With efforts to keep COVID-19 from spreading, it may feel like you’re in the twilight zone with cancellations of school, work, church, and basically all activities, so I thought it would be fun to share with you some virtual home tours over the next few posts (especially when your own home may be in a state of disarray with the kiddos out of school). I don’t know about you, but I love a good home tour.
In fact, I love them so much that I would probably knock on people’s doors and ask to walk around their house if it was socially acceptable…(insert image of my husband cringing at the thought–hah)!
That may be why some of my favorite posts to share with you are ideas that come from the Parade of Homes. If you don’t have any idea what I mean by The Parade of Homes, it’s basically a walk-through of new homes furnished and decorated where you can look at floor plans, get decor and styling ideas, learn about local builders, and view the latest home-related trends. These parades happen all throughout the state of Utah and all throughout the year.
Usually the parades I attend also happen to be where I live, so the past few years it’s become a tradition to go to the Cache Valley Parade of Homes with my sisters and mom. This past year we also took a few of our daughters as well.
This is the smallest parade in the state and probably has the fewest homes to tour as well, but I love that you can usually make it to almost everything in one day and the homes are a bit more relatable than those 3 million dollar homes most people can never buy.
I’m going to share with you my top four home picks from the CV-POH last year (2019) so that you can join in on the home tour fun. They all had well designed floor plans and were beautifully decorated. Get ready for lots of pictures peeps!
This post as well as the next one I’ll share are homes that tied as my favorite runners’ up, and then the last two homes tied as my absolute favorites.
First off, we’ll start with the home I’ve nicknamed the Classic French Provincial. I loved this home because of the classic design and finishes which had a timeless elegance to them. Can you see why I called it French Provincial? The copper accents, wood shingles, white brick, and symmetric second story. Love it all!
Here is the stunning entryway of the home. I loved the herringbone wood floors, grand chandelier, and wood trim which drew your eye upward. Having everything painted white also made the space feel open and inviting.
To the right of the entryway was the office (with such a cool light fixture). I don’t know how much work I’d get done having such a wonderful view outside. I’d probably just daydream while admiring my beautiful foyer.
After the entryway, on the left was the living room or piano room with french doors that opened up to a front porch area. I could totally imagine chillin’ on that porch. Lemonade anyone?
Continuing to the back of the home was the kitchen, dining, and family room area with an amazing backyard patio.
I love the spacious pantries in newer homes, although I don’t know how I feel about having windows in them. This pantry does a good job of utilizing the space under the window though, and I loved the open shelves on one wall of the kitchen.
The upstairs had all the bedrooms (4 total) along with the laundry room and another bathroom. Here are some pictures of those spaces.
One thing I loved in this home were all the natural wood finishes of the doors and window casings. It was so beautiful to see the light-colored wood against a white palate which made the wood stand out and showcased it nicely.
We’ll wrap up this tour with the mudroom (I love the doors so you can hide everything) and some mountain artwork (which was a theme among all the houses). I hope you enjoyed this home tour!
Our next runner up, the 2-Story Contemporary Ranch Home…
Do you have any parades like this where you live? Do you have a favorite one here in Utah? Where do you glean home design inspiration?