When we were visiting my parents recently, they mentioned that a new development was being built next to theirs and that it had a model home that had just opened, so of course I headed straight over! I’m always curious to see which decorating trends I’ll find in a house like this. Here are 10 things that stood out to me on the tour…
#1. Window Treatments Hung from Ceiling to Floor in Different Fabrics:
Extra-big rooms like this family room can end up looking like a gymnasium, so I’ve never been a fan of them in general. The floor-to-ceiling window treatments warmed it up, though, and they “framed” the center windows on the window wall with a solid gray-blue fabric.
#2. A Built-in Fireplace and TV Center Focal Point:
Sometimes model homes either pretend you won’t be watching TV in the family room or put it over the fireplace. So it was interesting to see how they solved the dilemma of where to put the flat-screen by creating space for both in the center of the focal wall. It would have been nice to see a grander fireplace on such a tall wall, but it wouldn’t have been as practical for the family who ends up living here.
#3. A Board and Batten “Border” Around the Top of the Room:
I was really surprised to see that they created a border with woodwork that ran around the top of the room. Usually you’d see something like this at the bottom. It was another way of breaking up the huge two-story-tall walls.
#4. A Windowseat on the Landing:
This builder didn’t ignore any empty spaces, including the staircase landing. Bonus points for making it deep enough and comfortable enough to actually use!
#5. Ombre Stripes on the Guest Room Walls:
In one of the bedrooms, the designer took three shades of peach and painted them in wide horizontal stripes from light to dark on the wall.
#6. Framed Sheet Music:
Using pages from songs that have meaning to you would be a fun idea. My husband is a musician and this would be cool in his study-slash-music room.
#7. A Wood-Planked Wall:
They took the hardwood flooring that was used in the rest of the house and created a dramatic planked wall with it in one of the bedrooms.
#8. Framed Drawings:
This gallery wall of drawings in the first-floor study gave me an idea for something I’d like to try with some of my kids’ artwork in our house. I like that all the frames are wood but in two different tones to mix things up a bit.
#9. Painted Plaid Wall:
The walls of the home office were painted in an oversized plaid pattern.
#10. Stainless Steel Backsplash:
They used stainless steel tile for the backsplash in the kitchen, which looked dramatic next to the black cabinets. The basketweave pattern kept it from looking too contemporary for the room.
The house was built by M/I Homes in Mason, Ohio, and the plan is called The Monroe. In that development it starts at half a million, but that’s before all the fabulous upgrades you’d probably want are added. “That’s how they get ya!” as my grandma would say.
Here’s the floorplan to give you an idea of how the first floor is laid out (the whole house is about 3,800 square feet):
I wish I’d had my good camera with me, but here are a few more photos I snapped with my phone while we were there:
The dining room had a HUGE built-in buffet and china cabinet, and it’s the first thing you see when you walk in the front door:
In this photo you can see that the trimwork and painted details even extended to the ceiling:
The house mostly had pale gray walls with orange and blue accents.
What did you see that you liked — or didn’t — in the house? I saw a lot of current trends playing out in this one. Tomorrow I’ll give you a look inside the smaller model.
*UPDATE: You can see the smaller model here:
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