tips for decorating a new home

8 Tips for Decorating Your New Home

You bought a new house—congratulations! This is your opportunity for a fresh start. A new house is a blank slate, a chance to renew your life, your outlook, and your style. Have fun!

At Sienna Hills, new houses in Buckeye, AZ come complete with features such as spacious, open floor plans perfect for entertaining; energy-efficient appliances and finishes; and innovative designs, each constructed with high-quality craftsmanship—but it’s up to you to make your house a home. When making this transformation, you may wonder where to start when decorating.

Here are 8 tips to get you started on the path toward personalized style and utter contentment with your new home:

  1. Declutter: First things first—before you even move in, cut ties with that which won’t serve you in your new life. Take the time to go through your things and pack only those that you cherish and want in this new chapter. You’ll be glad you made room for your new beginning.
  2. Settle in: Before you start spending money to furnish and decorate your new space, particularly on big-ticket items, take a few months to settle in and learn the flows of the house. Let the space speak to you and show you its best utilization.
  3. Choose a style: Take a peek at Pinterest or peruse magazines to decide a style you like. What inspires you? Industrial, vintage, farmhouse, rustic, or classy? Even if you can’t decide, this research will offer exciting ideas you can brainstorm until you embrace a style that best represents YOU.
  4. Focus: Every room should have a focal point. Maybe it’s a boldly painted wall, an eye-catching antique hutch, or a conversation-starting piece of art. Whatever you choose, consider what you want your room to say. What do you love most about each room? Accent it!
  5. Make it pop: Rugs and curtains are necessities in most spaces; use them to your decorative advantage—make them pull double duty by choosing colors or patterns that pop and add texture and depth to a room.
  6. Keep it odd: When grouping things, whether it’s picture frames on the wall or candles or vases on a table, it’s best to do so in odd numbers. This creates an appealing look. The most common strategy is to decorate in threes, but any odd number will do.
  7. Add a mirror: Maximize the illusion of space and brighten a space with the use of mirrors. Every room should have a mirror, whether it be small and simple or large and decorative. Be sure to place the mirror on a wall perpendicular to one with a window.
  8. Awaken your inner designer: Decorating should be fun and should ultimately represent who you are. Have fun with it; if you spot something you like, figure out how to incorporate it within your style. Embrace your creative side.

There you have it: easy steps to create that “homey” feeling. Follow these tips for decorating your new home and enjoy the transformation. Ready to get started?


Sienna Hills is a planned community of new homes in Buckeye priced from the high $100s. No matter their personal style, Sienna Hills residents enjoy community parks, outdoor adventure, and a fun year-round swimming pool that makes home easy to love. Visit us online to learn more about our location in “Arizona’s Biggest Small Town.”

Kids and Pools

The weather is heating up in Arizona and that can mean only one thing, pool season! We can’t wait to see all our residents enjoying our beautiful aquatic center here at Sienna Hills Community, but we also want to make sure all the safety precautions are followed and everyone has a safe and enjoyable summer at the pool.

Let’s first start with some statistics about the dangers of leaving kids unattended around water. Every year over 3,500 people lose their lives by drowning, and 1 in 5 of these people are usually under the age of 14. These are terrible statistics and far too many people don’t understand the real dangers of not knowing water safety

The first tip we’d like to offer up is to teach your children how to swim. Living in Arizona means coming into contact with pools and lakes, so it is crucial that your child knows how to navigate in water. The City of Buckeye offers a wide variety of swim lessons at different levels. Start building your swimming skills today!

Another great thing to consider is floaties and/or life vests. While child floaties are technically not a floatation device and should never be relied on solely, they can definitely help make a child feel more comfortable in the water. Whenever you are out in larger bodies of water or on boats life vests should always be worn.

Most importantly, the adult or guardian in charge of the child in the water needs to be alert. A playful situation can turn into an emergency in the blink of an eye and drowning can sometimes take only 30 seconds. Always have a phone near by and be prepared with CPR knowledge. Here are the 10 best places to take CPR classes in Buckeye.

We want everyone to have the best summer possible, which means brushing up on your water safety knowledge! Hope to see you at the Sienna Hills Community aquatic center.

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Celebrate Earth Day with Fun Events in Buckeye and Phoenix

Calling all Earth lovers: Earth Day is coming! On Saturday, April 22, join with others in your community and give back to celebrate our amazing Earth.

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As a recognized effort by 192 countries, Earth Day was established in 1970 to draw collective attention to environmental awareness and protections. Earth Day serves to offer a special reminder to people worldwide the importance of taking care of Mother Earth in every way possible.

If you’re planning to celebrate Earth Day in Buckeye and the greater Phoenix area, here is a list of exciting local events sure to make it a fun-filled day of giving back.

The Bees Knees – Saturday, April 22, 8 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Sun Tan Honey Farm invites you to come spread wildflower seeds at Robbins Butte. The conservation of bees is crucial for the health of our planet, and bees love wildflowers! This Earth Day event in Buckeye is sure to benefit our planet for years to come.

Earth Day Phoenix – Saturday, April 22,  11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
With a focus on sustainability, this 8th annual zero-waste event showcases nearly 100 vendors offering event-goers information about eco-friendly topics including recycling, solar energy, Earth-friendly gardening, and more.

Earth Day 2017 – Phoenix Zoo – Saturday, April 22, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Spend the day among Earth’s most majestic animals. Though it celebrates environmental awareness year-round, Earth Day offers the zoo a special occasion to get its word out about sharing the planet and saving endangered species. Enjoy a day of family friendly games and activities that nurture nature.

Earth Day Planting Class for Kids @ The Farm – Saturday, April 22, 9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. & 11 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Join the Garden Girls at The Farm at South Mountain as they educate your little one about growing and eating organic foods. Each child will leave with a freshly planted herb to grow at home. Recommended for 4–9 year-olds; reservation required.  

For residents of Sienna Hills, caring for Earth is an everyday activity—after all, each home in this growing community exhibits innovative, energy-efficient achievements designed by these renowned homebuilders—but on this special day, enjoy giving back with your fellow neighbors and community members and help make Earth Day 2017 a success!

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Tips for Moving to the Desert – Arizona Living

Relocating to the sunny Southwest, where “winter” is a relative term? Congratulations! Adventure awaits you in awe-inspiring Arizona, but there are some things to know before your exciting move to the desert.

Here are some tips to prepare you for the unique lifestyle desert living offers:

Acquire Desert Essentials

  • Adequate sun protection—Whether you choose sunscreen, UV-protective clothing, or a wide-brimmed hat (or all three!), be sure you’re equipped to keep your skin covered from the seemingly ever-present sun. And don’t forget about eye protection—a proper pair of sunglasses are a must. Consider sun shades for your car to protect your seats, and invest in a cooler to keep your perishable groceries crisp during the drive home.
  • Water bottles—Never leave home without one. For added enjoyment, seek insulated bottles that won’t sweat in the heat. And don’t forget about Fido! Whether exploring in the outdoors or driving to the store, always have water on hand.


Update Your Shoe Wardrobe

With a year-round climate that encourages you to enjoy the outdoors, expect a new shoe lineup to take you through each day. With rugged terrain as far as the eyes can see, manicured golf courses a plenty, and a deep-seated need for hydration, invest in sturdy hiking boots, comfortable golf shoes, and flip flops with flair. Leave your snow boots behind—you won’t need them here.

Say Goodbye

  • Daylight Saving—When you move to Arizona, there’s no need to fall back or spring forward a single clock. As a state, Arizona does not observe the biannual changing of the clocks for daylight saving time.
  • Snow—Leave your snow shovel behind and experience blizzard- and snowstorm-free winters, but don’t leave your ski equipment behind. Arizona living offers the best of both worlds. Hop in the car and hit the slopes at any of the state’s ski resorts, including Sunrise Park Resort in Greer and Arizona Snowbowl in Flagstaff.

At Sienna Hills in Buckeye, Arizona, we’d love the opportunity to share with you why we love desert living and to offer additional tips for moving to the Phoenix area. Give us a call today or come in for a tour. You’ll be happy you did.

Springtime in Buckeye

March 20th was the First Day of Spring and what better time to prepare your garden than by planting flowers. While we do live in the desert, a typical flower garden isn’t out of the question. There are plenty of options for this harsh climate we live in, all of which are sure to transform your home this spring.

No time like the present…

The official first day of spring was March 20th, but thanks to Arizona’s weather, it feels like spring has already been here for a month. If you’re looking to “grow” your garden, now is the time to take action. Because we have warm weather, and ample sunshine early in the year, planting flowers has never been easier. First you need to determine the site of your flower garden. Make sure you stay away from large trees and bushes, as they’ll steal water and nutrients from your flowers. Next, check the soil and break up any clumps. March is the month that weeds start growing quickly, remember to keep up with this maintenance.

Choosing the Right Flowers

Our warm weather gives us one-of-a-kind flowers that bloom in the early spring, and some all year long. Some of the most popular flowers in our climate are:

The Celosia Spicata is perfect for the desert because it cannot handle cold soil. You’ll see this flower in the desert in colors of red, purple and pinks.

The Cleome Hassleriana is a relatively easy plant, especially for beginners. Known as the spider plant, this flower self-sows for years to come.

The Petunia is a staple in most flower gardens. It can be found in just about every color, which fits with whatever your style may be. Petunias can bloom for an entire season, but it’s important to prevent over watering.

Portulaca or Rose Moss is a popular choice for warmer climates. This petite flower blooms in all colors. Because it doesn’t survive well in humid climates, the desert is the best place to start growing them.

Spring is here, and before we know it our 100 degree days will be knocking on our door. Before the weather gets too unbearable, get outside and start planning your flower garden. Happy Planting and Get Growing!

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Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day Near Sienna Hills

Like a sneaky leprechaun, St. Patrick’s Day is quickly approaching, and for residents of Sienna Hills, adding a green-themed event to the calendar is as simple as checking out these exciting events in Buckeye and the surrounding areas.

St. Patrick’s Day Parade & Faire – Phoenix  – Saturday, March 11, 10 a.m.
Catch a wave from St. Patrick or high-five Big Red, mascot of the Arizona Cardinals, at the city’s 34th annual celebration of all things Irish. With a special salute to Irish music and dance, this parade is perfect for the whole family.

Irish Cultural Center – Phoenix – Saturday, March 11, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Explore your Irish genealogy, enjoy three stages of Irish music, and watch authentic bagpipers and step dancers celebrate their crafts. Take an exhibition tour through McClelland Library, and be sure to enjoy the Celtic spirit of this annual cultural event.

Greening of the Fountain – Fountain Hills – Friday, March 17, 12 p.m.
Dress in green and head over to Fountain Park for the world-famous greening-of-the-fountain event. Watch as the green water sprays high in the air in tribute of this annual Irish celebration. Stay after and check out the Fountain O’Green Artisan Market, open March 17-19, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Kiss Me I’m Irish Run – Glendale – Saturday, March 18, 7:00 a.m.
Whether you choose a half marathon, 1k, or a distance in between, lace up your tennies and join in the fun at this shamrock-themed race. If you’re not an early riser, make a plan to head out for the entertaining Kilt Run at 6 p.m. on Friday, March 17.

Padre Murphy’s – Glendale – Friday, March 17, doors open @ 10 a.m.
For 24 years, this establishment has served up fine Irish fare, from corned beef and cabbage to festive green drinks. Live music, clowns, and face painters make this an enjoyable eating experience for the whole family.

Concerts in the Park – Buckeye – Friday, March 17, 7 p.m.
For those who want to stick closer to home and enjoy music under the stars, get out the lawn chairs and sit back while hearing live music at Buckeye’s recurring concert series. Wear some green and bring Celtic spirit to this bluegrass event.

There’s always something to do around Buckeye, but every year, March 17 promises a little extra. With its prime location, Sienna Hills residents are sure to enjoy a memorable St. Patrick’s Day!

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Spring Training: A Beloved Arizona Tradition

Dust off your ball cap and head to the stadium, because spring training is officially here!

Every spring, a unique migration occurs under the sunny skies of Arizona. This special time of year, from late February through March, baseball fans fill the stands of the 10 stadiums in the Greater Phoenix area, as the city morphs into a spring training mecca for baseball teams. For locals and tourists alike, this ultimate up-close experience is a can’t-miss opportunity for enthusiasts of America’s beloved pastime. With a game every day and locations throughout the valley, gather the family for an outing full of Cracker Jack® and cracking bats and enjoy the delights of spring training.

Hats Off to Arizona’s Treasure: The Cactus League

Since its inception in 1947, the Cactus League has grown into the United States’ premier hotspot for baseball teams to kick off their season with spring training. Starting with just two teams seventy years ago, the league has now swelled to fifteen teams who recognize the benefits of training in Arizona’s unbeatable warm air under blue skies.

For generations, the Cactus League has invited baseball fans through the turnstiles to meet players and watch teams prep for a rigorous regular season. This entertaining annual event, a cornerstone of Arizona tradition, promises to please!

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Take Me Out to the Ball Game

The Cactus League’s location in the Phoenix metro area offers baseball fans convenience, whether they are traveling cross-country or across town. For those heading to the Grand Canyon State, Major League Baseball® has travel packages available. Once in town, there is a wide range of hotel accommodations and eating establishments from which to choose. If you’re fortunate enough to reside nearby, enjoy short drive times between stadiums to catch your favorite teams and players in action – it’s another great part about living the “desert lifestyle” in Sienna Hills.

No matter where you are in the area, there’s a stadium not far away. For residents of Sienna Hills in Buckeye, Goodyear Ballpark is a short 15-minute jaunt, and Camelback Ranch is within a half-hour drive. Check out a map here and head out on an adventure you’ll remember for years to come.

Below is a list of conveniently located ballparks to take in a game or practice.

  • Camelback Ranch (Glendale)
  • Goodyear Ballpark (Goodyear)
  • Sloan Park (Mesa)
  • Maryville Stadium (Maryville)
  • Peoria Sports Complex (Peoria)
  • HoHoKam Stadium (Mesa)
  • Scottsdale Stadium (Scottsdale)
  • Surprise Stadium (Surprise)
  • Tempe Diablo Stadium (Tempe)
  • Salt River Fields at Talking Stick (Salt River)

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Tickets, Get Your Tickets

One of the best parts of spring training? It’s an affordable activity to enjoy with family and friends. Ticket prices vary but start as low as $8. Buy online or at the ticket office, all of which open between January and mid-February. Check out this schedule to find out when your favorite team is playing, or take the opportunity to learn more about a different team.

Spring is an exciting time under the Arizona sun—a time of celebrating, as a community, an authentic American pastime for all ages. Grab your cap and head out to the ballpark—it’s a blast!

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Buckeye: The Outdoor Recreation Mecca of Arizona

For recreation enthusiasts, few places match the amazing outdoors of Buckeye, Arizona. In this unique setting, with boundless nature and a year-round climate, recreation is possible from your doorstep. Whether you enjoy unbounded adventure or prefer to participate in organized events such as movies or concerts in the park, for residents of Sienna Hills, the opportunities are endless.

Freedom to Explore

Nature is an adventurer’s paradise, and Buckeye abounds with miles of rugged terrain promising fresh, exhilarating experiences.

Skyline Regional Park
Head out for a hike or camp overnight in Buckeye’s source of local pride, Skyline Regional Park. This mountain preserve offers the best of the White Tank Mountains: miles of safe trails featuring varying difficulty levels and lengths for hikers, mountain bikers, equestrians, and wildlife viewers alike.

Buckeye Hills Regional Park
Conveniently located on State Route 85 just five miles south of Buckeye, Buckeye Hills Regional Park offers primitive hiking and biking and beautiful views of the Gila River riparian area. Pull out your compass and delight in your natural desert surroundings.

Woolsey Peak Wilderness Area
Explore the diverse terrain of this topographic wonder and marvel in the solitude and adventure that await you. Gaze upon wildlife in its natural habitat or take in sights of sloping lava flows while you hike, backpack, mountain bike, or ride horseback through this rugged Arizona gem.

Grow in Community

If organized events are more your speed, Buckeye is the place for you. With so many opportunities, what will you choose?

  • Saddle up at the Helzapoppin’ Rodeo Arena for Buckeye Days or stop by for other roping events throughout the year
  • Put on your workout clothes and meet for Fitness in the Park or join a sports team through the Buckeye Recreation Center
  • Play a round of golf at any of the nearby greenways
  • Stock up on local organic produce and artisan foods at the Buckeye Farmer’s Market
  • Celebrate Buckeye Valley’s rich history of cotton farming and take in a car show and carnival at Oktoberfest

No matter the time of year or your interests, there’s something on the calendar to keep you entertained in the outdoors when you have a home in Buckeye.

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The Pros of Living in Sienna Hills & Buckeye, Arizona

Many think location is key to choosing where you live. Some think standard of living is most important. At Sienna Hills in Buckeye, Arizona, you don’t have to compromise. This close-knit community was designed to meet the needs of residents who take pride in where they live.

The benefits of living in Buckeye are innumerable. With its local amenities, proximity to Phoenix, boundless outdoor opportunities, exceptional schools, and safe neighborhoods, Buckeye is an ideal place to call home.

Big City Convenience Meets Small Town Charm
Leave the congestion behind and spend locally. Buckeye boasts a vibrant economy bustling with restaurants and shopping both familiar and unique to the area. The city hosts art galas, community dinners, marathons, and an air fair at the local airport.

Opportunities to Grow
Get out in the fresh air and explore miles of trails for hiking and biking. Recreational opportunities abound, and Buckeye’s year-round climate encourages a healthy lifestyle. Listen to birds chirp from your kitchen window or watch them in the acres of surrounding open space.

Check out these local (free!) activities and expand your horizons.

Whether you’re raising a family or basking in your glory years, Sienna Hills in Buckeye, Arizona, is a community worth checking out.

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The Beauty of Desert Scenery in Buckeye

Imagine looking out your bedroom window at a view stretching as far as your eyes can see. Jagged mountains climb toward clear blue sky, and authentic desert landscape sprawls before you. Can you feel your lips curling into a smile? Do you feel more rejuvenated?

According to Psychology Today, there is a direct correlation between nature and happiness. Happiness, in turn, positively affects health. Experiencing nature instills a sense of connectedness—to family, to our homes, and to ourselves. By choosing to surround ourselves with the beauty of nature, we offer ourselves a sustained sense of well-being.

You can have this experience and countless others at Sienna Hills in Buckeye, Arizona, a community committed to preserving old-world natural surroundings while providing new-world conveniences and amenities. In a place like Buckeye, you don’t have to sacrifice beauty for convenience.

Thanks to homebuilders in Buckeye, who deliver smart-design homes, breathtaking sunsets and wildlife viewing await you from the comfort of your own home. Nearby you can experience the riparian area of the Gila River and explore the expansive land of the Woolsey Peak Wilderness Area. Buckeye boasts 360-degree views complete with a year-round climate to enjoy them.

Here are just a few awe-inspiring sights you’ll experience in the Buckeye area:

  • Blazing sunsets
  • Rugged mountaintops
  • Expansive desert landscape
  • Sloping lava flows
  • Grand saguaro cacti

Check out what’s waiting for you and take control of your happiness. There may be a “Big Sky Montana,” but Arizona has its own gem: Vast Views Buckeye.

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