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Artesia: Luxury Covington Apartment Homes

Artesia is a new luxury apartment community in Covington, Louisiana, offering a sophisticated lifestyle in a convenient location. Artesia offers upscale amenities and first-class resident services. 


Click here to view available floor plans and rent today! Prices starting under $1,200! 


Enjoy the perfect balance of convenience and serenity.  Nestled behind the Pinnacle Nord du Lac shopping center and bordering the Estates at Watercross neighborhood, Artesia is a one of a kind find. Savor a peaceful lifestyle with plenty of nearby shopping, entertainment, and dining spots while also just a short drive to St. Tammany Trace and the charming, downtown Covington historic and arts district. You’ll fall in love with your new apartment home and “Live the Good Life!”


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Finishes and Amenities

Artesia offers features and finishes you won’t find anywhere else. Our designers created residences that are both modern and sophisticated; our floor plans are open and inviting.

Here are just a few of the amenities Artesia residents enjoy (amenities and finishes may vary):

Inside Your Apartment

  • Stainless & Black Energy Saving Appliances* | USB Charging Plugs | Built-In Microwave* | High Efficiency Refrigerator with Ice-Maker | Self-Cleaning Oven | Black Pearl & Granite Countertop in Kitchen | Bianco Marble Countertops in Kitchen | Gourmet Island* | Dishwasher | Carpet & Wood Tone Floors | 9 Foot Ceilings | Acadian Crown Molding with Custom Woodwork | Central Air and Heat | Lexington Slate Cabinetry with Naples Pulls | Double Stainless Steel Sinks | Extra Large Closets with custom ClosetMaid organizers | Full Size Washer and Dryer | Laundry Room | Double sinks in bathrooms* | Soaking Tub accented with subway tile enclosure | Recessed  Lighting | Clear Ice Pendant Lighting | Plantation Style Blinds | Raised Paneled Doors with Satin Nickle Accents | Ceiling Fans | Intrusion Alert System | Balcony with pool & courtyard views* | Linen & Coat Closest* | ADA Apartments available*

Inside the Community

  • We Accept Visa & Mastercard | Package Acceptance Mail Center | On-Site Fitness Center | Flexible Lease Terms | FREE WiFi Access in Common Areas | Convenient Location | Automatic Rent Payments From Your Checking Account Available | 24/7 Emergency Maintenance | Resort Style Swimming Pool | 24 Hour Precor Fitness Center | Detached Garages for Parking and Additional Storage | On-Site Movie Rental (Complimentary) | Lifestyle Services; Onsite Car Detail, Housekeeping Services & much more | Poolside Cabana Reservations & Food Delivery | Bike Rentals (Complimentary) | Pet Friendly | Tanning Ledge | Gated Pet Park | Lifestyle Services through our Resident Portal | Smoke-Free Apartments Available Late Fall

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    Come hungry! The Artesia pool features poolside delivery.

Pool Perfection

  • Artesia’s pool is a stunning destination to relax and unwind. Catch some rays while staying cool with our partially submerged tanning ledges, or sit and read a book in one of several poolside cabanas overlooking sparkling water. Artesia residents can also take part in poolside food delivery when hunger strikes. Enjoy it in our spacious outdoor patio before heading back to the water.

The Good Life Bark Park

Training and grooming and trips to the vet, we’ve got the Good Life for you and your pet!

An exclusive dog park just for Artesia pups. Your dog can leap through hoops, jump rover overs and more.

The Good Life Concierge Services

Enjoy first-class services like pet care, package & parcel delivery, onsite car detailing, housekeeping services, food delivery, and much more!

The Neighborhood

The Artesia Apartment Homes are just a short drive to Historic Downtown Covington, Pinnacle Nord Du Lac Shopping Center, St. Tammany Trace, and more! Our community offers the perfect balance of outdoor activities and city-life accessibility. To learn about all of the exciting things to do in Covington, click here.

Shopping

  • Marshall’s | Kohl’s | Kirkland’s | Target | Petco | Hobby Lobby | Michael’s | Eyewear Society | Academy | All About Baby

Dining

  • Lola Restaurant | Buster’s Place Restaurant and Oyster Bar | Del Porto Ristorante | Southern Hotel | Oxlot 9 | Gallagher’s Grill | The Salad Station | Panera Bread | Popcorn Bistro

Coffee Houses

  • St. John’s Coffeehouse | Coffee Raini | Cafe Du Monde | Starbucks

Art Galleries

  • St. Tammany Art Association | Tripolo Gallery | Saladino Gallery

So what are you waiting for? Live the Good Life today!

Apply now!


Artesia

8382 Westshore Drive
Covington, LA 70433

Office Hours:
Monday – Saturday 8:30 – 5pm; Sunday 1-5pm

 


Cozy Up to Fall Decor for the Mantel and More

Your pumpkin is carved, and your seasonal wreath is on the door. But what about your mantel? Several of our 1st Lake Properties feature wood-burning fireplaces, like Sawmill Creek and Willow Creek. The fireplace mantel is a natural focal point of a room, drawing the eye upward and providing an opportunity to flex your decorating muscle. In fact, spruced-up mantels are one of the top fall decor trends.

If you don’t have a fireplace, don’t worry! These fall mantel décor items work just as well anywhere else in the home, whether at the front door or in the living room. (Plus, keep scrolling for even more fall trends.)

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Thumbtack pumpkins are as customizable as they are easy to make. (Photo courtesy Crafthubs.com)

Fall Decor: Mantel Trends

Thumbtack Gourds

Gourds and pumpkins are an obvious choice for the mantel, but the addition of metallic thumbtacks can transform a natural design-scape into a totally glamorous one. Add gold or silver thumbtacks to plain gourds, or paint the gourds to match your existing interior design before you add the thumbtacks. Let these awesome designs lead the way for pattern inspiration.

Elegant Upcycling

An easy, cost-effective way to decorate for fall is to use items you already have on hand. Cut paper bags into petal shapes, crease them, and use a bit of hot glue to hold them together. The result is a paper flower that pulls in fall colors and makes a major impact above the mantel, whether alone or in clusters.

An Everlasting Pumpkin

Cinderella’s coach turned into a pumpkin at midnight, but these cute fall decorations won’t turn into a rotten mess after Halloween. Leave these Mason jar pumpkins on the mantel through Thanksgiving, and save them for years to come. The addition of a cinnamon stick lends a fragrant, autumnal touch.

Borrow from Other Seasons

Another way to save on fall décor is to repurpose decorations from previous holidays. Fourth of July bandanas lend a harvest vibe when draped across the mantel, especially in shades of red, rust, and orange. Mardi Gras beads can create a quick garland, and winter holiday decorations like pinecones and acorns look just as appropriate in fall.

Even More Fall Decor Trends

Country Living is one of our favorite sources for interior inspiration, so it’s no wonder we’d look to them for all the latest on other fall trends. Here’s a rundown on what they’re seeing this season:

  • Go (dark) green. For fall, think about incorporating lush tones of emerald or a softer sage green into your decor.
  • All about that brass. Whereas copper was a big trend in recent years, trade rosy metals for true gold tones with brass hardware like hooks and doorknobs.
  • Va-va-voom velvet. This lush texture is perfect for fall and can carry your interior decor into winter as well. We’re loving deep shades of navy blue and slate gray rendered in rich velvet.


Our Favorite Things To Do in Covington

With looks like this, it might be hard to leave our newest apartment community in Covington, but outside of Artesia’s gates is a town filled with tons of great attractions for adults and kids alike. If you love the outdoors, the Northshore is a great place to venture out and explore. You’re in close proximity to picturesque waterways, scenic state parks, and canopied bike paths that wind through the area’s townships. Thinking of indoor options? Test your wits at an escape room or go on a date to the movies.

The Great Outdoors

The Northshore is home to several bayous and streams, which are ideal for an afternoon kayak ride. Beautiful cypress trees and diverse wildlife make paddling the Cane River or Tchefuncte River a relaxing experience. You can rent kayaks from a number of local outfitters, and use Louisiana Northshore’s list of launch sites for your personal watercrafts. Bogue Chitto State Park has great hiking paths and riverside beaches, and Fontainebleau State Park’s 2,800-acre space has boardwalk pavilions, and beautiful, renovated cabins for rent (make sure to book in advance, as they fill quickly). Did someone say, “Staycation?”

Coasting through shaded creeks and bayous sounds amazing.

If you really want to get wild, head to the Global Wildlife Center for a safari ride alongside giraffes, zebras, kangaroos, and bison! You’ll ride in an open-air bus and get the opportunity to feed the animals by hand. Be careful with those giraffe tongues, though!

If you’re looking for a different kind of outdoor fun, the Tammany Tracy Bike Trail stretches from Abita Springs to Covington down to Mandeville and into Slidell’s Camp Salmen Nature Park. End your light ride from Covington to Abita Springs with a beer at the Abita Brewery, or coast down to the Mandeville lakefront for a sunset stroll.

The Great Indoors

It’s still a tad hot outside, so you’re thinking of holding off on all things outdoors until later this season… That’s ok! There is plenty of indoor fun for everyone in the family. If you’re due for a date night with your loved one, the Movie Tavern is both the dinner and the movie. Take a seat and let a server bring you dinner while you watch the latest Hollywood blockbuster. Or you can clue into one of the Northshore’s escape rooms like The Escape or Escapology and race against the clock to free yourself from the enclosed space.

Elevation Station is an indoor trampoline park with tons of high-flying fun. We love this place as a solution to rainy day woes, and there are plenty of different bouncy options to keep your kids engaged until exhaustion. If you want a unique experience, head to the Abita Springs Mystery House and peruse their collection of eccentric objects and off-the-wall inventions.

Artesia is at the Center

Artesia’s centralized location gives you easy access to all of the Northshore’s best entertainment and attractions. Whether you’re looking to hit the water or hail the waiter, Covington has everything you need for your outdoor adventure or your indoor indulgences.

 

 


Preparing Your Apartment for Fall

The summer heat is starting to dissipate, which means new produce will be in season, warmer clothing will be necessary, and holidays like Halloween and Thanksgiving will be here before you know it. Here are some ways to acclimate your apartment (and organize your life!) for the change in season.

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Wreaths and deep, jewel tones are two ways to add affordable fall decor to your apartment. (Photo via Flickr Creative Commons)

Fall Decorating Ideas for the Apartment

Autumn wreaths – Get in the fall spirit and add a festive fall wreath either inside your apartment or on the front door… or both! Wreaths made out of twigs and foliage are always nice for fall and add that autumn touch that signals the season. Check out stores like Michael’s and T.J. Maxx for faux wreaths, or consider ordering a fresh wreath from a local florist or stores like Williams-Sonoma.

Decorate for the holidays – Did you see our Fall Realistic Rental Redo? For Halloween and even all season long, place pumpkins throughout your apartment, including your mantle or fireplace. For Thanksgiving, set up a basket of pinecones in your living room and a cornucopia on your counter for that decorative touch.

Color scheme – Consider changing your drapes, sheets, and wardrobe to more fall-friendly colors like jewel and earth tones to really embrace the season. Or, add small pops of color through autumnal accessories like throw pillows and scarves.

Clean out the closet – While not a decorating tip, a change in season is as good a time as any to go through your closet and throw out anything that doesn’t fit or that you haven’t worn in a long time. Make an event out of it and invite your pals over to help you decide what stays or what goes. Your “trash” might be their treasure! Give the discarded clothing, sports equipment or whatever it may be to a friend or family member, or donate it to charity. You can find a list of local charities here.

 


The Best Ways to Use Essential Oils in Your Home

Essential oils have become a popular addition to self-care regimens, but they’re also useful for a number of household needs. So, what is an essential oil? According to Wikipedia, they’re “concentrated hydrophobic liquids containing volatile aroma compounds from plants.” Essential oils have been traditionally used for aromatherapy, but more and more people are incorporating them into their day-to-day lives. The great thing about these concentrated liquids is their versatility. They’re also a great natural alternative to chemical cleaners.

Essential Oils To Use

Lavender is one of our favorite essential oils for cleaning our homes and healing our skin!

There are dozens of essential oils you can choose from, but there are a few specific options that are ideal for home use. According to Keeper of the Home, they are:

  • Lavender
  • Eucalyptus
  • Lemon
  • Peppermint
  • Frankincense
  • Tea Tree
  • Oregano
  • Wild Orange

Lavender is a staple scent, and you can find lavender perfumes and house sprays at almost any home goods store. It’s a soothing scent, but it’s also a great topical agent for fresh cuts. It acts as an antibacterial serum when applied undiluted. Burned yourself cooking? Apply lavender to ease the pain. Heading out to walk down one of our garden paths? Use it to ward off insects as a natural repellant.

If you combine 5 drops of eucalyptus and 5 drops of tea tree oil to a 16-ounce water bottle, you have a mold-fighting bathroom spray that smells great. Lemon oil disinfects quick, which can prolong the life of your dish sponges, and it disintegrates stubborn substances like wax, sticker residue, and gum.  Peppermint can keep bugs away from your home. Use a cotton swab to brush your windows and doors with the crisp, minty oil and those flying pests will stay away.

You can find essential oils in pharmacies and supermarkets across the area. There are also boutiques that create proprietary oils if you prefer an immersive experience.

Tea tree oil has a lot of great topical uses, but it’s also an amazing antifungal and antibacterial cleaning option. Mix it with water and lemon oil to clean your high traffic areas with ease. After you’re done fighting germs, soothing burns, and stopping bugs from invading your space, take your favorite scent and diffuse it for a relaxing end to your essential oil home improvement project. You deserve it!