Holiday plans in place, check. Guests arriving, check. But, oh no, what about the house?! Prepping for the holidays tacks on unwanted stress—there’s no doubt about that. With proper planning, you can enjoy a relaxing time with friends and family without any worries. From now until New Year’s, get a jumpstart on your resolutions with these holiday-home tips.

1. Use Seasonal Scents

Welcome your guests with the aroma of the season. Pine, spices, and sweets galore, your holiday candles’ scents add an extra dimension to your holiday extravaganzas. 

2. Clean the Floors

The more you do in advance to prepare your home for foot traffic and activity, the better. Once you catch any dirt from the top of furniture and shelves, move on to cleaning the floors of dust and debris. There’s nothing like welcoming your guests with the sparkle of immaculately clean floors!

3. Clean Out the Fridge

Leading up to the event, it’s key to clear out your kitchen and refrigerator to make room for holiday dishes. Begin by tossing out expired food and freeing up space by condensing items into smaller containers. Take this opportunity, while your fridge is being emptied, to wipe down the shelves and drawers.

4. Transition the Decor

As we pass from Thanksgiving to Christmas to New Year’s, there’s certainly no shortage of excitement between those few weeks. And, each holiday tends to have its own set of decorations. Prepare to take the turkey figurines down in lieu of reindeer figurines come December 1st. From then on, check back on this list before setting up your winter decorations.

5. Dress Up Your Entryway

The first place your guests will see of your home is the entryway. Spread holiday cheer to everyone who walks into your home with themed decor. For Christmas, consider setting the nearside table with a miniature Christmas tree, family photos, and jolly garland. These decorations help set the tone for what guests can expect the more they venture inside.

6. Prep the Guest Room

If you plan on inviting guests to stay in your home during the holidays, they’ll need all of the comforts of home for the duration of their trip. Make sure that the room is tidy, and outfitted with a cozy bed, a well-lit lamp, and a dresser for clothing.

7. Prep the Kitchen

A holiday-ready kitchen is key to a successful holiday get-together. This is where people are gathering, food is being made, and messes are likely to happen. Get a head start on shopping for groceries, cleaning necessary cookware for the day of, and clearing tabletops for the expected heap of food.

8. Stock Up On Essentials

From ensuring the heating is up to par to providing essential items for overnight guests, it’s always important to assess your home and prepare for as much as you can. Some items to always have on hand are paper towels, toilet paper, hand soap, shampoo, conditioner, lotion, and toothpaste. In addition, cleaning out the fireplace beforehand can make the cold winter nights much more enjoyable.

Building and customizing your home to fit your vision is exactly what we do. With Fairfield Homes, you’ll build a top-end, quality home on one of the most beautiful sites in Southern Arizona. Enjoy the best desertscape views now and for your next holiday celebration. Contact us today to get started!

 


Seasons change and so can the aesthetic of your home. There are many ways to decorate your space with a fall festive and warm feel. Whether you’re looking for an elegant, statement-making fall arrangement for your table centerpiece or something on the casual side of everyday decor, you can surely find something on this list to suit your style.

1. Charming Table Centerpieces

Dress your table up for the season of home cooking. Table centerpieces draw attention and make a statement. For your centerpiece, you can choose to go as simple or as elaborate as you wish.

Take a container that best represents the season to you and fill it with all of the fall tones—whether that be fiery flowers, berries, leaves, pinecones, pumpkin, squash, apples, or gourds. You could even take out and replace pieces throughout the season to impress your guests with a new, stunning centerpiece each night.

2. Bewitching Mantelpiece Arrangements

Elevate nights around the fireplace with a fresh fall mantelpiece look. A garland isn’t just a great ornament to hang at Christmastime; use the decorative braid to display pumpkins, leaves, or flowers. Then, layer it in autumnal hues and plaid accents to bring your display to life. A Halloween-themed mantelpiece could even include dark colors, candle holders, and cobwebs for a spooky delight.

3. Stylish Candle Holders

Keep your table or mantel spooky and bright with stylish fall candle holders. When it comes to creating a snug atmosphere, the aroma of a themed candle heightens the experience. It’s only fitting to adorn your best fall candles with a candle holder that represents the season.

Candle holders come in many shapes, textures, colors, and designs. To suit the theme, a flora taper candle holder goes cleverly with your foliage decorations or a vintage brass candelabra brings a classic touch of beauty.

4. Personalized Autumn Signs

Prop up a sign to complete your modern fall decor. A welcoming autumn sign can add a touch of warmth and cheer to your home. Each little message portrays it loud and clear: The autumn season is here and let’s celebrate! A fall sign like “Hey There Pumpkin” is a charming and amusing display for guests, whereas “Give Thanks” could leave a sweet reminder to express gratitude for the season.

5. Fall-Themed Pillows

Prep your sofa, bed, or outdoor seating for the season with a few festive throw pillows. Your guests need something comfortable to rest against, and there are endless fall-themed pillows to adorn and cozy up to — like harvest, leaves, plaid, pumpkins, and more designs. But when in doubt, a simple rich color, warm texture, or iconic pattern can spruce up the autumnal impression of your home.

6. Cozy Flannel Blankets

Nothing accentuates a throw pillow quite like a cozy blanket. Ultra-soft flannel blankets can be a focal point on your couch while also offering functionality for guests to use for warmth. Your choice of flannel colors and shades will depend on the rest of your interior decorations, but nevertheless, it will play off your fall decor by adding a timeless, cozy appeal.

7. Layered Rugs

Double up on rugs to create a richer and comfortable feel. Layering rugs is a design style where you place one rug on top of another. It makes your space seem more defined, warmer, and comfortable. When you’re selecting the right floor coverings, you’ll need to consider the thickness of each carpet, the colors, and the patterns to complement the room. A popular choice in layering rugs is to use a neutral base rug and overlap it with a smaller, textured rug.

8. Pumpkin Wreath

The outside of your home deserves a “fall” makeover just as much as—if not more than—the inside of your home does. Hanging the prettiest fall wreath on the front door and adorning your porch with holiday cheer shows guests exactly what’s in store indoors and maximizes curb appeal. An assortment of miniature pumpkins and wreath frames can be found at local craft stores as well as artificial red, yellow, and orange leaves for a decorative arrangement you can create yourself.

9. Twinkling Outdoor Lights

Brighten your autumn mood with the best fall lighting. The lower temperatures allow us more time outdoors, and what better way to boost the ambiance than with illuminating features? String lights can be placed in many different areas, like on surrounding trees, a deck railing, posts, and more. Another neat lighting idea is luminaries along the walkway—which can also double as a pathway for trick-or-treaters to reach your doorstep.

10. Classy Halloween Decorations

Last but not least, ‘tis the season of Halloween, which not only means dressing ourselves up, but our home too! Getting into the Halloween spirit does not mean you must go over the top with inflatables or frightening animatronic figurines. From jack-o-lanterns to cauldrons, there’s room in your decor for just the right amount of eerie and elegant that can stay up all season long!

The design of your own home should embody your lifestyle. At Fairfield Homes, we can tailor your dream home to your preferences, whether a fully custom build or a partial custom build. Speak with a consultant today to get started on the home of your dreams!


Young or old, kids or no kids — single-story living is well-suited to a wide range of individuals’ needs and lifestyles. Popularized during the postwar economic boom, one-story homes defined the attainability of the American dream. This popularity carried into the 1970s and declined in the early 21st century, however, within recent years the acclaim of single-story living returned. With the right plan, living in a one-story home brings countless benefits.

Ideal for Any Age

Think of single-story living as an age-defying home. Toting the laundry or walking to your bedroom is much simpler in a single-story home than a two-story home. Stairs pose a problem for accessibility and oftentimes safety. Old and young individuals alike can move with greater ease and independence in a single-story home. And, you do not need to worry about potentially injuring yourself by falling down the stairs. Any age can thrive in a single-story home and you won’t need to worry about age-proofing — or retrofitting your home — to fit your lifestyle.

Simple Maintenance

Buying a home is simply the starting point of years of maintenance. Everything you need in a single-story home will exist on the same level, making upkeep or cleaning more attainable. You won’t need to go back and forth upstairs carrying bulky cleaning supplies or engage in arduous exterior scaffolding. In a one-story home, your paths are straightforward and simple.

Energy-saving and Cost-effective

A single-story home displays energy-efficient choices, saving you money on utility bills. Since heat rises and cool air drops, living in a two-story home means you will face adjusting your heating and AC accordingly. In fact, a two-story home with the same square footage as a single-story home costs double the amount to keep it warm in the winter and cool in the summer. A single-story house will require much less energy use.

Ability to Add-On

A combined space like single-story homes offers more flexibility in interior design than multi-level homes. It can adapt to your needs and at a lower cost. If you want to add on to your home in the future, like a mother-in-law suite or sunroom, then you won’t need to worry about an upper level thwarting your plans.

Open Floor Plans

In a single-story home, you won’t need to sacrifice space. Without doors and walls acting as barriers to each location, homeowners and guests can roam freely and comfortably. Open floor plans truly enlarge the common areas and give a sense of interconnectedness. You can expect no stone to go unturned in a single-story home, meaning the square footage is used to its greatest potential.

Effortless Indoor-Outdoor Living

Single-story homes blend perfectly with your outdoor living space. Multiple access points to the outdoors from your kitchen, living room, or bedroom are feasible in a one-story home. There are also more options for high ceilings and large glass sliders that not only optimize spectacular landscape views but allow for quick access to the patio or deck. With this convenience of location, homeowners and guests receive the best of both worlds.

When it comes to single-story living, Fairfield Homes know precisely how to optimize the space and feel of a home. We have been designing luxurious semi-custom and custom single-story homes in Southern Arizona for over 40 years. Each home is carefully designed to provide the best from quality resources to exquisite views. Contact us today to get started on a home that fits your lifestyle!

 


Designing a custom or semi-custom home is a huge undertaking with a number of big decisions falling on your shoulders. When you build, it turns into a full-scale commitment that may look overwhelming — from customizing the floor plan to selecting paint options. As you begin the home-building process, consider implementing these tips to make your dream home a reality.

Start Simple

Start your project with a goal. You’re crafting a sanctuary that you will come back to at the end of each day to unwind and feel at ease. So, take it easy in the beginning. Create a checklist of ideas, features you may want in each room, or important must-haves. Once you lay out the structure of your project, then you can begin working your way towards final decisions with the help and feedback from your builder.

Plan for the Future

Imagine what your life could look like two years, five years, even 10 years down the road. Would your home still meet your style and function desires? When designing a home, you need to think long-term rather than “right now.” Do you plan on having kids? How much storage space will you need? Turns out, most homeowners underestimate how much space they need, which can be inconvenient for organization purposes and cost more to upgrade later on. Planning your home to fit your future needs will save you from continuously expanding to suit your situation.

Prioritize Function and Flow

A design that serves a purpose holds up over time. Dig into the details of your daily routine and consider what would make your everyday life uncomplicated. An open floor plan, for example, establishes a good connection and logical layout for smooth access throughout your home. Think about your previous or current home, what you like or dislike about the setup, and make sure you can achieve this with your future home. Leave no stone unturned and use every space to its fullest potential.

Upgrade During the Build

Some materials can be easier to change than others, but larger functional characteristics that impact important structural elements will not be. By upgrading at the start, you won’t need to worry about improving later. High-end materials and new appliances will last for years and save you money on maintenance and repairs. And, new homebuyers will be looking for the updated features. All in all, don’t set yourself up for additional work and money spent down the road — upgrade now.

Make it Your Own

You deserve to look around 15 years from now and still love the selections you chose. Although your custom home builder has the experience and expertise, YOU make the decisions. Pick the materials that best reflect your taste, personality, and style, that you will appreciate for years to come. Designing your own home can be a meticulous process, but it’s also so rewarding to take a part in building your future!

Fairfield Homes designs custom and semi-custom homes with wellness and luxury in mind to fit your lifestyle. Contact us today to get started on the home of your dreams!