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Saturday, October 20, 2012

Parade Home Highlights

      So I was minding my business on facebook last week when a friend of mine {who is an amazing designer} offered free tickets to the local parade of homes around the Grand Rapids area if you liked the builder she works for on facebook. {Two winners were randomly chosen}. And guess what???!! I won!

     I have to admit I've never gone through the parade of homes before. It was so much fun! Because of time constraints we were only able to go through four houses but I wanted to share some of what I saw and comment on a few things.

     Because some of the tours were done at night or there were many people in them it was hard to get top quality pictures! I did my best! ;)

Here we go! This first set of pics is the house that my friend Jaren designed and was built by Solomon builders.

     I never thought I would love a hammered copper sink but I'm smitten!

     Love this tablescape!

Here are the bathrooms! This first one is a tiny little guest bath that was uniquely shaped but done in a big way! Its hard to tell from the pics but the tiled portion is its own angle of the wall.

How about this master bath?

     There was another one of these counters/sink/mirrors on the other side of the door.

     This is one of the upstairs bathrooms. I love how they used the tiny space for little shelves.

     This nursery is so cute! Jaren hired an artist who free-handed the animals on the wall and then they striped them. I love this idea!

     I'm totally saving the best part of this house for last. I think its my favorite because my boys would so love this!!!

     I love stripes and this is a great detail.

     Even the globe is charming!

OK, so that was the first house! The rest of the pictures are from the other three houses we saw all done by different builders. Each was beautiful but there were a lot of things I didn't like. {I can be critical because I can't afford any of them! ;)} One thing that really surprised me in one of the more expensive houses was that they used so many different flooring choices throughout the house. It made every thing feel so choppy! Enough of the criticism! Here they are. I am grouping the pics by rooms.



This kitchen below was built into a little niche off of the basement family room. I love the use of space!

This is another basement kitchen or bar.

Living Spaces:

I noticed a lot of curved couches in the homes we went through.....interesting!

Check out this ceiling!


Odds and Ends:

A pretty laundry room:

I'm not sure if I like this or not. It seemed out of place in the formal house but it is unique!

Not a good pic but a very creative way to store books.

Pretty light fixture.

And a pretty house!

     Now to go read some verses on contentment! :) I hope you enjoyed the tour.

I'm sharing this here:

Its Overflowing
Between naps on the porch
My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia
Not Just a Housewife
DIY by Design
The Real Housewives of Riverton
At the Picket Fence
The Shabby Creek Cottage
Tatertots and Jello
Too Much Time
Funky Junk Interiors


  1. Loved the tour! I think Joel should do those bunks for his boys!

  2. Such a beautiful home. Thank you for the tour.

  3. Great tour, I bet those 4 bunk beds made into the wall are a pistol to make up.

  4. I so enjoyed my tour of these homes. I'm getting a little jealous after seeing those gorgeous kitchens.
    be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

  5. I love everything except the small mosaic tiles in the first kitchen. It reminds me of ants marching around the kitchen. The denim rug is outstanding and would be easy to DIY.

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  7. I didn't enjoy the tour, I totally LOVED it! Thank you so much for taking pictures. What fabulous ideas.....
    I loves a lot of the same things you did, especailly the copper sink, the little shelves, and the bunk beds...

    I pinned some of the pictures... :)

    Have a terrific weekend!

    hugs ~ Crystelle

  8. I love walking though homes, these are so pretty! Thanks for sharing.

  9. I totally enjoyed the tour! I wish I could turn my new apartment for rent in makati like this house!

  10. I love the first house's master bath and the kids' bedroom! Many rental residential properties got the same design, you just need to be sharp when researching (and of course, ready with the money).

  11. If a real estate would sell town houses like this one, I'm sure they will always have a good sale through out the year. Perth real estate photography can help a business gain more sales.

  12. What a set of creative designs! I might do the same thing with our new house after the painters perth finished painting our home walls.

  13. I can't wait to move into our new home. I'm getting inspired with the interior designs and decorations here. It's a good thing our conveyancing solicitor is finalizing the deal on the property we purchased.

  14. This home looks so much like my ideal kind of apartment, like the apartment of Reese Witherspoon's character in the movie This Means War. I had made that apartment as a peg for my new one much similar to this house.

  15. When I saw his living room, I knew I wanted it for my own home, but ours is not that huge and we needed more space. So I got so motivated to turn our home into something like this. I hired the best construction people to tear one of my walls apart to extend another room in the house. The results are great. We are now in the redecorating phase.

  16. I agree with you Anthony. I love this interior. This is so perfect for my newly renovated gold coast apartment. I cannot wait for the change up.

  17. I must say the bathroom looks fantastic with that marble sink. It must be very pricey compared with the ceramics.

  18. Congratulations for winning that unique title. I am sure that you have a potential in interior designing. You should consider that as a sign that you have a potential in interior designing.

  19. A lot of interesting fixtures and accessories here. A round side table and flooring (or is that a carpet?) made out of jeans' pockets sure contrast the nice beds in that house.

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