August Move-Ins Set for Modern, Detached Single Family Homes

Vitae are single family homes offering two and three bedrooms with smart home and green features that come standard in both floorplans.

Vitae are single family homes offering two and three bedrooms with smart home and green features that come standard in both floorplans.

Costa Mesa, California – Vitae by Planet Home Living, a new community of 20 detached single-family homes offering two and three stories of modern living, have begun pre-sales with move-ins and a model grand opening slated for August. The interest list for Vitae, a development of new modern homes in Costa Mesa, is more than 150 homebuyers and growing.

Designed with the latest in energy efficiency and smart home technology, Vitae boasts standard features such as a Ring doorbell, Kevo keyless entry, Nest thermostat, USB port outlets, a garage door that can be opened from your phone, pre-wiring for EVC and solar panels, low-e energy efficient windows, and more.

Vitae’s two floorplans range from 1,620 to 1,707 square feet and offer two and three bedrooms, private yards and attached two car garages. The homes feature sleek and refined architecture with contemporary finishes such as quartz countertops, stainless steel appliances, modern pendant lighting, smooth drywall, and brushed nickel hardware and levers throughout. Prices start in the $790,000s to mid $800,000s.

“Vitae is designed for today’s savvy homebuyer, who wants a smart home, with energy efficient features, modern, designer touches and a great location,” said Sean Casey of Villa Real Estate, who along with his wife Lisa, are exclusive agents for the new community.  “This is a unique opportunity to own a new, single family home in a desirable area with great walkability. And you won’t just have a private yard, you’ll actually own the land, as these are not condominium homes.”

Vitae is recognized with a Walk Score of 87, the highest Walk Score of all new homes selling in Costa Mesa. Based on data collected from the 87 is just 3 points shy of what Walk Score defines as a Walker’s Paradise where day to day life can be accomplished on foot without having to get in a car.  According to Redfin’s announcement in March 2017, Orange County is one of the only cities where it won’t cost homeowners more to buy a home in a pedestrian friendly neighborhood.

Michael Marini, CEO of Planet Home Living, experts in thoughtful and well-designed small-lot living, says, “The green and tech features of Vitae, combined with the great location, is important to new home buyers, especially in Southern California. Our focus is to give today’s buyers a single-family home that perfectly suits their lifestyle, and Costa Mesa is ideal for this type of development.”

Designed by international award-winning KTGY Architecture + Planning, Vitae is Planet Home Living’s newest development in Orange County. The two companies have partnered on several successful small-lot communities around Greater Los Angeles. KTGY has more than 900 homes in various stages of construction developed under the Los Angeles Small Lot Ordinance, which it helped to formulate with the City of Los Angeles. Planet Home Living communities have proven to sell out within weeks of the grand opening.

VIP Tours of the community are available by appointment to those on the interest list. The models will open in August. To find out more about Vitae, or to join the interest list and schedule a tour, please visit or call Sean Casey of Villa Real Estate at 949.689.2498.  

About Villa Real Estate - Established in 2013, Villa Real Estate is Orange County’s leading luxury real estate team specializing in the region’s coastal communities.  The firm has 150 agents and four offices with locations in Laguna Beach, the Balboa Peninsula, Corona del Mar, and the company’s headquarters in Newport Beach. For more information, visit

About Planet Home Living - Founded in 2007, Planet Home Living is a full-service real estate building and development company that is dedicated to the creation of unparalleled living environments. From conception to exit, Planet Home Living remains focused on the complete development of a project, which includes strategic acquisition, distressed workouts, land entitlement, design, bidding, construction and sales. Planet Home Living’s passion is for environmental architecture that will stand the test of time.

 About KTGY Architecture + Planning - Celebrating 25 years, KTGY Architecture + Planning is an international award-winning full-service architecture and planning firm delivering innovation, artistry and attention to detail across multiple offices and studios, ensuring that clients and communities get the best the firm has to offer no matter the building type or location. KTGY’s architects and planners combine big picture opportunities, leading-edge sustainable practices and impeccable design standards to help create developments of enduring value. KTGY serves clients worldwide from offices located in Chicago, Denver, Irvine, Los Angeles, Oakland, Pune and Tysons. Visit




Fort Mill, SC –Laura Ashley is pleased to announce a partnership with Camelot Fabrics, a company best known for delighting crafters, quilters and sewers with an eclectic fabric range of 100% cotton prints.

Laura Ashley, beloved for its romantic, English-inspired home furnishings and fashion collections, will collaborate with Camelot to launch a new quilting and craft fabric collection to launch at specialty stores in spring 2017.

“It is exciting to be aligned with a company like Laura Ashley,” said Camelot’s Owner Steve Haupt. “The brand’s classic designs translate so beautifully into fabric.”

“Laura Ashley is recognized the world over for fashion and home furnishings rich with pattern, texture and colour,” said Laura Ashley President Penne Cairoli. “We are excited to offer our loyal customers another reason to choose Laura Ashley and to broaden our reach among craft and sewing enthusiasts.”

About Camelot:

Camelot Fabrics™, is a rapidly growing design-house, converter and wholesaler of textiles based in Montreal, Canada.  Specializing in materials for the modern maker, Camelot Fabrics carries a wide variety of products that cater to the ever-growing sewing and crafting industries.  The company’s look is informed by an international aesthetic which ranges from Southern charm to European chic, thanks to a close eye on contemporary styles in home décor & fashion and the work of talented designers around the world. For more information, visit

About Laura Ashley, Inc.:

Laura Ashley, Inc., headquartered in Fort Mill, S.C., focuses on licensing the Laura Ashley® brand name in North and South America. Established in London in 1953, Laura Ashley is one of the world’s best-loved fashion and home furnishings brands. Currently, Laura Ashley has more than 30 licensed product lines in North and South America, ranging from women’s fashion and accessories and children’s apparel and a variety of home furnishings and accessories including bed linen, ready-made curtains and mattresses. For additional information, visit

Boxfli’s Tips for Organizing Your Dorm/Closet

Boxfli’s Tips for Organizing Your Dorm/Closet: With small dorm rooms, you have to be as organized as possible. Here are Boxfli’s dorm organization tips:

1.       Use and re-use! Don’t just use a shipping box once and throw it out.  Get a colorful, printed box that you can use to ship or pack your college essentials, use as storage in your dorm room and then use again to get your things home when the school year is over.

2.       Closet organization doesn’t have to be all clear plastic tubs. Make it fun! Rather than using plastic boxes to store your clothes, go green and use corrugated boxes that are made from recycled material and are recyclable themselves. Not all boxes have to be brown and boring. Get colorful boxes that will add a seriously fun pop to your closet, home, or garage.

3.       Use a color code system for your out of season clothes so you can easily find what you packed away on the top shelf.  Find a box pattern that matches every season, so you can organize with prints and colors instead of plain labels and plastic bins. It will make finding summer dresses, autumn coats and rain boots or ski pants quick and easy. This can also apply to holiday clothes and accessories. Keep your holiday-specific clothes sorted by using holiday prints. Stash your Halloween costumes in an orange box and your Christmas sweaters in a holiday or red box. No need for labels when the boxes are so specific.

4.       File boxes are super sturdy and versatile. You can put almost anything in them, but we highly recommend sweaters, jackets, handbags and other bulky items.  The handles make it easy to move around and the lid keeps out dust. Sweaters need to be stacked and not hung, so boxes are perfect for keeping your cashmere and knits in tip top shape — not sagging and stretching — when they’re in storage.

5.       Shirt boxes don’t have to just be for shirts. Easily fold your scarves, beanies, polos, camisoles, and even dresses neatly in these longer, flat boxes. They’re so versatile and last a long time. You can also easily stack multiple boxes on a closet shelf for more storage.

6.       If your closet is small, move storage items or off-season clothes out of the closet to maximize space.  Put them in pretty boxes that can be displayed under your desk or bed. No one has to know what’s in there and it adds a pop of color to the room without looking unorganized or junky.

7.       Smaller boxes are great for jewelry and accessories. Your collection can be color-coded for gold and silver or by what the item is, such as a necklace, bracelet, rings, or earrings. Plus, using flat boxes or smaller sized boxes keeps necklaces from getting tangled and earrings from getting lost or separated, though we hear mismatched earrings are pretty trendy right now.

8.       You don’t have to buy expensive hat boxes to store your favorite fedora, baseball cap, or cowboy hat. So they don’t lose their shape or get smashed on top of each other get a box that is about 6 inches tall. Storing them in boxes helps them from getting smashed, retains their shape and keeps them clean and ready for the next time you need them.

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