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The Trailer Diva

Trailers, or manufactured homes constantly get a bad rap. Gone are the days of tires on the roofs and “tornado magnets” - today’s manufactured homes are actually a preferred form of housing.

After being a homebuilder and designing “traditional housing” for over 20 years I decided that the future had wheels and I wanted to roll along with that trend. After looking for 10 years, I’ve found my destiny – I’m now officially a Trailer Diva.

Why manufactured housing? Try to take any traditionally built home down the road at 65…OK, maybe 55 miles an hour and let me know how far you get. Whether a manufactured home is $20,000 or $2,000,000 they are built to withstand all of the potholes and issues that we have to face every day when we drive down the road.

There is a misconception that manufactured homes are made with “trailer parts” and to fix or replace anything in your home you would have to go to a special store and get special parts. Any home that I have been in is built with the same materials that you would find in any home (if not better) and you can upgrade your faucets or carpet at any home improvement store.

While working with Patriot Homes I’ve been fortunate to be able to visit all of their building centers and get to know quite a few of the people who are responsible for building these homes. They are an amazing group and really take pride in the homes that they build. When’s the last time you saw a happy contractor at a typical construction site? Another bonus with manufactured homes is that you have a workforce who works at the same location every day in a controlled environment and are supervised. Manufactured homes are built to national – not local codes and each home is inspected by a national inspector. Patriot’s northern plants are in areas that have a high concentration of Amish workers – true craftspeople that take great pride in their work.

Designing trailers is a blast! I haven’t met a snob yet and they have all been open to new ideas and trends. The day is coming where trends start in the manufactured housing field and then get picked up by site builders. MSNBC recently had a live poll and asked people if they would buy a manufactured home. Over 85% of the people polled stated that they would live in one if it was well designed.

The next time you are considering buying a new home or thinking about investing in a vacation or retirement home, take a look at what manufactured housing has to offer. I promise you it will be one of the best investments of time you will ever make.

Lifestylist Design Recognized for Model Home Design

The Lifestylist Brands was awarded Best Model Home Design of The Year by MHI recently in Las Vegas. The home was built by our client SE Homes of Texas for R&R Homes of DeRidder, LA. We are so proud of this honor, and appreciate the recognition that comes with this prestigious award. SE Homes of Texas is a division of Clayton Homes - the largest homebuilder in America.

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Lifestylist Tips for Organizing Your New Nursery

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As a Lifestylist® we work with clients in every phase of their lives, and one of our favorite clients to work with is one that's expecting their first child.

Expecting a first child is a very exciting time and there is a lot to do to prepare for that new bundle of joy. Aside from picking a name, organizing the nursery is pretty high up on the list of things to do during the pregnancy.

When it comes to designing and organizing a nursery, don't focus on just the baby stage. Think beyond the first year, to when the child will be crawling, walking, growing and playing in the space. There are many pieces of furniture that are designed with this in mind; a crib that later converts to a bed, for example. Aside from a crib, a changing table is the next most important piece. A comfortable chair for feeding baby, a bureau and a toy box are other pieces to consider for the nursery.

Delta Childrens Glenwood 3 In 1 Espresso Convertible Sleigh Crib

Delta Childrens Glenwood 3 In 1 Espresso Convertible Sleigh Crib

This 3 In 1 Espresso Crib Is The Constant Sleeptime Companion For Your Baby

With the ability to convert from crib to toddler day bed the Delta children’s Glenwood sleigh crib will provide many nights of sound sleep to your baby for years to come. Kids will enjoy a familiar bed to come home to through their childhood years, every night. This bed is built with a solid wood construction that’s sturdy enough to hold up to older or more energetic kids, while being simple to put together for the busy parent.

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JoJo Maman Bebe Enormous Laundry and Storage Bag - Poppy Print

JoJo Maman Bebe Enormous Laundry and Storage Bag - Poppy Print

After deciding on the big pieces of furniture, you should try to organize specific areas of the nursery. The changing table and crib will be the most used areas. When organizing the changing area, think through every step taken when changing your baby and the things that might be needed. Your baby should never ever be left alone for even a second on the changing table, so everything needs to be within arm's reach. A basket with things used consistently such as diaper rash cream, powder, and baby wipes will be the most useful right on top of the changing area. Onesies and diapers will also be used at every changing, so put them within easy reach as well.

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The amount of laundry generated by such a tiny being is amazing, so be sure to have plenty of outfits, but don't forget the crib sheets, receiving blankets and burp cloths. A laundry hamper will be extremely helpful in this space.


Dwellstudio Savoy Glider Nursery Chair

Dwellstudio Savoy Glider Nursery Chair

If there is a chair in the nursery for feeding baby, be sure to have a small table next to it to hold a drink, the bottle while burping, a stack of burp cloths, a baby monitor and a small lamp. Middle of the night feedings will require some light, but not too much. It would be best to have a low watt bulb in that table lamp.

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Summer Breeze 5 Drawer Chest

Summer Breeze 5 Drawer Chest

When it comes to organizing baby clothes there are several options to consider. You could store similar items together. For example, you could have a drawer just for onesies and another just for pajamas. Alternatively, you could organize clothes by size. Put entire outfits together by size and hang in a closet or put in the dresser or changing table. The way you organize your baby's clothes is completely up to you. Only you can decide what will work best for you and your family.

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Handcrafted Toy Chest by Little Colorado Powder Blue - 055PB

Handcrafted Toy Chest by Little Colorado Powder Blue - 055PB

After all of the necessities are in the nursery, extra items can be added. A toy box would be a great idea, but it certainly isn't necessary to start with. Shelving for books and toys would also be nice, but needn't be a priority at this early stage.

There are many cute ideas out there to consider when organizing a nursery for the first baby. Look at different magazines and websites for ideas and take what works and leave what won't. Most of all enjoy the process!

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Happy Thanksgiving!

All of us at The Lifestylist Brands would like to wish you all a very Happy Thanksgiving. May it be filled with family, friends, love and great food!