This past weekend Cason and I embarked on one of our all-time favorite events ... The Parade of Homes in Salt Lake City. We went last year together for the first time, after helping plan and decorate the 2012 blogger house, and we knew immediately that this was going to be an annual tradition for us.
If you've never been to a parade of homes in your area, then I hate to say it, but you're probably missing out BIG time. Basically, it's like a get-in-free-card (okay, usually it costs about $6-$10 per ticket) to take a peek into a TON of amazingly designed and decorated houses, usually in neighborhoods right around where you already live!
Not sure if you remember my "house peeper" confession last year, but just know, walking into someone else's home to get a good look around, WITHOUT looking like a total creeper? yeah, it's pretty much like the best day ever... well, at least for me
Okay, so let's get real... most of these photos are from my iPhone, but I'm dying to show you some details that I absolutely loved from a few homes this year, great picture quality or not. There are quite a few things to cover, so here we go:
My Favorite Exterior:
While so many of the 35 featured homes had beautiful exteriors, I'd have to say that #33 was probably my favorite. I was absolutely head over heels for the finishes and paint colors chosen for this beautiful home. It's basically the epitome of what my dream homes exterior would look like, if I could have anything I wanted.
Although the actual layout of this house was't really my cup o' tea, it DID have a KILLER kitchen with the most amazing hardwood floors and cabinet design you ever did see.
Oh! and you can't forget the extra hidden storage in the basement!
WHAT!? seriously awesome, right?
A Super Surprise:
Speaking of hidden things, house #31 got one of my loudest squeals of the week.
Who would have thought that this little, unassuming, corner pantry (that looks almost identical to ours, but with a neater double door opening and above accent nook)...
would actually open up to reveal all of THIS!
Um yeah, my mind was blown.
My Mother in law and I actually got so excited with laughter and squeals when we opened this little door, that the home builder came running into the kitchen to see what was wrong. LOL. I guess it's fair to say that he figured out the best way to get some space/storage deprived women really excited. ha!
I have to mention that I also LOVED the planked walls going up the stairway in this home, along with the vanity in the master bathroom and wallpaper in the laundry room. This little house packed a big punch in my book.
Decor To Adore:
While I know that layout, quality of build and functionality of space are ALL important things... beautiful decor just makes my heart melt, and one of my MOST favorite decorated homes in the parade, happen to be a little house in the Daybreak community; #24.
Even though this house was small, EVERY space was decorated beautifully and with lots of thought. The furniture layout was perfect, making each room appear larger than it probably really was and I just felt like they didn't miss ANY details. You know how much I love and appreciate that.
Room decor/design was obviously a HUGE part of what made each home SO exciting for me to see, so I had to include these other amazing spaces from additional homes that I loved as well.
Really, when it came down to it, yes, the million dollar homes were big, impressive and fun to look at... but in reality, the design/decor/details I was drawn to the most, were in the smaller, more modestly sized homes in the parade this year. I was consistently blown away by how innovative, on-trend and creative these "everyday home builders" had really gotten!
Maybe this makes me boring, or old and practical now, but in my experience, it always seems that it's MUCH harder to do more with less, than it is to do more with more. Kudos to the home builders this year who "wowed" us with their super-high-functioning space planning and superb decorating skills that showed off how brilliant their home plans really could be.
... now if I could just get my hands on about 3 different house plans from the parade, and smoosh them all together to create the PERFECT house?... THAT would really be the best day ever.
SIDE NOTE: The builder of lots of these beautiful cabinets was Lone Pine Cabinet. Look them up if you need amazing work done!