Best Neighborhoods for Sports Fans

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When you move into a new neighborhood, often the usual facilities like the nearest shopping malls, grocery stores, fitness centers, and schools take first priority, but what about sports fans? There is nothing worse than being hundreds of miles away from every major sporting event, so in this article we look at the best LGI Homes communities for those who can’t live without sports!

Minute Maid Park

Hidden Meadow is just a short trip from Minute Maid Park, home of the Houston Astros.

Hidden Meadow – Houston, Texas

This is a brand new master-planned community, and it will almost certainly be the first choice of sports fans once they find out the immense level of sporting arenas it is in close proximity to. Hidden Meadow is just 15 miles away from downtown Houston, and you know what that means: you are just minutes away from one of America’s great sporting cities.

If you love the NBA, you’ll be delighted to learn that the Toyota Center, home of the Houston Rockets, is situated in downtown Houston. Baseball lovers can take the short trip to Minute Maid Park in Union Station to watch the Houston Astros in action. Perhaps the highlight of the sporting arenas in the city is the legendary Astrodome, home of the Houston Texans; the Astrodome is now called the NRG Stadium, but it was originally called “the eighth wonder of the world” when it was unveiled in 2002.

Cherry Lake – Orlando, Florida

By purchasing a home at Cherry Lake in Orlando, you’re sure to be a big hit with your kids, since Disney World is only minutes away! As a sports fan, you’re also in luck, because Orlando has been ranked in the top 10 in terms of great sporting locations for a vacation.

For a start, you have the Amway Center, where you can catch the Orlando Magic in the NBA. Soccer fans are also in for a treat, because the Orlando City Lions have just announced they will become an MLS franchise in 2015. Then you have the Orlando Predators, a former arena league national champion team, and the Solar Bears, who are the city’s hockey team. Finally, you can drive at up to 120 mph on the Richard Petty Driving Experience.

St. Joseph’s – Atlanta, Georgia

Philip's Arena

Philips Arena is home to the Atlanta Hawks

If you decide to live in St. Joseph’s, you will be minutes away from downtown Atlanta and in close proximity to several incredible stadiums. Atlanta is not a city that has had much luck with its sports franchises, but there are multiple major franchises active in the city, so you have a wonderful opportunity to see world-class action at your doorstep.

The Philips Arena in downtown Atlanta is one of the nation’s finest basketball stadiums and is home to the Atlanta Hawks. Turner Field is home to baseball’s Atlanta Braves, while the Falcons play in the awesome Georgia Dome and are the city’s NFL team.

As you can see, LGI Homes has communities all over the nation, and there are numerous opportunities for sports fans to enjoy the very best of what baseball, hockey, basketball, football, and soccer have to offer.

Resale vs. New Home

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Top Reasons why a New Home is a Better Choice than a Resale

When shopping for a new house, there are many things that need to be considered before you buy. One of the biggest decisions you will make on that adventure is whether you’d like to build a new home, or purchase a resale home. The buying process can be time consuming whether you are trying to find a resale home that is perfect for you, or whether you are working with builders to make your brand new home exactly the way you want it. Why spend all that time looking for something to settle on, when you could have a home specifically designed for you?

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1. Customizability

When you decide to have your home built, you have many choices available to you. You get to choose everything from the layout to the shade of carpet. If you want vaulted ceilings, they can be built in. A jacuzzi in the master bath? No problem. When looking at resale houses, what you see is what you get. Many things cannot be changed about a resale house, for instance, there is no way to rebuild a resale to have vaulted ceilings.

2. Energy Efficiency

Standards for building homes are revised on a regular basis, and become more stringent for builders. Homes built today are required to have a much more sound structure, better insulation, and higher quality windows than homes built several years ago. As these requirements become more strict, the energy efficiency of a house increases. A house built ten years ago will have higher utility bills than a house of the exact same size built today.

3.Warranties

When you purchase a resale home items such as your appliances, the roof, the siding, and the air conditioning system are used. This means that they most likely no longer are under warranty. All of these things, and sometimes more, come with warranties when they are brand new. When you buy a new house, everything comes with a warranty that will most likely last several years, and usually extended warranties are available. This gives you the peace of mind that the first few years of owning your new house, you will have virtually no repair or replacement costs.

4. Low Maintenance

Every house has some maintenance associated with it. Mowing the grass, cleaning the gutters and windows, washing the floors and vacuuming the carpet are things that all homeowners are responsible for. However, older homes can come with additional repairs to more critical aspects of the house such as plumbing or heating and cooling. With a new house, those warranties that are mentioned above should cover any major repairs you may need. No need to worry about any kind of massive do-it-yourself projects, that is, of course, unless you want to embark on that adventure.

Purchasing a house is a major decision, and it is important that you look at all of your options. A new house may very well save you time and money in the long run, not to mention you’ll get that “New House Feeling” in your own personal home that you had a hand in making.

What Your Decorating Choices Say About You

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Design Choices

Many people do not realize that the furniture and accessories they choose for their homes tell more about the person they are than almost anything else. From observing these choices, outsiders can learn if a person is somewhat eclectic and creative or if he or she prefers simple, minimally decorated environments, as well as a generally drama-free lifestyle. Some people choose glamorous, high-end pieces to give the impression they are successful and worthy of the admiration of friends and family, while others prefer clean, sophisticated décor to create a truly comfortable retreat.

Craving Intimacy

People with highly stressful jobs often crave an intimate space at home where they are able to relax and regroup before putting their nose to the grindstone again. Oftentimes, and usually subconsciously, these people will select yellows and oranges for their living spaces. These colors not only welcome them home but can also quickly make them feel more cheerful, all the while nurturing their emotional wellbeing. Even though experts say these colors make rooms feel less spacious, they only add to a fuller feeling of intimacy.

Another form of solace in the midst of a busy, chaotic world comes through soft pastel hues from pale greens and blues to lavenders and medium blues. These colors reflect tranquility and make any room a restful haven from the pressures of daily life. Because these colors are truly easier for the eyes to bear, they can be instantly calming. Psychologists and other experts believe people who prefer soft blue hues tend to be introverted and prefer spending time alone rather than hanging out in a crowd.

Stimulation Central

Creative extroverts who tend to thrive in highly stimulating environments are often attracted to jewel tones such as amethyst, topaz, ruby, emerald, or sapphire. These sharp, brilliant colors are known to spark interest and inspiration, particularly for the outgoing, artsy types such as artists or writers. Some people choose these colors only for coordinating accessories, and even limited amounts of these pleasurable pops of color still present an element of inspiration.

Neutral and Neat

People who are described as practical or responsible are often those whose homes are based in neutral grays, tans, and beiges. These people prefer not only an even-keeled lifestyle but a smart, sensible home environment. They will often select specific brightly-colored objects as accessories rather than splashing their walls with unexpected color.

The psychological relationship between colors and the brain is so crucial that advertisers and marketers routinely select colors that elicit desired responses from potential customers. For example, a marketer may choose blues to dominate a commercial designed to make the customer feel their company is the smartest, most trustworthy choice. This is why many insurance and health care companies often choose blue hues for the backdrops of their commercials.

Remember, the next time you head to the store for a gallon or two of paint or to purchase a new sofa, keep in mind that the colors you select will likely tell the world more about you than you thought you were revealing.

Unique & Fun Home Purchases to Get You Thinking Spring and Summer

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The early months of 2014 have brought some unusual weather for the southern portion of the United States, and Mother Nature doesn’t seem to be finished quite yet. If the weather is not desirable at the moment, why not shop for some leisurely and luxurious items for when the weather perks up? Here are a few ideas to get you started:

Fishing for Fun

One of the most serene, low-maintenance home trends is the backyard fish pond. One choice is the Koolscapes 270-gallon pond kit. This pond is inexpensive and fish-friendly, not to mention a perfect way to add a unique touch to your backyard. Many people also choose to add a waterfall to enhance interest in their addition. The sound of trickling water can prove relaxing while lounging in the Adirondack chair on a weekend afternoon.

Hot Tub, Anyone?

hot tub

Everyone loves hot tubs, and the nice thing about them is that they can bring relaxation and enjoyment year-round. One exceptional choice is AquaRest’s four-person, 11-jet spa with heater. If the unusual weather of this unexpected winter has brought some annoying aches and pains, this hot tub provides the perfect prescription of hydrotherapy and relaxation. Why not go all out and build a pavilion so you can enjoy the warmth and solace in any weather?

If you need a warm-up after drying off from the hot tub, the Heatwave Santa Fe Infrared Three-Person Carbon Sauna is a great choice. This sauna is designed to fit conveniently in a corner area and provides the rejuvenation and healing of dry heat.

Fun for the Whole Family

If the kids have felt cooped up this winter, sports always bring the family together while allowing everyone to work out the stress of the season. One choice is the all-American game of baseball by way of an at-home batting cage. A perfect choice is the Xtender Batting Cage, available in a variety of sizes. Take turns hitting balls with the family without anyone breaking a window.

If soccer or field hockey fits your family’s style better, try out a pair of Franklin Sports Competition Soccer Goals for a game right in your backyard. Run up and down the field with the kids, not only trying to make the next goal but enjoying time well-spent with your favorite people. Other parents prefer to simply watch their children play while they sip a cool drink from the patio. For small children, a fun-filled purchase is the Banzai Ships Ahoy Ship Pool. This pool offers your children hours of endless play aboard their very own pirate ship.

Backyard Grub and Pub

bbq

The party is on when you set up your own backyard bar and grill this spring or summer. Grill up your favorite steaks, chicken, or ribs on a Char-Broil Red Three-Burner Gas Infrared Grill if you prefer gas grilling or the Chargriller 1224 Smokin’ Pro Charcoal Grill and Smoker if you prefer charcoal. For those who prefer pizza over a meat entrée, there’s the Rustic Natural Cedar Furniture Plain-Front Wood-Fired Oven, which boasts the ability to bake up your favorite pizza in two minutes right in your own backyard! Then serve up your grub and favorite drinks on the Atlantic Monza Five-Piece Rectangle High Patio Dining Set.

Hopefully, this list has helped inspire an even longer wish list for your home and backyard this spring and summer. Whatever purchase choices you make, be sure to settle on ones that will not only create fun and add interest to your home but also enhance the time you spend.

Fun Ways to Add Some Spring to Your Home

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After the dingy, dreary days of winter, it’s time to put some pop and pizazz in your home! What better way to add some flare than to experiment with colors and patterns? Cool citrus tones wake up any home after the hibernation of winter.

Citrusy Sensations

Swap your earth tone pillows for a pair of Rizzy Home 18-inch-by-18-inch green and yellow woven pillows. They are fun and add much-needed brightness to any room. Plus, they come at a low cost; simply swap them with your old ones, if you desire, to ease into brighter, potentially unfamiliar territory.

Home Decorators Collection Loft Orange Patterned

Spring nights can be a bit nippy, so drape a green and ivory Taryn throw over your sofa or favorite chair for easy grabbing in a pinch. While you’re warming up on a chilly night, you will update your room décor with the soft, cool shades of spring.

Pop some small green leaves in an Orange Nugget Bud Vase and drink up the juicy results. For a larger impact and to mix sunny orange with a fun pattern, switch out a pair of side tables for the Home Decorators Collection Loft Orange Patterned Nesting Tables. Complement those with a white lamp to fully maximize the punch potential. This Ripley White Table Lamp is a funky, fashionable choice.

Texture Trends

This spring, some fun textures are hot and trending. Two of the most exciting are fringe and feathers. For a warm, solid rug with funky leather fringes, look no further than the Brown Leather Shag Rug from World Market. This rug is available in different sizes and provides the perfect floor cover for any room. An even funkier, festive option is the Confetti Shag Rug from Sky Iris. This rug is a 4-foot-by-6-foot rainbow of color, ready and waiting to bring light to any dark room in need of some spring punch.

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Invite a majestic, picturesque peacock to take up residence with the Allstate 22-inch Regal Peacock Open-Tailed Natural Feather Peacock Figurine. This vibrant bird adds not only a pop of blissful blue but the fascinating texture of feathers.

A somewhat bolder, unique option is the Lumisource Feather Audubon Floor Lamp, bringing bold, stark white into your home while keeping with this funky trend. Some designers are suggesting a black-and-white color scheme for spring, and this lamp is a fun way to play with that idea.

If you are hesitant to bring actual feathers into your decorating scheme, bring in a few feathered friends instead. One option is a Feathered Friends Stained Glass panel from Signals Catalog, which allows you to combine the fun and beauty of spring birds into your home without any hassles. Hang this in your window and enjoy the kaleidoscope of colors reflecting in the spring sunshine. Another feathered choice is the Toscano Peacock Feathers Stained Glass Lamp. This Tiffany-style lamp lights up any room with a masterpiece of peacock feather design.

Geometric Patterns with Punch

eometric patterns punch through all decorating barriers, adding interest and depth to any room in your home. Cover a pair of throw pillows you already have with an 18-inch Exotic Geometric Pattern Cotton/Linen Decorative Pillow Cover, available in a wide variety of colors. This is an inexpensive option from Light in the Box and is a perfect way to test the waters of this trend.

Exotic Geometric Pattern Pillow

If you are ready to take the plunge with a bolder statement, consider the Homelegance Lifestyle Armless Lounge Chair with a blue geometric pattern. This chair, or a pair of these chairs, announces to the world that you are not only ready for a classy, elegant spring but ready to try something totally different.

No matter what color palette or design scheme you choose this spring, make sure you have fun giving your home design a new birth. After all, that is what spring is all about!

Be a Tourist in Your Own City

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LGI Homes’ neighborhoods are located in some of America’s greatest cities. Therefore, it only makes sense for those who call these cozy communities home, to take advantage of all that is waiting for them to enjoy in their new backyards.

Atlanta, GA
Kids Exploring Atlanta Botanical Garden

Kids Exploring Atlanta Botanical Garden
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Atlanta is currently home to three LGI communities and a wealth of fun and entertainment for its residents. Perhaps one of the most exciting, particularly for those just moving into their new home, is the Atlanta Botanical Garden. This beautiful destination provides much inspiration for those wishing to start their own smaller scale garden. Although Avondale Springs, Semaphore Crossing, and Maple Park are all fairly close by, they make a great weekend trip to take in the plant collections and other heavenly natural surroundings. Family memberships start at just $99 per year, which will pay for itself in just a few visits.

Residents of Semaphore Crossing and Avondale Springs need only embark on a short jaunt to Little Five Points in Midtown Atlanta. This eclectic area features restaurants, such as The Tijuana Garage and The Vortex Bar & Grill. Enjoy some Lobster Pico Rolls, a Mexican Veggie Pizza, Borracho Nachos, or an order of Southern Fried Pickles while taking in the tantalizing tastes close to home.

Atlanta is also home to a number of sports teams, such as the Falcons, Braves, and the Hawks, plus NASCAR at the Atlanta Motor Speedway. It is also home to a slice of sports history in Centennial Olympic Park.

Austin, TX
Old Williamson County Jail in Georgetown

Old Williamson County Jail in Georgetown
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The North Austin community of Sonterra is located near Georgetown, Texas, a historic area full of both natural and manmade richness. Residents can enjoy picnicking alongside the luscious lagoon, known as Blue Hole, just blocks from downtown. Historic Georgetown features self-guided tours of attractions, such as the Old Williamson County Jail and the City Pharmacy.

East Austin is not only home to the community of Presidential Glen, but also near popular tourist hot spots, including Texas State Cemetery, Bluebonnet Hill Golf Course, and Live Oak Brewing Company. Residents can spend the day enjoying great beer, music, artwork, or perhaps putting the green.

Dallas/Fort Worth, TX
White Tiger at Fort Worth Zoo

White Tiger at Fort Worth Zoo
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The Dallas/Fort Worth area currently is home to seven LGI Homes’ communities, as well as the lure of many popular tourist attractions. The Fort Worth Zoo houses to at least 5,000 animals and is open every day of the year. Family memberships begin around $130 per year, and offer visitors unlimited visits.

St. Patrick Cathedral is a breathtaking, must-see attraction offering daily mass. The architecture of this structure, with its gothic columns and stained glass windows, attracts hundreds of visitors each year.

In addition to animals and architecture, the Dallas/Fort Worth area boasts rich culture and cuisine, as well as the Stockyards Rodeo and the Texas Motor Speedway for sports fans.

Houston, TX
Girls Playing at the Children's Museum of Houston

Girls Playing at the Children’s Museum of Houston
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For home owners in the Houston area, there are various free museums for both individuals and families to enjoy. The Holocaust Museum Houston features a variety of exhibits and is open seven days a week. September through May, on the first Tuesday of every month, residents can visit the Houston Zoo free of charge as well. The Children’s Museum of Houston is free on Thursdays from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., and makes a wonderful family night field trip.

Houston also offers great shopping, delicious restaurants, and a vibrant night life. Enjoy some pork belly tacos from Anvil Bar & Refuge downtown or scout some unique pieces at Antiques on 8, before taking in a concert or movie with friends or family.

San Antonio, TX
San Antonio River Walk

San Antonio River Walk
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San Antonio residents always have something to choose from, whether it is a slow, romantic walk on the River Walk or a fun-filled day with the family at Six Flags Fiesta Texas, there is definitely something for everyone. The Alamo and Majestic Theatre are also popular attractions, while less famous spots, such as Natural Bridge Wildlife Ranch and Medina Lake are also welcoming, fun spots for residents and tourists alike.

Orlando, FL
Disney Characters at Disney World Orlando

Disney Characters at Disney World Orlando
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Perhaps the most famous attraction for residents and tourists, Disney World and Universal Orlando, are only the tip of the iceberg. Cherry Lake and Highland Meadows residents can take in a wide variety of venues and restaurants, including the Holy Land Experience and the Cornell Fine Arts Museum; as well as 310 Lakeside and Amura.

Tampa, FL
Sunshine Skyway Bridge

Sunshine Skyway Bridge
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Krenson residents can take the short drive into Tampa and enjoy the beautiful scenery while crossing the Sunshine Skyway Bridge. Busch Gardens, the Museum of Science and Industry, and the Airheads Trampoline Arena are also fun-filled, popular tourist spots. Take in a meal at the Pane Rustica, Roy’s Hawaiian Fusion Cuisine, or one of many other delicious restaurants in the area.

Phoenix, AZ
Grand Canyon National Park

Grand Canyon National Park
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Probably the most popular, yet natural attraction, for residents of the Blue Hills, Glennwilde, and Magma Ranch communities is the Grand Canyon. A wonderful way to take in nature is to throw a tent in the trunk and camp out under the stars, perhaps at Mather Campground on the South Rim, or Desert View Campground. While touring the canyon, a river trip is a must and can range anywhere from one day to a 25-day trip aboard rafts on private or professionally guided tours.

Tucson, AZ
Saguaro National Park

Saguaro National Park
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Caddis Haley residents are privileged with a wealth of attractions, as well as LGI’s other communities. Home to Saguaro National Park, Reid Park Zoo, and the Cathedral of Saint Augustine, this area is rich in culture and natural beauty. The area also is a food mecca boasting restaurants such as Guillermo’s Double L Restaurant and Vivace.

Best Tips for Preparing & Organizing Your Home for 2014

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The worst way to begin the New Year is with a messy home, particularly when you have recently moved into a luxurious LGI home. For those who are struggling to regain or maintain order, especially with the addition of the most recent installment of Christmas gifts, here are some tips to help you prepare your home for 2014.

The Kitchen

Modern Kitchen Design

Getting organized in the kitchen starts by throwing away expired products and giving away unused culinary equipment.

With all of the leftovers crammed inside the fridge, now is a great time to begin to organize the kitchen and refrigerator shelves. As these items are eaten or expire, toss a few extra items out, which you are either no longer eating or drinking and are past their expiration date. As the space becomes cleared out, consider purchasing either some bins specifically designed for refrigerator organization or to save money, perhaps some small inexpensive bins, such as shoe storage boxes from the local dollar store.

Along the same path as the fridge, begin weeding through the cabinets and cupboards, tossing out anything opened more than a few weeks, as well as anything out of date. If you do not already have them, consider purchasing some additional dollar store bins for organizing snacks, small canned goods, chips, and other pantry items. Large items and those used infrequently can be placed in containers near the bottom or top of your pantry areas.


The Bathroom

Organizational Bathroom Basket

When organizing the bathroom, never underestimate the utility of decorative baskets for storing lotions, shampoos, and soaps!

It is easy to become overwhelmed with beauty and bath products, especially after the holidays when many people are organizing recent perfume, soap, or lotion gifts. Everything from glass jars to wicker baskets are excellent organizational options for the bathroom. Stuff cotton swaps, toilet tissue, soaps, and other items into decorative containers to display, or if you choose, place into containers to store under the sink, in the medicine cabinet, or in a linen closet.


Bedrooms

Well Organized Kid's Bedroom

When it comes to organizing your bedrooms, especially children’s rooms, the first step is to find a place for clutter items.

Perhaps your bedroom or your children’s bedrooms are in total disarray, littered with loads of Christmas gifts no one knows where to store. If you, your spouse, or child received baseball caps to add to a collection, pick up an inexpensive package of shower hooks and a wooden coat hanger to put all of those hats out of sight. If you would rather display them all, purchase an inexpensive shelf and line them up for everyone to see.

For random clutter, cover some of the strongest of your leftover gift boxes with some decorative wrapping paper or fabric and store in closets or under beds.

In order to get your home organized quickly, make a New Year’s resolution to chip away at your clutter a little bit each day of January. This way, you and your family can enjoy the rest of the year in a clutter-free, mostly stress-free zone.

8 Ways to Prepare Your Home for Cooler Temperatures

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A big house during the winter

Winter is among us and the coldest months are yet to come, so be sure your home is prepared for the cooler temperatures!

Winter is upon us and even if your home is in a more tropical climate, the months ahead still hold some cool nights. Some places are already being affected by winter storms Cleon and Dion. Even with a new home, there are important preparations to ensure your family’s winter is the best it can be. Here are some tips for prepping your home for whatever this winter may hold for you.

Interior
  • Winter is the perfect time to rearrange your furniture, even if you have only been in your home a few months. The change will help your home and life feel fresh and bright, even if the sky is filled with dark, grey snow clouds. Consider implementing some cozier seating arrangements, with chairs pushed a bit closer together for more intimate moments and conversations.
  • It is important to regularly test all smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. Batteries can run down and systems can malfunction without warning. Therefore, it is crucial to your family’s safety that you take a moment before the stress of the holidays to make sure your home is ready in the event of a fire or gas leak.
  • Make an appointment with a heating professional to have dust and debris blown out of your heating system. Also, make sure you have plenty of air filters for the months ahead. Even a newer furnace cannot run efficiently if the filter is clogged.
  • Keep your thermostat on 68 degrees or even lower to cut the costs of energy bills. Particularly in areas with warmer climates, there is no need to overrun the furnace and run up costs. Simply throw an extra blanket or two in your bedroom closet for more chilly nights. You can also consider switching to flannel or fleece sheets for the season.
Exterior
  • If temperatures drop below freezing where you live, make sure you have all garden hoses disconnected and put away for the season. This will protect water from freezing inside the hose and cracking. Also, place a cover over the hose to prevent freezing and breakage in your pipes.
  • If you are finished with your landscaping tools for the season, coat each piece with some lubricant to make sure they are ready when you go to use them in the spring.
  • If you live in an area where it snows, be certain any snow removal equipment is working properly. Test snow pushers and blowers and make sure shovels are not rusty, bent, or broken.
  • To keep your lawn looking lush and healthy, a winter fertilizer application is a great idea. These fertilizers help strengthen the roots of your grass, and will make your spring lawn green and gorgeous.

Decorating Your New Home, Inside and Out

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Even if your home is not in an area experiencing a heavy dose of white, fluffy snow so close to Christmas, there are still many creative options for decorating for the season; in a style fitting to you and your home. Home owners in Arizona and Texas may want to decorate with a bit of a southwestern flare, decking your halls with howling wolves and red hot chili peppers.

Assorted Christmas decors

Christmas is finally here. For your new homes, you can use different Christmas decors to accentuate your homes.

Bright shades of red and green are the perfect way to light up the desert just in time for the holiday season. Wrap your home with beautiful, rich velvety ribbons and bows, bringing joy and seasonal pizazz to your delightful desert residence. Some home owners may wish to add precious natural details, particularly in rich geologically interesting areas, such as those surrounding Phoenix, Tucson, or San Antonio. The naturally occurring browns and reds blend well with seasonal colors, making your home even more of a masterpiece to enjoy with family and friends.

If you happen to own some beautiful Navajo or other southwestern-style pottery painted red or green, even though they may not be actual “Christmas decorations,” they provide the homey, warmness of the southwest and make the perfect way to serve holiday treats to your guests. Native American rugs can also provide another way to maximize your usage of already owned wares and offer a nice alternative to the same old store bought tree skirts you always use.

For those residing in the Atlanta area, perhaps your decorating style is more “down home” or traditional. White lights are the perfect way to add a touch of yesterday and elegance to your bright new home. They go well with most decorations and make everything look clean and nostalgic. Pair with them some large tree branches, evergreen trim, and wreaths of twigs and holly berries for inviting country Christmas décor. Burlap and plain ribbons in reds and greens are great additions to make a new home feel warm and old fashioned.

Should Christmas find you in your new Florida home, your decorating sense may sway toward a more tropical side. In this case, add starfish, coral, and sea shells to your list of ideas for an airy, refreshing Christmas on the beach. Many people love the lighted palm tree sculptures often found on bar patios and these make the perfect addition to possible decorations for your front or back yard.

To carry the beach inside, fill clear glass bowls and even ornaments with sand and sea shells, then add starfish to your Christmas tree. Drape white lights around to show off the natural beach-like feel or go all out for the rainbow-colored party lights and crank up the carols with your family and friends.

No matter where your new home is, you deserve to enjoy it in sensational, seasonal style. Hopefully, these suggestions will boost your creativity and have your home in winter wonderland mode in no time at all!

The Best Christmas Gifts for Your New Home

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Couple Exchanging Gifts at Christmas

If you’re shopping for decorative items for your new home this Christmas, take a moment to read over our suggestions separated by room below!

Whether this is the first Christmas in your new home or not, the holiday is the perfect time and excuse to splurge a little for yourself and your home. Below you will find some great gift ideas for both inside and out of your new home.

For the Kitchen
  • Why go out when you have the perfect place to enjoy the company of others? Invite over family and friends for a little beer tasting in your new home with a Beer Tasting Glass Set from RedEnvelope.com. This features 8 different glasses and is on sale now for only $39.95. – Buy it here
  • Spice up any meal with an Italian Spice Stack from Dean & Deluca, priced just right at only $16. – Buy it here
For Any Room
  • Light up 2014 with the gift of these Year of Wishes candles, featured at RedEnvelope.com for the sale price of $71.96. You will receive 12 different candles, all wrapped in their own box and placed in their own glass votive cups, with an encouraging word silkscreened across each one. – Buy it here
  • RedEnvelope.com also offers Polygon Glass Terrariums to allow you to momentarily escape to another world of lush gardens and landscaping on a small scale. These popular gifts are on sale now for only $79.95. – Buy it here
  • Show off your favorite photos to family and friends with a Photo Clip Mobile, available from The Guggenheim Store online for only $15. – Buy it here
For the Living Room/Family Room
  • Wrap up on the chilly nights ahead in a Luxury Plush Throw from RestorationHardware.com, available in 7 different colors, and starting at only $39 each. – Buy it here
  • Celebrate the passing of time in your new home with a set of Four Seasons Glass Globes, beautifully designed with trees in each season, from UncommonGoods.com for only $45. – Buy it here
For the Bathroom
  • Prepare your bathroom for holiday guests with a 4-piece Tree Bath Coordinate Set from Target.com. This set features a lotion pump, soap dish, tumbler, and toothbrush holder, all with a rich brown tree painted on the side. This set is on sale for Christmas for only $34.99. – Buy it here
  • Hang up the matching Tree Shower Curtain, also from Target.com, for $34.99 (Chocolate curtain) or $39.99 (White and Brown set) with shower hooks. – Buy it here or Buy it here
For the Front Porch/Patio/Yard
  • Warm your hands around a River Rock Tabletop Fire Bowl from RestorationHardware.com for only $59. – Buy it here
  • If baseball is your passion, slide in to home plate as you cross the threshold of your home with a Home Plate Welcome Mat from UncommonGoods.com for only $22. – Buy it here
For the Garage
  • Every new homeowner needs some basic tools and Home Depot has the perfect gift for you! Their HDX Homeowner’s 22-piece Tool Set is on sale now for only $9.88. – Buy it here
  • If you need a place to store your new tools, check out the Husky 16-inch Tool Box with metal latch for only $6.97, also from Home Depot. – Buy it here