Hot Decorating Trends For Your Chicago Apartment

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Would you like to maximize the space of your small apartment as much as possible? If you said “yes”, there are a few things you need to keep in mind while decorating. The first thing is to choose a color that will make your apartment look larger than it actually is.  

Once you have selected that perfect color, picking the right type of furniture along with decorations that reflect your personality is essential.  Lighting is also an important decision in maximizing your space. 

Choose your hue

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Selecting paint colors for your apartment can be difficult and stressful. There seems to be millions of choices - how can you pick just one?  When you have a small apartment it is best to choose soft tones. This could be off-whites, blues and greens.  The trim and molding should be lighter than your walls. When you pick your paint it is best to make your apartment bright. Having brighter rooms will make them look bigger, and more inviting to your guests. 
Essentials for comfort

Picking Furniture

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Furniture that will compliment the petite size of your apartment is important and can be tricky. When searching for ideas, consider furniture that can serve multiple purposes. A futon is a good substitution for a sofa. Not only can this be used as a sitting area but it can also be used as a bed for overnight guests.  One style of furniture to steer clear of is oversized furniture. Having oversized furniture will take up excess space that you do not have.  Oversized furniture will diminish the size of your living space.  Storage in a small apartment can also be limited so choosing pieces that can double as storage is a great idea. For example, a bench or ottoman with a storage area is a perfect selection.  A bed with storage underneath could be useful for clothing or even odds and ends. 

Feathering The Nest

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Decorating your apartment can be challenging.  Keeping the space clutter-free while making it intriguing and eye-catching is important to consider.  How about displaying one large painting or print instead of several smaller ones?  Having a main focal point can help distract them from how small your apartment is and focus on the decorative aspect of it. Utilizing mirrors as decorations can create depth which will lengthen the apartment, giving the illusion of being larger than it actually is. 

Bright Ideas

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Lighting is not the first thing that comes to your mind while trying to decorate and maximize the look of your apartment. Instead of covering windows with heavy drapes, allow natural lighting to shine in windows. Use sheer and light colored curtains and if windows are small, hang the curtain rod above the window frame to lengthen the window length.  If there is limited natural lighting due to the lack of windows, there are other options. One option is to select fixtures that are light-colored. This will allow artificial light to brighten your apartment. The same mirrors used to help with the depth of the apartment can also help with lighting. If you place a mirror by the window the natural light can reflect around the apartment. Lighting will help to create depth and brightness around your apartment to make it a cozy respite.

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Why Cats Make Great Pets For Your Chicago Apartment

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Does your job take you out of town often?

Does your office keep you away from home for extended periods of time?

Looking for a low maintenance pet?

Do you want a pet who likes to cuddle but also can entertain itself?

If you answered "yes" to these questions, consider a cat as an addition to your apartment.  

No outdoor Walks Necessary!

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Cats do not need to be taken on walks to release energy. They are content with running around the apartment and then taking a nap.   They are the inventors of "cat naps" - lots of naps for lots of nocturnal energy!

Use of vertical space Cats are content in small spaces and the smaller the better!  They like to crawl on top of furniture and climb to the highest heights. They like to look down over everything. Cat furniture with multi-levels gives them the perfect vantage point, allowing them to survey their domain.  If you are on a budget, you can use shelves but be sure to secure them to avoid toppling over.   

Cats Are Independent Creatures!   

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Cats can be left alone for extended periods of time. They love to cuddling with their favorite human but are experts at entertaining themselves. Don't waste money on toys at a local pet store - they make their own out of everyday items.  A simple flashlight can provide hours of entertainment in a darkened room.  They find contentment in the simplest objects - a paper bag, a cardboard box, anything they can bat around.  The best thing about felines is that they are litter trained so no outside excursions.

When Kitty comes home.   

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The apartment should be prepared for your new apartment mate.  Do research to find out what plants are harmful and which are safe.  Do a quick survey to make sure chemicals are out of range.  Electrical cords and window blind cords can be attractive so find a way to camouflage and raise cords so they are out of reach.

Cats live to scratch!  

It is very important that you have items that they are able to scratch.  Scratching posts are vertical so it's a space saver in a tight spot.  They have scratchers that can hang on doors or scratch mats to place on the floor.  Scratching is their way of saying "This apartment is mine!"  is good for them to have something to scratch because this is how they mark their territory.  Providing a scratch outlet will definitely save your textiles and drapes!

All PPM buildings are cat friendly and we charge NO extra fees and no extra deposit for our feline friends!  To tour PPM buildings call us today @ 773.570.3744 or visit ppmapartments.com

Downtown Chicago Rooftop Bars

Can you feel it?  Summer is finally here in Chicago, and that means it’s time to get outside and enjoy the weather!  Now we know there are so many different things to choose from when planning a night out this summer.  I mean with all the street fests, beach parties, and of course PPM’s BBQ and pool parties, there’s a lot to pick from.  So this week we thought about our top FIVE favorite Chicago rooftop bars that are just steps from 100 west Chestnut.  That’s right, enjoy some drinks with your friends in the sky at one of Chicago’s best rooftop bars.  This is what Chicago is known for, our amazing high up rooftop bars, you just can’t beat it.  Let’s take a look and remember the sky’s the limit!

Aire

An amazing rooftop bar on top of the Hyatt hotel with a terrific skyscraper views all-round the center of the loop! Located in the loop at 100 W. Monroe St. 

Apogee

A brand new spot from Fifty/50 group.  You can find amazing creative cocktails all available on the rooftop at the Dana Hotel in River North. Located in River North at 660 N. State St. Website - 

Joy District

A relatively new rooftop right in the middle of Hubbard St.  Clubby vibe in a great space, it’s a must in our book this summer.  Located at 112 W. Hubbard St.

London House Chicago

Only a year old it has become a staple rooftop bar in River North.  Enjoy cocktails under a Roman-style columned dome overlooking the city.  Located at 85 E Wacker Dr. 

Upstairs at The Gwen

Plan on doing some shopping on Michigan Ave. this summer?  Why not take a break and head up to the rooftop at the Gwen!  Located at 521 N. Rush St. 

These are just some of many amazing roof top bars in River North and close to 100 West Chestnut.  We suggest checking these out first then leave the exploring up to you.  Finally, make sure to checkout our blog on the best spots to catch the Fourth of July fireworks this 2017!