8 Really Cool Gifts for a Traveler That Are Also Really Useful

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So, what kind of gift to get for your favorite world traveler? Or, maybe it’s just someone who travels for business, or occasionally for pleasure. Suitcases and toiletry totes are nice gift ideas, but they’re also a more personal type of purchase.

There are neat little things you can buy for a traveler that are not only cool, but really useful. We’ve picked out eight cool gifts for the traveler that should bring a smile to the face of anyone who travels a little or a lot.

Rest it

If you’ve traveled very often, you’ll immediately appreciate how difficult it can be to get comfortable. There are countless situations that arise where you have an opportunity to grab a little rest, but you can’t get comfortable. One reason is the inability to rest your head and neck.

Problem solved if you have travel pillow. A travel pillow can give you head and neck support on a long plane flight or a cross-country drive. They hold your head and neck in such a perfect ergonomic position for sleeping; they’re a great compliment to that uncomfortable hotel pillow. Continue reading

Maximizing Space in your Kitchen

Hungry? Let’s eat out! But if you’re not like me, and every once in a while you want to cook, it might be nice to have some strategies on how to maximize the space in your kitchen. So check these out:

Hang your kitchen pots1. Hang it up. Those fancy pots with the copper bottoms are expensive. Why not show them off a little? There are all kinds of peg board, S hooks, shelves and other mechanisms to gain added space on your walls or ceilings.


kitchen island on wheels2. A kitchen island on wheels. Need extra counter-top space? Here’s your answer. The one shown in this picture is even collapsible for when you don’t need it.


3. Move it out. Maybe those fancy dishes or glassware will make a nice decoration in your living room. Get creative!


Madison Catalina Crossing Apartments kitchen dining4. Move to the all new Catalina Crossing apartments in Madison. These units have huge kitchens, walk-in pantries and more than enough room for all of your stuff. Call (262) 785-0840 to set up an appointment to see these modern, Huge living spaces.

Rents Likely to Keep On Increasing

Red arrow uptrending graphGlobeSt.com reports that June 2019 saw a spike in rent prices across the US, increasing about 0.826%. You can view the entire article here. Yes, 0.826% is less than 1%, but on an annualized basis this change would result in an increase in rents of about 10%. And this after years of increases, all faster than the rate of inflation.

Part of the problem is the cost of new construction. Few new single-family homes have been built owing to affordability problems. This in turn has driven up prices on existing single-family homes. Price escalation causes increased demand for housing alternatives like apartments.

Another source of trouble is the government interference we’ve thoroughly documented in this space. Government regulation and constraint on development has increased the cost of construction and limited the supply of additional housing, again putting pressure on rents.

What it means is that, like it or not, fair or not, rent prices are going to continue increasing. Of course, if you live in an area with rent control, then you probably won’t be able to find an apartment at all.

That is why we are grateful to be able to offer beautiful (and affordable) apartments in 14 cities and towns across Southeastern Wisconsin. Contact Decker Properties to arrange a visit, or call our office at (262) 785-0840 with your apartment question.

Hand Over Those Apartments!

apartment being torn downLike a broken record, we’ve been discussing the increasing rents that have been happening all over the country, and now even all over the world. It’s an international problem.

And never mind that part of the cost problem stems from government interference and constraints on new development. Regardless, governments increasingly feel compelled to step in to “solve” the problem they were guilty of helping to create in the first place.

The latest government intervention comes to us compliments of our German friends in Berlin. There, the government is proposing to actually confiscate apartments owned by private landlords! The premise is that any landlord owning 3,000 rental units or more would be subject to confiscation.

Doesn’t anyone remember the miserable apartments blocks in the former Soviet Union? Or how about the Cabrini Green public housing in Chicago that was plagued by sniper fire between the towers prior to the development finally being demolished?

I’m not sure what services governments are good at providing, but I’m certain that housing isn’t one of them. When one thinks about excellent service, is it Federal Express that comes to mind or the US Postal Service?

One correction that needs to be noted. I said that rising rents were an international problem. That’s not quite true. Housing costs in Japan have been stagnant for decades. That’s partly due to a stagnant population. But in Japan, there is less government regulation and constraint on development and as a result, more housing is created. Japan has a population roughly half that of the US. Last year in Japan, about a million housing units were built, a typical year. Last year in the US, 1.25 million housing units were built.

Get the picture?

I’m thinking you had better line up one of the beautiful new apartments at the Wilson Heights Apartments in Hartford before the government confiscates them and ruins everything! Call our main office at (262) 785-0840 to arrange a tour of your next apartment.

How to Differentiate Between a Hoarder and a Classic Pack Rat and What to Do

hoarder cluttering a kitchenHoarding can be an emotionally devastating disorder. The effects of obsessive hoarding can be hard on the hoarder themselves, and equally as troubling for friends and family. There is a distinct difference between someone who is a pack rat and someone who would constitute a hoarder. Let’s start by providing information you can ponder to see if you or someone you know might be a hoarder, followed by some suggestions for what to do.

Hoarder vs. Pack Rat – Is There Actually any Difference?

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Decorate Your Digs Part 4

We’re back for Part 4 of Decorate Your Digs because we still haven’t yet gotten all the crazy out.
Forget about keeping up with the Joneses, you’re going to be the Wizard of Oz:

14. Skate-park Room

Skate-park Room 1 Skate-park Room 2
Gravity is so yesterday. Show us your tricks!

15. Fire Pit Table

Fire Pit Table
I’m not sure how this thing gets vented, but until you collapse, it looks like fun.

16. Balcony Pool

Balcony Pool
I’m speechless.


Also see “Decorate Your Digs, Part 1” and “Decorate Your Digs, Part 2” and “Decorate Your Digs, Part 3

Decker Properties has other great spaces for you to live in across southeastern Wisconsin. Two hip apartments are on the northeast side, in Shorewood at the Jarvis Street Apartments and in Whitefish Bay, at the Diversey Manor Apartments. Call (262) 785-0840 for an appointment to set up a tour.

Decorate Your Digs Part 3

Toss out that lava lamp! Throw away that picture of dogs playing poker. We’ve got some real decorating ideas for you:

9. Hammock Bed

Hammock Bed
If you’ve already got the swing set table (see Part 1), may as well get the hammock bed. Take 10.

10. See-through Bathtub

See-through Bathtub
There’s something holding the water back here isn’t there? Probably goes well with the glass floor over the open shaft in Part 2.

11. Vertical Herb Garden in Your Kitchen

Vertical Herb Garden

It almost hurts to include something practical, but every once in a while, exceptions must be made.

12. Treehouse Room For Kids

Treehouse Room

Forget the kids, I’m moving in!

13. Pirate Ship Bedroom For Yourself

Pirate Ship Bedroom

OK, the kids can have the treehouse room if I can live in this thing.

Come back next time for more!

Also see “Decorate Your New Digs, Part 1” and “Decorate Your Digs, Part 2

Decker Properties has great spaces for you to live in across southeastern Wisconsin. Two great (and NEW) apartments are in Fond du Lac: City Center Lofts and The Fairways Apartments. Why not set up a tour? Call (262) 785-0840 for an appointment.

Come back next time for more innovative apartment decorating ideas in Part 4.

Decorate Your Digs Part 2

Back again to explore some better than ho-hum decorating ideas. Continuing from Part 1 of Decorating Your Digs:

5. Beach Sand Under Your Work Desk

sandbox under your desksandbox under your desk
Winter got you down? Too cold for the beach or too much work to do? You can still get some sand between your toes if you’re clever.


6. Cat Transit System

cat transit system
cat transit system
Who says that gerbils get to have all the fun? This thing looks like a Habitrail gone mad. But nothing’s too good for Kitty!


7. Glass Floor and an Open Shaft Below Your Bathroom

Glass Floor and an Open Shaft Below Your Bathroom
Here’s one time that getting the shaft might be fun. This should be a big hit for your unsuspecting hung-over house guests.


8. Fusion Dining And Pool Table

Fusion Dining And Pool Table
Fusion Dining And Pool Table

Clear the dishes and rack ‘em up!

With Nine Foot Ceilings (and Cathedral Ceiling in Uppers) perhaps you could fit in some of these ideas into our brand new Catalina Crossing Apartments in Madison.

Come back next time for more innovative apartment decorating ideas in Part 3.

Decorate Your Digs Part 1

Were you expecting normal? If the mundane is your thing, you’ve come to the wrong place. We do out of the box stuff like three car garages at Wilson Heights and Catalina Crossing and walk-in showers at Mayfair Apartments.

Now to go along with that, here’s a few out of the box decorating ideas for when it’s time spruce up your new apartment at Rivercourt Apartments in Milwaukee:

1. Aquarium Bed

Aquarium Bed
Aren’t fish supposed to be soothing? Aren’t you sick of counting sheep? And don’t sheep smell? Consider this aqua bed!

2. Indoor-Outdoor Pool

Indoor-Outdoor Pool
Ok, this one may be a little impractical in our Wisconsin climate, not to mention being a bit of a budget buster. But what if you hit the lottery? You’ve got to be ready for when good fortune smiles your way!

3. Chandelier That Turns Your Room into a Forest

Forest Chandelier
Hey, every day can be Halloween now. Pass the candy corn!

4. Swing Set Table

Swing Set Table
This one puts a whole new twist on hanging out.

Be sure to swing back next time to get a glimpse of some more not so traditional ideas for your crib!
In the meantime, see “Decorating Your New Digs” and “Design Ideas for Small Spaces

Hand Me That Snow Shovel and Be Grateful We Don’t Live in California

Where is Waupon on Wisconsin map? graphicCalifornia was already the land of lefties before the 2018 election, but now Democrats dominate in the Golden State like never before. And what has one party progressive politics brought about?

One third of all people on welfare in the entire USA live in California. California is also home to the more illegal immigrants than any other state and has a bountiful homeless population too.

The public schools stink, sales taxes are high and the state income tax at 13.3% is one of the highest in the country.

Income equality gets Democrats riled up, but they need look no further than California to find it in abundance.

Lately, the billion-dollar boondoggle of high-speed rail to nowhere is the butt of late-night talk show jokes.

Businesses are overburdened with regulation and let’s not even talk about the traffic.

Meanwhile, here at the Mayfair Apartments in Waupun, Wisconsin, you can still afford a wonderful apartment with walk-in showers, 2 car garages and heat included. I apologize for the winter.