Wednesday, April 21, 2010

HGTV Dream Home

Did anyone watch the HGTV episode Sunday night that aired the tour of the Dream Green Home 2010? The house was built in Massachusetts and is New England-inspired design. It has traditional architecture (very cool) with a modern flair, which of course I love!

I love the traditional white kitchen with the splash of bold red on the island, which immediately connects with the bold red sofa in the great room. The red is a theme color throughout the house, and used in a variety of furniture. I also love the upstairs bedrooms. I noticed the IKEA expedit bookcase being used as storage in the kids bedroom. I love the matching funky black mirrors in the master bathroom, and who couldn't love the soaking tub in a room full of light! Also in the master bath is a huge shower with beautiful tile and a rain shower. The tower room is used a place to escape. It's in the top room of the house and a very small space, but definitely a place to relax.

There are multiple ways the house is eco-friendly, or "Green." Most materials are eco-friendly and the fabric and bedding are organic. I love the creativity of the lamp in the dining room made out of a wire basket. My friend, Lauren, would love the numerous baskets used for organizing recyclables in the mud room. There are also a lot of environmentally friendly products used in the outdoor space.

I loved all of the bold colors and fun patterns around the house. I thought it was a very energetic house. You can check out the house and watch a 90-second clip on the website.

DIY Ideas from the Dream Green Home:
  • Use contact paper on a piece of furniture (as seen in the charcoal coffee table in the living room)
  • An inexpensive coffee table (just make sure there are no young kids go in this room): Use a sturdy basket as the base with a piece of glass on top (as seen in sitting room of master bedroom)
  • Spray paint! I love the aluminum chairs used at the kitchen island. Imitate the look of aluminum with metallic silver spray paint.
  • Paint a bold stripe as shown in the kids bathroom (light blue & orange)
  • Incorporate colors of the dream home into your home: red, gold, charcoal. Give old accessories a new and updated look with spray paint.
  • Update cabinetry with a fresh coat of paint and new hardware
  • Browse local art shops and galleries for new art in your home, or paint your own!
  • Add bold colors and prints in fabrics (pillows, bedding, lampshades, etc)
Don't forget to enter in the Dream Green Home 2010 Giveaway!

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