Let's walk through some gorgeous houses!

September 23, 2016

Last weekend my boy and I attended one of my FAVORITE events here locally, our Indy Home-A-Rama. This is something I look forward to every year, and believe it or not, our son loves it too. That is, until we get to about the fourth house…then he's done. ;)

He was a trooper this year because there were 11 houses! I think that's the largest we've had by far. I can't remember more than maybe six or seven in the past. If you are near Indianapolis this one is so worth checking out! (This time it's located in Westfield.)

I always love to share the highlights of each home with you here and because there were so many I'm going to break this up into a few posts. All of the homes were beautiful, but some I loved more than others, of course. 

I did my best to keep each house straight -- I took a ton of pictures! I will share these in order of the tour, and the first house had windows I was drooling over: 
Indy Homearama house one
Builder: Wedgewood Building Company
Designer: Thomas and Jayne Interior Design

They were absolutely STUNNING. I'm obsessed with black mullions and if we ever build again someday, I. want. These were floor to ceiling and really amazing: 
modern tall black windows

Of course you'd live in a fish bowl and they'd be crazy expensive to cover, but if you live in this house you have the money. ;)

I loved the main living space -- those windows make the whole room, right?: 
black mullion windows

The ceiling was angled up with wood beams: 
family room with stone walls and wood beams

The stone wall was awesome -- not something I would pick but it was really cool:
stone wall around fireplace

Here's a look at my beloved windows from outside: 
floor to ceiling windows

The kitchen was beautiful, of course, but a little smaller than I expected: 
white kitchen with stone tile behind vent

This room was right next to the kitchen and I would have used some of that space for the kitchen: 
indoor outdoor room with large sliding doors

I LOVED it though -- what a fun hang out space. The doors to the patio open up completely so it's really a great indoor/outdoor space. I love the wood wall and shelves and that awesome built in for glasses (I see a tap in there too!). 

The pantry was a good size and the finishes crazy good. Wood shelves, granite, glass cabinet doors and shiplap walls, in a pantry? Dreamy: 
pantry with granite and wood shelves

I liked that there was a little butler's pantry-type area around the corner from the kitchen. It wrapped around over by the pantry and would be a great spot for a coffee or animal food station: 
butler's pantry with wood shelves

The windows sold me on that house -- I just loved them. I must have forgotten to take a photo of the outside of that one but it was beautiful exterior.

The second house had a "Fixer Upper" feel on the exterior:
modern farmhouse exterior
Builder: Old Town Design Group
Designer: Everything Home

I loved the modern farmhouse feel! Those window boxes were huge and beautiful: 
large window boxes

I was surprised by the fireplace in the living area -- it was more modern than I was expecting: 
skinny fireplace with tile

Most of the house had an elegant rustic vibe, but the skinny fireplace felt more modern to me. 

The eat in kitchen area was beautiful: 
wood chandelier over round table

There were definite trends I noticed throughout all of the homes -- I think I only saw one dedicated dining room. They may be a thing of the past! And there were no separate living and family rooms -- only one large gathering room off the kitchen (and additional space in the basements). These are both trends I would incorporate into a home if I ever did it again! 

This house also had a room off of the kitchen that opened to a patio:
outdoor fireplace and TV combo

I really like those slatted walls for privacy. 

This is the hearth room that opened to the patio -- so cozy!: 
interior windows in house

Another trend I loved -- interior windows. I've actually considered adding a couple in our house over the years so I was happy to see that I'm not crazy thinking that. ;) They really did allow for natural light to spread throughout the house. 

The kitchen had a darker island and light cabinets: 
dark island white cabinets

I liked this separate built in area for coffee or whatever: 
coffee station with shelves in kitchen

That dark shiplap with the dark shelving is so striking. 

The master had gorgeous wood beams and high ceilings:
modern four poster metal bed

Did I say it was four houses in that the Bub was done? I meant the second house in: 
tired Bub

Ha! Luckily there were some fun kid's spaces coming up. (I'll show you that house next week!)

This little office space on the way to the garage was a cool spot: 
small office space and mud room

You can see those interior windows again -- I just love that. 

The third house had a full brick front: 
Indy Homearama house three
Gradison Design Build
Gadison Interiors/Kittle's Design Studio

I was surprised at the inside -- this one was more modern:
modern fireplace with large tile

The basement continued the sleek design: 
modern basement kitchen and table area

The TV side was more cozy and I thought the stone wall behind the TV was really cool: 
stone wall behind TV in basement

The basements all killed me -- they all felt like the entire size of our whole house! And the finishes were so high end -- look at that waterfall counter!:
modern basement kitchenette

I thought the bedroom in this house was beautiful -- look at that detailed ceiling!:
hexagon ceiling treatment in bedroom

And I LOVED the bathroom!: 
hexagon tile in bathroom

I loved the vanity design, the hexagon tile that tied into the bathroom ceiling and that beautiful sparkly tile in the shower! (Those were small hexagons as well.)

The stairway was just lovely -- I thought this was such a beautiful idea for those big staircase walls so many of houses have now: 
painted art wall on staircase

It looked like it was painted on but it could be wallpaper. Love!

My favorite room in this house was the kitchen. Oh my, it was gorgeous and unique!:
Oven area with wood tone and modern vent hood

Isn't that hood and stove area amazing? I just thought it was awesome. It was more modern than my style but man, I can so appreciate it. The backsplash was a mirror with an antiqued/smoked look and it worked so well in here: 
two tone surround around cooktop

I wished that the island was the same beautiful wood tone as that cooktop surround: 
white cabinets with glass and lights inside

But, WOW. Stunning, right? I loved it! 

Finally, this house had an awesome mud room on the way out with tons of storage: 
gray mudroom built ins

Whew! That's enough for today! Like I said -- if you are near Indy this one really is a must-see. Of course I am barely scratching the surface of these spaces. ALL of the designs were stunning. I'll be back to share some more favorites next week! 

Where there any rooms you really loved? Any trends you've noticed in newer homes as well? Have a great weekend my friends!

P.S. You can see my round ups of the beautiful 2014 tours here and here!

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  1. I think the whole dining room idea is a waste as well. We use ours for birthdays and holidays. Otherwise we do the kitchen counter or as a family every night the breakfast nook. Love our breakfast nook! We MAY be moving and if we do a dining area is not important. Two spaces for TV viewing (kids and friends) and one sitting room would be more on my list.

  2. A mirror backsplash seems like the worst idea ever. Only someone who doesn't actually cook would think that was a good plan.

    The houses are beautiful. Thanks for sharing!

  3. I swear, I just live for house tours! What fun - well, maybe not for kids. My boys would have been the same way! All the houses are beautiful and they have me wishing we could do something with our windowless, boring basement! Thanks for the tours!

  4. So much beauty! I love the lights above the island in the 3rd home. Have you ever seen those available anywhere?

  5. Wow! did you want to move it right away!?? ;) I'm in the Detroit area and our Home-a-rama opened this weekend, can't wait to go! Thanks so much for giving us a peak into these gorgeous spaces!

  6. I love home tours! I haven't had the experience of doing a Home-A-Rama tour, but it looks like so much fun. I'm loving the second home, especially that little fun office space. So much awesome inspiration!

  7. I am in love with your house interior. This is looking beautiful. I also want to change my drawing room interior. Can you please suggest me the best theme for the decoration. You have shared great ideas here.

  8. I recently painted my M.Bedroom in Sea Salt. It as a very soft blue and I am so happy now with this "grown up color". I have been debating whether to bring it into the master bath or to go off white there. Love your post!

  9. I really liked the exterior of of all 3 of these homes! I posted about my favorites and chose the Old Town home as my favorite overall because it DID have two living spaces on the main floor. I agree that formal "living rooms" are a thing of the past, but I still like two living spaces on the main floor. That way the family can watch two different things or the kids can go off and play, but you can still keep an eye on them. Two living spaces on the main floor is a must for me! We have a family room and a sun room that satisfies that need for us. I feel bad saying this, but there was really only one thing I didn't like this year and it was the family room of the Gradison house. I feel like the built ins look like a shoe display at Macy's :0 I liked the basement and exterior there a lot, though.


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