Utah Valley Parade of Homes 2014

June 20th, 2014

Last year we went to the 2013 Utah Valley Parade of homes for the first time. It was a great experience because we were getting ready to build our house. Going this year was fun but more in a spectator sort of way. I especially loved seeing what new trends were showing up, and what old trends were sticking around.

The thing that I loved seeing the most was brightly colored cabinetry. Mostly in laundries and bathrooms.

I loved this minty vanity:


And, while not my favorite version of yellow cabinets, I love when people take chances and pick fun colors.

This aqua laundry room reminds me of our old aqua laundry roomaqua-laundryoom

I couldn’t get a great picture of this laundry room, but I died over the gorgeous navy cabinets and the brass pulls.


And this blue was perhaps my most favorite. I don’t even know what  the name of this blue is – Cerulean maybe. I’m definitely going to use this color  in one of our unfinished bathrooms.


And last but not least, this brave designer did upper coral cabinets in the craft room with a pale mint wall! I love it, but even I’m not that brave!craft-room-coral-cabinets

Painted cabinetry is here to stay, and hopefully not just whites and grays!

I still love white cabinets and love when cool details are added for some spice:


Built-ins are always part of the parade. These were some of my favorites:

I loved this pink girls bedroom, the built in has shelving on one side and closet storage on the other.


In this boys bedroom has the dark-painted built-ins against a white wall (love!), and I’m a sucker for ceiling work and mirrored vaults.

This recessed bed nook with shelving is almost exactly what I wanted to do for my boy’s bedroom, but alas it didn’t work out because of space issues. I’m sad about that, but I love the concept and execution.

Built-in bunk beds are like a dream. This house had 4 bays – so 8 total beds. They were gorgeous and the bedding was all different but similar. One day I’ll get to design something like this.

I wasn’t over the moon about any of the mudroom areas in the homes this year, but I did think this was a unique idea — where the bench is they added an upholstered back. Such a great little detail!


And speaking of details… this master closet takes the cake. The whole room is ridiculous… I don’t even have words to describe it, here’s two photos, but I could have taken 20 of just this room.wood-closet wood-closet2


This house had gorgeous fireplace built ins, but my favorite part was…mantleThe coffered ceiling that has pale aqua in the recessed parts. I die!



Lets talk play rooms for a minute.

Some houses had crazy play rooms like this:


With amazing dress-up rooms:




And mini movie theaters with trees:


But my favorite play room was this simple under-the-stairs bistro. Sometimes simple is just as good if not better.


A few ceiling features that I loved – In this home, there was a drop ceiling in the main hallway of the house. So stunning.

I have an affinity for attic bedrooms because of all the fun ceiling lines. This room was perfection with the attic ceiling covered in wood slats (and who doesn’t love a chandelier?).
attic-bedroom-ceilingAnother slatted ceiling, This one is done with real wood so it has more character than the MDF style slats. I can’t even imagine how much work it would be to install it though!

And while not actually a ceiling feature, I love the triple-chandeliers in this room.


Here are just a few other little details that I liked.

I love these mirrored panels made to look like windows in an interior space.





This was my favorite shower of the parade. Amazing hardware, tile, and glass.


This tile had these cute penny tiles in the center of all the squares. Loved it in person.tile-style
I fell in love with this cute blue dresser with a wood top. I so need to refinish a dresser like this.

And then something I’ve never seen in a suburban home… exposed HVAC. This might not be the best photo of it, but it looked really cool in the house!

Those are a few of my favorite things in the Utah Valley Parade this year. Anyone else visit the parade this month? What were your favorite things?

3 responses to “Utah Valley Parade of Homes 2014”

  1. lou says:

    it always amazes me how people decorate their homes in the states. here in europe we rarely have such big houses and even if – they’re never as made up as yours. we don’t have all this beautiful wood work, open fire places, let alone such big ass kitchens where you can spend time with 20 people. it’s always nice to see your parade of home pictures 🙂 better than any home magazine (which also suck here in germany) 🙂

  2. Jen Allyson says:

    These ones are EXTRA crazy and no where near representative of regular homes here in the US.

  3. Kristi Kearl says:

    I loved this year’s parade. For weeks my mind has been spinning just thinking of all of the pretty things I saw . . . Some of my favorite things:
    Very subtle wall colors in the main areas of homes
    The hidden door in the library that went into a secret room–I always wanted a secret room in my house.
    Lighter, grey-ish wood floors
    transom lights over doors
    super tall doors

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