I know that it has been several weeks since the premiere of the 2015 HGTV Dream Home, but I wanted to spend some time studying it before I commented on it.  I recorded the show and have watched it numerous times because I think it’s their best one yet!


The entire home was expertly designed and put together – much beyond what my abilities are.  I love the overall casual elegance of the home and have studied it closely to see what inspiration I might find to use in my own home.  Here are my takeaways.


#1.  Repetition of color ties open living plans together and restrained use of pattern keeps the space from becoming overwhelmed. 

It’s easy to make everything white or neutral, but it’s the repetition of color and the use of pattern that keeps the room from looking flat and unappealing.  The use of pattern is restrained so as not to overwhelm any one area of the space.


The repetition of color throughout the space ties this open area together.  The use of pattern is restrained so as not to overwhelm the space.


2015 HGTV Dream Home Family Room


The lanterns in the corners of the family/dining room are totally cool, but I would have preferred to see them hanging from brackets of some kind.  The pedestals in each corner feel contrived and too heavy.


Vintage nautical lantern in the 2015 HGTV Dream Home family room


#2.  Every white kitchen needs a bit of brown to warm it up and make it inviting.   

Whether the brown is in the form of countertops, furniture or accessories like cutting boards and trays, an all white kitchen can easily appear to be too sterile and cold.


2015 HGTV Dream Home Kitchen


But as absolutely stunning as the Dream Home kitchen is, I don’t especially care for the surrounding opening.  It think it makes the kitchen look like it’s tucked into a huge closet or nook.


The addition of wood warms up an all white kitchen


#3.  Bedside tables don’t have to be the same height as the top of the mattress. 

I love using small chests as a bedside table, but have always operated under the assumption that they ought to be close to the same height as the top of the mattress. The chests used in the Dream Home are quite a bit taller.  The room wouldn’t feel nearly as grand to me if they were several inches shorter.


The use of taller chests gives the master bedroom a grand feel


#4.  Treat your master bathroom like the special place that it is.

 No matter how large or small your master bathroom is, there are luxurious and spa-like touches that can be added to make it feel like the special room that it is.  After all, it’s the place where you ready yourself every day!  I don’t have the budget for an elegant slipper tub or an awesome barrel ceiling, but I can add small things like a pretty rug, pretty soap pump or pretty hand towel.  


Add small touches to your bathroom to give it an elegant, spa-like feel


As gorgeous as I think they are, I wouldn’t want aged mirror glass above my sinks though.  I want and need a clear view of myself in the mirror when applying makeup, etc.  I think these mirrors should be used in a different area of the house.


The mirrors above the vanity in the 2015 HGTV Dream Home Master Bath are gorgeous


#5.  Don’t be afraid of color, especially in a children’s space. 

Use lots of color and playful pattern to appeal to the natural lightheartedness of children.  I will admit though, that these stripes are a bit much for me.


A bright a colorful child's bedroom


6.  Use unusual light fixtures where you least expect them. 

I would expect to see some sort of light fixture attached to the wall either above the mirror or on each side of it.  Without the adorable galvanized pendants in the pretty children’s bathroom , it would be, well, just another pretty, but slightly boring, bathroom.


Using unusual light fixtures in unexpected places ramps up the appeal of a room


Here they are again in the guest bath.


Pretty nautical bathroom


#7.  Rooms with a monochromatic color scheme look best with a few pops of color. 

Imagine how boring this room would be without the pops of orange.  Without it…yawn. With it…perfect!


Add a pop of color to the monochromatic color scheme  of a room.


#8.  The smallest of laundry rooms can be made inviting when loaded with eye-catching features. 

Even a laundry closet can be lined with beadboard and painted a dramatic color.


Lots of style in a small laundry room


But, it would be annoying to me to have to move something out of my way every time I needed to access one of the machines.


Even the smallest of laundry areas can be loaded with style.


#9.  Don’t ignore a shed and treat it like it isn’t a part of your property. 

Don’t ignore any type of outbuilding that you may have, even if it’s something as simple as a storage shed.  The addition of a cupola and some pretty landscaping is what it needs.


Add a cupola and pretty landscaping to an outbuilding, like a storage shed.


10.  And last, but not least – I now know that my furbabies need a dream home too! 


Doggy Dream Home


So, what are your thoughts about this year’s HGTV Dream Home?  Did you love it or did you think it was only ok?  Did you have any favorite takeaways of your own? 



Until next time - Suzy

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