Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Inspired by the 2012 HGTV Dream Home, wrap up

Welcome back! The 2012 HGTV Dream Home is something of a cozy stunner, don't you think? I believe every room that has felt the touch of the human hand deliberately attempting to make the space beautiful has something that can inspire. So let's take a look at the last of the rooms that we haven't been in the last few days and see what inspirations await!

We kind of skipped the family room...How on Earth did I manage that? I LOVE the big sectional, not sure I would have blocked the french doors on the left of the room, but the sectional screams movie night to me. I can totally see my family piled on watching Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings or Star Trek. Live long and prosper. This room makes me want to stay. Its cozy, and the organic feel that the majority of the house has is really obvious here. The browns, creams, and reds envelope you.

This is a little room off to the side meant specifically for the kids. While the theme in here is obnoxious as all get out, in my humble opinion, the idea is stellar. I see bean bags, video game consoles and more of the cozy color scheme the rest of the family room has.

Yeah, those colors as seen through the miniature door. I feel like I fell in the rabbit hole.

Back to the family room...The smokey glass of the lamp and the black and white photography piece all say warm comfort. The white wing chairs would probably go upstairs to replace the blue checked ones though. Open the space up a bit so I could unblock the french doors.

But that's not the point...back to the inspiration. The hanging lights instead of can lights are a big win in here. They help with the cozy factor and break up that long expanse of fairly low ceiling creating dynamics visually. This could easily be done in most newer homes to bring some interest to the ceiling space. I know my living space has four can lights that might look really cool converted like this. hmmmm

Through those amazing french doors has got to be one of the coolest outdoor living spaces I have ever scene. Its not fancy, its not pretentious, its just plain ol' family and friends ready. Can't you see yourself watching the dogs running through the grasses while sitting here with your laptop? This is just the beginning...

Yep, just the beginning of a very relaxing experience. I wish I had this kind of space. It does inspire me to rethink what space I do have, and possibly spread out a little bit.

Maybe create pockets of seating for different activities...oh, and I love that the colors tie back to the family room on this side of the house.

I can see a boardwalk like this connecting a hidden garden to the main back patio with grasses or sagebrush...

This side is all about the fire pit. We have one that we use a ton in the spring, summer and fall. Nothing this fancy, but fire doesn't need to be fancy. You just need s'mores.

The benches could easily be built in my court yard to help accommodate more people when we entertain, and they'd be dog friendly to boot.

Another cozy spot to sit with a beverage and while away the day.

And we find ourselves outside of the main great room. Notice the colors tie back to that room on this side?

Living room type details with an outdoor twist. Including the panels that you can pull closed on cooler evenings, or seclusion. I can definitely see a romantic dinner for two as the sun sets.

I've always wanted an outdoor kitchen, but they aren't exactly realistic when you don't have a covered space. This makes me want to add a counter type space anyway.

Yep, I can still see my family in this house. I know it won't be mine, but I can certainly take the pieces that make it darned near perfect and utilize them in my own home. 

Well, that wraps up a Sagebrush Ridge first. Did you see anything that inspired you?


  1. They are all inspiring, Teresa, that I can’t just pick a personal favorite. All I did was sigh as I looked at this beauty. It’s the perfect retreat after a tiring day. I can just see myself watching the sunset as I soak in that hot tub. I would love to see how you can incorporate these ideas in your home. =)

    Cathy Newman

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