This year Ben and I did Parade of Homes. I've always wanted to do this and tricked Ben into coming with me. At first, I could tell his enthusiasm was a little forced but then after seeing some really cool entertainment rooms and looking at floor plans, his enthusiasm beat mine. We loved doing this together and it was very informative. I feel like we will have an easy time finding a house that we both like because we have the same ideas of what we want our home to look like as well as interior design. I never knew a male could have opinions about decor (Ben doesn't have too many opinions about it because he is a man but he knows what he likes and especially what he doesn't like).
The third home that we saw was my favorite. However, I didn't take as many pictures of it beacuse at that point I didn't know it would be my favorite. I loved the open floor plan. I'm really big into the kitchen, dining, and living area flowing. Also the dark hard wood floors and the tall ceilings were so cool. And my dream home was $10,000 less than Ben's dream home (just had to include that I'm thifty).
Here were some of my favorite parts of the house (mostly decorating):
Cute little book nook.
Love the bedroom. Ben and I are going to put pictures like this above our bed.
A recipe for art--how perfect for a kitchen.
Really loved the bird art. They did such a good job at staging the home.
One of our favorite ideal dream homes (meaning it's not a billion dollars)
We loved the entertainment room downstairs and there was a full kitchen down in the basement.
I did a poor job at capturing the awesomeness of this pantry. But it was hidden behind a cupboard looking wall and this was behind it. I giggled when I opened it. A pantry with counters=awesome! Plus you can prepare food without it taking over your kitchen. Genius.
Ben's favorite shower! Just his size!
One of the more spacious homes we visited had a Dr. Seuss theme in the basement. Kind of crazy!
A slide in the bedroom? Why not!
Of course, we had to stop at Coldstone. It was so hot outside and we were melting. The perfect treat.
Then we went into a manly story--it was the trade off.
Day 3 we saw this--totally cool for a kids room
I was all over the purple chairs. Not literally, but I wanted to be. So comfy looking.
This was a cool staircase and this house had an elevator in the basement--an elevator!
So homey looking.
There was one house in the parade that was super modern. There was even a putt-putt course on one of the 4 patios! This was really interesting--a plant wall--with 700 plants. Luckily if your purchase this home there is an automated watering system to keep the plant alive. Talk about a green thumb!
Ben was a fan of this room. It was for the ultimate BYU fan!
Mudroom wall. Cute.
We ended the Parade of Homes (we visited all 19 homes) by visiting Culver's in American Fork. Ben was so stoked to see this place. Culver's was a burger and shake place in his mission and he claimed it was very yummy. IT WAS! The strawberry shake was particularly the yummiest thing because there were real strawberries in it. Ben and I loved doing this!