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Balcony Garden Tips

Potted PlantsHaving your own balcony offers space for a beautiful garden oasis. Create a splash of color with a variety of flowers or enhance your culinary creations with fresh herbs from your garden. A balcony garden can be as simple or complicated as you want, depending on your tastes, environment, and time and budget constraints. Potential gardeners in our Miami apartments can use these tips to make their balcony gardens grow!


Determine your balcony’s environment and where and when the sun is most prominent. Plan plant placement based on temperature and light requirements. Start slowly with a few plants and add more based on how much time you have to dedicate to your garden. Install a drip-irrigation system or use self-watering pots to cut down on watering duties.


There are numerous container choices, including small to large pots, planter boxes and hanging baskets. Fill containers with an all-purpose potting mix, which is sufficient for most plants. Vary container height to provide more plant space and increased visual interest.

Annuals Versus Perennials

Decide whether you want annuals, perennials or a combination. Perennials regrow every spring, while annuals only live one season and must be replaced. Some of the best gardens include a mix of both to allow year-round greenery and the ability to switch out part of your plants for a new look each year. Combine low-growing plants, tall flowers or shrubs and trailing plants for a fuller look.

Attract Butterflies

Choose butterfly-friendly flowers to encourage them to visit your urban garden. Plants with a long growing season, bold colors and/or bloom in clusters or have large, flat petals are especially desirable. Choose plants with yellow, orange, red, pink, purple and blue flowers for better results. Avoid chemical pesticides and herbicides that could kill them.

Cooking Herbs

Herbs also do well in balcony gardens and offer culinary benefits. Choose herbs based on your personal tastes and favored cuisine. Many are easy to grow and save money on your grocery bill. Consider rosemary, thyme, sage, basil, chives and/or flat-leaf parsley.

The Modern Miami offers resort-style living in the River District of downtown Miami, Florida. Our apartments feature private balconies so you can exercise your green thumb. Call (877) 958-9882 to tour our available floor plans today!


3 Spots to Plan for Vacation

BeachNow that spring is finally here, many people are beginning to think about summer vacation plans — and you can’t beat European beaches for natural beauty as well as fun things to do. Following are three of the best beaches in Europe.

Rabbit Beach, Italy

Tucked away in the remote Italian village of Lampedusa, Rabbit Beach offers an idyllic environment that’s particularly suited to scuba divers and snorkeling aficionados because of its remarkably crystal clear waters. Lampedusa’s considerable distance from the beaten path also ensures a relatively crowd-free vacation, making it ideal for those on honeymoons and other romantic interludes or for those who simply don’t wish to compete with hordes of other travelers. Because the water in the bay is also extremely shallow and conditions are consistently clear and calm, it’s also excellent for wading.

Elafonissi Beach, Greece

Vacationers at Crete’s iconic Elafonissi Beach enjoy eye-pleasing white-and-pink sands framing turquoise waters against a backdrop of spectacular mountain scenery. The shallow waters make it ideal for families with small children. Visitors may have the opportunity to see protected species such as loggerhead sea turtles, so bring your camera, but don’t touch the wildlife.

Situated on an oblong peninsula, Elafonissi Beach is a protected area where commercial development isn’t allowed, but it’s also within convenient walking distance of an attractive and well-organized commercial district where you can get a refreshing beverage, a bite to eat, and do some shopping.

Playa de Migjorn, Spain

Situated on the idyllic Spanish island of Formentera, Playa de Migjorn is a long beach that offers a variety of vacation options. For instance, those seeking a more secluded experience away from the typical tourist crowds can easily find that environment, while people seeking to be around others can find that scene as well. Accommodations include everything from state-of-the-art hotels to rustic beach shacks. You’ll enjoy enchanting scenery with abundant natural beauty as well as mild, pleasant weather conditions most of the time.

Please don’t hesitate to contact our office at your convenience for more information on our apartment community. We’re always happy to talk with you about our apartments in Miami so give us a call or visit our office today.

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How to Perfect Decor Flow

The Modern Miami Floor PlanThere are savvy ways our residents at The Modern Miami can improve the visual appeal of their home just by following a few designer secrets that are specifically geared to improving the flow of your space. Decor flow is not necessarily seen, but it is felt and noticed when rooms are staged for good circulation patterns and comfortable living or social areas.

3 Ways to Perfect Decor Flow

Furniture Arrangement

A home that has a calm arrangement of furniture and items tend to de-stress and will have a natural appeal. Some good furniture arrangement tips include: place furniture in groups to define function and traffic flow; open up smaller spaces by adding a mirror; use area rugs to anchor furniture groups; choose occasional tables without sharp edges; and create a focal point by positioning a unique piece of furniture or lighting fixture to draw the eye.

Use Hidden Storage to Declutter

Overcrowding adds a rushed feeling to a room, and according to feng shui philosophy, will block the free flow of energy, health, and abundance. The more storage solutions you can find, all the better – remove things you don’t use, don’t like, or don’t need. Use nook shelves, vertical spacing shelves, under-furniture storage, and use baskets and entryway furnishing as drop zones for everyday articles.

Using Color to Perfect Decor Flow

A planned color flow throughout the home will add the perfect touch to your home decor flow. In your furnishings and upholstery, it is advised to stick with neutral tones, but add pops of color throughout the home through artwork, picture frames, rugs, throws, pillows, and flowers. Avoid a choppy and disjointed look with too many contrasting colors and patterns. Instead, follow a color palette which includes both lighter and darker tones of color but work together well. Alternately, choose a color group per room, but stay within its temperature range—warm yellows, reds, and oranges, or cooler greens, blues, and grays.

These are just a few ways to perfect the flow of your apartment at The Modern Miami. Enjoy views of downtown Miami in our luxury floor plans conveniently located near chic downtown entertainment venues, Wynwood Art District and fine dining. Contact us or visit our office to learn more about our apartments in Miami.


Tablescapes for Spring

TulipsWith spring on the horizon, you may be thinking about decorating your Miami apartment to reflect the season. There are a number of things you can do to bring the spring look to your apartment, but one of the easiest and most beautiful is the creation of special spring tablescapes.

Bright Blooms in Our Apartments in Miami

One of the best ways to imbue your apartment in Miami with that spring feeling is to bring bright blooms to your table. Choose one or two potted spring flowers; tulips and daffodils are both great choices that lend a cheerful feel to your apartment. Place them in the center of the table, atop a dainty floral print tablecloth. Alternatively, you can go for a plain white tablecloth but use flowered napkins that reflect the colors of your live flowers. As a finishing touch, tie color-coordinated ribbons on the table flatware.

The Signs of Spring are Everywhere on Your Table

When you think of spring, you probably think of baby bunnies, baby chicks, and new flower growth. You can reflect all of these themes with a charming spring themed maze as your tablescape. Use a series of single bloom flower vases to create an irregularly shaped pattern on your table. It can be as simple as an “S” shape or as complex as a full-blown maze, depending on how many vases you have available. Tuck tiny sprigs of spring flowers into each vase—Lily of the Valley can be a great choice for this. Now, tuck tiny figurines of bunny rabbits, baby chicks, and colorful pastel eggs in and around the flower vases. It creates a charming look that gives your guests something new to see everywhere their gaze lands. Use complementary white and pastel colors for the plates and napkins to create a fully spring themed table.

Looking For Luxury Apartment Living in Miami?

If you’re in search of a new luxury apartment home in Miami, The Modern Miami may be exactly what you’re looking for. Our community offers studios, one-bedroom, and two-bedroom luxury apartments with a wide variety of layouts. Call our office to learn more or to set up a tour!

Pantone Colors

Color Scheme Ideas for Spring

Pantone ColorsDecorating according to the season is a great way to keep our Miami apartments fresh. It’s especially important in Florida and other states that get much of the same weather all year-round. Freshen up your view of the palms and live oaks by trying these ideas for spring color schemes:

Go With Pantone’s Color Scheme

Every year, the Pantone company puts out a selection of color schemes. The ones that get the most press are for the entire year, but they also have seasonal choices. These are marketed for fashion clothing, but they’re great for home accessories as well.

This year’s picks, as usual, have fancy names to make them more exciting. Look for Meadowlark, which is a bright yellow; Cherry Tomato, a bold red; or Chili Oil, described as an “earthy brown.” If you’d like a more subdued look, try these Pantone pastels: Pink Lavender, a soft violet rose; Blooming Dahlia, a muted orange; or Almost Mauve, which is an off-white shade.

Stick With the Traditional

Even Pantone has realized that not everyone is into the bold colors they love to suggest. For these people, the company suggests time-honored favorites like white, black, gray and light tan. We suggest adding a few pops of the brighter colors to liven up a room that uses one of these subdued colors in abundance.

Try Sherwin-Williams’ Picks

House paint giant Sherwin-Williams has made its own predictions for which colors will be hot in 2018. Rather than arranging them by season, they go for moods that capture the current lifestyle trends. Pantone-like colors have been chosen to represent “unity,” while subdued colors represent “sincerity.” Both of these palettes work great for spring. Notably, Sherwin-Williams says that its “sincerity” choices were actually inspired by the idea of decluttering, which works great with spring’s most iconic activity.

There is no need to repaint in order to bring your home up to date with 2018’s spring colors. Try adding accessories like rugs, throw pillows, and blankets to pull colors in and freshen up your space. Use similar shades for a coordinated look or mix and match for splashes of interest.

To see some homes that are just waiting for you to add your personal touch, stop by our office. We’ll be glad to show you around.


3 Refreshing Margarita Recipes

MargaritaJust about every great beverage has earned its own day and February 22 is National Margarita Day. In the spirit of important holidays, here are some recipes we hope our community members in Miami, Florida, will enjoy.

The Margarita Blues

The Blue Margarita is a favorite on tropical islands and Florida beach bars. Frankly, margaritas are always a welcome addition to a party. That why it’s time to impress friends at your cocktail parties with this simple, but eye-catching drink. For each serving, you’ll need 1.5 ounces of quality Blanco tequila, 1 ounce of blue curaçao, 1 ounce of lime juice and salt to rim the glasses.

Prepare a chilled margarita glass with salted rim. Pour ingredients into a drink shaker and mix thoroughly. You can either fill the shaker with ice in advance and strain it into the glass pre-chilled or serve over ice. Another route is to pour the ingredients into a mixologist blender with ice and turn it into a frozen drink. You may want to splash with a little more blue curaçao for color before serving if you go the frozen routes.

Grapefruit Margarita

Fruit and margaritas are like peas in a pod. Except, fruit-based margaritas are for adult parties. Grapefruit margaritas are simple and tasteful.

Prepare four chilled, salt-rimmed glasses. Pour 1 cup of Blanco tequila, 1 cup grapefruit juice, 1/3 cup of lime juice, 1/2 cup of Cointreau, and 2 teaspoons of agave into a pitcher and stir. You can add ice to the pitcher for quick, cold pours or in the glasses. Garnish with orange slices and enjoy.

Watermelon Margarita With a Pepper Kick

Margaritas and creativity go hand in hand. Maybe that’s how this delightful beverage got its own special day. This conflation of fruit and spice will pack a punch.

Prepare four salt-rimmed, chilled mason jars. Stir the following ingredients in a medium-heated saucepan: 1 cup of watermelon juice, 1 sliced hot chili pepper, 1 teaspoon of salt, and 1 cup of granulated sugar. Once the sugar dissolves, add 1 more cup and continue stirring until dissolved. Remove the pepper slices and let the mix cool at room temperature.

Pour the remaining ingredients into a pitcher with ice and add the cooked syrup when it reaches room temperature. Serve with sliced lime garnishes.

We hope our residents of The Modern Miami enjoy these margarita recipe suggestions. If you or a friend would like more information about our Miami apartments, call us today.

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Crafting Infused Cocktails

Cocktail in Mason JarIf you’re like most people, chances are you have a long list of people that you need to get gifts for during the holidays. Unfortunately, many people simply don’t have the time or money to get unique gifts for each and every person. If you’re one of these people, you should consider crafting infused cocktails. Not only are infused cocktails a fairly easy gift to make, but they will likely prove to be a hit among your family and friends. After all, who doesn’t love infused booze?

How to Infuse Alcohol

The only slightly difficult part about infusing alcohol is choosing the flavors for the recipe and deciding on the right amounts of ingredients. You can use just about anything to craft infused cocktails. For example, you can use herbs, coffee, fruits, spices, nuts, candy, and even vegetables.

Some of the supplies you will need include the infusion ingredients, alcohol, and canning or mason jars. You can also use large glass bottles with lids instead of canning or mason jars. Finally, if you’re planning on gifting the infused cocktails, you’ll need labels, packaging, and ribbons.

Put all of the infusion ingredients in your alcohol of choice. Cover the jar tightly and store the container in a pantry or another dark and cool place. If you use fresh herbs, fruits, or vegetables as infusion ingredients, be sure to wash and draw the ingredients beforehand. Ideally, you should use organic produce. Once the ingredients have infused enough, you should remove the ingredients and strain the alcohol into the gift jars. Use packaging, ribbons, and labels to beautify the gift jars. If you want to keep the cocktails for yourself, you can keep the infused cocktails in the original jar.

Keep in mind that the amount of ingredients that you should use depends on the type of alcohol. Therefore, you should consider looking up similar recipes online to determine how many ingredients you should buy. Keep in mind that you can always add more ingredients if the infusion is not to your liking.

If you want to get gifts for friends and family in your community, consider crafting infused cocktails. For more information about our community and our Miami apartments, don’t hesitate to contact us.

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New Year, New Interior Design

The Modern Miami BathroomDoldrums. The dictionary defines this as a state or period of stagnation. If you’ve been in the doldrums lately, it may be time to change things up—starting with your apartment. A new look may be exactly what you need to add a little sparkle back into your life. Here are three ideas to help you freshen up your apartment that won’t cost you an arm and a leg.

Patterned Plants

Plants are a great addition to any home. Not only do they add beauty, but certain plants can also help purify the air in your apartment. The new trend in plants for 2018? Patterned greenery, such as the Rattlesnake plant, Peacock plant or the Iron Cross Begonia. These are eye-catching beauties that can certainly add pizzazz to any room.

Spa Bathrooms

It only takes a few simple and inexpensive touches to give your bathroom the look of a high-end spa. For example, consider adding a few scented candles or plants on your sink or near the bathtub. Changing your shower head is another easy upgrade that won’t put a dent in your wallet. A rain shower head or one that boasts a massage setting can really change your showering experience for the better. And don’t forget to declutter and clean up your counters—messy is never relaxing.

Mixed metals

Did you go overboard with rose gold finishes because they were really popular and now you’ve grown tired of them? No problem. When it comes to interior design, the new trend is mixed metal finishes. So instead of tossing out all of your rose gold items, replace a few with new decorations or furnishings in different metallic finishes, such as copper, silver, bronze or gold. For instance, try mixing in a few silver or copper picture frames in with your rose-colored decorations.

Maybe you’re in need of more than just a new look. Perhaps what you really need is a whole new apartment. If so, make sure to check out our apartments in Miami. Our building boasts a fitness center, a dog park and a rooftop pool, while our apartment amenities include gourmet kitchens with granite countertops and custom blinds. Call us to learn more!

Seville, Spain

5 Places to Visit This Year

Seville, SpainA trip to a foreign country or a different city is an excellent way to open up your mind. It presents a perfect opportunity to learn and appreciate different cultures & customs, interact with other people, experience and feel what happens outside of your home. It is a nice way to get away from it all. Here are five ideal places you should visit in the year 2018:

Seville, Spain

In Spain, you should focus on Seville, a city that has seen remarkable development the last 10 years. Once congested, bicycles and trams dot the artistic Seville city thanks to the transformation.

The year 2018 has something exciting including the 31st European Film Awards, hosted in the capital of Andalucia. Besides, you’ll have a chance to experience the various expositions including the celebrations of the 400th anniversary of homegrown Baroque painter Bartolomé Esteban Murillo.

Detroit, USA

The once famous Detroit is once again coming to life, and the neglected buildings are getting transformed into distilleries, bike shops, and galleries. There are newly opened hockey and basketball arenas in downtown. And thanks to the QLine streetcar, you can now access all the hotspots of the city during your trip.

Hamburg, Germany

The close to a billion dollar Elbphilharmonie concert hall is one iconic landmark you cannot miss. After that, get to the alluring, vast Hamburg harbor and the Elbe River. Once you’ve had a busy day sightseeing, enjoy one of Europe’s best nightlife at the beach bars.

Antwerp, Belgium

For the lovers of historic riches, Antwerp is a great option. It prides itself on being the home to breathtaking world-class art and design. The celebration of Baroque heyday in 2018 will involve a display of the cultural shops dotting the place. Parades, workshops, multimedia shows, and street art are some fun events to attend.

Matera, Italy

The honey-stoned houses perched above a ravine are a true story. Matera has a rich history thanks to the caves, churches, and monasteries dating over 9,000 years. It’s now a modern city that combines a traditional and contemporary thrill with the up-and-coming hotels, bars, and restaurants.

At our Miami apartments, you get to experience life in a luxurious environment. If you’re looking for an apartment in the city, check out The Modern Miami. For details on available floor plans and amenities, call (877) 958-9882.

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Tips for Hosting Holiday Guests

The Modern Miami BedroomWith the holidays finally here, many Miami residents will likely find themselves playing host to visiting family and friends over the next few weeks. Whether you’re hosting a holiday meal at your apartment or you plan on welcoming overnight guests this holiday season, it’s important to prepare a welcoming and comfortable space for your guests to enjoy. Keep your guests happy and your stress at a low level this year with these tried-and-true hosting tips.

4 Essential Holiday Hosting Tips

1. Know Their Travel Details

If you’re hosting friends or family from out of town, make sure you’ve got their travel details committed to memory. Double check their arrival and departure details a few days before they’re expected and if you’re picking them up from the airport, set up a meeting place that’s easy to find.

2. Double Check for Allergies

Nothing is more disappointing than working hard to cook up a delicious holiday meal only to find that your guests have a food allergy that prevents them from enjoying all of your hard work! These days, most people have some sort of food restriction to account for so be sure to check in with your guests before you do your weekly shopping.

3. Create an Inviting Space

Take the time to make sure that your guest room or the guest sleeping area is clean and comfortable. There’s no need to go overboard with decorations but you also want to make sure that guests aren’t stuck in a cold and unwelcoming space either. Make them feel at home with cleared-off spaces, at least one empty drawer or room in the closet for their things and lots of clean linens.

4. Create a Guest Kit

Everyone has forgotten an essential item at home when traveling to a new place at some point in their lives. Go the extra mile and make up a little guest kit that includes travel-sized toiletries, snacks, reading materials and anything special that you think they may need during their stay.

Enjoy a Fun and Happy Holiday Season

Interested in more easy hosting tips and tricks? Check out our blog and be sure to visit the team at The Modern Miami to schedule a tour of our luxury apartments in Miami today.

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