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New Start: Re-organizing Project

The New Year is time for a fresh start, and what better way to do so than by re-organizing your home! We truly believe that an organized home can maximize your time and allow you to focus on other activities like enjoying the neighborhood or reading a book!

Source: ApartmenTherapy.comWe know that organizing your home can be time consuming, so we focused on the three spaces of a home that would benefit from organization: bathroom, kitchen and living room.

Bathroom

It is difficult to successfully store all our supplies and have a nice looking bathroom. So, we compiled organizing solutions for your bathroom that guarantee it will stay clutter-free.

These hanging baskets could be the best and most attractive way to organize your bathroom supplies.

Source: Our Fifth House

Source: Our Fifth House

A spice-rack can hold all your toiletries and get them off the counter. Re-purpose your old spice racks, or make your own.

Learn the most effective way to organize your items under the sink while increasing storage space.

Source: ApartmentTherapy.com

Source: ApartmentTherapy.com

Kitchen

A cluttered kitchen could be the reason we choose to dine out over cooking, so here are the best practices to have a high-efficiency kitchen.

Source: ApartmentTherapy.com

Source: ApartmentTherapy.com

A Lazy Susan can help organize your refrigerator, and a pan organizer could do the same for your cabinets.

Source: KevinAndAmanda.com

Source: KevinAndAmanda.com

Get your foil and plastic wrap out of your drawers and into your cabinet without taking up any room with this trick.

Source: ApartmentTherapy.com

Source: ApartmentTherapy.com

Make your own dry-ingredient containers with this  tutorial.

Find out how tension rods can help you organize throughout your kitchen!

Living Room

We have so many not-so-pretty but necessary items in our living room. What to do? Here are some great and easy DIY hiding ideas for your living room items:

Source: ApartmentTherapy.com

Source: ApartmentTherapy.com

Two simple ways to hide your router in plain sight: place inside a nice-looking box, or an old book.

Source: Homedit.com

Source: Homedit.com

Printers can be a bit of an eye-sore in our living room, so hide it in your entertainment center with this tutorial.

Too many books? Make an invisible bookcase and wait for your guests’ reaction!

Ever wondered what to do with the AC/heat controller on the wall? We have exactly what you need.

Source: Instructables.com

Source: Instructables.com

Looking for more ideas? Check out our Organizing Ideas Pinterest Board, and follow us on Pinterest for updates on all apartment home ideas!

Make Your Own Seattle Snow Day

It’s no secret that snow in Seattle is few and far between.  While the Midwest and Northeast are regularly buried in feet of snow, Seattleites spend their winters tirelessly peeking out their windows each morning hoping for a light dusting of white flakes.  If you’re ready to start up the fireplace and turn on some Christmas carols—but the weather is still not cooperating—here are some ways to have that snow day you’ve been craving.  Gather a few supplies ahead of time, call over a friend, and prepare to stay “trapped” indoors during a cozy winter wonderland.

Make your own snow
Try some new spins to the classic paper snowflake patterns.  If you have a hot glue gun, you can create your own unique snowflake formations to decorate your windows.  Or roll up some paper into these gorgeous quill snowflakes to hang around your apartment.

Source: We Lived Happily Ever After

Source: We Lived Happily Ever After

Eat some snow
A snow day is not complete without closing your eyes, poking your tongue out, and catching some delightful flakes.  You can make your own edible snow by decorating fluffy white meringue snowflakes or baking powdery Russian Tea Cakes.

Source: Babble

Source: Babble

Build a snowman
You can pass on the freezing toes and wet gloves, but still build your very own Frosty.  All you need is some paper and scissors to take over your door with a fun paper snowman craft.  If you’re partial to creating in the kitchen, build these delicious melting snowman cookies.

Source: Better Homes and Gardens

Source: Better Homes and Gardens

Sip a frosty cocktail
Since you won’t be cold from playing outside, you can instead warm up with some boozy cocktails.  Sip the flavors of winter with this Coconut Cream Martini or create a frosty concoction with this Vodka Snowflake Cocktail.  Cheers!

Source: A Night Owl

Source: A Night Owl

Add some winter décor
If your apartment has some extra mason jars available, you’re prepared to build some fun winter crafts.  Gather some Epsom salt to add piles of snow to your candles or build your very own snow globes!

Source: Julie Ann Art

Source: Julie Ann Art

5 Essentials for Effortless Entertaining

Were you given the honor of hosting duties this year? Have you been dreading that mark on your calendar, overwhelmed at the pressure of pulling together the perfect event?

Before you spend any more time worrying, remember that the holidays are a time to be surrounded by your loved ones and celebrating their company. Rather than stress over your errands and menu, check out these easy, effortless holiday essentials for your party. Here’s everything you need to throw a fabulous night and wow your guests.

Source: Fashionable Hostess

Source: Fashionable Hostess

 

  1. Warm holiday-scented candles: lighting a few candles throughout your apartment helps set the mood and create a warm, comforting atmosphere.
Source: Good Housekeeping

Source: Good Housekeeping

 

  1. Bar cart stocked with seasonal cocktails: the best way to get a party started is the drinks.
Source: Hank and Hunt

Source: Hank and Hunt

 

  1. A bountiful, colorful cheese board: pick out a variety of cheeses, meats, fruits, and crackers for easy appetizers.
Source: Chic Coastal Living

Source: Chic Coastal Living

 

  1. Hand-crafted place settings: delight your guests with special name cards as an added touch.
Source: The Kitchn

Source: The Kitchn

 

  1. Don’t let them leave empty-handed: pick out your favorite treat to pass out among partygoers before they leave.
Source: Swanky Recipes

Source: Swanky Recipes

Spooky Options for Halloween

It’s that time of year again. Put on your spookiest or funniest costume and join in the frivolity. If you have the costume but need a venue, here are some ideas for Friday.

The Century
The Bonza Bash, Risqué Halloween 2014, and KUBE 93’s Haunted House are all great options.

The Lyric
If you’re looking for a safe place for your little ones, head on over to the Cal Anderson Park for Hilloween 2014.

The Corydon
If you’re feeling confident about your costume’s creativity, you may be interested in the costume contest happening at the Halloween Masquerade Costume Ball.

The 101 Kirkland
The Downtown Kirkland Association has several events lined up for your family’s trick or treating.

It’s Autumn in the Puget Sound

Did summer fly by or what? All those warm days seemed to make the time go faster. But it’s the first days of fall and we’re ready for the leaves to change. One thing that won’t change – all the localicious things to do around the Puget Sound. We took a look at some events that would interest the members of our communities.

Stadium Place
Sounders playoffs, new restaurants, Art walks and Seahawk Sundays. Fall looks pretty fun.

The Corydon
The Huskies are ready to spike both footballs and volleyballs. Meanwhile, you can head up the hill to enjoy the museum and some theatre. Or, enjoy a day with some real dogs in U-Village.

The Lyric
Up on Capitol Hill, residents of The Lyric will be tempted with a variety of indoor and outdoor opportunities. Sketchfest, the Aids Walk, Art walks, the return of the Egyptian and of course….cheese.

The Century
Our newest property is centrally located within walking distance of the Seattle Center, Belltown, Lower Queen Anne and South Lake Union. Some highlights of the next few weeks include the following: mind-expansion from TedX Rainier, auditory glee from Elton John and Phish, visual stimulation from the Pacific Science Center, and total sensory overload from Teatro Zinzanni.

The 101 Kirkland
Autumn on the Eastside is fantastic for the social + music lover. Art walks, Oktoberfest, a jazz festival and wine. Sign me up.

Take your BBQ to the Next Level

Summer is still going strong, and there’s plenty of time to plan a Rooftop BBQ for your friends. This week we provided some tips on how to take your grilling to the next level.

Tips from an Expert

Before we get started with some recipes and other helpful resources, let’s get some grilling advice from an expert. Andrew Brays is the owner of Pinky’s Kitchen, one of the finest places to enjoy barbecue in the Puget Sound. Pinky’s is located in a little truck in Wallingford, but the small location packs huge flavor. Pinky’s has giant smokers where they season their meats for a long period of time, but we asked Andrew for his number one tip for using a gas grill.

“Here’s a general tip to help every beginner. Keep an eye on the “hotspots” on the grill. Inevitably most non-commercial grills have hotspots and things will cook unevenly especially, when trying to sear at high temperature. Keep an eye on them and be ready to shuffle things around to get even cooking and sears. Also, when cooking steak use a internal thermometer probe (they are cheap and easily available) if you want to really be sure you are doing rare, med rare, med and well done requests. The thermometer is also great for chicken and sausages. Pull the meat immediately as soon as it hits 165 (or less if you want rarer meat) to stop it from drying out.”

Seattle Barbecue Recipes

Next, we found some Puget Sound recipes that will make you look more like Bobby Flay than Ronald McDonald. Here are some links to some great recipes from Seattle’s famous restaurateur, Tom Douglas.

For the meat eaters, we have Grilled Flank Steak with Soy Chile Glaze. And for the fish lovers, of course it has to be Salmon with Fennel and Onions.

Besides his grilling tip, Andrew provided us a recipe that’s not on his menu at Pinky’s. As a native Australian, he knows a little about Shrimp on the Barbie. Here’s his authentic Australian recipe.

Pinky's ShrimpIngredients:

  • 2lbs Easy-peel headless shrimp
  • Jar of Mama Lils Honkin Hot Peppers
  • 4 TBSP oil from the Mama Lils jar
  • 1 head cilantro
  • 15-20 medium to large Garlic cloves
  • 1/2 cup orange juice with pulp
  • 1 TSP salt (or to taste)
  • 4 limes halved
  • Metal or soaked wooden skewers

Instructions:

  • To make fresh whole shrimp easy peel, simply remove heads and snip open their backs using scissors down to the tail. Clean under running water if necessary. Prepping them this way enables the marinade to permeate and the shells easy to remove when eating.
  • Cut the stalks off the cilantro just under where it starts to bushel.
  • Rough chop all the ingredients EXCEPT the lime in a food processor using the pulse, or fine chop by hand. You want a consistency that is a little runny and not too combined so the ingredients still stand alone. A medium to fine chop.
  • Place prepped prawns in a zip lock and add the paste. Mix it around well by squeezing the bag to get the paste into all the nooks and crannies of the prawns.
  • Place in fridge for 2 to 4 hours. (If you are pressed for time 1/2 hour works.)
  • On a tray double skewer the prawns (don’t refer to the picture they are not single skewered). But this is VERY important because the cook time is fast and if you are dealing with hot and cold spots on your grill you want to be able to flip them and move them without them spinning. To double skewer like in the picture but you put two skewers parallel to each other through the prawn about 1/2 inch apart.
  • Heat your grill to as high as it will go. You want to char the shells before the prawns are overcooked ideally. If you can’t get it hot enough for a rapid char, don’t worry. It’s more important to just pull the shrimp off before they overcook.
  • Place skewers on grill. There should be a definite sizzle. Cook for two to three minutes a side depending on the prawn size. Flip them the first time when the colour has changed half way through and hopefully the shells have charred. You may need to shuffle them around. The prawns are cooked the minute the opaqueness is gone in the centre of the prawn.
  • While they are cooking, liberally squeeze lime juice over them.
  • When cooked, remove skewers and serve in a bowl with a bowl for shells. Grab plenty of napkins and some extra lime wedges.

Next week we’ll bring you some recipes for Specialty Cocktails from neighborhood bars. If you have a favorite recipe or BBQ tip to share with the community, tell us in the comments below.

Localicious Dates in the Puget Sound

This week we took a look at some Localicious date ideas around town. Be sure to examine the ideas within walking distance of your place, but we suggest you also check out some of the options around our other communities.

Stadium Place (Pioneer Square)
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Get Cultured at the Pioneer Square Art Walk | Yelp Review
Visit the Smith Tower Observation Deck | Yelp Review
Ride The Seattle Great Wheel | Yelp Review
Seattle Great Wheel

The Corydon (U-Village)
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Canoe on Lake Washington or Kayak on Lake Union
Catch a Flick at the Magnuson Park Outdoor Cinema | Facebook Page
Laugh at the Jet City Improv | Yelp Review
Jet City Improv

The 101 Kirkland (Kirkland)
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Jump on a Waterways Cruise from Marina Park | Yelp Reviews
Enjoy an Herbal Foot Massage | Yelp Review
Take a stroll at the Kirkland Art WalkBio at SeattleArtists.com
Kirkland Art Walk

The Lyric (Capitol Hill)
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Dance at the Century Ballroom | Yelp Review
Walk in the Japanese Garden | Yelp Review
Dine and Laugh at Teatro ZinZanni | Yelp Review
Chant with the Compline Choir | Yelp Review

Pillar Properties Weekly Recap – May 23

With the sun out this week, we thought it was a great time to find some nature spots around our communities. Here were some of our recommendations.

The Corydon

People looking for an amazing walk through the flowers and trees often forget about the 702 acres of paths and cherry blossoms at the University of Washington campus. It’s a peaceful and serene set of trails ideally designed for anyone who loves outdoor scenery. Read the whole post here. UW Cherry Blossoms Image Source: MyNorthwest.com

The Lyric

We have two easy suggestions for the nature lover. The Volunteer Park Conservatory is a  Victorian greenhouse modeled after London’s Crystal Palace, featuring bromeliad, fern, palm, seasonal, and cactus. And the St. Mark’s Greenbelt buffers Capitol Hill from I-5 and provides wildlife habitat, dense vegetation and trails. Get all the info here. Volunteer Park Conservatory 2 Image Source: Yelp

The 101 Kirkland

While Marina Park is the closest park to The 101 Kirkland, Heritage Park and Waverly Beach are within walking distance and offer manicured green space, gardens, pathways, viewpoints, and views of both Seattle and the Olympic mountain range. Read more here. Heritage Park 1 Stadium Place

Water is within a short walk of Stadium Place You can stay on land and visit Waterfront Park to enjoy views of Puget Sound, birds, seals, islands and the Olympic Mountains. Or, get your sea legs spend a Seattle evening than cruising around on a sailboat in the middle of Puget Sound. Get the inside scoop here.

Elliott Bay Cruise

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Pillar Properties Weekly Recap – May 16

You don’t live with your mom anymore, so it’s likely that you don’t have anyone to nag you about eating healthier. Guess what, though? When you check out some of these delicious vegetarian and vegan options right around the corner from you, you’ll actually want to eat your veggies (and you’ll want to do it as often as possible).

The Corydon

We highlight the Wayward Vegan Café and Pizza Pi Vegan Pizzeria. Get the whole story here.

Pizza Pi Rainbow Pizza

The Lyric

Not only are there some great options for going vegetarian on Capitol Hill, the three we’re going to talk about today couldn’t be any more different. If a classy dining experience is what you’re looking for, head on over to Plum Bistro. Want to eat like a local? You can’t go wrong with longtime neighborhood staple In the Bowl Vegetarian Noodle Studio. If you like your vegan cuisine served with a side of stiff drinks and live music, take a stroll down Broadway and pop into The Highline. Get our full synopsis here.

In the Bowl

In the Bowl Vegetarian Noodle Studio

Stadium Place

One of Seattle’s best pizza joints is right around the corner and caters to vegetarians. Freshly moved in from their fifteen-year residency in Belltown. World Pizza has relocated to the International District, and they’re ready to show vegetarians some love. See the rest of our review here. World Pizza Menu

101 Kirkland

If you’re looking for a fresh and delicious vegetarian option nearby, head over to Café Happy, where their Buddhist-inspired menu will leave you feeling enlightened. Go here to find out more about a localicious veggie option in Kirkland. Cafe Happy Photo Courtesy of Yuyu C via Yelp.

Pillar Properties Weekly Recap – May 9

Mother’s Day is this Sunday, and we hope you already got your mom something nice. And for those of you still shopping around, we have a suggestion- instead of just one present, why don’t you give your mom a whole day of fun? She’s put up with you for this long, the least you can do is take her out for a day of leisure!

The Corydon

Tea Time! – Impress your mom with your level of class and sophistication by taking her out for a mid-morning/pre-afternoon cup of tea! It will not only make you both feel very classy, it’ll give you the caffeine boost you need to get artistically inspired. Read more here.

The Lyric

Do something different for your mom this year. Flowers and boring brunches are out. It’ll be easy to treat her (and yourself) to a uniquely localicious experience this year, and it’s one that takes place right across the street. Prepare yourself for Julia’s Queen of the Brunch Drag Show.Get all the info here.

Julia's Brunch

The 101 Kirkland

If you want to go the extra mile beyond a simple card or phone call this year, Kirkland is jam-packed with great events to celebrate all things Mom. Why not stretch things out a couple days? We have a quick rundown on some ways that you can make the whole week a special one. Read more here.

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Stadium Place

Here’s an idea for Mother’s Day adventure that’s guaranteed to please those seafaring Moms out there. You live right by the places where cruise ships live: why not head over to Pier 56 and take a cruise? Get the details here.

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