Last week I had the fun opportunity to visit the 2016 HGTV Dream Home in Florida IN PERSON (thank you to Glidden for the invitation)! For years I’ve shared tips and inspiration from each of the prior “dream homes” so to actually get to BE IN one of the actual houses and see it for myself was pretty cool. I brought my daughter Courtney with me so I didn’t have to make the big long trip alone. We had the best time!
Even though we loved the trip and the house so much, I’ll admit I’m most excited to just be back HOME. I’ve flown across the country and back THREE times in the short three months I’ve lived here (that’s crazy for a hermit like me). As I’m sure you can imagine, I can’t help but feel happy to feel like I’m finally “home.” :-D
In fact, now that I’m actually home, I’ll share some more house updates so you can see how the bedroom and living room design progress and decisions are coming along. We are nearly done painting the bedroom and we rearranged the living room this weekend. I think both rooms are going to look great, even better than I hoped with only a few simple updates.
But for today, I wanted to take you on a little tour of the HGTV Dream Home. I’ll have more tips and inspiration to share from this house down the road, but let’s take a quick tour so you can get the overview.
This house was an existing house that was renovated, rather than a brand new build. It was not pretentious at all. Even though the setting was absolutely incredible it still felt homey and livable. I really was in awe of the long tree lined driveway in the front and the gorgeous view out the back!
The front was nearly enclosed with a picket fence, which I think really made the patio space a welcoming and usable outdoor room.
The open concept living room, dining room and kitchen were so comfortable, pretty and light-filled. I just loved the furnishings (all by Ethan Allen) and the lighting, too (all hardwired lighting is from Ethan Allen). The color of these spaces is called Quiet Rain by Glidden, and it felt very similar to Polished Grey which I used in my old house.
Aren’t these three lights over the dining table cool?
The designer of the home was Brian Patrick Flynn. It was cool to get to meet him at the event, go on the tour with him and hear how the house came together. Glidden was one of the sponsors of the home this year so of course, color played a big part of the design. Coincidentally I found out that the white used in the house (Swan White) is the same white I used in my entryway and intend to use throughout my living room and dining room when we repaint!
Paint Color: Kentucky Blue
This media room right off the kitchen was so cheery and full of personality. I really prefer smaller cozy spaces like this because they feel like a little nest. I loved the double doors leading into the space, too.
Right between the dining room and the garage was this adorable little hall leading to a powder room.
The eclectic mix of furnishings made this bedroom really charming and gave it that comfortable evolved-over-time feel. You could walk right out the doors to the backyard and the pool, which definitely made it feel very much like the perfect vacation room!
There was a lot of original art created for the home, I thought this Marlin string art was a fun piece.
I love love love the penny tile, don’t you? All of the faucets are by Delta.
I loved the view from the entry to one of the bedrooms on the main floor, too.
The stair railings were made out of metal, which gave them a really unique look!
Paint Color: New Terra Cotta
Each of the three bedrooms were distinct, but each beautiful and inviting in their own way.
The master suite walls on the second floor were extra bright and cheery (Thai Teal by Glidden), but it made a really fun color statement for an island bedroom. I loved that the decor was simplified to black and white to contrast and tone down the effect of the colored walls.
My favorite thing about this room was the double doors out to a deck that overlooked the pool and the river. I would have coffee there every morning! And don’t you love that railing?
THIS TUB AND CHANDELIER.
Isn’t this dog house just the cutest? It has Trex decking inside and a metal roof. Jack would love it, I’m sure.
With an outdoor pool and the river behind the house, an outdoor shower to hose off before coming back in the house made perfect sense.
I really liked the exterior details such as shutters, the roof and the overall charm of the house with the balconies.
This house is soon going to belong to a lucky winner, so I hope you are entering! I’m a little jealous of whoever wins because it truly would be a dream to live in permanently or even to just visit as a vacation home. If you win, please invite me over :).
I’ll have more from this house down the road! I definitely came home inspired and more ready than ever to love the home I have :).
The HGTV Dream Home trip was sponsored by Glidden, but the photos and opinions are my own.