This morning starts out like many others – I’m laying in bed half asleep for nearly 30 minutes, and the sound of our three year old using the bathroom finally jolts me into reality, mostly since I’m worried he’s missing the toilet altogether. Elaya shouts at me from her crib, desperately trying to let me know that she’s ready for some breakfast. I’m now officially awake.
Dustin’s already on the computer and reminds me that we’ve got a goal to get our next post up before 10 am. Yeah right. I remind him we’re on vacation but he suggests we pump out our first mood board, and that actually sounds fun to me. All weekend I’ve been clipping design photos from magazines and know that it shouldn’t be hard to put together some of the millions of ideas running through my head.
However, trying to narrow down all these ideas into one presentable format is becoming a challenge, not to mention taking a lot longer then expected. Somehow it’s two hours later and the kids are getting into all kinds of trouble unsupervised. In an attempt to save our sanity, we put the mood board on hold and decide to enjoy the beautiful weather while checking out a few model homes in the area for inspiration.
Our first stop is in a community not far away entering its last phase of construction. We bypass the real estate agent smoothly, appearing too consumed with our children to give any really relevant information about our intentions. Whew, that was close.
The entrance to the home looks promising but my hope quickly turns to disappointment as I realize it’s a cliche model home with the standard neutral tones that appeal to the general public. These are the kind that have “hotel art” and accessories that are the opposite of unique or funky.
We move on to the next neighborhood, this one’s behind beautifully crafted iron gates and comes complete with a security guard who’s clearly convinced our minivan might pose some sort of threat to the 30 or so homes that have been built. We avoid looking her in the eyes and are rewarded with a temporary pass to visit the sales office.
This one did NOT disappoint. I absolutely loved the color palate and drooled over the textiles (not literally, that’s disgusting). I wanted to sit on every chair, eat at every table, and touch every accessory. Let’s just hope they didn’t have hidden cameras.
This outing was the perfect way to ignite the imagination for plans for my home. The challenge now? Recreate some of these looks for a fraction of the cost that they did. Now the fun begins…
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