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Stay Cool, Arlington.

On Monday temperatures we’re in the high 90’s here in the DMV and even a heat advisory was issued for our area!  With temperatures not expected to lessen any time soon, we’re always on the hunt for new ways to keep cool in the summer heat.  Whether it’s a having a cold drink to cool down or finding fun, indoor activities to do on the weekends, we rounded up a list of what you can do in Arlington (and it’s surrounding area).

Try a Cold Press Juice for Lunch – Not only is it healthy and a great source of vitamins, but a cold press juice is super refreshing on a hot day.   You can get one at places like Sweetgreen, SouthBlock and Jrink Juicery in the Arlington, VA area.

Sign Up for PaintNite – With heat advisories, experts typically advise that you stay indoors to avoid the high temperatures entirely which sounds like a total bummer in the midst of summertime.  One of our favorite indoor activities though is PaintNite.  You just bring your friends and have a few cocktails and they provide everything you need to create your own masterpiece to take home with you.

Head to The BEACH – No sunscreen is required at the new interactive installation at the National Building Museum called The BEACH.  The new contained exhibit covers 10,000 square feet and includes an “ocean” of nearly one million recyclable translucent plastic balls.  It’s also fully equipped with beach chairs and umbrellas!

Get an Indoor Workout – It can be a struggle to get in a good workout on a summer day – It can either be too hot for anything active outdoors, such as bike riding or hiking, but it’s equally as unappealing to be stuck in a gym on a bright and sunny day.  So use the heat advisory as a way to try a new (indoor) workout class, like solidcore in Ballston.  You can read more about solidcore here and Maxwell Residents can enjoy a discount on a 3-class package.  Just email meg@solidcoreva.co to redeem!

Watch a Movie at Sunset – During a heat advisory, it’s suggested to only go out after the sun goes down.  What is there fun to do after the sun goes down you ask?  Head to a “drive-in” movie night!  There are so many places offering (some free!) sunset movies series this summer, such as the Sunset Cinema, NoMA Summer Screen, Crystal Screen, Movies On The Potomac, and Rosslyn Outdoor Film Fest.

What are some ways that you’re staying cool this summer?  Tweet us, tell us on Facebook or leave a comment below!  We would love to hear from you.  #LiveWellMaxwell

2015 Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington DC

Every year, hundreds of tourists from all over the world, plus local residents, travel to the Tidal Basin in Washington DC to see the cherry blossom trees during the Cherry Blossom Festival.  The festival is a celebration of the gift of the cherry blossoms from Japan and is open to the public and free to attend.  This year’s event begins today, March 20th, and lasts through April 12th.  Whether it’s your first time attending the event or not, here are some helpful hints that we think will ensure smooth sailing during your trip the 2015 Cherry Blossom Festival.

Peak Bloom:  It’s always hard to tell, but experts say that the Peak Bloom Date is when 70% of the trees have blossomed.  Surrounding the Peak Bloom Date is the Blooming Period, before more than 20% of the petals fall and leaves appear which typically lasts about 14 days.  Just from taking a look at past year’s bloom schedules, it appears the best time to go would be between the weekends of March 20 – April 3 (but of course, we’re no experts).

Transportation: The closest Metro station to the Tidal Basin is the Smithsonian Metro Station and from there it’s about a 10 minute walk.  There is no designated Cherry Blossom Festival parking, and parking is very limited in the area as well, so the Metro is usually the easiest way to get there.  If you’re leaving from The Maxwell, simply hop on the Orange line to get there.

Once Your There:  Besides walking the Tidal Basin on foot, you’ll also have the option to experience the cherry blossoms by paddle boat.  The Tidal Basin Boathouse is located at 1501 Maine Ave. SW and offers boat rides for $12-24 per hour, between the hours of 10 AM and 12 PM.  We recommend that reserve your boats in advance online, to ensure boat availably: http://www.tidalbasinpaddleboats.com/reservations.html

After-Party:  Since you’re most likely traveling a little ways to see the cherry blossoms, you’ll want to make sure to have some other activities planned to do while in Washington DC.  Beyond the various events the festival puts on, there are many local restaurants and bars that celebrate the festival with great specials and deals that are worth checking out.  For example, Mari Vanna DC will be offering $5 cherry pies, $5 cherry vodka shots and $5 cherry cocktails during the festival.  We love this article about 10 ways to eat and drink your way through the festival, plus you can read more about related events on the Festival’s website here: http://www.nationalcherryblossomfestival.org/

Have fun and be sure to share your pictures with us on social media using the hashtag #LiveWellMaxwell!


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What To Do This Weekend in Arlington

We’ve rounded up five, fun things for you to do this weekend in Arlington!  If we missed any good ones, please leave details in the comments below or tweet us @TheMaxwellApts and use the hashtag #LiveWellMaxwell. 

1.  St. Patrick’s Day came early this year!  Join us, here at The Maxwell, on Saturday (March 14th) from 10 AM – 5 PM and on Sunday (March 15th) from 12 PM – 5 PM for a beer and a tour of our brand new apartments.  Also, it’s your lucky day because we’re waiving application fees, plus offering up to two months free rent on select apartments.  Contact us to schedule a tour or just come on by!  We’re located at 4200 N. Carlin Springs Rd. (on the corner of N. Glebe Rd.).

2. Be prepared for road closures this weekend, Arlingtonian’s.  To accommodate the Four Courts 4 Mill Race on Sunday (March 15th) expect lane closures on popular roads in the area such as Wilson Boulevard, Rhodes Street, Courthouse Road and more.  Be prepared and read more on Arlington Patch.

3. BOWL’D opens this Saturday in Clarendon (located on N. Garfield St.)!  Their mission, to offer a healthy eating option while leaving customers full, is definitely one that we can get on-board with here at The Maxwell.  Choose from any of their five signature bowls, or build your own, and top off your meal with one of their delicious smoothies!

4.  SER restaurant is also now open in Ballston!  Located on N. Glebe Rd., you can enjoy traditional Spanish style meals and a bright and color ambiance.  As the winners of the Ballston Restaurant Challenge last summer, they’re excited to finally be open for business beginning at 5 PM every day, until Monday when they start serving lunch starting at 11 AM.  Also, Happy Hour is every day from 4-7PM where they offer a delicious sangria selection to choose from.

5.  Replacing Eventide, new restaurant Don Tito opens up this Sunday in Clarendon (located on Wilson Bvld.)!  Sunday is expected to be mostly sunny with highs in the mid 50’s, so it’s looking like the perfect night to take advantage of awesome roof-top deck.

Meet One of The Maxwell’s ‘Largest’ Amenities for a Sushi Making Party

Here at The Maxwell, residents have full access to all of our on-site amenities intended to really take their lifestyle here in Ballston to the next level.  The Maxwell offers a meeting room for working or studying, a billiards table for play, reading nooks and more, all designed to enhance our residents overall living experience during their time here with us (We call it The Dwelling).

When you come visit us, one of their first things you might notice is the large table in our first floor common area.  The table seats 10 comfortably and there’s so many different ways that our residents can use this large table top space; like crafting, happy hours, and business meetings, to name a few.

Recently, we invited some of our favorite local area bloggers in to give it a test drive.  Together with local sushi restaurant owner and head chef of Sushi Rock, the team here at the Maxwell and the bloggers learned how to roll their own sushi from the masters and each took home their own sushi-making kit from Whole Foods, courtesy of The Maxwell.

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Our residents are pretty awesome and we can’t wait to see what other ideas they come up with for the Maxwell table.  But for now, we leave you with some tips for making your own sushi, straight from the expert himself:

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1. You must cook your rice in a special Rice Vinegar to get that sticky consistency.  You can either buy Sushi Rice Vinegar at your local Asian supermarket. Or, you can simply combine rice vinegar, sugar and salt in a pot and bring it to a boil until all of the sugar and salt has dissolved.  Also when buying your rice, you want a medium size thickness in your rice (called ‘Shari’ at the grocery store). 

2. When you roll your sushi, you should put the shiny side of the seaweed paper facing down.  Then, use a tennis ball size of rice to make a 6-piece roll. 

3. Wrap your sushi-rolling device in plastic wrap to ensure that your sushi doesn’t stick to it and you get a nice, clean roll.  You can wipe down the plastic wrap and your knife (that you’re going to use to cut up your roll) with cold water to ensure it really doesn’t stick.

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4. Presentation is key!  Don’t forget to garnish your roll with freshly sliced ginger and wasabi. 

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What would you use the Maxwell table for?  #LiveWellMaxwell

“Timeless Handsome Feel” – An Interview With The Maxwell’s Interior Designer

Here at The Maxwell, style is important to us, and we want our residents (and visitors too) to feel that the second the walk in through our doors.  That’s why we turned to RD Jones Interior Design Team to help us achieve the modern style home decor that we wanted to bring to The Maxwell.

We recently spoke with designer and Managing Partner of RD Jones, Bernard Holaider, about his experience designing and decorating The Maxwell apartments and how he helped us achieve “Modern Luxury.”  Read below for our full interview about where he draws inspiration from, what he enjoyed most about working with us and how renters can easily incorporate similar styling into their own home decor.

What are the three most important elements you believe to be in home design?

BH:  I believe that we all need to feel comfortable with in our home environments.  I believe in purchasing the best quality sofa & lounge chair and bed that you can afford.  The remaining items can come and go, but always do lots of research on selecting the right sofa or bed.  And, color – I like color, but I also like to not overuse it.  I prefer to use color in things like rugs, art, pillows & accessories – Keep the basics neutral or dark and then just “splash” the color. 

What was the theory behind the design of the Maxwell apartments and where did you draw inspiration for it?

BH:  It was “Modern Luxury,” with lots of fun.  A phrase that comes to mind is, “Timeless Handsome Feel.”   The inspiration came from all the small “Boutique” style hotels that I enjoy spending time in in cities such as Santa Fe, NM, NYC, Savannah GA, and Miami.  

Speaking of, what does “modern” mean to you in terms of design and style?

BH:  Modern means clean simple lines that can withstand years of use.

How can renters incorporate a similar style in their own homes?

BH:  Whether you rent or own, buy what you like.  It can be a rug from India, a lamp from Asia, a sofa from USA and you mix them all.  Don’t feel like you have to buy things that all match perfectly.  Create your own style.  Own it.  Also, simple touches like a modern rug can be inspired from a painting or even a swatch of fabric really bring a room to life.  Or, a luxurious fabric or leather can add that upscale look without breaking the bank.  And a splash of color on just one wall can create some drama in any room.  These little touches can give you home a more modern and upscale, “hotel” feel.  

What did you, personally, enjoy most about decorating the interior of the Maxwell?

BH:  We had a great client who trusted us and believed in my vision – Modern Luxury.  We also had a great time selecting all the durable finishes, furniture selections as well as the fabrics.  Especially fun was finding the sculptures, art & accessories that were rich in color and texture.

You can learn more about Bernard Holnaider and his background in design and architecture here.

4 Simple Ideas for Modern Home Decor

Here at the The Maxwell, we thrive off of a modern and stylish living space.  We incorporated many unique and expressive design elements into the overall decor of The Maxwell, with the help of interior designer Rebecca Jones, through modern prints, patterns, textures, colors and more.  Since we believe that your home decor should be a reflection of your personality, we knew that our residents would feel most comfortable in a modern space.  Beyond the overall decor throughout The Maxwell apartments, details like custom light fixtures and floor to ceiling windows creates a modern canvas for our residents to build off of.

Read more about the features of The Maxwell apartments here.

Whether you’re a resident at The Maxwell or not, there are so many easy ways to add a modern feel to your space to help you, as we like to say here at The Maxwell, “Live Well Maxwell.”  We’ve rounded up four of our favorite ones below to help get your creative design juices flowing.  If you have any decor tips, please share them for our readers in the comments below!

Interested in living at The Maxwell?  Contact us today for more information.

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A bold rug that mixes colors in an unexpected way that works.  

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Mid-century inspired furniture instantly adds a modern and masculine feel.

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Mix-and-match printed pillows add punch to a simple couch.

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Use a single, large canvas painting as the focal point of the room.

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