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4 Rustic Fall Decor Ideas at Derby Park

cozy bedFall is the perfect time to change your decor from the pastel and sunny colors of spring and summer to the earthy and natural tones of fall and winter. A rustic-inspired decor embraces nature, simplicity, and a coziness that lends itself to chillier temperatures.

4 Ways to Transform your Derby Park Home to a Rustic Decor

  • A change of color. Create a charming space by replacing rugs, pillows, dining linen and dishware with fall colors that complement your walls and floor. Rustic colors don’t necessarily mean shades of brown and green. Blush and Boysenberry (a deep maroon color) can add an earthy elegance to a neutral decor. Pineapple and Cardinal Red can inject brightness, while Hunter Green and Orange will certainly elicit a fall mood.
  • Incorporate natural elements. Certainly, the fall season is a time of change—where nature begins its entrance into hibernation for rejuvenation. Infusing natural fabrics and elements from nature can quickly take your home from summer to fall. Consider natural fiber rugs made of cotton, hemp, jute or seagrass—and make sure your wood furnishings take center stage.
  • Add fall foliage. Switch out some of your plants for Autumn flowers. Begonia, Crocus, Dahlia, and Gladiolas are some hearty fall favorites. Don’t forget to keep a fresh bouquet of fall-colored flowers strategically placed within the home.
  • Create rustic fall crafts. Create your own elegant fall centerpiece or simply combine a harvest of gourds, pinecones, and dried fall leaves to embellish a spare side table. Add color to your front door with a wreath of dried corn tied together by their husks. Explore this list of fall decor crafts by Martha Stewart for refreshing DIY ideas.

Grand Prairie apartment living is all about creating a special space—a cozy home that fits your unique style and personality. Take a moment to view the available floor plans at Derby Park and discover our great location and distinctive amenities!

Seven Unique Flowers to Grow In Your Apartment

Orange Oriental Poppy flowerThere are so many varieties of flowers in this world. Yet, year after year, apartment dwellers end up planting the same old impatiens, begonias and petunias that they can purchase in big flats from the local home improvement store. Yes, they’re pretty. But there are so many other gorgeous options out there, including:

Cape Plumbago

Also known as sky flower, these pretty blue flowers thrive in the Texas heat. A bonus? Butterflies love Cape plumbago. This flower can be left to sprawl along the ground or can also be trained to climb a trellis.

Oriental Poppy

Beautiful and bold, these brightly colored flowers are the stars of any garden for the short period of time that they grace this earth with their presence.

Grandma’s Yellow Rose

Also known as Rosa ‘Nacogdoches,’ this plant boasts fragrant, lovely yellow blossoms that are perfect for cutting. And having this lovely flower in your garden is also a nod to the famous folk song, “The Yellow Rose of Texas.”

Pasque

This perennial boasts pretty purple flowers with a prominent yellow center. This flower does best when planted in sandy or gravelly soil that drains well.

Hinckley’s Golden Columbine

This is a Texas native that will grace your garden with stunning yellow flowers that are fragrant and great for cutting. Hinckley’s golden columbine is a perennial that will spread quickly and is also an evergreen.

Mexican Honeysuckle

This evergreen shrub is drought tolerant and blooms for most of the year. A big bonus? Its bright tubular orange flowers are attractive to hummingbirds.

Cigar Plant

This plant blooms in the fall and has orange-yellow flowers that are cigar shaped—hence, its name. This is another plant that is drought tolerant and will attract hummingbirds to your garden.

Do you love flowers but have nowhere to plant them? Then you may want to consider moving to an apartment that has outdoor space. Every Derby Park apartment boasts either a large balcony or patio, which you can grace with your own beautiful flowers and plants. Sounds interesting? Then call today, so you can check out Derby Park’s beautiful apartments in Grand Prairie with your own eyes.

5 Tips for Staying Healthy This Winter

TeaWinter is notorious for the spread of cold and flu viruses.  The shorter days and cooler temperatures tend to send us indoors where viruses thrive. Even in the normally warm regions of central Texas, winter weather can bring icy, cold conditions that make our Grand Prairie apartments the place to be.

Tips for Healthy Living This Winter

  • Load up on Vitamin C. During the winter season, Vitamin C can be an important component of fighting off a virus and maintaining good health. At the grocery, load up on citrus fruits and leafy greens to get your daily dose throughout the week. Supplements can also help, but whenever possible, natural foods are your best source.
  • Keep up your exercise routine. It’s easy to forgo your morning run when the temperatures dip, but studies have shown maintaining an active exercise routine can keep your immune system running at top speed.
  • Get plenty of sleep. Cold and flu viruses love an immune system that isn’t up to par. Making sure you clock eight hours of sleep each night will help your immune system be ready for the fight.
  • Get your daily dose of sun. Vitamin D is crucial to a healthy lifestyle. We can get our daily dose through fortified cereals, fatty fishes and beef liver.  If beef liver isn’t normally on your menu, an excellent source is regular sun exposure. Just ten minutes of sun exposure without sunscreen can help your body produce enough Vitamin D to ward off seasonal depression and lower your risk of heart disease.

Although winter can seem to last forever, these few tips can help you avoid illness and make the months fly by. Our community amenities at Derby Park Apartments, like our fitness center, can also help you maintain your health this winter. Stop by our leasing office today to view available floor plans and take a tour of our community.

3 Thanksgiving Safety Tips for Your Pet

Thanksgiving is a wonderful time of year to have friends and family over to your Derby Park apartments in Grand Prairie. As you know, pets are welcome at Derby Park, and there are plenty of outdoor areas where pets can enjoy the beautiful Texas weather, especially during Thanksgiving time. But keeping your pet safe during Thanksgiving still needs to be a priority, which is why these three Thanksgiving safety tips for your pet will come in handy.

1. Instruct Guests Not to Feed Your Pet

Some foods that are perfectly safe for humans to eat are not suitable for your pet. These foods may make their stomaches upset or can cause other symptoms that make your pet feel unwell. Let guests know that your pet has plenty of regular pet food available to enjoy on Thanksgiving day, and that they should not feed your pet table scraps.

2. Isolate Shy Pets

If your pet is shy or fearful around people it doesn’t know well, there’s no reason to try to force them to interact with your Thanksgiving Day guests. Instead, set aside an area in your Grand Prairie apartments where your pet is isolated from all the crowds. You could close off your bedroom or a second bathroom, and make a comfortable sleeping area for your pet to enjoy until the festivities have died down a little. Be sure to place a food and water bowl in the area so your pet doesn’t have to wait to eat their Thanksgiving Day meal.

3. Put the Collar On

On Thanksgiving Day, your pet may be confused by all the strange guests walking into your apartment. Just in case your pet manages to escape, make sure they are wearing their collar and tags. If they do get out, whoever finds your pet will be able to contact you and return your pet.

Although you understand that Thanksgiving Day is about friends and family, your pet may be confused with all the extra activity. Keep them safe with these three pet-safety tips. Contact us today for more ideas about helping your pet enjoy life at Derby Park apartments.

Three Ways for Outdoor Entertaining in the Fall

Many people think that outdoor entertaining has to come to a halt once Labor Day has passed. Although it may be true that a chill in the breeze puts a damper on outdoor fun, there are several effective strategies for keeping the fun in fall without having to move the party indoors. Following are three ways that residents of apartments in Grand Prairie, TX, can extend the outdoor entertaining season.

Light a Fire

Gathering around a blazing fire in an outdoor fire pit provides an excellent way to enjoy a gorgeous autumn evening. To make the experience even better, give guests the ingredients and tools necessary to create s’mores. If the party is impromptu and you’re not prepared to make open-fire goodies, just grab some sticks and send someone to the closest store for a bag or two of marshmallows, and you’re all set.

Get Physical 

Nothing keeps the heat turned up at an outdoor gathering more than physical activity, so get the party moving by encouraging guests to move to the beat of some good dance music. No one will want to take it indoors if it turns into a vibrant dance party. Just be sure to keep the music low enough so that it doesn’t bother your neighbors. You can always invite them to the party as well.

Make it Hot 

One of the best ways to keep everyone toasty warm on a cool fall night is to serve hot drinks in thick mugs. The heat from the mugs will serve to warm the hands, and the contents will warm your guests from the inside out. For adults, hot buttered rums or other types of hot toddies are a good choice, while minors will love hot chocolate or hot apple cider.

For more information on how to make the most of these beautiful autumn evenings, please feel free to contact our office at your earliest convenience.