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7.31.2013

Homearama 2013 - House Tour #3

Happy Wednesday!

How have you been enjoying the Homearama tours so far?  I promise more surprises to come!

House #3:  The Alexis
Price:  Sold for $850,000
Square footage:  5,600 square feet

The third house on the tour is a traditional style home, and the "smallest" and "cheapest" of the six homes featured. 


A pretty porch leading to the front door.


The dining room is on your left as you go inside.

I really love the chandy in this dining room.


The family room was straight ahead, with a bank of transom windows, and a fireplace flanked by built-ins.  This room definitely has a more "formal" vibe to it than some of the others - do you think it's because there is carpet in here vs. the hardwoods flowing through?



The office has a masculine vibe to it, complete with orb chandelier and striking built-ins.


We then made our way to the master suite.  I'm sharing the master bathroom, because as you walked in to the master suite, it was located to the right, prior to entering the actual bedroom portion of the room.  I didn't really care for this setup, because if someone was taking a tour of my home, they would encounter the bathroom right off the bat.  Just seemed kind of backward to me.  Even though it's a lovely space.



The master bedroom was a very tranquil and restful sanctuary.

Pretty fireplace with lovely tile work.


The kitchen was bright and spacious.

A nice breakfast bar, and I really love the pendants in here too.

There was also a more informal family room space off the kitchen, that was very cozy and welcoming.  Probably one of my favorite rooms in the house.

Although I really loved this informal eating area too.  Pretty chandelier, layered window treatments, slipcovered chairs and a trestle table - what's not to like?

And another lovely outdoor area.

Complete with a covered porch and fireplace.  The only thing that seemed off in this space was the size of the TV.

A half bathroom, laundry room and mud room rounded out the main floor.  Not sure I'm feeling the woodsy wallpaper in here.  What do you think?



 
We made our way upstairs where there were three additional bedrooms.  I really like the trio of mirrors as you reach the top of the stairs.

A fresh and pretty girl's room - gorgeous bedding!


A boy's room -

And another fresh looking girl's room - great color combinations up here.

Then we went to the lower level to finish our tour.  This basement was definitely different from the others in that it wasn't a walk out like the basements we had seen in the other homes.  Amazing what a difference natural light makes in the overall feel of the room.  Plus, the room had dark carpeting too.

Still plenty of room to hang out and have fun.

Smaller TV, but the picture on that baby was crystal clear, let me tell you.

A rustic bar area for entertaining.

And only one additional bedroom in this basement.  Great for guests!

So, that wraps up today's tour.  How does this one rank on your list?  Are you having a hard time remembering the other homes - we certainly did!  Here are the links to the other tours to refresh your memory.
 
 
 
See you tomorrow with another great tour on tap!

7.30.2013

Homearama 2013 - House Tour #2

Hello!

I hope you all enjoyed Homearama House #1 - definitely some wow factor there.  I think you'll enjoy house #2 just as much - lots of beautiful elements that make it equally spectacular.

House #2:  The Terra Blanche
Price:  Don't have the price info at the moment - all homes were $850k-$1.3M
Square footage: 6,116 square feet

House #2 was definitely large and in charge from the curb.  Not sure if I'm a fan of all of the concrete though - I think brick pavers would have been a little easier on the eyes, and more in keeping with the style of the home.


Beautifully landscaped, with fantastic window boxes - I love window boxes even more than I love impressive front doors. 

 

And this house had both - window boxes and great looking double front doors.
 
This home was very warm and welcoming with its neutral tones and classic, elegant style.  I really loved the foyer, with the gallery wall and lantern light fixture.

 
To the right, you're greeted with this dramatic dining room.  Beautiful ceiling, two orb chandeliers and textured wallpaper.  (They had a sample of it for us to touch - they must have known I wanted to put my hands on those walls!).  The leaves were almost a velvet texture.

Straight ahead, was the family room.  Continuing with the calm and comfortable color palette, along with a gorgeous coffered ceiling and dark built-ins.  Yum.

From the family room, we went left and discovered this elegant office.  Still a soothing color palette, with the linen light fixture and abundant natural light to boot.  Again, like House #1, French doors leading outside.  (Although, as noted by my girlfriend, the doors lead out to the driveway, so I'm not sure they would get much use.)

Notice how the artwork is hung on the wall - so clever and unexpected.

Not to worry, there are some smashing built-ins to complete this room.

Down the hall was a dramatic powder room, with a side of razzle dazzle.  Definitely an unexpected carved granite sink, and the free form granite continuing up the wall.  I love how the faucet is mounted off of the mirror.

Some bling with the ceiling fixture as well.  I could handle a powder room like this, but I don't think I would want it in a larger space.  Notice the shimmer on the walls as well.

The master bedroom was the epitome of a tranquil retreat.  Gorgeous, classic and restful.

This is one of the coolest things I've seen in awhile.  Is it a mirror?  Is it a TV?  Oh wait, it's BOTH.

I had to go in for a close up of this ingenious invention.  So smart!  I love how the mirrored television is framed out - a hidden element that I never expected.   I've seen a TV hidden in a bathroom mirror before, but never framed out and used like this.

The master bathroom was classic and elegant as well.

Spacious, with a glass enclosed shower and plenty of room to move.

Classic style with the tub too - and I like how the garden stool serves as a cute little side table.

The his/hers vanities were separate so each person has plenty of space - and I thought the sconces in here demanded some face time as well. 

A better shot of the family room built-ins.  Despite my adoration for white cabinets, I'm really loving the dark wood in here.

A peek outside to the inviting seating area.

And outdoor dining space.

Now we're heading into one of my favorite rooms in this house - the kitchen.  Great millwork and archway to usher us in.

I can't tell you how much I love this kitchen configuration - the cozy seating area with the stone fireplace, and the beams - oh my - the beams!  This kitchen is truly the heart of the home.  I could visualize my kids watching TV, or sitting in here chatting with me about their day.

And that's just the half of it - would you look at this kitchen?  Spectacular.

Plus, there was tons of hidden storage - behind those doors, there were outlets, so you could hide away your small appliances and pull them out to use on demand.

Amazing cooktop focal wall.  So impressive.  And the woodwork here mimics the fireplace mantel.

And a large copper sink, installed within a huge island of awesomeness.

Do you see that over there?  Another hidden pantry!

And it's a big one too.

The stools at the island were perfect.

All of this, and you still have a separate eating area flooded with natural light.


I went a little photo-crazy in here - I just loved it.

There was a second bedroom on the main floor - I really liked the teal and coral color palette in here.  Well done.

And an attached bathroom - cute idea with the mounting of the mirror.  And the sconces are perfect with their rounded sides.

From here, we made our way to the laundry/mud room area, with a great sliding door.

There is a whole lot of function to be found in this great space.

Mud room area.


Laundry area.

Desk area.

And there's even a dog washing area tucked into the back.  I'm sure I could use it to hose down my kids too, right?

Then we made our way downstairs.  A great little bar area to the right.  Notice the shelving surrounding the tv - clever and unexpected used of pipes!


The countertops and the floor had a bit of shimmer.  Although the countertops weren't granite - they were a high def laminate.  But it worked and looked nice with the other materials that were used in this space.  Plus, this was something you could replicate at home on a budget.

A huge and comfy sectional for family movie night.

And here is the big unexpected element in this house - the dance floor.  Oh my, if my daughter had been there with me, she would have gone nuts.

An industrial feel in the powder room. 

They had a workout room, but I was really digging the cycling artwork in here.  Something I think my hubby would like.

Two teen rooms rounded out the basement.  What teen girl wouldn't love this room?  I thought it was teen appropriate, but not in a teeny-boppy way, if that makes sense.  A really cool hangout for a girl and her BFF's.  And I'm loving seating area by the window - I could see a couple of girls sitting in those chairs, criss-cross applesauce, dishing about their boy crushes.  

And a great desk area too - so organized and chic all at the same time.  Doesn't that chair look comfy?

There was a Jack & Jill bathroom down here as well.

The teen boy's room was equally hip. 


Check out that light fixture!

And a desk area that mimics the piping that we saw around the bar.  Although it's definitely  not as comfy as the girl's desk area, it's still pretty cool.

I peeked outside the window to get a view of the fire pit.  I'm wondering how motivated a teen would be to leave the house and go to college with a cool basement living area like this!  I guess having a space like this to come home to during school breaks would be one way to keep them coming back for more, right?

So, what did you think of House #2?   While the exterior wasn't my favorite (window boxes and front door aside) of all of the homes on the tour, I really loved the interior.  The kitchen made for family gatherings, the soothing master suite and welcoming floor plan and color palette all worked for me.

Don't forget to check out the other homes on the tour!
 
We still have four more homes to go - stay tuned!