Skip to main content

Decorating Inspiration from the Parade of Homes

Sexy Nerd and I spent last weekend gallivanting all over Colorado Springs. Seriously all over. I may not have planned the most efficient Parade of Homes route. Who knew Colorado Springs was such a big place? I just expected it to be similar to driving around here in Albuquerque!

With many homes priced above 1 million dollars, there were so many great decorating ideas. Here are a few of my favorites:

Everyone loves a square dining nook. 

I'm still not certain what the material on the fireplace was. It looked similar to wood, but I think it was tile. Perhaps it was wood tile.

From the doorway, all you could see was a beautiful, tidy window seat. With the bookcase tucked to the side, only the bedroom inhabitant sees if the shelves are a disaster. Genius!

This was one of our favorite home exteriors.

I love the idea of building a home that frames a great view right from the moment you walk in.

 
I need a bright yellow front door! Mine will be lacquered.

Inside the foyer of the Colorado Springs beach bungalow were mason jars on hooks. Cute idea, right? Battery powered tea lights might look good too.

Come to think of it, I'm not sure the homeowner has a good grasp on their geography.

Even small master bedrooms had sitting areas tucked into the corners.

We actually weren't fans of this sunroom, which was directly in front of you when you step through the front door. It gave us a scare - this is essentially the concept we're planning our house around! However, with a few design tweaks (example: in the home we're building, the exterior wall will fold away to turn it into a true outdoor space,) I think it will work.

Not a bad use of an otherwise empty wall.

This house wasn't actually on the Parade of Homes, but it's the exterior we have in mind for our house, but as a single story with larger windows. Doesn't my Volt look happy there? She's home!

 
I love the tile around the window. I'd paint the frames red to match the roof.

Sexy Nerd pointed out that you're really not supposed to touch the walls during the Parade of Homes. Whoops.

At least I wasn't the worst visitor. It looks like someone snuck in a nap!

These windows are super cute! I wonder if I'd still feel that way when trying to sleep in though.

Wood accents seemed to be a common decorating theme. They sure beat having a plain wall or ceiling and you could probably pull off something similar as an inexpensive DIY project.

 Bam! Take that, boring stairwell!

Popular posts from this blog

Amerisleep Mattress Reviews - UPDATED July, 2017

*Disclaimer*
These Amerisleep mattress reviews are NOT sponsored. Not in any way whatsoever. Unlike other "impartial" reviewers out there, I did not receive my Liberty Bed for free. All the opinions here are 100% my own.

*7/7/17 Update* We placed our first Amersleep order on 1/24/12. Since then, a referral program has been introduced for happy customers, like us. If you order through my Amerisleep promo code link (THANK YOU!) you'll receive free shipping and save an additional $50 on top of other discounts, coupons, promo codes, and specials. There is almost always a promo code available on the Amerisleep website, so if there's not a good deal today, check back tomorrow. They're so confident you'll love their product that they even offer a free trial with free return shipping - and mailing a mattress can't be cheap!
If you buy through my link, that would be swell because then I'll get a referral bonus that I can use toward purchasing other Amerisleep…

A Blogger's Before & After Guide to Chemical Peels

A Handy "Before & After" Guide to Chemical Peels - 6/25/17 Update
Since writing my chemical peel blog review back in 2013, I've had quite a few Jessner peels (my favorite) and TCA peels. However, I've saved a ton of money over the past 6 months by doing my own chemical peels at home. At my last professional peel, I made a note of the product being used and did some research when I got home. I was able to buy the exact same one, Dermalure Jessner Solution Acid Peel 14%, from Amazon for less than the cost of a single peel. I also use Dermalure's AHA/BHA Acne Cleanser. (Apply this before the Jessner.) It's self-neutralizing, despite what the Amazon listing says, and couldn't be simpler. That said...
I'm not sure I'd recommend this to a chemical peel newbie, as you're already nervous enough the first time without the added worry of doing it yourself, but it's so convenient (and cost effective!) once you're comfortable with the chemica…

Dream Home Dreaming

*Update*
We've finally broken ground on our mountain dream home! Can you believe it? Even more surprising, we actually managed to work a good chunk of this list into our actual design. See below for details.

Original post from 2013:

Sexy Nerd wants to move up building our dream home to yesterday. I still don't know what I want though! Yes, it's difficult to decide on things like paint colors, flooring, and appliances. My problem is a bit worse.

Should we build one of those adorable 500 square feet mini houses? A (budget-friendly) mansion? A charming stone cottage?

Ultra-modern??

The internet makes it easy to find great design ideas for building our dream house. The downside is that all my favorite photos combine to make an overpriced, mismatched conglomeration.

According to my Pinterest account, my dream house has:

...a dramatic front entrance...

6/25/17 Update: Our entrance is dramatic - and bright, sunshine yellow!
 ...a charming brick fireplace...

6/25/17 Update: The fir…