Gone are the ultra-modern designs, and natural is back. Quality, certainly, but never ornate or fussy. We’ve put together some examples of the latest approaches to kitchen and bath design.
Figure 1- Here's an at-home spa example from our Vista Del Mar community
- White Cabinets – Classic white never goes out of favor. The Lazio floor plan at our Lakewood Ranch community in Sarasota, Florida is a great example of how white cabinets give a kitchen a clean, light feel.
- Quartz Counters – These counter surfaces have a lot going for them, beyond simply being attractive. Durable and low-maintenance, quartz counters come in a variety of colors in both polished and matte finishes. And here’s a bonus: quartz counters contain an antimicrobial agent.
- LED Lighting – Energy and budget savings are very big these days, and LED lighting fits both bills. Often used for under-cabinet as well as standard lighting, LED bulbs use less electricity, last longer than other lighting and are cool to the touch when turned on.
- Electronic Faucets – Touch-activated and hands-free faucets have found their way into today’s homes. Sure, the technology is fun, but it also helps keep germs in check.
- Transitional Style – Here’s an example from our Sterling II floor plan at Silverleaf in Colorado of why a blend of traditional and contemporary has become so popular. Note the use of muted color, patterned window treatments, sexy bathtub design and sleek faucets.
- Social Media Inspiration – Social collaboration sites like Pinterest and Houzz are great for finding design style inspiration. These kinds of tools help you pinpoint the colors and styles you prefer. It’s also fun to see what other people are doing with their home interiors.
- Flexible Spaces – Today’s kitchen, like this beautiful design from our Lancashire floor plan at Terrain in Castle Rock, Colorado, is open and inviting, an extension of the great room. It’s a place to gather and enjoy entertainment, so kitchen islands are becoming standard. This flex area is ideal for sharing food while socializing.
- Kitchen Technology – The communal kitchen/great room space has morphed into an internet café with built-in WIFI. Appliances are computerized and convenient outlets make it easy to recharge cell phones and plug in laptops.
- Eco-friendly – Interior design in general is trending green. Kitchens and bathrooms follow suit, with energy-saving features added without sacrificing style and functionality. In the bathroom, for instance, you’ll find attractive showers that save water and low-flow toilets.
- At-home Spa – At the end of a long day, homeowners want to escape into peaceful luxury. Master baths are more spa-like than ever before, with mood lighting, built-in music systems, steam showers, larger showers with multiple showerheads, and over-sized whirlpool bathtubs for long, languid soaks.
in Carlsbad, CA
As you consider a remodel or the purchase of a new home, keep these kinds of upgrades in mind.
If you and your sweetie prefer to stay cozy at home for Valentine’s Day this year, prepare a romantic dinner for two. We found some delicious recipes that will bring romance to any of our communities, from homes in Austin, TX to San Jose homes in California, to other Taylor Morrison homes throughout the country.
Blue Cheese, Walnut and Pear Crostini – Begin the evening with broiled slices of French bread topped with blue cheese, white cheddar, pear slices and walnuts. (Recipe by Better Homes and Gardens)
Bistro Roast Chicken – For a French-inspired meal, a savory entrée of Bistro Roast Chicken is très bon. Bon appétit! Try this recipe served up by myrecipes.com.
Oven Fries: Seasoned baked Yukon Gold potato wedges make a simple and tasty side dish to just about any entrée. Try this recipe for two by Eating Well.
Spinach Salad with Apple and Pecan – This simple salad of spinach, Golden Delicious apple slices, red onion strips and roast pecans tossed with a Dijon mustard dressing. We found the recipe on Food.com.
Chocolate Heart Cakes – End the meal with chocolate heart cakes smothered with a rich dark chocolate sauce? We found a yummy recipe recommended by Martha Stewart.
Sunday, February 2, 2014 at 2:59 PM
Live from Metlife Stadium!
There is a lot going on here at the stadium, lots of food, people and things to see. I'm so thankful that Taylor Morrison sent me to the game today. This is amazing.
Beautiful weather, lots of people and excitement everywhere!
Sunday, February 2, 2014 at 9:15 AM
Fans on the way!
We have to start our day early for the game. The only way to get to the game is take a taxi to the NJ Transit then a train to Secaucus transit. From there we take a train to MetLife stadium.
Saturday, February 1, 2014 at 2:32 PM
The night before the big game!
Little Italy. The area around here is amazing.
Some interesting things around New York.
Lunar New Year in China Town
Saturday, February 1, 2014 at 9:44 AM
The President of Taylor Morrison Home Funding happened to be in NY visiting her family and she decided to show us around Little Italy and China Town. What an awesome person to work for.
Saturday, February 1, 2014 at 8:17 AM
Mango and coffee boba drink in China Town.
Dinner from last night.
Friday, January 31, 2014 at 1036 AM
We walked the Brooklyn Bridge!
Lunch at Lindy's!
Friday, January 31, 2014 at 10:30 AM
Almost everywhere we look, on every corner, we see Super Bowl signs. Even digital signs on taxi cabs.
Friday, January 31, 2014 at 10:25 AM
This is our room key
Friday, January 31, 2014 at 9:10 AM
Whoa I'm not allowed to own a car in NY :) No possible way I can parallel park like this
Friday, January 31, 2014 at 9:10 AM
We are on our way to the hotel.
Friday, January 31, 2014 at 8:34 AM
This is on all baggage claim belts :) I suppose NY is ready for the Super Bowl.
Friday, January 31, 2014 at 8:20 AM
Hello Big Apple!!
Friday, January 31, 2014 at 4:23 AM
Curious Arthur on the shuttle.. And off we go... Waiting to board with Delta Airlines. Grandma gets a special visit with Arthur while we get an amazing weekend watching the Super Bowl and hanging out in New York.
Friday, January 31, 2014 at 3:42 AM
Up and ready.. Rain or shine... Snow or not... Big Apple here we come.. Super Bowl 2014!! Feeling excited!!
Monday, January 27, 2014 at 2:14 PM
Meet Christina, who works for Taylor Morrison Home Funding in the Orlando area. Christina is a processing coordinator who is responsible for ordering appraisals, getting tax validations, verifying employments and much, much more. She’s an integral part of Taylor Morrison customer’s being able to purchase a new home.
Christina entered an internal contest, at Taylor Morrison, and won two tickets to the big game at MetLife Stadium, VIP access, a special game day experience and all her expenses are covered. It’s an amazing prize for a truly amazing and committed employee.
She loves football!!! Christina attended the University of Florida and is an avid Gator fan. Most weekends you can find her and her husband watching college and professional games. But as for her pick to win the Super Bowl, well, you’ll have to keep checking back to see if she gives away any hints.
Keep watching as she will be blogging about her experience in New York starting on Thursday as she prepares to leave. She and her husband will have three very full and exciting days in New York ending with the big game on Sunday afternoon.
As we look ahead at this new year, the possibilities feel limitless. For Taylor Morrison, we’re especially excited about all of the many great communities that will open and the new home construction we’ll deliver throughout the country.
Whether you’re interested in California Bay Area, Southern California, Denver area, Florida, Austin, Houston, or Phoenix real estate, follow the links provided for these opening-soon communities and note the ones that catch your fancy. Be sure to sign up for each community of interest’s VIP List so you can be the first to know about price releases, special events and updates.
Belmonte – Chandler
Our popular Landmark Collection of homes is coming to Belmonte as early as February. Join the VIP List.
Copperleaf – Gilbert
Visit our two Copperleaf collections’ webpages and sign up for the VIP Lists of the Encore Collection and the Passage Collection. Copperleaf is set to open in February.
Estates at Happy Valley
Pre-sales of our Summit Collection of homes are happening now. Join the VIP List.
Northlands – Peoria
Northlands set to include three of our finest home collections in January. Sign up for the VIP Lists for the Encore Collection, Passage Collection and Summit Collection.
Sonoran Commons – Phoenix
We’ll be offering the Encore and Passage collections in early 2014. Get more information and sign up for the VIP Lists: Encore Collection and Passage Collection.
In the Bay Area:
Brighton – Livermore
This new community of three-story single-family detached homes is located in historic Livermore. Get more information and join the VIP List of this stylish community here.
Palomar – Campbell
The intimate new community of Palomar is set in charming Campbell. Get the scoop and sign up for the Palomar VIP List here.
In Southern California:
Citrus Glen – Claremont
New construction is rare in the City of Claremont, one of the most desirable locations in Los Angeles County. Priced from the low $400s, only 50 homes will be offered here. Join the VIP List.
Level 1 – Costa Mesa
Level 1, a community of 60 new urban attached homes with functional workspaces and outdoor living areas, opens soon.
Leyden Ranch – Arvada
This community will feature three beautiful collections of two-story and ranch-style homes on large home sites with stunning views. Floor plans will start in the $300s. Join the VIP List.
Skyestone – Broomfield
This innovative and active lifestyle 55-Plus community’s Skyestone Lodge will offer dining, cooking classes, yoga program, strength studio and much more. Check it out and join the VIP List.
The Village at Palisade Park – Broomfield
The Village at Palisade Park will include only 161 home sites and offer awe-inspiring views. With homes starting in the high $300s, the community is ideal for first-time buyers and families. Join the VIP List.
In Naples/Fort Meyers:
Esplanade at Hacienda Lake – Naples
Resort-style amenities, an intimate neighborhood and an active lifestyle promise to make Esplanade at Hacienda Lakes a popular choice. Join the VIP Interest List.
Esplanade Golf and Country Club of Naples – Naples Residents will live within 1,798 acres that include 1,000 acres of nature preserves and over 170 acres of lakes. Be sure to join the VIP Interest List.
Woodland Park – Orlando
Homeowners here will enjoy beautiful 1,600 – 4,100 square foot homes, anticipated to start in the $200s. Woodland Park opens for sale in Spring 2014. Join the VIP Interest List.
Arbor Lakes on Palmer Ranch
A full menu of amenities will be offered, including a resort-style pool with kid’s splash zone, an adventure playground, sports courts and more. Join the VIP Interest List.
Esplanade at Artisan Lakes
This superb new community will sit within 800 beautifully unspoiled acres and feature a wide array of amenities. Join the VIP Interest List.
Arbor Chase – Palm Harbor
Located on 20 wooded acres in desirable Palm Harbor, Arbor Chase will offer only 50 home sites and our most popular floor plans. Join the VIP Interest List.
The Cove at Indian Rocks Beach
Homeowners in this amenity-rich community will be enviably close to gorgeous beaches and will feature boating entry to the Intercoastal Waterway. Join the VIP Interest List.
Enclave at Rough Hollow – Lakeway
Pre-sales are on in this Hill Country gem. Enclave at Rough Hollow offers lakeside living with casual elegance. Join the VIP List.
Lakeview at Steiner Ranch
Situated between Lake Austin and Lake Travis, this community of just 55 planned home sites will be ideal for casual living. Join the VIP List.
Bonterra at Woodforest – Lakeway
This innovative community, located in a heavily forested area, will give residents a peaceful, amenity-rich neighborhood close to shopping and entertainment venues. Join the VIP List.
Grand Vista – Richmond
Visit the websites and join the VIP Interest List for this beautiful 600-acred community’s various collections.
45s Chalet Series
50s Villa Series
60s Chateau Series
70s Premiere Series
Sienna Plantation – Missouri City
Now pre-selling, Sienna Plantation is a mixed-use, master-planned golf course community. Visit the websites and be sure to join the VIP Interest Lists.
70s Legacy Series
80s Inspired Series
Springwoods Village – Spring
Springwoods Village is a diverse sustainable community where natural forests and ecosystems are protected. The Discovery Series is coming soon. Join the VIP Interest List.
Great Ice Skating Rinks Near Taylor Morrison Communities
The beauty of ice-skating is that it’s a fun experience you can enjoy even if you don’t live in snow country. In fact, thanks to some wonderful ice-skating rinks you can glide on the ice just about any time of the year.
Whether you’re a pro, are naturally gifted or have never put on a pair of skates, you can always visit a rink. Here are some options near Taylor Morrison communities where you can tie on some skates and put blades to the ice.
The Ice Den, located north of Scottsdale, is home to the NHL’s Phoenix Coyotes Hockey club. If you want to try Oceanside Ice Arena, be sure to check out the schedule because it’s closed for public skating during hockey season. At Polar Ice in Gilbert both stick-time and public skating time are offered.
Bay Area, CA
Don’t be intimidated, but Belmont Iceland, located near San Mateo, has been visited by some big names, including Peggy Fleming, Brian Boitano and Debi Thomas. For those who own San Jose, CA homes there’s Downtown Ice, the South Bay’s largest seasonal outdoor skating rink. If you live in Dublin, try out Dublin Iceland, with its menu of events, workshops and public skating. In Livermore you can go to Tri Valley Ice for your ice time.
On K Street you’ll find the Downtown Sacramento Ice Rink, which prides itself in creating a signature holiday experience, open this season from November 8 through January 20. If you have kids, take them to the open-air Iceland Ice Skating Rink on Del Paso Blvd for ice skating lessons.
The Southland has a variety of rinks to choose from. Ontario residents can go to Center Ice Arena, a NHL sized rink that offers programs ranging from public skating to figure skating to hockey teams and leagues. In Anaheim there’s The Rinks Anaheim Ice and KHS Ice Arena, both of which also feature a variety of programs. Or, try out Aliso Viejo Ice Palace, which bills itself as "The Coolest Place in Orange County."
Our Denver, Co homes put homeowners close to several great rinks. The Ice Centre at the Promenade in Westminster is one of only a few rinks in North America with a triple ice sheet. Rink Rock, now open through February in Downtown Castle Rock, is a community recreational skating rink. The Apex Park and Recreation District in Arvada offers Apex Center Ice Arena with a pro shop, public skating and programs.
Fort Myers, FL
The Fort Myers Skatium features more than an ice skating arena. The center also offers an athletic gymnasium and a fitness center, all under one roof.
North Floridians can enjoy the Jacksonville Ice & Sportsplex, the only year-round NHL sized ice rink in the area. The open skating programs throughout the week include Family Night, Friday Fun Night and Saturday Night Club Teen.
RDV Ice Den offers public ice-skating every day of the week. There is also Kid’s Skate Out, figure skating, drop-in hockey and more.
If you call Sarasota home, check out Ellenton Ice and Sports Complex, the "Gulf Coast’s Premier Sports Facility." On most days of the week public skating is offered at several different times.
Tampa Bay Skating Academy features public skating and other programs, including Precision Drill Teams. Ice Sports Forum in Brandon is the official training facility of the Tampa Bay Lightning hockey team and boasts two NHL regulation ice rinks.
The Live Music Capitol’s Chapparel Ice is family owned. The rink’s mission is to offer a "fun, safe, and service-oriented destination for skaters of all levels."
Rounding out our guide is a group of rinks located throughout the city. Choose from several listed on the CBS Houston Best Places to Go Ice Skating in Houston.
Which camp are you in? The one that believes yoga is wonderful for mind, body and soul? Or the one that thinks yoga is just a bunch of mumbo jumbo? Well, the yea-sayers are on the right track: scientific studies are showing that the practice of yoga at any physical level can help with musculoskeletal issues, like lower back pain, as well as things like stress and anxiety.
Getting started with yoga can be as simple as watching a video, and we’ve compiled a list of our favorites on YouTube. But first, let’s talk about why people hesitate to try yoga. Maybe you feel intimidated by radical poses and think “I could never do that” or you have a medical condition you think keeps you from practicing.
The good news is, there are many types of yoga and it is believed that even the simplest poses practiced just once a week has its benefits (NIH: Scientific Results of Yoga for Health and Well-Being). As for medical issues, whether you have a chronic problem or not, it’s recommended you talk to your health care professional before embarking on your yoga journey; that way, you’ll know which kind of yoga would be best for what ails you and how best to modify the poses as needed.
Now, take a break from your search for, say, new homes in Austin, TX or real estate in Orlando, FL and explore the world of yoga with us.
Yoga for beginners – Great place to get started if you’ve never explored yoga before. Yoga Online presents 22 demonstrations of different poses, from simple breathing techniques to the Dog pose.
Rejuvenating yoga – This how-to video demonstrates a 39-minute routine to recharge and relax. For those who don’t want to take the time to watch the entire video, this website link is provided so you can customize your own gifs as desired.
Yoga for runners – We’ve found two websites for runners: a Pre-Run Warm Up and a Post-Run Cool Down. The videos present practices that can help increase your speed and endurance and decrease your injuries.
Morning and bedtime poses – Austin yogi Adriene has several videos for a variety of purposes, including for beginners, weight loss and more. We particularly like her Morning Yoga and Bedtime Yoga.
Fat burning – Yoga Flow 202. Set seaside, the video presents a 30-minute, fast-paced flow yoga sequence that emphasizes breath awareness and staying in the moment.
Advanced flow sequence – A more advanced flow practice is shown here. If you’re not so experienced, the video is still a good one to watch as it explains the different steps really well.
Yoga infographic – This is a great resource to find out the particular benefits of different yoga practices. It also illustrates poses well.
These videos you can help practice yoga even without joining a class. But, be sure to see your physician first so you stay safe and within the scope your individual abilities.
There’s something about the thought of living near a body of water that stirs the imagination. In the cold of winter, it’s easy to envision relaxed, sunny days of sailing, fishing or simply soaking in the view. A number of Taylor Morrison communities are ideally situated on or near beaches and lakes. If you daydream about living in a neighborhood that puts you near water, here are a few options from across the country.
Enclave at Rough Hollow – Austin, TX
As homebuilders in Austin, we’re proud to bring our high quality standards and inspired design to Enclave at Rough Hollow in Lakeview. When you’re not playing in or on Lake Travis, you’re taking in the gorgeous lake views afforded by the community’s perch on limestone cliffs. Rough Hollow Yacht Club and Marina is close by for easy access to boating, skiing and fishing. Enclave residents can also enjoy the elegant community’s impressive fitness center, spa, and fine dining on the waterfront.
Overlook at Hamlin – Winter Garden, FL
Now, this is the kind of lifestyle water-lovers dream of. Overlook at Hamlin is located just a few miles north of Disney World and 20 minutes from downtown Orlando. Picture yourself docking your boat while you wander the town center village, stopping to dine, shop or relax. With Lake Hancock right out your front door, fishing or watersports are easy to enjoy. This new community offers a range of home sites, including many lakefront options.
The Cove at Loggerhead Marina – St. Petersburg, FL
Residents of The Cove at Loggerhead Marina experience an idyllic water-centered lifestyle, whether they’re enjoying the full-service marina and boating access to the Gulf of Mexico or the community’s resort-worthy amenities. This community of impeccable maintenance-free townhomes is close to blue-water beaches as well as shopping, dining and entertainment venues, parks, and schools. At home, the tropical swimming pool with tiki bar is a great place to swim and gather with friends.
Mar Bella 70s Grande Series – League City, TX
If you’re looking at Houston real estate for sale, don’t miss Marbella 70s Grande Series. Located in League City near Galveston Bay, the stunning community is an easy drive to downtown Houston and Galveston Island. Residents are treated to a beach lifestyle near the Bay, scenic lakes, a nature preserve and a coastal setting. Other perks include close proximity to Kemah Boardwalk, the NASA Johnson Space Center, and Texas’s first comprehensive school campus with an elementary, intermediate and high school.
Level 1 – Costa Mesa, CA
This intimate south Orange County community of new homes is about a mile from the Pacific Ocean and Newport Harbor. Level 1, opening soon, offers two thoughtfully designed three story three-bedroom floor plans for attached single-family homes. Spend the day at the beach or take advantage of premier shopping, entertainment, dining, and cultural events.
Like all Taylor Morrison communities, our beach and lakeside neighborhoods offer first-class amenities and beautiful homes built to our highest quality standards—the perfect place to come home to at the end of a fun-filled day on the water.
One of our favorite things about the holidays is giving gifts, so Taylor Morrison is doing just that on our Facebook page. Through December 20th, we’re posting 15 presents just waiting to be unwrapped. Be the first to correctly guess what is in a package and it’s yours! Enter as many times as you like.
For our fourth year, we are doing even more than before. This year we are giving away more prizes and at higher values to make your holiday even brighter.
Visit our Facebook page and start guessing. You might be the one to unwrap a holiday surprise of your very own. You’ll find the Official Rules here.
Ah, yes, Thanksgiving. The succulent turkey, the green bean salad, the cranberry sauce… and a winning photograph? Submit a photo of your Thanksgiving feast and you could win a $100 gift card. Plus, you’ll spread the holiday cheer, because if you win we’ll donate $250 to a charity of your choice.
Share your best tasteful photos of your Thanksgiving spread on our Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/taylormorrison) and leave a comment with your image by midnight December 1, 2013 and you’re in the running. We’ll select the best from qualifying entries.
Three contest winners will each receive a $100 gift card and the charities of their choice will be given $250. Keep coming back to Taylor Morrison on Facebook, because we’ll be posting other contests throughout the holiday season.
So, on Thanksgiving Day—before the leftovers are put away, Fido has devoured his table scraps and Uncle Ned has fallen asleep in the easy chair—take some photos of your feast and enter in our Thanksgiving Photo Contest. You and a charity of your choice could win.
A chill in the air and growing piles of leaves signal fall is here. Though the kids may bemoan the annual raking ritual, there’s something invigorating about being outdoors and prepping the yard for the coming winter and the spring that follows. Think of it as your very own harvest celebration.
Here are some tasks to add to your fall to-do list.
Generally, leaves should be raked up, or cleaned up using a blower, within three or four days of falling; if they’re soggy with rain, get them picked up even faster. Mostly, this is because lawns need to breathe to be healthy, but grass types should also be considered. Most lawns in the northern parts of the United States are made up of grasses that are most active during cooler weather. To do that, they need sunlight, too, so getting rid of the leaves helps the grass along. We found this great raking tool that makes the task easier than ever on Quirky.com.
Over seed your lawn
It’s time to fill in those bare patches by over seeding your existing lawn. First of all, determine whether you have warm- or cool-season grass. Warm-season grasses grow in the Southern areas of the country and go dormant in cool weather. To avoid an unattractive brown lawn, you can over seed your grass. Cool-season grasses of the Northern states grow during cooler weather, and fall is a good time to over seed. In either case, mow the current grass, cutting it about ½ an inch shorter than you would in the spring. To give the new seed better access to the soil, be sure to bag or rake up the clippings. Aerate, seed according to the instructions on the seed bag, nourish with fertilizer, and start a daily watering regimen. If your current lawn is especially sparse, consider planting an entirely new lawn.
Don’t forget to water
Even though it might rain a lot in your region, many areas don’t get as much precipitation. When that’s the case, keep your watering routine until around Labor Day. Conventional wisdom calls for lawns to get an inch of water every 2-3 weeks. Avoid over-watering, though, because soggy soil can get moldy.
Give your garden some TLC
Mulch your garden in the fall to keep it healthy and thriving. Once the fall veggies and annual flower gardens are dead or depleted, you can begin the process. Remove plant debris and compost it then weed and rototill the soil. To use leaves as mulch, run the lawn mower over them to shred them up first.
Put pruning on pause
Hold back on the pruning in the fall. Although there are exceptions, generally plants are getting ready to go dormant for the winter so you don’t want to encourage new growth. You can check with a local nursery if you’re unsure about any plant or tree in particular, but generally, give the pruning a rest in the fall.
Put bulbs in the ground
Plant some bulbs now and be rewarded with a big splash of color next spring. If you live where the ground doesn’t freeze, plant in November. Otherwise, plant bulbs before the ground freezes. Check out the Old Farmer’s Almanac hardiness and growing guide to decide what kinds of bulbs flourish in your region.
If you want more information about gardening, ornamental grasses, trees or plants, the U.S. National Arboretum gardening page is a great resource.