Parade of Homes

Ready for another home tour picture overload?! 'Tis the fall season I suppose. The Parade of Homes is a month long homestravaganzaa where builders open up various model homes to showcase their work. This past weekend we checked out a few homes in an area we can only dream of living...but if those dreams come to life, oh we know exactly the house we would beg to own.

What I love about events like these, is that it showcases what is new on the design market, as well as various floor plans to spark some ideas in your own home. Floor plans are difficult to take pictures of, so I'll highlight a few I saw this past weekend:

Master Suite Laundry: Of course, all the master bedrooms were decked out with walk in closets and bathrooms the size of my bedroom. But one bedroom we saw had one entrance into the bedroom (off the kitchen), through that is a walk in closet which leads into the laundry room and then into the back entrance of the house. This still separated the master closet and the laundry, but they were close enough to encourage even me to want to do laundry!

Jack and Jill: I know this isn't a new thing, but it reinvigorated my love for Jack and Jill bathrooms. I would have LOVED this growing up. I think it would have saved many morning fights with my sisters!

Staging: There were a few homes on the tour with only a few rooms staged. This made it difficult to see how the designer pictured the room. Workout rooms are popular in homes today, but did they design this space for that or a spare bedroom? One home had a smaller bedroom turned into a craft room (which obviously I loved), selling a home, or in their case a design is so dependent on people understanding the concept. You'll see below though, that some of the homes were so amazing in how they were staged.

Now for the awesome part of the post, the pictures!

Copper drain pipes?! yumm...

Great use of space, who doesn't want a window seat?! 

Blurry picture, but loved seeing radiant heating being used!

Wallpaper has typically not been something I like, but this is beautiful!

Again with the wall paper, sold!

Don't mind us in the mirror, look at that ceiling!

Love the three toned stripes!

This shower/bath combo is amazing, but 2 large windows open to the neighbors might need some window treatments!

LOOK at how the shape of the light fixture reflects on the walls!

Glazing white cabinets pops out the detailing and adds depth, looks great here!

Blurry picture, but I love how the center divider sinks down a bit, it's the little things :)

Kinda wished the wood panels extended up to the ceiling here...

With that, ends September. I am thankful that in this season I am not gearing up for another semester of school! Going to Target in the fall just isn't the same when you don't need to hit up the school supplies isle (hint: it's better!).

Have a great week!

Homes by Architects Tour

For one weekend a year, architects open up the homes (at times, their own) they have designed to allow the public to creep through them in awe and jealousy. This past weekend I toured 11 of the homes on tour in Minneapolis and St.Paul. Some of the houses were renovations, while others were newly built. 4 of the homes had items that stuck out to me, so I thought i'd share them!

This first house is on Medicine Lake, which I had never been to. It's a smaller lake but is one that allows motored vehicles (hello water skiis!). The drive up to the neighborhood was a bit industrial, so we were skeptical, but once we got a view of it, I was sold. The perfect color grey with white trim, my favorite. The view to the left of the image is of Medicine Lake.

A big thing on the tour this year for me was basements and lighting. The fixtures in these homes complete the rooms, and the basements complete the homes. This one had a smaller seating area but was perfect for watching a movie or the Vikings lose yet again...The double sided fireplace had me at hello, and the master bathroom made me never want to leave. I never saw the City of Medicine Lake as a place i'd consider moving once I make millions, but this has me convinced!

Architect: Bruce Knutson (Also the Owner)

Around the other side of the lake was an ultra modern home which didn't feel as cozy as the last house. Some highlights were the modern fireplace and mantle and the upstairs bathroom with a beautiful light fixture.

Architect: Charles R. Stinson Architecture

The next home wasn't necessarily my favorite, it was a beautiful design but not decorated in a style I prefer. One thing it did have, was bookshelves...EVERYWHERE. Hidden among them was something I have always dreamed to have...channeling my Belle Disney love.

Architect: Sarah Nettleton Architects

 And for the grand finale, the home I would like to purchase. Located in a quiet neighborhood in Wayzata, and furnished with what looks like the entire Restoration Hardware catalog, I present to you...

This last image was the first thing I saw when I entered the home, and I was sold. How amazing. Some highlights: the Chandelier above the kitchen table, the barn doors to cover a flat screen TV in the main floor living room, screen porch with a fireplace, and a cozy basement with Buckhunter. This home felt rustic but modern and had a beautiful layout to go with it.

Architects: Charles Cudd de Novo Architects & Builders

It was nice to talk to a few of the architects and understand the reasoning behind their designs. This event is a great showcase for local architects' work; and allows those seeking a home, or a remodel to meet many architects in one weekend to understand their style and if it'll work for an upcoming project. It happens each year around September, so keep your eyes peeled for next year!

In other news, THIS WEDNESDAY (9.25.13) there is a wonderful Women's seminar occurring in Edina. Click here to sign up and register, hope to see you there!