Last Updated on May 15, 2013 by Kristi Linauer
I hope you have your comfy shoes on today, because it’s time for our annual tour of the HGTV Dream Home! I know many of you probably watch the big tv special on HGTV where they walk through the house, but I don’t have cable, so I have to rely on the pictures each year. 🙂 If you’ve already seen it, I hope you’ll enjoy seeing it again, and please, please tell me what your favorite (and not so favorite) features are!!
I love to “walk” through the dream home each year, room by room, and see what decorating inspiration I can take away from it. Don’t you? After all, it is supposed to be a dream home!
And of course, we’ll start with the exterior. There are so many things I like about the exterior. The metal roof is amazing, and my favorite thing is the shingle siding. Oh, I dream about having shingle siding!! And can we talk about the porch and deck?! Such amazing spaces!
What I don’t like is that the exterior seems a bit confusing to me. Perhaps it’s just the camera angle (I have no idea where the street is from here), but I don’t like houses where the garage is the focal point and the front door is tucked away. Do any of you know if that’s really how this house is arranged, or is it just the camera angle?
Here’s a closer look at the amazing deck area with the plunge pool off to the left. If I had that, I’d spend hours and hours out there, with a stack of magazines and an iced tea in hand.
And the beautiful front porch. Again, that shingle siding!! Oh, how I love it! The color is Sherwin Williams Svelte Sage, and I think it’s absolutely perfect next to the brown wood tones.
The entry hall is one of my favorite spaces. The built-in seating with the storage below is not only beautiful, but also very functional. I’m not too crazy about the blue color, but that’s a minor thing. I think the rest of it is perfect!
Now here’s were things kind of went off the tracks for me. This great room left me longing for color. I know that from other angles, you can see a chartreuse wall, fabrics, and accessories. But from this view (which I assume is straight from the entrance hall) is just a bit plain for my taste. And I know it’s challenging to fill a large vertical space like the area above the fireplace, but I think there are several other much better options than a metal gate. Something with color would have been nice.
And the kitchen doesn’t do anything for me either. (Wow, am I sounding like a negative Nellie here, or what?!) 🙂 It seems a bit plain…definitely not my idea of a “dream home” kitchen. Perhaps some pretty tile on that main wall would have done the trick for me.
The dining room is nice. I don’t think it’s a “wow” kind of room, but it’s nice. I definitely like the two lights above the table.
Now this room cracks me up. It’s the pantry! This “pantry” is as big as my kitchen, and maybe even bigger than my kitchen!! Ha! What I wouldn’t do for this type of storage space!! A pantry like this is definitely dream home-worthy!
And next up, the laundry room. Again, it doesn’t seem like anything special to me. The cabinets seem almost (dare I say?) apartment-grade to me.
Now the guest bedroom I like!!
I think the wall color is amazing. It’s Sherwin Williams Fawn Brindle, and I think it pairs beautifully with all of the blues used in the room. And can we talk about that bed?! Those turned spindles are so pretty!
But the guest bathroom again seems so plain. There are no elements in it that I don’t like, but the room as a whole just leaves me wanting more…more texture, more color…just more.
I love the kids bedroom!!! The striped walls are so fun. They were created by using semi-gloss and flat paint in the same color. I used that technique in our first house to do a harlequin design on the master bedroom walls, and it was amazing!
And the kids bathroom is right up my alley also. That mother of pearl mirror is so pretty against the aqua wall. And of course, the green vanity is one of my favorite things.
I think the master bedroom is very pretty. It’s perhaps a bit monochromatic for my taste, but it’s definitely a relaxing room. I admit that I’m not a fan of canopy beds, because they always seem to interfere with the fans/chandeliers in the room. I think a poster bed would have been a better choice, but that’s my humble opinion. 🙂
Sadly, my initial reaction to the master bathroom was, “Yuck!” The tile on the wall looks dated to me. Am I crazy? What is it about this room that makes me do that involuntary scrunched-face disgusted look? I think I’d love it with a different wall tile, but that one just seems so distracting, dark, busy, and dated to me. What I DO love is the art to the far right…the sea sponges in shadow boxes! Those would be so easy to make, and perfect for a bathroom!
Now this bathroom is a little more my speed. That amazing green is called Dancing Green by Sherwin Williams. How could you not be happy in a room with Dancing Green paint?! 🙂
The bunk room is so fun! What kid wouldn’t enjoy this room?
The upstairs loft area is nice, but again, it just doesn’t really do anything for me. But I’d love to have a home with a loft area like that!
I’m fairly certain that this garage is at least 1.5 times the size of my condo…at least. 🙂 I just imagine the kind of workshop I could have in there!!! 😀
And probably my favorite thing ever…this outdoor playroom off of the garage. It’s unique, unexpected, and brilliant!
So what are your thoughts on this year’s HGTV Dream Home? It seems like each year, I find myself being less and less impressed with the dream homes. And do you know why I think that is?
Honestly, I think it’s because home/DIY bloggers have really raised the bar. Almost every single day in blogland, there are bloggers showing us absolutely amazing, stunningly beautiful things (or rooms) that they’ve created, and usually on tight budgets, that look like a million bucks. There are soooo many ridiculously talented bloggers out there creating ridiculously amazing things, and I’ve become so used to seeing that level of talent and beauty on a regular basis. So when I hear the words “dream home”, I’m expecting it to be absolutely off the charts amazing. But it’s not.
You know what I think? I think if HGTV wants to have the most amazing, stunningly beautiful, unique, showstopping Dream Home next year, they should invite ten or so of the most talented home and DIY bloggers to design it for them. I guarantee you that would be the best HGTV Dream Home EVER! 🙂
Do you agree?
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