It would be impossible for me to pick just one favorite design feature from the HGTV Dream Home 2015.
Between the architectural detail, gorgeous interior, warmth, personality and state-of-the-art...uh, everything, there's just too much to love about this Martha's VineyardCape Cod.
It's really something else.
And for a design junkie like myself, it's an absolute clearinghouse of style and inspiration ... for my current home, my next home and beyond.
So if your phase three home plans include renovation, build from scratch or just a first-of-the-year freshen up, trust me, this is the place to go to fill your "Home Ideas I love" Pinterest board!
Here are a few highlights I'm saving for my own Idea Book. Take a look.....
Love, love, love those long sightlines
If you've ever built a home, you know long sightlines rule. The ability of a home's architecture to draw your eye past the nearest wall to the other end of the house is a design feature worth coveting. And this home is loaded with them. Long sightlines, such as those shown in HGTV's Dream Home online photo tours, make any home feel more expansive and visually interesting. In my book, it's a got-to-have.
Add inviting outdoor rooms to extend your livable space
Did I mention there are individual patios for every room? OK, is there anyone who thinks this isn't to-die-for? With french doors connecting the great room, bedrooms and master bath to their own private outdoor areas, furnished in comfy upholstered teak, it's like adding additional square footage to each space. Smart and luxurious.
Use texture, color and accessories to reflect your home's surroundings
The perfect color palette and texture work together to create the ideal atmosphere. Here, beadboard accenting the windows and walls of this elegant cape cod, add texture and reflect this home's architectural history. Soft satin white, used throughout the main living areas, helps to brighten this airy space and reflect light. Blue accents, along with nautical touches and accessories, add that beachy vibe....and remind us we're in a coastal home.
Separate the living areas to create the feel of privacy and spaciousness
This central great room layout keeps bedrooms and baths separate from the main living area through the use of dedicated hallways, which add a sense of privacy and personal space. This feature is double book-marked for my next home: It's the ideal floor plan for a phase three lifestyle-- additional guest space, separate from the master and main living area, when you need it. That's a beautiful thing.
Create an irresistably inviting exterior to welcome you home
Maybe it's that pea gravel circular drive. Or the charming landscape and overflowing window boxes. Or maybe that darling bike rack front and center. What ever it is, the overall look of this traditional exterior just begs you to come on in and stay a while. It's sophisticated, yet casual. Just the perfect balance.
And nice work HGTV, this one's a keeper.
All photos: HGTV