decorations

4 Fun, Inexpensive Mother’s Day Gift Ideas

by Shea Homes Arizona on 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 good place to start, is to think about how she likes to celebrate, encourage and show you love.
Mother's Day Brunch1.) Create a homemade brunch for her to wake up to complete with some of her favorite things – including a personalize color scheme and her absolute favorite breakfast treats! Make it fancy with a tablecloth, flowers, plates, napkins and glasses full of her favorite beverage. Voila! Simple, cheap, beautiful and thoughtful!

Family Outing2.) Take the whole family on an outing whether it’s a hike, a day at the pool, a picnic at the park or a day trip to the her favorite nearby destination, these activities bring the family together and result in wonderful, lasting memories. Again, think about your mom’s favorite things to do & what makes her feel loved.

Stay Home3.) Stay at home for the day and create fun Mother’s Day traditions. Find some quick and easy baking recipes that you can do with your mom or wife and enjoy later! You can even make the day competitive by playing outdoor sports and indoor games! Pick up a cheap badminton or croquet set to set up in your backyard and get the energy and competition flowing outside. Or dig up those old board games, build a fort and create a new Mother’s Day tradition.

Homemade Gifts4.) Make homemade gifts for mom with the little ones. These are the gifts that mean the most to her. Get some finger-paint at your local craft store with a pack of cardstock and make a collage of handprints from everyone in the family. Another idea is to grab ingredients from her favorite dessert (i.e. cookies or scones) and layer each ingredient, one on top of the other, in a mason jar. Decorate the jar with a piece of patterned cloth over the lid and tie it with ribbon. Bake the dessert on Mother’s Day for fun bonding time and a delicious treat. Better yet, send mom out on a fun trip by herself or with a close friend – could be to the movies, for a manicure/pedicure or another one of her favorite activities – and surprise her with a clean home & a freshly made meal when she returns. Add in homemade cards from everyone in the family for an extra special touch.

Say thanks to mom this weekend and tune in to our Shea Homes blogFacebook, and Twitter for Father’s Day ideas. It’s just around the corner!

Sales by Shea Homes Marketing Company (AZ DRE #CO550381000), Construction by Shea Homes Limited Partnership (ROC 195895).

{ 0 comments }

3 New Bathroom Trends for 2017

by Shea Homes Arizona on 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 Bath Colors

Neutral coloring
White, off-white, and grey walls are the most popular bathroom colors for 2017. The Shea model home pictured above fits right in, with dark grey cabinets and light grey walls that nicely complement the white countertop and linens.

Distinguised Vanity

Distinguished Vanity Space
Create a sleek, individualized look in your bathroom by dividing your wide vanity into two distinct spaces. You can do this by placing individual mirrors and light fixtures above each sink. Add an accessory between the two and you’ll give your bathroom a more distinguished look.

Tile Accents

Ceramic tile accents
Sometimes it’s difficult to find the perfect balance between getting every room to work together and not being able to tell when one room ends and other begins. There are very few features that say “bathroom” like ceramic tiles on the walls! As in the Shea model home pictured above, the tiled backsplash and shower accent matches the color scheme of the house while keeping a bathroom feel.

 

{ 1 comment }

Can’t Miss Design & Décor Trends for 2017

by Shea Homes Arizona on 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 as beige, taupe and pure white to create a simple and warm atmosphere in your home, try adding a splash of rich color. Colors that are considered jewel tones, (i.e. dark red, purple, and blue), can create a welcoming feel to any room. (Fun fact: Pantone named greenery the 2017 color of the year.) These hues can be added to any room by using side chairs, throws, flowers, books, vases, picture frames or other accent pieces to make the space your own – feel free to get creative!
Neutral Palette with Pop of Color
2) White and Wood Kitchens

This year’s modern kitchen is not complete without a good ol’ simple and clean look. This can be done by upgrading to white marble or quartz counters and installing all matte appliances. Add to the simplicity by having all white or lightly-colored wood cabinets. Not only will this help the kitchen appear more spacious, but it will also make the kitchen feel fresh and airy – thus creating the perfect spot to prepare a meal with the whole family.


[read more…]

{ 0 comments }

Celebrate Halloween with these Fun Family Events

by Shea Homes Arizona on October 14, 2016

Halloween Pumpkins
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!

  1. Chandler Halloween Spooktacular: Friday, October 28th, Dr. A.J. Chandler Park 5:30pm-8:30pm

This first event promises to be a fantastic activity for the whole family. There will be carnival games, an inflatable corn maze, and a haunted house. For the more creative ghouls and goblins, there will be costume contests in all different age categories, so be sure to look your spookiest! Bring trick-or-treat bags, as there will be candy galore.

  1. Macdonald’s Ranch Annual Pumpkin Festival: October 1st-31st

One of the best long-running fall events in the Valley! Head over to Macdonald’s ranch in Scottsdale, and hop on a hayride to go pick your pumpkins. On the way, get something to eat, visit the petting zoo, find your way through the hay bale maze, and more! There’s no better place for some classic fall fun this side of the Grand Canyon.

  1. Haunted Harbor at Lake UN-pleasant: October 21st, 6:30pm-10:00pm

Back for the third year running, the Haunted Harbor at Lake Pleasant Marina in Peoria features Halloween games like Zombie Cornhole, trick- or-treating, face painting, and food trucks. Stick around for movies on the lake, a bonfire, and general Halloween spirit!

  1. Buckeye Halloween Carnival: October 29th, 6:00pm-9:00pm

This mainstay event in local Halloween festivities has been running since 1940! Come to historic Downtown Buckeye for all sorts of Halloween fun, including the haunted “Maze of Mayhem.” And don’t miss the Jack-o-lantern carving contest and costume cat-walk!

  1. Apache Junction Halloween Festival: October 29th, 5:00pm-8:00pm

Last, but certainly not least, Apache Junction is holding a Halloween Festival to celebrate the good citizens that keep the city safe! There will be food, games, and a petting zoo. The highlight of the event, though, just might be the costume contests. Not just for humans, mind you, but also for your favorite canine companions!

Sales by Shea Homes Marketing Company (AZ DRE #CO550381000), Construction by Shea Homes Limited Partnership (ROC 195895). Trademarks are the property of their respective owner.

{ 0 comments }

Bringing Fall to Colorado: Changing Colors, Fall Decor

October 4, 2016




  How to bring autumn indoors. It’s gorgeous out there, isn’t it? Autumn’s shorter, cooler days are working their magic, turning ash trees scarlet, maples orange, and aspens a shimmering gold. At our Shea Homes® communities, walks on the trails and playdates in the park are truly a feast for the senses these days. So maybe […]

Read the full article →

Celebrate National Ice Cream Month with an Ice Cream Party

July 8, 2016




July is National Ice Cream month! What better reason to grab a cup or cone, invite the neighbors over and celebrate! Here are five fun ways to enjoy this cool sweet treat with family and friends.

Read the full article →

Trendy Designs to Create the Home of Your Dreams!

April 6, 2016




  When you move into a new home, trying to make it look fabulous can be pretty overwhelming. You may be asking yourself, “Where do I even start? How can I bring this room together?” It seems like a challenging task, but we’ve got good news! The simplest touches will go a long way when […]

Read the full article →

10 Ways to Get Your Home Ready for Spring

March 11, 2016




  The shift from winter to spring is an opportunity to shake off the old and welcome the new. And when it comes to our homes, the change in seasons is the perfect time to freshen things up. From cleaning to décor, here are ten easy ways to get your home ready for spring. Swap […]

Read the full article →

Design Trends: Wood-Look Tile Planks!

March 9, 2016




What’s trending in the flooring department right now? Today’s homeowners are going for elegant, modern, and sophisticated styles for their floors, and nothing says “classy” like installing Wood-Look Tile Planks into your home!

Read the full article →

5 easy ways to add a dash of Valentine décor to your home

January 22, 2016




  It may seem like you were just putting out cookies for Santa or lighting the menorah candles, but if you take a close look at the calendar, you’ll see that February is almost here! So pack up the Christmas lights and holiday cards and get ready to bring a touch of romance into your […]

Read the full article →