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Homearama Recap (and an announcement)!

Happy Monday all!  I hope you had a great weekend.  I was able to attend the HomeBuilder's Association of Charlotte Homearama this weekend and take in a little design.  I thought I'd share with you a few of my favorite spaces, but before I do I have a little announcement. 
This afternoon I'll be on the Stretching Your Dollar segment with Maureen O'Boyle on WBTV News (Charlotte).  I'm so excited.  If you're local, be sure to check it out on the 5:00 p.m. newscast.  We're shopping the Habitat ReStore for great home decor deals, ideas and inspiration on a budget.   I'll recap the experience here a little later, but for now, let's check out some great spaces.

Bear with me, there are a lot of pictures, but who doesn't like looking at pretty design photos.

According to the website, "HomeArama homes encompass the latest styles and materials for living areas, kitchen and bath design using cutting-edge, energy efficient products."  The tour featured six innovative homes on beautiful lots.

The homes this year featured lots of color, and we know I do like color.  I loved the use of coral here.

I also noticed lots of graphic print drapery, which made me feel pretty good about the most recent update at my house (tell you about that later).

After seeing so many interior doors painted, I was convinced that I'm going to start making my way through my house painting mine. 

We saw loots of fun laundry spaces.  It's an often overlooked area, but I think that may be changing.  How cute is this? I love the red tile backsplash.


This next home featured a good bit of grey mixed with pops of color.

I loved this little nook and the Moroccan inspired fixtures.


Each home featured a great outdoor living space.  I liked that this one linked so well to the adjacent family room décor.

Another space with a great use of color.  This purple and green was perfection.

But even better than the color scheme was this awesome ceiling. The herringbone design is to die for.

I love decorating kid's rooms and I thought some of the kid's spaces featured offered some great ideas.  I like the use of abstract art in this boy's room.  Not exactly something I would've thought oink of doing until now. 
There is just something about a room with twin beds....
Most of the homes featured common areas like this one.  Great spaces for kid's to do homework.
Needless to say, they had me at Ikat in the soothing guest room.
I noticed this window treatment in several homes.  It's a faux roman shade but such a modern alternative to the traditional valance.  You WILL see this again.
There were lots of cute mudrooms.  I photographed this one because the bench was such a unique piece and I love me some contrast piping.
This space actually reminds me of my latest client project.  I love the coolness of the blue and green.  Not sure how practical those stark white sofas are, but they're pretty nonetheless.
Another open concept family room that spills out into the outdoor space with hideaway pocket glass doors. I love how this completely connects the two spaces. 
Another beautiful ceiling...
My favorite home was actually the one I have the least photos from.  However, I did manage to capture this eat-in kitchen area.  I love the juxtaposition of the classic tufted upholstered dining chairs and the modern metal chairs. 
I also fell in love with these orb fixtures in the master bath.  I was completely intrigued by the rolling metal cart between the vanities.  I'm not sure what cause you to need to move a cart around the bathroom, but I do like the idea of having that option. 
I have to be honest though, my friend and I were a little underwhelmed this year with the whole tour.  I'm not sure if it's the fact that I'm completely immersed in design these days and as a result have higher expectations or if it just wasn't as good as it's been in the past.  Whatever the case, I was able to leave with a couple of new ideas. 
Hope you had a great weekend!
Reminder:  5:00 p.m. WBTV - Stretching Your Dollar

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Yolanda said... Reply To This Comment

First, congrats on making the news in a positive story. Love all the living spaces you shared

Dwell by Cheryl said... Reply To This Comment

Thanks Yolanda! I'm excited about it. I will be sure to post a link here for those readers who are outside of the Charlotte Metro viewing area.

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