Thursday, December 22, 2016

HGTV 2017 Dream Home Tour

A couple of weeks ago I received one of those “once in a lifetime” opportunities. As a long time fan of the HGTV Dream Homes, I have spent many hours watching the annual Dream Home tours recorded on our DVR, and clicking through the HGTV website while dissecting all of the beautiful Dream Home images. Every year they do something really different, and although not every home they design is my style, they still tend to offer up a variety of ideas. Up until recently, each year they would build a new home in some of the most desirable parts of the country, and deck it out with amazing features and jaw-dropping design around every corner. I mean really, can we all agree that Linda Woodrum can slay any room that she works on? The colors, patterns, and textures… sigh. The 2015 home in Martha’s Vineyard will always be one of my absolute favorites.

Last year HGTV decided to take a new approach and opted to remodel instead of build, as they felt renovating was more inspiring and relatable to their audience. They also brought in a new designer, Brian Patrick Flynn, who has an ability to create fresh, family friendly designs full of personality and color. I admire so many spaces and elements from his portfolio, that I couldn’t wait to see what he “dreamed” up for this year’s home. Speaking of, this year they renovated a 3,200 square foot home in St. Simon’s Island, GA. Here is a sneak peek at the original home before they worked their magic.

The kind folks at Delta Faucet have been a long time sponsor of the HGTV Dream Home, and with that, they were able to invite a few blogger’s to check out the home in person. And imagine my surprise when I was one of those three lucky ladies?! I couldn’t hit that reply button fast enough, and within a couple of weeks of receiving the email, I was already packed up and on a plane heading to a darling little island in Georgia.

First and foremost, the island is about as charming as they get. We took a little time in the morning to get to know the location by eating at a local cafe, exploring some shops and antique stores, driving the quaint tree covered streets lined with unique and delightful homes, and even catching a few glimpses of dolphins swimming in the ocean. I find so much peace near the water, and that alone is enough to make me want to pack up my clan and move…

Oh! And say hello to my beautiful friends! I am sure you already know these sweet gals; Mandi is the ridiculously creative talent behind Vintage Revivals, and Sarah of Thrifty Decor Chic has the ability to create a magical and cozy warmth in every room of her gorgeous home.

The first pleasant surprise about this house was that it completely blended into the neighborhood. It doesn’t scream mansion or unobtainable or jump up and down begging for attention. It makes sense; it is simple yet elegant.

I instantly started snapping hundreds of photos, and most of them speak for themselves, but I will be sure to call out the things that make my heart race and what I personally found to be interesting and inspirational. Like this wooden porch ceiling! I have been wanting to do something similar to our front porch and seeing this ceiling really sparked some excitement.

I especially love it paired with the oversized wood doors. The stone driveway and simple white shakes on the exterior were also a lovely welcome to the home. Also, yes to oversized plants flanking the door (but I would probably layer some larger doormats there too).

* Interesting fact - the area under the side windows was made from crushed shells found on the island.

As you walk through the front doors, this is the very first sight, and it is breathtaking.

You can see directly through the home to the backyard (which is my absolute favorite area of the home), and the neutral decor allows all of the attention to be on both the incredible view, and that stunning pecky Cyprus wood ceiling!

The ceiling is such a lovely detail in the home, and it adds endless amounts of warmth. And can we talk about that oversized chandelier? It is the crown of the room!

Although this is a formal space, it doesn’t feel too precious. I can see kids kicking their feet up on those slipcovered sofas, and many great conversations being had here.

Back to the entry; just inside the doors you have a few options. You can head straight into the living area, take a right into the guest wing, or go left to the dining room.

Above you can see the bathroom that acts as both the main bathroom, and a private bath for guests that can be closed off along with a nearby bedroom.

A single color scheme was used throughout this bathroom, yet a lot of visual interest is created through the patterns in the tile and wallpaper.

OK, so this next room shocked me. I know it is one of those spaces that you will probably either love or hate, and I have to say, I loved it!

This room is not a color palette I have used or a style that I would generally associate with my liking, so I was really surprised about how I reacted to it.

All of the pattern mixing paired with the peacock blue trim felt so rich and layered. The room truly hugs you when you walk in, and I am now wanting to add a plethora of patterns and layers to my own boys’ bedrooms.

Stripes and plaids and checks, oh my!

This room also made me want to go home and paint all of our trim and doors a really amazing color (but that is not going to happen so I will just live vicariously through this house).

The dining room is probably my least favorite room in the house. No offense to the room, everyone has to have a favorite and a least favorite… And I know moody is totally in and hot right now, but I am not 100% there yet.

Maybe it was because the dining room felt more urban loft to me? And I wasn’t drawn to the light fixture, but I know a lot of people really fell hard for it. As they always say, that’s the beauty in design, no two people like the same things!

There are definitely some beautiful elements in the dining room; I really liked the art selections and all of the layered textures (especially the ceiling again). It just felt a little dark and modern in comparison to the rest of the home.

The main living area is open to the kitchen; again with a family friendly vibe and neutral color palette. The star of the show is the green backsplash, which really got me excited because I had just put in my order for a colored backsplash myself!

Greens are very prominent throughout the home, inspired by the outdoors and the island landscape. The kitchen was layered in multiple tones of greens; used in the counters, cabinets, backsplash and even on the custom cabinet hardware. Hooray for taking the storage all the way up to the ceiling!

Are you seeing those pulls? They are wrapped in a green leather! So unique and a detail worth the splurge. Everyone was talking about the hardware.

Well, the hardware and the faucet!

Why the faucet? Well, first, let me show you!

Delta Touch 2O Kitchen Faucet from Jen Jones on Vimeo.

Did you see that? I touched it and it turned on. I just might be easily amused, but it was addicting and fascinating! The faucet is smart enough to know when it is being touched to be turned on, and grabbed to swivel or pull down the spout. As a girl who has always been a bit of a clean freak, this feature in the kitchen really had my head spinning. Imagine never having to turn on your faucet with hands covered in chicken guts or paint. Just tap and boom, water. Oh! And the soap pump also had a smart sensor, also making it easier to wash and rinse away grime and germs. IHeart technology.

A table for five in the kitchen offers an ideal view of the backyard. I would probably plop down here with my morning cup of coffee and find it hard to get back up. I would want to eat from this spot, work from this spot, parent, play games, do puzzles, sew, read and relax from this spot. Because, the view. Let me show you the view!

The backyard was breathtaking. I would like to replicate this backyard down to the palm trees, pergola, pool, and puppy house.

Bad day? No problem! Let’s just go sit by the water until the sun sets. You know, just after we do a few laps and then grill our dinner which we will eat under our pergola party lights. And once the sun says goodbye for the day, we can grab some graham crackers and chocolate and roast marshmallows around the fire with our dear friends.

I mean, totally just something I came up with. I swear I haven’t been dreaming, obsessing or fantasizing about this backyard space at all… #yeahright

OK, still so much more to see, do you need to take a break? Maybe grab a glass of water? Or stretch? Or look up funny memes on the internet?

Back inside of the house, there is a “pool room” that is wide open to this glorious backyard.

The walls are covered in a blue vinyl grasscloth, making them pool and kid-friendly, while also looking beachy and chic. I loved seeing more of the pecky wood on the fireplace mantel, I also loved the navy sofa with the leather chairs.

This room also sports a minibar area which really makes this space the ultimate friends and family hangout!

And of course, a pool house with a pool room should also have a nearby pool bathroom. And this girl is not feeling blue about the gorgeous wallpaper. In fact, I have a big ol’ crush on it!

I especially love the wallpaper paired with the wood mirror and all of the brass accents. I am not sure I can pull out any new descriptive words to adequately express my love for the faucet either. But it is good, so very good.

As is that peacock blue trim and door color making its way back into the hallway.

Do you like to workout? If so, how do you make the time? When is your favorite time of the day to work out? Do you like to work out at home or at a local gym? So many questions! Well, I struggle to make time to work out as much as I would like, but I suppose if I won in this dream house, I could hire someone to do my dirty work so I could work out more often. Because of course, there is a room for that too! Planked ceiling with a drop down television included.

HEY Mandi!

This area of the home also has a bedroom boasting floor to ceiling shiplap walls done in a glossy white sheen.

The room felt so open, airy and fresh, and so much of it had to do with the moldings and wall detail.

And I am pretty sure I need to organize my books by color and stack them in my office. I am kind of surprised I have never done that actually.

The bathroom has really tall ceilings, so to amp up the basic tub, floor to ceiling curtain panels took the place of a standard shower curtain. This is absolutely a trick I want to try in our home, even with our standard ceilings heights.

The master suite is on the opposite side of the home, also opening up to the patio and the pool.

Can you see yourself waking up to that view every. single. morning?! Well, one lucky HGTV viewer will be next year! #jealous #iwakeuptosnowbanks

This room is quite large and grand, making it the perfect candidate for a saturated color painted on the walls and the ceiling. Even with the ceiling painted, all of the windows paired with the white floor to ceiling window panels kept the space feeling bright and airy by day, and romantic and moody by night.

This is a dream home, of course the oversized closet complete with storage and an island causes your eyes to turn into hundreds of little hearts.

The master bathroom was another room high on my lust list. I am a bath taker. I take a bath almost every day. It is my time. It is where I read. It is how I warm up from the cold. It is how I relax… Baths are my jam. I am pretty sure I need a tub like this in my life. Merry Christmas to me?


More shiplap, only this time in a soft blue. And if you are a fan of singing in the rain, that amazing shower will have you singing every morning!

The bathroom is spacious with his and hers sinks for getting ready, and a separate room for the private business. I am a huge fan of the arm sconces over the mirrors and adding a dresser for extra decorative storage.

The final room on the tour is the mudroom/laundry room.

This space connects the garage and the kitchen, and a simple bench combined with hooks offers enough storage and seating to create an easy going drop-zone. Now that we recently added a folding counter over our washer and dryer, I do have to wonder where drying and folding clothes take place? I absolutely love having drying racks, hangers, and counter space, and am not sure I would enjoy having a laundry room without any of those key components.

So although I would add some extra functionality, I do love that there is a pattern on the wall, the appliances are pretty fancy and sleek and the faucet is another touch activated beauty that would be insanely helpful in a laundry/mudroom. And can you spot the electrical panels? #genius

Now that you have taken the grand tour with me, are you ready for another interesting fun fact about this house? Almost all of the furnishings seen throughout the entire home were purchased from Wayfair! I think HGTV was really trying to create a home that is versatile, family focussed, obtainable and relatable, all while adding in some majorly dreamy aspects in the way of location, appliances, hardware, finishes and materials.

I can’t thank Delta enough for sending me on this crazy fun whirlwind trip; it was so interesting and neat to see what an HGTV Dream Home is made of. And I love that I got to share the entire tour with you!

So what do you think? Did any of the spaces catch your eye or offer up a new idea for your own home? Do you have a favorite room in this house? What do you think of all of the green? It is definitely a hot color right now! Oh, and I really have to know, what has been your favorite HGTV Dream Home to date?

* The HGTV Dream Home trip was sponsored by Delta Faucets, but the photos, heart eyes and thoughts are my own.

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