photo from The Tennessean NewspaperWhile there were more homes to tour, we didn't see nearly as many things we really liked and wished for as I saw last year. I think the styles tended to run more to the modern style and less toward the country-traditional style that I like. There were also many less practical ideas which were featured. The photo above shows an extra-large island in the kitchen. I think that is probably a bit of a waste. While a big island is nice, this one was just a bit too big and could have been cut down by about a third.
photo from The Tennessean NewspaperAnother house had vaulted ceilings with beams and an open floor plan. It was truly beautiful. I'm just wondering what will happen over time when those beams get dusty. This is one of those things that I thought was a bit impractical.
photo from The Tennessean NewspaperThis boy's bedroom featured Tennessee orange and the state flag symbol. It also had a built-in loft. There was more than one bedroom with a loft. This one had a staircase which made it the better of the two in my mind. The other one only had a ladder going up to it which I think would make cleaning unbelievably difficult.
photo from The Tennessean NewspaperReclaimed wood was used in a bonus room bar space here. The art on the wall was an old piano keyboard. If I recall correctly, the spindles for the stair rail were rebar like what is used to fortify concrete. I really liked the rustic light fixtures.
photo from The Tennessean NewspaperHere is a look at the rest of the bedroom where this beautiful French chandelier hung. The room was huge! I did like the large window, the tray ceiling. The headboard of the bed reminded me of a large mantel piece but was upholstered in the arched section near the pillows. The floors were beautiful The modern, mirrored side tables were pretty and I loved the two side chairs. It truly looked luxurious.
The home tour featured luxury homes built adjoining a golf course. So, many of the amenities were not intended for the average homeowner and that is truly what we are is average, at best. Practicality was probably not something that was a consideration when building them. It was a nice way for us to see how the other half lives in a way. Plus, some of these ideas would make the average home really a special place to be without having all the luxuries.
For Bridgette and me, I think it was an afternoon well-spent and we look forward to next year's tour.