Saturday, November 14, 2015

Favorite House Of The 2015 Parade Of Homes

I saved my favorite Parade of Homes' house for last. Let's start with the kitchen because it's what we buy houses for right? Not to cook in, but to decorate.
 This kitchen had two granite topped islands. The pictures don't do it justice.
 To the right you can see the edge of the second island...
The second island would not be necessary for me, but then I don't cook a lot.
Here's a close up of the granite and the wood floors, which ran throughout most of the house.

 The picture below shows the view into the breakfast room from the middle of the kitchen. One thing Texas builders do is leave out the trim on windows. I finally figured out it's because decorators in Texas have a love affair going with plantation shutters. 

Notice the windows below have none of my beloved window framing. That's because the plantation shutters are built on their own frame, so windows are left frame-less so as not to interfere with the installation of the shutters.
It's taken me 5 years to figure this out. I often sat in our front room and wondered why would the builder put lovely trim on all the doors and leave the windows unfinished. Yeah, I'm girls probably knew why they did that already, right?

This doorway, which is next to the breakfast room, leads to an outdoor oasis.
The covered patio with outdoor fireplace is perfect for conversation.
Around the corner to the right is the outdoor grill...
And the perfect sized pool...
I didn't want to spoil it for you, but you can see the pool from the breakfast room windows.
So, on to the laundry room...
You have to admit the finishes are unusual in this house. The floor was a little busy for me, but the stone tile is high-end.
Leaving the laundry room, there is a mudroom in the hallway. If you turn left you're in the garage. If you turn right, you're in the kitchen.
A Close-up of the mudroom bench with bead board.
Master bedroom suite downstairs...

 Close-up of the bathroom's tile and walk-in shower...
Dining room -- kind of bland compared to the other finishes...
Entry and stairway to the second floor. In this picture, to the right of the front door is a study with planked walls...
 I am definitely finding out what shade of gray this is!
The second floor has another master bedroom with its own bath, a large game room, and two other bedrooms with another hallway bathroom. I took a picture of the bathroom to remember how pretty it was. I'm a sucker for a towel hook!
If you're still with me after all these pictures, you get brownie points for sticking in. Here's a few of the front of the house in closing. Landscaping is due in a week or so.

  Troy Miller is the builder. I'm sure it won the award for best house on the tour. I think the flier said it was over 4,000 square feet. It's not for sale though, I think the Millers moved in this week.

Thanks for dropping by!


  1. That's gorgeous and looks a lot like the houses in my neighborhood.

  2. I agree! It's Gorgeous!
    and it looks NOTHING like what's in my neighborhood!

  3. It is beautiful, love the kitchen, but it's way too big. I wish our place was smaller.

  4. Thanks for taking us on the tour-I love the outdoor fireplace!

  5. Rivercrest Cottage,
    Amazing finishes and materials used throughout!!!
    Thank you for the virtual Parade of homes Tour, dear friend!!!

  6. This was fun- love house tours. The kitchen is really pretty. Your comment "not to cook in, but to decorate" made me laugh. That's how I evaluate kitchens too! :)

  7. What a gorgeous house! I love the kitchen, too!!! About the only think I am not crazy about is the floor in the laundry room.
    Overall though, it is a really great house. Thanks for the tour- xo Diana

  8. Oh my gosh! What would I do with all that room and all that light! I would love to give it a try, that's for sure! It's beautiful.