October 2012

Tips to making your home holiday ready

by Shea Homes on October 31, 2012

The holiday season is quickly approaching and Americans are making sure their homes are decorated appropriately to welcome family members. Whether you're expecting a few people to stop by for the holidays or a large family, you should be prepared with the home improvement tips that Lowe's recently suggested.

In order to save money on decorations and seasonal items that can turn a home into a holiday paradise, shopping around for the best prices and deals is a necessity. Preparing for the holiday doesn't have to be costly and drain your bank account. Many holiday decorations can be added without spending a significant amount of money.

The source suggested getting decorations to adorn the entryways in your home, providing a welcoming feel for visitors. Decorating the entryways of a home can make a great first impression and set the mood by improving curb appeal. A new doormat can also play a major role in improving a home's design, in addition to painting the front door to a rich, jewel tone that will continue making a statement long after the holiday season.

Lighting upgrades can also play a major role in the feel of a room when guests enter your home. Adding special lighting to the foyer of your home can be the perfect spot to give a dramatic pendant light or chandelier to welcome guests. Seasonal decor, such as a paperwhites, which is a fragrant, fast-growing seasonal flower, pinecones on a foyer table or other items that are correlated with the holidays could have a significant benefit to a homeowner's style scheme.

The kitchen is also a spot where many homeowners look to decorate for the holidays considering most families spend a significant amount of time in the room around the holidays and the whole year. Giving this room a fresh look during the holidays can be quick and inexpensive, allowing you to spend more time doing other things than looking for ways to improve the design scheme.

Painting is one of the most cost-effective ways to change the look of a space, making the kitchen a great place to paint in order to give your home a new, seasonal feel. The look of countertops and cabinets can also be changed to provide a more seasonal look that family members and friends would appreciate.

The guest bathroom can be one of the most important rooms during the holidays, providing visitors with options. These rooms are usually smaller than the master bathrooms, so it's important to make sure that you de-clutter the room and provide all the necessary amenities just in case traffic is high. Homeowners should add quick updates like new cabinet hardware and accessories, such as soap dishes, lotion dispensers, toothbrush holders, shower curtains and towels to make this small space more efficient.

The guest bedroom is also an important space that will need to be cleaned up and decorated in the event that a friend or family member needs to stay with you. Guests will appreciate a comfortable place to stay, which can be accomplished by adding freshly laundered blankets and providing plenty of pillows and blankets.

The living room could also be an important space, providing visitors a place to entertain each other and talk in a comfortable setting after finishing dinner. A decorated mantel can offer a perfect touch to the living room in addition to a Christmas tree decorated with brightly colored ornaments.

If you're looking to really impress guests this holiday season, you can do so with a custom built house from Shea Homes, making it easier to decorate and be proud to invite guests.


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Buyers Appreciate Value and Carefree Living at Tresana

by Shea Homes Colorado on October 29, 2012


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Shea Neighborhoods – Built with community in mind

by Shea Homes Arizona on October 26, 2012

Growing up with a best friend across the street, playing ball in the neighborhood park, getting together for a block party, knowing the kids are safe playing in the front yard—it may seem like these are relics of the past, but in a Shea community, they don’t have to be.

Shea Homes knows that homeowners want to live in a real community, that looks and feels distinctive and where neighbors know and relate to one another.  That is why Shea Homes is committed to helping create a community atmosphere, whether it be through the design of the neighborhood or by providing neighborhood gathering places and amenities.

Sometimes, when looking at new homes, potential homeowners can be disappointed when all of the houses in a neighborhood are a permutation of one design.  However, in Shea communities houses don’t come out of cookie-cutters.

Shea’s “Five-Sided Architecture” approach to building takes into account your desire to have a truly unique home.  In addition to customizable floor plans, exterior surfaces such as the back porch, front door, and even the roof are designed so their appearance is distinct from those of the surrounding houses.  Additionally, community roads in Shea communities are curvilinear, creating a warm authentic neighborhood scene and safer out door play areas for children.

Shea communities also offer plenty of ways for neighbors to get together.  For example, Shea neighborhoods have amenities such as large event lawns, tot-lots, basketball courts, baseball and soccer fields, walking paths, barbeques, and picnic tables.  So whether you and your neighbors enjoy sports, getting together to grill, or just letting the kids get out and play together, Shea helps you build real community.


Halloween Decor – it doesn’t have to be Daunting!

by Shea Homes Northern California on October 23, 2012

Halloween is fast approaching and if we know anything about our communities, we know that they’re full of families who love trick or treating.

We also know that our families are busy and there is a good chance you haven’t been able to wrap your head around the Halloween décor for your home yet or started planning for that Halloween party you promised to throw this year!

There will be a lot of scary things this Halloween but we’d like to hope that the planning is not one of them. We have compiled a list of simple must do’s for any last minute spooky house décor or party planning needs!

If you’re anything like us, you have probably already visited the local pumpkin patch. That’s one of the best parts of this holiday! Now you have a family full of pumpkins and you’re just not quite sure if you will find time to carve them. Sometimes the ol’ carving method is not always the answer. Here’s some great DIY pumpkin ideas that can make any pumpkin carving experience less daunting and maybe even more impressive.

The Cookie Cutter and Mallet Approach:

Grab some cookie cutters and your favorite mallet, place the cookie cutter where you’d like your shape and “BAM”… hit it with the mallet. For the tinier folks in the family, be sure to take extra precaution as we’d hate to see little fingers get caught between the pumpkin and mallet. But, it truly can make for a fairly painless and unique pumpkin carving experience.

The Power Drill Masterpiece:

Sometimes carving in general just isn’t your cup of tea, it’s messy and can cramp up your hands. Why not summon your “handy-man” side and drill hole into your pumpkin. Get creative and use different drill bit heads for a truly awesome pumpkin.

Little Pumpkin Monsters:

Last but certainly not least, carve a space for plastic teeth and presto you’ve got yourself a pumpkin monster!

So now you have some pumpkins to put on your porch, what about the rest of the house?

You don’t want to be the family that has to turn off the porch light because you’re not feeling festive this year. Trick or Treaters need a place to trick or treat so make sure your house is not the one skipped on the street!

Spooky Spider Lanterns:

Paper lanterns are relatively cheap and this craft will be fun for your kids, or you, on a dreary evening.

Gourd Ghouls:

Remember those gourds you bought at the pumpkin patch and you’re not sure why? Never fear! The gourd ghouls are here!

Ghosts with the most:

If you have a little more time, which means you should probably get started now, you can make life-size ghosts that will surely scare your guests and trick or treaters.

Giant Spiders Galore!:

Here’s a creepy crawly option that can take up a good amount of space in your front yard. We know you have some garbage bags lying around, why not put them to good use?

Whether you just haven’t found the time or the creativity to decorate your house for this Halloween, we hope that these ideas will help spark that spooky side in you.

Do you have any DIY Halloween home decor tricks? Why not share your decor tips in the comment section and we might even feature it on Facebook!

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Crafting the American Dream

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Brand New Community Opening Soon – Tralee in Dublin

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Design Insider: Discovering your personal style

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SPACES Buyers Are Taking Advantage Of Year End “Count Down. Move Up.” Promotion

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Build Your Beautiful New Shea Home From The Ground Up At BackCountry

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  Build an amazing home brimming with your personal flair on a spacious lot in BackCountry.  Currently, Shea Homes has a 9,853-square-foot homesite 181 available on which a buyer can build a fabulous new home from the ground up.  Choose any one of the innovative plans from the Water Dance Collection to build on this […]

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