Creating memories is what life is all about. Memories remind us of the important people and places we hold dear to our hearts, filling our lives with happiness and joy. We anxiously await the coming of the “next big thing” in our lives: our first job, marriage, the birth of a first child, or that epic vacation we’ve been dreaming about taking for years. Yet, when the occasion finally arrives, the whirlwind of emotions, conversations, and excitement can make it seem like it passes by in a second. When we revisit these moments the following day or week later, we can’t even remember what hit us!
Sometimes you will never know the value of a moment until it becomes a memory. – Dr. Seuss
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One way to keep the memory of these momentous occasions top of mind is to forgo boxing away high-school diplomas, baby photos, travel souvenirs, and other keepsakes to collect dust in the attic and instead, put them in places of honor in your home! From shadow boxes to displays of sand from the exotic beaches you’ve visited, we’re sharing 5 DIY home décor ideas.
Now that school is back in session, it’s time to hit the books! So, we’ve compiled a list of some of our favorite kids study spaces in our homes that can help parents, and kids!
1. Drop Zone
With drop zones backpacks, shoes, and coats all have a place, and you can customize them however you like. The best part? If all goes as planned, clutter and mess won’t even make it past the entryway of your home. No more lost backpacks…or at least less lost backpacks.
2. Teen Loft
A mini study for your kids. Stock the drawers with hanging files, healthy snacks, arts & crafts supplies, and anything else they need to get the job done in one place. You might even get to reclaim your kitchen counter.
3. Bonus Room Built Ins
Bonus rooms can be for work and play. This gives your kids the best of both worlds, a nook for them to get work done in their favorite room, and any mess with be quarantined in here. We give this idea an A+.
4. Bedroom Study Cove
A kid’s bedroom should be their getaway, so giving them a quiet place to read or study right off of their room, like this study cove, is a great way to entice them to do their schoolwork. Make it super comfy with bean bags and fun wall décor and you might even get extra credit.
5. Rec Room Retreat
Adding desks to the cabinet layout in your Rec Room can give this room some added value. Your kids won’t mind heading to this more secluded place with everything they need to tackle homework.
Want more home ideas? Take a video tour of our model homes or explore on houzz and pinterest!
What’s better than a Catered Open House? A Catered Open House that Benefits Charity!
Shea Homes of Charlotte’s two Rowan County neighborhoods, Miller’s Grove and Castlebrooke Farms, hosted open houses last Saturday. Everyone was invited to tour the models and move-in ready homes in both neighborhoods while they enjoyed catered food.
While we were happy to feed our guests, we asked them to “pay it forward”. We encouraged anyone who wanted to join to bring sustainable food pantry items to donate to Rowan Helping Ministries. The charity group fights local hunger and will serve over 95,000 meals alone this year. In return, each person that brought an item to donate at our event was entered into a drawing for a chance to win two Charlotte Hornets tickets.
Shea Homes of Charlotte was thrilled with the results, we received an entire trunkload of food! (pictured above) Melissa Mullinix, the Builder Representative in both Castlebrooke Farms and Miller’s Grove, commented: “I was very impressed with the outpouring of donations to help feed local families in need. We love being part of Rowan County and were very happy to help raise awareness for this charity, while also getting the word out about our available homes.” Here at Shea Homes of Charlotte we can’t resist getting involved in charity and we were happy to blend an open house with a great cause!