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Carve out some time: Woodworking crafts at home

September 17th, 2020

There’s something so endearing about things made from scratch. Making handmade items is incredibly rewarding. We love woodworking crafts. The best part is that you don’t need a garage or woodshop to make these creations. You can make smaller items right in your residence. And the possibilities are endless! Make custom wooden cooking utensils, mugs, coasters, small sculptures, home décor, jewelry, beads, birdhouses, cute clocks, small shelves, cute signs, bookends, holiday decorations, small serving trays, decorative boxes, dog beds, and the list goes on and on. You can purchase many unfinished wood items and supplies easily online and see what inspires you. How you embellish them is entirely up to your own creativity. Paint them, stain, them, or leave them in raw form for a natural and classic look. Getting away from the computer tv, and phone and working with your hands is really enjoyable. Check out these fun ideas.


The importance of getting enough sleep

September 15th, 2020

More than ever, getting enough sleep is important. Our need for sleep changes as we get older. It helps our bodies get ready to take on the day. It helps our metabolism be better. It also helps our overall wellbeing. You that grumpy feeling in the morning when you don’t get enough sleep? Here are some tips to help keep sleep help you stay energized and healthier. Create a schedule. Our bodies naturally like schedules and respond to them very well. Try going to bed and getting up the same time every night. Another big deal is to watch your overall caffeine intake. It’s recommended to stop drinking caffeine at least 8 hours before bedtime. Even so-called de-caf drink still have caffeine in them. So, make sure to check the labels. Naps during the nap are good. We love a good nap in the afternoon. They should only last for about 20 minutes. Too long of a nap may take away from your ability to fall asleep at bedtime. Another tip is to make sure the bedroom is only for sleep, and not watching tv, eating, using or checking your cell phone. If you can, try to establish a routine an hour before bedtime to put your phone on silent and turn the tv off. Yes, that can take getting used to but it’s worth it. This will help quiet your mind and ease into slumber a bit easier. If you can’t fall asleep, go to a different room and do something quite such as meditation, listening to mellow music, or light reading. Always check with your doctor to make sure your sleep regimen is right for you.


Tie dye makes a comeback

September 10th, 2020

We all know the wild and colorful patterns of tie-dye since it was super popular in the counter-culture days at Woodstock, love-ins, Grateful Dead concerts, Reggae festivals, and the like. But the art of tie-dye is having a super groovy resurgence in 2020. In facts, all crafts hobbies are. Tie-dye is a wonderful hobby to let your creative side and imagination run wild. Use one color, two colors, and a wide array of colors. The results are always fun to discover. You don’t have to be an artist to create incredible T-shirt designs. We love that about this medium. You can also try to tie-dye an older T-shirt of yours (preferably white or a very light color T-shirt) to give it new life. Adding bursts of It makes it easy and fun for everyone. Supplies for tie-dye can be purchased online as well to make it convenient. It would also be a fun activity to do with the grandkids or entire family. We think they will have a super groovy time!


Kindle or Printed Books: Which do you prefer?

September 8th, 2020

Reading has always been a favorite passion of many of us. Whether you’re into poetry, fiction, non-fiction, instructional, or any other category of books, reading is immensely satisfying. With all the advances in gadgets these days, you’ll have your choice of electronic or traditionally printed versions. Let’s go through the differences.

With electronic books, they are often extremely affordable and even completely free. It’s pretty easy get the books as they come to you quickly with easy downloads via subscriptions on digital devices. Kindle and other book subscription services are a pretty good deal giving you a flat rate to read as many ebooks as you want. Digital books are easily more portal and do not take up the clutter of printed books in your living space. So you never have to have too many books taking up too much space in your residence. With digital books, you never have to worry about lending a book to a friend and never getting it back! Features in these digital books include digital bookmarks, highlighting, adjusting font sizes, etc. There are even audiobook subscription services so you can conveniently enjoy reading without having to strain your eyes. These are great for listening to at home, in the car, or on a walk.

Granted printed books are more expensive compared to digital books, but there’s nothing like holding an actual book in your hands. The designs of printed books are incredible works of art beautiful colors, metallic edges and embossing. Books of famous photography by the likes of Ansel Adams are definitely meant to be viewed this way. Hence the everlasting popularity of the coffee table book. Printed books are easier to read in sunlight vs ebooks because of screen glare.

Having a printed book collection on display in your home is also a point of pride. They can be organized and displayed so beautifully. And when you’re ready to let them go, they are perfect to donate to the local library to bring even more joy to more readers. And for purely sentimental reasons, we love giving printed books as a gift because you can write little something on the title page in your own handwriting that makes it so personal and special to the person you’re giving it to.

The point is to enjoy reading no matter which way you prefer.


What style era inspires your decor?

September 4th, 2020

Iconic has several meanings. Iconic inspiration for home décor can be found throughout the decades. Each decades has a distinct look and key elements. You can use yesterday’s inspiration to fit today’s style with a few signature items. If you love art deco, the look of the 1920s and 30s is for you. Key design elements include geometric linear designs, use of black and gold or soft pastels. Think The Great Gatsby. Mid Century Modern is a popular style and has had a resurgence over the last 20 years. The 1950-60s were inspired by the space race and post-war optimism. It’s a happy style with lots of dynamic shapes of furniture and a smart color palette of teals, oranges, crisp white, and yellow greens. Think the tv show MAD MEN. The 1970s had a real earthy, handmade feel to its style. Today they call this look “naturally modern” and naturally modern style can be found at all places you buy furniture and accessories. It’s a style that here to stay. Major elements from this look include lots of indoor plants, wood, nature scenes, anything macramé, the colors orange, rust, and deep brown. Whichever style inspires you, it’s fun to find the perfect items to bring that iconic design decade to life into the 21st century at your spacious residence at NoHo Senior Arts Colony.


Join us! Apply now to NoHo Senior Arts Colony

September 2nd, 2020

We invite you to experience independent 55+ living that’s got a creative atmosphere. NoHo Senior Arts Colony was created for active seniors like yourself that want to get more of their lives. Live here and all the apartment maintenance work is done by us. There’s no time-consuming yard work for you to do either. Here, your time counts for more. We offer a unique combination of resort-inspired amenities, contemporary residences with hand-selected finishes and fixtures, and a dynamic and creative atmosphere. Discover free classes and programs from Engage that will stimulate your mind and help you stay healthier. In case you’re a creative type or looking to become one, we’ve got an amazing art space to take classes and refine your craft with real experts. You’ll also love our professional onsite performance theater. No other apartment community in the area has anything like it. Put that all together, and NoHo Senior Arts Colony is an endlessly fulfilling place to live an active life and thrive. Apply now online! Call us today for more information at 855 399-5381. We’d love to chat about all the possibilities!


Become a virtual volunteer without ever leaving home

August 27th, 2020

Giving back is always a wonderful feeling. Volunteering has many benefits that include easing depression, reducing stress, feeling connected, increasing confidence, and overall happiness. That all sounds good to us! Even in these delicate times, you can still make a big difference in the local area, nation, and the world and feel good too! Virtual volunteering is a convenient way to help others in a variety of ways. There are people of all ages that could use your talents, experience, time, and help. LA Works, Idealist, and Volunteer Match are just a few of the resources online to help you find a cause you believe in and ways to remotely further it.