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‘Tis the season to make your home jolly

by Shea Homes Arizona on December 8, 2017

Decorating your home for the holidays can be fun and something special that the whole family gets to enjoy. Every year we unload the great big holiday boxes from the attic, remembering all of the fun decorations filled with memories that have been collected over the years. We at Shea Homes® recognize these moments and with the help of some of our favorite Phoenix-area Etsy shops we have put together a few of our favorite holidays finds whether it be for your own home for your family to cherish through the years or a gift to someone you love. Consider these local stores your one stop shop for all things holiday this season.

Signs, Wreaths and Home Décor- SignsStuffnThings (Gilbert, AZ)
Signs Stuff n Things Photo Credit: SignsStuffnThings

Sisters Michelle and Cheryl had a dream of starting a business for years, and in 2013 they made their dreams a reality by taking over a part of Michelle’s home to create an office and studio to design and create everything their Etsy shoppers get to enjoy! The sisters explain that their operation is truly a family affair, often recruiting their children and husbands to join in on the fun. Check out SignsStuffnThings for handcrafted items such as wood signs, wreaths, and home décor — not just for the holiday season, but all year long.

Burlap Table Runners- HotCocoaDesign (Phoenix, AZ)
Hot Cocoa DesignPhoto Credit: HotCocoaDesign

Originally from Eastern Europe, Elena moved to the United States nearly 20 years ago and is now a proud American citizen residing in Phoenix, Arizona. All table linens sold on HotCocoaDesign are designed and created by Elena making her a one woman show. Have something specific you are looking for in a table linen? Most of the linens Elena creates are custom designed!

Greeting Cards, Gift Tags, Wall Art, & Custom Designs-SimplyCBoutique (Surprise, AZ)
Simply C BoutiquePhoto Credit: SimplyCBoutique

Cheryl is the passionate owner, designer, photographer, and creator behind SimplyCBoutique, which she started in 2011. Scrapbooking for years, she then turned to making cards. That led to the creation of home décor, cards, gift tags, address labels and even magnets.

Banners- BekahJennings (Mesa, AZ)
Bekah JenningsPhoto Credit: BekahJennings (Phoenix, Arizona)

Bekah Jennings got her inspiration back in 2008 when her 5-year-old son was using stamps with paint on chipboard. Now, almost a decade later, each banner she creates is hand stamped in paint, distressed, and strung on ribbon. To meet the demands of a growing business, in 2010 Bekah asked her Aunt Johnell to join her as a partner, making it a family affair. Too see more hand crafted banners for every season, visit BekahJennings.

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8 Fun Christmas Traditions from Our Families to Yours

by Kayla Kody on December 18, 2014

Family Reading   1. Passed Down Story Time – “My mother read my brothers and I the story “The Night Before Christmas” every Christmas Eve when I was growing up from an old and tattered book which she had for many years.  There are pages covered in crayon scribbles, torn corners and signs of use through the years.  When my oldest son was born (who is the oldest grandchild) my mother gave the book to me to carry on that Christmas Eve tradition of reading it before bedtime.  I have done so with my kids each and every year and they still will not go to bed until that tradition is honored, even though they are 15 and 19 years old.   Hopefully, they will one day read the story to their kids from the same well-loved little book.” – Douglas Venable, Sales Representative

2. Design Studio Christmas Tree at Shea – Every year right before all of us in the office leave for Thanksgiving break we put up the Christmas Lights on the office Tree.  A few members of our marketing team and our design studio team get together to put up the tree and decorate. We listen to Christmas music and work as a team to make sure the tree looks great!

 

Kids Gifts 3. Gift Coding – “My parents could never get my two younger siblings and I to take time in between opening gifts, we were always too excited. One day Santa decided to help Mom and Dad slow us down by coding our gifts. We had to break the codes to figure out who got what, and what order to open the presents in. When we were younger the codes were easy, something like: shapes with four sides went to me, any six sided shapes went to my little sister, and circles went to my brother. As we got older they went to math problems, patterns, or symbols we had to break. We used to get so frustrated, but it made us work together and as the years went on we started to love the challenge. We still do it to this day, only now we code my parent’s gifts too!” –Kayla Kody, Digital Marketing Specialist

Christmas Puppy

4. Elf on the Shelf – Most of our office participates in this Christmas tradition. One elf in particular will be delivering quite a special gift this Christmas Eve: “When the kids try to find the elf in the morning he will be dangling from our front porch light, over a box. When they open the box they’re going to be thrilled to find their first puppy, a golden doodle that we will be bringing into our family this Christmas.” – Michele Scott, VP of Sales and Marketing

5. Huge Family Reunions – “Every year my entire family travels to my parents’ house in Maine, it’s the house I grew up in. Everyone arrives on the 23rd and we have a huge lasagna dinner with at least 25 members of my family. Three of my family members have birthdays over the holiday on the 23rd, 24th, and 26th so we celebrate those as well. It’s wonderful to have everyone together to reunite and celebrate the holiday.” –Sarah McKinnon, Marketing Project Coordinator

Reindeer

6. Reindeer Get Hungry Too! – “My husband, daughter, and I go to McAdenville to see the beautiful lights the city puts up every year and bring our favorite homemade hot chocolate with us. When we get home we put out Santa’s cookies and milk, but we also make sure to leave some treats for the reindeer! In the morning the reindeer have nibbled on some of their treats.” – Melissa Ehren, Sales Representative

7. The Feast of Seven Fishes – “Every year we cook the feast of the seven fishes. We treat ourselves to foods we don’t normally buy like lobster, and oysters. We make a huge mess but it is always a delicious meal!” – Shannon Lutomski, Purchasing  

8. Advent Calendar – “We count down the days until Christmas with our advent calendar. Our daughter pulls out the prize behind each day as we get closer and closer. It’s a fun way to have little celebrations ahead of time and build up to the big day!” – Susan Lamb, Land Development

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The Dream Kitchens of Stepping Stone

by Shea Homes Colorado on December 17, 2014

 

This time of year, the kitchen becomes even more of a focal point. A well-designed kitchen makes the holidays even more festive, effortlessly drawing people together to chat while snapping green beans, oohing and aahing over the roasting turkey, or sharing wine and cheese before the big meal ahead. And when the kitchen is equally well-appointed, the chef’s job is immeasurably easier.

Behold the kitchens of Stepping Stone, designed for both conviviality and convenience. Check out our model kitchen photos and imagine where you could be hosing your next holiday!  Then, take a peek at the available SPACES Discovery Collection homes.

Plan 3507

3507 Kitchen

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Express your individuality and define living spaces that meet your needs in the Plan 3507 at Stepping Stone.

 

Plan 4006

4006 Dining Kitchen

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Plan 4006 is ideal for a growing family with a kitchen that opens to a large living area.

 

Plan 5002

5002 Kitchen Dining

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Break free from conventional home design and explore this innovative Plan 5002 with a well-appointed cook as the hub of family living.

 

Plan 5004

5004 Kitchen

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Picture yourself in Plan 5004 featuring a well-designed cook with meal bar, large walk-in pantry, and butler’s pantry with adjacent dining and family rooms.

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Winterize your home to stay comfortable and warm this season

by Shea Homes Arizona on December 11, 2014

“The more the merrier” is one of our favorite phrases this time of year as your home fills up with relatives, friends and holiday cheer. To keep you and your loved ones comfortable this year we would love to share some of our favorite tips and tricks for keeping your home cozy and warm all winter long.

The best way to keep your guests cozy this holiday season is to make sure that your home is warm and that you keep the cold out. It is so easy to lose heat throughout your home in places like under the doors, this can be prevented by rolling up a towel to place under each of your doors to keep the heat in. Replacing central air and heating filters and removing sediment from your hot water heater by flushing water through the drain valve are also simple, yet, efficient ways to save money on utilities and to keep your guests comfortable.

Next, if it’s been a while, service your heating system! Call in a professional to overhaul your heating system; this will ensure you can keep your home warm. To avoid pipes bursting, this, believe it or not can happen in Arizona, purchase pipe jackets.

After you have tackled the logistical side of comfort, the time comes for making your guests feel at home. Nothing says “we’re glad you’re here” quite like having a place to sit and a space that is your own. When preparing for extra guests, walk the space of your home and count the number of seats that are available a week before your guests arrive. Make sure that the number of guests you are expecting matches the number of seating spaces available in your home. Tip, account for a few extra seats, as well you know… “The more the merrier”. This will allow you plenty of time to go shopping or borrow seating from a neighbor to ensure that each of your guests has a place to sit and share in holiday memories with you.

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In order to make room for all of that extra seating, you may need to find inspiration from this year’s spring cleaning endeavors and begin the tradition of a winter clean. Declutter the main living areas your guests will be in, and even donate many of your items that really haven’t served much purpose in your life anymore. Hate cleaning? Make it a fun occasion by baking those cookies you have been craving, sipping on your favorite hot apple cider and listening to some holiday music!

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After your home is toasty, clean and has plenty of room to fit all of your beloved guests, you can begin to add the finishing touches to your winter wonderland. One easy way to make your home feel like the holidays have arrived is to change the curtains. A heavier curtain acts as another way to help to keep the heat in and can be found in a variety of colors such as rich berry hues that bring the holiday spirit indoors. Also, installing a sound system will keep the holiday vibes alive with classic Christmas tunes, and it will fill the dead space! Finally, one of the most impactful and simple ways to bring cheer to your home during the holidays is to change the lighting. As it gets colder outside, it is important to bring the feeling of warmth that light emanates inside. This can be done by moving around lamps, replacing burnt out bulbs and/or adding new light fixtures.

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At the end of the day, with a little bit of effort and a few small changes your home can be transformed into a haven for the holidays that warmly welcomes you and all of your loved ones.

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Holiday Dinner, Done Right

December 14, 2012




  Turning your home into a Winter Wonderland is only one of the many things families do this holiday season. Most can agree that this month is about the time spent with family and friends. And boy is it! There is no doubt that you’ve already found yourself participating in holiday parties, perhaps multiple, so […]

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A Home for the Holidays

December 3, 2012




  The winter holidays evoke a sort of nostalgic emotion for many people. Some love the decor that fills department stores and homes, some enjoy the cozy feeling that comes with the cold winter air during December, and others love the extra time with family and friends during this busy time of year. While not […]

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Community Events: October-December 2012

October 10, 2012




When we think of the holiday season, we can’t help but think of parties, good food and quality time with friends and family. What is this time of year without a little celebration? Our new home communities in Northern California are surrounded by fun events for the whole family. Here is a list of holiday […]

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