DREAM HOME IDEAS
Last June, a friend and I trekked from Spanish Fork to Lehi in search of over 20 Utah Valley Parade of Homes with the hopes of seeing new decorating ideas and wall treatments. Being Parade of Homes and Street of Dreams fans, we knew it’d take more than a day to get to them all, so take it from us and plan accordingly. Although neither of us are in the market to move, we’re always up for ideas we want to implement into our dream home (or make the one we have dreamy)!
WHAT WE LIKED AND WHAT WE DIDN’T
We liked the pebble ice machine in the Provo house as well as the decor professionally designed by Caitlin Creer and Alice Lane Home. My dream home would be designed by them, for sure! The way they combined textures, colors, and styles looked effortless. That’s not to say I could accomplish an effortless look, but a compliment to the way it all flowed together seamlessly, instead of looking forced.
Thankfully there were a lot more original works of art displayed in the homes this year. Having original artwork will set your home apart from everyone else’s. Expensive art is fun to have, but it doesn’t need to be pricey. Make your own or matt and frame a painting from a child. Second-hand stores have varying styles to choose from. The weirder the better in my book!
Along our way we stopped counting how many giant chess boards and pieces were on display. The first was fun but by the fifth and sixth we almost shoved them under a bed or into a closet. One of the houses that we couldn’t stand (the laundry room will forever be etched into my brain; brown carpet, black & white checkered floor, cream & green wallpaper, with multi-colored swirly framed print) won an award by their peers. After I heard that, I decided the voting must be rigged.
They continued the hexagon marble floor tile as a border in the shower.
This room was right next to the laundry room I didn’t like. I wasn’t a fan of this room either. I think they squished too many things into the small space, but I appreciate the attempt at adding color (although they clashed; you might not be able to tell in the photo but in person it was wonky).
I hope you enjoyed seeing photos of my dream home ideas. I’m sure I won’t ever implement all of what I saw, but having the pictures to look back on will be easier when I design my next room makeover.