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You’ve decided to move in with your significant other, which means you are going to experience many lifestyle changes that are new and exciting. One of the most overlooked aspects of moving is going over your need for items in your separate living spaces before merging into one home. The steps after deciding what moving company to work with, and what area you’re looking to move to (try checking out the happiest city in the U.S.), and ensuring you have enlisted help the day of your move, is sorting through each of your belongings to determine what to keep, what to donate, and what to upgrade with a newer product for your combined home. Although it is exciting to figure out what lighting fixtures will look best in your home and picking out paint colors, it’s better to cross off the initial steps to moving before looking too far ahead. It can be challenging to decide what items fit into which categories, especially if you are known to save a lot of things throughout the years but buying a home or an apartment allows you to start from scratch and decide what items are truly valuable to you and your significant other, or what can be left behind.

Tranquility at Sage | Livermore, CA

What to keep:

Depending on how much space you have at your new home, you can gauge how many items are practical to keep. If you don’t have the option for storage, you may have to limit the number of items you actually bring with you and store any other items at a friend or family members home until you know if you can accommodate miscellaneous pieces. Any items that you use on a daily basis are items that would be practical to bring. For example, work clothes, toiletries, bedding, pots and pans, and non-perishables are all items that would be immediately relevant to you, and easy to pack. For things that will require a moving truck, split up the furniture you and your significant other have, deciding between which items fit your color scheme, and mutual aesthetic desires for your shared space. Additionally, you’ll want to keep any family photo memories and passed down decor because they are irreplaceable items that might not always be something you need to see but are something you want to continue to have in your life.

Sienna Plantation | Missouri City, TX

What to donate:

Generally, anything that isn’t overused and isn’t something you are bringing with you can be donated. To put it into perspective, if you haven’t used something within the past year, it probably isn’t a product you need. It’s understandable that seasonal items are more so used in their optimal time (for example: Halloween costumes, patio furniture, a grill, and specialty pots and pans), but if you went a whole year without using a product for any season (unless it is a family memento  or a special piece of jewelry), it’s safe to assume you can donate it. Your instinct would be just to move everything from one place to the other because you don’t want to feel like you have items in your possession that you just don’t want. However when you’re going through your belongings, take a moment to think if you really use the item, or if someone else may benefit greater, whether you donate to your local thrift store, like Salvation Army, or maybe a family member or friend.

Synergy at Sage | Livermore, CA

What to buy new:

Depending on your current living situation you may need all new furniture, half and half, or maybe just a piece or two; either way, you are going to want long-lasting and durable furniture for your transition as a couple. Buying new is the fun part! Make a list with your significant other and decide what furniture stores you want to make a stop at after figuring out what pieces are needed for your final move. Deciding ahead of time is crucial, that way you aren’t waiting weeks after moving in for something like a couch or a bed frame. If you don’t have time to shop in store, there are plenty of places to find quality furniture online. This way, you can continue sorting through your homes, while also purchasing your needed items online.

Once you’ve responsibly sorted, packed and moved to the home of your dreams, you can be at ease that your items are neatly organized and readily accessible. Then, you can think about things like adding a swimming pool (see tips and tricks for this here), getting a pet, or joining in on some fun community events!

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Kitchen Lighting Ideas for Brightening your Home

by Shea Homes on July 19, 2018

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Each Shea home is built with a focus on the lives of the people who will live in it. The commitment to quality and detail can be seen in the floor plans, the door frames, and yes, even the lighting. With the right lighting, we illuminate our spaces to help create an atmosphere that the whole family will enjoy. This is especially true of a Shea Homes® kitchen, where we know so many activities and life moments will take place, from family dinners, to school projects, to holiday gatherings. In many ways, the kitchen is the center of our homes that brings people together, where we begin and end our days with meals and conversations. Whether it’s midday baking or late-night cocktails, having the right lighting in the kitchen not only brings the room together but also adds atmosphere to every meal.  

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Designing a home and bedroom with feng shui tips
You may think of feng shui as an outdated practice that wouldn’t impact your home’s layout or interior design. But, before you throw the ancient system completely out the window, consider that many common building practices and interior design trends actually align with feng shui practices!

You don’t need to become a feng shui master or hire a consultant, especially if you are just beginning to learn about feng shui. Many tips can be done by simply considering the current layout of your rooms and making slight changes that can be done at minimal, or no, cost.

The goal of feng shui is to increase the flow of Chi through your home. Chi is positive energy that helps to create a welcoming environment that puts you and your home’s guests at ease – who doesn’t want to feel that when they walk in the door after a long day?

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Design Trends to Implement this Spring!

by Shea Homes Southern California on April 19, 2017

 

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Ahh, spring, how we welcome you with open arms. Out of the winter months, you bring sunshine, blooming flowers, and all of that delicious Easter candy.

BUT, spring isn’t just about baby ducklings and gifts from a large bunny…this time of year also calls for new beginnings, starting with clearing out all of the old styles from 2016!

Here are some effective ways you can rejuvenate your home this spring.

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Design Tip: Get Model Home Décor Style

April 3, 2017

Winter is now behind us, and what better way to turn over a new spring leaf than with a home décor refresh? At Shea, all our model homes are professionally and thoughtfully styled, so when you walk in, you can truly envision your lifestyle here. To help you get that model-home look, we’ve collected some […]

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Peek Inside The Painted Sky Ranch Models At BackCountry

November 28, 2016

  If main floor living is on your wish list—as it is for many—this post is for you.  Shea Homes® is pleased to announce that three new ranch models are open and ready for touring. The photos below offer a sneak peek at what you’ll see on your visit to the Painted Sky Collection at […]

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Design Trends of 2016: Window Coverings!

November 14, 2016

Tired of those old, tattered blinds you currently have on your windows? Or are you concerned about an overall lack of window coverage in general? Well you don’t have to stick with the same outdated window decor! In fact, there’s a variety of beautiful options for you to choose from, including Shutters, Woven Wood Shades, […]

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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 […]

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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!

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Fall fashions: The Watercolor Collection at Stepping Stone

November 4, 2015
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  Calling all Houzz and HGTV junkies. Two stylish, new model homes are debuting later this month at Stepping Stone. And here’s a sneak preview of what you’ll see. Shea’s new Watercolor Collection in Stepping Stone’s Butterfly Neighborhood includes four ranch plans with exteriors that artfully blend classic architectural design with contemporary accents. As to […]

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