1. Inside the Valor II

    Liz Reuth, Neal Communities E-Marketing Manager takes us for a tour inside Neal Communities’ Valor 2 Kitchens in Lakewood Ranch Florida. A smart design with a beautiful open concept kitchen, dining and living space give this space an open and airy touch. The space is great for entertaining guests and with a double sink facing the living room, Mr. and Ms. Homeowner can stay engaged with the guests while cleaning up! Large cabinets surround the Valor 2 kitchen making it perfect for the cook in the family to store pots and pans along with counter space to house all cooking gadgets. If you don’t believe us, just see for yourself!

     
     

    Valor II is a contemporary 1,162 Sq. Ft home perfect for a single family. Featuring two bedrooms, two bathrooms and an open concept kitchen, living and great room; this is a home full of modern charm. A family friendly community with budget friendly prices. Come experience it for yourself!

     

     

     


  2. Holiday Decoration Ideas

    One of our favorite places to collect holiday ideas is Pinterest. From recipes, to organization tips, to ideas for decorating the home, the ideas are endless.

    And with a focus on “do it yourself” many of the ideas on Pinterest can be implemented at a low cost – something that helps everyone out during the holidays.  Below we’ve put together some decorating ideas that will add some fa-la-la-la-la to your home without spending too much mullah-la-la-la.

    Wine Bottle Vases

    This blogger shared her idea of painting old bottles white and finishing with spray on snow. You can fill the tops with flowers, poinsettias, branches, holly, or other branches to add color to this winter wonderland. 

    Mantel Decorations

    Are your stockings hung by the fire with care? There are so many ideas for decorating your mantel that your biggest decision will be choosing your favorite! Lights, candles, garland! Using leftover decorations or items around your home, you can easily decorate your fireplace at little to no cost.  Start by selecting the colors you want to use to decorate: reds and greens, silver and gold, blue, or multicolored. Fill large, clear vases with ornaments, peppermints, or jingle bells for an accent piece.  You can also buy stocking hangers that come shaped in holiday related pieces like moose, snowmen, or stars to hang stockings in style.  A trend that has been becoming increasingly popular is the use of wooden letters on fireplace mantels. Considering buying pieces to spell words such as “Peace”, “Joy” or “Believe” to add some authentic flair to your mantel.

    Decorative Pillows

    Another small idea that can make a huge difference is swapping your couch pillows with holiday pillows! Many stores sell decorative pillows including Target, Home Goods, or Pier 1 Imports like the ones shown below. Consider throwing a plush, holiday colored throw behind them to make your pillows really pop. Plus, it will be perfect to keep you warm on those colder winter nights. If you are looking for a craft to keep you busy, find some “Pinspiration” from these decorative pillows we found on Pinterest.

    Cake Stand Candles

    If you have a cake stand lying around that isn’t in use, put it to good use with this great idea. Place an arrangement of candles in different lengths in the center and surround them with some color using a red or colored wreath. Simple, elegant, and calorie free.

    Popcorn Garland

    Now that your home is looking festive on the inside, we can’t forget about your outdoor decorations! Your home can go from bah humbug to bah-utiful in no time. Consider purchasing smaller trees to place on each side of your front door. Keep the kids busy with this fun craft making popcorn and cranberry garland! Pop a bag of popcorn and pick up a bag of cranberries while you’re out doing your holiday shopping. Use a needle and thread to string together one piece of popcorn next to a cranberry. Make sure you make it long enough to wrap around your trees.

    Other subtle decorations include hanging a wreath on your front door, wrapping pillars or fences with garland intertwined with lights, placing poinsettias on the porch, or adding a holiday door mat to welcome guests with cheer.

    We hope this ideas help put you in the holiday spirit to decorate your beautiful Neal Communities home!


  3. Do It Yourself Projects- Time to Get Crafty

    Do you enjoy making things from scratch, or repurposing old items and making them into something fresh and new? Or perhaps you are always looking for new ways to get your house more organized.

    Consider trying some DIY projects? With a little Pinterest inspiration, you will be surprised to learn that even you can be the next Martha Stewart, impressing your friends (and yourself) with organization ideas, recipes, and even crafts!

    To start, visit our Neal Communities Pinterest Page to get inspired! In this blog, we are going to outline how you can use wooden pallets to create beautiful and rustic home décor. You heard us correctly, wooden pallets.

    Many times, local business and stores have wooden pallets laying around that they will give you for free. Try asking larger department and grocery stores after deliveries take place. Another suggestion is many times people offer wooden pallets for free on Craigslist!

    Project One: Create the perfect patio table. Doesn’t this picture make you want to be sitting in one of those chairs, drinking lemonade with an old friend? One of the things we loved most about this particular table was the wheels on the bottom, allowing you to move it around as necessary. You have the ability to stain the wood whatever color you like! Check out this YouTube Video on how to stain wood.

     

     

    The second idea we loved was the idea of using the wooden pallets as a headboard. The wood immediately gives the bed a rustic look and paired with the white bedding, the headboard really stands out.  If this were our bedroom, we would place fresh lilacs on the nightstand for a spice of color – not to mention, we love how they  smell! Would you use this idea for your headboard?

     

     

    Even if you don’t consider yourself to be crafty, you might want to become crafty just to create this beautiful outdoor sofa! While the project might take more time than the others, the end result will be worth it! Decorate the finished product with colored pillows of your choice or swap pillows out based on the season.  Where would you place this new piece of furniture? Something about this chair makes us want to place it outside where we can sit in it and catch the sun set.

     

     

    What are some of YOUR ideas of things you would create using wooden pallets?  Whether you are a seasoned expert or a beginner in the craft department, with a little time and a lot for patience, you can create beautiful pieces like the one above. If you want to brush up on your skills before trying these at home, check out some local craft classes in Sarasota.  Plus, your local craft stores, such as Michaels, offers classes year round. Join in the fun and get building! Be sure to share photos of items you’ve created for your Neal Communities home on our Facebook page!