Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Kansas City Parade of Homes

Every year the hubby and I head out and lust after all the beautiful homes in the Kansas City Parade of Homes, dreaming of the home of our future, the home where we will raise a family and celebrate 40 Christmases. Now that this new home may become a reality, the Parade of Homes serves a bigger purpose  than window serves as inspiration. This year, I went with my good friend Jessica, and after a few set backs we found some beautiful and inspiring homes. 
I snapped just a few photos for Race, of a few of my favorite ideas (or pieces of furniture) for reference, these were from my phone so please ignore the quality:
I'm obsessed with the idea of a white kitchen, but Race is definitely on the fence. This one is gorgeous, with the simple shaker doors, and modern hardware. I love the exposed hood, and backsplash. Those lights on the other hands, not my cup of tea.
I thought the layout of this kitchen was pretty cool. There is a little bar area off of the family room with a wine cooler and open shelving, that serves as a wet bar but is connected to the rest of the kitchen, so it isn't that weird awkward wet bar in the middle of your carpeted living room. This kitchen had a large, amazing prep space on the island that I loved as well. 

Another gorgeous white kitchen.
 This house was by far our favorite, and definitely took some chances in the color department that payed off:
Those curtains? Ahh-mazing.
Loving these french pocket doors in the study...this is definitely happening.

Yeah...we're'll notice my good friend (on your left), Jessica's leggings are tucked into her socks...she obviously wasn't aware we were going to be forced to take off our shoes, when walking through these houses ;)

Love this wine's like art.
We were obsessed with all of the industrial touches in this home (such as the coffee table above, the kitchen table below, and the rolling buffet, that I'm obsessed with in the second picture down). In fact I'm taking Race back to this one just to show him some of these pieces that I know he'll love. 

Another trend we saw throughout a few of the houses, was nixing the idea of a formal dining room, and having a large space off of the kitchen for a larger kitchen table. This is something we as a couple are split on. I think (or thought) that you need a formal dining room, for holidays and entertaining...the hubby on the other hand thinks we will never use it because we are pretty casual people....After seeing these homes, I think he's probably right, it is such a more comfortable and cozy atmosphere eating near the kitchen and family room, and definitely more us.

Loved the layout for this bar area. Wine cooler, hanging glasses and open storage for bottles:
I thought this little corner setup for a desk area would be great in our loft for the future kiddos:
We were both completely obsessed with the ceiling in this dining area. The dark wood added so much character to this builder grade home, and really differentiated itself from the others. 
We saw a few of these outdoor fireplaces, we're toying with the idea of a sun room in the new house (it seems to be a pretty common thing in Texas), and I think a fireplace in the sun room with a big, comfy chair in front of it would be a phenomenal place to curl up next to with a book.
I thought these inlays in the ceiling were cool and added a little oomph to an otherwise boring look at those built-ins:
The plan we're looking into building, has a butler's pantry, so I snapped this picture for an idea...yes, it's blurry, but the set up I loved, and the X shaped wine rack at the top is one of my favorite ideas I saw this weekend.
 So that's all she wrote...We saw some beautiful homes, with some fantastic features that I can't wait to incorporate into our new home. How about you guys? Anyone else take in the Parade of Homes tour this weekend?


  1. I'm drooling over those white kitchens. Why would your husband be against it, they're beautiful? Talk him into it, come on you can do it ;)

    1. I'm working on it Tara! He's a total clean freak, and he thinks it will be too difficult to keep it clean ;(

  2. I love the parade of homes. It's one of our (my husband and I's) favorite weekend things to do. It's so fun to look at all the beautiful homes, but probably would be more exciting if we were building/designing a new house ourselves. Regardless, I love to steal their decorating ideas!

  3. Those wine racks are too cool. I think you should probably create/DIY some yourself!

    1. I think I could figure something out....enter evil laugh here..;)

  4. I dream of outdoor seriously I do.


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