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2016 HGTV Dream Home Tour

2016 HGTV Dream Home Tour

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.

2016 HGTV Dream Home Tour

2016 HGTV Dream Home Tour

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.

2016 HGTV Dream Home Tour

2016 HGTV Dream Home Tour

2016 HGTV Dream Home Tour

2016 HGTV Dream Home Tour

2016 HGTV Dream Home Tour

2016 HGTV Dream Home Tour

2016 HGTV Dream Home Tour

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.

2016 HGTV Dream Home Tour

2016 HGTV Dream Home Tour

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!

2016 HGTV Dream Home Tour

Paint Color: Kentucky Blue

2016 HGTV Dream Home Tour

2016 HGTV Dream Home Tour

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.

2016 HGTV Dream Home Tour

Right between the dining room and the garage was this adorable little hall leading to a powder room.

2016 HGTV Dream Home Tour

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!

2016 HGTV Dream Home Tour

2016 HGTV Dream Home Tour

2016 HGTV Dream Home Tour

2016 HGTV Dream Home Tour

2016 HGTV Dream Home Tour

2016 HGTV Dream Home Tour

2016 HGTV Dream Home Tour

There was a lot of original art created for the home, I thought this Marlin string art was a fun piece.

2016 HGTV Dream Home Tour

I love love love the penny tile, don’t you? All of the faucets are by Delta.

2016 HGTV Dream Home Tour

I loved the view from the entry to one of the bedrooms on the main floor, too.

2016 HGTV Dream Home Tour

The stair railings were made out of metal, which gave them a really unique look!

2016 HGTV Dream Home Tour

Paint Color: New Terra Cotta

2016 HGTV Dream Home Tour

Each of the three bedrooms were distinct, but each beautiful and inviting in their own way.

2016 HGTV Dream Home Tour

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.

2016 HGTV Dream Home Tour

2016 HGTV Dream Home Tour

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?

2016 HGTV Dream Home Tour

THIS TUB AND CHANDELIER.

2016 HGTV Dream Home Tour

2016 HGTV Dream Home Tour

2016 HGTV Dream Home Tour

2016 HGTV Dream Home Tour

Isn’t this dog house just the cutest? It has Trex decking inside and a metal roof. Jack would love it, I’m sure.

2016 HGTV Dream Home Tour

2016 HGTV Dream Home Tour

2016 HGTV Dream Home Tour

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.

2016 HGTV Dream Home Tour

2016 HGTV Dream Home Tour

2016 HGTV Dream Home Tour

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.

See my 17 Take Away Tips from last year’s HGTV Dream Home.

Favorite Lighting Trends

Favorite Lighting TrendsWall Lights

This post is sponsored by Ferguson.

If you want to transform the personality of a room, changing out the lighting is a fun and affordable way to do it!

Why settle for builder boring when you can express your own unique style? Lighting can create a stand out statement for every room. I love updating lighting with a fun new shape, color, or style!

Last week my daughter Courtney and I ventured out to Ferguson Bath, Kitchen, & Lighting Gallery in Seattle to see what’s new in lighting. We found some great styles and options that were right on trend but that would also be a timeless choice for any home.

Favorite Lighting Trends

Favorite Lighting Trends

Ferguson showrooms have a wide variety of lighting options to choose from. Picking out lighting can be an overwhelming process, but Ferguson has very helpful certified lighting specialists in the showroom available for questions or assistance.

Here are four lighting trends we are particularly loving right now:

Favorite Lighting Trends

Industrial Chic Lighting: 1 // 2 // 3 // 4 // 5 // 6 // 7

Favorite Lighting Trends

Exposed Lighting: 1 // 2 // 3 // 4 // 5

Favorite Lighting Trends

Gold Tone Lighting: 1 // 2 // 3

Favorite Lighting Trends

Geometric Shape Lighting: 1 // 2 // 3

See a full list of current lighting trends here!

What was the last light you changed out in your home?

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