Category Archives: Interior Design

An Arive Homes Christmas List

We were so glad to meet and visit with many of you at the open house on Saturday. Thanks for coming to see our new model home in Muhlestein Meadows! And for those of you who couldn’t make it, here are some things you might want to put on your Christmas list this year:

Start with a comfortable, family-oriented great room; complete with roaring fireplace, tons of seating space and of course, everyone gathering for the holidays.

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You might want to add a spacious, open-concept kitchen to your list, too. After all, it’s where your family will congregate, especially with treats coming out of the oven.

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Don’t forget to ask Santa for a chic new master bedroom, complete with master bath. What better way to dream of sugar plums than in a serene room like this?

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You’ll have to stay tuned for a full virtual tour or come out to the model home to see this beautiful abode in person for all the details. Even if a new home is just on your wish list this year, we’d love to make that wish list come true for you and your family.


4 Holiday Decor Trends to Dress Your Nest

It’s December, which means the holiday season is officially upon us. And while your neighbors might have spruced up their homes days ago, we totally understand if you’re still dragging your feet on decorating the tree just yet.

If inspiration is your issue, why not dress your nest with one of these 2014 decor trends? Simple, sweet and even better, they should be easy to take down when Dec. 31st rolls around. Happy decorating!

Marquee Vintage


Marquee letters are hot this year, and you can snag them at a variety of price points. Grab a few to spell out a cheery word and brighten up your home.

Outdoors In

DIY with the Sweetest Occasion

Are you a hardcore DIYer? Then you’ll love the trend of bringing the outside in this year: Branches, pine cones and just about anything else can be wrapped in twine or dipped in glitter for (cheap) holiday flair.

Rustic Glam


Who knew that rustic decor could be so chic? This year, it’s all about making rustic items glamorous, courtesy of luxe metallics and glitter.

Candy Coated


If you’re a kid at heart, you might be more inclined to decorate with everyone’s favorite: Candy! Swap out silver and gold for red, pink and green. The best part? Your decorations are totally edible.


New Home Upgrades: Getting the Most Bang for Your Buck

One of the most exciting parts of the building process is getting to pick out the stuff that makes your home uniquely yours. You know: It’s the cabinet and tile combo you loved in the design center or the fixtures you have to have in your bathroom. But when you’re choosing your finishes, remember that upgrades can definitely make your house more tailored to your needs and increase your resale value.

Whether you have some credits to spend or you’re willing to invest a little more into your home, here are your best bets for upgrades in your home.


Not only are cabinets one of the more difficult components in your home to change, they can really increase your home value. Upgrading to something you truly love can also make the most-used room in your home even more livable for your family’s unique needs. Pick something that you know you’ll love forever.


If you’re totally in love with the wood flooring, go ahead and have it installed. Another big renovation for the future, it’s best to get what you want now. What’s more, flooring is one of those home component that makes a big difference in your satisfaction later: If you totally hate carpet, going for the hardwood will make you much happier in the long run.


Don’t scrimp on the fixtures around your home. Doorknobs and faucets may seem like a tiny thing, but when they’re in use constantly, little things can drive you insane. Instead, go for the fixtures that are both functional and beautiful.

One Splurge

Once you’ve chosen your home features (both standard and upgraded), treat yourself to just one big splurge. Whether it’s the huge range you’ll use to make your famous omelet, or a gorgeous feature fireplace for family gatherings, one splurge can go a long way in leaving your personal signature on your new home. Enjoy!

Top 10 Interior Design Trends from the 2014 Utah Valley Parade of Homes

We’ve had a chance to check out some of the other entries in the 2014 Utah Valley Parade of Homes, and we can safely say that this year’s collection of building and design teams are some of the best. Walking through each unique home gave us tons of ideas and inspiration: One of the reasons we love the Parade each year.

Of course, whether you’re planning on building or you’re just looking for ways to spruce up your nest, a few clear interior design trends emerged from this year’s crop of homes. Use these ideas to freshen up your home, or bring them with you when you meet with our interior design team to nail your perfect look.

1. Textured Wallpaper


Hey, this ain’t your Grandma’s wallpaper. And while you might think of the ’70s when you imagine all-over wall coverings, the 2014 version is much more modern. We love the way this textured barnwood paper turned out in this charming girl’s room. The trick to making wallpaper modern? Choose a light, subtle pattern and use it one or two feature walls.

2. Bold Florals


A positively inspired way to add a pop of color to a room, florals add a bright touch to an otherwise neutral palette. These chairs work because the pattern is oversized and graphic, so it makes a bold statement. We love the way they brighten up this room (Added bonus? The fabric is easy to keep clean and hides “everyday life” well).

3. Pop of Coral


If there was an “it” color for this year’s Parade, it would be a toss-up between coral and turquoise. Bright and unexpected, it pairs perfectly with your favorite neutrals. We were pleasantly surprised to the reaction toward our bright, melon-hued front door. One visitor even said that she knew our home would be a good one based on the curb appeal alone. What better way to start off a home tour?

4. Text Accents 


Accessories are what really makes a house a home and we’re obsessed with text accents this year: Placed around your home, they serve as reminders to your family and just happen to look amazing, too. Throw pillows, coasters, light-up marquees and plaques are all big this year (and super easy to find at your favorite home decor store).

5. Feature Backsplash


The kitchen is the anchor of every home we design, so it’s not surprising that our Parade home kitchen had to be something special. Covering the entire backsplash with a complicated pattern might be too busy (especially for a more moderately-sized kitchen), but we love the way this feature backsplash turned out. It gives the kitchen the perfect focal point for maximum impact and just enough personality.

6. Craft Rooms


Who wouldn’t want a dedicated space to house all of that stuff that makes you feel like Martha? From scrapbooking to sewing, craft rooms were a big deal this year at the Parade.

Of course, we aren’t all lucky enough to have an entire room set aside for crafting. Luckily, a creative solution might be enough to get your creative juices flowing when you combine a space-saving laundry room with smart storage. Hey, crafting while washing your whites? We’d say that’s killing two birds with one (decoupaged) stone.

7. Sliding Barn Doors


The best thing about swapping traditional doors for a sliding barn door design? It works with just about any home style. From rustic to modern, they look completely at-home with a variety of elements – they can even save space for a more open feel.

8. Industrial Fixtures


This fixture caused a stir in the bathroom, and we loved the feedback we got: Mostly from visitors asking where we got it! Industrial lighting is a simple way to add a little something special to a room. Your home doesn’t need to have an industrial flair to make these work: They look completely at home in a contemporary or even vintage design.

9. Freestanding Tubs


Who wouldn’t want to slide into this bath for a soak (and enjoy the view!) Large, jetted tubs are being replaced with vintage-style freestanding tubs, which add a note of style and allow for a freestanding shower as well. Clean lines and a lack of clutter make this tub a total end-of-day oasis.

10. Light and Bright


If this year’s Parade had a theme, it would definitely be “light and bright.” Designs showcased natural lighting, while cabinets, paint and flooring choices made each space look bright and spacious. High ceilings and amazing fixtures create an airy kitchen and dining area that is practically begging for breakfast– sunny-side up, of course.

We loved seeing the different design elements all come together to create a cohesive look with plenty of personality. And we were in awe of some of the amazing ideas we saw when walking through some of the other homes too. Congrats to all of the designers who showcased their work!

That’s it for our favorite trends. What design elements did you notice when you were walking through the homes?

(Photos courtesy of the 2014 Utah Valley Parade of Homes and @hiyapapayamommy)