I've thought a lot about what kind of home I would like. The beach is one of my favorite places. Should I choose something on the beach? I have lived in France and fell in love with the old country houses in the South of France. Maybe one of those?
Nope, that's not it. Like many of you, family is the thing that is most important to me. Thus, my dream home would be close to my family in Minnesota, where I grew up. Here are some homes in Minnesota that I am drawn to:
This house is located just a few blocks from my parents. I drove by it everyday on my way to the Mall of America and my job at Abercrombie & Fitch about 20 years ago!
This house has some similarities to the house where I grew up and my parents still live...all brick, traditional, probably built in the 1930's:
This one might be my absolute favorite. And, bonus!, it is on the same street where my uncle lives:
I would definitely need a large grassy yard with outdoor entertaining areas. Perhaps an indoor/outdoor kind of room with seating and a fireplace. Here's the back. It's a good start, but I would need to add some sort of outdoor room and maybe a pool as lying by a pool is probably my all time favorite activity. I love the curved windows and tile roof too :
A pool like this would be nice along with the little pergola on the left:
And, just for fun, here's the "Father of the Bride" house...love the house and the movie:
I wouldn't want to live in an isolated location. I like being able to be outside and talk to my neighbors, let the kids play with other neighborhood friends, and even walk to get an ice cream cone, a cafe, or a bookstore. I like older, established neighborhoods with lots of leafy green trees, pretty gardens and architecturally diverse homes. Most of the homes I picked here are located around one of Minneapolis's many lakes. The lakes are great places to run, bike, and just hang out.
So, all of these houses are traditional and OLD. While I love older homes, Big K and I are not very handy. I don't want a house that we have to be continually fixing. Plus, I'm scared of old basements. There are rooms in my parent's basement that I'm still too scared to go in as an adult. And, old houses don't have many of the amenities I like in modern houses, such a large closets and bathrooms and open floor plans. Thus, I might need a new home designed to look old, like this one:
Home Stories A to Z, if you are interested in learning more about it.
If you've read this blog for more than a day, you might know that I love color and pattern. While I like the curb appeal of a traditional home, traditional decorating is not for me. But, I think classic homes are a perfect canvas for fun, bright decor, such as this:
Aqua and pink, one of my favorite combos! In fact, all of the interiors in this home are pretty amazing. Check it out at House of Turquoise.
Here's what I would NOT do. Way to traditional, but again I love the curved windows and style of the fireplace:
I hope you liked my little dream home post. I have some great guest posters lined up for the next few Wednesdays, so be sure to check back. I also have room for more dream home guest posters. Just send me an email if you are interested.
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