My Favorite Spaces From Our Local Home-a-Rama Tours

October 28, 2022

Tour the Indy Home-a-Rama luxury homes with me!

Ohhh I love these home tour posts! So much decor and design inspiration! 

Touring model homes is one of my favorite pastimes, so when I can visit a bunch in one spot, I'm in heaven. :) 

I recently toured our local Indy Home-a-Rama homes and have some great pics to share with you. This year there was only one home that really stood out to me as far as my personal design taste, but all were absolutely beautiful! 

You can see a list of the builders and designers for each home here

I'm sharing the spaces that caught my attention most -- they're all mixed together so these are from all six of the homes in the tour. 

Curves and arches have been trending big time over the past year or so, and I'm here for it! I love the soft curved accents I saw throughout these homes, from big to small. 

This built in bench moment in a girl's room was so sweet, and I loved the little curved detail on the cane doors: 
light blue built in bench

Here's the other side of this space -- I like that the trim was painted to match the built ins: 
floral wallpaper with blue trim

There were a lot of curved doorways and bookcases as well: 
white walls arched doorways

I think the arches help to soften the simple and clean look of all white walls. 

You know I was drawn to this dark gray office/library!:
dark gray built ins with arches

Now I'm wishing I had added that curved top to our basement built ins!: 
dark gray built in bookcases

I think there are two things every room needs -- black accents for some depth and contrast, and circles. Round tables, lamps or mirrors help to soften the hard lines in our homes. 

This arched wall over a basement bar is exactly what I've had in mind for our basement kitchenette: 
arched wall over bar

LOVE the vertical tile and shelves as well!

This basement tasting room was SO cool...the barreled ceiling makes this room with no windows feel less closed in: 
curved ceiling basment wine room

The coved ceiling over this bathroom's vanities added a subtle custom touch: 
curved mirror and wall over vanities

The curve on the mirrors is a nice compliment to that accent wall!

Now, onto some of the other spaces I loved...with no arches. 😄

This movie room was awesome, but the star ceiling is what really grabbed my attention!:
twinkle lights on ceiling

I was thinking about a DIY version and figured it couldn't be THAT hard...using 4x8 sheets of plywood, a drill bit and Christmas lights. How fun!!

This room was my favorite of the whole tour...the black windows and that fireplace were gorgeous: 
two story windows with fireplace

I loved the whole feel of this space, but was warm in there!! It was a beautiful, cool fall day outside too. I can't imagine how warm it would be in the summer. 

This dining area was simple but so lovely. The black windows and stained wood ceiling added plenty of interest: 
dining room with wood ceiling

And this dusty blue butler's pantry was one of my favorites as well: 
dusty blue kitchen cabinets

Things I loved: the rolling ladder, large hardware pulls, metal sheeting on the cabinet doors and that backsplash tile! 😍

This breakfast nook was so cool -- the cane pendant was so unique: 
kitchen table nook

This little architectural nook reminds me of the character you'd find in a much older home!

This green color was so pretty! I loved it paired with the brass details and that beautiful marble sink: 
green beadboard marble sink

I thought the colorful NYC wallpaper was an odd touch with the very traditional design, but everything under that was perfection!

And finally, I always love a custom detail in an open space between kitchen cabinets: 
wood shelves between cabinets

The antiqued mirror backsplash added some character to this brand new kitchen. 

I've been debating adding those brass hardware shelf details to the big shelves I built in our kitchen
long shelves by fridge

I hope these beautiful spaces inspired you! It's always fun for me to try to think of ways to recreate these expensive, custom touches on a much smaller budget. :) 

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  1. Love love love your posts so enjoyable following you. I was just like you but not so talented. I did design and build our home 41 years ago and it is still a work in progress. I am now 75 years old
    Toronto Canada

    1. I have followed you for many years, too. and I think your home is lovely! Your home should be in a parade of homes as well. Please do not second guess your basement shelving. The arch is pretty, but yours are classic! And, I think I would add that brass hardware to your kitchen shelves - it is just the right touch!

  2. What a great post. I love seeing the differences in home builders throughout the US. I live in Texas but go up to Colorado Springs every year for their parade of homes. This year's parade did not impress me all that much. Most of the builders looked like they cut corners on things. There were lots of custom painted decorative wood trim walls in the bedrooms and most of the colors throughout all of the homes were greys, blacks and dark green (with some blue). No curved arches. We only looked at the higher-priced homes in the parade. There were only 2 builders that actually went all out in their homes and designs, there rest were very plain and basic. We will typically go look a couple of the homes more than once and we didn't do that this year. Where I live, they used to do something similar to a parade of home, but quit when the pandemic hit. Their pricing for tickets was so expensive that I never went to it. Thanks for sharing the great pictures.

  3. This was all very lovely and the room with the fireplace and high windows; you said it was very warm in there; hope it is such in the winter as well. Thank you for sharing!

  4. Hi Sarah,
    Can you explain what you mean when you use the word "moment" in "...built in bench moment..."? I've heard some of the designers on HGTV shows using "moment" that way, but I'm not sure what it means.

    1. Sure! It's just a way of talking about a sweet or smart detail in a room. A special addition. :)


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