Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Construction of the Champions' Club clubhouse

The Champions' Club clubhouse is coming along! So exciting! They have even already dug the pool. Mark your calendars - the Grand Opening is June 21st!

Fox Hill Farm

Fox Hill Farm is an active adult community that we are all especially proud of. Located in Glen Mills, Pennsylvania, Fox Hill boasts a beautiful clubhouse and truly fabulous people.

The McKee Group broke ground on Fox Hill Farm in 1995. It was one of the first communities like it in this area and it quickly became a keystone project.

The residents of Fox Hill Farm have SO MUCH FUN. Here are just a few of their activities:
Photography Club
Trips to the Mediterranean, Wineries, Cruises
Ladies' and Men's Golf Clubs
and my favorite, the ROMEO (Retired Old Men Eating Out) Club

The residents have a nicely built and organized website for residents and visitors here:

The Village of Nittany Glen, Foxfield, Spring Arbor and Champions' Club are all well on their way!

Friday, April 18, 2008

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Guest Blogger - Natalie Surles

Design Trends for Spring 2008, from Natalie Surles, Design Coordinator at McKee Builders' Delaware communities (Spring Arbor and Foxfield)

Although the temperature has been slow to reflect it, spring is here, and with spring comes new design and color trends. Here are a few of my favorites:

Beach Style
Spring Arbor and Champions’ Club’s close proximity to the Delaware beaches provide residents loads of inspiration for the ‘beach house’ feeling – casual and simple, with pastel patterns and stripes in soft shades of aqua, cream, peach and khaki are perfect for a bathroom or comfortable bedroom retreat. Add seashells or a small piece of driftwood for the perfect finishing touch!

Paint Color
Every season, Sherwin Williams releases several color palettes based on fashion trends. The palette called ‘No Place Like Home’ showcases classic, elegant colors inspired by a desire to balance the old and new. The colors focus on wonderful neutrals, such as Evening Shadow and Fleur De Sel, and earthier colors, such as Bateau Brown and Classic Sand.

Black and White
There is nothing that I love more than the combination of black and white – traditional silhouettes or black and white photographs matted in white and framed in black, or even white kitchen cabinetry and black granite countertops. I think the combination acts as the perfect backdrop for another color, and can be changed from season to season with little effort. My dining room is black and white, with different accent colors for each season – daffodil yellow and spring green for the spring and summer, pumpkin orange and cranberry red for the fall and winter.

Eco-Friendly Style
Bamboo rugs and pillows are more popular than ever with the green design movement. Consumers are trying to use natural colors, textures and materials in their homes. My favorite way of doing this is incorporating bamboo sticks or branches from the yard in floral arrangements.

On a personal note, something that I love to see is the mixing of old and new. I love to see traditional 18th century bedroom furniture with contemporary glass lamps, or a home with a flat-panel television on one wall, with an heirloom quilt on another wall. For some people, the thought of moving their current furnishings into a new state-of-the-art home is overwhelming. It can absolutely be done, and can be stunning!

Happy Spring!

Green, black and white

As promised, here are some green. black and white ideas.

I really like this lamp and mirror both from Target.

Fabric from Calico Corner to consider.

Click here.

Friday, April 11, 2008

McKee Lifestyle

Are you taking full advantage of your McKee Lifestyle? Remember one of the reasons why you purchased a McKee Home - turn the key and go on an adventure! Let Misty inspire you.

Misty of Chincoteague is a classic children's book written by Marguerite Henry about Pony Penning. Once a year (the last Wednesday in July), "salt water cowboys" swim the ponies across the Assateague Channel to Chincoteague for a fair and pony auction on Wednesday and Thursday. If you are up for an adventure that would most certainly be one!

From May 17th to October 11 (make sure to check the website in case any of this changes), take a ride on the Assateague Explorer to see the wild ponies in their natural habitat.

Some resources:
National Parks - Assateague Island Information
A story about the swim.

Target Faves

I have a confession to make. I LOVE Target (and Jon and Kate Plus 8 on TLC/Discovery Health, but that is a whole other story).

If I was moving into a new home, these are just some of the things that I might purchase there. Or, I might just buy them anyway.

This nifty white tray table. Summery and useful.

Beautiful and warm.

Love, love, love.

Coming soon - what I like just from their Black, White and Green section.

It's getting warmer!

The weather is getting warmer. I am dedicating this picture of the pool at Foxfield to Summer. You can't get here soon enough.

Tuesday, April 8, 2008

Guest Blogger - Dianne Muhe

Dianne Muhe is the Selections Coordinator at Foxfield. Not only does she guide our customers through the most fun part of building a new home, but she also has an eye for design that she happily shares to suit everyone's home to their personal style. The entry below is from Dianne. Thanks, Dianne!


Fashion, as well as color schemes, seem to come and go in cycles. How many of us have heard the phrase “if you hold on to it long enough, it will be back in style?” We can see this happening now, especially in the color of kitchen cabinets. Over the last several years, “white and light” dominated the marketplace. Now it seems people are gravitating towards the darker shades of cabinetry. Here at Foxfield, more and more people are choosing the richer shades of cherry wood like spice and chocolate for their cabinets and pairing it up with a natural granite for a warm, inviting look. Off setting this combination with stainless steel appliances gives the kitchen a state-of-the-art look. Of course, for our residents who like the light and airy look we still offer a nice selection of the more neutral shades. Remember, your home should reflect your style and taste and we are here to guide you through that process.

Friday, April 4, 2008

Real Estate Radio

If you are thinking of buying a home, or just want to add some education to your Sunday morning coffee and pancakes, don't forget to listen to Jay Lamont, Philadelphia Real Estate guru.

For more information, click here. The show is called All About Real Estate and it airs Sunday mornings at 10 am on 950 am.

Innovation, the All-Natural Motivation

Here at The McKee Group we put a lot of stock into Innovation. We have a committee called the Bright Ideas committee which encourages and vets employee submissions of innovative ideas. Their slogan is: "Innovation, the All-Natural Motivation."

Some recent suggestions have been a Business Retreat for Administrative Assistants and a Friends and Family Discount Program on New Homes.

I think it's pretty neat!