Monday, October 17, 2011

Parade of Homes

We went to the last day of the Parade of Homes this weekend! The Parade of Homes is an open house tour of tons of new houses in the Raleigh area each October. Click Here to see the entries. They had a really cool iPhone app that we used to find houses near where you are. We saw 5 amazing houses and they were all really big and gorgeous! The Parade of Homes houses range in price from practical $150k starter homes to extravagant $2.5M estates.  We went to those on the upper end because they're usually pretty unique and the most fun to tour!  This post is really, really picture heavy. Prepare for some amazing inspiration!

The first house we toured was lovely. I didn't take any pictures inside, but here's the outside, I loved the architecture in this neighborhood.
The Asheville - $949,000 - 4,476 sqft

Next, we went to a smaller house in the same area. I forgot to take a picture of the front, but it was cute. I think the best part was the basement, it was really neat.
Game table and tv lounge in the basement
Awesome bar and mini-kitchen in the basement
Guest Bedroom 
Guest Bedroom again 
Dining Room back upstairs

Then, we went to the best one of them all, the $2.5 million house in Cary. This house was gorgeous, I think I would be able to live there ;) This house features an amazing interior, but also a pool, elevator, and personal dance studio, craziness. 
Intrada Grande - $2,480,000 - 6,236 sqft
Gorgeous dining room to the left of the foyer
Built-ins and pass through from the dining room
Beautiful carpet inlay in the floor instead of a rug
Love these curtains, gold and silver are so
pretty together
Pass-through window from the kitchen to
the outdoor kitchen and living area
Backyard looks out over one of the greens on the golf course
Yes, there's an elevator, lol!
Cute nook and seating bench. Love the grass-
cloth wallpaper
Interesting powder bath, bold blue stripes
Amazing bench seat in the master bedroom, love the carpet too!
My favorite room of the house, the master bedroom. So pretty.
Love the art above the dresser and the color scheme
Amazing master bathroom... gorgeous details
Loved the vanity and lighting too
Double shower in the master bath
Loved this dresser and the little porch off the stairs
Loved this chair and pouf combo in one
of the offices upstairs
[More pictures of the upstairs to come]

Here's the last house that I took pictures at:
Amy's Nest - $748,000 - 4456 sqft
Pretty kitchen, although Kevin thought the lime green was crazy ;)
Loved the custom paneled fridge and freezer
Cool outdoor entertaining area
Loved this idea of using hooks with letters of your last name for coats etc
Master Bath
The most amazing closet
Complete with a hidden passage...
... so cool! 
Entertainment room
That's it, we had a lot of fun. Hope you enjoyed the tours and found some inspiration for yourself, I know I did!


  1. So fun! Love this post, Thanks for sharing.

  2. WOW! A girl can dream! lol Beautiful and inspiring homes! Thanks for sharing the tour! Can't wait to see more!

  3. Loving the carpet inlay, built-in's, and striped bath! So nice!

  4. Would just like to say thanks for this post, it's excellent. Me and my wife, Lily, are newlyweds and are currently decorating our first house together. Only thing is we have no idea what to do with some rooms. This has been a brilliant source of information, thank you very much.

  5. Where does the secret passage lead to?


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