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Dec 27

Going Green with Home Decor

The word is out and green is in! “Greenery” to be exact, named the Pantone Color of the Year for 2017. The company describes it as “a fresh and zesty yellow-green shade that evokes the first days of spring when nature’s greens revive, restore and renew.”  The green color also represents a growing movement around protecting nature. That’s a movement we can get behind, but as Kermit once said, “It’s not always easy being green.”

Assuming not everyone wants to rush out at once to paint their house this color, there are some smaller home décor updates that you can make to keep your home on trend.

With greenery being chosen as the color of the year, brands will start following suit and that includes housewares. Get ready to start seeing some appliances in this eye-catching hue. If you’ve always dreamed of having a green refrigerator, blender or stove, they may become more popular then you think.

Starting small is a good first option. Make changes to items that can easily be transformed such as pillows, throws, blankets, towels and rugs. If you want to go a little further consider reviving your room with the color of the year curtains.

If you’re green with envy, you may be ready to try larger investments. Greenery painted accent walls, tiles in the kitchen or bathroom or a new piece of accent furniture would add a nice pop of color that is oh-so on trend. Keep in mind the appropriate pairings with this shade. The experts say it pairs well with neutrals, brights, deeper shades, pastels, metallic and even the Pantone Color of the Year 2016, Rose Quartz and Serenity.

Finally, if you believe being green extends to environmental practices and not decorating ideas, but are open to a small pop of green, try painting a door or mailbox. Be prepared for your neighbors to get jealous of how on trend you are.

What do you think of Greenery? Are you ready to welcome this nature-inspired color into your home?

Dec 22

New Year Home Maintenance

Being a homeowner is a true accomplishment, but it is not one that is short of responsibility. Maintaining the condition of your home requires a plan that involves preventative and routine home maintenance; with the New Year approaching, it’s the perfect time to get started. While this may sound like a lot to take on, it doesn’t have to be overwhelming.

Creating a home maintenance calendar is a great way to set goals, define action items and most importantly, help to keep things on track throughout the year.

To begin, walk through your house both inside and out in order to create a checklist of household structures and projects you will need to keep an eye on – such as window screens, roofing, filters, etc.

Once your checklist is in place, divide up the tasks accordingly into a regular maintenance calendar. This typically can be divided into four parts: monthly, quarterly, bi-annual and annual. For example, your monthly tasks may consist of the easier items such as replacing filters, checking vents and cleaning kitchen sink disposals. Your annual items are typically larger scale projects including gutter cleanings, roof inspections, and chimney sweeps if you have them.

Understanding the needs of your home and property and taking the appropriate actions are a few of the best things you can do toward such a big investment. Do your research and create a calendar with a timeline that works for you and your home. The reward in doing these things can help to save money, and avoid bigger emergency repairs down the line.

Here’s to a happy and healthy home for years to come.

Dec 21

Builder & Developer: Builders Unite to Meet Booming Demand in Dublin, Calif.

Readers of Builder and Developer magazine have voted Wallis Ranch as the Community of the Year for 2016, a unique master-planned community comprised of seven of the nation’s most esteemed builders in Dublin, currently in its sales phase.

Dec 17

5 Ways to Prepare for Your In-Laws

‘Tis the season to host your in-laws! Even if you’re on excellent terms with your in-laws, spending weeks together at home may be difficult to manage for even the most seasoned of hosts. Don’t panic. These tips will not only help get you through the holidays, but you may find that you actually enjoyed yourself. Consider it a gift from our family to yours.

1. Set Expectations
Make sure you and your significant other are on the same page. Discuss what the holidays mean to each of you and what is important. Find the holiday tradition that matters to you both by understanding what your partner and their family value – this will help to set an actionable agenda for when your in-laws arrive.

2. Prep Your Home
Aside from the usual holiday décor, there are several things you can do to bring holiday cheer and comfort to the overall ambiance of your home. From the moment your guests walk in, your home could smell like the holidays with DIY Potpourri. Light candles to create a calming effect and place seasonal flowers around the house to brighten up your home. Stock the fridge and get creative. Set up a hot cocoa bar cart to welcome guests when they arrive – a sweet surprise for any in-law.

3. Personal Touch
Find out what they like. They will be impressed when it just so happens, you have their favorite reading material available bedside, or their favorite snacks prepared as a welcome basket in their guestroom. It’s the little things that can make all the difference.

4. Have A (Flexible) Plan
“What do you want to do? I don’t know…” Sound familiar? This is what you don’t want to happen. While it is important to understand their interests and what they might like to do, that is something you should have planned out prior to their visit. If your in-laws enjoy art, take them to a museum; if they like outdoor activities, take them on a doable outdoor adventure. If they aren’t feeling social, then a movie night could be an excellent idea for everyone! Have a variety of activities planned and always be ready for changes. Creating activities will not only break up the time spent at home, but will give them something to remember and talk about.

5. Get Your In-Laws Involved
The holidays are about celebrating family and friends. Everyone likes to be a part of that in some way. They want to contribute. So go ahead, ask for help in the kitchen or perhaps with the kids. Making them feel included will be appreciated.

Happy Holidays from Trumark!

Dec 16

GlobeSt: What Are OC Developers Doing To Make Homes Affordable?

Trumark Homes’ Southern California division president Richard Douglass shares how Trumark is taking action to make homes more affordable, along with the introduction of four new residential communities in Orange County.