Friday, November 30, 2012

Getting Your Retro On at 1st Class Finds

This week's featured Hot Spot is a local shop filled with mid-century finds just begging to be purchased and put into your apartment.  Furniture, lighting, wall decor, accessories... this retro-focused establishment sells it all.  

When you read our Mid-Century Style Spotlight post, you'll know we're a big fan of the warm wood tones, bold colors, clean lines, and curvaceous silhouettes that make up retro decor.  (And if you didn't read it... well, you should head over and read it after you finish this one!)  It's easy to mix mid-century flair into your contemporary decor for an eclectic look.  A long, low sofa here, a modular shelving unit there.  A sleek dresser here, a sunburst mirror or clock there.

Friday, November 23, 2012

Going Antiquing at The Brass Armadillo

The Brass Armadillo in Des Moines is a one-stop shop for all sorts of antiques, vintage items, and collectibles.  Located at 701 NE 50th Ave in Des Moines, it is easy to find on I-80/35 between the Second Avenue and East 14th Street exits.  The antique mall features over 450 antique and collectible dealers spread out in a 36,000-square-foot showroom.  

We're highlighting The Brass Armadillo as a shopping Hot Spot because it's bursting with furniture, decor, and accessories perfect for styling your apartment.  And with Christmas right around the corner, you're likely to find unique gifts for everyone on your list.

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Thank You Thursdays - Kick Off

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!  At Haverkamp Properties, we're starting a brand new Thursday tradition.  And since it's all about giving thanks... what better day to start a thank-giving tradition than on Thanksgiving Day itself?!  

Every Thursday we'll be doing something special to show our appreciation for you---our residents!  This week, we're kicking off with our Des Moines and Ankeny locations.  Head over to Facebook, give Haverkamp Properties - Des Moines & Ankeny a "like," and check out our latest status to see what we're up to. 

Don't forget that all of our offices (Ames, Ankeny, Cedar Rapids, and Des Moines) are closed today and tomorrow for the holiday.  Have a great Turkey Day!

Thanksgiving Things to Know: Etiquette, Pie, Pilgrims, & Facts

(via beckonmedia.)

Happy Thanksgiving!  Here's some food for thought.  We've rounded up four infographics full of Turkey Day facts you might not have been aware of.  Ever wondered where to put the sherry glass when setting the table?  Wanna know what percentage of Americans eat blueberry pie instead of pumpkin pie?  Curious to compare our modern Thanksgiving meal to the original Thanksgiving meal of the pilgrims?  Like rambling off random facts, such as how much the biggest turkey ever weighed?  We've got you covered.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Movember | Moustaches: They Grow On You

Alright fellas, show of hands. (...errr, comments?)  We "moustache" you a question.  How many of you have heard of No-Shave November.  Thought so.  That's a no-brainer.  But have you stumbled upon No-Shave November's hairy but arguably more gentlemanly cousin?  Movember!  We've noticed the increase in moustaches on the faces of residents, neighbors, friends, and co-workers.  To get to the "root" of this hairy issue, we did a little research.

During the 30 days of November, men are encouraged to grow and women are encouraged to support the Mo (moustache).  Movember raises awareness and funds for men's health, specifically prostrate and testicular cancer.  Who knew a moustache could have so much power and do so much good!

Let's start out with some video, shall we?

And now for a nifty Mo-powered infographic:

Inspiration Board: Cabin Fever


With autumn past its peak and winter nearly upon us, there's no better time than now to cozy up your home sweet apartment for the cold months.  And what's cozier than a cabin in the woods?  For this inspiration board, we pulled together natural textures, wintry neutrals, woodsy accents, and a few hints of sparkle to create a rustic, homey retreat fit for fireside evenings drinking hot chocolate.

How can you can get this look for your apartment?

1. Stencil "Welcome" onto a worn, wooden plank for an inviting sign to hang near your door.  Or purchase this Rustic Welcome Sign.  

2. Add creature comfort to your sofa with a pillow featuring the striking silhouette of a woodland species, like this Moose Oblong Pillow.  (A deer silhouette would be charming, too!)

3. Sip on your hot cocoa from a cute critter mug.  This little raccoon mug will steal your heart, but the First and Forest Mug is also available as a red fox, chipmunk, and squirrel.  

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Ames HP Open House: November 30 & December 1

Hey Ames residents!  Interested in knowing more about our West Towne, Steinbeck, and Walnut Place properties?  We're hosting an open house for our 3- and 4-bedroom apartments.  With prizes to win, walking tacos to eat, and tours to take... this is an event you won't want to miss!

Win Prizes

First, stop by our office to enter to win our door prizes.  What kind of door prizes?  We'll be giving away all sorts of goodies: koozies, free Cafe Milo drinks, Jiffy Lube tokens, Gatorade, candy bars, t-shirts, "Stuff the fridge," VISA gift card, and more!

Walking Tacos

Did we mention that  besides giving away those goodies, we'll be serving up walking tacos, too?!  Yum!  (The walking tacos will be served at our office.)

What's Fun Money?

Just what is fun money?  How do you get it?  Where can you use it?  Not only will we be dishing out the prizes and walking tacos, but we'll also be giving you the details on Fun Money.

Walk Throughs

After entering the giveaways and filling up on a walking taco, take a tour through one of our 3- and 4-bedroom units at West Towne, Steinbeck, and Walnut Place.  It's the perfect opportunity to get a glimpse inside our apartments and get a feel for how a Haverkamp Property suits your lifestyle.

When & Where

Friday, November 30th 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Saturday, December 1st 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

@ Haverkamp Properties Ames Office
4720 Mortensen Suite 105 | Ames, IA 50014

See you there!

HP Offices Closed Thursday & Friday for Thanksgiving

Here at Haverkamp, we're ready for Turkey Day!  
(And we're sure that you are, too.)

Just a heads up that all of our offices: Ames, Ankeny, Des Moines, and Cedar Rapids
will be closed Thursday and Friday (22nd & 23rd) of this week for Thanksgiving.

The offices will be open again on Monday after all of us (and all of you)
have recovered from family, feasting, football, and Black Friday shopping.

We hope you have a wonderful holiday!

P.S. Like the "Keep Calm and Gobble On" print above?  It's a free printable from the Salt & Paper blog.  Choose from pre-made palettes or pick your colors, send to your printer, and impress family members with a decorative sign on Thursday.  Gobble up!

Friday, November 16, 2012

Enjoy Bagelwiches, Soup, and More at CJ's Bagels

You can find this week's Hot Spot at 127 North Ankeny Blvd in Ankeny.  Open Monday through Friday 6:00 AM to 2:00 PM and Saturday 6:30 AM to 2:00 PM, CJ's Bagels is a local favorite... so Haleigh and I went on a lunch date mission to find out why.

CJ's Bagels bakes 1,200 to 1,500 bagels a day... all from scratch!  Not just plain bagels either.  Those 1,200+ bagels come in over a dozen varieties: plain, sesame seed, poppy seed, asiago, cinnamon raisin, honey wheat, berry, onion, blueberry, chocolate chip, Italian, cinnamon apple, parmesan, cinnamon crunch, and the everything bagel (dipped in poppy seeds, sesame seeds, garlic, salt, and onion). 

Welcome to the Home Sweet Apt Blog!

Hello there and welcome to Home Sweet Apt!  Whether you live in Ames, Ankeny, Cedar Rapids, or the Des Moines area, Haverkamp Properties has a luxury or student apartment that's perfect for you.  You have a lot to think about when settling on an apartment, but with a wide range of pricing and floor plans, great locations, flexible options, and numerous perks... setting on Haverkamp is easy.  We want to making settling into your new place just as simple!

That's where Home Sweet Apt comes into the picture.  Your apartment is more than a roof over your head and a monthly rent check.  Your Haverkamp apartment is your home and we want to help you make it feel that way from decorating it and entertaining in it to answering lease questions and suggesting local hangouts.  On the blog, we'll be posting content throughout the week that inspires you to make the most of your home sweet apartment.

A rug after our own heart! (via Urban Outfitters)

'So what exactly do we bring to the table?  Decorating, lifestyle, renting, and hot spot content throughout the week!  Let's break it down:

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Mid-Century | Style Spotlight

For our first Style Spotlight, we're featuring Mid-Century Modern.  Sometimes bygone eras make a big comeback in decor.  Dominated by warm wood tones, bold colors, and clean lines contrasting with curvaceous silhouettes, you may recognize Mid-Century design notes from Mad Men, oldies television shows like Leave it to Beaver, and even The Jetsons.  Retro.  Vintage.  Groovy.  Whatever you call Mid-Century, we've got inspiration for working it into your apartment decor.

(Images via: Left, Center, Right)
Love rummaging through thrift stores, antique shops, garage sales, and your grandma's attic?  Keep your eyes open for classic Mid-Century pieces like curvy chairs, streamlined sofas, and modular storage units.  But don't stop there!  Vintage-inspired pieces reminiscent of "the good ol' days" are available in modern day stores like Target and Ikea, too.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Recipe Round-Up: 8 Scrumptious Pumpkin Recipes

Thanksgiving is nearly upon us. Here at Haverkamp Properties, we're craving pumpkin anything and everything! Whether you're traveling to family or hosting guests at your place, we've rounded up eight pumpkin-based recipes sure to leave your friends and family begging for more.  

Pumpkin Bread: My Baking Addiction  |  Pumpkin Pie Fudge: Family Bites
Fresh Pumpkin Pie: Giant Eagle Market District  |  Pumpkin Pie Dip: Taste of Home
Pumpkin Pie Cookies: Bakers Royale  |  Pumpkin Pie Oatmeal: Good Life Eats
Pumpkin Pie Cupcakes: Une-deux Senses  |  Pumpkin Pie Bites: Bakerella 

Which of these pumpkin goodies are you most tempted to whip up and impress guests with?

Monday, November 12, 2012

No Candles Allowed? Add Ambiance & Aroma with 12 Alternatives

Who doesn't love the flickering light and fragrant scent of a burning candle?  Candles add instant romance, coziness, and aroma to a space.  However, candles are more than likely not allowed in your apartment space.  Besides the obvious threat of being a fire hazard, the soot from burning candles can also stain and damage the wall and ceiling surfaces.  So what's a renter to do when in need of a little ambiance and fragrance?  (Febreze only does so much...)

Although we don't allow burning candles in our Haverkamp Properties, we understand your desire to make your space to feel like home.  To help with that, we've rounded up twelve alternatives to candles.  These substitutions won't set your space aflame or leave sooty residue on your walls and ceiling.  Plus, staying out of trouble with the landlord and getting most of your security deposit back doesn't hurt either.

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Featured Color: Turquoise

Turquoise. Teal. Aquamarine. Whatever you call it, this blue-green shade steals the show.  Turquoise combines the calming effects of blue with the exhilarating effects of green.  It calls to mind tranquil tropical waters, vacation, and summertime.  (We could use some of those cool, Caribbean thoughts as the temperatures drop here in Iowa.)  Named by Pantone as Color of the Year back in 2010, turquoise isn't going away anytime soon.  Plus, it's easy to pair with other colors.  Turquoise adds a burst of vibrant color to a neutral or black-and-white palette.  It mixes well with other bright hues like hot pink, orange, and yellow-green.  Or for a more toned down effect, stick with deeper blues or greens.  

Want to bring a pop of turquoise into your decor?  We've rounded up 11 turquoise items under $50 (plus a 12th splurge item!) that will add a splash of this oceanic hue to your living space.  

1. Mingle these gorgeous Aquamarine Sultan Canisters (ZGallerie) among perfume bottles on your dresser or vanity top.  2. Frame friends and family members in Aquamarine Mimosa Frames (ZGallerie) to display front-and-center on your bookcase.  

Friday, November 2, 2012

"Fall" In Love with Autumn Goodies at Cafe Milo

At 4800 Mortenson Road Suite 101 and conveniently located in our West Towne community in Ames, we're taking you inside Cafe Milo as a featured local Hot Spot.  Friendly baristas, tasty eats, coffee treats, local art, plus a cool and cozy atmosphere... this coffee house has it all.  

Autumn is a "hoot" over at Cafe Milo in Ames.  It's the season for pumpkin spice, juicy apples, and comfort food favorites like oatmeal.  The cozy coffee house now carries all natural Umpqua Oats in cups perfect for taking on-the-go or sitting down to stay a while.