Oops, I Did It Again

July 28, 2011

You asked for it, so I did it!  Y’all liked the photo tour from last week’s townhome model crashing so much, I went and checked out some more.  These are the models for single family dwellings recently staged, and the homes are under construction in my town.  Being the looky loo that I am, I popped in to take a peek and snap some photos.  Here are a few of the highlights from the best spaces.

The first model I toured was decorated in shades of black, brown, cream and red, not the typical color palette I’m drawn to because black and red together are tricky, but I have to give these home stagers props for pulling off a few wow factor rooms. 

First, this family room in cream and brown with pops of red and black.  That graphic rug completely makes the space, and I love the mixture of large scale and small scale pattern on the pillows, with a few solids and a stripe pillow thrown in too.  The large scale botanical repeats on the window panels while the trim on the panels plays off the solid red pillows.

family room model 2

Opposite the family room is this kitchen with dark mahogany cabinets.  I’m loving the glass front upper cabinets that reach to the ceiling and provide additional storage and display. 

mahogany kitchen


Are you drawn to bold wallpapers but nervous about the commitment?  Follow this cue and use it in the powder room!  It’s the perfect opportunity to add that wow factor in a small space and less expensive too.  Can anyone source this wallpaper?  Because it’s completely fabulous.  A well executed stencil could achieve the same effect.

brown link wallpaper powder room


Upstairs was a nice loft area for lounging and TV viewing.  The large scale film reels on the wall are whimsical and fun.  A nice medley of fabrics too with red again playing the accent role. 

loft with desk


In the master were contemporary furnishings. I rarely think to use black and brown together, but they seem to work here, what do you think?  Mismatched nightstands appear again like last week, I like that, and how about that dramatic bolster?

black and red master


My favorite details are the beams on the ceiling, the red trim on the shade and the ottoman tucked under the Parsons desk.

red and black master crop


I show the master bath vanity area because I like how the cabinet doesn’t run the full length of the wall and allows for an étagère instead.

master bath with etagere


The girl’s room upstairs was very sweet and also sophisticated, with the mirrored demilune nightstands adding a glamorous touch.  Is it me, or does the charcoal feel a bit harsh?  What would you paint the lower half of those walls?  I love the flirty monogram pillow and that red ruffle trim on the shade. 

red and white girls room

Here’s the one accent I’m completely crazy about, that hobnail lamp!  That ain’t your Granny’s hobnail, no ma’am, that is one fresh interpretation in a modern shape, redone in gray glass.  Where can I find one?

hobnail lamp polka dot pillow


The charcoal walls look great in the boy’s room.  I don’t quite understand the double rod for a single panel, but I do like the red banding.  

black and red boys room

This was a fun art display coupled with a great red chair and glossy black desk with chrome legs.

black desk fun art

The living room was decorated nicely.  I have a hard time finding fault with any room with a faux bois rug.  

brown and cream living room

And for some reason, I am very drawn to this set of chairs, I think it might be the chocolate brown leather and chrome base combo.  

leather chairs and pillows


The next model I toured was styled in very traditional furnishings in shades of olive, tan, cream and black.  Here is the living room when you first walk inside.  I do like the striped panels and the layered wall frames, and I always love a great bust.   

traditional style living room


Here is the adjacent dining room.  Very nice oversized mirror, but do you think this space deserves a larger scale fixture?  I find I’m growing increasingly fond of circular dining tables in formal dining rooms.

circular dining table and mirror


The family room has a gorgeous rug and this space planning appeals to me, since the (missing) TV can go either above the mantel or above the console, and the room is open to the kitchen. 

family room traditional model


Upstairs, a master also done in very traditional furnishings.  I’d prefer a modern X- bench at the end of the bed instead of these chairs, but those are some gorgeous dark hardwood floors installed on the diagonal.

traditional master


Opposite the bed, a favorite accent, this black croc and silver nailhead trim console that had me at hello.  Too much black croc can go Vegas quickly, but viva a little touch just like this.  Even if you skip the croc, I’m inspired by the use of nailhead trim around the doors and drawers. 

croc and nailhead console


Here’s a fun kid’s room with a wallpaper motif that would appeal to many boys.

model 1 boys room


An  office/guest room space with equestrian accents.

guest room and office

The white glass lamp with black shade is to die for, and how sweet is the artwork?

white lamp horse art



The third and final model was really beautiful, decorated in shades of slate blue and gray, the downstairs filled with white walls and trimmed in molding.  The living room is off the entry, I like the boxy velvet chairs.

living room sitting area model 3


The kitchen was very pretty with its white cabinets and recycled gray glass countertops.

gray and white kitchen model 1 window

gray and white kitchen model 1

gray brick pattern backsplash


The family room next to the kitchen had a tailored white sectional, gorgeous, but too impractical for me.  I can’t do white unless it’s a slipcover!  The navy, tan and white rag rug added a casual and fun vibe.

family room sectional model 1


I like the inset above the mantel here to make room for a flat screen.

inset for flat screen


This breakfast nook was really nice, hello beautiful window seat and velvet chairs.  Are you a fan of those large pulls on the backs or would you forgo them?

blue velvet chairs dining space


Upstairs there were several spaces I liked, the first was the loft.  I have gray sectional envy looking at this piece, it’s so tailored and practical too.

gray sectional loft


Next, the master bedroom in shades of gray and white.  Those glossy coffered ceilings are amazing!  



Upstairs, a glitzy bedroom with some fun wallpaper and glam mirrors.

gray and white glam girls room

pair of mirrors and wallpaper


Finally, my favorite space in the house, the home office.  Oh my yes, I could work here.

gray and white office x leg desk

Especially with a desk and rug like this one !

gray circle rug

desk chair and storage

Well that’s it for this tour!  There’s not a lot of building going on right now other than this project, so I don’t foresee crashing other models anytime soon, but I’m always on the lookout for inspiring designs, camera in hand, so if I do spy some more, I’ll be sure to report back. 

Hope you enjoyed it!  What was your favorite space?




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