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Bringing Fall to Colorado: Changing Colors, Fall Decor

by Shea Homes Colorado on 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 it’s worth considering how to bring some of that wonderful fall feeling inside your home, perhaps through autumn-fresh décor or seasonally inspired cooking.

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Caption: Residents enjoy Reunion Park in the fall. [read more…]

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Welcome, fall. Or shall we say, Crockpot and football season.

by Shea Homes Colorado on November 9, 2015

 

Goodbye, summer heat—and our fixation on salads, grilling, and anything that doesn’t heat up the kitchen. Fall kicks off the season for tasty, hearty fare that warms up your belly, soul, and sometimes, happily, your kitchen too.

Now that the Denver Broncos are back in business, why not gather with your fellow neighbors over a football game and, perhaps, a crockpot full of barbecue? In honor of our Shea Colorado communities, so well-known for its friendly get-togethers, we have created several Pinterest boards for you to explore—to get your mouth watering with seasonally inspired recipes, and your creativity awhirl with ideas for crafty autumn party décor. Here are some highlights.

Starting with crockpots, here’s a board devoted to the art of fix-it-and-forget-it. If you are operating under the impression that slow cooking menus are limited to soups and beans, check out the recipes for a savory and light sweet potato gratin, Chinese-style barbecue, and lasagna described as “the easiest lasagna you will ever make.” Sold.

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On Shea Homes’ Welcome Fall, you’ll find more slow cooker recipes, as well as many other kinds. You’ll never miss your summertime grill with this Peppered Corn on the Cob…wrapped in bacon. Want another barbecue variation, maybe on the sweet, Southern side? Here’s Pulled Pork with Bourbon-Peach Barbecue Sauce. And should you need some festive ambiance to go with all that good food, check out this board, 39 Clever Tailgating DIYs To Get You In The Spirit. Think pennant-shaped cupcake toppers, downloadable party invitations, and custom drink labels.

Pulled Pork

You’ll find another board that’s unabashedly devoted to the Broncos. Snag a recipe for a Denver Broncos cocktail made of blue Cucacao, vodka, and blood orange soda. Or some irresistible orange and blue, candy-studded Broncos cookies. Or how about a whole Broncos-inspired menu, from appetizers to dessert?

Broncos Cookies

Hungry yet? If not, then check in often. Pins are always being added, so be sure to take a look before your next gathering.

For more information on our Shea Homes Collections and what we’re up to at the Colorado division, like us on Facebook, follow us on Instagram, Google+ and YouTube, and get inspired with us on Pinterest.

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Bringing Fall to Southern California!

by Shea Homes Southern California on November 6, 2015

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When you’re a resident of Southern California, the weather is pretty much perfect 24/7. Constant sunshine (except for a few spurts of rain here and there), warm temperatures in the winter time when we should be wearing hoodies and parkas, and zero use of the fireplace that’s just collecting dust.

Of course it’s fabulous having such nice weather all the time, but when Fall comes around, us SoCal natives can’t help but yearn for the changing of leaves and feel the urge to wrap up in a snuggie next to a crackling fire. If you’re feeling the Fall blues, we have 6 easy tips on how to bring your favorite season to Southern California!

Blankets – It may be too warm outside to even fathom wrapping up in a blanket, but that doesn’t mean you can’t pull them out of the closet and make your living room feel like it’s gearing up for a winter storm! And of course there’s always the air-conditioning to put a little chill in the air.

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Candles – Ahh the scents of Fall are like no other. Apple cider, pumpkin pie, cinnamon and pine. Fill your house with these glorious fragrances by lighting some of your favorite autumn-ey scented candles! You’ll instantly be transported to a cozy, snuggly, magical place.  

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Faux Fireplace – Have you been longing to read a book with a warm fire burning in the background? If you don’t have a fireplace in your home, a very quick and effective trick is to search “fireplaces” on YouTube! There are some great videos on there with fabulous crackling sounds and everything! Have this playing in the background whilst sipping some hot cocoa and it’s just like having the real thing.

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Yummy Foods – Bake all of your favorite foods that remind you of Fall. Not only will your house smell amazing, your taste buds will be extremely happy!

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Pumpkin Decor – Nothing shouts Fall like the beautiful sight of pumpkins. Pumpkin centerpieces, pumpkin table cloths, pumpkin runners, pumpkin dishes…. just make your home pumpkin happy!

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Leaves – Seeing the leaves change color is a huge reason why we all love this time of year so much. We may not live in a place where this happens as boldly and beautifully as other parts of the world, but that doesn’t mean we still can’t enjoy the colorful, crunchiness of Fall leaves! Just buy a plethora of leafy decor, as well as sticks, and create your own Autumn wonderland!

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We hope these tips cure your Fall envy and that you enjoy the wonderful season ahead!

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Apple cider, leaves turning, warm fires and cozy sweaters. All of the staples of fall. And no city welcomes fall with such delight as Phoenix, Arizona. The end of a hot summer is here fellow Phoenicians, and the best way to celebrate cooler weather just might be a casual, cozy backyard party.

Whether you love the bohemian look with tossed pillows and blankets or an evening outdoors watching the football game, we have some ideas to help you throw a backyard fall party to remember.

Let’s start with necessities. Regardless of your style or extent of your guest list, every fall bash needs the following:

1. Warm Drinks… Nothing says fall like a big pot of hot chocolate or spiced apple cider. Get the timeless recipes here:

2. Warm Fire… Well, I suppose a warm fire might help those warm drinks along. It is getting below 70 degrees these days. Here are some ideas for building a cute fire pit in your backyard. Or just pop by your local home improvement store for a pre-built option!


3. Warm Desserts… Are you sensing a theme here? But seriously, is there anything better than a big pan of apple crisp or brownies to make it a true fall party? Your mother will be proud and your friends will thank you (unless you eat the whole pan like we wanted to) after you try one of these easy recipes:

4. Grab a few blankets and pile on the pillows to give your backyard a warm (yep, there it is again) and inviting appeal. We love these unique ideas.

If you want to get creative and bring in some extra ambiance, try a few of these comfy additions:

5. Bring out some sweet sparkles with stringed lights. Every yard is different, so take a look at these creative ideas and see what might work for you.

6. Or go for more of a garden glow with some of these lighting ideas.

For a little extra fun or an added theme:

7. Turn it into a movie night with a DIY projector and yes, you guessed it… even more blankets and pillows.

8. Or liven things up with a host of backyard DIY games. There are lots of adult and kid friendly options depending on your crowd.

And if you’re feeling artsy:

9. Here are some lovely chalkboard ideas. (If you can do them by hand, we’re inviting you to come and decorate for our upcoming fall party.)

10. Finally, if you do make those brownies, be sure to invite your good friends at Shea Homes, or maybe just a new neighbor or two. Brownies and fire pits have been known to start a few good friendships.

Check out the ideas above and more on our Backyard Fall Party Pinterest Board!

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October is time to winterize your home

October 8, 2015
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  In October, weather is even more unpredictable than usual. By the end of the month, average temperatures will have dropped 12 degrees. And while temperatures typically soar into the 80s and 90s for a day or two, snow shovels will make their first appearance. If you’re new to Colorado, you’ll want to check out […]

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10 Cozy Home Decorating Ideas for Fall

November 7, 2014




With the return of cooler temperatures, there’s no better time to feather your nest. These home decor ideas make it easy to bring a dash of “cozy” to your home for Fall. Check out our Pinterest Board for several Fall Home Décor ideas http://www.pinterest.com/sheahomesaz/home-decor-for-the-fall-season/. Door First impressions matter. Add a Fall wreath to your front […]

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Autumn’s in the Air

October 1, 2014




Fall leaves, apple pie and pumpkins, pumpkins everywhere! Here are some simple ideas to get your home and family ready for the season. Autumn decor will be sure to get your family and friends in a festive mood. And while pumpkins are definitely a staple of the season, your home’s stylish decor does not have […]

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Thanksgiving Tips for the Procrastinators

November 21, 2013




Thanksgiving is less than a week away and there’s a lot of prep to be done! Have you browsed through our Pinterest (Shea Homes Arizona) yet? Whether you’re trying to update the look and feel of your home for fall, or you need to cram in some recipes so you can get your grocery list […]

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Preparing Your Home for Fall

October 21, 2013




Autumn started on September 22nd this year and many people ventured out for their pumpkin spice lattes, pumpkin candles and maybe a new pair of boots. This time of year represents, for many, the start of the home decorating season. Gourds replace fruit in baskets, leaf garlands adorn mantels and wreaths are hung on front […]

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