4 Ways to make your Von Klein Property Feel like Home

Apartment Decorating

It’s a new season and you are all moved in into your new home! But something may be missing…..your personal touch.

It’s these personal touches that transforms a rental property to a home. How do you give your rental property look that is uniquely yours (without losing your security deposit)?  Read on for some tips:

1. Don’t like the carpet? Cover it with an area rug!
So you want to bring more color and warmth into your rental? Use an area rug that coordinates with your other décor.

It may surprise you how much it can change the look of a room! Depending on where you shop, area rugs are usually inexpensive, and can be used over neutral carpets. Great deals can be found in stores like Target, TJMaxx and Ikea (if you want to take a road trip to Portland!) or you can look online at sites like Overstock.com.

The best part is, you get to take your beautiful area rug with you whenever you move out!

2. Give your furniture a new hue!
Since you can’t paint the walls in your rental, why not add color to your furniture? Give your couch a new life with a slipcover and/or colorful decorative pillows! Slipcovers are usually inexpensive and can be found in stores like Bed Bath and Beyond, Target, etc.

You can also transform your rental just by painting your furniture (make sure you use a dropcloth from the hardware store to prevent spills on the floor)! Adding a new paint job to a dining room table, or a bookshelf, or an end table, can be just as impactful as new color on the walls.

3. Mirror mirror on the wall….
It’s the oldest design trick in the book, because it works! Mirrors reflect light and make a space feel bigger. Hang a large mirror in your dining space, living room, or bedroom across from a window, so it is in a prime position to receive natural light and reflect it back into the room.

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4. Make your windows a work of art with bright colors or patterns.
Install a simple curtain rod 6-10 inches above your window using a damage-free wall hook (Command™ Brand Products are great) to make the room feel larger. Hanging curtains with your your favorite patterns or colors will give a refreshing contrast to the neutral walls in your living space.

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Biking is the Way to Go in Eugene, Oregon

A strong cycling culture and history combined with an extensive network of bike paths and scenic bikeways has given Eugene, Oregon a very “bike friendly” reputation. In fact, Bicycling Magazine mentioned Eugene in their list of “The Best Cycling Cities.” Bike Magazine listed Eugene as one of their “5 Best Mountain Biking Towns.”

With hundreds of miles of dedicated bicycle lanes and paths in our area, (including four bicycle bridges) residents are able to get around easily by bike any time of the year. Did you know that Eugene has more bridges for bicycles than for cars? And if you can’t ride the entire way to your destination, Eugene – Springfield’s public transit system is bike-friendly.

Eugene’s growing bicycle network includes:

  • 42 miles of shared-use paths,
  • 81 miles of on-street bicycle lanes,
  • 35 miles of signed bikeways, and
  • 5 bicycle/pedestrian bridges spanning the Willamette River
  • 2 bicycle/pedestrian bridges spanning major roads or highways

-Source www.eugene-or.gov/bicycles

The benefits of bicycling are endless, not only is it healthy exercise, it is an affordable and sustainable transportation option. Cycling can be a great way to unwind too, within a half hour’s ride from Eugene, cyclist’s encounter vineyard covered hills reminiscent of France and flat stretches of scenic byways resembling Holland.

In Oregon, bicycles are subject to laws just like motorized vehicles. Please ride with the direction of traffic, use appropriate signals and obey traffic lights. Remember that bicycle riders under 16 are required to wear a helmet.  Here are some additional cycling resources for you to know about:

Source: www.eugenecascadescoast.org/cycling

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