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May 30

The Best Ways to Make your Home Instagram-Worthy

Whether you are moving into a new place or wanting to create a summer home makeover it can be tough trying to choose the best decorations to achieve stunning looks. Everyone wants that picture-perfect home, so we’ve got you covered with these 6 simple design tips and tricks to get the most desirable home for you to get snapping and uploading.

  1.  Glow me up

Illuminating your home can make a world of difference. Lighting can act as jewelry. Different lights can become the art of a room as well as adding dimension. Placing mirrors in a room can make a room feel larger and glow it up. Try using different shaped mirrors to add flare and get that insta-worthy picture.

  1. Gallery Wall

Gallery walls are great decoration due to their flexibility. There is so much freedom in expressing your desired style with choosing the materials and how big or small you would like the wall to be. If you wish to get more creative and not just use photos and paintings, you could post fake flowers on your wall as it will act like a 3D wallpaper. Gallery walls are quintessential features that great for Instagram.

  1.  Adding Greenery

Why not make your home come to life. If you live in a bustling city center, then adding plants to your home is essential as they add color and texture as well as balancing a room.

  1.  Bar Cart

Having an authentic and unique bar cart is a lavish addition to any space in your home. It is both practical and eye-catching. You can use both picturesque bottles and barware and switch it up throughout the year. It is something to have fun with whilst looking attractive for photos.

  1.  Glass jars for food

Make your food look aesthetically pleasing by keeping food staples in glass jars. This will convert your chaotic pantry into one that is completely insta-worthy and organized.

  1.  Different textured elements

Try incorporating décor with different materials as this can create a sense of richness and it will make your home seem inviting without being too bold. For example, have a nightstand that is mixed with oak and leather. Have a few velvet pillows in your bedroom and a fur rug to make the place more modern chic. Little details in the design are essential as it can put a room together and create a cohesive space.

Want a great home to incorporate all these ideas? Check out Trumark Homes, these homes are definitely Insta-worthy.  

May 23

Memorial Day Weekend Events in California

Over 43 million Americans will kick their summers off by traveling this Memorial Day. Enjoy the freedom provided by our armed forces by spending time with friends and family while not forgetting the reason for this special day. Here at Trumark Homes, we believe there are plenty of great events that don’t require the burden of traveling. From services and parades to beach parties and brunches, we’ve rounded up the best events in the area for you to celebrate our country this Memorial Day.  

Southern California

For those in the Santa Ana, Anaheim, and Ontario area, the Orange County Music Fest is just a short distance away on Irvine Lake. This festival will feature more than 20 local bands over the weekend, and is a great event for the whole family as children under 12 get free admittance. Whether you’re heading over for the day or camping for the weekend, the OC Music Festival is a fun place to gather and jam with friends and family.

What better place to spend Memorial Day weekend than the beach? Those heading West this long weekend are in for a treat as there is no shortage of activities in this area. Kick off your summer at Newport Dunes, a waterfront resort and marina located in Newport Beach. This Water Park boasts the largest inflatable obstacle course in Southern California, along with amazing watercraft rentals. New to their watercraft fleet are paddleboards by Radiant Rides, which come equipped with lights that illuminate the water beneath you. Another fun activity at Newport Dunes is The Annual Liquid Run – a challenging, but fun obstacle course to test your skills. With waterfront dining, live entertainment, and even beachfront cottages, Newport Dunes is the perfect place to start your summer this Memorial Day.

With the start of summer comes more chances to get out on the water. Celebrate the long weekend with a relaxing Memorial Day Champagne Cruise out of Newport Beach or Marina Del Rey. Enjoy the soft ocean breeze, music, and gorgeous views of the coast and sea life. Visit this link for more information and to purchase your tickets.

Northern California

Trumark residents at our Dublin location have San Francisco and the rest of the Bay Area at a close distance, and there is no shortage of Memorial Day weekend fun here. Take a Memorial Day cruise on the scenic San Francisco Bay and enjoy amazing views of the Golden Gate Bridge and live music as you enjoy a brunch buffet with champagne.

The largest event in the Bay Area this weekend is the Memorial Day Ceremony at the National Cemetery. While it is less of a celebration and more of a ceremony, this is a way to observe Memorial Day as it was intended, and the best place to pay tribute to our veterans.

Another huge celebration on Memorial Day weekend is Carnaval San Francisco. While this is a festival that celebrates Latin American and Caribbean traditions, it is important to remember that these types of cultural events are possible in our great country because of the sacrifice our armed forces have made for our freedom.

May 16

Six Epic California Road Trip Ideas

“A road trip is a way for the whole family to spend time together and annoy each other in interesting new places.” – Tom Lichtenheld

With the official first day of summer just around the corner, it’s time to channel your inner Jack Kerouac and start planning that perfect family road trip. Hitting the road with your family is a great way to deepen bonds and spend quality time together. In between the ‘are we there yet?’s and arguments over stolen phone chargers, road trips allow for families to grow closer and learn more about one another, regardless of the destination. With picturesque national parks, vibrant cities and everything in between – California has all the ingredients for an epic road trip experience. Don’t know where to start? Don’t worry – we have put together a list of the best road trip routes in Northern and Southern California that are sure to satisfy even the most serious case of wanderlust.

Northern California

Highlighted by towering redwood trees and scenic ocean views, Northern California is a road-tripper’s dreamland. Residents at our NorCal Trumark Homes locations are blessed with endless travel destinations in their backyards, from bustling cities to sprawling national parks.

One of the most convenient destinations from the Bay Area is Lake Tahoe. With endless water-sport options, including boating, kayaking, and canoeing, it’s the perfect destination for family fun. While there, Emerald Bay is a must-see in the South Lake Tahoe area. Sheltered by towering trees, this inlet is known for its colorful granite cliffs and panoramic vistas. Also, make sure to check out  Mt. Tallac, one of the highest peaks on Lake Tahoe, offering many one-of-a-kind trails ranging in difficulty.

Only about 3 hours from the Bay Area lies our next NorCal road trip gem – Yosemite National Park. Driving through Yosemite is an experience in itself, but this national park also offers plenty of family-friendly activities, including hiking, fishing, camping, and more. Among the many ‘must see’ spots at Yosemite is Tunnel View, offering the best vistas of El Capitan, Half Dome, and Bridalveil Fall.

The final spot on our NorCal road trip list is the picturesque  Mendocino County. The drive to this place is unforgettable, featuring deep cliffs, crashing waves, and green wilderness. Tzo start planning your road trip to Mendocino County, check out this awesome trip guide.

Southern California

Southern California offers equally as spectacular road trip destinations as the Northern part of the state. About three hours northeast from Los Angeles is the Sequoia National Forest and Park. Sequoia and the Giant Forest is home to half of the Earth’s largest and longest-living trees. In particular, The General Sherman Tree is a must see attraction, as it is officially the largest tree in the world! Enjoy the wonders of Sequoia National Park from the comfort of your own car, or take the path less traveled in its endless miles of hiking trails.

Next up on our SoCal road trip list is less than a two hour drive from our Anaheim and Chino Hills locations – Joshua Tree National Park. Known for its world-class hiking, horseback riding, biking, stargazing, and tons of other great outdoor activities, Joshua Tree is a great place to sightsee with family. A photographer’s dream world, this desert landscape is full of amazing scenery. Joshua Tree is also home to local art, music, food, lodging, events, and festivals making it a must-see for SoCal natives and beyond.

For those longing for a beachier road trip should look no further than the beautiful drive from the Los Angeles area to San Diego, featuring scenic stops such as Huntington Beach, Encinitas, and La Jolla, along the way. To discover more, check out this great itinerary, featuring plenty of destination options between LA and San Diego.

May 09

Five Best Apps for At-Home Workouts

Finding the time to exercise can prove challenging when you constantly juggle work, kids, household chores, and all the rest. And let’s be honest, even if you do have a moment of free time, you are likely exhausted, and driving to the gym or scheduling a workout class is probably the last thing you want to do. But in recent years, mobile apps have transformed the fitness space by making it more accessible and affordable. Gone are the days when you had to be in a certain location to work out or spend large sums of money to get personalized training. From running and biking to yoga and spinning classes, to pocket trainers for those seeking personalized training, there is now a fitness app for everyone.

Getting in shape can really change your life — not only does it make you feel better in the short term, but it also improves your long-term physical and mental health, helps fight chronic disease, and much more. Don’t know where to start? Stop stressing! Read on for our list of five awesome fitness apps that will help you tone up from the convenience and comfort of your home. That’s it! Now is the best time to do something for yourself and your health.

  1. Nike Training Club app – This exercise app provides more than 180 routines with various categories including yoga, strength training, weights and running – all organized by activity. Once you open the app, it gives you 4 different options to choose from – to get lean, get toned, get strong or get focused. Each section features many different workouts at either 30 or 45 minutes and some targeted workout blasts at just 15 minutes. The best part? Nike Training Club is completely free to download and you don’t need to have internet connectivity to use it.
  2. Sworkit – This app caters to your fitness goals whether that is to get fitter, leaner or stronger, and provides an array of exercises to choose from, including yoga for runners, daily stretches and 5-minute ab trainings. Workouts range in time from an hour to only five minutes.
  3. Down Dog – With up to 30,000 variations of yoga workouts, Down Dog gives you plenty of options. This app has built-in music and seven different instructors for you to choose from so you can have the most enjoyment from your yoga workout.
  4. Daily Yoga – This yoga app is the go-to for improving your overall health. Daily Yoga offers 500+ asanas, 200+ guided yoga classes, Pilates, meditation, and 50+ workout plans. There are clear instructions with every workout, three different level options and elective scheduled plans for you to achieve your fitness goals. It’s also connected to the Apple Health app and offers the ability to ask experts questions and get feedback on different routines.
  5. Freeletics – This app is a personal trainer in your pocket! An AI coach will drive you to improve your performance by analyzing your workouts and tracking your progress. It will modify your training plan to get you the best results. The app offers 140+ exercises and 900+ different workouts ranging from 10-30 minutes each, including running, bodyweight training, or using free weights.
May 08

Construction Dive: Trumark Homes Announces Six New Acquisitions Across California

Award-Winning Homebuilder to Close on Six Parcels in First Two Quarters of 2019 Representing $541M in Projected Revenues 

Newport Beach Calif. (MAY 8, 2019) – Trumark Homes, a national award-winning California homebuilder, announced today it recently acquired a 4.6-acre land parcel in Brea, CA, purchased from J.H. Real Estate Partners, Inc. and located within the Central Park Village master plan. In addition to this new Southern California site, Trumark Homes will close on five additional acquisitions across California, totaling 450 residential lots and an estimated $541M in projected revenues. With robust demand in attractive suburban markets, the homebuilder’s new acquisitions precede an exciting wave of new communities taking shape across the state.

“In each of these vibrant target markets, our team identified unique opportunities to acquire parcels and add significant value by improving or changing existing entitlements,” said Michael Maples, Co-Founder and Principal of Trumark Homes. “Most of these acquisitions started in 2017 or before, so we are pleased with the strategic timing of each closing as it fills our pipeline for future market demand.”

The Brea acquisition will consist of 62 three-story attached townhomes and 20 stacked flats. Located on the corner of W. Central Avenue and Site Drive in Brea, the project lies across from a new one-acre community park and four-story medical office building. The entrance will serve as a pedestrian plaza area and provide a rich environment for engagement and community with an enhanced street frontage, water feature and pedestrian paths. The community will offer multiple design layouts per floor, allowing buyers the option to select a design layout of their choice per floor to create the ultimate customizable home. Pre-sales are slated to launch in fall 2019 and models expected to open in spring 2020.

By the end of this month Trumark will complete acquisitions on a total of six properties in 2019. In addition to the Brea property, the Southern California division is closing on a former avocado orchard re-entitled for 95 residential lots in Escondido. Trumark’s Northern California division will close on the company’s first age-qualified community of 59 lots located in The Collective master planned community in Manteca, an 18 luxury-home community in Danville, a 59-lot parcel in Sunnyvale, and a 138-unit project in Newark.

“This volume of closings in such a short period of time is a testament to our team’s incredible efforts and success in deal making, problem solving and tenacity, as we continue to build momentum as a company,” said Gregg Nelson, Co-Founder and Principal of Trumark Homes.

Trumark Homes is currently active in communities across the state with homes for sale at SP78 in Downtown San Jose, Glass Bay in Newark, Perch and Fielding in Dublin, Lewis + Mason in Anaheim and Centerhouse in Ontario.

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