May 17

How to Decorate With Layers of Luxe

Edison Living RoomThe Edison in Long Beach is well-known for style and grace. Chic floor plans lay the groundwork for you to build on. No matter what style you choose, you can layer luxury elements with subtle undertones to create a look that is all your own. The layout of each apartment flows seamlessly, making it easy to decorate and create the perfect environment. You will quickly be able to make your apartment home into your own safe haven.

Tips for Decorating With Layers of Luxe

Decorating can be fun and exciting. When moving into your new apartment, part of the thrill involves choosing the colors and decor that you will use to turn the living area into your own personal masterpiece.

Muted colors and neutral designs will help to make luxury accents pop out when perfectly placed throughout the apartment. Take your time. Choose the colors and designs that define your perfect atmosphere and then add a beautiful vase or floral arrangement. Choose a tapestry to accent one of the walls or a thick, luxurious rug to lay in front of your couch.

If you are having trouble finding the perfect piece, check with your local art gallery or interior design professional. Many times, it just takes one look from a professional to help you find the perfect missing piece that will make your world complete.

From your furniture to your tableware, luxury items can be mixed in to create a shabby/chic motif or add an eclectic flair. When you are first starting out, it can be difficult to find decorating ideas that fit your personality. It helps to have a floor plan that is designed with a touch of luxury and elegance, such as our layouts at Edison. When you start with a stylish room, it is easy to go with the flow and add your own special nuance.

If you are looking to find an apartment with a touch of luxury, look no further than Edison Apartments in Long Beach. You will quickly see what type of atmosphere will be available when you choose to make one of our luxury apartments your home. Call our office today to view floor plans and take a tour.

May 17

10 Best Area Rugs for an Extravagant Living Space

Different RugsThose who live in apartments in Long Beach should take full advantage and make your living spaces truly unique. There’s nothing that dresses up a fabulous apartment better than a fabulous rug. Here are 10 area rugs that will make your space truly pop.

10 Area Rugs to Turn a Great Apartment Into Your Personal Paradise

  1. Imagine coming home to a desert oasis. How about a Moroccan Berber rug?
  2. Regardless of whether you aced geometry in high school, there isn’t a room in the world in which a sharp geometric pattern can’t get top marks, like a gray geometric-patterned beauty.
  3. A faded pink lends an elegance to a room that never goes out of style. A flowered rug is just the thing to add an old world charm to any space.
  4. There’s nothing quite so extravagant as fur, as it adds texture and sophistication.
  5. Neutral and classic but always interesting: sisal. And even though it would seem like one sisal is just like another, there’s actually a lot of variety amongst this neutral colored fiber. Find just the right shade and shape to tie your room together effortlessly.
  6. There’s a reason all white parties are so luxurious, and there’s the same reason an all white rug is always going to look fabulous.
  7. For an apartment near the water, rugs in blue are always going to be perfect. Stripes of many blues? Even better.
  8. Incorporate a uniquely Southwestern aesthetic while adding warmth to the room with a Navajo pattern.
  9. When you want to take a walk on the wild side with your rug, an animal pattern is just the thing, such as a zebra striped beauty.
  10. Purple’s not for everyone, but for those who connect with the color, nothing else will do. And with a saturated but neutral lavender, maybe purple is for everyone after all.

Between the open floor plans, 12′ foot ceilings and floor-to-ceiling windows with jaw-dropping views, there are no apartments in Long Beach better suited to showcase your brand new rug, and no apartment better to let your rug adorn the floor than at Edison. Get in touch to find out more about the many incredible amenities of the floor plans at our community.

May 17

Four Ways to Bring Spring Into Your Home

Pink Flowers and PlannerSpringtime is a wonderful time of year. It is rich with metaphors and symbolism that can serve to help us embrace life. Read on to discover our four favorite ways to bring spring into your Long Beach apartment.

 1. Start a Container Garden

All you need is a small bag of potting soil, a few containers, and a few seeds to start a container garden. You can even use recycled metal cans if you punch a hole in the bottom (easy to do with a can opener). If you love salads, grow radishes, lettuce, and even onions. Explore your options at your local nursery or visit any of the dozens of online organic nurseries for seed selection.

2. Think Green

There are many ways to green-up your life. You can take that literally, and deck the place in green. You can also make a resolution to eat more greens. Spring is three months into those New Year’s resolutions that you might have forgotten about, but why not use spring as a way to get back in the groove. Embrace the environment by going green. Make a list of 1-3 ways you can be more environmentally friendly. Those might include:

  • Reducing your electrical bill
  • Removing plastic from your life
  • Shopping at thrift stores

3. Add Plants to the Decor

A few houseplants help to bring spring into your apartment. Some even help you by cleaning the air that you breathe. If you don’t have a green thumb, make a habit of buying flowers and enjoy the bounty of spring all year long. You can even add spring-themed wreaths to your door.

4. Add Color Essentials

Change up the kitchen towels to a pretty floral design. Change the tablecloth to something with floral print such as roses or wisteria. Replace the winter throws with lighter toned blankets that offer spring-like designs. You can even exchange the holiday decor for those that occur in spring — such as Mother’s Day, and any other holidays you’d like to celebrate.

At Edison, we love spring. If you want to learn more about our apartments in Long Beach, just give us a call at (866)-809-7997 or stop by our office!

Apr 17

Tips for Being Eco-Friendly This Spring

Guy Walking OutsideSpring is for green in more ways than one. Fresh new plant life is abundant, and so are opportunities to give your lifestyle an eco-friendly makeover. Following are three ways that residents of apartments in Long Beach can reduce their carbon footprints.

Wage a War on Clutter

Clearing the clutter from your living space may not seem like a green thing to do at first glance. However, what’s clutter to you may be treasure to someone else, so donating your belongings to a charity or otherwise finding them new homes with those who could use them keeps them out of the landfills. Spring is the quintessential time for purging unwanted items, so make sure that only the truly unusable items are thrown in the trash.

Start Walking or Biking to Work or School 

Instead of driving your car or using public transportation, grab a bike or slip on a sturdy pair of walking shoes and kill two birds with one stone. Walking or biking to work will result in better physical fitness, as well as lighten your carbon footprint. Spring weather in Long Beach is usually ideal for enjoying outdoor activities, so you’ll arrive at work or school with a smile on your face and with plenty of energy to start your busy day. As an added benefit, you’ll enjoy the savings associated with getting where you need to go under your own steam rather than feeding money to a gas tank or a mass transit operator.

Grow a Garden 

If you think those living in urban environments can’t grow gardens, think again. If you’ve got a balcony or even a sunny windowsill, you’ve got a garden spot. Consider experimenting with vertical gardening options if you have a balcony—you can purchase the necessary structures for these from your local home and garden retailer, and they’re designed to maximize yield in small spaces. Few things taste better than a salad made from freshly picked ingredients that you’ve grown yourself or a dish seasoned with culinary herbs that you’ve cultivated on your own.

Please feel free to reach out to us at your earliest convenience for more information about our available floor plans in Long Beach.

Apr 17

Tips for Your Next Spring Picnic

Outdoor PicnicIt’s springtime here at Edison and we’re welcoming it with open arms. For anyone that’s in the area, there’s nothing quite like the feeling of being able to get up, hear the birds chirping, and see the sun shining longer. If you are living in our Long Beach apartments, you know that this also means it is time to get outdoors more and make the most of this incredible California weather.

How About a Picnic?

One of the best ways to celebrate spring is with a picnic. Whether you stay close to home or check out a park in the area that you’ve never visited before, we have a few tips to help you make this an incredible experience from start to finish.

  • Pick up some supplies. First, you’ll appreciate a lightweight picnic basket with a few plates and cups within. Make sure it is big enough to hold a meal and perhaps even a blanket for the ground. Skip the plastic products and be environmentally friendly instead.
  • When choosing food to bring, aim for those items that don’t need as much refrigeration, such as cold cuts and cheeses for sandwiches. Bring along fruits and veggies that you don’t have to prepare either.
  • Plan for some games. Whether you want to bring along a football or just a frisbee, it’s all up to the way you want to play. You can also bring along a few board games for a bit different of an experience.
  • Plan for cleanup, too. Be sure to have a trash bag to clean up any debris so you don’t leave anything behind.
  • If you are heading to the beach, map out areas where there are picnic tables. This way, you can avoid battling sand near your food.

Having fun at a picnic also means bringing along some great friends. Put each person in charge of one element and make it an enjoyable day.

Living Close to Parks Makes a Difference

We welcome you to come and check out all that Edison has to offer. If you are in the market for an apartment in Long Beach, we are happy to show you our currently available floor plans!

Apr 17

Five Ways to Give Your Diet a Healthy Makeover

Fruits and VegetablesSpring is an excellent time to give new life to those New Year’s resolutions to lead a healthier lifestyle—especially when those resolutions include incorporating better foods into your daily diet. Southern California enjoys an exceptionally long growing season, meaning that fresh fruits and vegetables are abundant almost all year-round, but they’re particularly prolific during spring. Following are just five of the many ways residents of apartments in Long Beach can begin to eat healthier this spring.

Buy Organic Produce From Farmers Markets 

Having lots of fresh, organic produce on hand makes eating healthy come naturally. Fortunately, you have plenty of options in the Long Beach area. Besides traditional farmers markets such as Local Harvest and Long Beach Southeast, try going for a weekend drive in the country and exploring the numerous farm stands.

Taste Your Food Before Reaching for the Salt Shaker

Many people automatically salt their food prior to beginning their meal, but you may find that your taste buds are fine with no additional salt or at least a reduced amount. You could potentially cut out a surprising amount of sodium from your diet this way.

Plan Your Meals

Most unhealthy eating is the result of grabbing food on the run or going through the fast food drive-thru at the last minute because there’s nothing planned for the next meal. Setting aside time to plan for meals, as well as shop for them, ensures that you won’t be making many hasty food decisions.

Shop for at Least One Week’s Worth of Meals at a Time

Having plenty of the food in the house is another way to help ensure that you won’t fall victim to last-minute forays through the fast food drive-thru. Even if your meal planning activities have fallen behind, just having food in the house helps you stay on track. Be sure to include items that can be prepared quickly, such as sandwich materials and whole grain bread.

Eat Five Fruits or Vegetables Per Day

Making a point of eating at least five servings of fruits and vegetables on a daily basis is one of the easiest paths to good health.

Please call us at your convenience to learn more about our available floor plans!

Mar 17

Tips on Decorating with Throw Pillows

Edison Living RoomWith spring around the corner, you may be looking for a way to transform your Long Beach apartment. You are in luck. Decorating your apartment using throw pillows is a thing this year. It’s whimsical, cost-effective, and with a little creativity, can change the way your apartment looks and feels. The following are a few ways you can use throw pillows in your new apartment decor.

Use Them for Sitting

Get oversized throw pillows and use them as extra seats in your Long Beach apartment. You don’t have to have a particular theme in your home to take advantage of this quick and easy use of throw pillows.

Mix and Match Them on Your Couch

No one says you have to stick to the same colors on your couch when you use throw pillows. In fact, when you used inspiring colors that offer a contrast to the colors in your couch, you’ll dazzle your guests. They’ll want to know the name of your designer. You can take it a step further by adding throw pillows that are made of different textures. Done accurately, it’ll make your couch look as if it belongs in a designer magazine.

Place Them in Baskets

Another way to use throw pillows as an accessory is to place them in baskets sporadically around your Long Beach, CA apartment. Stuff them in smaller baskets and play around with how they overflow in the basket. You can also add other accessories, like a small blanket. Opting for an oversized basket will give you the perfect place to stash a comfy throw pillow and blanket for movie nights.

Place Them on Your Wall in Frames

A unique way to display your throw pillows is to hang them around your room in glassless frames. With this look you control everything. Additionally, by sticking to glassless picture frames, you can make a touchable art display along the walls of your apartment.

You can do practically anything when you choose to design with throw pillows. All you need is a little creativity and a few extra accessories. If you are looking for a new apartment to try all these new decor tips in, give us a call today. We’d love to show you our amazing floor plans and amenities.

Mar 17

Beauty and the Beach: Adding a Touch of the Sea to Your Apartment

Hanging Fish DecorWhen you live by the sea, it only makes perfect sense to add a touch of the beach to your decor. There are a number of ways you can do this. The easy way, of course, is to scatter seashells and pictures of the ocean and various sea creatures around your home. If you decide to go this route, it’s important not to go overboard as too much can easily drag your home down the path to kitschiness. There are also less obvious ways to add the feel of the beach to your home, including:

Weathered Wood

A subtle way to add the feel of the beach into your home is to add pieces crafted from weathered or distressed wood, such as bar stools or picture frames. The look of weathered wood echoes the way that salt air takes its toll on the natural elements around the beach.

Nautical Colors

Long Beach is home to the Long Beach Naval Shipyard, so why not add accents of navy blue throughout your home. Navy blue looks especially sharp when paired with crisp white. Some of the ways you can incorporate navy are by painting one wall in this hue or by adding dark blue throw pillows.

Tropical Colors

Of course, navy and white isn’t for everyone. So if you’d prefer a more playful look, consider adding bright pops of tropical colors around your apartment. You can do this by adding accents in hot flamingo pink, bright mango and key lime green.

Your Windows

When choosing treatments for your windows, think natural fibers that will give you the feel of the seashore, such as blinds made of woven cane, jute or hemp.

Glass in Hues of Blue

A very subtle way to add a touch of the ocean to your home is to scatter items made from blue glass, such as vases or hurricane lamps, around your apartment.

Have you always dreamed of living close to the beach? Then you’ll want to check out our beautiful apartments in Long Beach, California. Our community is just a short stroll from the ocean and boasts a whole host of amazing amenities, including a yoga studio and a rooftop pool. Call today to schedule a tour of our sophisticated community.

Mar 17

6 Long Beach Restaurants to Take a Bite Out of This Spring

DrinksIn the southern California’s city landscape, Long Beach stands apart like a glittering jewel. With just enough distance between it and other major cities, it’s been able to develop it’s own quintessentially unique personality — one noted for its buoyant charm and one-of-a-kind amenities.

Take a bite out of what Long Beach apartment living has to offer with these six must-see local eateries.

1. The Attic

Ascend into The Attic, where, despite its name, you’re way less likely to find old family skeletons and more likely to find scrumptious family-style cuisine. Indulge in its iconic “Mac ‘N’ Cheetos” dishes, which pair gooey macaroni and cheese dishes with Cheetos crumble.

2. Holé Molé

One bite from this Long Beach chain restaurant’s tacos will have you undoubtedly shouting its pun-inspired name. Explore its popular selection of tacos or get there early and try some of its breakfast dishes. Everything on the menu promises punchy flavor in each bite.

3. Seoulmate

California is a vibrant melting pot of all kinds of community and culture; as a natural result, it loves cultural “fusion” cuisine, and Long Beach shares that appreciation. Enter Seoulmate, a restaurant that offers Korean food blended with other countries’ classics: Mexican burritos, American burgers and more.

4. Recreational Coffee

Soak in a brilliant Long Beach morning with the proper cup of coffee at one of the city’s best: Recreational Coffee. Thanks to their premium-grade beverages (the Sea Salt Affogato is a must try) and satisfying sandwich options, you’re certain to start your day off right when you pay them a visit.

5. Michael’s Pizzeria

If you’re looking for a simple, high-quality slice of pizza, look no further than Michael’s. It’s thin and succinct in traditional flavors. On Mondays, it is also joined by a free margarita.

6. Beachwood BBQ

Visit Beachwood BBQ and throw it all back to the days when things were done more slowly and considered. This retro-styled, diner-inspired restaurant prides itself on well-crafted recipes, slow-smoked meats and an environment that encourages you and your guests to kick back and enjoy.

For More Information

Hungry for more? Please reach out to us to learn more about the culinary delights near your Edison apartment.

Feb 17

How to Decorate With Mirrors

Mirror in Living RoomLooking for a new and unique way to decorate your Long Beach apartment? If you haven’t decked out your apartment with mirrors, you should. Large, small, ornate, or simple, mirrors add visual interest to any room while also creating an illusion of extra space. The decoration opportunities are endless. The following are a few of the best options for incorporating mirrors into your apartment:

4 Ways to Enhance Your Apartment With Mirrors

  • Create the illusion of space with a tall mirror. You can instantly double the perceived size of a small room by adding a floor-length mirror. Even a 3/4 mirror can open up an otherwise small room. Make the room glow by placing a large mirror in the corner of the room and shining a spotlight behind it.
  • Create an eclectic collection of antique mirrors. If you enjoy shopping for antiques, you’ll love outfitting your apartment with beautiful vintage mirrors. Carefully select a group of four to six complimentary mirrors and place them near one another. This is the easiest and most effective technique for incorporating mirrors into areas other than the bedroom or bathroom.
  • Combine mirrors and candles. Find a small, plain mirror and place it behind a group of candles. When the candles are lit, their reflection will create a glowing effect. This is a great way to add a little more intimacy and romance to your bedroom.
  • Invest in mirrored furniture. Mirrors aren’t just for walls; they can be incorporated into a variety of furniture pieces, including dressers and coffee tables. Even bed frames and lamps can have a mirrored effect. Mirrored furniture and accessories are modern, yet elegant, and therefore perfect for your apartment.

If you’re looking for a new and unique way to decorate your apartment, mirrors may be your best bet. When incorporated correctly, they can make your apartment feel larger, brighter, and more sophisticated. As a bonus, you’ll have plenty of ways to preen or check yourself out as you get ready for the day ahead. Your friends will be impressed with your ingenuity and you’ll love the elegance that mirrors bring to your apartment.

The beautiful apartments at Edison offer ample opportunities for adding your own touch. To learn more about our floor plans, reach out today.

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