Bring the Outdoors Indoors
So, you’ve bought your beautiful new home in The Villages at Two Rivers – congratulations! Now it’s time to decorate so your new home is as beautiful on the inside as it is on the outside.
One popular and easy interior design style you can utilize when decorating your new home is to bring in the outdoors! Follow these tips to decorate your home with a natural, outdoor influence:
Use colors inspired by nature.
Choose paint colors and accent pieces for your home that are reminiscent of elements of nature. For example, neutral beiges and tan colors remind us of the earth, while certain shades of green remind us of grass and plants. Blues are reminiscent of the sky and ocean, and certain shades of yellow are reminiscent of the sun. Using a variety of these colors can help bring a natural, earth-inspired influence to your home.
Stick to natural flooring.
Instead of tile and laminate, opt for wood, cork or bamboo flooring. Staying away from manmade materials helps keep the vibe natural.
Incorporate natural elements for décor accessories.
Depending on the specific theme of the room, you can incorporate elements from nature such as seashells, jars of sand, driftwood, flowers and decorative rocks to give your room a natural feel. You can also use paintings and photographs of natural scenes and elements to achieve the same effect.
Make the most of natural light.
Take advantage of the natural light from your large windows in your new home in The Villages at Two Rivers! Use light colored, sheer fabrics for draperies to ensure your rooms benefit from maximum amount of natural light.
Use outdoor scents. Consider using candles, incense and potpourri that have outdoor or floral scents to bring the whole package together.
Making the Most of Your Active Adult Community
Many active adult communities, including the Villages at Two Rivers, offer residents beautifully designed, new construction homes – but as any resident will tell you, 55+ communities are about much more than the homes. Although they are a great perk! There are so many ways to make the most of your new residency in an active adult community, including the following:
Many active adult communities offer a wide variety of social events to take advantage of. These events aren’t just a fun way to pass the time or learn a new hobby – they’re also great ways to meet your new neighbors and future friends!
There’s a reason so many new residents in an active adult community start to have a jam-packed social calendar, and it’s because taking advantage of the social events is the perfect way to make the most of your new community and home. If you’ve just moved into a 55+ community, consider kicking off your social calendar with a happy hour or dinner hosted at your home so you can get to know your new neighbors!
Explore the amenities.
When you move to a 55+ community, you can almost always count on having a wide array of amenities available right in your new neighborhood for your enjoyment. Amenities are a key aspect of life in many active adult communities, and The Villages at Two Rivers is no exception!
Our residents love our 15,000 square foot clubhouse, indoor and outdoor pools, tennis courts, state-of-the-art fitness center, walking and biking trails, and culinary center. Using these amenities certainly helps our residents make the most of our community!
Check out the town.
As much as you might love your new active adult community, it’s also important to love the surrounding area. The beautiful homes and community amenities may not mean much in the long run if you don’t enjoy the town or area it’s located. For our residents at The Villages at Two Rivers, this means enjoying beautiful Crofton, Maryland!
Located about 15 minutes from historic Annapolis and between Baltimore and Washington, D.C., our location means enjoying the relaxation of beautiful suburban Maryland, while being centrally located to some of the most exciting and historic cities in the mid-Atlantic!
Reasons to Learn a New Language After 55
If you’re on the lookout for a new hobby, learning a new language might not be on the top of your list – but there are plenty of reasons why it should be, especially if you’re over the age of 55! You don’t have to be in school to learn a new language. In fact, with so many options available for language-learning programs, software, apps and audio tools, it’s never been easier for anyone to learn a new language out of a classroom.
The following are just a few of the reasons why learning a new language is a great hobby for our 55+ residents at The Villages at Two Rivers:
Strengthen your brain. You might go to the gym to go for a run to work out your muscles – but did you know that your brain needs “exercise” too? And learning a new language is a particularly effective way to give your brain the mental exercise it needs, especially as we age. In fact, learning a new language can help to slow the cognitive decline we experience as we get older, according to an article from The Guardian. The article also states that learning a new language can even delay the onset of dementia, according to several studies.
Enjoy new experiences. The 55+ years are all about enjoying new experiences and hobbies, and learning a new language is a great way to break out of your comfort zone! Hobbies should enrich your life, and learning a new language can do just that – not only by learning a new vocabulary, but also by learning about the people, food and culture that surround your chosen new language. Even if you’ve never tried to learn a new language before, there’s no time like the present to give it a shot!
It’s fun! Sure, learning a new language can appear to be a daunting task – but you’ll likely find it to be a lot of fun, too. Learning at your own pace means there’s no pressure, and with a large variety of fun language learning apps and games at your disposal (such as popular app Duolingo), you can learn at your convenience from wherever you’d like. To make it an even better experience, try learning a new language with your significant other or friend. It’s a great way to spend time with each other and have a common goal to work towards!
SOURCE: The Guardian