Category Archives: Trends

What Your Favorite Home Style Says About You

One of the coolest parts of the home building process is getting to see homeowners put their own personal stamp on whatever plan they choose. We offer a number of different plans and styles, but it’s the family that really makes the home unique.

This got us thinking: What does a home style say about the family within? More than just a personal preference, your home style might give a little insight as to what goes on behind that front door.

Check out some of the most popular styles and what they could be saying about you!




Homeowners who choose rambler-style homes are probably casual and low-key. They aren’t looking to be the biggest or most impressive home on the block, because the family inside is more important than impressing the neighbors.




If the idea of the white picket fence appeals to you, you’re probably pretty sensible and classic. You prefer things in their places, but don’t mind when a noisy family kicks up a little dust.



A popular choice, if the craftsman style appeals to you, you’re probably the kind of person who keeps up on trends. People might describe you as “hip” and you definitely have a creative streak.



Hunting, anyone? When you love timber-framed or rustic homes, you probably love nature and the outdoors. Best for an active family, you want a house that can stand up to some rough edges at times.




You love clean lines, beautiful furnishings and bright, airy colors. You’re probably less traditional and are always paging through interior design mags. Your home is your castle, so you love sprucing it up and showing off, so it’s lucky that you’re social and open-minded.

So, what do you think? Accurate or not? Choosing the plan that fits your family and lifestyle means you’ll end up with one that is beautiful, functional and above all: Home.


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.


5 Sites for Awesome (Cheap) Home Decor

At Arive, we know that we build you a house: You and your family make it a home. That’s the reason we’re total home decor junkies. From the right wall clock to the perfect club chair, home decor completely sets the mood for your abode.

Of course, the caveat is that home decor can be seriously pricey. We’re always on the lookout for awesome, affordable furniture, wall decor and accents as the finishing touch to our designs. Here are some of the very best sites we’ve found for decor and design elements.

1. Joss & Main 

One of the only flash sale sites dedicated to home decor, we love Joss & Main because it’s impossible to get bored with the selection: It changes daily! From industrial rustic to French country, there are rugs, lamps and decor for any taste. Only problem? Trying to choose one.

2. Kirkland’s

We’ve missed Kirkland’s since it left University Mall in Orem, so we were happy to find that we could still get our fave decor fix online. Kirkland’s consistently offers excellent prices on unique home goods. Hint: Check out the sale section for amazing deals.

3. World Market 

If you’re the type of homeowner who wants their design to really stand out, check out World Market. It’s packed with fun goodies and elements that you won’t find at your neighborhood RC Willey. Always check for an online coupon code before you buy!

4. Cotton On

Yeah, Cotton On is a clothing store, but have you ever seen their home section? It has tons of fun, low-cost decor items, like lettering, marquee signs and even art. We love Cotton On for bringing a little personality into a room.

5. Zulily 

Another flash sale site, Zulily is geared toward young families. We’ve been especially impressed with the holiday selection this year, so pick up a wreath or tree decor here. Just pay attention to shipping times, since they vary.

Happy shopping, homeowners!

5 Super Simple Fall Decor Ideas

Is it just us, or does the changing of the seasons make you antsy for fall decor too? We’re ready to banish spring showers and summer flowers for something a little more autumnal. If you’re getting the decor bug too, here are some of our favorite simple ways to add a little fall style to your home.





We love the simplicity of these Pottery Barn lanterns — you can find replicas just about anywhere. Ditch the candles and replace them with gourds for fall flair.




Why did we think of that? Stenciling letters on small pumpkins is completely genius and super fast (here).





We love decor that is easy and cheap, so what’s better than a vase filled with layered dried beans? (here) Add a candle and you’re good to go.



Maybe it’s just the builder in us, but drilled-hole pumpkins? We’ll do anything to use power tools. (here)


Adding some depth can make even the most standard decor look out of the ordinary. Stack pumpkins on cake stands and candle holders to make a statement. (here)

Hopefully that’s enough to get your creative juices going. Just seeing decor ideas has us craving cider and pumpkin pie. Try some of these to decorate for fall and you might be experiencing the same thing.




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)