3 Steps for an Expert Interior Design

Shaker Run - Wednesday, January 17, 2018


Redecorating and interior design aren’t as difficult as they seem. Incorporating these decorating secrets for a home that is sure to wow your guests while eliminating the unnecessary stress! 

3 Interior Design Tips to Incorporate This Year

1. Create a focal point: Much like the fashion industry, statement pieces are essential! Whether it’s a gorgeous coffee table, a couch with a boastful personality, or a colorful area rug allow your piece to shine by giving your furniture ample breathing room. 
2. Pick a color scheme: While creating your interior design plan, choose a scheme of a few colors that can be incorporated throughout your home. Using these colors in different ways will create a cohesive look throughout your entire home.
3. Mix pieces: Create a complimentary set of items such as vases or place settings. Don’t be afraid to pick up items at a local thrift store, mix-and-match pieces online or in-store in order to create your own unique decorations or place settings. 


The most important part of all of this is to have fun throughout the entire redesigning process. We hope that you have been inspired to create a unique space that is reflective of your personality and style! We’d also like to see your final product, share pictures with our Facebook page (@ShakerRunApartments). Who knows, you might inspire someone! 


Perhaps you need a blank slate before you begin your interior design project. Contact us today to schedule a tour! You’ll be calling Shaker Run Apartments home before you know it!

Start 2018 with a New Home at Shaker Run Apartments

Shaker Run - Wednesday, January 03, 2018

Shaker Run Apartments is nestled in the Village of Colonie within the South Colonie School District. We are proud to have created a quiet, rural-like community; with so many perks and amenities you’ll be ready to call us your home sooner rather than later.

Benefits of Living at Shaker Run Apartments

Our residents enjoy a high level of comfort while living in one of our many layouts. We offer one, two, or three-bedroom luxury apartments. Each of our apartments have walk in closets, air conditioning, and we’re adjacent to the Village of Colonie’s Walking Trail! 

Some of our other amenities include:
Intercom Entry: Safety is a top priority for our entire staff which is why our buildings are equipped with secure entrances.
Club House: Our community center offers residents a place to work or relax with a full kitchen and business/media area. Not only that, it also has a fitness room!
Pool Area: Enjoy relaxing poolside during those warm summer months! 
Laundry Facilities: Each building has its own Laundry Center. You won’t have to worry about going outside during rain or snow to take care of your clothes! 


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4 Renter-Friendly Ways to Use Wallpaper

Shaker Run - Friday, December 22, 2017

Have you ever spotted a roll of wallpaper that you fell in love with but weren’t sure how to incorporate it in your home without putting it on your walls? We have the tips and ideas you’ve been searching for! 


Frame It: Wallpaper doesn’t have to mean floor to ceiling; you can use it as an accent piece hanging on your wall. Find a frame (or frames) you love, jot down the size(s) and head to the hardware store. Once you find the perfect pattern, purchase enough to fill your frame. Since it will hang on your wall, you can easily switch it out for another pattern or design to flow with the seasons. 

Add It To Furniture: Flea markets and thrift shops are a great place to find pieces that call for a little DIY makeover. Choose a piece that will fit in your living room, office, or bedroom and find some wallpaper that will work well on the piece while tying together the room. 

Customize A Clock: This will work especially well if you have wallpaper leftover from your furniture DIY project. Any home goods, or hardware, store you walk through will have a plain clock waiting for a new face! Hang the clock on a wall opposite from your covered furniture to create more texture in your space.

Line Shadowbox Shelves: If you have incorporated box shelves into your home either for function or decoration, this gives you an added opportunity for more texture and eye catching pieces.  


You’ve heard our ideas, now go out there and create new pieces for your home! 


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Decorate for the Holidays with 5 Tips from Shaker Run Apartments

Shaker Run - Monday, December 04, 2017
The holiday season is a time to decorate our homes, even in an apartment you can still achieve the decorating scheme you’re aspiring for. From decorating shelves to switching out your usual textiles, we have tips that are sure to be successful for your home. 

1. Decorate Somewhere Unexpected: Contrary to popular belief, your holiday decorations aren’t restricted to the living room of your home. Do something unexpected this year, hang garland around each doorway, add wintery figurines to your bathroom sink or to your kitchen counter tops. 

2. Work with Your Wall Space: Holiday-themed wall hangings are sure to make any space feel cheerier. If redecorating your walls isn’t appealing you can wrap the pictures, paintings, or clocks that you have hung so that they look like gifts. Then, when the season is over, unwrap the “presents”! 

3. Cozier Textiles: Warm up any room with a chunky knit throw or a luxurious velvet pillow. Take it a step further by sticking to the holiday season theme or color scheme you’re working with.

4. Decorate a Shelf: If you’ve added shelves or a book case to your home, this creates the perfect opportunity to add holiday flair. Not everyone loves a lot of decorations for the holiday season; this is the perfect way to celebrate the season without having something everywhere.
 
5. Do Something Extra for the Door: Hang a wreath on the outside of your door so your guests are greeted warmly with scenes of the season. If you want to bring even more cheer to the inside of your home, wrap the door like a present complete with ribbon and a bow! 

Let us know how you’re decorating for the season and if you’ve incorporated any of our tips and suggestions! 


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The Benefits of a Maintenance Staff with Shaker Run Apartments

Shaker Run - Thursday, November 16, 2017
An added benefit to renting an apartment from Shaker Run is our superior maintenance staff. While many apartment complexes have a maintenance staff, ours has the added benefit of being onsite when you need them. From drain issues to snow removal; our team has you covered.

Our maintenance staff is able to assist with the items listed below and many more!

Clogged drains
Leaks
Repair/replacement of smoke and carbon monoxide detectors
Snow removal (Out of town and there’s a snow storm? Let us know!)
Broken/inoperative heating or air conditioning systems
Emergency maintenance – any circumstance that is harmful to human life or the property will be taken care of immediately, even after hours!

Additionally, our maintenance staff performs yearly preventative inspections to ensure issues are taken care of in a timely and professional manner. 

Our maintenance staff can be reached by phone (518-452-3044) or by filling out our Maintenance Request Form. In the event where emergency after hours maintenance is necessary, please call 518-640-2616. 

In the event that you need assistance with a task such as changing a light bulb, or the batteries in your smoke detector, our staff will be happy to come assist you!

For more information, or to schedule a tour of our beautiful apartments contact Shaker Run Apartments today!


A Thanksgiving Checklist for Hosts: 4 Essential Tips for Your Holiday

Shaker Run - Friday, November 03, 2017

Thanksgiving is almost upon us, with the day being all about food, it’s easy for someone hosting to forget some key items. To start, there’s the combination of overnight guests and meal prepping (especially if they’re coming before the big day) on top of the already stressful day of preparing food and being a good host.  


Make Your Lists: First step with this is to create your menu; keeping in mind if any of your guests are bringing a dish. With an already long list of items to buy, your list will help keep you on track. Making sure nothing is forgotten and ensures that you’re not purchasing duplicate items, or an item that won’t get used. 

Once your shopping list is set, create your schedule for the big day – including cooking times! Additionally, you’ll want to touch base with the guests who are bringing dishes. Doing this prior to the big day will help make sure all the bases are covered and nothing is forgotten.


Prepare Your Kitchen: Now that your lists are prepared, it’s time to move on to preparing your kitchen! This is arguably the busiest day your kitchen will see for the year so it’s imperative you give it special attention ahead of time. Organize your pantry, clean the fridge – make sure there’s enough room for Thanksgiving food and dishes! 

If you’re making a dish you’ve never made before, now is the time to make sure you have all the tools that you need! There’s nothing worse than starting a dish and realizing you’re missing something and then getting stuck. 


Prepare Your Guest Room: Hopefully at this point you know if you are expecting any overnight guests and if so, how many. If your apartment has a guest room (or if your kids are bunking together for the night) now is the time to get everything in order. Change the bed linens if they’ve been used recently, vacuum, clean the windows and curtains. If you think any of your guests require something special, ask them ahead of time so you’re prepared to make their stay more comfortable. 

Work on Your Dining Room: Right after the kitchen, this room will see the most action throughout the course of the holiday. The dining room is much more than the table and chairs. Take into consideration table linens, place settings, and tablescape. 

If you’re going to use the good china and silver, take them out ahead of time as they will need special attention and prep work. Take inventory of your chairs, do you have enough or will you need more? Is a kids table in order, or will they be sitting with the adults? Next, take into consideration your tablescape and decorations. Do you need to purchase any decorations? Consider picking up real mini pumpkins and guards, they’ll add a nice touch to your décor and you can toss them out at the end of the season rather than pack away more things. 
 


We hope you found these tips helpful; apply them to your home today and see how much they help you in preparation of the big day. 


Perhaps you're searching for a new place to call home, contact Shaker Run Apartments today to schedule a tour!

4 Quick Tips to Make Your Bathroom Your Own

Shaker Run - Thursday, October 19, 2017

While living in your apartment, you want to make it a space that is all your own. One room that people find difficult to transform is the bathroom. It isn’t as hard as you may think; follow these 4 quick tips to transform your bathroom! 


1. Update your shower head: Apartment bathrooms are equipped with standard shower heads, which work well and serve their purpose. But, changing the shower head allows you to achieve the morning wake-up you desire. If you happen to change apartments, don’t forget to take your shower head with you!
2. Update your shower curtain: Shower curtains that are past their prime can give a dreary look and overall feel to your bathroom. Spice it up with a new curtain! Adding a shower curtain with a pattern adds texture and creates a visual interest in your space. If you’re feeling adventurous, you can coordinate your curtains with each season. Or, if you’re likely to keep the same curtain throughout the year, coordinate a new bathmat and towels to continue bringing life to your bathroom. 
3. Add storage: You have likely been in someone’s home that had an étagère (a stand that is typically seen over the toilet or standing next to it). While those are useful, they don’t add a lot in the way of “personal touch.” If you want to feel like you’re in the country or at the beach, wooden crates from craft stores will do the trick! You can leave them natural or stain them so they work with your overall idea. If that isn’t your style, adding small shelves to the walls creates visual appeal while being functional. Additionally, shower caddies work wonders and keep your shower free of clutter from shampoo and body wash bottles. 
4. Make sure your idea is cohesive: Small spaces, like bathrooms, allow for you to get away with a bold idea. The caveat of this though, it only works with one bold idea. Too many bold colors, patterns, or textures can make your bathroom feel cluttered and disjointed. Come up with one idea and stick to it! 


We hope that you found this helpful! Shaker Run values all of our residents and want you to feel comfortable and at home while living in our apartments. If you aren’t a current resident, schedule a tour! We’re sure you’ll feel right at home with our community.


6 Ways to Keep Your Kids Safe and Happy on Halloween

Shaker Run - Thursday, October 05, 2017
Kids trick or treating on Halloween

Trick or treating is an event kids of all ages look forward to every year. As parents, and guardians, there are plenty of factors involved which are cause for concern. We’ve gathered a few tips to help keep kids safe as well as try to alleviate some stress you may face.  


1. Plan a Route in Advance: Trick-or-treating routes can often take you away from your home. Many times it means walking a great distance. This isn’t typically a big deal for adults, but for kids it means sore legs and frustration. Additionally, it is ideal to map out a route before leaving your home. Be sure to stick to areas and roads you are familiar with so that you can avoid getting lost.
2. Wear Comfortable Shoes: Kids as well as adults should wear comfortable, well-fitting footwear. Costumes that would typically require shoes with heels should be substituted for something more comfortable for long walks. Footwear with laces, such as sneakers, should be double-knotted to avoid coming untied and tripping.  
3. Stay Visible: A tip you may have heard is to put your child in a bright colored costume, however, that isn’t always a possibility. You will need to make sure your child is easily visible to drivers. Carrying a flashlight will help keep your path lit as well as aiding drivers. Additionally, you can add reflective tape to the costume to help further aid drivers and make sure the kids can be seen. 
4. Check the Length of the Costume: Longer costumes which drag on the ground can pose as a danger for kids, especially in the evening hours. Whether you purchase or make your child’s costume, make sure it is a safe length. If anything seems to be too long, alter the costume prior to leaving your home for the evening. 
5. Props: Depending on the costume, it is possible that a prop can’t be avoided. If this is the case, the best course of action is to use rubber, plastic or foam props. These materials are safer for kids and are less likely to harm another person. 
6. Check Their Candy: Once you’re home for the night, it’s time to inspect the candy. Anything that isn’t in the original packaging, or if it’s homemade, needs to be thrown away. Wrappers that have rips, tears or holes also need to be tossed. It’s better to be safe than sorry. And if some good pieces make it into your stash, we won’t tell!


At Shaker Run, we value the safety of all of our residents. We hope you found these tips helpful and they keep your family safe while trick-or-treating! Have a happy and safe Halloween! If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact us.

5 Tips for First Time Renters

Shaker Run - Thursday, September 28, 2017
first time apartment renter with moving boxes and keys

Renting an apartment doesn’t have to be as confusing or stressful as many people tend to make it. If you’re a first time renter, consider these 5 tips before making your decision.


1. Set a Budget: Most apartments do not include utilities with their rent. This is very important and something to keep in mind while you look further into your finances. As you will need to pay rent and utilities monthly, but you also want to ensure you are not spending more than you can afford. To make it easier on yourself, look at your after-tax income and then subtract any reoccurring expenses you may have. This will help you to find a reasonable amount for you to spend on your rent. 

2. Determine Necessities: Think about what you need versus what you want. These two may seem to be the same, but, they’re actually quite different. Amenities such as in-unit washers and dryers are a definite plus, but, having a laundry room in each building will do just as well. Create a check list and find an apartment that may fulfill your wants and needs without blowing your budget.

3. Take a Tour: Pictures speak a thousand words, but, it doesn’t compare to seeing something in person. Tours also allow for one-on-one time with someone who runs the property. Often times it’s the office manager and they have the ability to answer any question you may have about the property and what’s located in the surrounding area.

4. Understand the Lease: Once you’ve found a place you’re likely to be very excited and ready to sign the lease so you can move in. You’re urged to slow down, take a minute and really read over the lease agreement they’ve given you to sign. Prior to signing, if you have a question or are confused by any aspect you are encouraged to ask. It’s better to be clear about what you’re signing than not understand it. 

5. Renters Insurance: You may think that insurance is just for homeowners, but, renters should also get an insurance policy. Even if your apartment does not require renters insurance, it is something to consider. Many times it can be combined with your car insurance payment and will protect your valuables if something were to happen to your apartment. 


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5 Window Treatment Tips That Won’t Damage Your Walls

Shaker Run - Wednesday, September 13, 2017

While renting your apartment, you want to make it feel like your home, but, you may not feel comfortable with a drill. We’ve gathered a list of 5 tips for window treatments that don’t require any tools and will help keep your privacy.


1. Temporary Hooks: Temporary hooks can attach more than just pictures to your walls. They are also fantastic for hanging curtain rods. This method is ideal for those who want to add a touch of design or elegance with finials rather than a tension rod which is hidden by the curtain. What’s great about these temporary hooks is you can easily remove the hook by pulling the tab’s strip and it will release the hold. This makes moving and redecorating a breeze!

2. Tension Rods: For traditional paned windows with frames, tension rods can be held firmly between both sides. You are able to dress up your tension rods with sheer, or lightweight, curtains and a thin rod for a touch of delicate elegance. Tension rods can also be placed at the top of the window or even the middle. This all depends on the style you’re going for and how much privacy you desire.

3. Compression Shades: This option allows you to add shades to your windows that are the exact size you need. There are many hardware stores that you are able to order compression shades from and the shade will be custom fit to your window. From translucent to light-blocking shades, these pull-down shades will add an understated touch of class.

4. Faux Roman Shade: Do you have a sewing machine and are able to sew in a straight line? Do you love a DIY project? Then this is the curtain for you! By sewing a pocket at the top and bottom of the curtain and adding a tension rod to both ends you’ve created something truly unique to fit your home. 

5. Twist and Fit Rods: Twist and fit rods use the same thought as a tension rod, these rods fit securely across your window without having to drill any holes. They are designed to give the impression of a hook and separate rod, like a traditional curtain rod, when in fact it is all one piece!
 

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