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Beyond Rustic Home Decor at the Summit County Parade of Homes

Sexy Nerd and I are Parade of Homes enthusiasts, eagerly traveling near and far to see the latest ideas in home design. The parade that tops our list every year? The Summit County Parade of Homes in breathtaking Colorado, which is timed perfectly to coincide with the changing of the aspen leaves. In such a perfect setting, driving from home to home is half the fun.

I'm currently working on a blog post showcasing my favorite parade photos. One home, however, was so spectacular I couldn't wait another moment to share it with you. It's so amazing, we want to redesign our dream home to emulate the same rustic style. Actually, that's a bit of an understatement. Beyond rustic, this home is packed with old-timey, gold panning, one-toothed mining style! Sexy Nerd has begun growing his grizzled mountain man beard and I'm ready to call our builder to stop construction. Not that that's necessary, as construction seems to be stopped anyway. (We're in week 3 of pouring our foundation...still no foundation...)

157 Riverwood Drive in Breckenridge, CO, nestled romantically against the Blue River.
It's the last home on the parade because they saved the best for last. 

Below is the same exact house in its pre-renovation Realtor.com photo:

Betcha wouldn't have guessed the best house ever was a remodeled home from 1991.
It jumped from 3,404 square feet to a whopping 4,900!

The new owners embraced the mining history of their location, using it as a source of inspiration and an excuse to have fun with their design.  

My exact kind of flooring. At least, it is now that I've visited this home. Porcelain brick-look tile throughout the house we're building? I don't recall anything about that.

(Sexy Nerd does recall that and he is endlessly frustrated with me.)

The under-cabinet lighting in this otherwise moody bathroom was a nice touch.

What a clever alternative to a ceiling fan.

The wood-look tile on the wall is great, but I'm smiling because of the Delta faucet with Champagne Bronze finish. We chose the same brand and finish for our powder room. We're the same, these folks and us! Surely, they'll agree to trade houses for a week-long getaway. They could come to Albuquerque for our world-renowned International Balloon Fiesta.

You know, assuming our house is ever actually ready.

The house is rustic, but the homeowners still managed to create a glamorous space for themselves in the master bathroom. Oh, and there's more.

The beautiful Delta shower hardware you're looking at? We chose the exact same fixtures for our master shower.

THESE HOMEOWNERS ARE OUR KINDRED SPIRITS!

SEXY NERD PLANNED TO BUILD THIS EXACT SAME FAUCET FOR HIS BATHROOM...until I talked him out of it. (Whoops.) 

The bathroom above is my favorite bathroom of all time. The vanity is an ore cart, designed so it looks like it's going into the wall.

Still not convinced this home deserves the Best. House. Ever. title? Take a look out the window:

The landscaping includes a mine, complete with rail tracks and a cart. 

Also, why did I trust Sexy Nerd to take the photos? It's the coolest landscape detail ever and we couldn't get a photo of it when we were outside?

 This was a close runner up for the favorite bathroom distinction mentioned above. I felt like we were visiting a mining museum.

But, you know, not boring.

Old timey!

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