A BIG CONGRATS to the winners of the 6th Annual Coleman Homes Scarecrow Festival! All of the scarecrows were so creative and fun; the teams put in a lot of time and energy to make their scarecrow the best!

The teams who won received $500, $350 or $150 for their team or class to purchase classroom supplies, sports gear, etc.

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Here are the winners for 2014!

1st place – Meridian Middle Cross Country
2nd place – Rocky Mountain FCCLA
3rd place – Rocky Mountain Key Club

1st place – Lakevue Elementary Buddy Club
2nd place – Mrs. Cain’s 5th Grade Class
3rd place – Sage valley AVID Program

1st place – Eagle High Key Club

1st place – Heights Elementary Library
2nd place – Middleton Middle School Leadership
3rd place – Mrs. Bird’s Kindergarten Class

Thank you to everyone who participated. We look forward to seeing you and your scarecrows next year!

Trina’s Top Notch November Advice: Spruce Up Your Christmas Tree!

It’s never too early to think about sprucing up your spruce!

Does your tree need a face lift?

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Theme it! I love to use a theme to create a tree and it is usually fairly easy to do with ornaments you already have. I like to choose something that sparks my interest.




One year, at World Market (Cost Plus) I found some beautiful Pagoda ornaments that sparked my interest. This pushed me into the idea of doing an Asian-themed tree. I purchased some inexpensive fans and a lovely umbrella as a tree-topper. I simply used all my gold and red Christmas balls to fill in all the spaces where I didn’t have something in that motif.  I had some gold sprigs that I purchased another year to give the tree some sparkly texture.






Ribbon is also a good way to add another element to your tree. I like to start at the top and drape it down the tree; either straight down the tree in a flowing motion, or around the tree, tucking it into the nooks and crannies. Make sure to do this or it will look like you are trying to wrap it like a mummy (wrong holiday)!


The key is to add things to your collection every year, when the Holidays are over and Christmas items are discounted. Make sure to keep your eyes peeled for items throughout the year that might be a fun addition too!

Don’t be afraid of using non-traditional items in your tree, either. If it goes with the theme, add it! The finished product is a fun and SPARKLY addition to make your holidays merry and bright.

Trina works for Coleman Homes as a Design Gallery Consultant and lends her creativity and expert eye for design to Coleman Homes homebuyers. To find out more about the Coleman Homes Design Gallery and the expert team available to help create a new home vision that is uniquely yours, schedule a tour today. Email for your tour.

Local Amenities Are Within Walking Distance From West Highlands

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 Stroll into town for delicious dishes, shopping and family fun.


The West Highlands Community sits just north of HWY 44 in Middleton and is within walking distance of Middleton’s shops, dining and parks. The residents of this warm, welcoming community enjoy various community-based events during the year such as the Last Man Standing Dodgeball Tournament, Color-Rama Run, and annual 4th of July Celebration, complete with Fireman’s Breakfast, parade and fireworks. No events this weekend? Not to worry; grab the kids and play at one of the nearby parks. The list doesn’t end there! Here is a quick rundown of a few West Highlands “neighbors” …

  • Garbonzo’s Pizza
  • Casa Mexico Mexican Restaurant
  • Ridley’s Supermarket & Pharmacy
  • Farm Boy Drive-In
  • Richard Foote Park
  • Middleton Place Park
  • Jacksons Gas Station
  • Family Eye Care Specialist
  • West Valley Medical Group


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Meet Teresa Andolfi, an expert Sales Consultant at West Highlands. She loves meeting a wide variety of people and helping them build their dream home. Having moved to Idaho from Seattle, Teresa loves Idaho’s blue skies and enjoys spending time with her family. As for her favorite floorplan, she says it’s hard to narrow it down to just one. “There’s too many to pick a favorite floorplan, but I am fond of the Emerson. I like that single level living. It has more than 2,500 square feet … that’s elegant living at its finest,” she said. Contact Teresa today and find your perfect fit in West Highlands.


To schedule a tour of West Highlands, contact us at or call (208) 914-6500.

Bonnie’s Best November Tips: The Jewelry of The Kitchen

The Jewelry Of  The Kitchen: Designer Pendants

Consider adding a pair of beautiful pendants over your breakfast bar to personalize your kitchen and reflect your personal style. Pendant lights are the perfect finishing touch in the design of your dream kitchen. They provide both functional lighting for meal prep and casual dining, as well as a soft glow for entertaining or enjoying the heart of your new home with the ones you love. We offer a variety of styles to complement your décor.




1. Brookside

2. Archie

3. Schoolhouse

4. Grand Bank

5. Fresnal Lens in Oil Rubbed Bronze

6. Fresnal Lens in Brushed Nickel




Fresnal Lens pendants as shown in the Kirkham model at Bellano Creek


Brookside pendants as shown in the Welsley model at Bellano Creek

Bonnie is a design professional for Coleman Homes’ Design Gallery; to find our more about Bonnie and get her expert design recommendations schedule a tour of the Design Gallery. The Coleman Homes Design Gallery is located in Meridian, Idaho and is open by appointment only. To schedule a tour contact us at or (208) 914-6500.

Family Fun And Luxury Living Is Right Out Your Front Door At The Preserve In Eagle

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Located near the intersection of Linder Road and State Street in Eagle. The Preserve is minutes from quaint shops and dining in the refurbished rustic buildings of downtown Eagle. Grab a cup of coffee and a delicious breakfast at the charming and popular morning stop, Rembrandt’s Coffee House. Dinner for two? Cozy up and enjoy a romantic dinner at DaVinci’s. Round up your friends and meet at Windingcreek Grill for drinks, food and live music. For year-round family adventures, visit Eagle Island State Park and play disc golf, summer water fun, hiking and snow tubing or freestyle skiing and boarding terrain park. Shop the many second hand and boutique stores like Threaded Zebra and Again Consignment.  Here is a rundown of a few of The Preserve’s “neighbors” …

  • Albertson’s
  • Dickey’s Barbecue Pit
  • Bardenay Restaurant & Distillery
  • Eagle Bike Park
  • Eagle Yoga House
  • Two Rivers Salon & Spa
  • Threaded Zebra
  • Eagle Island State Park
  • St. Luke’s Medical Plaza


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Meet Dustin McGaughy, the expert Community Sales Manager at The Preserve. When Dustin isn’t helping making other people’s dreams come true, he stays busy golfing, fishing, hunting, biking and enjoying Idaho’s treasured great outdoors. His favorite floorplan is the Kirkham. “It’s an open floorplan with the master bedroom on the main level . That is a big draw for homebuyers. It’s also just a very family friendly floorplan that can be suited to fit just about anyone’s needs.” When it comes to his community, Dustin notes the particular care Coleman Homes has taken to preserve the natural appeal of the area. “It’s open and spread out, making for a great place to call home,” he said. Contact Dustin today and find your perfect fit at The Preserve.

Smiles And Family Fun Are Only Moments Away From Fall Creek, In Meridian.

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The Fall Creek community sits in the block of Overland, Linder, Meridian and Victory Roads in South Meridian. This community is situated for fast access to everything in all four directions. Walmart is right up the road for quick, easy grocery shopping. Hop on your bike and gather with friends to enjoy food, drinks and live entertainment like Trivia Night, karaoke or live music at The Curb Bar & Grill. Play Frisbee golf on the 9-hole disc golf course at Bear Creek Park, just a short walk away. Less than a mile away, you can make a splash or race around at  Roaring Springs and Wahooz Family Fun Zone, complete with water park, go-kart racing, putt-putt golf course and more. Here is a quick rundown of a few Fall Creek “neighbors” …

  • Intermountain Pet Hospital & Lodge
  • The Curb Bar & Grill
  • Papa John’s Pizza
  • Axiom Fitness
  • Lowe’s
  • Walgreens
  • Jacksons Gas Station
  • Carl’s Junior – Newly Opened!


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Meet Suzette Tunnell, an expert Sales Consultant at Fall Creek. Suzette loves working with customers to help them find their perfect home. “It’s a big investment and it’s important to get it right.” She is a big fan of the entire Coleman Homes floorplan collection. “If I had to pick one, I choose the Kirkham because of its versatility. You can add a bonus room upstairs, or change the dining room into a bedroom. There are just a lot of options for the family.” Suzette is also quite fond of her Coleman Homes community. “I like Fall Creek because it reminds me of the country. It has a great energy, it feels like your out in the country … there is a private feeling about it and of course the location is unbelievable.” Contact Suzette today and find your perfect fit in Fall Creek.

Danielle’s November Design Scoop: Cozy Up By The Fireplace!









A fireplace can be an impressive focal point in your living room.  With chilly nights ahead, my family will spend many hours cozied up watching movies and playing games in front of the fire.

Let me introduce you to the very simply stated to soaring and impressive fireplaces you can choose to put in your new Coleman Home.  You get to choose your fireplace style with your Coleman Homes Sales Consultant. The finishing touches like the stone or tile are made here in the Design Gallery with your Design Consultant.

Turn down the heat this winter and add a beautiful, warm, inviting fireplace to your new Coleman Home.











Danielle works for Coleman Homes as a Design Gallery Consultant and lends her creativity and expert eye for design to Coleman Homes homebuyers. To find out more about the Coleman Homes Design Gallery and the expert team available to help create a new home vision that is uniquely yours, schedule a tour today. Email for your tour.

Live In Luxury And Access Developing Amenities At Bellano Creek

Scenic Meridian Biking

Scenic Meridian Biking Trails

The Bellano Creek Community sits at the corner of Ten Mile and Ustick Roads in north Meridian. Centrally located, this premiere community is surrounded by developing amenities that are sprouting up everywhere, like the neighborhood Walmart, opening early 2015. On your way to the Ten Mile Interchange, snag your morning coffee at the Albertson’s in-store Starbucks. Step out for an authentic Italian dinner at Gino’s Italian Ristorante. Take the kids to Heroes Park just down the road, and play basketball or fish in the pond. The list doesn’t end there! Here is a quick rundown of a few Bellano Creek “neighbors” …
• Dance Allegro Academy
• Maverick
• Albertsons & Starbucks
• Ten Mile Storage
• Saint Alphonsus Medical Health Plaza
• Idaho Central Credit Union


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Meet Matt Lotridge, Matt is an expert Sales Consultant at Bellano Creek. “My favorite part of my job is the build process, seeing the home built, seeing people excited about it and then getting them moved in.” Matt’s favorite floorplan is the Kingston because, “it’s the largest floorplan we offer. It has the option for an office off of the master walk-in closet, that alone is pretty cool. You can also option up to 7 bedrooms and a see-thru fireplace between the great room and patio. If you have a large family, this floorplan is for you.” When he’s not helping families create their new Coleman Home, Matt spends his time playing soccer, guitar, and fly fishing. Contact Matt today and find your perfect fit in Bellano Creek.

Coleman Homes Would Like To Honor Past and Present Military Members!

Coleman Homes Would Like To Honor Past And Present Military Members!


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Military members receive $25 for touring one of our six communities. Also, for every tour a military member takes we will donate $25 to the Idaho VFW.

Book a tour today by clicking here!

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Be your classroom hero! Kids can enter our flag coloring contest to win a Patriotic Pizza Party for their class!

For details and coloring sheet click here!

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Sara’s Stunning Favorites: Wood Accent Walls!

I am loving the mix of rustic accents and modern elements to create an awesome urban-chic look. The rustic barn-wood wall is one of my favorite ways to achieve that urban-chic style.

We like the barn wood accent wall so much here at Coleman Homes, that we put it in the Design Gallery lobby. You can also check out the rustic barn-wood wall in the beautiful Kirkham model home at Bellano Creek in Meridian Idaho.

Coleman Homes Design Gallery

Coleman Homes Design Gallery

The "Kirkham" at Bellano Creek Coleman Homes

The “Kirkham” at Bellano Creek Coleman Homes


With a little bit of elbow grease and some time you can get this look for your home. There are great ideas online for how to do it yourself and excellent local resources to find wood. One of those is Restore|Habitat for Humanity. They have two locations in the Treasure Valley and every day more supplies are donated. The best part is you are helping to re-use material that would otherwise be thrown out and supporting a good cause. For locations and hours check out

Nee more inspiration? I found these awesome DIY wood accent walls on Pinterest. I liked this one made from stained wood pallets.


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Pallet Wood Walls From

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I found this awesome idea on Decorating Your Small Space website. They created this cool wall texture using rough sawn 4X6 beams


The possibilities are endless, so get your creativity hat on and start up that project you’ve been wanting to do all summer, but never got around to.

Sara is the Design Gallery Manager at Coleman Homes and lends her creativity and expert eye for design to Coleman Homes homebuyers. To find out more about the Coleman Homes Design Gallery and the expert team available to help create a new home vision that is uniquely yours, schedule a tour today. Email for your tour.