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Homearama Week - Day One!


I'm so very excited to share all of the homes from Homearama this week!  Once again, the tour did not disappoint - so many great ideas and inspiration to be had, and some great new things that I hadn't seen before, which is always fun.

So, let's get on with it, shall we?  Buckle up, and get ready to be dazzled.

The Cheyenne
Price: $1.2M
Square Footage: 5,700 sq. ft.
Builder: Jack H. Wieland Builders 

The first home we toured had some really gorgeous elements, as well as some amazing functional spaces.  In short, I loved everything about this home!  All of the space was put to good use without feeling too fancy to be livable, if that makes sense.

A spacious front porch - 

And of course, some beautiful front doors.

My apologies in advance for some of these shots.  This year they were not that good at crowd control in some of the houses - just letting droves of people inside all at once, vs. letting smaller groups in and spacing them out a bit more.  Some of the tours got really claustrophobic as a result, and it was hard to fully appreciate the house too.  I didn't want to contribute to the human traffic jam by stopping and taking too many photos.

Pretty wallpaper upon entering this home.

It carried down to the basement as well.

We were directed to the master bedroom, and this wall treatment immediately caught my eye.  It's not real wood, nor is it wallpaper.  It's a faux treatment, but with a lot of depth and texture.  Really beautiful result!

Can you imagine the work involved?

A gorgeous master retreat.

A shot of the shower floor and tile in the master bathroom since we were being herded like cattle through here.

A peek at one of the vanities.

And one of the many awesome closets.

Awesome office space - love the color palette and the high impact ceiling detail!

Down in the basement, there was a bar area complete with penny tile and rustic wood cabinets.  (They're actually prettier in person than they are in this photograph - they have a reclaimed wood look to them).

A pretty seating area that walks out to the backyard.

Two bedrooms down here too.  Again, love the color palette and the window treatment is a stunner too.

This one was equally adorable.  The bedding and the accent wall in here really work.

And a cozy seating area too.

Back upstairs, we got to see the great room up close and personal.  A-mazing.  Beautiful ceiling, and such a calm and comfortable space.  Love it.

Another angle of this room to capture the ceiling and built-in.

Pretty transom windows lead into this room as well.  Such a great detail.

A great powder room here - I'm digging on everything about this bathroom.  And I love that the vanity has a furniture feel and is fitting perfectly in this space.  The graphic wall is fantastic, paired with the round wood mirror, don't you think?

And the kitchen...  Hello, gorgeous.

Stunning hood and tile backsplash.

And the leaded glass upper cabinets are perfect.

The rustic cabinets from the basement were used in the island of the kitchen.

A pretty dining area that leads to the outside.

But wait, before you go outside, look at this lovely sun room.  Oh, the options for this space are endless!

The outside area is decked out for entertaining.  Loving this fireplace.

Plenty of room to cook out and and hang out too.

Or, build a second fire, and hang out in the backyard.

The laundry area, was spectacular.  Soooo much storage and functional space in here.

Did I mention there was storage?

And there's even a little office nook off of the kitchen.  I would love this!

Cute round window (which looks into the sun room), and a fun light fixture.

Another expansive bedroom back here too - complete with a wood paneled wall, and a great view to the backyard.  The light fixtures and the window treatments aren't too shabby either.

Nor is the connecting bathroom.  I could make that work.

See how there are two ways to access the laundry room?  Oh. my. goodness.

And a separate mud room, of course.  Don't want to mix all of those shoes and jackets with the clean laundry after all. ;-)

If you love Homearama as much as I do - take a look at some of the tours from years gone by:

  • Homearama 2013 starts here.
  • Homearama 2012 starts here.
Stick around for more tours this week - I'm just getting warmed up!


Home Tour: Builder Grade Turned Custom


I hope you're having a good week.  Summer is getting away from me, and my kids are having anxiety attacks seeing the school supply displays in stores now.  While I love the routine of the school year, there is something to be said for lazy summer days.

A friend of mine is in the process of building their dream home for her family of six, which is sure to be gorgeous since she has amazing taste.  As part of the process, their current home is on the market, and I had to share.  Way back when, I gave you a bit of a Christmas tour of her home, but this will give you more shots of what a great home they've made it over the many years they've lived there.

They built their first home 17 years ago, and like many of us, when we buy/build our first home, we don't always have the money to turn it into exactly what we want at that very moment.  So, over time, we turn it into a home that truly reflects our personal taste and style.  This is the case with their home.  They started with a builder grade home, and over the years, turned it into a custom home.

I'll shut up now and get on with the tour - photos are courtesy of the real estate listing agent.

They completely overhauled their kitchen and turned it into an entertainer's dream.

To give you an idea of what it looked like before, I pulled a photo of a similar kitchen so that you can get an idea of how the space was transformed.  This isn't a before shot of her actual kitchen, but you get the idea.

It goes to show you what you can do to turn a builder grade home into something really beautiful.

In the family room, they added a brick accent wall to frame the fireplace.

The bookcases really add to the dramatic effect.

My friend is a business owner and mother of four (including a set of twins).  I think she could have a career as a designer, home stager or blogger.  She's always changing things up in her home, and I love seeing how she changes things up every time I'm there.

A pretty pop of color with some pretty wallpaper in the powder room.

A tranquil master bedroom... 

Complete with a great little nook.  Notice on the desk/dressing table how she's placed photos underneath the glass top.  So clever.

They updated the master bathroom as well.  One thing she showed me that I love, is that there are outlets included in the drawers.  Brilliant.

This is her twin boys' room.  To make more room for them, they extended the room over what used to be a two story foyer (notice the arched window in the corner).  Such a great way to add space to a home, and precisely why I'm not a fan of two story rooms like I used to be.  

A quick peek back at the foyer - you don't even miss the two story entry!

Her sweet girl's room.

The kids' bathroom got a bit of an overhaul too.

Their basement has space for everyone, with stained concrete floors throughout.

I absolutely adore this kid's craft room.  Isn't it fantastic?

And this room may very well be my favorite.  It's the grown up craft room, with furniture courtesy of the Ballard Outlet that you know is near and dear to my heart. ;-)  Everything has a place, and it is a space that would make any potential buyer swoon.

Another thing that they've done is move the laundry room downstairs, turning the former laundry space (the dreaded walk through laundry room off of the garage) into a mud room (which unfortunately, I don't have any photos to share).  Imagine built-in cubbies and shelves with hooks for hanging jackets.  ;-)

Their home went up for sale, had one showing and is now sale pending!  How great is that?  One less thing to worry about when you're building a new home and planning a big move.  Can't wait to share their new home with you - I know it will be filled with wonderful ideas and inspiration.

Speaking of ideas and inspiration - I'm headed to Homearama tonight.  Can't wait to share the eye candy from this tour of 10 gorgeous homes!