Saturday, January 28, 2012

Model Home #2

This is in the same development but is much more modern in styling.  In the entrance/TV lounge I really liked the clear acrylic coffee table.  I'm usually not into modern stuff but I liked how uncluttered it looked.  It may not be practical with kids but in a living room or a more adult room it would work well. A similar look can be found HERE.

This bright color is not something I would probably do in my house.  I'm not brave enough yet.  It is really fun though.  I also like that they color coordinated all the books on the bottom shelf.  How nice it would be to have books be decorative instead of just crammed in every inch (as mine are.) A similar bookcase can be found HERE in a clover green.

I LOVED this kitchen.  It was so spacious and light.  I could fit my living room and kitchen into this space easily.

The dining chairs didn't look very comfortable but they did look "cool."  They look like Eames chairs or some sort or reproduction/inspiration of one. I wish I would have tried to sit on one though.  I imagine after a dinner or a game night your bottom might look pretty weird.

I really liked these candle holders and the clean white table.  Again, not sure how crazy it would make me with kids and spaghetti spilling on it but its a lovely thought. :)

I liked that they put simple ingredients on display. Coffee beans are not surprising but oatmeal had never occured to me and we use a lot of it at my house.  If I had more available counter space at home I would probably do this.  Also the backspash tile was so pretty.  It wrapped around the whole kitchen area and seemed to me a mini metal subway tile similar to THIS one.

 In this picture there are two rolling pins with designs on them.  I've never seen anything like that and I wondered if they were just decorative or if they had any usefulness. They seem similar to Springerle Rolling Pins (used to make cookies) but were dark stained and pretty intricate.  I want to look for some now. 

I thought this area was a good idea for a small space office.  It could fit in an unused closet, an entry way or that random corner that you may have.  Having the floating "desk" and shelves really clears up floor space.  I'm not an experienced builder or wood worker but I'm sure there is a way to modify counter tops or build this pretty cheaply.  Most wall mounted desks I saw on the market were pretty expensive.

 I really liked the amount of seating in this living room.  There are even hidden "poufs" under the table that are both pretty and useful for extra seats. HERE is a tutorial to make some kid friendly and customizable floor cushions.

This bedroom wasn't "awesome" but I did like the Ikat inspired bedding and the lamps on the side tables.  This bedding is from West Elm and isn't available anymore but a similar color can be found HERE.

Here is a close up of the pillows on the bed. I think my daughter would really like these colors because they remind her of "Ariel" colors and she loves blue.  

This room is out of my comfort zone for many reasons.  There is a lot of color going on and a lot of white.  White scares me a great deal because the inhabitants of my house don't discriminate where they lay a peanut butter covered hand. That said it is still a nice room and I like the brick accent wall as well as the sconces.  I hope one day when we have our "dream" room we will have some really good lighting in there.

 This is from the master bathroom.  The tiles on the wall are so cool and I love the colors in these vases.

This isn't anything remarkable. I just noticed that one accessory that was used throughout the spaces was mirror.  Part of the reason may have been because it is a "neutral" accessory (unlike art or family photos.)  But I liked that interspersed through the decor there were groupings of mirrors.  The living room had a very large one (not pictured so as not to catch my reflection.)  Mirrors are always easy to find and don't have to be expensive.  They are also easy to incorporate in any style so they are a good bet when you can't figure out what to put in a certain spot.  I really want one near our front door to check myself before I leave, but I haven't found one that fits the space or makes sense there (in other words I'm indecisive with decor at times.) :)

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