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Favorite Fall Events Just Around the Corner!

Categories: Communities, Helpful Tips & Information, Shaddock Homes, Uncategorized | Posted: September 6, 2018 | Comments Off on Favorite Fall Events Just Around the Corner!

It’s after Labor Day and summer is coming to a close despite what the weather thinks. Here at Shaddock Homes we’re sad to say goodbye to summer fun, but we’re excited for all the fall events coming up. Of course, we’re the MOST excited for one of the biggest events of the year… The Texas State Fair.

Every year the state fair comes to bring joy, junk food and endless entertainment and the lineup this year won’t disappoint. And the fair is a short drive from all of our Shaddock Homes communities! So, there’s no reason to miss out! Dates for this year’s fair run from September 28th – October 21st.
The theme for this year’s 132nd state fair is “Celebrating Texas Innovation.” The theme was chosen to highlight all of the marvelous creations that were created in Texas but cherished by the world. Some of the inspiration of the theme comes from America’s first self-contained modern shopping center, iconic corn chips and even corny dogs! The theme follows last year’s theme of “Celebrating Texans” and we know we’ll be there to celebrate.

One way to celebrate is checking out the music at the fair. The entertainment lineup for this year is so diverse that there’s surely something for everyone! Concerts take place each Friday, Saturday and Sunday throughout the duration of the fair and are free to attend once you’re inside the gates. Go here for more info or see the list below.

  • 28 at 8:30 p.m.: Kraig Parker
  • 29 at 2 p.m.: Sevyn Streeter
  • 29 at 5:30 p.m.: Morris Day and the Time
  • 30 at 5:30 p.m.: Michael Salgado
  • 5 at 5:30 and 8:30 p.m.: Resurrection – a Journey Tribute
  • 6 at 8:30 p.m.: Aaron Watson
  • 7 at 5:30 p.m.: Austin Mahone
  • 12 at 5:20 and 8:30 p.m.: The Molly Ringwalds
  • 13 at 8:30 p.m.: Ludacris
  • 14 at 8:30 p.m.: Hunter Hayes
  • 19 at 5:30 and 8:30 p.m.: Bidi Bidi Banda – a Selena Tribute
  • 20 at 8:30 p.m.: Casting Crowns
  • 21 at 3 p.m.: Banda Carnaval

While the entertainment is a huge perk to the Texas State Fair, we’re partial to trying all the food! It’s of course true to theme and is full of innovative food left and right. Some of the winners of the 2018 Big Tex Choice Award are the Cotton Candy Taco, Deep Fried Shepard’s pie, Texas Twang-Kie and Deep-Fried Skillet Potato Melt in a Boat. Then there’s always the Thursday food specials where you can get a deal on classics like corny dogs and funnel cakes! To find out more about the food at this year’s fair go here.

Food and concerts may be big staples to your Texas State Fair experience, the fun doesn’t end there. Spend some of your visit in The Barns. Each year more than 5,200 students participate in youth events and leadership contests associated with livestock and agriculture heritage. And there’s plenty of cute animals to look at while you learn more about all they do. Check here for the daily schedule of events.

Farm animals not your thing? Try shopping at one of the 18 shopping locations around the park showcasing everything from hot tubs to jewelry. Check out the Creative Arts Building and see an assortment of Lone Star arts, crafts, culinary creations and performing art. Go to The State Fair Midway to ride more than 70 rides, including the iconic Texas Star® Ferris Wheel. The opportunities are really endless at the state fair. To buy tickets go here.

While it’s obvious we’re excited for the state fair, we’re also equally excited for smaller local events throughout our communities this month! If you’re in Celina check out The Friday Night Market tomorrow, Sept 7th, from 6pm-9pm. You’ll be able to shop your favorites, grab some dinner and listen to the live music of Greg Hargrove/GDH Music. More information here.

Also, tomorrow, Sept 7th, you’ll be able to enjoy the 26th Annual Wylie Championship Rodeo.
This event goes from Friday-Saturday with a variety of bull riding, live music, bounce houses and so much more. Check it out here.

If you’re in Frisco and have a dog, check out Paws in the Pool at the Frisco Water Park Saturday, Sept 8th, from 9:30am-3:30pm. Check here for various swim times and more information.

Carrollton will be having its Farmers Market this Sunday from 10am-2pm where you can stock up on your favorite produce items. While you’re there try some delicious tacos or tamales for lunch and browse the various vendors. More info here.

Later this month celebrate a bit of Germany with Oktoberfest in Historic Downtown McKinney! This event is a family favorite offering authentic German music, food and drink, traditional costumes, dancing, children’s activities and so much more! This event goes from Sept 28th-30th. Find out more and grab your tickets here.

If you’re more daring and not afraid to get messy check out MuckFest MS in Parker on September 29th from 9am-5pm. This event is at the iconic Southfork Ranch and is a fun mud run! There will be outrageous obstacles to make a mess through all while supporting people living with multiple sclerosis. 100% of your team’s fundraising dollars support the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. More info here.

Shaddock Styling: Kitchen Counters

Categories: Design Trends, Helpful Tips & Information, Shaddock Homes, Uncategorized | Posted: August 16, 2018 | Comments Off on Shaddock Styling: Kitchen Counters

When you first move into your new Shaddock home you’ll probably want to jump right into making your home perfect. One of the easiest rooms to decorate and make your own is the kitchen. You can dive immediately into styling your kitchen counters with little to no effort while making a huge impact on your space.

The options for decorating your kitchen are pretty much endless and that might be daunting, but we’re here to help! We have rounded up 6 of our favorite ways to decorate this space to help you achieve your design goals.

1. Edible Décor

One of the easiest and most practical ways to decorate this space is to add in a little bit of edible décor. You can have a big bowl with cute/ready to grab after school snacks for the kids. But you can also place a variety of delicious fresh fruit in a unique tiered display. We’re partial to picking out different seasonal and local fruits!

2. Green is great!

Nothing brightens up any space like some greenery! You can use your countertops, cabinets or open shelves to display a variety of different luscious plants. Succulents work well in this space, but you can also try out fresh herbs. And if you need something low-maintenance rubber plants are also a win!

3. Functional Décor

Decorative canisters, bowls, etc are great ideas for filling up this space, but you can also utilize these pieces. We love to use ours to store flour, sugar and of course coffee! Hiding everyday items in plain sight is a win-win.

(Photo courtesy of @laura_cadenhead on instagram)

4. Display Your Favorites

One of the best pairings for countertops is a favorite cookbook and beautiful kitchenware. Have your favorite utensils that are too pretty to use or a stylish cutting board that needs its time to shine? Set up a space to make these pieces a showcase of your kitchen.

5. Drink Display

Are you an avid coffee drinker? Or maybe you love to collect wine. Either way a fun way to decorate your counters is to dedicate a space to displaying some of your favorite drinks. You can set up a ready-to-go coffee tray or even display some of your favorite wines to unwind with.

6. Company Awaits

If you love having guests and want to display your home in a guest ready way, try having place settings at your island! Anytime you have an impromptu friend pop on by you’re already ready to entertain with a casual meal and gossip.

For more ideas to inspire check out our website gallery here. If you’re still looking for your dream Shaddock home check our available homes here.

Home Trends: The New Neutral

Categories: Design Trends, Helpful Tips & Information, Shaddock Homes | Posted: July 19, 2018 | Comments Off on Home Trends: The New Neutral

When decorating your home it’s important to make decisions you’ll love for a long time, so it’s hard to pick what trends to implement with your design choices. One of the biggest trends in interior design as of late is something that’s bold, but also classic… navy as a neutral.

Immediately when you think of navy you might imagine nautical designs, but don’t limit yourself there. Navy can be used in rustic, traditional and even modern home interior design. Due to the richness of the color it works similar to black as a neutral, but it has a calming effect and the tone you choose can really change up your space.

Navy works well with natural tones like beige or even wood. It’s a beautiful contrast to colors like pale pink, yellow and pale purples. There’s so many ways you can utilize this trend in the home. You can use navy as a paint color on your walls or to make your kitchen island POP. You can buy furniture in a tone of navy to make a focal piece in the room. You can buy home décor accessories in navy to play off other pieces in your room.

If you aren’t fully loving the darkness of navy, you could also try a little brighter blue for a similar effect! We’ve started using this trend in every way we can think of and are loving the results. One of our favorite rooms to utilize the trend in is the kitchen, but it really does work in every room in all different styles. Check out some of our beautiful model home designs below for more navy and blue inspiration. But don’t forget to jump on over to our website here to see more ideas to inspire or check out our Pinterest page here.

Small City Charm, Perfect For Every Need

Categories: Communities, Events, Helpful Tips & Information, Uncategorized | Posted: June 28, 2018 | Comments Off on Small City Charm, Perfect For Every Need

Are you looking to relocate to a place perfect for your family, but also looking for excitement? You might want to take a look at McKinney, TX. This little city is right on the edge of the DFW area and has endless amounts of charm.

When out exploring McKinney you can’t skip out on the historic downtown. You’ll find everything you could want here from antiques to an Irish pub. You’ll be able to go shopping or find some wholesome activities for the entire family. There’s also a large variety of places to dine from a cheeky diner the kids will love to a nice winery for date night.

One of the most exciting things about McKinney is that it is all about its community. There’s constantly well planned events to attend. This next week you can celebrate the Fourth of July with the highly anticipated Red, White and BOOM! Parade. Click here for more information on the day’s schedule. Want to take your kids to the theater? There will be a play about Snow White’s sister, Rose Red, on July 13th at the McKinney Performing Arts Center. You can learn about that here. Big music fan? The MPAC Summer Concert Series has brought in Asleep at the Wheel to perform on July 21st. Get more information or tickets here. To keep up with all the events and offerings of McKinney check out their website here.

As you can tell, here at Shaddock Homes we LOVE McKinney. We currently build in two amazing communities in McKinney, Melton Ridge at Stonebridge Ranch and Wilmeth Ridge.

Melton Ridge is one of the LAST chances to live in the Stonebridge Ranch community. This neighborhood is located just off Custer Road and is North of Eldorado Parkway. You’ll be able to enjoy this secluded community with beautiful views, mature trees and your dream home. Homes start in the $400s and range from 2,000-3,500 sq. ft. in Melton Ridge. Find out more here.

Our other wonderful McKinney community is Wilmeth Ridge. This community is lined with lush trees and gorgeous Texas meadows. Wilmeth Ridge is located west of Central Expressway and within walking distance to John A. Baker Elementary. Homes in this community start at the $330s and range from 2,100 to 4,000 sq. ft. Find out more here.

Melton Ridge at Stonebridge Ranch kitchen

Wilmeth Ridge living room

Historic Downtown McKinney (courtesy of

Local Frisco Highlights!

Categories: Communities, Helpful Tips & Information, Shaddock Homes | Posted: June 14, 2018 | Comments Off on Local Frisco Highlights!

Selecting your dream home is no easy task. There’s a million factors like school district and commute from your job. But don’t forget the fun part of moving where you get to explore a brand new area! Shaddock Homes currently builds in 17 communities, but 6 of those are in Frisco. So we want to highlight some of the best food and entertainment areas that service those 6 communities.

Legacy West

If you’re in the mood to shop till you drop a great place to explore is Legacy West. This is a 250-acre urban destination housing must-have retail, a vast variety of dining and so much more. The drive from all 6 of these communities is under 20 minutes and it worth every second. The retail space covers a wide variety of offerings from Tesla to Warby Parker. You can find clothes, home goods, accessories and more. If you need refueling while out, there’s also a diverse selection of dining options. You can grab a Starbucks drink while you shop, treat yourself to a sweet something from Sprinkles, grab something quick from Shake Shack or have date night at Toulouse. You can’t lose with choosing a day at Legacy West. Find out more here.

Dr. Pepper Ballpark

Looking for a fun outing for the whole family? You should consider a Rough Riders game at Dr. Pepper Ballpark. Nothing says a great fun fueled day like enjoying America’s Favorite Pass-time, Baseball. The Rough Riders season is in full swing with a full schedule of home games. You can procure single game tickets for between $8-25 with many exciting promotional nights as well. If you get too hot out at the game the stadium offers the most unique water feature in a professional sports venue, the Choctaw Lazy River. Find out more about events here.

Stonebriar Centre

If you need a more diverse selection of just clothing retail, you won’t be disappointed with Stonebriar Centre. This retail location offers clothing options for the whole family in various designs and styles with options like H&M, Macy’s and the Children’s Place. But don’t think Stonebriar Centre is only for clothes, it also offers a variety of entertainment as well. You can catch a movie at the AMC, indoor skydive with Ifly or spend hours gaming at Dave & Buster’s. Find out more here.

Toyota Stadium

This soccer-specific stadium is home to FC Dallas, but that doesn’t limit the events of the stadium. Along with the soccer season in full swing (tickets vary from $25-$75 each) there’s a special event coming up in October. The National Soccer Hall of Fame Induction weekend will be October 20th and features the popular band Imagine Dragons. You’ll be able to see future games and concerts at this amazing 20,500 seat venue. Find out more here.


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