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Model Home Decorating Ideas

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One of my most favorite ways to get decorating ideas is to go model home hopping.  That means I take my camera and my BFF and we find all the new construction model homes and take a tour.

The best thing to do, if you model home hop, is to be honest with the sales person there.  Don’t pretend to be a potential home buyer.  It’s a waste of their time.  Tell them you are just out looking at model homes for fun and they will leave you alone.  They are actually used to people looking a model homes for decorating ideas.

Here are some pictures I snapped yesterday.  Now I have even more ideas running through my head! 😉


The butler’s pantry in this home is also a bar area.

bathroom cabinet color

I took this picture because I liked the color of the cabinet. Notice the plain, boring mirror on the wall! Tisk Tisk! 🙂

bedroom ceiling

I don’t need to say anything about this photo, but I will… Look at that ceiling!!! Love it.

bedroom wallpaper

The wall behind the bed is covered in wall paper. Makes a great accent wall!

dining room windows

Look at the arched windows in this photo.

dining room

The ceiling in this photo is covered in wallpaper. The back wall is painted a chocolate brown. I’m not a fan of dining rooms, but this is a pretty space.

framed bathroom mirror

This builder did frame out the mirror. Do you see how they added an extra horizontal board?

kitchen eating area

A cute kitchen eating area.

master bedroom

Bright and happy master bedroom.

pool room with wood beams

Beamed ceilings! Ahhh… someday.

red bedroom

In this bedroom, board and batten was used as a headboard effect. This has my head spinning with ideas!


Beautiful staircase. The dark wood against the white! Love.

upstairs hallway

I took this picture because I like the hallway floor. Although the different levels could be dangerous in the dark! (If you’re me!)

white kitchen

White/Cream cabinets.

hanging kitchen light

Love this lighting over the kitchen table.

island hanging lights

These gorgeous lights are hanging over a kitchen island. I wish I would have asked where they came from.

Have you ever model home hopped?


Homearama – Model Homes Tour

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Today was the start of one of my favoritest times of the year… Homearama!  What’s better than an open invitation to walk through beautifully decorated model homes just to get decorating ideas?  Of course the builders are hoping for a sale or two, but let’s be honest – it’s all about me, my bff and my camera. : )  The homes were gorgeous!  So many inspiring ideas, wishful thinkings and “in my next house” thoughts.  The color schemes in all 5 houses were very similar.  Lots of blues, greens, creams and different shades of gray.

I took so many pictures that I thought I should put them in categories.  I’m starting with kitchens.  After showing hubby all the pictures, he asked what would be the one thing I would change in my house (really??  ONE thing?  ha!).  I said the kitchen.  I love the look of white/cream cabinets with a contrasting dark island.  Have fun checking out the kitchen pictures.  I will get more up very soon!

Love the farmhouse sink and the dark wood island

White Cabinets

Loved this! “Drawers” for herbs

How cozy is this?

Beautiful backsplash and counter

Details, Details!

Painted beadboard backsplash


Love the white cabinets against the dark floor


Lovely lighted display cabinets


Window Treatment Ideas

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Have you ever model home hopped?  Just walked in and take a look around?  I love it!  It’s a great place to get design ideas.  When I first started looking at model homes, I use to tell the sales person I was house hunting.  But now, instead of leading them to believe they have a live one, I’m honest and tell them I’m just looking for decorating ideas.  I’m left alone to browse and they aren’t trying to make a sale.  A win-win, for me anyways. ; )

I have a thing for window treatments.  I adore them!  I’m always looking for something new to sew.  Most of the window treatments are pretty easy to duplicate even if you don’t have a sewing machine.  (Stitch Witch is a wonderful thing!)  Valances in particular are quite easy to make, especially the ones attached to a board.

So go ahead, check out model homes.  It’s fun and inspiring with oodles of ideas.


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