The Milan plan great room and kitchen viewed from the entry

Four Ways to Create a Welcoming Home

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Some people’s homes just make you feel warm and fuzzy as soon as you arrive. The décor, the furniture, the colors all feel so welcoming like a sanctuary. You too can have this warmth and cozy feeling in your own home with a few simple design techniques. These tips will help you and your guests feel oh-so-nice as soon as the front door is opened.

How to Pick the Perfect Paint Sheen for Each Room

Paint Sheens
Did you know there are five types of sheens when it comes to paints? And did you also know that paint sheen is not a one-sheen-fits-all type of product. Where a scrubbable high gloss is good for one room it may be too much for another. This helpful breakdown will assist you at the paint counter when you’re selecting the paint for your new home.

Central Valley’s Fourth of July Events

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Arguably one of the most festive weekends of the summer is upon us. The Fourth of July weekend is the time to celebrate with family and friends while enjoying backyard BBQs, parades, festivals and, of course, fireworks! This list of activities throughout the valley has something for everyone and every age group. Happy Independence Day and have a fun and happy Fourth of July!

Four Fun Places to Bring Your Dog in Central Valley

Dog Park
It’s always a good day to treat your favorite fur baby to a day at the park. And thankfully around the San Joaquin Valley, there are many options for a break with like-minded animal lovers. And of course, your pup will love socializing with new friends. So grab your dog and kids, some snacks and water for all of you and head off for a fun adventure for all. Quotes about user experiences come from Yelp reviews.

Five Gifts to Bring a New Homeowner

Homeowner Gifts
Do you have friends or family who have invited you to see their new home? Or maybe you’ve moved into a new community, and you want to show your enthusiasm for your new neighbors with a small housewarming gift. This list of exceptional gifts will certainly be appreciated and used over and over again!

Four Central California Sleepaway Camps for Kids

Summer Camp
Instead of listening to “I’m bored” this summer, why not consider an overnight camp experience for your kids. If they’ve never been away from home before, this is a great approach to getting started where they’ll be kept busy, meet friends, learn new skills and maybe want to go back every year! Some of these sleepaway camps are a bit of a drive, but the extra journey will be worth it as your kids settle into some of the prettiest places in California and potentially have one of the best summers of their lives!

Special Mother’s Day Activities for Everyone

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Mother’s Day is quickly approaching, so you might be starting to plan a unique or special day with this very important person in your life whomever she may be. These gift ideas range from experiences to places to visit. No matter what you choose to do, she’ll for sure love the effort and enjoy spending the time with her loved ones.

Eggcellent Easter Activities around the Central Valley

There are so many spring and Easter festivals in the Central Valley, that your kids will be screaming hip hop hooray! From egg hunts to arts and crafts to good family fun, there are activities for all ages. So, grab your baskets (BYOB!) and plan for an eggcellent spring day! Be sure to visit the websites for each of these events for the most up-to-date information.

Helpful Features for Your Closet

When you open the closet doors in your new home, you’re essentially looking at a space that is screaming for customization. Whether it’s your child’s closet, a linen closet or a walk-in closet, there is a range of helpful tools and solutions to make it just what you want and need. These handy accessories may make a world of difference for you when it comes to being organized and tidy. We’ve checked out the latest in closet customization to provide this list of options for you.

Four Reasons Downsizing Can Be a Good Idea

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It may be the period of your life when you realize it’s time to potentially downsize your house. Your children may be grown, or you simply think it’s time to go smaller and to minimalize and simplify your life. If you need some good reasons to tip the less-is-more scale, read on.

Tips for Meal Prepping

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Do you feel overwhelmed at the end of the day when it’s time to start making dinner? For some of us, that turns into ordering takeaway or throwing in a pizza because it’s easy and fast! Yes – these options are simple, but they’re not always healthy. These tips can help you get organized and do a little meal prep for the rest of the week. When you don’t have to answer at 5 p.m., “What am I going to make tonight for supper?” you’ll be less stressed and able to cook with a little more ease.

Four Ways to Ease the First Night in Your New House

Four Ways to Ease the First Night in Your New House
The first day in your new home will be exhausting! You’ll have spent the day running back and forth, unpacking, cleaning and setting up places for everyone to sleep and eat. If you have kids, they may be toggling between excitement for their new house and sadness for what they’re leaving – especially if the move isn’t a close one. To ease everyone’s transition from the old to the new, these suggestions may help.