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Apartment Style 101: Summer Rug Refresh

Posted On: Tuesday, June 21st, 2016

By changing up things inside such as color, patterns and fabrics, you can make your apartment as bright and cheery as the weather. One of the easiest and most impactful ways you can do this is by updating your rugs. With summer in full swing, it’s always a good idea to transition your apartment’s décor to match the changing seasons outside. By changing up things inside such as color, patterns and fabrics, you can make your apartment as bright and cheery as the weather. One of the easiest and most impactful ways you can do this is by updating your rugs.

CTBest provides beautiful wall-to-wall carpeting in many of its luxury apartments, but adding your own style through area rugs, mats and other decorative rugs can really elevate your space and also help keep those carpets clean.

In thinking about how to care for your rugs over the summer and buying new rugs for the summer, here are a few tips to keep in mind:

  • Use summer colors. To keep the summer attitude going even when you’re inside, use brighter and lighter colors when looking for a rug for the summer. Colors such as yellow, orange and blue are bright and welcoming, and tend to make people happy as they think about the fun activities in the (yellow) sun or relaxing by a serene (blue) beach. These colors work for entryways, bath mats and all throughout your apartment.
  • Consider the style and material of the rug. Using materials that remind you of a beach house, such as rag or rope rugs, help give you a summer feel in your apartment. Also, rugs made of materials that are light like cotton help you stay cool during the summer when you’re not out at the community pool.
  • Buy rugs that are easy to clean, and keep supplies in stock to clean rugs over the summer. Summer activities are sure to bring dirt and dust into the apartment, and rugs and mats can be the first line of defense against these and other allergens as you and others enter your apartment. Buy a rug that is easy to clean and have supplies such as a vacuum and carpet cleaners readily available if it gets stained or dirty.

These are just a few tips to help refresh your apartment for the summer. You can find affordable rugs to give your apartment a summer makeover at many home stores such as Bed Bath & Beyond and Target. Be sure to check the blog, Facebook and our Pinterest page to stay updated on apartment news, community events, apartment decorating tips and more.

To find apartments in Branford, Hamden, New Haven, Norwalk and Stamford, Connecticut visit www.CTBestApts.com or call or text leasing consultant Desiree at 203-223-1665.

Stamford Residents Celebrate Summer with CTBest

Posted On: Monday, June 20th, 2016

In celebration of the end of the school year and the beginning of summer, CTBest recently treated its apartment residents with a School’s out for Summer Party at Morgan Manor in Stamford. In celebration of the end of the school year and the beginning of summer, CTBest recently treated its apartment residents with a School’s out for Summer Party at Morgan Manor in Stamford.

Residents of all CTBest apartment communities were invited, and attendees enjoyed creating summer crafts, coloring and eating ice cream with family and friends all while getting to know their neighbors and other residents. Some of the kiddos in attendance even got the chance to make their dads some special gifts for Father’s Day!

Overall, everyone had a great time and was excited for the next CTBest bash. If you’d like to live in an apartment that regularly hosts fun events, such as Morgan Manor, and is close to a variety of entertainment options in Stamford, give leasing consultant Desiree a call or text at 203-223-1665 or visit www.CTBestApts.com.

Be sure to check the blog, Facebook and our Pinterest page to stay updated on apartment news, community events, apartment decorating tips and more.

Why Stamford is the City for You

Posted On: Monday, June 13th, 2016

Why Stamford is the City for YouWhy is Stamford the city for you? Stamford, more specifically Stamford Downtown, is a vibrant and inviting place with something to do all throughout the year. The city is host to some of the best events around and is called home by more than 80 different shops, restaurants and entertainment venues. It is also a place with many job opportunities that will allow you to have a great quality of life. Stamford is definitely the place to be; all that is missing is YOU!

To give you a glimpse into what it is like to live in this exciting city, here are some of our favorite things about Stamford:

Events

There are always fun events going on in Stamford that our residents love to go to throughout the year. One of them is Wednesday Nite Live (formerly known as Jazz-Up July), which is a summer concert series held in Stamford at Columbus Park every Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. in July. Another event is the Alive@Five Outdoor Summer Concert Series. This is another concert series held in Stamford at Columbus Park this summer on Thursdays for those 21 and older. Lastly, Stamford Downtown hosts a distinguished outdoor sculpture exhibit every summer called Art in Public Places, where artists’ works are displayed throughout downtown for the city to enjoy. These are just a few of the events residents in Stamford enjoy all throughout the year. (more…)

Stamford Downtown Farmers Market

Posted On: Friday, June 10th, 2016

 Stamford Downtown Farmers MarketThe 2016 Stamford Downtown Farmers Market kicks off Saturday, June 18 and will continue through October 29. From 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. every Saturday, come out to the farmers market on Prospect Street at Latham Park and support your local vendors. There will be a wide variety of locally grown fruits, vegetables and flowers as well as breads, jams, baked goods, cheeses, oils and so much more! Don’t miss out on being able to buy straight from the farm to your home at the Stamford Downtown Farmers Market.

Some people may question why you should buy local, especially from a farmers market. Here are a few reasons why you should support your local farmers market:

  1. Fresh, Seasonal Flavors: When you buy from a farmers market, you can know that the food is in season and fresh, and that the flavors are better and have been grown and brought to you organically. The food isn’t highly processed or grown using pesticides, hormones and any other non-organic modifications. Farmers bring only the best by using better and safer techniques and picking right before the market begins.
  2. Supports Local Farmers: Many times, local farmers have trouble competing with large, agriculture businesses that control the industry. Buying from local farmers gives them a chance to compete and return to market with their fresh produce again.
  3. Connect with your Community: Not only do you get fresh flavors and support local farmers when you buy from a farmers market, you also get the chance to build relationships and connect with your community. At a farmers market, you can meet up with friends and family and make new friends as well. In addition, when you buy from a local farmer, there is a good chance you can learn about great cooking tips and recipes straight from the farmer. Typically, farmers love the food they grow and sell and have come up with great recipes they love to share with customers. Overall, farmers markets are great places to connect with your community.

Be sure to come out and support your local Stamford Downtown Farmers Market this June through October. For a list of vendors and more information, visit Stamford Downtown’s website.

We loving living in a city that has events like this that brings our community and residents together. If you are looking for an apartment in Stamford with a great sense of community, give leasing consultant Desiree a call or text at 203-223-1665 or visit www.CTBestApts.com for more information.

Wednesday Nite Live in Stamford

Posted On: Wednesday, June 8th, 2016

Wednesday Nite Live in Stamford DowntownStamford Downtown is the place to be this summer! With so many events and concert series going on every week, this summer in Stamford is looking to be one for the books. Starting July 6, the Wednesday Nite Live concert series (formerly known as Jazz-Up July) will kick off in a big way. Columbus Park is where you want to be every Wednesday in July at 6:30 p.m. for this outdoor summer concert series. Live music from national and regional headliners will take the stage to perform for you, your family and friends. It is sure to be a great and fun time for all who attend!

The dates and artists that will be performing are:

  • July 6, 2016: The Temptations
  • July 13, 2016: The 5th Dimension
  • July 20, 2016: George Benson
  • July 27, 2016: Pat Benetar and Neil Giraldo on the “We Live For Love” Tour (more…)

Fourth of July Events in Connecticut for 2016

Posted On: Monday, June 6th, 2016

Fourth of July Events in Connecticut for 2016240 years; that is how long it has been since we declared our independence, and how long we have had the amazing privilege to live in a free nation and to chase our dreams.  The Fourth of July is always one of the biggest celebrations in our country for that reason. Since it is such an important holiday, you want to be sure to celebrate it in the best way. Here are a few ideas on how to celebrate Independence Day this year with your friends and family in Connecticut near our apartments:

  • Fourth of July Fireworks at East Rock Park in New Haven on July 4: Bring the whole family to East Rock Summit for fun Fourth of July festivities beginning at 4 p.m. and stay for the fireworks display starting at 9 p.m. During the party, live music will be provided by “Hit List,” and attendees can enjoy a Soldier & Sailors Monument tour, delicious food and can browse the New Haven Reads book booth.
  • July 4th Weekend Celebration in Portland: At Brownstone Exploration and Discovery Park, don’t miss out on an incredible weekend of fun just about a half hour from our apartments in Hamden/New Haven. From July 2 to July 4, have fun zip lining, rock climbing or relaxing with your family and friends. On the fourth, there will be a Food Fest with foods from around the world and a hotdog eating contest. Go and be a part of all the fun!
  • Savin Rock Fireworks: Also just a short drive from our New Haven apartments is the celebration out in West Haven. Here, you’ll find the region’s largest Independence Day fireworks show off of Bradley Point. Before the 20-minute display, attendees can dance to the lively music of The Navels.
  • Hamden’s 23rd Annual Fireworks Display at Town Center Park on July 1: Come out to Hamden Town Center Park to celebrate Independence Day with a concert at 7:30 p.m. followed by a spectacular fireworks show at 9 p.m.

Now is the time to start planning how you want to celebrate the Fourth of July this year. Go out, celebrate our freedom and have some fun on Independence Day.

If you’re looking for an apartment near any of these celebrations in Branford, Hamden/New Haven, Norwalk or Stamford, give leasing consultant Jessica a call or text at 203-448-9650 or visit www.CTBestApts.com.

2016 Alive@Five Outdoor Summer Concert Series in Stamford

Posted On: Friday, June 3rd, 2016

2016 Alive@Five Outdoor Summer Concert Series in StamfordFrom July 7 through August 11, 2016, Columbus Park in Stamford Downtown will host the Alive @ Five Outdoor Summer Concert Series every Thursday evening at 5 p.m. Live music from national and regional headliners will be performing for all who attend. This annual event is a local favorite, and will definitely be a highlight of your summer as you enjoy the great music, fun dancing and amazing times!

The dates and artists that will be performing at Alive @ Five are:

  • July 7, 2016: O.A.R.
  • July 14, 2016: Hanson
  • July 21, 2016: Third Eye Blind
  • July 28, 2016: Eric Hutchinson
  • August 4, 2016: Easton Corbin
  • August 11, 2016: CeeLo Green

After you get off work, make your way to Columbus Park for a great time. You must be 21 or older with photo identification to attend, and it costs $10 to attend if you arrive before 6 p.m. and $15 after. It is a rain or shine event, so don’t miss out on all the fun! For more information about this concert series in Stamford Downtown, visit Stamford Downtown’s website.

Stamford Downtown always has something to do. The city continues to be the place for events and exhibits throughout the summer and all year long. Our Stamford apartments are near a variety of shopping and entertainment destinations in downtown that are easily accessible. For more information about our apartments in Stamford Downtown, visit www.CTBestApts.com or call or text leasing consultant Desiree at 203-223-1665.

Surprise Guests? How to Quickly Make Your Apartment Look Cleaner in 5 Minutes

Posted On: Tuesday, May 31st, 2016

Surprise Guests? How to Quickly Make Your Apartment Look Cleaner in 5 MinutesIt is a normal Saturday afternoon, and you are relaxing in your apartment enjoying the day. The apartment could maybe use some cleaning, but you decide you will do it Sunday and continue to relax today. Then, the phone rings. Your parents have decided to make a surprise visit and let you know they are five minutes away. To make it look like you have your life together perfectly, you know you must make your apartment look clean unless you never want them to live this down. How do you do this in five minutes?! Don’t worry! Here are a few tips beyond just stashing clutter in baskets and closets to quickly make your apartment look cleaner in five minutes:

Repurpose Empty Spaces: Instead of trying to find the spot those pencils and other office supplies go, put them in an empty mug or small container nearby. It looks creative and cleans up the mess.

Clean Floors: Clean floors help your guests not feel dirty walking around with socks or barefoot. If you have hardwoods and carpet, only vacuum. Using only a vacuum cuts the time it takes to sweep and vacuum, and a vacuum can be used on multiple floor surfaces.

Touch Up the Bathroom: Be sure to clean up any toothpaste from the sink, make sure there is toilet paper and put a little bleach in the toilet bowl. Quick touch ups in the bathroom go a long way.

Wipe Down Surfaces: Grab a microfiber cloth and wet it, and wipe down surfaces throughout the house. This can get gunk off counters in the kitchen and dust off other surfaces.

Fluff the Apartment: Mainly focus on the living room. Fluff your pillows and fold up blankets to create an inviting atmosphere.

Keeping to these basics and working swiftly are how you can quickly make your apartment look cleaner and inviting to your parents and other surprise guests. You can use these tips to clean your Connecticut apartment any time you are running low on time. For more information on apartments in Branford, Hamden/New Haven, Norwalk or Stamford, give leasing consultant Desiree a call or text at 203-223-1665 or visit www.CTBestApts.com.

Pros of Renting: Worry-Free Lifestyle

Posted On: Sunday, May 29th, 2016

Pros of Renting: Worry-Free LifestyleWhen trying to decide where to live, one of the first things you have to determine is whether to rent an apartment or buy a home. This decision can be a big step, and you want to do what is best for you. When renting an apartment, you will find that there are many things you don’t have to worry about that you typically would when owning a house. To name a few, here are some pros of renting from CTBest Apartments that foster a worry-free lifestyle:

  1. Maintenance: When you rent an apartment, you don’t have to worry about lawn care and other maintenance issues. If something breaks in the apartment, the owner or landlord pays for the fixes, which means more money stays in your pocket while we take care of maintenance for your apartment.
  2. No direct property taxes
  3. Moving is easy: Moving is a lot easier because you don’t have to worry about selling a house too.
  4. Cheaper: Renting an apartment is cheaper than buying a house more times than not. With no maintenance costs and no mortgage, you can breathe a little more easily.
  5. Freedom: Since you don’t have to worry about fixing things and lawn care on the weekends, you have more time and freedom to do what you want. You can relax and do nothing, or you can go out with your friends without having to worry about many things homeowners do.

In the end, renting an apartment allows you to live with a lot less stress and worry. In addition, location with our apartments put you conveniently near a variety of restaurants, shopping, parks and much more. Our goal at CTBest is to make living easy for you. Stop by one of leasing centers in Stamford, Branford, Norwalk or Hamden/New Haven or call or text leasing consultant Desiree at 203-223-1665 for more information on our worry-free apartments. You can also visit us online at www.CTBestApts.com.

Apartment Style 101: Bringing Color Back for Summer

Posted On: Friday, May 27th, 2016

How to incorporate summer colors into your apartmentWith the summer season in full swing, people are starting to bring out summer decorations and ideas to give their apartments a fresh color and look. There is a good chance you want to do the same, but you might not know where to start. The best way to begin decorating for the summer is by bringing back those fresh, summer colors.
Here are a few colors and ideas to bring color back for the summer in your apartment or home:
Orange: A vibrant orange is an instant energizer in any room. A wall decal is a great way to incorporate it into your space and get a punch from this exciting color.
Yellow: Yellow is a bright and happy color that brings a smile to your face and simply can lift your mood. You can use yellow in artwork or accent pieces such as a pillow to let light and sunshine into your room. Using yellow with a soft color like gray or white can make it pop even more. (more…)