Parade of homes that is. If you aren't familiar with this event, not sure if all cities do them, a group of home builders come together in a community and put together a showcase of homes featuring all the latest and greatest in home building and design.
Me & My House has participated in several over the years, wow, thinking back it's been more than several, maybe like 10 or more. It's one of my favorite things to do because I get a great big empty house and get to fill it exactly the way I want. Well, that's not entirely true, the builder and or designer does have a beginning vision so we all work together in completing that vision. It is great fun, no budget, no restrictions, no existing furniture to work around, just an empty canvas.
This year we worked with Dale and Debbie Sauer on their home. This is the 2nd time we did a parade house with them. They are great and so accomodating. Dale is so good about getting his house done in plenty of time, about a week ahead of judging, to let us get in and out without having to spend sleepless nights out there. There have been a few houses where we were working at the last minute until 1 and 2 in the mornings because of delays in construction. no fun. So we really appreciate Dale cracking the whip so that we have an easier time towards the end.
The floor plans arrived in my hands about 6 months ago. As hard as I try and pretend, I will nver be able to totally read floor plans (Guess that's because my degree is in education, not design) but I feel so "designerish" with the plans all spread out on my desk. Usually we start with one room and one fabric and it just starts rolling from there. It's a store team effort, everyone throwing in thoughts and suggestions. I have the fun part of designing and then I start throwing paperwork at Karen and she has to do all the ordering, not quiet as fun. At the same time I toss the bed linen fabrics to Heather and she designs all the bed linens. Like she said in her blog, the text messages and pictures are flying back and forth at all times of the day and night, I call it "design by text."
But it all comes together at last and the day arrives and we load up to unload. Heather and I make a great team at the house. She is a quick thinker with a great eye for incredible display. She had her mommy hat on the first day so I placed all the furniture and got everything ready for her to buzz in and put the icing on the cake on the following days.
It's amazing to see how evrything can come together in one week's time. Designers, movers, housekeepers, flooring guys,drapery installers, sound people, landscapers, painters and pool people, all tripping over each other trying to get their parts finished. Heather and I would go from room to room doing whatever area we could get to. As Heather was working in this room, the floor guy was also doing his thing in the doorway.
Wyatt came a couple of times to help and supervise.
This sign on the door definitely hindered the creativity, who can be creative without chocolate and diet coke?
This is the media room, lovingly called the man cave. How many tvs does one room need?
Great Leather Recliner
Loved the master bedroom, I could move right in. This is a new bed for us and I'm crazy about it.
Loved the linens, loved the scalloped mirror in the corner, Loved it all.
Heather hard at work
Just a couple of shots of the study. Saw this drafting table at one of our craftsmans's workshops and knew it would be perfect for the show. Made with alder and hand forged hardware. Robin, my hubby, painted this one an old weathered black. So handsome.
Boys room.........I saw these precious dog pictures at market and knew these would be the inspiration for this room. Writing in the background of the pics are sayings like mind your manners and think before you speak.........know that you are loved...........be thankful for all your blessings........Above all else, love and you will do wonderful things in the world.
Plus a great cuddle time and goodnight story chair
Girls room........Goodbye sweet friend.
We were sad to hear that our all time favorite bed has been retired. They let us beg for this one but begging wont' work again. So if you love this one, you'd better get your name on it. We also have a black one that is just as wonderful at the store. Sorry I didn't get better pictures of this room. It really looked good. Loved the fabrics we used and the 3 tiered petticoat that Heather created for the bed.
This is the prefinished room shot.
Precious white shabby chic vanity and the little stool makes my heart flutter.
When I was snooping around in our craftsmans workshop I also spotted this clock calling my name. Doesn't it remind you of the character in Beauty and the Beast? I really had to sweet talk Robin into finishing one more piece for me. It is a showstopper. Thank you honey, dumpling, sweetums.
Let's see, what other rooms..........oh the guest room with the built ins. Heather did a fabulous job of making those look great. I would still be there trying to fill them up.
We should call the pillow on this bed the Grace pillow because she designed the original one. I'm crazy about it so I was glad that Heather used it for this room. Aren't the layers of ruffles......ruffley? My fav.
I had originally gotten this bed for our floor and then decided to use it in the parade. It arrived early so we were going to put it on the floor until the parade. Before we had it completely assembled, a client walked in, loved it and bought it. We unassembled it, loaded it back in the delivery truck and sent it to its new home. Comes in tons of different fabrics.
You may have seen this piece in the store only there is something slightly different now. It was vintage old white and now its a warm weathered tan and blue mix. Another beautiful job by Robin although he almost fired me over this one. He could have always said no but maybe he remembered hunting season is right around the corner and he needs to start stacking up his points now.
Gathering place for the family.
Hope for all you out of towners, you enjoyed the pictures. Hope for all you in towners, you will come and see for yourself.
...the wise man builds his house on the rock, Jesus. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock (Jesus) Matt 7:24-25
Hope to see you soon,
Building my house on the ROCK