I don't know how many years it is since I've been to a show home; I'm guessing it's at least eight.
A little over a week ago, I started a Diploma in Interior Design with the Interior Design Institute. It's something I've wanted to do for a very long time, and, now that I have a home decor related business, I decided it was a good time to do the course.
I'm so excited by what I'm learning, by the possibilities of where this could lead, and what I can do with our home, that I've been out to look at a show home today. As part of the course, it is recommended we visit as many show homes and open homes as we can so I thought, what better time to start than on a wet and windy Saturday afternoon.
Relatively close to where we live there is a lot of new building going on with a number of show homes.
I must say I was really blown away with the design, the decor and the styling of this beautiful home. I have seen plenty of examples of these trends on HGTV, which by the way I'm totally addicted to, but I hadn't seen them in real life. This GJ Gardner home really is quite lovely.
A beautiful entrance with a huge round mirror, wooden sideboard, flowers and greenery.
The barn door and recessed shelving in the kitchen and dining area are stunning.
Cane furniture, faux fur and iron all feature in the family room.
Soft pastels, dark green and browns in the guest room.
Artwork lines the soft grey hallway.
The huge master bedroom in blues, greys and florals.
Beautiful linen and furnishings.
A chair in the infant's room looks comfy too.
Well, I hope you've enjoyed that little tour of my afternoon out looking at a local show home. I know I'm inspired, and I'm guessing you might be too. Even if you're not building, there are lots of renovation and home decor ideas here to use Upcycled & Co. Furniture Paint on to bring them up to date.
If you're short on furniture painting skills, check out my Furniture Paint 101 workshops available online or in the Northland, Auckland, Bay of Plenty, Waikato and Hawkes Bay regions in New Zealand. Next year I will be travelling further into the Manawatu, Wellington and South Island areas.
Keep expressing your creativity in any way you can.
Until next time...