When I was growing up, Homearama was always the highlight of my summer (that’s the kind of kid I was). Back then there would be up to 20 new houses to tour, and they would be HUGE. Now they’re more modestly sized, and this year there were only 6 of them. It got too tough for the builders to sell the mega-houses after the shows were over, so they’re taking a more realistic approach these days.
My mom and I always looked forward to seeing which decorating trends would pop up in the houses. At this year’s show I snapped some pics of them for you–and my mom. This model was called The Wheatland, a “European-inspired Provincial Estate” built by Fischer Homes. Take a look!
I have a weird phobia about it–the whole fingernails on a chalkboard thing. Whenever I see a blackboard, it sets my teeth on edge. Seriously. If there’s a scene in a movie where someone’s writing on one, I’ll fast-forward through it, just to avoid hearing that chalky squeak.
At Homearama, you’ll see some houses that are furnished (simply filled with furniture from a local furniture store) and some that are actually decorated. The Fischer model looked like some real thought and effort had gone into decorating it and giving it a cohesive look, which I appreciated, even though it wasn’t my personal style.
But I also heard a few people talking about how much they disliked it. “Shutters?” one said. “What’s with all the shutters? They’re for decoration now?” She seemed kind of outraged about it. (Shutters were definitely a big trend this year!)
There was a pretty girl’s room, too. The clock headboard caught everyone’s eye when they walked in. I had to wait for about a dozen other people to finish taking photos of it so I could get one of my own!
As long-time readers know, I’m not a fan of two-story rooms. When we built our house, we closed in the second floor of our family room and turned it into an upstairs playroom instead. But this one was nicely done. It didn’t feel too cavernous.
More blackboard paint on the pantry doors. Are you really going to write your To Do list and meeting reminders with chalk? Makes me think of that hilarious MLS photo I showed you where the Mom got frustrated with her kids for failing to do their chores and left a strong message for them on her blackboard…
The designers who worked on the house were Joy Perkins, Danielle Harris, and Macara Carsley. I helped decorate a Homearama model years ago when I worked as a designer’s assistant, so I know how much work goes into these, and how little time (and money) you have to pull it all together.
(This Homearama took place at Willows Bend in Cincinnati. Check out the houses I toured at the Indianapolis Homearama, too!)
You can find paint colors, floor plans, and more information about The Wheatland on the Fischer Homes website. It’s on the market for $779,900. The photos that don’t have my watermark on them are theirs.