December 2011

5 Ways to Cozy Holidays

by Shea Homes Northern California on December 22, 2011

The holidays are upon us and so is the winter season. It’s a time to snuggle up indoors and escape from the cold. Even here in sunny California, the temperature does drop and we look for ways to get warm in winter. Here are five ways to cozy your home for the holidays:

  1.  Sip Something Steamy: Hot drinks are a great way to warm yourself from the outside in! There are so many great ones too—hot chocolate for the kids, hot toddies for the adults, mulled wine and cider. If you are going out to look at lights, pack some to go in a thermos and keep warm on the journey.
  2. Pile on the Blankets: Get under something soft and warm. Electric blankets are great way to warm up quick. Throughout the year keep an eye out for great throws so that you have a nice pile to pull out for guests. Don’t worry about matching, either. This is good time to bring out things that are fun and seasonal too. If you have someone to cuddle with under the blankets, even better!
  3. Bring Warmth with Fire: Though the weather outside is frightful, the fire is so delightful…Whether you have a traditional chimney, gas fireplace or none at all, there are many ways to bring fiery warmth to your home. Candles and fragrance burners bring a nice glow and radiate some heat to make you feel merry and bright. They are great for those without fireplaces too. 
  4. Create Cozy through Scent: Our nose knows cozy. Your home’s fragrance should change with the seasons as this will help to create the feeling of warmth too. Spicier fragrances like cinnamon and cloves are great for this. Also anything that is woodsy.
  5. Slip on Slippers: Your feet can often dictate your cozy factor. Don’t walk around your home on ice blocks. As soon as you get in from the cold have slippers waiting at the door to immediately defrost. Lambs wool boots that have only seen the indoors also do well for making feet cozy.  

 We love this time of year when get to be snug and warm. What about you? How do you get cozy during the holidays?

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Mini Heroes: Ricardo, Lupe, and Ricky

by Shea Homes Arizona on December 21, 2011

It was just three months ago when a family of three moved into their new Shea Home. Ricardo, Lupe and Ricky Zacarias couldn’t have been more excited for the big day. They received their keys with bursts of joyful laughter and some of the largest grins we’ve ever seen.

Filled with joy, adversities overcome, and a whole lot of family love, this month’s Mini Hero story is one of the more emotional ones we’ve encountered so far.

As a fifteen-year-old, Ricky’s life is quite different than many of his peers. He spends much of his time in doctor’s offices and hospitals because of a life-threatening kidney condition.

However, despite multiple hospitalizations and being on dialysis as he waits for a new kidney, Ricky has an amazing attitude and joyful spirit that can’t be missed. Never letting himself get down or feel sorry for himself, he has a great confidence that he can accomplish anything that life puts in front of him. “My mom and dad are so proud of me and my accomplishments,” he says about his parents love and support. “They are my strength.”

As they have faced this difficult time, Ricky points out that his family has grown even stronger together. “When I have been hospitalized my mom and dad never left my side.  When they were buying our Shea Home I was hospitalized and they had to leave me so they could pick out the carpet and stuff like that. But, right after they were done they came to see me.  We are very thankful that we have each other.”

Ricky was overjoyed as we handed the keys to his mom, Lupe, on their move-in day. When we asked him why, he said, “I can’t believe I have a home.  I am still in shock.” As he puts it, this is Ricky’s first “real home,” and he couldn’t wait to move in and have his own bedroom. “My dad painted my room with my favorite baseball players’ theme colors.  My Shea Home means the world to all of us.”

We are thrilled that it looks like Ricky will be able to get a new kidney in the coming year. His doctors have said that he is a perfect candidate for the procedure, and our thoughts and prayers go with Ricky and his family as they wait. We couldn’t be more thankful to be a part of their amazing story.

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Expert Color Tips for Decorating Your New Home

by Shea Homes Northern California on December 20, 2011

At Shea Homes, we get to work with some really creative folks. The amazing interior designers at Creative Design Group work on many of our model homes, which people often tell us they love! We asked CDG to give some tips on using color in your home. We hope you enjoy and we send out a warm thank you to CDG for sharing their thoughts!

When moving into a new home, you have the opportunity to add new colors to your existing décor or start fresh. A new home is a canvas for creativity and color. But sometimes the choices can be overwhelming. Here are a few tips on fearlessly adding color to your new home:

• Start with a favorite piece for color inspiration. If you have an area rug or piece of artwork that you love, use it as your color pallet. Find the most prominent color in your inspiration piece and buy accessories and a solid accent pillow in that color for instant punch. Paint an accent wall in the same color, and your house will coordinate beautifully.

•Create a big impact with vibrant complimentary colors. When selecting new accent colors, complimentary schemes are vibrant and exciting. For instance, yellow and violet are complimentary colors that work well with gray neutrals. Select a warm gray paint, like Sherwin Williams Balanced Beige, SW 7037, or it’s lighter counterpart SW 7036 Accessible Beige.

• Walls are the backdrop for all of the color in your house. Selecting a complimentary combination of neutrals is important with wall color. If your accent colors are warm colors, like red, orange and yellow, wall colors in the tan family look best. If your accent colors are cool, like blue, violet and green, then a gray pallet works well.

• Keep classic furnishings neutral. If you are purchasing furniture like a sofa, coffee table and dinner table for your home, and you plan on keeping it for several years, a neutral color is best. Plenty of color can be added with accent pillows and drapes. If you want to add a colorful piece of furniture, select a one-of-a-kind side table or bookcase. The accent piece will stand out and make a statement.

• Add color and interest with accessories. Lampshades add pattern and color to a room. Frame fabric as artwork. If you find a fabric pattern that you love, you can find a simple frame at Aaronbrothers.com to frame the fabric. This is a playful way to add color to a craft room or kid’s loft. If you have a bookcase or library full of books, you can remove the covers and organize the books by color. This creates a colorful and organized display.

If you are looking for design inspirations, Shea Homes has selected CDG to merchandise a new model at Bramasole in El Dorado Hills. The model will showcase a restoration hardware look with reclaimed wood furniture, metal accents and a pewter and citrus color scheme. Thanks again CDG!

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Origen skyLoft

Innovative Mission Valley townhomes set a new standard for modern urban architecture

At Origen at Civita in Mission Valley, Shea Homes San Diego has redefined the look and functionality of San Diego urban architecture. Selling 10 of 15 homes released this weekend, Shea has found an enthusiastic market for these striking three- and four-story loft style townhomes.

Located at the corner of Friars Road and Mission Center Road in the heart of Mission Valley, Origen is the first new community to open at Civita, a 230-acre master planned community being developed as sustainable, transit-oriented village by Sudberry Properties.

“Consumer response to the architecture and vertical styling of Origen has been tremendous,” said Vanessa Linn, vice president of sales and marketing for Shea Homes San Diego. “But the common theme we’re hearing is the desire to be close to everything — to the work centers in downtown and Mission Valley, as well as the cultural attractions of Balboa Park and the Gaslamp Quarter.”

Shea’s two new neighborhoods – Origen skyLoft and Origen socialGarden – showcase sleek vertical elements and multi-level, two-sided glass walls. Designed by Woodley Architectural Group, Origen skyLoft and socialGarden at Civita feature 10 floor plans modeled by the creative teams from Design Line Interiors, Creative Design Consultants and Ami Samuel Interiors.

Origen socialGarden offers 127 courtyard style townhomes ranging from 1,390 to 2,110 square feet with two to three bedrooms, 2.5 to 3.5 baths and two-car garages. Origen socialGarden townhomes will be clustered around 12 beautifully landscaped courtyards and gardens. Five floor plans at socialGarden are priced from $411,900.

Classically urban, Origen skyLoft offers 73 loft style townhomes sized from 1,452 to 1,760 square feet with two to three bedrooms, 2.5 to 3.5 baths and two-car garages. Five floor plans at skyLoft are priced from $436,900.

Origen will also offer a private recreation area featuring a pool and spa.

The sales gallery and eight new model homes are open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., except Mondays, when hours are 1 p.m. to 5 pm. Origen is located at 7894 Civita Blvd. near the intersection of Friars Road and Mission Center Road, just east of State Route 163. For more information, call 866-OWN-SHEA (866-696-7432) or visit us on the web.

More about Civita
Civita is a new walk everywhere village in San Diego’s Mission Valley that is transforming a 70-year-old sand and gravel quarry into a hip, stylish address that incorporates urban conveniences within a stunning garden setting.

To encourage small town spirit and civic pride, Civita is designed around a 20-acre neighborhood park and a lively civic area, with a network of footpaths, bike paths, and vista parks. Plans for the 230-acre property call for 4,780 residential homes and apartments in numerous configurations, approximately 480,000 square feet for a lifestyle retail center and 420,000 square feet for an office/business campus. Developed by Sudberry Properties, Civita has already earned major regional and national recognition for its sustainability, smart growth, and environmental leadership, including the 2009 California State Governor’s Award for Environmental and Economic Leadership (GEELA), California’s highest environmental honor.

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7 Holiday Party Ideas

December 14, 2011




One of the best parts of this time of the year is spending time with those you love. We got together and came up with a few of our favorite ways to spice up an annual holiday party. We hope these get the juices flowing if you’re planning a get together this season. (Or maybe […]

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Top Ten Holiday Gifts for Pets:

December 7, 2011




Calling all pet lovers! In honor of the furry members of our families (and the people who love to snuggle them), we thought we’d compile a list of fun and funny pet related gifts for this holiday season. Take a look! 1)      Need a special place for those little treats for Spot? We loved this […]

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Shea Homes to Open Two New Neighborhoods at Origen at Civita in Mission Valley

December 1, 2011




Eight new model homes open to the public at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, December 10th  At the corner of Friars Road and Mission Center Road, the next generation of hip, urban new homes is coming out of the ground in San Diego’s Mission Valley.  On Saturday, December 10th Shea Homes San Diego will open two new neighborhoods at […]

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