a cool model home

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There are houses going up at a crazy pace all around us in our neighborhood.  They’ve just opened up a new section and I’ve been eyeing the new model homes when I drive past taking Izzy to school.  We had our cabinet guy over finishing up our kitchen last week and he told me I absolutely must go check out one house in particular.  He had put in the cabinetry in the model and said it was unlike any other model in the area.  I headed over the next day and yes, as soon as you walked in it was totally different, so I thought I’d share!  I didn’t come prepared with a regular camera, just my phone that was operating off of less than 10% battery (why is that always the case when you see something cool you want to photo?!!!), so the photos were quick and blurry, but you can still get the idea.

The house is built by Ashton Woods.

The stairway was gorgeous, but my favorite part of the entry were these twin chandeliers (another was directly over my head).

The living room which opened up to the eat-in kitchen.  Wasn’t crazy about the mirror, but loved the molding on the walls.

The kitchen cabinet uppers were unique with the cases being white and the doors a deep charcoal.

Loved the backsplash running the entire length and height of the wall in the eat-in portion. 
More gorgeous tile filling up an entire wall in the powder room.  The mirror was pulled away from the wall so it could be lit from behind, which looked amazing with this tile.  
The master ceiling looked much better in person.
The master bath walls and floors were entirely covered in marble.

A guest room with a focal wall of molding.  This will need to happen in our master.  Simple, easy, but a lot of impact.
A plain builder grade mirror was tiled around in the bathroom.  Another easy way to update a plain bathroom! 
All of the interior doors were deep charcoal with pretty levered handles.
Gorgeous big pavers in the backyard.  I’ve always loved this look.  I think it needed more shaded areas though.  The back faces west so they’re gonna be baking in the summer Texas sun.
Do you see that building in the distance beyond the lake?  That’s our new HEB they’re putting in.  I cannot wait for that bad boy to open!  The World’s Best tortillas are made in that store.  No joke.  

  •  Don’t forget the walls – Molding or tile was covering a lot of the walls in this house and made a huge visual impact.
  • Think outside the cabinet box – We’ve all seen kitchens mix up the color of their cabinetry (separate colored island, separate colored uppers and lowers), but the deep charcoal doors on the white upper cases was different, awesome, and totally grabbed your attention.  Kind of like eyeliner for your cabinets.
  • Contrast – Charcoal interior doors with white surrounds, the black ceiling in the entry, master ceiling, bathroom vanities, kitchen cabinets, and even the backyard pavers.  It all makes me so happy!
So after I walked through this house I stopped by the model next door.  It was a gorgeous house, but it felt so underwhelming and blah after seeing this house.  Whomp, whomp, whomp.  I felt bad for them.  Izzy was with me and said, “Why didn’t they make this one cool?” 😀


  1. Cassie @ Primitive & Proper Avatar

    loving the tile in the bathrooms!

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