1. Outdoor Living

    Bringing the indoors out and the outdoors in is a privilege few get to experience.  Thankfully, the tropical Southwest Florida lifestyle provides us with such luxuries! At Neal Communities, we believe in personalizing your home and making it fit your lifestyle, so why not pull out all the stops? From breathtaking pools, to optimal grilling & relaxation space, we can bring all the comforts of the indoors outside. Need to see it to believe it?  Look no further; we have the gallery just for you!


  2. Why Home Buyers Prefer New Homes All Under Warranty

    While a used home may appear more cost effective, it likely has products and appliances that need fixing, upgrading or replacing. Unfortunately, products and appliances today are not built with the same quality and do not last nearly as long as they did 20 years ago. While the avocado green fridge from the Brady Brunch is sure to be as functional today as it was in the 1970s, appliances today, don’t have the same gusto. How many appliances can you count in your home? When you count the basics: refrigerator, freezer, dishwasher, washing machine, and dryer, you can see how these products breaking down at once can easily take their toll on our sanity and our wallets.

    When you buy new, your products and appliances will all be top of the line and under warranty. With Neal Communities, your home will feature the newest in products and quality design and will come with the Neal warranty. It’s our friendly assurance to you that we stand behind our products and that you will be able to experience and enjoy your quality new home for years saving your sanity and your wallet.


  3. Wash, Dry and a must buy !

     

    A recent survey by the National Association of Home Builders listed the Laundry Room as one of the top things that people want in their homes. With such a sought-after room, it’s important to be sure you’ve got a home that corresponds with your needs.

    Many of our Neal Communities’ homes include a separate laundry room with space for storage and the option to have a large laundry sink.  One of these homes is the Windsong model at Grand Palm featured above. There has never been a better time to buy in the Sarasota/Bradenton area and you have a lot of available choices.

    Visit our website for a full list of move in ready homes.

     

     


  4. 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!


  5. FALL in love.

    It’s time to say goodbye to summer and hello to fall. Time to welcome cooler weather, sweaters and pumpkin flavored everything. Living in Florida, we often don’t get the atmospheric changes of fall such as the leaves changing colors or cool autumn breezes. Despite our constant greenery, Floridians can get in the fall spirit too!

    Decorating the home to match the season is a quick and easy way to celebrate.

    1. Add a touch of autumn to your home décor with Autumnal colors, wicker pieces and accent pieces from nature such as gourds, pumpkins, branches or dried leaves.

    2. Instead of carving pumpkins this fall, try a unique approach of painting your pumpkin. You can create endless designs using acrylic paint and painter’s tape. Try designs such as a two-tone, dipped look or popular chevron stripes. Take a look at these,“12 Painted Pumpkin Ideas” to gather inspiration.  Set a bewitching scene inside or out with jack-o’-lanterns in whimsical, easy-to-paint designs this fall.

    3. Spice up any door with an autumn themed wreath. This splash of fall color brings warmth and life to any front door.

    4. Fill your home the delicious smells of fall with pumpkin, spiced apple or cinnamon. These signature autumn scents are sure to bring the feeling of fall in your home.

    5. Another great way to bring the scents of fall into your home is to do a little fall baking. Not only will your house smell amazing but indulging yourself with a warm pumpkin treat will surely put you in the mood for the season.

    Check out this easy recipe for pumpkin cinnamon rolls.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    PUMPKIN CINNAMON ROLLS

    Author: Erin Alderson

    Recipe type: Breakfast

    Prep time:  2 hours 30 mins Cook time: 30 mins Total time:  3 hours

     

    Serves: 12

    • ¾ cup milk
    • 2½ teaspoon yeast
    • ⅓ cup natural sugar
    • 1 cup pumpkin
    • ⅓ cup melted butter
    • 1 teaspoon salt
    • 3 whole eggs
    • 4- 4½ cup Unbleached all purpose flour
    • divider filling
    • ¼ cup butter
    • ⅔ cup sucanat
    • ¼ cup natural sugar
    • 2 tablespoon cinnamon
    • 2 teaspoon nutmeg
    • divider Pumpkin Glaze
    • 1 cup pumpkin
    • ¼ cup natural sugar
    • 2 tablespoon maple syrup
    • ¼-1/2 cup milk
    • Heat milk (either in a sauce pan or microwave) until milk begins to simmer- add butter. Let cool until a warm temperature (about 120˚)
    • In a stand mixer bowl, at milk mixture, yeast, and sugar. Let sit for five minutes. Add 3 cups of flour, salt, pumpkin, eggs and start mixer with dough hook. Add the remaining flour, ½ cup at a time continuing until the dough pulls together. Continue kneading the dough until smooth and elastic- at least eight minutes.
    • Either in the mixer bowl or a separate bowl, lightly spray the dough with cooking oil and place in a warm, draft free spot until dough has doubled in size (around an hour and a half.)
    • Turn the dough out onto a floured surface and roll out into a 10 by 14 rectangle. Rub butter over entire surface and cover with sucanat mixture. Roll the dough into a log, squeeze slightly and adjust to form. Cut into 12 pieces (cut in half, the cut each half into half then each piece is cut into three pieces.) Place in a sprayed 9 X 13 pan.
    • Cover with plastic wrap and place in refrigerator overnight. (Or if you want to continue on, cover and let rise for another hour and follow with remaining instructions.)
    • The next morning, preheat the oven to 350˚ and remove cinnamon rolls from the refrigerator and let sit at room temperature for a half hour.
    • Bake for 25-30 minutes until cinnamon rolls are a nice golden brown color. Let cool slightly.
    • While cinnamon rolls cool slightly, combine icing ingredients and while cinnamon rolls are still warm spoon icing over the rolls.

    Enjoy while warm (as if there is such a thing as cold cinnamon rolls-usually they are gone before they even have the chance to cool down!)

    For more tips, tricks and recipes for the fall season visit our Pinterest Page and follow our boards.

     

    http://www.pinterest.com/nealcommunities/holidays/


  6. A Stress-free Way to Preparing for the Holidays!

    You have probably noticed that major retailers are already setting up for the holiday season! Thanksgiving and Christmas decorations are making their way into the aisles of many of your favorite shopping stores.  It won’t be long until you begin ‘making your list and checking it twice’ in preparation of the onset of holiday festivities. Christmas is less than 65 days away!

    For many folks, the holidays can cause undue stress and anxiety. There are presents to be purchased, pies to be baked and cards to be mailed. It can be a little overwhelming at times! Here are seven tips to help you prepare for the upcoming holiday season, stress-free.

    1. Start early! Don’t wait until the last minute to get started. If you prepare well in advance, by the time the holiday’s roll around you will have all your major tasks completed and you can sit back and enjoy the beauty of the season!
    2. Create a ‘to do’ list of everything you need to accomplish. Once you have this created, prioritize and break that list down into ‘bite size’ nuggets. This makes all your tasks much more manageable.
    3. Delegate, delegate, delegate. Assign specific tasks and projects to family members. Ask your children to address holiday cards and your husband to schlepp the ornaments and decorations down from the attic. In other words, if there is a task that you don’t have time to do, outsource it!
    4. Remember – gift cards are your friend. This is an easy (and inexpensive) gift to give to your children’s teachers, your hairdresser, and the paper boy and mail man. Remember to pick up some extra gift cards just in case you receive a gift from someone you were not expecting to get.
    5. Bake your favorite holiday goodies and then store them in the freezer for later. When the holidays arrive you can enjoy spending time with your family and friends, not slaving over a hot stove or oven.
    6. Don’t feel obligated to attend every holiday party, gathering, or event that you are invited to. Make sure you have some self-appointed ‘down time’.  If you can’t make it to your neighbor’s ‘cookie exchange’ this year, that is ok.
    7.  Take advantage of on-line shopping. Most of us do not enjoy the traffic, long lines and short tempers that are often synonymous with holiday shopping. Many of your purchases can be made quickly and easily in the comfort of your own home. In addition, you can shop at any time that suits you!

    Finally, remember to slow down and enjoy the next few months. With the proper planning and preparation there is no need to be stressed out or anxious.


  7. Color is all the rage for 2013!

    Are you tired of looking at your old white kitchen hutch day after day but don’t want to invest in a new one? Why not breathe new life into it by adding a couple of coats of ocean blue paint? It will not only change the look of your existing piece, it will brighten and improve the look of your entire room!

    From pumpkin and light blue to violet and lime, bright bold colors are making a strong comeback in home decor! If you aren’t ready to paint your entire room an electric shade of fuchsia, you may want to consider adding colorful accessories like throw pillows, glass sculptures or candles to spice up a room. Or you may consider painting just one wall in a room as an accent wall. The wonderful thing about painting a room is that you are not committed. If you decide you no longer like your pumpkin spice kitchen after a few months, just paint over it!

    A splash of color can change the entire look and feel of a room. Children’s rooms can be especially fun to create by using bold colors and accessories. To get your creative juices flowing why not spend an afternoon touring some of Neal Communities’ beautifully decorated model homes? When we design and decorate our models we use a variety of colors, styles and themes to appeal to a wide variety of personal tastes by adding our pureSTYLE touch. Charlene Neal: pureSTYLE is a complete interior design service in which we offer interior design service to homeowners looking to “freshen up” their existing home, or applying our interior design expertise to your new, fantastic Neal home!

    The color forecast from the pros at Pantone reveals new colors that soothe, renew, and even surprise.