The 2014 San Antonio Parade of Homes

After living in Texas for the past twelve years, I’ve experienced a good dose of the mentality, “Everything is bigger in Texas!” It was no surprise that the homes in this summer’s San Antonio Parade of Homes were big. I don’t have a need or a desire for a home the size of the ones in the parade, but they are fun to explore!

The first home had a nice variety of plants in the landscaping.

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Here is the rest of the home with plenty of windows–and check out the driveway!

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The best part of the home was the upstairs balcony. The transparent deck surround and the expansive views were fantastic.

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How fun to have a seating area with a fire pit in the pool!

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The master bathroom had two shower entrances and incredible natural light. It would be fun to turn the outdoor area in a lush and colorful space.

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The staging in the entire home could have used some love. But the master bedroom took the cake. It was a huge bummer. The bed really overpowered the room and didn’t enhance the architecture of the room. A rug would have been nice in here.

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The back porch and outdoor deck areas would be great for entertaining and hosting family and friends. Staging love was needed outside as well. There was not a plant or a flower to be found on the back porch and the tags were still hanging off the outdoor furniture.

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The second home:

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This was my first time seeing an organic pattern on a home’s entrance steps. I loved it!

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This is the point with each home that I get excited about what could be beyond the front doors!

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Sadly, my hopes were dashed with rope lights, pendants, and paint. Maybe this entrance appeals to someone?

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I like to post and remember the best parts of homes in a parade. However, some of the styling in this parade missed the mark so much for me that I had to include parts of it. This table setting was unlike anything I have ever seen in a show home. If I ever start to doubt my decorating abilities, I am returning to this post. I couldn’t help but want to help them with the styling!

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It gets better though. Saddle up! This space humored me and mortified me all at once.

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One more room for good measure.

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The home certainly redeemed itself in the backyard!

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The third home:

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I hoped for inspiration beyond the door!

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And thankfully, I found some.

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House number four did not disappoint.

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I was excited to see the inside of this home!

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This living room warms my color loving heart!

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I can’t get over all of the turquoise and orange outfits in this shot! They coordinate perfectly with the outdoor decor.

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If you’ve ever wondered what an entire wall of gold penny tile would look like–you’re welcome.

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The art makes me think of my kid’s I SPY books.

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House number five:

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Gorgeous entrance. Crowded parade.

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I love the hem of the woman’s dress in front of me complimenting the lines in the wood flooring.

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The waterfall island is amazing.

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Gorgeous flooring!

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This bathroom makes me happy.

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All in all there were major highs and major lows in terms of inspiration. What did you think? I’m already looking forward to next years parade!

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The 2014 Austin Parade of Homes

When it comes to celebrating Fiesta, San Antonio is all about parades and parties! My kids were released from school early last Friday because of a parade. My youngest son’s school asked parents to help students build shoe box floats (also known as–moms required to get their craft on) for their own little parade through the halls complete with mariachi music, stick-on mustaches for parents to wear and colorful streamers and banners lining the halls.

I went to another type of parade this past Saturday–The 2014 Austin Parade of Homes–my kind of parade! I love seeing the work of professional designers up close and personal. The Parade of Homes was held about thirty miles from Austin in a neighborhood built on Willie Nelson’s property (needless to say he has oodles of acres) and had five homes from various builders to walk through. The views from each home were beautiful and the pools looked more than inviting as the sun beat down.

The first house had a modern/contemporary vibe throughout the house.

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How about that door?

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You were greeted with the living room upon entering and a pool and expansive views were just through the giant sliding glass doors.

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The kitchen was immediately to your right. I’m not a huge fan of the kitchen being one of the first things you see upon entering.

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This hallway led from the living room to an office and master suite. I love the curve.

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The office had a rug I was swooning over. It is composed of cowhide.

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The master suite with pool access.

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Master bathroom with marble counter tops that mimicked the ones in the kitchen. Yes, please. I can’t say I loved the slate gray tiles on the floor and wall. They made the space feel slightly cold. I love a light fixture over a tub any day though!

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This space was at the top of the stairs with three bedrooms and a bathroom branching off from it. I’m in love with the rug (a pattern similar to the pillows in the master and the bedroom below) and the tufted, green leather chairs were a nice punch of color amidst all the white walls. The gold accents were icing on the cake.

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The second home had a pool just beyond the privacy wall in the front.

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The dining room boasted great views. I know which side of the table I’d love to sit on!

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Just off the dining room was a screened in porch. I would make it a cozy sitting area, but I’m all for outdoor eating minus the bugs.

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Master bath.

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This bathroom was in a room designed for children. The tile backsplash is a fun touch.

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I adore this built-in and the use of space. The blue works so nicely as a backdrop for the white and is great for any age.

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House number three:

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Coffered ceilings and doors that open the living room up to the outside were designs we saw repeated in more than one house.

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The hallway leading to the master and the upstairs media room was lined with bookshelves and surprise–a secret door!

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The secret door exposed a staircase that led downstairs. I’m not a fan of the decorating and styling in this space, but the concept of a hidden wine cellar is definitely a fun one!

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In house number four the curved bar that mimics the ceiling was a neat architectural detail.

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A little bit of heaven on earth!

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House number five:

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This home saved the best decorating for last. The home was done by Heather Scott Home and Design. I follow her blog and was excited to see the inside after getting sneak peaks of her choices on her blog.

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The beams and light fixtures immediately had me swooning!

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More swooning happening in the kitchen!

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Breakfast nook.

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The butler’s kitchen was equally as stunning as the main kitchen. I am head over heels in love with the heron shade fabric!

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Someone was smitten with something else. 🙂

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Master bedroom.

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Master bathroom.

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Downstairs bedroom.

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Office with instruments paying homage to Willie Nelson.

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This lounge space was at the top of the stairs. It was very inviting and overlooks the living room below.

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How fun are these chairs at the top of the stairs?!

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The following two rooms won me over with the velvet headboards and the patterned shades.

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I’m so glad I was able to tour the various homes and see Heather’s work in person. She did an incredible job and made the drive from San Antonio worth it for me. The Austin Parade of Homes continues through May 11, 2014.