Simple Tips for Decorating Your Apartment

Whether you live in a single family home, condo, or an apartment, we all want our homes to be comfortable, cozy and inviting. Our residences should be places we enjoy being. Apartments generally have more limited space than a house, so proper decoration and use of that space is very important. Today we are going to cover some helpful tips and tricks you can use to make the most of your space.

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Space Saving Furniture

Make the most of your space. Having a daybed in your apartment can allow for a cozy place to read or watch movies during the day, but also provides an extra bed for when you have a guest overnight or friend in from out of town.

Instead of a standard queen bed, you could use a Murphy Bed (sometimes also called a wall or pull-down bed) in your bedrooms. The average queen-sized mattress is 60″x80″, which means it takes up almost 34 square feet. That is not counting the frame and headboard. If you use a wall bed instead, you can save that area. This allows the bed to be folded up to disappear during the day, giving you a lot more space to work with.

Proper Apartment Lighting

Good room lighting can make a big difference, transforming a dark, gloomy room into a cheerful and well-lit space. Place floor lamps in corners to chase away the dark. Lamps on tables, and even cabinet lighting in your kitchen can add a more cozy feel to your rooms.

Add Curtains to Create More Stylish Windows

Bare windows can be boring and gloomy, as well as not providing privacy. Curtains can add style and color, while protecting you from nosy neighbors peering into your windows. Thin/sheer curtains still let in a lot of light and can give a nice ambient glow. The color of the curtain affects the mood of the room. Yellow, peach, orange and white can make the room feel warmer and brighter.

Non-permanent Wallpaper Alternative

Most apartment rental companies won’t let you paint the walls or change the wallpaper. However, here’s another idea. Drapes. Pick out some elegant drapes, or something with a pattern you like, and you can turn a boring wall, or your entire bedroom, into a luxurious and interesting area.

Open Up Your Space With Mirrors

A mirror reflects the room, creating the illusion that the room is actually bigger than it is. Additionally, mirrors reflect light, which has the affect of brightening the room and making it look more cheerful. Try this in combination with lighter colors to enhance it even more. Try to place the mirrors across from windows or other light sources to reflect the natural light into you apartment.

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Merry Christmas From Bridger Property Management

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It seems like just a short while ago we were ushering in the beginning of 2017. Now here we are, welcoming another Christmas season and the end of the year. As we reflect on the past year here at Bridger Property Management, we want to thank all of you, our friends and renters at Brookside Park Apartments and Kagy Village Apartments, as well as our great staff and management. All of you make these apartments the welcoming home that they are and one of the most desirable Bozeman apartments to live in.

Some of you may travel to be with family this Christmas, but if you will be in Bozeman, be sure to enjoy some of the local events and activities. Here are a few ideas:

Dec 02 at 04:30pm – Christmas Stroll in Downtown Bozeman
Downtown Bozeman
Bozeman’s most beloved holiday tradition and come kick-off the holiday season in Downtown Bozeman! Join us for fun activities, great food, and fun. Bring the whole family to ride on the horse-drawn wagons, get your picture taken with Santa Claus.

Dec 2 at 11:00am – Christmas Stroll at the Emerson
Emerson Cultural Center – 111 S. Grand Ave
Kick off your Christmas Stroll celebration at the Emerson! Join us for free gingerbread house making, live dance performances, and special activities throughout the building.

Dec 2 – 17 Saturdays and Sundays at 3:00pm – A Little House Christmas Play
Verge Theater – 2304 North 7th Ave, Suite C-1
Eight days before Christmas, the Ingalls (Pa, Ma, Mary and Laura) have invited some folks to dinner to celebrate the completion of their new home.

Dec 6 at 4:00pm – Hope & The Holidays Toy Drive
Map Brewing – 510 Manley Rd
Please help local children experience the joy of Christmas. You can make a cash or gift donation to assist children and families in need. Wednesday, December 6th from 4-8 at MAP Brewing we’ll be hosting a toy donation drive.

Dec 8 at 6:30pm – The Winter’s Madrigal
Kaleidoscope Youth Theater – 1602 W Beall St
Just imagine… A room dimly lit by candles and sparkling lights on a Christmas tree forest. Music begins and glittering fairies swirl out from pines to dance around guests’ tables bringing magic to awake an old castle asleep for hundreds of years. Welcome to Kaleidoscope Youth Theater’s, “A Winter’s Madrigal,” a traditional medieval English feast set inside a fanciful theater production.

Dec 9 at 8:00am – Belgrade Festival of Lights
Belgrade Special Events Center 220 Spooner Ave Belgrade, MT 59714
The Belgrade Community Coalition will be presenting a pancake breakfast, culinary contest, holiday shopping vendors, kids activities, Santa, music and a 5K Jingle Jog. Many local Belgrade business will be hosting specials for the day and the event will end with a celebration in Downtown Belgrade from 4 – 6 pm.

Dec 12 at 5:30pm – Family Christmas Carol Outing
Pilgrim Congregational United Church of Christ – 2118 S 3rd Ave
Join members and friends of Pilgrim Church as we sing Christmas carols at a variety of locations around town.

Dec 17 2017 at 11:00am – Live Reindeer at Murdoch’s
Murdoch’s Ranch & Home Supply, 2275 N 7th Ave
Delivering presents all over the world in one night takes a bit of magic and a lot of practice, too. Rudolph and his team are busy training, making trips around the world preparing for Christmas Eve.

There are many other things happening in Bozeman through the month of December. You can find lists of events at Alleventsin and Bozemanevents.

This Christmas season we want to extend our gratitude to all the great people that live and work with us. May your apartments be cozy and your hearts filled with joy.

Merry Christmas,
Bridger Property Management

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Bozeman Apartment Rental MSU School Start

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It’s that time of year again. School is starting, and along with it is the annual population surge as thousands of MSU students move into Bozeman. With an estimated enrollment of 15,000 students, you can bet that there is a huge surge in demand for housing. In just the last year alone, we have watched numerous new apartment complexes going up around the city preparing to meet the demand.

Bozeman Montana landscapesIf you are one of those searching for an apartment in Bozeman, you know the stress of searching for an apartment for rent: driving around the city, looking at locations, inspecting rooms, talking to management. Oh, let’s not forget the whole application process, credit checks, references, medical history (kidding).

That’s not even bringing up the additional complication of having roommates. Do you sign for the apartment rental yourself and trust that your roommate won’t skip out on you? After all, you met them a week ago at the bar, surely only the most trustworthy individuals looking for roommates would be found there. Right?

Trust but verify you say. “I’m going to keep everyone honest by adding my two roommates to the lease.” Sounds like a good idea till all of you have to go through the application and approval process. Great, that potential roommate you met recently had  questionable credit and a not-so-great background. Meanwhile, there are 5 other applicants for the same room and management may pick someone else.

Yes, hunting for an apartment rental in Bozeman can be a stressful prospect, but it’s not all bad. There are many good companies like our own Bridger Property Management Inc., that will help you navigate the process. The importance of working with someone who is transparent and straightforward about the process of renting the apartment you want can’t be overstated.

With all the options for apartments for rent in Bozeman, be sure to do your due diligence on the management company you will be working with. Keep in mind that these are the people you will have to deal with on a regular basis. When rent is due, if you have a maintenance problem, or difficulties with other neighboring tenants, all of these are issues that will require dealings with the apartment management company.

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Montana Apartment Rentals – Bozeman Booming

apartments growing in bozemanBozeman is growing. Everywhere you look lately, new housing is going in. Land is being cleared and leveled for businesses, homes and apartments. Roads that used to be dirt roads are now being paved and connected to the neighboring subdivisions. For a small city, Bozeman is booming and new people are moving in all the time.

Bozeman Economy and Housing Growing

After the economy started recovering from the recession in 2009-2010 the construction market began picking up again in Bozeman and now in the last few years you can’t drive anywhere in town without seeing new construction. New apartment rentals are going up at a prodigious rate, some of them appearing so fast that they seem to have simply grown out of the ground in a few short weeks. I recall driving to Costco recently and missing my turn because the housing on the street had changed enough I didn’t recognize it.

With all the changes though, it brings many good things. Gallatin County population is projected to break 100,000 this year, making it one of the fastest growing areas in the state. All this growth means more jobs and more opportunities. If the construction industry is any indication for the future, Bozeman will continue to see an influx of population growth, ushering in more expansion to the area. According to Census Bureau statistics, the population of Bozeman was 45,250 in 2016. It wouldn’t be surprising to see that number reach 50,000 by years end 2017.

Did you know that Bozeman has ranked in the top 10 places to live in the United States nearly every year?

What does all of this mean for you? Well, more options for one. More people and more expansion means more job opportunities and more options for housing and rentals. Competition helps keep businesses honest because we have to compete for YOUR business. If you aren’t happy with the product or service you can easily shop with the competition.

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