Home tours, part 2

October 25, 2013

I’m back today to finish up the homearama tours I first shared with you earlier this week. Have you been waiting? :)

The last two houses were the ones I liked best – the third was my favorite exterior and the last was my favorite design/decor. Let’s take a look shall we? You all said not to skimp on the photos so I’m including more this time. Sit down with your coffee or Pepsi and enjoy!

The third home had a huge front porch – I was smitten:

Loved the big wide steps and the glass doors! I’m still trying to get up the guts to do this to ours:

large porch with columns

This house had a different layout. You walk in and could go straight to main living area or go off to the side to an office that then continued on to a flex space. That could be used as a guest room I guess, or an in laws suite. There was a full bath connected and then a long hall down from that:

planked walls hallway

LOVED that hallway with all the windows and the wood trim. Delish.

Off that hallway was the laundry room, which was wayyyy far away from the bedrooms. Not only that but you have to walk through a few rooms and down the hallway to get to it.

But I did love the countertop they used – it was a laminate (whuuut?):

linen laminate

And it looked like linen. It was actually very cool and pretty in the laundry room:

linen laminate

I mentioned before that one of the things you notice about this type of construction are the doors – they are thick and heavy and beautiful:

five panel doors

Down at the end of the hallway you turn and go past some closets and the powder room and enter the family room. I loved this space:

But when you turn around it got very modern:

modern fireplace

It’s gorgeous, don’t get me wrong. It just felt out of place in what is a more traditional home. It was just crying out for a big beautiful fireplace with a thick mantel. I guess this is OK too. ;)

The outside area was awesome, I don’t know why I didn’t get a picture! You can see some of it through the family room window above. But I LOVED this idea – it looks like they added another garage door (to the back of the garage) that opened to the patio:

extra garage door onto patio

Um, I think that’s brilliant. It would be so easy to put stuff away for the winter, kids could use riding toys and easily put them away – I just thought that was so cool.

Someone asked earlier this week and yes, all the garages were on the backs of these homes, so not visible from the front.

The kitchen was gorgeous:

white kitchen

See how thick that granite is on the island? Big $$$ right there. ;)

I loved that they used the space all the way to the ceiling (I’ve had a plan for years to do the same in our kitchen…someday):

white kitchen

My favorite kitchen was in the first house I showed you earlier this week but I loved the feel of this one too.

The dining room was just open to the kitchen – nothing too formal. Loved the light fixture:

Those bookcases were in more than one of the homes, they must be popular. ;)

The master was a main level one and had a ton of windows and a door to the patio:

gray tufted headboard

A bottom floor master freaks me out and having a door in the room would freak me out even more. I like being up high. :)

The basement was really well done – I loved this bookcase and vignette:

industrial bookcase That blue print was awesome. It was just a canvas so I can’t imagine it was too expensive!

The kitchenette was kind of inset and I loved all of that area too:

basement kitchenette

I noticed in the basements the decorators really used every bit of space – there was a table in the middle of the room in most of them – spaces I wouldn’t typically put any furniture in.

OK, the last house was my favorite – but the outside was different:

farmhouse inspired exterior

It was very plain and from that view above I didn’t care for it much. But it grew on me when I saw it from the other direction:

farmhouse inspired exterior

The builder was going for a farmhouse “redux” look. The roof is metal and I think that’s the part I didn’t care for. That and the gray siding made it look a little cold to me. But I loved the large stone chimney!

The inside though, I loved! The library was the first thing you saw when you walked in:

library built ins Ack! Gorgeous right? The lights! The trim! Loved the rug too.

The stairs were beautiful with white risers I believe and wood treads, my favorite. ;) Then you turn the corner to the huge great room:

open concept living kitchen

Most of the house was a very farmhouse/industrial look that I LOVED. I don’t know if I’d do it in my house but man, I sure can appreciate it. :)

There were windows everywhere that brightened up the gray cabinets:

gray kitchen cabinets

The cabinets lifted up (I’ve seen similar ones at IKEA):

lift up cabinets gray cabinets

Kind of loved that. And I liked how they used an odd space in the corner with open shelving.

Yet again, the only part I didn’t care for was the ultra modern fireplace:

modern stone fireplaceWhat’s the beef with a pretty, traditional fireplace people? I could see a beautiful big one with stone and a chunky wood mantel and white trim…it’s so perfect in my head.

Loved the beams though!:

wood beams

Another detail I LOVED in this house were the black grids on all the windows:

black window grids

And this wall of black doors/windows was just stunning:

black sliding glass doors

I couldn’t figure out how to open that door, true story. We later realized it’s a sliding door. Who would've thought?

On the way back to the stairs, across from the kitchen was this eating area:

setee in kitchen

LOVE love love. All of it.

So as you walk to the stairs there was this awesome space:

wine nook

Again, so cool. Loved the wood wall, the gray, the accessories:

reclaimed wood wall

It was a little wine nook. I don’t know how functional it would be for every day, but for a party it would be awesome.

And to the side was a cool sliding door to the pantry:

sliding pantry door

You see why this was my favorite? Like I said, not exactly my style but so creative and well done.

There was a mud room done in gray as well and it was a little dark:

grey mud room

Sorry for the horrible pic!

I liked this built in charging station idea:

charging station

The bedrooms and bathrooms weren’t as exciting to me, but I had to share this subway tile install:

vertical subway tile

I LOVE that idea of going vertical with them instead horizontal!

The bedroom was lovely, just a bit shiny for my taste:

shiny bedroom This dresser was in a flex room and it was one of my favorite things in the house:

alphabet dresser

Is that not the coolest? I know there’s a way to DIY that thing! So cute!

The basement in this house was my favorite too. More of the industrial farmhouse style:

x wood table

I liked the simple painted brick backsplash:

painted brick backsplash I assume they used that thin brick stuff and then just painted it. They had the same on the walls in the wine room:

basement wine room

Sigh. Be still my heart. A room just for the wine. And it had windows so you could look lovingly at it.

Well that’s the tours folks – did you enjoy them? Which of the four was your favorite? As I said, my favorite kitchen was in the first house, favorite exterior was the third one and for interiors the last one for sure.

Hope it was fun to “walk” through with me! Hope you have a great weekend!

The builder for home one was Wedgewood Building Company, decor done by Thomas & Jayne Interior Design.
The builder for the second home was Gradison Design, decor done by Kittles Design Studio.

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  1. The hallway of windows and wood trim is beautiful in that home. I agree that there are parts of each that are delightful. The farmhouse style home was really pretty and you could imagine living there but it was a bit dark and trendy. Loving the white doors which seem so beautifully built of the top home, too. This was a fun post!

  2. I am really lking the 2nd house in this post. Everyting about it! Those round sphere lights must be popular because I've seen them in a lot of places... I must have one, I hope they aren't too expensive or I'll need to try to DIY it. I am also liking the colors in that house as well. I am on this orange/blue/grey kick lately. I really like the rustic with the industrial/modern - it is a really good look. Thanks so much for sharing! I got some good ideas! Have a great weekend. Victoria

  3. these pics are just great inspiration!!!

  4. All of the houses were beautiful. I live in California and the decor is so different here.I don't think I have ever walked through a model home here and seen decor like that. I am originally from N.J.. These houses remind me of the east coast. Here, the outside is equally as decorated with furniture as the inside. Kind of like the patio you can see in the first house of this post. I agree with you on the fireplaces. They kind of brought me back to the Brady Bunch era. But, beautiful none the less. We don't have basements since we have earthquakes. That is the one thing I have always wanted. I would love all of that extra space. I think my favorite thing were the doors. I loved them. The orb lights are all the rage right now. I loved them too. Thanks for sharing.

  5. Love the second house. My favorite sentence in the post? "And it had windows so you could look lovingly at it." :)

  6. Thanks for this great tour of homes.

  7. Do you have any other pictures of the master bedroom, I am dying over that wallpaper and would love to get a better picture!
    Caitlin (caitlinfballard@gmail.com)

  8. Great tour. I love the mix of modern and industrial. Hugs, Marty

  9. I like some industrial farmhouse items but not entire spaces! The spaces are just too much and too trendy to do it all in that style! And the first house I liked the outside but inside way too many modern elements again. What was up with the silver harsh looking door handles? Yuck. And the lights in the kitchen. I am not really into modern anyway but the kitchen with a switch of the lights and silver pulls would be better. House one--too much modern for the style of home. House two--WAY too much industail farmhouse! It should be in accent pieces and not entire rooms! Thanks for the tours! I would love to do this.

  10. those beams!! THANK SFOR THE TOUR!

  11. I love seeing home styles from across the country, and I totally agree that fireplaces need mantles! We currently don't have one, but I hope to have one in place before Thanksgiving. Thanks for sharing!
    Dee :)

  12. I am so glad you love the Farmhouse Redux! I work for Gradison Design Build and was so pleased to see the house on your blog!! Hope you have a GREAT day!!

  13. All of the houses are beautiful- hard to pick a favorite!

  14. I'm loving the pictures, but I gotta admit -- I'm surprised you were allowed to take them. I've been to many Parade of Homes in my own city and there's signs everywhere saying no photography is allowed. Builders and interior designers feel strongly that outside photos infringe on their intellectual property. I don't know if they're overly concerned about Joe Homeowner, but possibly another builder or designer ripping off their ideas. I'm curious what you think about that.

  15. Such a great idea to include a secondary garage door with access to the patio!

  16. I like the interior best in the last house, but I still like YOUR built-in book shelves in your dining room turned library better than the book shelves in this house. I hope to copy your idea soon in my new dining room.

    Bertie DeWane

  17. Definitely elements in all of them that I loved. I'm with you on the exterior of that third house - amazing! And what is UP with the modern fireplaces - especially in that lat house! A stone fireplace (to match the chimney) would have been perfect with those beautiful beams in that last house! Thanks for sharing!

  18. thanks for taking us with you on the tour!! That was fun. loved a lot about that last house also but that fireplace.... not right! oh well! To each their own!

  19. I love these! So much inspiration. I'm with you on the fireplaces. They don't see to fit the house style. But, everything else is great!

  20. I've loved this home tour post(s)! thanks so much!! I also love how you keep it real and give your honest opinion lol

    I am in LOVE with that ABC dresser also..peep this(the price made my jaw drop) ha.but ur right..there has to be a way to DIY it:)


  21. I loved the outside and inside of the last home. I agree with you that those modern fireplaces are different. I'd want something not so cold looking. Thanks for sharing these tours with us, I really enjoy your blog.

  22. Not a fan of the cold fireplace nor the TV mounted on it. I just can't stand a TV over a fireplace. The rest of the house was awesome.

  23. Thanks again for the additional tours, and for addressing my question about the garages. That hallway with the exterior wall of windows seemed very unusual. No sneaking thru there when you were not properly attired!!

  24. You should take a road trip down and check out Louisville's Homearama, which is held each July. They usually feature 10 homes, but a few years ago they actually did 20! The admission price is $10, which I feel is pretty reasonable for getting to ogle at so many new homes! A different local interior designer does each one, so the different homes have very different looks.

  25. Sorry , but the bed in the first house here looks like the inside of a casket to me. Creepy! I couldn't go to sleep in that bed. You are right about the fireplaces. Especially in the second one. After seeing the outside, you just expect the inside to be the same beautiful rock.

  26. I loved going to Homearama when we lived in VA. Our little AZ town doesn't have one and I sure do miss it. Loved both of these homes. I am with you on a 1st floor Master - for me it's a total deal breaker - unless the house is a ranch, of course (& I do love a nice ranch). Thanks for sharing.

  27. So many pretty things and great ideas, but for some reason, not just this home, but many lately - something about the giant TV screens over the fireplace just doesn't seem right. Never has looked good to me, but I know that sometimes there's not another practical place to have it. It's just too "front and center" for me, and I like the TV to be an afterthought or out of sight addition.

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