May 16

Freshen Up Your Apartment


After you’ve lived in an apartment, for a while, you may find that your living room no longer excites you. But with a few inexpensive adjustments, you can rejuvenate your space and relish it again.

  • Move the furniture around. In smaller spaces, it may feel like there’s only one right way to have everything. But just try it! When you get tired of it, you can move it back!
  • Get a slip cover for the couch. Maybe a secret part of you wanted a bright yellow couch but couldn’t hardly imagine it. A slip cover isn’t a commitment and can give a whole new look to your space.
  • Pile up the accent pillows. Whether you change the color scheme or stay the same, accent pillows will add a brightness to your room.
  • Fill a new vase. Find a bold vase to fill with flowers, making a statement and bringing a little of the outdoors inside. If fresh flowers seem like an effort, try a bouquet of bright silk flowers!
  • Hang a mirror. Mirrors expand the room and are a timeless addition.

Contact us for more ways to enjoy the apartments in SoNo.

May 16

How to Make Natural Dog Shampoo


Owning a dog can get expensive when it comes to grooming. Fortunately, there are some simple recipes for natural homemade dog shampoo you can create at home. Here are three different ways you can create natural dog shampoo in your apartment at Woodlands West:

  • You can make natural homemade dog shampoo by mixing together two cups of dish soap, two cups of apple cider vinegar, four cups of water, and four ounces of vegetable glycerin. Make sure the dish soap has a seven to eight pH level and doesn’t have a strong scent. Shake it well before using it.
  • To make a conditioner, begin to boil four cups of water, and add in two teaspoons of rosemary. Once it boils, take it off the stove and let it sit for 10 minutes. Once it’s cooled, strain out the rosemary and put the liquid in a bottle for easy use.
  • To create a dry shampoo, sprinkle half a cup of baking soda on your dog’s coat, rub it in, then brush his fur. Avoid putting it on or near his face.

If you would like to receive more information regarding our pet-friendly apartments, please contact us at The Sheffield.

Apr 16

5 Ways to Make Your Apartment Your Own Place


Moving into a new apartment is an exciting experience.  It’s a chance for a fresh start and a chance to decorate the new space.  Here are five apartment decorating tips to make your Norwalk apartment feel like your own place.

  • Add some color: Adding color is a great way to show personality in your apartment.  Whether that is painting the walls or just adding colorful pillows and blankets, it goes a long way.
  • Pictures: Having pictures of your friends and family around your apartment will remind you of good memories and will make you feel at home.
  • Fill the walls: Don’t leave your walls blank.  Fill them with art or pictures to give a homey feel.
  • Lights: Adding special lights can help to give a warm feeling to your apartment, which will comfort you.
  • Listen to yourself: Follow your own style and decorate your apartment the way you want.  You can use magazines and websites as inspiration, but you shouldn’t decorate a certain way just because a magazine says it’s the latest trend.
  • Contact us today for more information about our Norwalk apartments.

    Mar 16

    Decorate Your Apartment on a Budget With These 4 Ideas


    There are so many really exciting things you want to try in your new home but have to keep costs in mind. These budget conscious ideas are smart and simple ways to take your home decorating ideas to the next level.

    • Since most apartment communities frown on painting or wallpapering, that doesn’t mean you can’t still jazz up your walls. Print off some of your most special photos, attach with double-sided tape and create your own personal collage.
    • Stock up on different sizes of glass jars complete with lids at your local craft store. Purchase a pack of decorative stick-on labels that you can write on. Now label the jars and then fill with all your pantry staples like rice, cereal, flour and sugar.
    • Want to try your hand at something really crafty? Pick up a couple old wooden shipping pallets, cut to size, sand, then spray paint and top with covered upholstery foam.
    • A brand new garden rake, minus the handle, makes a great kitchen rack for holding all different types of cooking utensils.

    Searching for apartments for rent in Norwalk? The best in community living can be found at The Sheffield SoNo. Please contact us today for more information.

    Mar 16

    Reduce, Reuse and Recycle this Month

    There are many ways you can be environmentally friendly, reduce your carbon footprint and go green. The world is coming around to the fact that we need to conserve resources and try to clean up our planet to keep it healthy and brimming with resources in the future and for future generations.


    Going green can take root in different ways for different people. It is important to make changes that will help you form environmentally sound habits so that you can implement them comfortably for a long time to come.

    There’s no time to start like the present so below are some ways that you can reduce, reuse and recycle this month.

    1. Reducing your waste is a great way to start your green-friendly habits. The less disposable synthetic material that ends up in the landfill, the better for the Earth. One way you can do reduce waste is by finding reusable items in lieu of disposables such as by using a green friendly travel mug instead of purchasing a paper or plastic mug from a restaurant.
    2. Make sure you understand your area’s recycling protocol for green living and adhere to it while also seeking out items made of recycled materials.
    3. Avoid becoming an energy leech. You can avoid wasting energy by turning off the lights in unoccupied rooms, unplugging rarely used appliances, and simply turning down your water heater a few degrees.

    Unfortunately, we only have one Earth. This means that it is essential to protect and care for its health and overall well-being. If you want to lend a helping hand, try to reduce your waste, reuse when possible and recycle your recyclables this month.

    For more tips on going green, check out our blog!

    Mar 16

    Creative Ways to Divide Up Your Apartment


    Open floor plans are great at making your apartment look more spacious, but sometimes you want to add a little definition from room to room. Use these creative temporary wall solutions to help break up the space.

    • Suspended Walls – This type of room divider is perfect for contemporary or modern decorating. The suspended wall hangs from the ceiling, giving a room an unexpected flare. Bead curtains are one type of suspended walls, but they also come in many different designs.
    • Folding Screens – These have been used for years to help break up rooms. Screens can be found in a number of different designs, from the highly decorative to extremely simple, and as a plus they can be easily folded back to reconnect the two spaces when needed.
    • Bookshelves – If you have a vast collection of books or movies you can use a bookcase to add definition between rooms. Both tall and short bookcases can be used, and they give you the added bonus of extra storage space.
    • Curtains – Most people think curtains are just for windows, but a curtain divider can give your apartment an added sense of privacy. Heavy drapes can offer the most privacy, but if you want to keep the more open feeling, you can hang a lightweight curtain instead.

    Apartments in Norwalk with open floor plans are meant to feel spacious and welcoming, but a few simple room dividers can help add your personal touch. If you’re interested in apartments in Norwalk contact The Sheffield SoNo today.

    Mar 16

    Update the Foot of Your Bed


    You may not realize it, but resting at the foot of your bed is an area that with a little creativity can enhance your bedroom in a variety of ways. It does not take a lot of room or money to make use of this space when decorating your Irvine apartment.

    Adding a bench at the foot of your bed can serve a dual purpose by providing extra seating and storage. Depending upon the style you choose, you could store books, bed linens, pillows, or shoes that will help declutter your bedroom.

    If you need a quiet work area, consider a small desk or table instead of a bench. Another thing to consider is putting a small couch or chaise lounge at the end of your bed. This can provide you with a cozy space where you can enjoy reading or just unwind.

    Look for more decorating ideas to make living at The Sheffield SoNo more enjoyable.

    Feb 16

    Tasty Ideas for Netflix Nights


    You no longer need to go out to see a movie, but if you still want to snack on yummy popcorn, check out a few delicious popcorn recipes to whip up for your next Netflix night.

    Candied Popcorn — After greasing a good-sized roasting pan, fill it with 20 cups of popcorn. Combine 1/4 cup of water, 1/2 tablespoon of butter and 1 cup of sugar in a saucepan and boil for three minutes. Let the mixture cool until lukewarm, then cover the popcorn with it. Toss the popcorn so it mixes well. Place the popcorn on parchment paper and allow to cool before breaking it into bite-size bits.

    Chili Lime Popcorn — Toss 10 cups of popcorn with melted butter. Use as much butter as you like. Add 2 teaspoons of lime zest and 1 teaspoon of mixed chili powder to complete.

    Caramel Corn — If you’re feeling particularly ambitious, make your own caramel to drizzle onto fresh popcorn.

    Enjoy these and other popcorn recipes with family, friends and neighbors! For more apartment living tips, please visit the The Sheffield SoNo community Facebook Page.

    Feb 16

    Wedding Gift DIY IDeas

    Looking for something extra special to give the bride and groom? Instead of going with predictable gifts, consider making your own in the comfort of your Norwalk apartment.


    Here are a few DIY wedding gift ideas that are simple and inexpensive:

    • Matching mugs. Pick up plain coffee mugs at a local craft store, along with some enamel-based paint and a marker. You can put their initials on the mugs, or do something like “Mr.” and “Mrs.” Once you’ve designed them, place them in your oven for a half-hour at 350 degrees.
    • Framed wedding invitation. Surprise the bride and groom by framing their wedding invitation. Choose a white frame and a background of fabric based on their wedding color scheme to create a wonderful keepsake.
    • Dinner ingredients. Fill a colander with all of the ingredients they’ll need for a romantic dinner. Include a bottle of wine for an even more romantic touch. If possible, find out what the bride and groom’s favorite meals are and base the ingredients on one of those.

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