My neighbor is a well established writer and she once called me to her place for a lunch date. Skeptical as I was, it was an offer I couldn’t refuse and till this date I’m glad I did not. Living in the apartment opposite to mine, this lady had converted a normal home like mine into a marvelous library cum office space. Such refurbishments were done around the apartment that I was truly awe-struck. With changes to the living and dining areas and the bedrooms, even the kitchen was not spared and designed beautifully to serve her needs.
Upon entering, the first thing that I noticed was that the apartment, one of the apartments for rent in Baton Rouge, like mine, was a haven for the book lover. The living room had shelves in every corner and wall, set beautifully against the color of the walls – purple. The sofas even had storage underneath it, and books came out of there too. On one corner of the room there was a large floor to ceiling bookcase, with all latest and old titles, and a reading chair beside it. Enough light was pouring in from the windows during day time and hence lights weren’t required. The walls above the sofas were fixed with horizontal bookcases, filled till the end. Near the dining area, there was a office table with a lamp and laptop, ready to start work on. Even the kitchen was not far behind in stacking up books, under the table counter.
Everything about this apartment was breathing books and the air itself was very fresh and mind opening. With cozy settings in the form of rungs and carpets all around the apartment, the book lover was surely in for a treat. There was an office area for working in the dining area, with all stationary and devices ready to be used. The dining table in itself was surrounded by high bookshelves from three corners, an innovative interior setting for individuals. Interesting wall art in the library areas of the apartment will add to the zest of knowledge. People have tried to place wall art in the form of written text / messages, to promote reading and on a personal note, to provide inspiration.
Lighting is what makes all the difference in a cozily set apartment and sharp apartments. Reading lights for the reading chair and dim or soft lights for the area are recommended. Everything in its place, it can be safely concluded that a home could be easily turned into a full fledged library, with only a few changes and alterations around the house. Good lighting, comfortable reading chairs and well set bookshelves are all that a book lover would require to create an environment to please himself.
A friend was once interested in checking one of the apartments for rent in Baton Rouge, and decided to take a visit. Sure she was in for a surprise due to many reasons. For starters, it was situated on the first floor of a twenty floor building, and second, because considering the floor, there were stunning views from the balcony. Normally, it is a given that whether buildings have apartments with balconies or not, the top most floor will most definitely have it. The same was expected here, but it seemed the whole structure had some different rules. With a balcony only on the first floor of the tall building, the friend was surely very lucky to catch it vacant at that moment.
There are several advantages and disadvantages of renting an apartment on the first floor. Firstly, in the advent of a breakdown in the elevators, it is easy to walk down one flight of stairs. During shifting, this stands as the most beneficial factor for the shifters, as large and bulky furniture could be easily carried down the stairs. Also, if there are elders in the family, it stands as a positive about the apartment, considering the fact that it would be a good form of exercise. Waiting time is nil in this case, as there is no requirement to wait for the lifts. Everything in its place, this particular apartment also has the advantage of a huge balcony, which would serve as their mini garden, and sun bathing place. Another advantage is that during summers when the sun is at its peak, the apartment will be cooler than the top most apartments, as it is only on the first floor. If there are kids in the family, there needn’t be any worries about foot sounds due to all the running, as there would be no residents on the ground floor of the building. Safety against fire hazards is also an important fact for consideration, as individuals can quickly exit the building without any delays.
Besides all these advantages of first floor living, there stand a number of disadvantages for the same. Firstly, even though there are no neighbors under you, there are several above you. One could constantly hear footsteps, children noises, music and television etc, at all times. Second, the lack of daylight could cause gloominess within and this would have to be improved with some inner refurbishments. This could be brought about by using better lighting and colors around the apartment. Another disadvantage is the scary proximity to the street. This would bring with it lots of undesirable sounds and dusty furniture. The friend was lucky to have good beach views from the window, but that happens only in rare cases. More often than not, there are no views at all from the first floor apartment.