Danielle’s Design Scoop: Dress Up Your Front Porch!

Bring your entry to life with the colorful beauty of spring!

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Spring is just around the corner! Time to sweep up the leaves and debris from winter and create a fresh, inviting entrance. Greet your guests and neighbors as we venture back into the outdoors with a dressed up front porch. 

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Pots, planters or baskets filled with flourishes of life and color are a beautiful way to welcome the season.

Annuals and perennials are just starting to arrive, so visit your local nursery today and bring spring to your home!

The New Coleman Homes Design Gallery Website is LIVE!

March blog sunHere at Coleman Homes, we want to make the selection experience easy and enjoyable for home buyers, and we’ve been working to make your online experience effortless, as well! That’s why we’re excited to announce that we’ve just completed the first step in what will become a complete makeover for our Coleman Homes Design Gallery website.

Visit our site at http://www.mycolemanhome.com/design-gallery-welcome/ to find a beautiful new homepage with improved navigation. Now, scheduling your tour at the Coleman Homes Design Gallery is as simple as the click of a mouse! What’s more, accessing features like our Lookbook, Design Blog, and Buyer Testimonials is easier than ever. The next phase of our website makeover will add and improve features and functions, making your online experience a dream come true.

Visit our site today, and look out for even more great changes to come. We look forward to helping you personalize your dream home!

Sara’s Stunning Favorites: Spruce Up Your Home for Spring With Chalk Paint

Bring a bright burst of color to furniture — even fabric!

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The mild weather we’ve been having these past couple of weeks has me thinking about projects for spring. Last summer a friend told me about chalk paint. This versatile product lets you add a fresh wash of color to almost any finish, with no primer required. There are tons of beautiful colors to choose from, and for those DIY people out there, I’m told you can even make it yourself, though I haven’t had the chance to try it yet!

Here’s an easy at-home paint recipe, along with a few ideas for inspiration:

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Recipe For Home-Made Chalk Paint

(adapted from clumsycrafter.com)

  • Add 1 tablespoon of Plaster of Paris to 1 cup of paint (make sure to stir the Plaster of Paris well before using, to break up any clumps)
  • Slowly add 1/4 cup hot water to the paint/Plaster of Paris mixture and stir well until smooth

You’ll have a beautiful matte-finish paint that is perfect for distressing/antiquing furniture or other pieces. Its texture is thin enough so that deep wood grain will show through. After you’ve finished painting, wait until the surface is completely dry, then lightly sand the edges with a fine sandpaper to distress. You can seal the paint with a finishing wax if you like.

Use Chalk Paint to Bring New Life to Old Furniture

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 A fresh exterior and some new hardware can bestow swan status on almost any ugly duckling.

You Can Even Use Chalk Paint on Upholstery!

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If you’ve got an old chair that’s destined for the scrap heap, chalk paint just might give it a second chance. Just use a fabric medium like this one to soften up the material as you go along.

I hope these ideas provide you with as much inspiration as they do for me! If you’ve done some chalk paint projects in your home, we’d love to see them — please be sure to share them with us!

The Crowning Touch: New Metal Roof Options from Coleman Homes!

Add an elegant metal accent to your Countryside home!

A metal roof accent is an attractive way to personalize your home’s exterior, and you’ll appreciate its longevity and low maintenance.  Coleman Homes is pleased to present two new metal roof options now available on select homes in our Countryside series.

Eastbrook Homes Metal Roof

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Choose a metal roof in a custom color to coordinate with your home’s paint scheme.  This one-inch standing seam metal roofing is crafted from 26-gauge Kynar painted and baked steel, and comes with a 40-year paint warranty. Its enduring beauty will enhance your home for years to come.

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For a distinctive natural look, select a metal roof with rustic flair.

This one-inch standing seam metal roofing is constructed from Cor-Ten 22 gauge steel, pre-treated to rust to 30%. Or, for a similar look, choose 26-gauge Kynar painted and baked steel in “Copper Penny”; it comes with a 40-year paint warranty.

For details about the metal accent roof options at Coleman Homes, contact a Design Consultant. To find out more about building your dream home, visit a Coleman Homes Sales Consultant. Click here to find a Consultant near you!

Join us for a Dream Kitchen Tour and enter to win a $3000 Culinary Gadget Package

There’s never been a better time to build your dream kitchen with Coleman Homes!
Find out more!

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Join us for a Dream Kitchen Tour at Coleman Homes!  You’ll enjoy culinary creations, wine tasting, live music, and the chance to tour beautiful kitchens that will inspire a vision for your own dream kitchen!  You’ll also be entered into the drawing for a $3000 Culinary Gadget Package full of top-of-the line appliances for equipping your dream kitchen (drawing will be held  March 19). For a list of tour dates, complete details, and to RSVP, please visit mycolemanhome.com.

Trina’s February Top Notch Advice: Dinner In A Flash!

Make a Home Cooked Meal That Only Takes Minutes!

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Do you fall victim to the “I’m too busy to cook!” dinner? Some days I do not feel like cooking, though I know that I should. Many times I just want to “tap out” and go out to eat — but home cooking doesn’t have to be complicated to be delicious! I thought I would share one of my favorite, quick, go-to meals:

STIR FRY!

I usually pick up a package of stir fry beef at the grocery store, along with some fresh veggies. A bag of frozen stir fry vegetables or frozen broccoli and carrots will also work in place of the fresh veggies. You will also need a jar of stir fry sauce or a packet of stir fry seasoning. Do you have some instant rice on hand? If not, don’t forget to add that to the grocery cart! I like the frozen brown rice from Trader Joe’s – you can just throw the bag into the microwave to steam.

When you get home, grab your Wok! Don’t have a Wok? Don’t worry, a large, deep frying pan will work just as well.

You will either need to prep your fresh veggies or pull the bag out of the freezer for prep. I like to steam my fresh veggies before adding them into the mix. I have a steamer for my microwave that is perfect for this. If you bought a bag of frozen veggies, the back of the package will offer directions for cooking. I steam the veggies so that they are tender, and then I can just toss them into the Wok without worrying about cooking time.

I add a tablespoon of oil (or sesame oil, if I have it on hand) to the Wok.  Toss the meat into the oil on medium heat.  Once the meat is browned (it shouldn’t take long, as the stir fry meat is thinly sliced) turn the heat down and then add the veggies and prepped sauce, either from the jar or package. Stir and leave on low heat. Prep your rice (or noodles) and serve.

Within twenty minutes, you’ll have a fresh and healthy dinner your whole family will enjoy!

Perfect for Pet Lovers: The Dog Shower

Personalize your home with a clever new option from Coleman Homes!

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Fletcher, contemplating bath time.

Nothing brings warmth and energy to a home in quite the same way as a four-legged friend, yet every pet lover knows these furry ones come with challenges!  Muddy paws are rough on fresh carpet and upholstery, and keeping your home pristine can feel like a perpetual project.

That’s why we’re so pleased to present a new option to Coleman home buyers: the dog shower!  Add this handy feature to either the laundry room or mudroom in your new Coleman Home; then you can easily bring your pets in through the garage or backyard and give them a quick scrub before they traipse through your kitchen or curl up on your favorite rug.  Both your home and your pet will stay fresh!

The handsome tiled dog shower from Coleman Homes is available in two heights to accommodate pets both large and small, and comes with a flexible handheld shower-head. For details about the dog shower option at Coleman Homes, contact a Design Consultant. To find out more about building your dream home, visit a Coleman Homes Sales Consultant. Click here to find a Consultant near you!

 

You Get Luxury Living And Easy Access To All Of Eagle’s Best When You Live At The Preserve

The Preserve puts nature’s beauty right outside your door.

The Preserve Entrance

The Preserve Entrance

When you live at The Preserve in Eagle, you can relax and appreciate Idaho’s mild climate without ever leaving home!  Take a dip in the community pool, or rally the kids for afternoon fun at the community playground or park.  With tree-lined streets and peaceful paths, ponds, and waterfalls, you have endless opportunities to unwind and enjoy the outdoors.  For a bit more adventure, visit Eagle Island State Park; it’s just a 5-minute drive down the road, and offers swimming, fishing, hiking, equestrian trails, disc golf, volleyball, and more.  Or grab your bike and check out the terrain at Eagle Bike Park.  It’s got over seven miles of cycling trails, and even a competition BMX track.

The Preserve’s premier location puts Eagle’s many amenities only minutes away!  Up the road you’ll find Shady Acres Convenience store, and Albertson’s (with Starbucks) is just a short jaunt from your door.  Workouts are easy with Anytime Fitness close by, or you could catch 18 holes at Spurwing Golf Course, just a six-minute drive from The Preserve.  When it’s time to eat, choose from delicious local options nearby, like Bardenay Restaurant & Distillery or Windingcreek Grill.  Or pick up breakfast and a cup of coffee at Rembrandt’s Coffee House.  At The Preserve, you are near to all the best that Eagle, Idaho has to offer!

 

The Reed at The Preserve

The Reed at The Preserve

The Preserve has beautiful model homes for you to tour — stop by and check out The Reed today!  This inviting single-story home from the Garden Collection features a broad, welcoming great room with an elegant floor-to-ceiling stone fireplace and a separate formal dining area.  A den with French doors and a French door wall offers even more flexibility.  The spacious kitchen features granite tile with beautiful backsplashes, a separate island, and a roomy walk-in pantry.  In the luxurious master suite, his-and-hers walk-in closets provide generous storage.  Above the garage, you’ll find a bonus room with a full bath.  Come tour The Reed today, and you’ll see why this innovative design could be the perfect fit for your family!

If you’re interested in other options, The Preserve has three other model homes for you to explore, The Emerson, The Harington, and The Taylor.  Coleman Homes offers twenty-nine floor plans with a host of options available, making it easy for you to personalize your perfect home!

To experience The Preserve and its model homes firsthand, stop by for a visit!  Model homes are open daily from 11 am to 7 pm; earlier times available by appointment.

Schedule a tour CLICK HERE.

Danielle’s February Design Scoop: Under The Stairs

Under the Stairs:  Put That Small Space To Work!

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This month, I am tackling the trickiest of triangles, your under-the-stairs space.  Not sure how to turn this often-wasted square footage into something really exciting?  Well, check out these ideas!

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Room for Rover

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Kiddie Kottage

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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There’s no room to “whine”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

With a little sweat equity, you can turn your dream into a reality!  These transformations give your new home a lifestyle lift that allows you to use every bit of that square footage.  Have fun and post your pictures!  We would love to see how you used that under-the-stairs space in your Coleman Home!

Danielle is a design professional at the Coleman Homes Design Gallery.  To meet Danielle and get her expert recommendations for your home, schedule a Design Gallery tour today!  The Coleman Homes Design Gallery is located in Meridian, Idaho and is open by appointment only.  Schedule a tour: onlinehelp@mycolemanhome.com or (208) 914-6500.

West Highlands Offers Family Fun And Easy Access To Every Convenience

Welcome home to luxury living
at West Highlands!

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When you live at West Highlands in Middleton, it’s easy to enjoy Idaho’s natural beauty and mild climate — recreation is right outside your door.  Lounge at the large resort-style community pool, take the kids to the playground or sand volleyball court, or pack a picnic to enjoy at one of the community parks.  And don’t forget the community center with clubhouse and fitness center!  At West Highlands, you’re only 8 minutes away from tee time at Purple Sage Golf Course, and just a short walk from Foote Park, home of Middleton’s annual Easter Egg Hunt, Harvest Festival, and Fourth of July Aerial Fireworks Display.

West Highlands’ premier location is close to countless conveniences, like Ridley’s Supermarket and Pharmacy, and Jacksons Gas Station, just five minutes away.  You’re also close to healthcare providers like Family Eye Care Specialist and West Valley Medical Group.  When it’s time to eat, you’ve got great choices nearby, like Garbonzo’s Pizza, Casa Mexico Mexican Resataurant, or Farm Boy Drive-In.  At West Highlands, you are near to all the best that Middleton, Idaho has to offer!

The Oliver at West Highlands

The Oliver at West Highlands

West Highlands has beautiful model homes for you to tour — stop by and check out The Oliver today!  This efficient design from The Garden collection makes ingenious use of 1,830 square feet, for a home that feels both spacious and inviting.  Step onto the welcoming covered porch and into the warm, bright entryway!  The Oliver features a broad great room highlighted by an elegant stone fireplace, and a dining room that flows into the stunning gourmet kitchen.  In the kitchen you’ll find a wall oven, stainless steel appliances, and a breakfast bar accented by custom pendant lighting.  The huge pantry offers generous storage, and you’ll find even more space available in the large laundry and mudroom.  A powder bathroom and a den that can also serve as a bedroom round out the main level.

Upstairs, you’ll find two bedrooms, a bathroom, and spacious linen storage, along with the lavish master suite, with its full-tile shower, separate soaker tub, and ample walk-in closet.  The luxurious 4-car garage makes organization a breeze, and outside, you’ll love the covered patio and the fire-pit crafted from gorgeous tumbled stone.  Come tour The Oliver today, and you’ll see why this practical design is perfectly equipped for easy family living!

If you’re interested in other options, West Highlands has three other model homes for you to explore, The Elliot, The Kirkham, and The Chapman.  Coleman Homes offers seventeen floorplans with a host of options available, making it easy for you to personalize your perfect home.

To experience West Highlands and its model homes firsthand, stop by for a visit!  Model homes are open daily from 11 am to 7 pm; earlier times available by appointment.

Schedule a tour CLICK HERE.