Things I Know about Display Homes
I LOVE display homes.
I’ve always loved a bit of a sticky beak into the latest home designs. It started when I was young and my parents took us to Sydney to have a look at some of the mega display villages there.
Although I still have nightmares at the 80’s prevailing fashion of mirrored walls, I fell in love with the idea of creating and styling my very own abode one day.
Fast forward 20 or so years and I still enjoy the odd look into new homes. I still hold that elusive dream of building my own one day, dreaming of the life I would lead in a picture perfect home.
Of course, with my family, any home would not remain picture perfect for long…but I do still enjoy the process of dreaming and planning and dreaming!
I recently visited a new display home village. As I went through home after home, it was clear that I was loving some things and seriously disliking others…so these are the things I know I love about display homes right now:
1. I LOVE the new fashion of including butler’s pantries in kitchens. It is such a cool idea to be able to hide your mess away while entertaining in your designer kitchen. Some homes even had dedicated wine cupboards which I could also very happily have in my house…
2. I’m a sucker for over-the-top ensuites. If I were to ever have one, I’d have one with a luxurious pedestal bath taking centre stage with a massive two head shower recess as part of a combined bathroom/dresser/wardrobe suite which would be even bigger than my whole bedroom. Completely unnecessary but oh so desirable…
3. Wood is sexy. I love the increasing use of wood in modern houses. Wooden doors, windows and floors are everywhere nowadays and I love it. What I really liked this visit was the use of wood as informal feature walls, particularly wooden louvres, which really brought that holiday feel inside.
While I loved these features, there were some others I really disliked:
1. Home builders – can you PLEASE put the name of the house you are displaying somewhere easy to find? Why display the home if people can’t easily identify it? I couldn’t tell you the name of most of the homes I went through which I think is pretty poor for companies looking to sell a very expensive product.
2. Water features are noisy and distracting. I like the look of them but (quite ironically) they don’t create the calm and peaceful ambience they promise when they are turned on. Why is that, exactly?
3. I was not a fan of the sameness and similarities between many of the homes – some originality wouldn’t go astray, particularly if you don’t go to the trouble of easily identifying the design in the first place!
So there are the things I know about display homes this week. Joining up with Shae from Yay for Home for Things I Know.