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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Model Home Moments

It is Monday morning. I’ve made two trips back and forth down a highway to schools and back. Two trips because one of my sons got in the car without socks and shoes and realized it when we got to school. Good times. My four-year old son is occupying himself outside with the outdoor cushions in some crazy Texas wind. I can see him on the back porch through my bedroom window as I frantically type before he comes in. The washing machine is running and my new best friend the iRobot roomba (not a sponsored post) that my sweet husband came home with recently is busy sweeping up dust and cat fur. (You might find me making out with it later. It’s that awesome!) Time to post some photos!

This past weekend, we perused four model homes for fun. There were bits and pieces of goodness that I thought worthy of sharing. Since experiencing my first model home, I have loved walking through them. I love seeing various builder’s floor plans and decorating styles that are vastly different in some cases, and then figuring out what I like best. It’s a free fantasy land for me and better than seeing spaces flat on my computer screen or in a book. A weekend activity that I am not one to pass up. Although, coming home and seeing a house that is lived in by six people can kind of be a buzz kill.

My husband discovered by accident recently that the person who sold us our home was now with another company. He suggested we pay him a visit and check out the builder’s model since it was close by. You don’t have to ask me twice. Our sales guy was out when we got there, so we walked the model. I hate to say it, but the decorating and style did not warrant one photo for me. I slipped a note under the office door to say, “Hi!” and we left. Across the street was another model, different builder. Completely different experience. I took photos. I don’t love everything in every picture. But there were definitely things worthy of a few camera phone photos!

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I’m loving the gold pattern. Does it not have DIY written all over it? Break out the painter’s tape!

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More gold anyone?

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My hand is up!

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Pretty granite. I need more color somewhere in this kitchen. Do gold toned refrigerators exist? Can you imagine brass front refrigerator doors? Am I crazy or is it awesome? And gorgeous wooden handles please. Or gorgeous wooden front doors with brass handles.

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I love the drape pattern against all of the white and gray.

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Guest bedroom.

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Boy’s room.

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We saw that our sales person’s car had returned while we were in the other model. We went back and caught up with him and he told us about a couple more models just down the road.

Dining room upon entering the first one.

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Notice the drapes are similar in both spaces. I love the coffee table and rug.

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Guest bedroom.

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Master Bedroom.

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The second home is by the same builder that built the first model home I ever stepped foot in. Now that I have seen a handful of their models, I’ve learned that their interior decorators carry a consistent color palette throughout every room of the home. You might see the same fabric on a bed skirt also on a shower curtain, the same fabric on a roman shade also on a pillow in another room. This home had orange and gray everywhere.

The office upon entering.

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Dining room.

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Living room.

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Breakfast nook. I don’t think you will ever see napkin rings in my breakfast nook. Looks pretty though!

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Guest bedroom.

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Master bedroom.

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Common area.

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Boy’s room. When I asked my thirteen year old for his thoughts about this space he said it looked “grown up”.

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Girl’s room.

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I almost forgot the unusual closet for your viewing pleasure.

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Maybe it’s just me, but I do not want mannequins in my room staring at me while I sleep.

Once I got home, I started fantasizing about custom drapes, and I haven’t been able to stop! Yesterday’s model home round-up was an inspiring one, but I must always keep in perspective that not a single soul lives in a model home, so there is not the stuff of several people to contend with. They are fun to walk through though. And there’s nothing better than free inspiration.