Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Home: Exploring Model Homes

one of the model homes we toured

One of the activities Kevin and I have always enjoyed is looking at model homes.  It gives us creative options for decorating and inspires us to make improvements to our own home.  Touring model homes also presents future trends in home decor.  I say this because about ten years ago, an acquaintance was decorating model homes, and she said the color palette was moving toward terracotta with turquoise accents.  I remember being surprised because at the time, the “in” colors were muted tans, blues and sage green.  Now, when shopping at the popular home stores, I see terracotta and turquoise everywhere.

During my recent California visit, my friend Carole and I visited a few model homes in Irvine.  There are so many changes from the last time I looked at model homes, I’m excited to share them.  First, despite their size (3,500-4,000 square feet) the homes didn’t have formal living rooms.  I guess since formal living rooms are rarely used, the builder made better use of the space by creating great rooms. Next, the homes didn’t have separate dining rooms; instead, they had very large kitchens with islands for casual dining and large attached areas with dining tables.  Another change I noticed was that many rooms had chandeliers, not your grandma’s chandelier, but cool, funky ones.  Vivid colors are back-many of the rooms were brightly painted, had colorful accessories or had dark trim, including crown moulding, baseboards, door sills and window casings.  Finally, the outdoor spaces were finished-they had fully covered, lighted patios equipped with ceiling fans. 

As always, seeing these model homes motivated me to improve and modernize our home.  We’ll see which elements I’m able to incorporate into our life!

notice the extensive use of color in this bedroom?

a modern chandelier

this dresser is the work of a creative genius!

close up-the dresser was covered in fabric and embellished with tacks

the open great room/kitchen/dining area

the outdoor space was beautiful

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