decorations

Vitalize Your Home with Your Own Terrarium

by Shea Homes Arizona on July 27, 2018

 

Your décor may say a lot about your sense of taste, but what does it say about your health? Introducing some plant life into your home is a quick and easy way to revitalize your space and improve your well-being. Plants have been shown to reduce airborne toxins in your home, increase productivity and concentration, and even reduce stress. But that sure won’t be the case if you’re constantly worried about keeping them alive!

Terrariums with cacti or succulents are easy ways to get the beauty and enjoyment of a houseplant, even if you are known to not have the greenest thumb. With just a little bit of time and creativity, you’ll have a wholesome piece of décor that you can be proud of. Make it a family craft and greenify your entire home!
Easy To Make TerrariumsSupplies

  • Clear glass vase or container
  • Pebbles
  • Potting soil for succulent and cactus
  • Succulents and cacti of your choice
  • Sand

Follow These Steps

  1. To start, you’ll need a clear glass container with an opening on top. Get creative! A vase, fish bowl or even a cleaned out spaghetti sauce jar will work! Shop thrift stores, antique malls, or your kitchen cabinet.
  2. Fill the bottom of the vessel with a layer of pebbles (about one and a half inches) for water drainage.
  3. On top of the pebbles, add a layer (about two and a half inches) of potting soil, specifically made for succulents and cacti.
  4. Using a spoon, make a hole in the soil big enough for the roots of your largest plant, and nestle the roots in the hole. Press the soil down firmly around the roots to make sure it is tucked in tight.
  5. Plant the rest of your succulents or cacti in the same fashion, moving from largest to smallest.
  6. Finally, distribute about one fourth of an inch of white sand around the base of your plants (optional).
  7. Now for the fun touches. Add miniature animals, figurines, shiny marbles, rocks, or favorite stones.

For maintenance, keep your terrarium in a location near a window where it will get indirect sunlight, and lightly water approximately every two weeks or when the soil dries out. Enjoy this sweet addition to your home. If you’re looking for more decorating ideas, head by any of our models and see what life could look like in a home by Shea Homes®!

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The Season of Love

by Shea Homes Arizona on February 2, 2018

 

St. Nick’s Day is behind us, and St. Valentine’s Day is fast approaching! That means cards, candy, and wracking your brain for the perfect gift idea. With all that to think about, why not leave decorations to us?

To help you out, we’ve compiled a list of some of the sweetest decorations to brighten up your home this February 14. The best part? All these items are handcrafted from local Valley artisans. Support your local economy and share the love this Valentine’s Day.

Custom Pillows
Custom PillowPhoto credit: Rustic Home by Design

Get cozy with your significant other this Valentine’s Day with a custom embroidered pillow. Fill it with wedding vows as a reminder of promises made and kept, or with one of your favorite inside jokes. From Rustic Home by Design in Phoenix.

Door Wreaths
Door WreathPhoto credit: Bloom Valley Market

Don’t bottle all the decorations inside; set the mood at the door! Vibrant pink peonies will brighten up your entryway and put love in the air. From Bloom Valley Market in San Tan Valley

Woodburned Sign
Woodburned SignPhoto credit: Rufus Salvaged Goods

Pink and pouffy not your style? This hand-made sign lends a touch of subtlety that you and your lovebird can enjoy all year round. From Rufus Salvaged Goods in Phoenix.

Festive Table Runner
Table RunnerPhoto credit: Desert Sky Quilts

The fastest way to anyone’s heart is through their stomach, so up the romance of a home-cooked meal for two with this handcrafted table runner. Need more to love? Take 15% off with code THANKS from Desert Sky Quilts in Phoenix.

Now all you need are some candles and your favorite playlist, and you’ll have a Valentine’s Day even Cupid would envy.

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2018 Home Design Trends

by Shea Homes Arizona on January 12, 2018

 

So what’s in store for home design in 2018? Here’s a quick guide to some of the hottest home design trends for 2018, and some new home eye candy from our very own Shea Homes® communities.

Spa Inspired Bathrooms
Spa Inspired BathsEverybody is dreaming of resort-inspired bathrooms and we think you deserve your own paradise located conveniently in your home. This master suite in our Latitude at Cantilena community in Peoria features the ultimate spa bathroom. Relax and indulge with light tones of gray and white, recessed and pendant lighting, and a dream shower with soothing rain shower head. 

Mixed Metallics
Mixed MetallicsMetallics are in, and there’s nothing wrong with mixing your silver, brass and gold. But we do advise you to splash it around a room versus making it a dominant color. There is such thing as overdoing it! 

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October Family Fun Around the Valley!

by Shea Homes Arizona on October 6, 2017

October Family Fun Around PhoenixOctober is here! That means fall fun and amazing weather, so make sure you get out there with the family to enjoy it! Here’s a list of some fun filled and SPOOKtacular family activities happening around the Valley this month. Get your pumpkin-picking hands ready and dust off your best costume!

All of October – Vertuccio Farms Corn Maze and Fall Festival – MESA

Enjoy over a month long of fun fall activities going all the way until November 5th! Admission to this family owned fall festival in Mesa includes not only pumpkins but an endless array of activities for all ages such as a 7-acre corn maze, a mini zip line, pumpkin bowling, mini golf, mule drawn covered wagon rides and a barrel train ride. Find out more HERE

All of October- Tolmachoff Farms Corn Maze and Pumpkin Patch – GLENDALE

Weave through a 6-acre corn maze, pick out that perfect pumpkin and check out the petting zoo at this festival in Glendale that goes all of October into the beginning of November. Find out more HERE

All of October – Schnepf Farms Pumpkin and Chili Party – QUEEN CREEK

Thursday through Sunday families can enjoy this Queen Creek Festival that includes a petting zoo, hayrides, amusement rides, a rock climbing wall, dog shows, and corn mazes. After you pick out your pumpkin finish your festive day off by roasting marshmallow under the stars. Find out more HERE

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Get Your Home Ready for Fall with Fun Finds from Local Vintage Markets

August 25, 2017

September is almost here! Once the weather starts cooling off, we get the urge to do a little seasonal home decorating to get in the fall mood. It always helps to visit the Valley’s great vintage markets bursting with one-of-a-kind treasures. Here are a few of our favorite local markets taking place this September! Sweet […]

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5 Ways to Turn Memories into Home Décor

July 21, 2017

Summer is all about escaping the heat, getting away for some much needed rest and relaxation and soaking up time with family and friends before the kids head back to school. It is a time to create memories that will last a lifetime. You can share these memories with friends and have daily reminders of […]

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4 Fun, Inexpensive Mother’s Day Gift Ideas

May 12, 2017

  The key to Mom’s heart isn’t always a pricey gift. More often than not, there are other, thoughtful ways we can honor our Moms that they will cherish forever. Here are a few tips and ideas to get you started. Before you start, figure out what makes your mom feel special and loved. A […]

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3 New Bathroom Trends for 2017

April 7, 2017

  Wanting to spruce up your home and make it as welcoming as possible? Your bathroom, while often underappreciated, receives a lot of traffic and can make or break the overall feel of your home. Check out these 2017 bathroom trends. Neutral coloring White, off-white, and grey walls are the most popular bathroom colors for […]

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Can’t Miss Design & Décor Trends for 2017

January 20, 2017

It’s a new year which means it is time for new design trends that can be used to refresh your home and make it your own. Without further ado, we give you the top design and décor trends for 2017: 1) Neutral Palate with a Splash of Color In addition to using neutral colors such […]

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Celebrate Halloween with these Fun Family Events

October 14, 2016

Here there be monsters! Halloween is nearly upon us, and with it comes candy, costumes, and fun for the whole family. Here are a few of the top Halloween events taking place around the Valley this month! Chandler Halloween Spooktacular: Friday, October 28th, Dr. A.J. Chandler Park 5:30pm-8:30pm This first event promises to be a […]

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