Monday, June 13, 2016

Parade of Homes | Part 3 | Craftsman Style



I am finally able to share Part 3 of this Parade of Homes Series.  I’ve had my pictures for this post edited since I posted my last post in this series, but haven’t had the time to post nor did I have a title.  I didn’t want to name this post after the neighborhood it’s in as I was intending, because some of these pictures belong to a home that was pending sale.  So just in case it’s been sold I don’t want to put the insides of their home on blast by telling you where it is, if that makes sense.



This neighborhood I have loved since I first saw it a couple of years ago.  I love craftsman style homes and I love all the colorful homes in the neighborhood.  It’s pretty to look at.  I personally think the neighborhood is overpriced and they tend to have houses that sit on the market for a long time and I’ve always seen price drops after such a long time.  I used to want to live in the neighborhood but now I have other plans.  I looked at two houses in this subdivision that we’ll focus on today.


Anyway, on to the inspiration shall we?




I wanted to take a picture of this house because it’s green.  It’s not a color I would gravitate towards, yet it’s appealing at the same time.  Let’s just say if I was building I would choose different colors and I’m not a fan of a front facing garage yet in this neighborhood I give it a pass.


Let’s take a look inside…



Don’t mind my shoes, I’m just making myself at home… just kidding.  In many of these houses they prefer you to take your shoes off and for some reason when we entered the house everybody had their shoes inside and not on the porch.  I waited till everyone was gone to snap the pictures I got.  But anyway, I like this entryway.  I like that the stairs are off to the side.  I really don’t like when you walk into a house and you’re greeted by stairs.


In this picture I am standing in the formal dining room to get a good picture of the entryway. I love the size of the room and I love the molding and wainscoting.  I also love the hardwood floors.  And I love the view of the stairs!



While we’re discussing stairs let me say how much I love this molding detail.  It just adds that something special.




And this light fixture you see as your‘re climbing the stairs… love.






I love these built-ins in the living room but I am not a fan of the small windows.  It wouldn’t have been too much to make the windows a bit larger in my opinion.  The wall space above them is unusable to me, and I do like the windows to the right but they shortchanged these windows if you were to ask me, and I’ll assume that you are!



This kitchen is from the same house…I love the light fixture again, and the kitchen is nice but it feels as if something is missing.  Maybe counter space…again for this price point the kitchen should be bigger.





I like this little eat-in nook space, space is an overstatement though, it looks like it would be quite tight when you add a table and chairs.  Seems like it would only hold a bistro table set.




This kitchen is configured a little differently.  What you can’t see is that there are some cabinets and a fridge behind this wall on the right.  Still seems too small for me.



I didn’t get nearly as many pictures as I would have liked but next are some master closet pictures.  I liked all of the closet spaces in both houses, they are very similar so I just grouped them all together here:






To me, there is nothing worse than buying a new house and it comes with those plastic wire hanging rods.  This is what a closet should look like.




Lastly in this home I got a picture of the bathtub in the master bathroom.  I thought it was interesting although it’s not the tub I would prefer, or rather it’s not how I would design my tub area.  I don’t like standalone bathtubs.  I’d prefer it to be encased but the tub itself I like.






And these other pictures from the bathroom in the second home.  The shower and bathtub are much more my taste.





I hope you enjoyed this Parade of HomesSeries. I think that I will do them every year now.  I like Parade of Homes because I like to see what’s new in home and interior design.  I like to get inspired!  If you haven’t already seen them, be sure to check out Part 1 and Part 2 in this series.  I mentioned in the first post that I wasn’t sure if other areas had this Parade of Homes setup and it turns out a lot of them do!  I found this great feed on Instagram called ParadeCraze.  You should check them out if you like posts like this!  Thanks for stopping by!



Saturday, June 11, 2016

Birthday/Father’s Day Gift Guide



My husband’s birthday is this weekend and Father’s Day is next weekend.  In a perfect world my honey would get an overload of gifts…but that’s not our current reality.  I decided to make a gift guide for the men in your life, well my life.  I have curated a selection of fine gifts that my man would enjoy and you may find some inspiration for the man in yours.




Let’s get started…


These aren’t numbered in any particular order…


XBOX one | Louis Vuitton| Beats by Dre




























XBOX ONE Elite - He already has a 360 but he’s been wanting the XBOX ONE for a while now.  Might as well go with the one with the higher storage capacity.

2.   ClarisonicAlpha Fit Sonic Cleansing System for men – basically a clarisonic for men and I think he would like it.


3.   BeatsStudio Over the Ear Wireless Headphones – wow that’s a mouthful!  He has a pair already but they’ve been through some thangs, so he needs another pair.  I won’t lie, I like the headphones myself, I wouldn’t mind a pair of on the ear wireless headphones : )

4.   LouisVuitton Keepall 55 Bandouliére in Damier Ebene canvas – another mouthful.  Okay so if you don’t already know, let me inform you…I am obsessed with Louis Vuitton.  I want bags, slgs (small leather goods) and luggage.  This is the bag I will get for my husband one day for when we are going on weekend trips or short trips.  I want the same bag but in monogram print canvas and this one will be for him.  : )



5.     Louis Vuitton Multiple Wallet in DamierGraphite Canvas – yes another LV item…but I figured if anything, he would need a Louis Vuitton wallet.  Well, perhaps not need, that’s an overstatement.


6.   Kiehl’sMen’s Starter Kit – I like this set and it’s perfect for when we travel and I like to give gifts like these so that he can try the products and see how he likes them.


And a few more…


Burberry | Louis Vuitton | Fitbit | Kiehls






1.    

1. Burberry Check Stamped Bracelet watch – I just love a good watch on a man.  It’s very attractive.  And for me, a watch is for me what shoes are to others…yes I want you to have nice shoes, it says a lot about oneself, and so do watches.  This watch is by no means inexpensive, but it’s worth the investment in my opinion.

2.   Thisguy is one awesome dad Mug – this is for the times when he wants to just have a small cup of coffee.  When he goes to work he uses a large coffee mug but I think this is too cute to pass up!


3.   FitbitAlta – I currently have a Fitbit Flex and I will upgrade soon to the Fitbit Charge HR but ever since I got my Fitbit Flex my husband has wanted one for himself.  Not so much for his activity but for his sleep.  I think this one would be good for him because it’s sleek.



That’s all for my roundup of gifts for my sweets.  He deserves all of these and more.  Now what my hunny loves the most are shoes and hats and clothes and when I can I will build him his dream closet.  I showed him Dwayne Wade’s shoe closet/kingdom that I saw on Snapchat.  Something like this…

DJ Khaled's Shoe Closet
DJ Khaled's Shoe Closet 




One day it will happen…for now he’ll enjoy his birthday and Father’s Day!





Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Parade of Homes | Part 2 | Townhomes



Thanks for joining me for round two of my little Parade of Homes series.  If you haven’t read Part 1 you can click here to check it out.  Today’s post is going to share some area townhomes that I have looked at for years and are more realistic for me when looking for houses.  I’ve decided on the one that we would get if we did go the townhouse route.  But for now, I’m sharing some of the great townhomes in the neighborhood that we would move to.  What I like when I do look at these townhomes, or any of the homes on the Parade of Homes tour, is that sometimes they’ll open up several homes that are for sale, but not on the Parade of Homes tour, for you to look at.  And that’s what happened with the townhomes. 


Before we get to the townhomes, I wanted to share a couple of pics that I forgot to share in my last post.  These are from a home/neighborhood that I really fell in love with.  It wasn’t a neighborhood I paid much attention to before, but after seeing this home, yes I would totally live here.  And they’re not overpriced in my opinion.






I loved this house but I only took these pics of the master bathroom.  I liked that the sinks are separated and the master bathroom is huge.  {Don’t mind my children who made a few cameos}



Now onto the townhomes…





When I’m looking for homes I am looking for square footage, great kitchen, storage space and great bathrooms.  The following pictures are all from the top contender townhome for us.  With a first home one has to make compromises.  I am willing to compromise having a single family home for a townhome if it means more square footage.  I am willing to not have as many windows, and I’m willing to have  a large overbearing garage.






This kitchen is really great for us, has enough counter space, has enough cabinet space and I love the floors.  It gives me a little backsplash action and it looks like it can fit a monster fridge, which is awesome.



One of the reasons I love this kitchen…I love a lazy Susan.  Why she has to be lazy is beyond me, but she reminds me of my grandma Josephine and is a must have for me.



Across from the kitchen is the laundry room.  I’m glad it has cabinets.




Here’s the living area in the townhome.  I am not a fan of a corner fireplace but I do love the stone façade.  I also like that it allows more space for windows on the other walls.  This looks like it’s enough space for a sectional or a full sofa collection.






This master bathroom is amazing.  Gives me everything we need.  It doesn’t give a full water closet but is that really a necessity?  Apparently not seeing as how I don’t have one now.  But I do like that it has a partition.



Talk about storage space…this master closet tho.





This is a master bath/shower combination in another townhome.  The tub is jetted.



This master bath also has a water closet enclosed with a pocket door.  I love a pocket door.




Here’s one of the kitchens we saw.  I love it.  I’m really torn when it comes to light or dark kitchens.  I used to be totally cherry cabinets but now I’m really open.  As long as it’s not light oak cabinets I’m happy.




I am also loving this beautiful kitchen.  But what I don’t love is that this is all it is.  An island could be added but where I’m standing to take the picture is where a table would go and that’s the only dining space in the home.  That takes it off the list.




That’s all for today’s post in the Parade of Home series.  I hope you enjoyed it.  And look forward to the final post in the series coming soon.  Eventually once we do move the blog will start to turn in direction.  I want to be more of a home/décor/organization/lifestyle blogger and add all of that on to what I share currently.  Until next time friends!



Sunday, May 22, 2016

Parade of Homes | Part 1




I don’t know if every area has a Parade of Homes but here in Eastern North Carolina we do in my city.  Parade of Homes is when the home builders association along with builders and realtors select a number of homes to be on display.  They are mostly new homes for sale or upscale homes that a current owner is selling.  The event runs for two weekends in the spring and I’ve been going for several years.  I always look forward to it and this year I was on the lookout for it and I was able to plan for it.  I was able to get the brochure ahead of time and decide what houses I wanted to see.  This post is a huge photo dump from the first weekend of parts of homes I was able to take pictures in.  So grab a snack and enjoy some great features of houses.



Most of these pictures go in no order in particular; it’s literally a photo dump of rooms/houses/details of a space. 



I love a good built-in.  I think they’re great above a tub like this for décor and essentials.



I love a good structured closet.





I have a few pics of this master bathroom.



Here is a look from the master bedroom into the master bathroom and closet.




And here’s the master bedroom.



I shared this pic on Instagram because I love multiple living/common areas in a home.  I love a morning room and this is a morning room/sunroom combination.  I love the almost floor to ceiling windows.



This is the living room on the opposite side from the morning room.


I really took this pic for one reason… I’m obsessed with large mirrors and I want to get one like this.



These next three houses were all out in the country.  You had to access them by going through a neighborhood and when it looks like the road is going to end, you come into a small, private neighborhood of upscale homes.







Inside this last house I took a few pics inside…the sign clearly said no pictures, but I saw a woman leaving with a DSLR around her neck so idk how that worked out.  This was a home someone lived in and they were selling.  They had several areas roped off, all that I would have loved to take pics of but was unable to.



I love a good quote on a wall, like the one in this nursery.



This playroom is kind of a loft when you come off the stairs on the second floor and it’s too cute.



If you liked this photo dump post then I’m glad and stay tuned because I have more pictures to share.  I just didn’t want to put them all in one post because it would be extra long.  I hope you found some great design ideas and some design inspo!



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