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7 Ways to Refresh Your Living Room

Plants in RoomOver time, most people get tired of the same design in their home. It can get boring day after day. However, if you are looking to refresh your living room, we have just the tips to help you reinvent your space and fall in love with it all over again.

7 Ways to Refresh Your Living Room

  1. Rearrange your furniture. You can completely change the look of a room by rearranging the furniture. This is completely free to do and you will fall in love with your space all over again.
  2. Add some throw pillows. You can also change out your throw pillows for some new ones that have a different design or color scheme. This can change the look of your existing decor and furniture completely.
  3. Bring in some plants. If you want to bring more life into the room, the best way to do that is with some plants. If you do not have a green thumb, you should consider getting some artificial ones that will at least give you the look of nature.
  4. Add some artwork to the walls. If you have some bare walls, you should consider adding some artwork that will bring the walls to life and provide a new view of the room as well.
  5. Add an area rug. If you want to make a big impact and only do one thing, then adding an area rug is a great way to do that. Just make sure that you follow the spacing rules that come along with it.
  6. Add new decorations. You can add just a few new decor items to change up the look of a room. You can also swap some out for new ones that can bring new life to your space.
  7. Bring in some new colors. The easiest way to really bring a room to life again is with some vibrant colors in the form of throw pillows and other accessories.

You spend a lot of time in your home and you want to be able to enjoy it as often as possible. With these tips, you can refresh your space whenever you want. If you are looking for a new place to call home, be sure to stop by and check out our Orlando apartments.

Pizza With Toppings

6 of the Best Pizza Joints in Orlando

Pizza With ToppingsYou may not think of pizza when you think of Orlando, but the town can hold its own when it comes to palate-pleasing pies. From wood-fired to deep-dish, there is something for everyone when it comes to pizza. These six pizza places offer some of the best pizza in Orlando and will have you coming back time and time again.

Lazy Moon

Lazy Moon is hands-down the best pizza joint in Orlando. The pizzas are always cooked fresh to order. Lazy Moon uses aged dough and homemade sauce to make their pizzas. There are always a variety of eclectic, fresh toppings to choose from like wood-smoked bacon, sundried tomatoes and mojo pork. If you are in the mood for a beer with your pie, you are in luck. There are 15 pretty good beers on tap.

The Wine Barn

Located in the back of a warehouse is The Wine Barn. This local favorite in nearby Winter Park has some of the best wood-fired pizza in the entire area. In fact, it is a favorite among locals. In addition to the pizza, The Wine Barn offers more than 600 different wines. Therefore, you have a wide selection to choose from and can enjoy just about any wine that you desire with your pie.

Pizzeria Del-Dio Italian Restaurant

This family-owned restaurant, located in downtown Orlando, serves up award-winning New York-style pizza. Pizzeria Del-Dio has received numerous recognitions for its pizza. The Orlando Sentinel awarded the restaurant the “Critics Choice” award for the best pizza in the Orlando area. If you are not in the mood for pizza, you can also get all your Italian favorites at Pizzeria Del-Dio.

Brick & Fire Pizza and Pasta Parlor

Brick & Fire is a local favorite. Located downtown, this pizza parlor offers a lot of creative combinations. Foodies will enjoy unique offerings like The “Angry Shrimp” featuring Sriracha sautéed shrimp or the “Chicken Club” with chicken, bacon and gruyere cheese. This eatery offers lots of wine and food specials every day.

Francesco’s Ristorante & Pizzeria

Francesco’s combines whole ingredients by hand and uses the traditional Italian method of open-flame cooking to lend a unique flavor to its pizzas. Expect homemade salads, pasta and mozzarella made out of local, fresh ingredients at this eatery in nearby Maitland.

Armando’s Cucina Italiana & Pizzeria

This popular hotspot located in Winter Park is popular with visitors and local alike. Delicious, crisp oven-fired pizzas are wonderfully blistered. Other Italian fare includes pasta, salads and more. The atmosphere is cozy and comfortable. There is also an outdoor patio that is perfect for people-watching when the weather is nice.

Residents at NorthBridge at Millenia Apartments enjoy proximity to some of the best pizza joints that Florida has to offer. For more information about our apartments in Orlando, contact our office today.

Dinner Date

How to Make Mom Feel Special on Mother’s Day

Dinner DateNorthBridge at Millenia Apartment Homes in Orlando, Florida offers the perfect environment for any Mother’s Day event. The city of Orlando offers beauty salons and eateries while our community offers a lovely lakeside walkway with a bridge and fountains, two resort-inspired pools and even a private walkpath to The Mall at Millenia. At the same time, it takes more than perfect amenities to make your mom feel loved and special. Here are some ideas that can help you make this Mother’s Day a special one for your beloved mom.

Do a Dinner Date

A one-on-one dinner date is sure to be a memorable occasion for any mother. Choose a place that offers her favorite food, bring flowers when you pick her up and treat her like a queen for the evening. You may even want to take her dancing after dinner if she’s up to it; alternatively, you could take her to a movie that she would be likely to enjoy.

Go for a Long Walk

Going for a long walk may seem simple but it can be very meaningful for your mom if you tend to be busy and don’t see her as much as you’d like. Take time to converse as you walk; you may be surprised to find that there’s a lot you don’t know about the woman who helped make you what you are today.

Treat Her to a Day of Luxury

Plan a luxurious, relaxing day that any mom is sure to enjoy. This may include swimming with relaxing music playing in the background, a trip to a beauty salon for a manicure and a pedicure or a tasty meal out at a local restaurant at the end of the day.

NorthBridge at Millenia not only offers great community amenities but also a plethora of one-, two- and three-bedroom floor plans in various price points to make it easy for you to find the perfect place to live. At our community, moving in is made easy with our Digital Waterton Concierge. Get in touch with us at your convenience to learn more about our community and to schedule a tour!

Picnic Blanket and Food

Top Picnic Basket Essentials

Picnic Blanket and FoodWith such beautiful spring weather warming up in Orlando, it’s getting harder and harder to stay inside, even if that means stepping out of your luxury Orlando apartment for a little while. A picnic is an ideal way to enjoy some warm Florida sunshine along with culinary delights and a friend or two. If you aren’t sure what to fill your basket with, we have some easy, delicious ideas to get you started—all you’ll need to add are some plates, napkins and cutlery to soak in the sunshine while dining under the clouds.

High-Quality Finger Foods

Delicacies like olives and pickles will stimulate the appetite, add a yummy crunch to salads and sandwiches, and make your picnic a fun place to linger and chat. Stop by the nearby Mall at Millenia’s Williams-Sonoma to treat yourself to the very best in relishes, appetizers and more. For easy “snackcess” (snack-access!), pack a long-handled fork for hard-to-reach jarred goodies.

Sandwiches

A classic picnic food, this simple fare is fun and features a DIY element. The Whole Foods at Phillips Crossing has all the premium deli meats your hungry heart desires, as well as a selection of mouthwatering bread and rolls for your edible masterpieces. Pick up some in-season fruit like juicy apples for a fresh element in your picnic basket. A fun tip: to keep apple slices from browning, fill a small, watertight container with pineapple juice and pop them in before embarking on your picnic—you’ll have crisp white slices with a delicious tropical twist.

Dessert

On nearby McLeod Road, a local secret awaits: Cedars Bakery Group, which offers some of the most decadent baklava to be found in the area. Tuck a few triangles in your basket for a honey-sweet treat that you can savor along with your friends and loved ones. Just be sure to bring a damp hand towel or cloth in a zip-top plastic bag to wash up afterward: this flaky delicacy can be a little messy!

If you’re looking for a fun picnic spot nearby our community, Clear Lake Park is widely considered by locals to be an excellent place to enjoy a beautiful spring day. Set up a favorite blanket by the water and enjoy the breeze as you people-watch and enjoy a meal before heading back to our conveniently located luxury Orlando apartments. Interested in this experience? Call today to learn more about our apartments in Orlando!

Party Table Setting

5 Tips for Hosting a Spring Party

Party Table SettingSpring and parties are a natural combination. High spirits are abundant in spring so celebrations come naturally, making it a perfect season for residents of apartments in Orlando to throw a party. Following are a few essential tips designed to ensure that a memorable and pleasant time is had by all.

Send Flowery Invitations 

Set the mood from the start by sending flowery invitations. Make them unique by using a computer design program, or if you’re crafty, make them by hand.

Choose Bright Colors

Spring is the time when colors come alive, so let your party decor reflect that glorious trend. Light pastels make a great spring theme and don’t be afraid to use lots of them in floral arrangements, balloons, placemats and other party staples.

Create Centerpieces From Simple Fresh Flowers

Spring isn’t the time for elaborate centerpieces—choose something fresh, simple and pure such as a few handfuls of spring-blooming flowers like daffodils or tulips. If possible, accent your centerpieces with fresh greenery from ferns or other wild woodland plants. Spring violets are an excellent choice if you can get them because they infuse the air with a delicate perfume that contains whispers of spring.

Serve as Many Fresh Fruits and Vegetables as Possible 

Fortunately, those living in Orlando have access to many fresh fruits and vegetables during the spring season, unlike people living in many other parts of the country that don’t enjoy a balmy, sub-tropical climate conducive to almost year-round crop production. If your party is going to include adult beverages, use freshly squeezed orange juice to create a signature cocktail to create an authentic taste of spring.

Serve Roast Lamb 

Roast lamb is one of the quintessential dishes of spring celebrations and it makes any dinner party elegant. Although many people who don’t have much experience in the kitchen are a little intimidated by the thought of making a roast lamb, it really isn’t very hard. All you need is a good roasting pan, olive oil, fresh garlic, and dried herbs such as oregano and rosemary. You can find excellent recipes online or in cookbooks.

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Pie With Toppings

Where to Eat Pie in Orlando

Pie With ToppingsOrlando is turning into foodie paradise that could rival the likes of Portland and Chicago. And if you’ve always been more of a pie than cake person or if you’ve got a sweet tooth, there are some amazing places to grab a slice of pie just a hop and skip away from your new Orlando apartment. Here’s some of our favorite spots for pie that you’ll want to celebrate on Pi Day and beyond.

Pi is for Pie Bake Shop

You can get a slice, a whole pie, whoopie pies, hand pies, and so much more at Pi is for Pie, Orlando’s dedicated sweet shop for pie enthusiasts. The selection of pies portioned for an individual is fantastic but you may still leave with enough for four people just because!

Charlie’s Gourmet Pastries

This classic Orlando bakery offers all kinds of baked goods, but regulars rave about the pies.

Sister Honey’s

Sister Honey’s is the Cadillac of pie, having won 27 (and counting!) blue ribbons from the National Pie Championship. They sell other baked goods, but their baked and cold pies are what people especially travel for, with the blueberry cheese and orange key lime being local favorites.

Se7en Bites Bake Shop

Pie isn’t just for dessert anymore when you come to Se7en’s. You can get chicken pot pie, mushroom pie, quiche, and other savory delights, as well as classic salted caramel and chocolate cream pies, making it the place to be if you’re ever in the mood to have nothing but pie for an entire meal.

Buttermilk Bakery

Buttermilk is most well-known for its hand pies that resemble fancy Pop-Tarts, except Buttermilk hand pies are super flaky and made with the freshest ingredients that will forever ruin you for those foil-wrapped standbys with the shellacked icing. Buttermilk also offers a wide selection of cold fruit and cheese pies, cinnamon rolls and other baked delights to please every sweet tooth.

Located just minutes away from downtown Orlando, NorthBridge at Millenia Lake offers newly-renovated apartment homes that make going into the city for work—or fun—a snap. Be just moments away from delicious pie and much more by calling our office today to inquire about our available floor plans!

Shamrock Cut Out

4 Easy St. Patrick’s Day Crafts

Shamrock Cut OutGet creative this St. Patrick’s Day with some fun and easy craft ideas. Perfect for homes and classrooms, these super simple crafts are an excellent way to celebrate Irish culture and traditions while expressing your artistic side. Kick off the holiday festivities on March 17th with these St. Paddy’s Day crafts.

Leprechaun Slime

Create magical leprechaun slime in your Orlando, Florida kitchen with just a few basic ingredients. In one bowl, combine 1 1/3 cups warm water with ¾ teaspoon Borax. In a separate bowl, combine 2 cups of white school glue, 1 ½ cups warm water, ½ cup green glitter and 10 to 20 drops green food coloring. Mix the contents of the two bowls together to create your slime.

Handprint Four Leaf Clover

Ideal for toddlers and elementary-aged children, this simple craft requires green finger paint and paper. Have your child use his or her finger to create a stem at the bottom of the paper. Next, dip your child’s hand in the green paint and press it against the center, top of the paper with fingers facing up. The next handprint will go beneath the first with fingers pointing down. Next, place another print on each side to create a clover shape.

Marshmallow Rainbow

This inexpensive craft is fun and tasty. It requires a piece of paper, a writing utensil and a bag of mini multi-colored marshmallows. Start by drawing or printing a picture of a rainbow onto a piece of paper. Next, have your child glue the marshmallows onto the rainbow. Each layer of rainbow should have its own color.

Glittering Pot of Gold

Create a leprechaun’s pot of gold for your own home. All you will need is some black and yellow construction paper, scissors, glue and some yellow artificial gems. Start by cutting the black paper into the shape of a pot. Next, cut 10 to 20 circles from the yellow paper to resemble coins. Glue the coins onto the top of the pot. Apply the yellow gems onto the coins to make them look as if they’re sparkling.

Bring some luck of the Irish to your own family with fun St. Patrick’s Day crafts. The perfect place for family time is in one of our Orlando apartments. To see what floor plans are available, contact our office today.

Lobster Benedict

Enjoy Brunch at These Local Spots

Lobster BenedictBrunch is a favorite event for many people. Whether they go with family or friends, it doesn’t really matter. The only thing that does matter, however, if that the food is good and that the drinks are delicious. If you are looking for some great new brunch spots to try around Orlando, we have you covered. Be sure to try one of these brunch spots the next time you want some delicious food with friends or family.

Where to Enjoy Brunch Around Orlando

  • Se7venbites Bake Shop. This is a great brunch spot as long as you are not looking for something light. You will get some great food here and due to its size, it may just be your only meal of the day once you are finished.
  • Santiago’s Bodega. If you prefer more of a buffet brunch, look no further than Santiago’s Bodega. Even if you do not want to stand in line, you can give the waiters your order and they will bring it to you. There are even bottomless mimosas and sangrias. Why would you ever leave?
  • Maxine’s on Shine. If you like comfort food for brunch, Maxine’s on Shine delivers it. You can get anything you want from biscuits and gravy to fried green tomatoes. It is the perfect southern brunch spot.
  • Hamilton’s Kitchen. You never know what you are going to get when you go to Hamilton’s Kitchen. That is because it is a farm to table restaurant so their menu is always changing. However, it is also always fresh and will not disappoint.
  • Teak Neighborhood Grill. If you like trying new things, then Teak is the place to go. Of course, they have some brunch staples but do not be afraid to try something crazy at Teaks. They are always adding new and unique items to their brunch menu and if you aren’t scared to try it, then you may just find you new favorite brunch meal selection.

If you are looking for a new place to call home, be sure to check out our apartments in Orlando. With so many different floor plans, you are sure to find the perfect one for everyone to come see after brunch.

Cobblestone Road and Sidewalk

How to Teach Children Basic Street Safety When Walking

Cobblestone Road and SidewalkAs your children grow up, teaching them to be “street smart” becomes increasingly important. This is especially true as they become old enough to explore the neighborhood and perhaps even walk to school without adult supervision. By teaching your children some basics of pedestrian safety, you can keep them as safe as possible while walking.

Teaching Your Kids Pedestrian Safety

One of the keys to pedestrian safety that all children should be taught is to only cross the street at crosswalks, no matter how busy or desolate the street may be. Explain to your children that not only is jay-walking dangerous, but it is also illegal. And of course, when crossing streets (even at lighted crosswalks), children should always look both ways several times before proceeding.

Furthermore, children should also be taught to never assume that a driver sees them crossing (or preparing to cross) a street. Explain to your child that they should not cross a street until all drivers approaching the intersection have come to a complete stop. Making eye contact with drivers is also encouraged to ensure the driver acknowledges their intent to cross.

Avoiding distractions not just while crossing streets, but while walking around neighborhoods, is also important. While it may be tempting for a child to listen to music on his or her headphones while walking, this could prevent them from being able to hear approaching vehicles or other potential dangers. Children should be taught to remain alert at all times. Phones should be put away and eyes should be kept on one’s surroundings.

Finally, be sure that your child is geographically familiar with the local area and understands his or her boundaries. Sit down with your child and drawing out specific boundaries on a map, being clear about which roads your child is allowed to cross and which ones they are not allowed to cross under any circumstances.

Trusting your children to be out and about on their own or with friends their own age can be stressful, but these tips can help. At NorthBridge at Millenia Lake apartment homes in Orlando, kids have plenty to do without even leaving the community! Contact us today to explore our current availability.

Bedroom

How to Create a Cozy Bedroom

BedroomEven when the weather is balmy, making for fun-filled days outside, there’s nothing quite like coming home to a cozy, inviting bedroom to relax, sleep and, in general, enjoy peace and quiet.

While coziness generally is associated with heat, when applied to your living space the word conjures concepts like welcoming, comfort and relaxation. Here are a few ideas to consider when maximizing your bedroom’s cozy level for optimal Orlando apartment living.

Comfortable Furniture

Creating a cozy bedroom starts with comfortable furniture, whether it be your bed, a chair, a beanbag chair, a couch, a loveseat, a desk or whatever else you find practical or pleasing. You can mix and match as you like. Some people prefer the sleek, clean feeling of homogenized furniture, while others enjoy the eclectic nature of owning a hodgepodge of pieces that possess individual aesthetic or functional appeal.

Blankets and Tapestry

Covering your bed with a few blankets of varying textures or thickness helps create a comfortable space for you to sit or recline while working on your laptop, reading or watching Netflix. Keeping a few at the end of your bed or in a basket in the corner ensures you have extras nearby whenever needed. Additionally, hanging colorful tapestries and rugs on walls or around your bed is a subtle, decorative way to make your bedroom welcoming and warm. This post from the Apartment Therapy blog gives ideas for where to acquire tapestries and how to use them.

Candles, incense or warmers

Whether it’s the flickering flame of your candle, the glow from within a warmer, or the soft smoke rising from burning incense, these items visually offer various symbols of warmth. The scents they release also provide a sort of aromatherapy, particularly if you’re using an oil diffuser and natural plant-based scents. No matter what method or item you choose, having a source of light and fragrance in your room augments the intimate, inviting atmosphere.

Decluttering

Yes, “cozy” connotes snugness, but the feeling of claustrophobia induced by an excess of clutter, trash or even useful items only leads to stress. If your bedroom is overwhelmed with “stuff,” think about removing or storing a portion of it, or at least keeping it well organized. Better Homes and Gardens has a few tips on decluttering and reducing stress.

There’s no time like the present to use some of these and other methods to design a cozy bedroom that welcomes you every night. If you are looking to acquire your own floor plan among the apartments in Orlando, contact our office to see which floor plans are available.

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