What’s the next best thing to actually winning a HGTV Dream Home? Stealing a bit of Dream Home style to use in your very own home! No matter the location, architecture or interior decor, Dream Homes are literally a treasure trove of great everyday design elements and inspiration. This year’s beauty, in Whitefish, Montana, maybe one of my favorites. Sexy, rustic and loaded with classic features and modern upgrades, it translates well to just about any aesthetic. A quick photo tour through these welcoming indoor-outdoor living spaces and you’re bound to find plenty of ideas to add to your personal IdeaBook. I certainly did!
Here are just a few of the many design highlights I’m crushing on….and looking forward to using in future phase three homes.
OVER-SIZED PHOTO FEATURES (above) Basically…yes I want one of these! What a fabulous addition to a family room, bonus room or kid’s space. They’re the ideal focal point for a casual, relaxing spot that’s not too serious and big on fun.
BI-FOLD GLASS DOORS You only have one chance to make a first impression. And this great room —-with wall to wall bi-fold glass doors —-does not disappoint. Bi-fold doors create a seamless flow between the indoors and out and offer stunning views that go on forever. Quite the upgrade from the usual french or slider options and definitely a game changer.
KITCHEN ACCESS TO DECKS AND PORCHES Just love this common sense but so stylish essential. Perfect for meal service to all backyard and deck areas. Folding windows draw the beautiful outdoors in and expand the view for the cook! Bar on the deck side makes it a sweet spot for a quick bite. Practical and so charming.
BREATHTAKING LONG SIGHT LINES One of my all time favorite design / architectural elements? Long sight lines. They create a wonderful, cozy flow between rooms and add a sense of cohesiveness and openness that’s hard to beat. Here this home’s exceptional sight lines move your eye from one spectacular area to another and capture every gorgeous detail. Effortlessly. Long sight lines, open planning and great flow— I’m a fan.
FIXTURES WITH POP AND PERSONALITY I pretty much fell in love with every single fixture in this home. They seemed to perfectly complement the vibe of each and every space and add just the right finishing touch. But it was this bird’s nest in the master bedroom that really won me over. Just enough edge and whimsy without stealing the show. It’s a keeper!
A PET ZONE Obviously a home with a faux stuffed moose head needs a fun and unique way to care for pets. So a dedicated pet zone? Makes perfect sense to me. Love the half door, separate lounging sofa and storage. And the location right off the main area is just plain smart. Yep, into the IdeaBook it goes….
A BIT OF UNEXPECTED LUXURY You knew the bathrooms in this Dream Home would be decked to the nines. But luxurious? Super cool and inviting, this state-of-the-art getaway is just the thing after a long day. This combined zen-like shower-steam-bath area is a big win—especially with that view! But the combo of soothing color palette and modern fixtures puts it way over the top. Absolutely on my to-do list for the future. And BTW I’ll take one of those super cute silver faux wood accent tables, too…
AND AN UNFORGETTABLE OUTDOOR! Naturally, the outdoor areas in the Whitefish Dream Home are second to none. They illustrate how good design can create ideal entertainment areas for both family and guests and at the same time, offer individual space for a moment of privacy. I’ll keep the multi-tiered entertainment centers in mind for our next home. Exceptional!
My IdeaBook is pretty full after a walk through of this gorgeous Montana Dream Home. Looking forward to using bits of this inspo to refresh, update and restyle spaces in my current home …and use in what ever home happens to come my way going forward. And hope the same for you!
Photographers: Robert Peterson, Tomas Espinoza
Designer: Brian Patrick Flynn