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Nov 29

Adding Warmth to White

We love an all white kitchen just as much as the next person. But we agree that too much white can look too stark. This doesn’t always mean your walls, cabinetry, countertops, island and backsplash have to be colorful. There are other ways of adding warmth to a room. For example, we love the addition of the rich walnut wood shelves like in this white kitchen. Those paired with the caramel leather counter stools is what make this kitchen area feel so inviting. Color and texture could also be added in a kitchen runner or artwork hung in the backsplash.

Photo by Ryan Garvin
Design by Lindye Galloway Design

Nov 24

5 Tips for Warming up Your Home this Holiday

Thanksgiving marks the beginning of the holiday season and usually a temperature drop, encouraging most of us to cozy up on our couch and enjoy a steaming cup of chai tea following a generous helping of turkey and pumpkin pie. Trumark Homes has already built you the perfect home, but check out these five easy ways to give your home the perfect, cozy overhaul for hosting friends and family this holiday season.

1. Furniture

This holiday season, one of the easiest ways to cozy up your hosting spaces (e.g. living rooms) is to look for furniture that invites you and your guests to curl up. Ideally, the perfect sofa would have worn-in leather or soft, plush material. The more plush the cushions, the better! Consider adding a big, brown chair into a living room nook for the ideal reading spot. For festive touches, consider warm oranges and browns for Thanksgiving followed by touches of deep, warm reds leading into December.

2. Layers

Interior designers often tout that the fastest way to warm up a room, and make your guests feel right at home, is to layer furniture with blankets and pillows. Consider a rich brown cashmere blanket or pillows of various shapes and sizes to accommodate our favorite family activities like a game of Apples to Apples or inviting discussions surrounding what we’re most thankful for.

3. Lighting

Lighting is an extremely important part of creating ambiance in a space. In hosting over the holiday months, avoid bright or overhead lights and instead consider floor and table lamps with dimmers – just make sure you don’t go too dim – while we want guests to feel right at home, we don’t want anyone going to sleep!

4. Warmth

The importance of room color is often underestimated, and can even lead to physical and psychological effects. For a relaxing holiday ambiance, avoid bright hues and instead opt for warmer shades like rich oranges, warm yellows, and neutral browns for the most inviting shades. This will have your holiday guests “oohing and ahhing” over your subtle, reimagined living spaces.

5. Mix and Match Materials

Soft materials such as rich velvet (so on-trend this season and in fact great fashion gifts for friends and family) upholstery and a luxurious throw paired with textured and bright surfaces create cozy, complex interplay – that makes guests want to “pet” your furniture. Perhaps this will encourage your kids to stop asking for that dog they’ve had their eyes on this holiday season, but probably not.

Nov 22

Home Bar Inspiration

Who said home bars have to be a built in thing? There are plenty of pretty ways to achieve the same look in a less custom, more affordable way. You’ll need some closed cabinetry to store your essentials. Whether that’s a bar cart or media console! And we suggest some open shelving to store, but more importantly show off, your fancy glasses and barware. We love this bar set-up! The additions of the dark walls and Sheepskin rug really help set the mood and make it a fun place for people to gather and wind down.

Photo by Jasmine Star
Design by Lindye Galloway Design

Nov 20

Builder: Autonomous Cars Will Reshape Residential Communities

Trumark Communities’ co-founder Gregg Nelson speaks with Builder Online about how driverless cars are impacting the homebuilding industry. Trumark’s community Fielding at Wallis Ranch is featured as an example of how builders plan for autonomous cars.

Nov 17

Trumark Homes Expands Southern California Portfolio with Introduction of Four New Communities

Next Generation Builder Announces Plans for 363 New Homes in Southern California

Newport Beach, Calif. (November 17, 2016) Trumark Homes, the California-based homebuilding company setting the bar for a new generation of builders, is introducing four new residential communities in attractive suburban markets throughout Southern California totaling 363 new homes all in various stages of development. The introduction of these new home communities underscores the success Trumark Homes has experienced in the region, including their recently closed out SL70 community in Silver Lake, Los Angeles.

“Trumark Homes is continuing to build on the momentum that we’ve created over the last year by targeting sites across the Southland where we can deliver homes catering to a range of price points and diverse demographics, close to job centers,” said Eric Nelson, Vice President of Community Development at Trumark Homes. “There is a rising need for entry-level home products in key Southern California markets, including the Inland Empire. We are committed to helping close the supply and demand gap while contributing to the resurgence of markets like Santa Ana that are experiencing a real transformation.”

Highlights of each new community include:

  • Upcoast in Costa Mesa—This signature Trumark Homes community includes 28 three-story detached homes spanning a two-acre bluff, one mile up from the coast. To capitalize on the coastal setting and indoor/outdoor lifestyle, a majority of the homes feature a rooftop terrace. Additional community features include convenient access to a system of local walking paths leading to a nearby beach, as well as a system of local trails. Sales of homes began in June 2016, and to-date over half of the community is sold out. With homes ranging from 1,900 square feet to 2,300 square feet, Upcoast was recently named “Detached Community of the Year Priced under $1.5 Million” at the 2016 SoCal Awards presented by the Greater Sales & Marketing Council and Building Industry Association of Southern California.
  • Tribella in Santa Ana—The eight-acre Tribella site is part of Santa Ana’s Harbor City Place plan and has offered Trumark Homes an opportunity to develop a unique mixed-use development that includes a blend of street-facing commercial spaces with mixed-use townhomes and single family detached homes nestled within a gated community. With the majority of the existing homes in the area dating back to the 1950s, Tribella introduced 110 new construction homes in September to a market where young families are attracted to the top-rated Garden Grove public school system.
  • Bristol in Chino Hills— The 31-acre Bristol site is located within the bounds of the Chino Hills General Plan, a greater city effort aimed to bring new housing, retail and commercial spaces to the area. The neighborhood will include 42 attached townhomes and 107 detached single-family homes inclusive of two- and three-story floorplans, ranging in size from 1,835 square feet for townhomes and up to 2,930 square feet for single-family homes. Community features include a five-acre walking trail, oversized landscaped walkways and easy freeway access. These new homes will be located within walking distance to restaurants and stores in the city’s masterplan. Groundbreaking took place in August 2016, with sales expected to commence in early 2017.
  • Founders in Chino Hills— A 76-home community situated amongst prominent residential neighborhoods in northwest Chino Hills, Founders will present duet homes including predominant detached home elements featuring traditional orientation to private streets, two car garages with driveways, backyards, and private living space without common walls. The homes will feature four and five bedroom designs with the larger plan offering a bedroom option on the first floor. The development is slated to break ground in spring 2017.

The $5.5 million acquisition of Upcoast in Costa Mesa and the $16.4 million acquisition of Tribella in Santa Ana were completed in partnership with Tri Pacific Capital Advisors.

About Trumark Homes

Trumark Homes is a visionary, next generation homebuilder with a robust portfolio of new home neighborhoods spanning the state of California. Emphasizing distinction and innovation in every home, Trumark Homes focuses on core infill developments in locations that exhibit strong job growth and provide access to major job centers. The nationally award-winning homebuilder is part of the Trumark Group of Companies, a diversified real estate development and building firm that also includes: Trumark Communities, a residential land development platform; Trumark Commercial, which builds, leases and sells commercial buildings; and Trumark Urban, a vertically integrated residential developer focused on core urban neighborhoods. For more information, visit