Home and Family

Kitchen Details

This kitchen by Cameo Homes Inc. in  Draper, Utah comes with some great features.  The home was built by Cameo Homes Inc., Cabinetry by Chris & Dick's and Interior Design by Sita Montgomery Interiors.  Here are a few pictures... _LLC4366_WEB_WATERMARKED

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Utah's Luxury Home Builders since 1976, Cameo Homes Inc.

Summit County's Luxury Residential Custom Home Builders in Utah.

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Laundry Room of Dreams

With so much time being spent in laundry rooms, it’s worth taking the time to make them as functional and efficient as possible.  The fresh finishes and paint colors in this laundry room add extra charm to this dreamy space. Fresh and clean are two things everyone wants in their laundry room and you can never have too much storage space around your washer and dryer.  Sure, laundry rooms are about washing clothes, but they don’t have to be just for that. Special amenities can add a multiuse dimension to the room. This laundry room in a home Cameo Homes Inc. built in Utah also includes a desk, plenty of storage space, a gift-wrapping station, a sink and a pull-out ironing board.

This laundry room includes all the desired elements.  Take a look at Cameo Homes Inc. latest laundry room...

Lovely Laundry Room

Wrapping paper is cleverly stored up top with counter space below allows you to wrap a gift and get right out the door to that baby shower, kids' birthday party or holiday gathering within minutes. No searching around for paper, tape, ribbon, cards, gift tags or a spot to put it all together.

Craft Area

Home built by Cameo Homes Inc. in Utah.

Park City Home Builder, Cameo Homes Inc. Building Homes in Utah since 1976.

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Cameo Homes in Custom Builder Magazine

Cameo Homes, Inc. is excited to be featured in the Custom Home Builder Magazine September 2015 Edition.  Here is a look into that article...

Retirees Custom-Build Bigger and Better Homes

Couples in Utah and Massachusetts choose to age in place in larger homes with accessible features and fine finishes.

Custom barrel ceiling in great room
August 28, 2015

Many couples downsize when they become empty nesters, but there are always exceptions to the rule. The Utah home profiled in this article is approximately 9,000 square feet and is equipped with everything that visiting children (whatever their ages) would love, including a sports court and a swimming pool with a 23-foot water slide.

The Massachusetts home was a dream project for the clients, who want to spend their retirement pursuing passions such as theater and music. The finished space totals 7,900 square feet, but including unfinished space in the basement and over the garage, it’s approximately 10,000 square feet.
Both homes are exquisitely detailed and feature an abundance of custom-made cabinetry and millwork. Consequently, they were long-term projects that each took 2½ years to complete.

With its mix of natural stone and stucco, swooping roof lines, and the eyebrow window over the front door, the exterior suggests mountain retreat with a dash of European country estate. The man-made slate roof tiles weigh less than real slate, “which was important because we already had a heavy snow load for the roof,” says builder Brandon Quinton (Photos: Lucy Call).

To read the full article visit:  http://www.custombuilderonline.com/retirees-custom-build-bigger-and-better-homes

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Charming Mud Room

According to Realtor Magazine, Storage is one of the Hot Housing Trends for 2015.  The new buzzword is “specialized storage,” placed right where it’s needed. Home owners want everything to have its place. More home owners are increasingly willing to pare the dimensions of a second or third bedroom in order to gain extra storage space including a suitably sized walk-in closet and mud room.  Here is a mud room in a home Cameo Homes Inc. recently built in Deer Mountain, Park City, Utah.  This Mud Room includes baskets for storage, lockers, a bench and a closet to store cleaning items. _LLC7530_WEB_WATERMARKED

Utah Luxury Home Builder, Cameo Homes Inc. in Park City, Utah.

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Park City Showcase of Homes 2015: Sneak Peek

The 2015 Park City Showcase of Homes is fast approaching and we wanted to give you a sneak peek into our luxurious home we've built in Tuhaye, Kamas, Utah.  The 2015 dates are August 28-30 and September 4-7. More than fifteen exquisite homes will be on display in the Park City area including: Park Meadows, Tuhaye, Hideout Canyon, Victory Ranch, Red Ledges, and the quaint mountain town of Midway.

Built By Cameo Homes Inc.

Park City Showcase of Homes 2015

Tuhaye, Kamas, Utah

For more information on the Park City Showcase of Homes 2015 visit:  http://www.pcshowcaseofhomes.com/

Utah's Luxury Home Builders, Cameo Homes, Inc. in Park City, Utah.

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Pin of the Week: Jelly Bean Topiaries

Our Pin of the Week:  Jelly Bean Topiaries comes from the Lil'Luna Blog.  With Easter approaching this weekend this would make the perfect little accent for Easter Dinner.  For more information on how to make a Jelly Bean Topiary, visit:  www.lilluna.com.

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PIN OF THE WEEK: Chritsmas Breakfast

Today's PIN OF THE WEEK comes from www.kidskubby.com.  This pin features some great Christmas breakfast ideas that are delicious and fun for the kids.  Enjoy! Fuel-up before skiing on Christmas morning!

For more information visit:  http://www.kidskubby.com/easy-christmas-breakfast-ideas-for-kids/

Utah Home Builder, Cameo Homes Inc.

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PIN OF THE WEEK: Personalized Pinecones

Our PIN OF THE WEEK comes from Brides.com and was pinned by Pottery Barn.  Using personalized pinecones would be such an easy way to seat your guests this Thanksgiving.  What a great and inexpensive idea!

Personalized pinecones—easy & fun.

PIN OF THE WEEK: HALLOWEEN

Since tomorrow is Halloween, we decided to give you a little history of Halloween and show you a few of our favorite Halloween Pins.  "Halloween has its origins in the ancient Celtic festival known as Samhain (pronounced "sah-win"). The festival of Samhain is a celebration of the end of the harvest season in Gaelic culture. Samhain was a time used by the ancient pagans to take stock of supplies and prepare for winter. The ancient Gaels believed that on October 31, the boundaries between the worlds of the living and the dead overlapped and the deceased would come back to life and cause havoc such as sickness or damaged crops.

The festival would frequently involve bonfires. It is believed that the fires attracted insects to the area which attracted bats to the area. These are additional attributes of the history of Halloween. Masks and costumes were worn in an attempt to mimic the evil spirits or appease them." (halloweenhistory.org)

Traditional activities include trick-or-treating, bonfires, costume parties, visiting "haunted houses" and carving jack-o-lanterns. Irish and Scottish immigrants carried versions of the tradition to North America in the nineteenth century. Other western countries embraced the holiday in the late twentieth century including Ireland, the United States, Canada, Puerto Rico and the United Kingdom as well as of Australia and New Zealand.  

Lots of great Fall centerpiece ideas!

Photo by Luxe Couture Interiors

Baked Pumpkin Cinnamon Sugar Doughnuts

i really like this...

Photo by u-createcrafts.com

DIY Halloween Centerpiece (Just $3 to make!)

Photo by time2saveworkshops.com

Halloween decorations

Photo by Belle Eighties

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Cadbury Egg Cookies

We posted this great recipe last year and it was such a hit we thought we would post it again.  Happy Easter and try not to eat all the cookies yourself!

 

Cadbury Egg Cookies

Recipe by OurBestBites.com

 

1/2 C  crisco

1/2 C  butter

1 C  brown sugar

1 C  white sugar

2 eggs

1  1/2  t  vanilla

1  t  baking powder

1  t  baking soda

1/2  t  salt

2  1/2 C  flour

6 Tbsp.  unsweetened cocoa powder

1  10 oz. bag Cadbury Mini-Eggs

 

Preheat oven to 350.  Chop up the cadbury eggs in a ziplock bag until they are crumbled.

 

Cream together the butter, crisco, brown sugar and white sugar.  Add in eggs one at a time and the vanilla.  In a separate bowl whisk together the flour, soda, baking powder, salt and cocoa powder.  Add the flour mixture to the butter mixture to combine and then mix in the candies.

 

Drop onto a cookie sheet and cook for about 8-10 minutes.  Remove to a cooling rack and try not to stuff your face too quickly!

 

 

6 New Design Trends

Built By Cameo Homes Inc. 

According to the Wall Street Journal, "The new American home is taking shape."

"Tough recent years are leaving their mark on home design, just as the housing-boom years sent square footage soaring and stamped a distinctive "McMansion" style on neighborhoods across the country. Big home builders, smaller architecture firms and even bathroom-fixture makers are adjusting to the shift toward more practical features and away from the aspirational.

The new styles are showing up in the relatively few new homes under construction as well as in the remodeling of older homes. More people are renovating as they stay put longer. "

The following are 6 new design trends replacing some fading features:

*Open Family Rooms replacing formal living rooms

*Elevators replacing second staircase

*'Lifestyle center' replacing the office

*Steam showers replacing soaker tubs

*Outdoor living space replacing the breakfast nook

*Drop Zone replacing the large foyer

To read the full article visit: 

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052970204644504576651152960249150.html?mod=WSJ_RealEstate_LEADTopNews

 

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Brittney's Pumpkin Bars

BRITTNEY'S PUMPKIN BARS

CAKE:

1 cup oil  4 eggs 1-15 oz can pumpkin 1 1/2 cups sugar

Beat until fluffy then mix dry ingredients together and add to mixture.

2 cups flour 1 tsp salt 1 tsp soda 1 tsp baking powder 2 tsp cinnamon 1/4 tsp nutmeg

Spread in a sheet cake pan.  Bake at 350 for 20-25 minutes.

FROSTING:

1-8 oz. cream cheese 1/4 cup butter 1 tsp vanilla 3 cups powdered sugar

Make sure your cream cheese and butter aren't too cold so your frosting doesn't get chunky. Cream butter and cream cheese together.  Add vanilla and gradually beat in powdered sugar.  Spread on cooled cake.  Enjoy!

 

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Lovely Laundry

Laundry rooms are all about work, so it's essential that your laundry room layout optimizes the space to help you be efficient on laundry day.  The size of your laundry room isn't as important as the way you arrange the  appliances and accessories.  Check out these lovely laundry rooms built by Cameo Homes Inc.

The first and most important principle of laundry room design is ease of access.  Not only should it be easy for you to load and unload clothes from your washing machine and dryer,  you should also be able to perform these tasks without bumping into things.  

Once you've created a well-lit layout that gives you  easy access to your appliances, the next step is to add helpful accessories that will make laundry day easier.  Keep a wastebasket near the dryer so you don't have to walk anywhere to empty the lint trap.  If you want a  table for folding clothes, opt for a hanging table that you can lower when  needed and raise so its out of the way when it's not in use.

Finally, don't underestimate the power of a little decor.   Some pleasant accents, like flowers or pictures, will help laundry day be  a little more pleasant.  Also, since you'll probably be working in the laundry  room for extended periods on a regular basis,  it's good to invest a few dollars  in an inexpensive radio or CD player so you can listen to music while you sort,  fold, wash and dry laundry.

To help you accomplish these goals, take  careful measurements of the room you plan to use for laundry before you go  shopping for appliances.  This will help you select models that can fit  comfortably into the assigned space while leaving room left over for accessories  and laundry aids.

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Snack Happy

School has started and boy, are these kids hungry when they arrive home.  So what snacks do you feed

them?  Here are 10 great tips for keeping your kids snacking healthy.   Our friend Christie Jensen shared

this great article with us, thanks Christie!

   No. 1: Keep junk food out of the house

Keep the sweets out of the house, then you won’t be tempted.  This would be helpful for myself.  Parents need to set good examples by choosing healthy snacks for yourself.

   No. 2: Go for the grain

Snack time is a great time to get your whole grains in.  These can be in whole grain pretzels, tortillas or whole grain cereals.

   No. 3: Mix and match

Dip baby carrots in fat free ranch or hummus.  Dip fresh fruit in fat free yogurt.  Spread the peanut butter on veggies and fruit.  I know my kids love to dip stuff, so why not make it healthy.

   No. 4: Broaden the menu

Try pineapple, cranberries, tangelos or roasted soy nuts.

   No. 5: Revisit breakfast

Serve breakfast foods — such as scrambled eggs and whole-grain toast — as healthy snacks for kids in the afternoon.

   No. 6: Sweeten it up

Just because it is healthy doesn’t mean it has to taste bland.  Give a little sweet stuff, fat-free pudding, frozen yogurt of fruit bars.  One of our favorites is a fresh fruit smoothie with skim milk and fat-free yogurt.

   No. 7: Have fun

Make fruit kabobs (recipe is on an earlier post).  Make towers out of graham crackers, make funny faces out of your fruit.  Use cookie cutters with your whole grain breads or cheese.

   No. 8: Promote independence

Keep a selection of ready-to-eat veggies in the refrigerator. Leave fresh fruit in a bowl on the counter. Store low-sugar, whole-grain cereal and fruit canned or packaged in its own juice in an easily accessible cabinet.

   No. 9: Don’t be fooled by labeling gimmicks

Foods marketed as low-fat or fat-free can still be high in calories and sodium. Likewise, foods touted as cholesterol-free can still be high in fat, saturated fat and sugar. Check nutrition labels to find out the whole story.

   No. 10: Designate a snacking zone

Restrict snacking to certain areas, such as the kitchen. You’ll save your child countless calories from mindless munching in front of the TV. If your child needs to snack on the go, offer string cheese, yogurt sticks, cereal bars, a banana or other drip-free items.

I hope this list is helpful to you.  It is great to be reminded to have healthy snacks.  There is so much processed unhealthy foods that are easy to buy.  It does take more effort and planning to have healthy snacks around, but what a great way to get more fruits, veggies and whole grains into your child’s diet (and yours!).

For more information or to visit Christie's blog go to http://raisinghealthykids.wordpress.com/

Be careful in the heat

 

OSHA Outreach Campaign Educating Workers on How to Beat Heat-Related Illnesses

 

Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis on April 26 announced a national outreach initiative by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to educate workers and their employers about the hazards of working outdoors in the heat and steps needed to prevent heat-related illnesses.

 

"If you're working outdoors, you're at risk for heat-related illnesses that can cause serious medical problems and even death," said Secretary Solis.

 

"But heat illness can be prevented," she said. "This Labor Department campaign will reach across the country with a very simple message - water, rest and shade."

 

To read the full article visit:  http://www.nahb.org/news_details.aspx?newsID=12565&fromGSA=1

A little something tasty for July

We found this great recipe from one of our favorite blogs, Our Best Bites Blog.  This salad is so light and easy to put together and would be a great addition to your July BBQ.

Grilled Chicken & Berry Salad

Grilled Chicken & Berry Salad Recipe by Our Best Bites

1/2 head Romaine lettuce, washed and chopped into bite-sized pieces 6-8 oz. baby spinach 12-16 oz. chicken, marinated, grilled, and sliced* 8 oz. strawberries, sliced 8 oz. blueberries 4 oz. crumbled Feta or shredded fresh Parmesan cheese 1 c. sliced almonds, toasted Berry Poppy Seed Dressing to taste

For serving a large crowd, toss all the salad ingredients in a large serving bowl and add dressing to taste. For individual servings, arrange ingredients on plates and serve the dressing on the side. Makes about 8 side dish servings and 4 main dish servings.

Tie-Dyed Cake

Last year just about this time, I found a recipe in the Family Fun magazine that I really wanted to make

for Taste-A-Rainbow Cupcakes. I tore it out of the magazine before I threw it away just so I could file it

away in my to-do recipes folder. Super cute, huh!?

Well, as we approached my daughter's 7th birthday this past January, she INSISTED we make her these

cupcakes.  Originally I had wanted to make them for her class and stay true to the recipe. Then

remembered that homemade treats are no longer allowed in schools. We were sad. So, instead we opted

to make one giant cake for home. I had envisioned this cake being perfect rainbow stripes.

I measured the batter out equally into six bowls (I used white cake mix but you could also use yellow

without problem).   Then added our Wilton food coloring for even more intense colors. If you've never

tried the Wilton food coloring, I HIGHLY recommend it. They're going to cost you a bit more, but you

will be so much happier with the outcome and a little goes a LONG way! I get mine at a local craft store.

As you can see, the cake didn't end up with perfect stripes, but more of a tie-dyed look. Which still looked

pretty darn awesome! I used vanilla pudding between the cake layers and a homemade buttercream

frosting with a touch of cream cheese in it. FABULOUS!!!

{buttercream frosting}

 1/2 c. butter, softened

 6-7 c. powdered sugar

 2 tsp. vanilla extract

1/2 tsp. almond extract

 1-8oz. pkg cream cheese, softened

Whip butter and cream cheese together until light and fluffy. Add extracts. Slowly add powdered sugar until you get the desired consistency/flavor. You might add a little more or less powdered sugar depending on how you like it. Enjoy!

This post was written by our friend, Lisa  Jensen.  You can visit her blog for other great recipes at http://gourmified.blogspot.com/

Re-create Craftsman Charm In Your Home

Arts and Crafts - also known as Craftsman- homes were originally constructed  as a response to the highly styled, elaborate Victorian popular in the early 20th century.  Today, these homes are enjoying a comeback, and many homeowners aspire to create the clean lines and charming design in their own environment.  Craftsman homes imbue warmth and simplicity, a getaway from today's hectic everyday life.  By incorporating a few elements with a Craftsman touch, you can transform your house into a cozy and inviting bungalow.                                                         
*An inviting entryway:  The front door sets the tone for the entire home and adding a premium wood Craftsman-style door, like those offered by Jeld-Wen, can truly add traditional appeal.  These wood doors feature clean lines, simple flat panels, squared sticking and optional shelves.  Because incorporating light is important to creating atmosphere in an Arts and Crafts home, doors can also include decorative glass designs that enhance the natural light and ambiance of the house.  Selecting a Craftsman entryway can set the stage for an interior's decor and leave a lasting impression on anyone crossing the threshold.
 

* Earthy appeal:  Traditional Arts and Crafts homes are painted in earth tones, emphasizing natural warmth inside and out.  Choose greens and blues for a bold splash of color in the great room or living room; paint trim in whites or leave molding a natural wood color for an earthy feel.  Creams and taupe have long been associated with the Craftsman style, and incorporating these colors into your home furnishings or decorations will add to its appeal.  Bringing plants into your home's interior will also help achieve a warm, natural Craftsman feel.

* The finishing touch:  Craftsman or Mission style furniture is an important element in creating a simple, earthy environment in your home.  This furniture is extremely popular and can be found in stores as varied as woodworkers' studios, antique shops and even major retailers.

Most often known for its simple but sturdy design, Craftsman furniture, found in a wide variety of wood species including red oak, mahogany and walnut, is recognizable by its slats and spindles, hand hammered copper hardware and geometric lines without ornamentation.  With the right pieces in place, furniture can put the finishing touches on your Craftsman home.

About the Author: Ronn Roberts is a writer of TrueBlueContractors.com allows contractors to spend less money advertising, give fewer estimates, and get more work. Read more: http://www.articlesnatch.com/Article/Recreate-Craftsman-Charm-In-Your-Home/523155#ixzz1OF2o0EQy Under Creative Commons License: Attribution No Derivatives