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.

Feb 17

Turn Your Saturday Stroll into an Artwalk

Edison Long BeachFor an amazing Saturday stroll around the neighborhood near your apartments in Long Beach, head on over to the artwalk along Linden Ave, 1st Street, Elm, 4th Street and Broadway. The artwalk runs until 4 p.m. on February 11th to give you and your neighbors plenty of time to view the displays and interact with the artists. You do not need to pay anything for admission, though you may want to bring along extra cash for the vendor booths. Here’s what you will experience during your artwalk journey.

Displays from Amateur and Pro Artists

The paintings, drawings, sculptures and other creations are the most prominent part of the artwalk experience. You will see works of art made by amateur and professional artists–young and old–throughout your community. Poets and other performance artists will also come together to keep everyone entertained all day long.

Hands-On Crafts Near Your Apartments in Long Beach

You will have ample opportunities to try your own hand at creating works of art during this event. You may bring your visions to life with chalk, paint, sculpting materials and much more. Look for the tables piled high with art supplies to find hands-on booths filled with crafting opportunities. You can bring your artistic works home afterward for display in your Long Beach apartments.

Vendors Selling Beautiful Artwork

If you want to take home a souvenir or two, visit the vendor booths to browse through their offerings. You can buy a small or large piece of artwork for display in your home during this event. Make sure to look through all of the options before choosing your favorite artistic creation as each style is unique. You will have the opportunity to ask the vendors about their creation process to highlight the unique characteristics of your chosen pieces.

The artwalk is held monthly, so you will have plenty of opportunities to return to this amazing event. Bring along friends, family and neighbors to open their eyes to the wonders of the local art world. If you are looking to improve your home, give the team at Edison a call at 866-809-7997 to learn more about the available apartment home floor plans.

Feb 17

3 Day Trips to Take From LA

Big Bear LakePlanning an exciting day trip from Long Beach, CA, gives you an opportunity to enjoy stunning scenery while taking a break from the hustle and bustle of city life. Traveling only a few hours away will transport you to a seemingly different world, offering new experiences and a fresh perspective. Check out these three great destinations, each just a jaunt away from LA.

Three Great Day Trips From LA

  1. Big Bear – Jump in your vehicle and arrive at this beautiful lake a mere two hours later. Stunning beauty and a host of year round outdoor adventure sports make Big Bear the perfect spot for a day trip. Bring your fishing pole, hiking boots and/or kayak for summertime fun, or head to the lifts for ski and snowboarding opportunities during colder months of the year.
  2. Idyllwild – Nestled in the San Jacinto mountains two hours outside of LA is Idyllwild, a small town that offers enjoyment for every member of the family. Outdoor lovers can take their pick of activities, ranging from hiking to rock climbing to mountain biking and beyond, while others can enjoy quaint restaurants and locally owned shops which line the downtown streets. Slow down and breathe in the fresh mountain air in this lush and beautiful spot.
  3. Catalina Island – What could be better than hopping on a ferry boat directly from Long Beach and arriving at one of the area’s prettiest beaches only an hour later? People celebrating their birthday can even enjoy the ferry ride for free. Once the ferry docks, you’ll have the chance to scuba dive, snorkel, sunbathe, swim or just wander about and enjoy the local sights and lovely water. Let’s face it, a day at the beach does a body good!

So Much to Explore Yet So Close to Home

Life at the Edison Apartments in Long Beach, CA gives you an opportunity to explore so many interesting places that are so close to home. Regardless of whether you feel like hopping in your car or taking a ferry, you can enjoy a change of scenery that will leave you refreshed and ready for another day. Contact our office today to discuss our available floor plans.

Jan 17

Must-Read Books for 2017

BooksA new year brings new books and an array of opportunities for expanding your literary reach. From voracious readers to those who rarely pick up a book, there is plenty to keep people entertained in 2017.

Whether you prefer to read at the library, at a local coffee shop, or from the comfort of your Long Beach apartment, you will have a blast diving into these four excellent books:

4 Books Worth Curling Up With In 2017

  • Little Deaths by Emma Flint. Published at the very end of 2016, Emma Flint’s Little Deaths is a mesmerizing read. The book details the life of a 1960s suburban mother, who loses her children and quickly becomes a top suspect after she fails to demonstrate appropriate grief.
  • The Signal Flame by Andrew Krivak. National Book Award finalist Andrew Krivak has returned with his second novel, in which a three-generation family residing in rural Pennsylvania deals with the harsh aftermath of multiple wars. The book explores the desire to build a better life that remains a relatable theme to this day.
  • Startup by Doree Shafrir. Top BuzzFeed writer, Doree Shafrir, has entered the world of published books with this clever debut novel. The story centers around an ambitious app developer, a journalist for a prominent tech blog, and a tired mother who struggles to make ends meet. Their worlds collide as the developer’s app goes viral — but not as he expected. This book brings a unique new spin on modern journalism and technology, eliciting laughs from cover to cover.
  • The Futures by Anna Pitoniak. Millennials can easily relate to Anna Pitoniak’s debut novel, which highlights a couple that has recently graduated from college. The couple navigates the transition to adulthood together in a post-recession world. As they begin to stumble upon success, they learn the true meaning of “be careful what you wish for.”

There’s always something exciting to do in Long Beach, but sometimes, it’s more fun to curl up with a new book. Stop by your local bookstore or library and be sure to grab one of the novels highlighted above.

We are happy to provide the calm environment you need to enjoy your favorite books. Reach out at your earliest convenience to learn more about our apartments.

Jan 17

Best Places to Travel to in 2017

Portland SkylineEveryone needs a little vacation now and then. But, with so many beautiful and intriguing places to see in the world, where should you book your next trip? Our list of the best places to travel in 2017 is sure to inspire. Whether they are half a world away, or a short drive from your fabulous apartments in Long Beach, every spot on this list is a must visit.

Bordeaux, France

Long known as the home of some of the best wine in the world, Bordeaux is the ideal destination for foodies. But, there’s hardly anything cutting edge about fine food and wine. So, what makes 2017 year to visit? A new high-speed train is set to open this summer connecting Paris to Bordeaux. It’s never been easier to get to travel around France and you get to see to great cities at once.

Moscow, Russia

Iconic architecture and an up-and-coming food scene make Moscow an interesting destination for any world traveler. But, soccer fans have extra motivation to visit in the next two years. Moscow will host both the 2017 Confederation Cup and the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

Portland, Oregon

If plane tickets and a few week of vacation time aren’t in your plans this year, a trip to Portland might just be the perfect getaway. An easy road trip from Long Beach, Portland’s scenic setting of mountain peaks and soaring trees seem a world away. This summer’s solar eclipse, on August 21, is expected to be stunning from both the Willamette Valley and Mt. Hood.

Merida, Mexico

A trip south of the border is always sure to be a good time. But, a visit to Merida isn’t the around-the-clock party that Cancun is. And that’s a good thing. Merida still offers plenty of fun in the sun, but there is also a more laid-back attitude and a whole lot more authentic Mexican culture. Merida is 2017’s American City of Culture and the calendar is packed with music, festivals and cultural events that are sure to delight.

Lisbon, Portugal

Of most travelers, hot spots such as Paris, Rome and Barcelona are the first destinations that come to mind for a European vacation. However, these tourist destinations are often overcrowded and overpriced, especially during the summer travel season. On the other hand, Lisbon is often overlooked. While all the historic architecture, world-class museums and European flair you will find in other cities, the capital of Portugal is easy to get around and much less crowded. And, thanks to a weak Euro, Lisbon will remain an excellent value in 2017.

No matter where you roam, traveling always makes you crave you familiar spaces. If you need a place to unpack between journeys, give our office a call today, We can help you find a place to come home to.

Jan 17

5 Wildly Achievable Resolutions to Try in 2017

LaptopWhether or not you made a list of personal resolutions this year, 2017 is here with a fresh slate and new opportunities. Ready for a change? We’ve got you covered.

5 Resolutions That Could Change Your Life

1. Go to sleep. Somewhere along the way, we learned as a society to value busyness over rest. Yet, good sleep is more than a luxury; it’s a necessity for good mental and physical health. Studies show that lack of sleep raises depressive tendencies, shortens life span, stifles creativity, hampers attention and hurts body weight. Yet most of us fail to get enough sleep. This year, give yourself permission to have downtime. Enjoy the beautiful views and go to bed on time.

2. Meet new people. Speaking of good physical and mental health, having a thriving social network is beneficial for both. This year, why not decide to accept more invitations and meet more people? Make friends with fellow residents in Long Beach apartments. Throw a brunch party or cocktail soirée. You never know where it could lead. Here at Edison, take advantage of the open-air rooftop. Lounge by the pool or enjoy the community kitchen. It may be the best decision you make.

3. Work out regularly. The benefits of a healthy BMI aside, exercise relieves stress, boosts confidence and increases happiness. And since you have access to your own state-of-the-art fitness center and yoga studio, why not take advantage of the many benefits of working out?

4. Write things down. Making daily lists enables you to prioritize your time and allows you to see at a high level what you’ve accomplished. Better still, writing things down frees you to forget pesky details or personal appointments so you can focus your energy on better things.

5. Take some chances. We are often our greatest enemy when it comes to trying new things or achieving new goals. Our own fear of failure holds us back from being the best version of ourselves. This year, kick self-doubt or personal inhibition to the curb.

If you’re looking for a new home to conquer these resolutions, give us a call. We’d love to tell you more about our community and the amenities we offer!

Dec 16

3 of the Best Winter Foods to Try Today

Eggplant Parmesan Winter in Long Beach, CA may not have the same chill in the air as many other locations within the country, but that need not stop residents from enjoying warm, savory meals that bring a sense of comfort and good cheer while the days are short. The following ideas will tantalize your taste buds and bring smiles to your entire family.

Three Great Winter Foods to Try Today

  1. Eggplant parmesan. What could be better than sitting down to a plate of steamy, fried eggplant slices covered in tangy tomato sauce and luscious melted mozzarella cheese? Perhaps the same meal topped with an additional layer of dry bread crumbs that forms a crisp topping while the meal bakes in the oven and fills your home with an intoxicating aroma.
  2. Hearty beef stew with red wine sauce. Chunks of stew meat and your favorite veggies including carrots, celery, garlic, onions, potatoes, mushrooms and more can be cooked into an absolutely mouthwatering stew with the help of a bottle of red wine. Brown the meat in butter along with garlic and onions in a skillet, then transfer to a casserole dish and cook in the oven with the wine until the meat falls apart. Add the remaining veggies to the casserole half way through oven cooking for easy clean up.
  3. Chili with chick peas and Swiss chard. For another simple, one pot wonder with enough kick to fight off a winter chill, try making a chili. First cook the garlic, onions and a few hot peppers with butter in a skillet. Add in tomato sauce, chicken stock, canned chick peas and finely chopped Swiss chard right at the end. Serve with shredded cheese on top of each steaming hot bowl.

Luxury in the Heart of Downtown Long Beach

Life at the Edison apartment community in Long Beach, CA allows you to enjoy life in a luxurious setting right in the middle of the bustling downtown area. With amenities which include a rooftop pool, outdoor lounge and community kitchen, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to share a meal with your new friends and neighbors. Give us a call today to find out which floor plans are still available.

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