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.

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Spring clean like a pro.

by Shea Homes Colorado on March 3, 2016


Warmer days are just around the corner. But while we’re still stuck inside, why not get our spring cleaning done? After all, once it’s green and glorious outside, that’s where we’ll want to be. Not inside scrubbing the kitchen sink. And especially so at our Shea Homes Colorado communities, where there’s so much natural beauty to enjoy, with miles of trails and acres of open space. So kick off your spring cleaning with these strategies for efficiently knocking out the inside work. Then you’ll be ready for all the outdoor adventures to come.

Start by gathering your favorite tips at Shea’s Home Hints Pinterest board, a handy source for ideas on home and yard maintenance, cleaning, and updating home décor. If you’re not in the mood yet to get down and dirty, start with some high-level—yet highly satisfying—organizational projects. Like creating a home office filing system, including headers and sub-headers for everything from internet bills and garage door opener warranties to love letters and children’s artwork.

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

by Shea Homes Arizona on 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 home just in time for Valentine’s Day.  And because we like to share a little local love, these handmade items come from some of our favorite Phoenix area Etsy shops.

Door wreaths
Valentine Wreath Photo credit: Signature Home Decor (Phoenix)

What better way to welcome your guests this time of year than a bold Valentine wreath? This felt heart wreath measures 14 inches and delivers a sweet sentiment of love to all who enter.

Valentine Banner Photo credit: Happy Banners (Mesa)

One of the easiest ways to add a little love to your home is to string a banner over a mantle, doorway, headboard or mirror. Choose your size cutouts and place your order. When your Valentine garland arrives in the mail, assemble with mini clothespin clips. Easy peasy.

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Five New Traditions to Include this Holiday Season

by Shea Homes Arizona on December 18, 2015


We all have traditions we love to enjoy with family and friends through the holiday season, and some years are ripe for adding a fun twist or an altogether brand new tradition. Whether you’re looking for something new or just beginning to form your family’s holiday customs, you’ve come to the right place.

Photo credit: The Kitchen Paper

Get your decorating on

Gingerbread houses are fun to decorate, and they always turn out unique—some are covered in candy, others are more simple; some are standing, others are, well, not… Have you ever made a gingerbread family to go along with your house? Click on the photo above for a recipe that just might add a new creative flare to your gingerbread decorating endeavors.  

Photo credit: Kirtsy

Take a festive treat to a neighbor

Whether it’s store bought candies or a plate of warm cookies, a small friendly gesture can go a long way to establishing the great neighborhood you’ve always dreamed of. We love these hot cocoa kits. Click on the photo for instructions for making your own!

Photo credit: RotiNRice

Take to the kitchen

Not big into cooking but looking for an easy way to try your hand at a traditional holiday meal? Baked ham is the place to start. Not only are most hams pre-cooked (so no-one is getting sick from your cooking) but they are generally very hands off once in the oven. Check out this recipe for a tasty, traditional brown-sugar and pineapple glaze.

Photo Credit: The Sparkle


Plan a day to relax

Take a morning or even a whole day to rejuvenate and detox from the stresses of the holiday season. It may become your favorite tradition and will likely make all the other ones that much more enjoyable. Click the photo above for a few ideas to get you started.

Photo credit: Sugar Blossoms

Add a twist to a traditional outing

As you take your usual walk or drive through your neighborhood, add a little extra fun by doing a holiday scavenger hunt! See if you can be the first to spot all 25 or work together to find them all! You can even make a list of some of your favorite houses and then vote as a family on the best houses you see!

For more traditions to consider and twists to the originals, check out our Pinterest board: Holiday Traditions at Home!

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