending Money

After a certain amount of time, even the most wonderfully-decorated bedrooms can feel boring and in need of a change, but spending a ton of money on re-decorating isn’t always in the cards. Luckily, there are many ways that you can infuse new life into your bedroom that don’t cost any money at all. Try these simple tactics to help you see your personal space with fresh eyes and excitement.bedroom bed

Clean Your Bedding

When life is busy, cleaning the bedding may be the last thing on your list, but if you take everything off the bed and give it a good wash, putting the bed together again with crisp, delicious smelling fabric can make the whole room feel fresh and renewed.

Use Pieces from Other Rooms

If your bedroom is feeling drab, try taking artwork and lighting from other rooms in your home. Maybe the wall piece above your couch would really change the space above your dresser; or maybe the floor lamp by your book case could really bring a fresh lighting scheme into your bedroom. Small changes like this make the world of a difference, and get you excited about the things you already own.

Organize Your Nightstand

It’s easy to let your nightstand gather clutter and that can make your bedroom feel messy and frustrating, especially since it is the last thing you see at night and the first thing you see in the morning. Take time to organize and de-clutter your nightstand; keep only what you need and want displayed next to your bed and you can change your whole attitude about your room.

Make Your Bed

Cleaning your bedding is one way to help refresh your bedroom, but on a daily basis, making your bed is key. When you are busy, it may be an easy thing to think you can “do later”, but then you end up with an un-made bed all day, every day, and the bed is one of the biggest pieces in any bedroom. Simply making your bed every morning can make you feel organized and make your space look clean. And you can always remind yourself: in a world of chaos, at least the bed is made.

Get Rid of Things You Don’t Love

In your closet, in your dressers, and on your tables, take a month and each day get rid of one thing that you don’t use, need, or love. Built up clutter and things that we see and don’t want anymore can make us feel frustrated and chaotic. Getting rid of excess makes room for the new, and seeing only the things we love in our closets and dresser can help us to appreciate and utilize the things we own more, and more clearly see what it is we actually need in our lives.

Apartment Living: Space Saving Tips for the Kitchen

One of the happiest rooms in the house is the kitchen. It’s also the most stressful. Sometimes there just isn’t enough room.

Organizing a kitchen properly can not only make the kitchen neater, but more practical. By incorporating  a few simple space saving hacks, you can create a much more peaceful kitchen experience.

A sleek, modern kitchen at Brewster Commons apartments in Covington, LA

A sleek, modern kitchen at Brewster Commons apartments in Covington, LA

Wall Hooks

Hooks are great for freeing up counter space. You can find anything from small hooks for coffee mugs to large hooks for pots, like this one from William Sonoma.

Hanging kitchen supplies is a great way to functionally decorate.


There are several magnetic kitchen storage devices that can keep important items out of your way.

Magnetic knife strips are a great way to keep knives easily accessible and off the counter tops. Try this wooden option. You can also incorporate a DIY magnetic spice rack into your decor. These spice racks are fun, unique, and free up plenty of cupboard space.

Open Storage

Look for a cute bookcase to keep near the kitchen. You can store items like pretty glassware, dry food stored in matching jars, cookbooks, and indoor plants. The bookcase can make for beautiful decoration while serving a valuable, space-saving purpose.

Hidden Paper Towels

A cabinet mounted paper towel holder utilizes otherwise unusable space while keeping counters open and available. Base cabinets are a great spot to place your towel holder.

Wire Racks

Adding wire racks to you cabinets can double, and sometimes triple the storage space inside them. The new shelves will provide space for items that would otherwise take up counter space.

Drawer Organizers

Everyone has that wretched “everything” drawer filled with scissors, random envelopes and soy sauce packets. Use utensil trays, baskets and separators to keep everything in its place, and easy to find.

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Apartment Ideas: Independence Day Party Decorations

One of the perks of renting your own apartment is the freedom to throw parties whenever you want! And what better time or reason for a party than 4th of July? Independence Day is a time of national celebration, so it’s the perfect opportunity to go all out and be as festive as you want! Try these ideas for party decorations to host the best 4th of July blowout ever!

4th of July Apartment Party Ideas

Use the patriotic red, white and blue motif to your heart’s desire and purchase party decorations like a 4th of July garland, and decorate your house with red, white and blue flowers. Adorn your table with an American flag table cloth or runner, stars and stripes place settings, and red, white and blue star-shaped glitter. Use mason jars stuffed with red and blue bandanas to hold silverware for that extra touch.

4th of july decorations

You can even take your food to the next level. In addition to the 4th of July favorites like hamburgers and hotdogs, there are many ways to incorporate the American motif into your presentation:

  • Serve blueberries and strawberries with whipped cream for an edible pop of red, white and blue.
  • Create a signature summer cocktail using festive straws or drink stirrers for even more party flair.
  • Make a cake using blueberries, strawberries and whipped cream or go miniature and make cake pops with red, white and blue frosting.

4th of july decorations

Looking for an apartment to host fun dinner parties for the holidays, or any occasion? Check out the available apartments right now in the metro New Orleans area from 1st Lake Properties.

Ways to Revamp Your Rental

There are many creative ways to give your apartment a fresh look without violating your lease terms or causing any damage. Creating extra storage space in an attractive way is always a good idea, and adding your own pops of color will quickly and smartly enhance your interior. Here are some tips that will put you on the path to an apartment you’ll love to come home to!

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removable wall decals

Funky and Functional – If you love wooden or industrial touches in your apartment, a great way to incorporate functional style is to search for separate pieces like ladders or doors at flea markets, hardware stores or home goods stores. Placing a ladder smartly in the kitchen or bathroom can be used for hanging towels or placing appliances. Using a door with extra knobs is a funky way to hang personal items like umbrellas, scarves, bags, hats and more.

Adding Interior Color – If you want some more color in your apartment, there are safe ways to add it without painting the walls. Removable wall decals come in all sorts of designs and colors for adding fun and creative patterns that will revitalize any room and give it unique personality. A more rustic and D.I.Y. approach to adding color would be to paint wooden pieces like plywood to lean against the wall for a more layered, natural look. Another material that is a great resource that can be personalized with some painted color is pegboard, which looks cool and can act as a hanger for a number of items.

If you’re looking for a metro New Orleans, Northshore or Mississippi apartment to make and call your own, check out the available apartments right now from 1st Lake Properties!

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