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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Inspired by Coastal Decor

Here in San Antonio, Texas we are about three hours away from the nearest coast. When summer comes, we try to make a trip to the ocean. I am not a beach girl by nature, but I feel it’s important to venture to the coast at least once a year since it is within our reach and within our budget–particularly since a couple of my boys love going to the beach.

Last summer, we spent a little more to stay somewhere that was a newer build and had a more aesthetically pleasing interior than the place we stayed the year before. It was worth every penny. I really enjoyed the decor and layout of the place we stayed. It is really amazing how much the up keep and interior of a place can impact your stay somewhere. The owners of the home did a great job making a coastal theme look attractive and feel inviting.

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The swing was a big hit! Who doesn’t love a porch swing?

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Upon entering there were three bedrooms to the right and stairs that led to the upstairs kitchen, dining and living area. I thought the entry mirror with hooks and hats was a nice touch and the whitewashed, wood plank walls definitely gave the place a coastal feeling.

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The entry table came in handy for setting down keys, cameras, sunglasses, etc.

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This is the space upstairs. It was unique to have the kitchen, dining and living spaces upstairs. We quickly realized how wonderful it was because of the views and breeze it afforded.

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Prior to staying here, I had never experienced a kitchen with open shelving. This kitchen stole my heart and won me over very quickly!

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I love the studded, green bar stools against the pale blue paint and the stained glass in the windows was a beautiful decorative touch.

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I thought the light colored, pine flooring upstairs was a great choice for a beach house.

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The pale blue seen throughout the interior was carried out onto the upstairs balcony.

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Downstairs, all three bedrooms had whitewashed, wood plank accent walls. I love the organic, coastal feel it added to the room.

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A seagrass headboard and a lamp base that made me think of the inside of seashells made perfect sense.

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I loved having a runner to set my feet on when I stepped out of bed and adored the texture of this diamond patterned one.

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The bathroom in the first bedroom was filled with design choices that added to the light, airy, coastal theme as well.

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We chose stones for the shower floor in our master bathroom at home as well and I absolutely love standing on them in the morning. It is a therapeutic experience.

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The second bedroom had a beautiful, blue sliding barn door. I love the pop of blue in the whitewashed hallway.

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Bedroom number three had beautiful bedding and an organic textured lamp. The curtains in the bedrooms were almost as thick as canvas to the touch, but still had a light and airy appearance to them.

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Another great choice for a bedside runner in a beach house.

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What could be more fitting for a beach house than a mirror surrounded in shells? I love the iridescent nature of it.

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We will be heading to the beach again this summer. My youngest asks often how many more days until we go. We will be staying at a different home within the same community as the one we stayed in last year. I can’t wait to see the interior layout and check out the decor!