Monday, April 23, 2018

Indoor Gardening Tips to Liven Up Any Space

Placing plants in your home or condominium at the Lake of the Ozarks can really add some life to your space. The problem is, sometimes keeping your houseplants alive is not always an easy task. Indoor gardening doesn't have to be a hassle or frustrating. Knowing some tips and tricks can make your indoor gardening experience easier and defiantly more enjoyable. Today, Isla Del Sol would like to share with you some indoor gardening tips.

Plant Watering 

Do Not Over Water 

Overwatering your plants is often a common killer for houseplants. It is very easy to over water your plants. You should only water your plants when the soil feels dry to the touch. This method works for most indoor plants. However, there are some plants that may need a little more water than others. You should try to do a little research for each plant that you have for specific care instructions.

Water your Plants from the Bottom 

Sometimes when you water plants with a cup or watering can, you risk flooding the soil or not reaching the pots plant roots. Instead, water from the bottom. This will allow the roots to suck up the amount of water it needs instead of flooding the top. To do this, use flower pots that have holes on the bottom. It is also helpful if the pot has a plate on the bottom.

Use Ice Cubes 

There are two benefits to watering your houseplants with ice cubes. One, the ice cubes melt at a slow rate. This will give the roots and soil time to absorb the water properly. Two, when you use ice cubes you can avoid the water overflowing from the pot. The ice cube method is a great way to water your plants, but you should only use this method for small plants such as an orchid. If you put too many ice cubes in a larger plant, you could risk freezing your plant.

Mist Your Plants 

A lot of plants do well if you mist them in addition to watering the soil. This is especially important in the winter months when the air is dry. The mist will recreate humidity, which is what a lot of plants like. To mist your plants, purchase a spray bottle that will allow you to mist instead of spray. When you fill your bottle up make sure to use room temperature water; your plants will not appreciate a hot or cold mist.

Indoor Plant Suggestions 


Ferns typically do well indoors. Ferns thrive in humid climates, so a great place to put a fern is in the bathroom. This is a plant you should mist occasionally. Ferns also do well outdoors in the summer months. If you purchase plant hooks, ferns would be a great addition to the balcony at your luxury lakefront condo at the Lake of the Ozarks.

Your fern needs:

Sun: Sun to part shade
Water: Medium water
Height: 1-5 feet

Zebra Plant 

This plant is known for being attractive and it has heavy stripped foliage and yellow flowers. This plant also likes humidity, so this would be another great plant for the bathroom. If you do not want to put the plant in the bathroom, put the pot on some wet pebbles to simulate humidity.

Your Zebra Plant needs:

Sun: Partly shady-full shade
Water: Medium
Height: 4-6 feet

Christmas Cactus

The bright purple and pink tones of the  Christmas Cactus will brighten up any space. The stems are thick flattened segments, which makes them a fun and unique plant to have in your home. Keep in mind after the holidays, this plant requires a rest period before it can bloom in the Spring.

Your Christmas Cactus needs:

Sun: Part Shade
Water: Dry to medium
Height: 0.75-1 feet

Peace Lily 

The peace lily is also another easy plant to take care of. This plant does well in medium lighted areas. Everyone seems to love this plant because it produces beautiful pure white flowers that can last for over a month.

Your Peace Lily needs:

Sun: Part shade to full shade
Water: Medium
Height: 1- 6 feet

When you own a condominium at the Lake of the Ozarks, houseplants are the perfect way to liven up any room in the house. If you are considering buying a condo just in time for summer, contact the Lake of the Ozarks best condos, Isla Del Sol. We offer the only island living condos at the lake and would be happy to show you one of our model units. Give us a call at 573-552-8414.

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Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Benefits of Owning a Vacation Home at the Lake of the Ozarks

There are many condos at the Lake of the Ozarks that are used as vacation homes. Vacation homes are perfect for getting away from your busy life and spending a relaxing weekend at the Lake. If you are visiting the Lake of the Ozarks, you may just consider renting a hotel room or vacation home. However, there are many reasons why purchasing your own Lake of the Ozarks condo could be more beneficial to you. Isla Del Sol offers five reasons to invest in your own vacation condo at the Lake of the Ozarks.

A Place To Call Your Own
When you own a vacation home, it can be a great place to bring the family together for special occasions and holidays. You, your family and friends can enjoy lasting memories in a place that's all your own. Your vacation will become a little more special with each year to come and memory made. 

Great Vacations
Having your own Lake of the Ozarks condo means that you can visit whenever you want! If you visit enough, having your own place means saving money on places to stay. In addition, you also won't be affected by the off-season! If you want to visit the Lake on a spur during a nice weekend in the middle of winter, you won't have to worry about getting last minute reservation. 

Easy To Maintain
When you think of investing in a second place, you need to decide whether you want a home or condo. Condos at the Lake of the Ozarks are a popular choice, as they are easy to maintain. When they are used as a vacation home, they are unoccupied more than they are occupied. The condo association deals with all the upkeep of the building, so you can spend more time having fun on your vacation! If you are wondering if a condo is for you, read our blog all about advantages of condos.

Increase Equity
As with any home, your goal is to be able to make money from the property if you decide on selling it later. Homes are a great way to increase your equity, especially if you are able to have a low-interest mortgage.

The Lake of the Ozarks is a great place to retire, especially if you own a waterfront condo. If you purchase a vacation home at the Lake of the Ozarks, you can use it as a weekend getaway home and use it as a future retirement home when that time comes. 

Your Lake Getaway
Isla Del Sol, the premier island development at the Lake of the Ozarks includes incredible amenities such as lakefront views, resort-style lakeside pool and much more. When you arrive at our luxury waterfront condos at the Lake of the Ozarks, you will realize that you have finally left the craziness of the city behind you! If you are interested in learning more about our Lake of the Ozark luxury condos, call 573-552-8418.

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Monday, April 9, 2018

Create an Inviting Outdoor Living Area This Spring

The weather is getting warmer and potted flowers and plants are most likely starting to spring up at your local home goods and home improvement stores. Finally, you can get outdoors and enjoy some fresh air. By living in a condo at the Lake of the Ozarks, you can use flowers and plants to instantly liven up your space, without having the regular upkeep of a lawn and garden. This is easy to achieve with a little planning with the use of containers. Each unit at Isla Del Sol Condominiums has a large covered balcony to create your own inviting outdoor area. Here are some helpful tips for starting a container garden:

Define Your Space

Decide how you will use your space and how much of the area will be used for your container garden. Consider furniture and ornamental items you may have to incorporate into the space. Define the purpose of the space and it will drive design and plant choices:

  • Will you be entertaining friends or is this your personal oasis?
  • Would you like to plant herbs to create an edible garden?
  • Are you blocking out neighbors to create more privacy?
  • Are there any obstructions, like air conditioners or gutters that cannot be blocked?
  • Is there a size limitation to the area? 

Practical Considerations

Once you have defined the purpose of the space, you need to figure out the logistics. Determine how many containers, plants, furniture, and other ornaments you need and how to get them into your space. Think about the weight of the potted plants and flowers, the weather, and the climate in the space. Here are some questions to ask:

  • Do you need permission from your Condo Owner's Association?
  • Do you need a structural engineer to ensure the area can handle the weight of plants, containers, and furniture?
  • Is the area windy?
  • Are there areas in complete sunlight or in complete shade?
  • How will heavy rain or wind impact the items in the space?

Choosing Your Containers 

Unlike gardening in soil, where weight and watering restrictions do not apply, weight is the biggest consideration, when planting in containers on a deck or balcony. Consider these options:

  • Choose lighter containers such as fiberglass or plastic.
  • Limit the number of containers you use.
  • Consider how long it will take for soil to dry out using certain containers.
  • Make sure there is a way for the water to drain out.
  • Ensure the water will not drip on a neighbor's deck or balcony.
  • Find a nearby water source or determine if you will be carrying water to the plants.

Choosing Your Plants

Planting flowers and plants in containers can create the same feeling as an in-ground garden, it just requires some planning. Large tropical plants can provide shade and privacy, while herbs, and fruit and vegetable bearing plants most certainly have a different purpose. Colorful flowers will brighten up your space and be a great compliment to any deck or balcony. Make sure to take into consideration expected growth, type of soil, water and sunlight requirements. With a little foresight, creating your own container garden can open up many possibilities.   

Plant Your Container Garden at Isla Del Sol Condominiums 

Isla Del Sol Condominiums is known as a private island paradise at the Lake. Exquisite amenities, such as a resort-style pool with splash fountains, boat and PWC slips, and a dog walking area, make this complex top notch. With a few simple steps, you can even bring the beauty of an in-ground garden to your balcony with little maintenance. For more information on what these luxury condos at Lake of the Ozarks have to offer, contact (573) 552-8418.

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Monday, April 2, 2018

6 Questions to Ask Yourself When Considering an In-Home Office

Today, working from home has become very common with the advancement of technology. If you work from your Lake of the Ozarks' condo, you may be wondering how to effectively configure your at-home office space. Isla Del Sol Condominiums feature roomy three bedroom units, which can be ideal for finding a dedicated work space. Here are some questions to ask yourself when looking for a potential at-home office arrangement:

1. Do You Need a Private Space?
If your work requires a dedicated space that is quiet or private, you may want an area with a door and location away from the main activity of the home. An extra bedroom that is not utilized is perfect for this situation. This is also ideal if your business requires you to keep confidential information and sensitive files.

2. Can You Share?
With more couples sharing a business and working from home, finding available space for two is challenging. In this case, converting one of the bedrooms into a shared office, so you can keep the other bedroom open for guests is optimal. Small desks set up in opposite corners, and a central location for printers and other devices can save space.

3. Do You Prefer Being Around Others?
Working from home can feel isolating at times and being around others can make you feel apart of the activity. If you can remain focused and block out noise to complete your tasks, you may want a corner of the living or dining area. Even installing sufficient outlets to a covered or screened deck can be a secondary work space as the weather allows.

4. Do You Need Multiple Options?
While it is best to set a designated area for your work space, some people like to have multiple options. You may want to use a kitchen or dining room table in the morning to get your family off to school and work, and then move to a more convenient location for the rest of the day.

5. Do You Want to Write Your Office Space Off Your Taxes?
If you work from home, and it is used as your main place of business, consult a tax professional. You may be able to deduct expenses for the business use of your home. If the use of your home office is merely appropriate and helpful, you cannot deduct expenses for that purpose.

6. Is Your Bedroom a Possibility?
Modern bedrooms can often accommodate desks, bookshelves, and other office essentials. This can be effective for parents who want to work at night. Make sure you have adequate outlets near your computer station and a place for document storage.

Work and Play at Isla Del Sol Condominiums
With the spacious 3 bedroom and 2 bath units at Isla Del Sol Condominiums, you are sure to create an at-home office arrangement that works for you. When you are ready to finish for the day, step outside and enjoy all the amenities that the best condos at the Lake of the Ozarks have to offer, including panoramic views, a lake side pool, sun deck, and dog walking area.

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