I’ve said it before, but this was the most fun I’ve ever had in my life.
Last weekend, I put together a posse of myself and 3 of most stylish friends to go to the best kind of parade in existence. They all dressed way nicer than I did so I looked like the ugly girl of the four. Note to self, dress up for the parade of homes next year or invite uglier friends.
The parade of homes is for builders and remodelers around Northern Virginia, but I kept us in Vienna and Oakton, skipped homes I’ve seen before, skipped reno’s, and stuck to new construction. Which left:
- Cloud IX Homes, (please pronounce “Cloud Icks”)
- Evergreene Homes
- Fisher (Meadow)
- Fisher (Nelson)
I visited all of these, and other than the Evergreene one, they did not disappoint. I kept track of some of the finishes so I could break down the local trends.
Kitchen cabinets (main perimeter color) –
- White (and off-white) – 6
- Midtone – 1
- Dark – 1
I knew white was the popular color right now (all over America, as well), but I confess I didn’t expect it to win by a total landslide as it did. Also note, all four of us home fashionistas are going to have white kitchens once mine gets built as well. It’s definitely a thing.
Contrast color island – 3 (dark with white perimeter)
- Light granite 3
- Quartzite (half way between granite and marble) 1
- Marble, Carrara 1
- Dark granite 3
- Quartz 0
The three with light granite appeared to be Ice Brown or Bianco Antico. They looked fabulous and really made me happy with my choice. My builder had told me quartz was the industry standard which filled me with self-doubt about my insistence on granite, but the parade validated me. Granite it shall be.
Bianco Antico granite:
Princess Super White quartzite:
Contrast island countertop
- Light granite 1
- Quartzite 1
- Wood 1
The wooden was a gorgeous dark stained cherry. I would never dare cook on it or let my children breathe on it, but it sure was stunning. I love the idea of incorporating the kitchen table right into the island like this, I just don’t have the family to make it work.
Five of the homes had mudroom lockers, and three of those had a contrast stained bench. The other 3 had mudrooms with benches with shoe storage cubbies underneath and lots of shelves above and on the sides. I love mudroom built-ins. They give you such a sense of control.
All but one of the 8 homes had a laundry room vanity with a granite countertop and drop in laundry sink. Just one home had a stand alone washtub, and it made everyone gasp in horror!
A couple of the homes had stand alone master bathtubs which the girls and I ooh’ed and ahh’ed over.
Several of the houses used natural marble in bathrooms as well. I was surprised and relieved that about half of the homes didn’t use glass/stone listellos at all in the bathrooms other than the master bath. I also only used them in the master bath, so phew!
Paint colors. (See also Cool Platinum)
- Gray including light and dark. 5
- Light beige 2
- Dark beige 1
- Custom colors in different rooms 3
The floors were about half and half dark vs. midtones. One of them had this crazy, rusticated, almost rough-hewn floor.
I loved seeing something different, but it also kind of drove me nuts to walk barefoot on. I don’t know.
That same house, I believe it was a Sekas custom (not spec) featured a lot of wrought iron light fixtures the home owner had ordered through Dominion Light Supply.
The Camberely development model was the most fun! I saw a lot of coffered ceilings in these new homes, but the contrast grey paint in this one was show stopper.
The Camberley model also had sconces, sconces everywhere, and even the flushmount version of the chain mail chandeliers Kent likes!
I even took my crew to my construction site in their stilettos to solicit more opinions on the imminent question of lighting. I think I’m getting really close to finalizing the lighting. I have been looking at lighting for almost a solid year now, so it will be a huge deal to order the fixtures and move on to something else in my life.
What a wonderful time I had with the home fashionistas. Now that is my idea of a playdate!