Wait Until You See HGTV’s Dream Home 2023 Near Denver, Colorado!

Join me for a tour of HGTV’s Dream Home 2023. A mountain home just outside Denver, Colorado near the Red Rocks Amphitheater.

Are you ready to tour HGTV’s Dream Home 2023?!

All images in this post via HGTV.com

HGTV Dream Home 2023 outdoor table.

I wrote about my love hate relationship with the annual HGTV Dream Home reveal and the history of the Dream Home here.

But first a moment of silence to remember the most fabulous (and popular) Dream Home of all time.

The 2015 Dream Home on Martha’s Vineyard.

The home that inspired our Fidalgo Island house.

I know, it’s time to get over it and move on.

This year’s Dream Home is in Morrison, Colorado.

Did you watch the New Year’s Day reveal on HGTV?

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HGTV Dream Home 2023.

Once again Brian Patrick Flynn is the designer.

I shared my thoughts about Brian and the most recent Dream Home designs here.

You can find fun behind the scenes photos and videos on Brian’s Instagram,

I’m not a fan of Brian’s work although he seems like a lovely guy.

That said, as I mentioned in last year’s review, I recognize he is limited by HGTV’s sponsors.

With most of the furnishings and decor sourced on Wayfair.

But what do I know?

HGTV isn’t calling me to design their houses.

HGTV Dream Home 2023 sofa detail.

But back to Wayfair.

Purchasing upholstered furniture online is not the best idea in my opinion.

Unless you’re able to test it out first at a retail outlet.

But I’ll dispense with editorializing and get on with the show.

HGTV Dream Home 2023 - coffee table.

Morrison, Colorado is 12 miles from Denver.

And very near to the iconic Red Rocks Amphitheater.

In fact, it’s landscape influenced the home’s interior colors.

HGTV Dream Home 2023 living room.


The home is 4360 sqft on one-level, built over a garage studio space.

HGTV Dream Home 2023 Floor Plan

Main Level Floor Plan

I question the square footage.

They must be counting the garage/studio space.

HGTV Dream Home 2023 Lower Level Floor Plan.

Lower Level Floor Plan – Garage & Studio Space

I searched and searched for a front door.

Apparently the entry door is at the back of the house, and brings you into the kitchen.

And there is a staircase from the garage.

HGTV Dream Home 2023 exterior stairs to entry.

What appears to be the back of the house is actually the front.

The deck, which appears to be the front, is the back.


HGTV Dream Home Entry Area

You’ll notice they lean in hard to the ski-house theme.

Vintage skis and snowshoes everywhere.

HGTV 2023 Entry Door

The house has three bedrooms, the main bedroom suite and two guest suites, and three full bathrooms.

The main living space is an open concept great room encompassing the living room, dining room and kitchen.

The space has soaring vaulted and beamed ceilings with many skylights.

A total of 30 skylights.

Let’s go inside.

HGTV Dream Home 2023 Great Room

The interior paint colors are from the HGTV Sherwin Williams Vintage Homestead Collection.

You’ll notice that throughout the house they’ve painted baseboards walls and ceiling in a solid color block which I like a lot.

I’m baffled by the choice of the eggshell finish (throughout the house).

It gives off a lot of sheen.

Is that was the goal?

I’m not a fan.

HGTV Dream Home Sherwin Williiams Vintage Homestead Color Palette


First of all, the paint color … Pewter Green.

I love it, minus the eggshell finish.

The cabinets throughout the house are from Cabinets-To-Go.

The flat panel maple kitchen cabinets are in an Earl Gray finish.

With chrome hardware.

HGTV Dream Home 2023 Kitchen

The beverage bar creates an additional kitchen work station.

I like the combination of open and closed shelving.

HGTV Dream Home 2023 Kitchen Beverage Bar.

The 8 1/2′ island has a contrasting finish.

But I wasn’t able to determine what it is.

The countertops quartz.

The dome pendants are beautiful and a great choice.

HGTV Dream Home 2023 Kitchen.


HGTV Dream Home 2023 kitchen sink.

The island and beverage bar sinks are Delta Faucets Lorelai workstations.

And the appliances – cooktop, hood and double ovens – are by Samsung.

The finish is fingerprint resistant.

Gotta love that.

Once again I have an issue with refrigerator, which sticks out beyond the countertop.

This is a pet peeve of mine.

It’s a dream home … spring for the built-in fridge.


Is there anything more satisfying than a well organized pantry?

HGTV Dream Home 2023 Pantry.



And to the left of the kitchen, behind the beverage bar, is a coffee room.

HGTV Dream Home 2023 Coffee Room.

The backsplash tile is laid vertically and horizontally.

What are your thoughts on that?

Jim has the same Breville espresso machine and loves it.

I mean LOVES it.

HGTV Dream Home 2023 Coffee Room.

The small table looks a bit tight.

I’m not sure how one squeezes into the chairs.

This along, with a couple other odd nooks in the house, seem like a design oops to me.

HGTV Dream Home 2023 Coffee Room.

The Coffee Room paint color is Sherwin Williams Dark Room.

The cabinets are Eucalyptus.


The generously sized dining table centered on the stone fireplace will make entertaining a breeze.

The large western style chandeliers make quite a statement.

HGTV Dream Home 2023 Dining Room.

The boucle chair feels oddly placed to me.

This is one of the odd nooks I was referring to.

The space appears to be open to the stairwell coming up from the garage.

Could it have been better utilized as a bar?

A chest topped with a cocktail tray?

HGTV Dream Home 2023 Dining Room



The living room is huge with doors leading out to the expansive deck.

I love a flanking sofa situation.

The sofas are 102″ long which is great.

But their seat depth is a skimpy 23″.

Fine for perching, but not ideal for lounging about.

HGTV Dream Home 2023 Living Room.

The art is dinosaur-forward … a nod to the areas geology.

HGTV Dream Home 2023 Living Room


HGTV Dream Home 2023 Living Room


HGTV Dream Home 2023 Living Room

The massive 5′ round coffee table was a custom build by Steve ford, another HGTV host.

Restored by the Ford’s

HGTV Dream Home 2023 Living Room.

Doors behind the seating area lead out to the deck’s outdoor dining space.

HGTV Dream Home 2023 Living Room



The mudroom, leading out to the full-length-of-the-house deck, is tailor made for pets.

Including a versatile Dutch Door.

HGTV Dream Home 2023 Mud Room.

Pet friendly features include a wash station and built-in food bowls with pot filler.

I don’t think the bowls work for little dogs like mine.

They’d need a step stool!

HGTV Dream Home 2023 Mud Room.


HGTV Dream Home 2023 Mud Room.

On the opposite, the dog bed situation would not work well for large dogs.

The walls are painted Sherwin Williams Natural Linen.

The cabinets are Perfect Storm.



First of all I want to say the the floor plan for this home is brilliant.

I love that the main bedroom suite and guest suites are on opposite sides of the house.

It can’t be stressed enough how ideal this layout is.

That said, there’s not a designated kid space in the house … a bunk room or something.

A departure from past Dream Homes.

HGTV Dream Home 2023 Main Bedroom


HGTV Dream Home 2023 Main Bedroom.


HGTV Dream Home 2023 Main Bedroom

Yes, yes, yes to the sliding pocket doors leading into the bathroom.

Are we finally past our barn door phase?

I hope so.

Sliding pockets are classic and elegant.

HGTV Dream Home 2023 Living Room.

The bedroom and bathroom paint is Sherwin Williams Wall Street.

The bathroom cabinets are Dusk.

The freestanding tub is Delta Montour.

With Trinsic Tub Filler.

HGTV Dream Home 2023 Main Bathroom

The bathroom flooring is Avella Ultra Galassia Nero Tile.

By LL Flooring.

HGTV Dream Home 2023 Main Bath


Out we go to the deck.

The daybed situation … I don’t know.

Double loungers, yes,

But the frame?


HGTV Dream Home 2023 Main Bath

What a view!

HGTV Dream Home 2023 Main Deck.



The hallway off the dining area leads to the coffee and laundry rooms and both guest suites.

HGTV Dream Home 2023 Hal.

At the end of the hallway is a cool, hidden reading nook.

With doors that, when closed, look like shelves.

This is the third of what I’m calling odd-ball nook spaces.

But a fun and functional one.

The hallway continues the Sherwin Williams Pewter Green used throughout the main living space.

The reading nook is painted Sherwin Williams Darkroom.

HGTV Dream Home 2023 Hall Skylights.

There are 30 Velux skylights throughout the house, including this massive Pinnacle Skylight above the hallway.

HGTV Dream Home 2023 Pinnacle Skylights.



The laundry room includes a stackable washer and dryer.

And Delta’s Lenta utility sink with Trinsic Pro faucet.

I love the built-in work station.

Interesting art piece.

HGTV Dream Home 2023 art.

The room is painted Sherwin Williams Hot Cocoa.

And the cabinets are London Fog.

The floor is LL Flooring Sylvan Brown Oak Waterproof Cork.



They’re billing this as the modern ‘neutral’ suite, but it doesn’t look very neutral.

The wall color is Sherwin Williams Cool Beige.

It reads pink to me in the photos.

Light pink and dark grey.

Do we call that neutral?

HGTV Dream Home 2023 Guest Suite.

This guest suite opens onto the front deck on the opposite side from the main bedroom deck.

HGTV Dream Home 2023 Guest Suite.

I like this console table area.

Don’t the walls look pink?

HGTV Dream Home 2023 Guest Suite.


The bathroom presents quite a contrast!

Sherwin Williams Restrained Gold paint.

And Curry cabinets.

HGTV Dream Home 2023 gold guest bath.

Delta Trillian faucets and shower trim.

LL Flooring Avella Ultra Galassia Nero Tile.

HGTV Dream Home 2023 gold guest bath.

The deck off the guest suite mirrors the lounge area on the main bedroom side.

HGTV Dream Home 2023 guest suite deck.



This is a colorful room.

I can’t think of anything else to say.

HGTV Dream Home 2023 gold guest room.


HGTV Dream Home 2023 - gold guest room.


HGTV Dream Home 2023 gold guest room.


Once again the guest bathroom’s color contrast is startling.

The walls are Sherwin Williams Hot Cocoa.

The cabinet is Peppered Appaloosa.

The sink and shower head is Delta Galeon with H20Kinetic hand shower.

LL Flooring Avella Ultra Galassia Nero Tile.

Both guest suits are spacious and well thought out.

But where do the kids sleep?

We’re missing a bunk room.

Or at the very least sofa beds.


 There’s a lot to like about the outdoor entertaining spaces.

HGTV Dream Home 2023 exterior backyard view.

From sundeck, to water feature, to fire pit, to dining area … lounging pergola and outdoor kitchen.



HGTV Dream Home 2023 exterior.


HGTV Dream Home 2023 exterior.


HGTV Dream Home 2023 exterior.


HGTV Dream Home 2023

All the outdoor spaces are lovely, but I have to wonder.

But something is missing.

Where’s the pool and spa?

HGTV Dream Home 2023 exterior.



The ground level is a large garage space with room for a car, office,  home gym and your regular garage stuff.

HGTV Dream Home 2023 exterior garage.

The walls are Sherwin Williams Darkroom.

The cabinets are beaded panel in Spanish Paprika with matte black hardware.

HGTV Dream Home 2023 garage.

I wonder if the garage space is climate controlled.

Maybe sleeping quarters for kids could be incorporated down here.

HGTV Dream Home 2023 garage.


HGTV Dream Home 2023 garage.


HGTV Dream Home 2023 garage.



HGTV Dream Home 2023 Exterior.

It’s definitely a mountain house vibe.

The architecture, colors … everything … feels very 70’s.

I can’t find the exterior paint colors.

Let’s say mint green on darker green.

It’s a no for me.

HGTV Dream Home 2023 Exterior.

But what do I know?

Am I ever happy?

Overall I like the house.

Especially the outdoor entertaining spaces.

And I adore the expansive deck with so many areas to curl up with a good book on a sunny day.



Flooring – LL Flooring Valburg White Oak engineered hardwood with 10″ wide, 8′ planks (exceptions in laundry & bathrooms as noted)

Paint – Sherwin Williams Vintage Homestead palette

Cabinetry – Cabinets-To-Go

Skylights – Velux

Decking – Trex Composite Decking

Pavers & Stone – Belgrade Pavers & Hardscape

Finishing Plumbing – Delta Faucet

Furnishings & Decor ~ Wayfair.com

Mirrors & Art:

Pillows, Throws, Rugs & Drapery Fabric:



Interior Furniture & Lamps:

Exterior Furniture:



So there you have it.

The HGTV Dream Home 2023 in Morrison, Colorado.

Dream Home 2023 Pin Collage

What do you think?

What’s your favorite space or feature?

Let me know in the comments, I enjoy hearing your opinions.

For more fun, you can see the house decked out for the holiday’s here.

Don’t forget you can enter to win the HGTV® Dream Home 2023 plus $100,000 from Ally and an All-New Jeep Grand Cherokee 4xe.

Enter twice daily until 5:00pm on February 16, 2023 on the HGTV and Food Network websites.

HGTV Dream Home 2023 exterior dining.

That’s it for today … it was a lot!

I’ll see you tomorrow when I join Kim and Elizabeth for Weekend Meanderings.

Woman in plaid jacket and striped shirt standing in garden.

Until then, cheers from Snowberry!

All images in this post via HGTV.com

Be sure to visit the Dream Home 2023 web page to learn more.

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  • I do wish they would pick another designer. Proportions seem off. Huge red dino picture dwarfing those lovely windows. The huge chandelier dwarfs the dining table. I don’t get a sense of balance as everything feels just one off. The check curtains are wrong somehow but I can’t put my finger on why. I know many will like this house and I wish them good luck.

    • Hi Deb … I agree with you, the Dream Home’s just aren’t what they used to be. I miss the days of Linda Woodrum as the designer, and Ethan Allen as the main furniture provider. Those were the days! xo

    • I’m with you, Laura. I don’t hate it, and if I won I’d take it and hold a big garage sale and repaint. It’s interesting how the home has evolved since Linda Woodrum was the designer and Ethan Allen the furniture sponsor. I think most viewers have been taste and discernment than HGTV gives us credit for. Thanks for reading! xo

  • Hi Juliet,
    I agree with most of your comments. Not sure why you need a dedicated room to drink coffee.
    I think, though, if you check the floor plan you will see that the gold bathroom/with tub goes with the gold bedroom and is not a contrast at all. When you put the other bathroom with the so called neutral bedroom it makes much more sense.
    Enjoyed the tour. Thanks,

    • Absolutely agree with you, Diane. In fact, as I was putting this post together I messed up initially and paired the guest bathrooms with the corresponding paint. Good thing I caught it! Thanks for readying and happy Friday! xo

  • I long for the “old days” when the HGTV Dream Home was super classy. These days they’re just ‘blah’ in my opinion. I don’t like the colors and, as you said, too many odd ball selections. I’m entering every day, but if I win it I’ll sell it and build something smaller, and much classier :0!

    • Oh, Robbin … I’m so with you on that. It used to be a real Dream Home. I miss Linda Woodrum and the Ethan Allen sponsorship. She was so good and the homes were much more tasteful and appealing. I think HGTV is insulting their audience … in most of the shows they produce. Boo hoo hoo. xo

  • I agree with the other comments. The gold bedroom looks like the usual extra room where all the things that didn’t fit elsewhere go to die. While the outside areas are interesting, they seem to be too invasive for this spectacular lot. I haven’t looked at an HGTV dream home for quite awhile and found this example totally disappointing. Plus, all those checked curtains and the dinosaur wall art really irritated me for some unknown reason.

    • Hi Memee … I agree about the dinosaur’s the old ski’s … it’s all too theme parky and too much. I rarely watch HGTV these days, but the Dream Home is an annual tradition no matter how dreadful I find it since 2015. I keep hoping it will turn around but they are sticking to this bizarre direction. I believe their viewers have much better taste than they’re giving us credit for … I’ve switched over the Magnolia Network (and so many quality shows streaming on Discovery +) and appreciate many of the shows developed there. That said, somehow Brian Patrick Flynn’s show made it onto Magnolia and it seems odd. I wonder if HGTV dictated that … if feels a bit like ‘one of these things is not like the other, one of these things just doesn’t belong.’ But, as I said, what do I know? I assume HGTV knows what their audience wants … but they’ve lost me. And you. xo

      • Hey, Juliet —
        l love the Sesame Street reference!! My adult kids give me an odd look when I use that line. Thanks for making me feel a bit more sane! Ha ha.
        This is not my favorite. What is with all the books piled on the floor in front of the chair in the guest room? Stuff on every surface is distracting to me. And I am also not a fan of the gingham curtains. When it starts to rain, who is in charge of gathering all the outdoor throws? With the views outside, would I really want my office in the basement, staring at a dark wall? I guess the alternative view is staring at the car… We could do better!
        Like Robbin, if I won it, I would sell it!
        Thanks for all your work on this.

        • Good morning, Julia … thank you for getting that reference! And, don’t worry, adult kids frequently make me question my sanity. It’s their job and keeps us on our toes. Good point about the books?! So weird and they did it in two spots. Both collections can be purchased on Wayfair. Of course. Insert eye roll. And I asked the same question … when it starts to rain and snow, where does all the outdoor stuff go. Cushions, pillows, throws, etc. Maybe even some of the furniture. Into the garage/studio? That will get quite cramped. I agree with you, who wants to work in that dark space … kind of like being relegated to a basement. It’s all very odd ball. I think most winners end up selling … mostly because the tax burden of the winning make it challenging to keep. But put that aside, I’d hold a garage sale and redo the decor enjoy it for a summer or two (I’m not a cold weather sports fan anymore) and sell it. It could end up an Airbnb … but then it doesn’t seem laid out well for large or multi-family gatherings. Oh well, I have fun with it. But one of these years I’m going to lose interest … hope springs eternal. Happy weekend! xo

  • Hmmmmmm….I would personally take the 100,000. and spend it on repainting, that dark green everywhere and gold bedroom first! Then I would replace ALL the artwork, then the window coverings, then….good bones , but REALLY not a fan of the decor, pretty disappointing HGTV. Out of all your talented designers, this guy is ALWAYS a miss for me.

    • Exactly … a garage sale, followed by a redecoration. I’m sure the area is spectacular with much to do and enjoy. But the house really need to be toned down. Thank for reading, Susan! xo

  • I really enjoy your dream home tours and the fact that you include the sources for the paint colors! Thanks also for solving the mystery of where the front door is. I had been trying to figure that out to no avail. I like the house overall especially the outdoor spaces, but my first thought was that if you have 4360 square feet to work with, it seems like there could be 4 bedrooms or at least a bunk room for a big family/extended family vacation. While I do appreciate the extras except for the weird coffee room with windows too high to see out if you’re sitting at that tight table area, I would have combined the mud room and laundry room. The other thing I think should have been included in a dream home is a pool or at least a hot tub. The latter seems like a no brainer to have after skiing or hiking or other outdoor activities. Also, I like green, but this is too much, and I can’t with the gold. Also, the grey cabinets with the green looks off to me. And this is nitpicking I know, but books on the floor in one of the bedrooms in a no go for me. Could they not spring for book shelves? Also, it looks like the books are blocking the way to one side of the bed. With all that said, I’d still take the house in a heart beat, lol! Thanks again for the tour. I’ve been looking forward to it, and you did not disappoint!

    • Jeanine … you hit so many nails on the head. I had to check and recheck the square footage because I don’t see how that one level is 4360 sqft. Unless they included the garage and studio space … if they did then it must be climate controlled. And, yes, there should be a fourth bedroom … bunk room, recreation room, movie viewing room, etc. So odd for what is clearing meant to be a vacation home. And, why create the big water feature and not a real pool and hot tub? So many things to leave us scratching our heads. Combining the mud and laundry rooms are a great idea. The floor plan isn’t right … except that I love the main bedroom being on opposite side of guest spaces. When I write these posts I hesitate to be too critical and I try to find positive things to say. Maybe I should take the gloves off and let the fists fly! Thanks for your input … it’s 100%. xo

  • Always love your dream home posts. I am not a fan of this house, too modern too many weird pieces of art and furniture that don’t fit the design. Maybe its me but when I think mountain house I do not think of this.
    I really wish they would design a house that someone would actually live in if they chose to do so. So many of these houses, like show houses are “fantastical” and impractical but again, maybe that is what it is all about.
    Have a great day! I will see you tomorrow.

    • Good morning, Elizabeth … I think most of these homes are sold because the tax burden is tremendous. Hopefully someone with good tastes and a big budget purchases and redecorates. Or it becomes an Airbnb situation. I hate theme decorating. I understand that the area is an archeological wonder but enough is enough. It reminds me of something that could have been built in the 70’s … the worst era for home construction. Also, the kitchen cabinetry feels cold and industrial … it should be warm and inviting. Well, what are we going to do … HGTV seems to be set on their current direction but they’ve lost me. And I suspect many others. Happy weekend! xo

  • Juliet wow this had to take a long time to write and collect all the pieces and photos. I appreciate this post and your take on this house! Wonderful blog.
    I have to say, it’s too dark for me and I would be depressed as all get out in this home. I do like some of the blues, especially that bathroom, and some of the greens, but there is too much. The unique tiles in the butler’s pantry is a fun change than the regular subway. The dark Earl Grey cabinets are pretty, and I would love to see those with brighter walls, and some of the pretty greens. The dinosaur art..why? All I can think of is my kid’s rooms as small boys and the quality looks about like kid’s rooms. I appreciate a gingham touch, but this just is a lot..
    Maybe the green walls would be lovely in a den or hallway. The Velux Skylights are gorgeous and in the hallway, so wonderful. We have them and they are the best. Wish I did this in the hallway!

    Overall, I know this is to be a dream home, but why is the American dream so massive? I personally love a smaller home with well thought out rooms that make sense. Shouldn’t HG be teaching people how to plan a home wisely instead of wastefully? There is just too many rooms, too much STUFF and the only room that is inviting to me in the great room with the big windows. I do love the views and the table made by the Ford guy.
    Funny you mentioned the front looking like the back, because that is exactly what it I thought. That exterior green is terrible like some old home, and not in a good way!
    Can they use some new people for these houses next time? Love to see some beauty and efficiency!!
    Fun to read everyone’s take on this.

  • Hi Juliet,
    I’m not going to make any comments on these homes. Except for ……
    I toured your Fidal go Island Home Tour home that you had build and created.
    Wowie, how beautiful. What a huge decision to make to leave California and
    create an entirely different life for yourselves. I’m sure that took a lot of thought. It’s so easy to fall in love with another environment or a place like Washington state.
    We moved away from SF and Marin County to Arizona moved to Scottsdale and built a custom home in Oak Creek Canyon-Sedona. I understand about big changes you make then wanting or yearning to return. Yes we are still in AZ after 40 years. I will and always forever be a California girl through and through. We sold our retreat in Sedona in 2016, now living in Anthem. I think my CA family friends worry about us living in AZ knowing how we really have never got. It’s okay you are in charge of your own happiness. I’ve learned to gasp and hold a quiet place in my heart. There are good people wherever you go you just might see things so differently. We are now more of a Blue state. Yes that is a beautiful thing for us. I got a little carried away with your story of returning.
    I get it, and felt what you experienced.

    • Hi Katherine … thank you for sharing your experience. I totally get it. I learned the heard way I’m a California girl at heart and this is where I belong. That said, once you leave California it’s very difficult to return from a financial perspective and we certainly took a hit in that regard. Lots of lessons learned. I think some people are better suited to big changes particularly with weather. You are obviously very adaptable and as you say we create our own happiness. Thanks so much for reading and taking a deeper dive into our Fidalgo Island adventure. Happy weekend to you! xo

      • I think I’ve mentioned that I’m a CA girl, but left for college in the South and have moved every 10 years with an academic spouse. I still own property where I grew up, Palo Alto, but hubs has never been willing to live there, and our only residential stint in my home state was inland SoCal: after 10 years there we FLED to the Midwest! Too much crime in SoCal and every time we got on the freeway, hubs would rant for 10+ minutes about traffic or jerk drivers ;-(

        With 25 of 35 married years lived in the East or MW, we probably are no longer candidates to move back “home”, but I will always consider myself a CA girl.

        Juliet, your blog gives me a touch of home and a way to keep pace with things in the Bay Area, so thank you.

        • I love that, Joan … I feel similarly about the PNW. So many happy memories there visiting my grandparents, but living there was not for me. Love to read about others lives there … from afar. You’re husband’s spot on about driving in California. It’s an amateur form of Formula One … or maybe NASCAR. Everyone is so aggressive … including my husband. Of course, he says when I drive we’re always hours behind. Sigh. Do you lease out your place in Palo Alto … or keep it to visit from time to time? Happy weekend to you … once a California girl, always a California girl. xo

  • I think the ‘modern neutral bedroom’s color is like the current ‘neutral’ shoe color of pinky- beige, which I don’t care for, but a lot of younger women and more overtly feminine women (than me) like.

    The coffee room appears to be a take on a breakfast room, but bc of its skinny shape, lacks the charm to make it more appealing. It is a good idea to have some small, intimate spaces in such an open plan, but it loses its appeal when jammed into a leftover sliver in the house’s layout.

    There must have been a massive ‘open plan mandate’ for this home, bc a lot of things suffer, in my mind, with the vast open space. The dining area doesn’t really take advantage of the fireplace: I think fireplaces are best used as focal points everyone can gather around, for example. The living room is really set up as an adult conversation area, not a X-generational space. The kitchen looks more like a family kitchen, less like a vacation home. In general, the primary entry point should be a focal point for the facade, not hard to ID…

    Having lived in an open plan SoCal home with an entire family of 5 relatives visiting (3 kids 15-19), I am not a fan of open plan homes like this. So noisy! They are great when you want to open up a smaller home, but not in a home of this size.
    On the plus side, the basement offers tons of space to add all of the specific things needed by its future owner!

    The skylights bringing the outdoors in, and the amazing deck with views + outdoor spaces seem to be the REAL stars of this home.

    • Joan, you make an excellent point about the fireplace. There are so many misses around the floor plan. And with so much space its a shame it wasn’t more carefully thought through. As a vacation home it’s not very versatile or conducive to multi-family fun. I keep hearing open floor plans are no longer in vogue … I’m not sure HGTV got the memo. Anyway, this home could certainly benefit from a different floor plan. I agree the deck and the views are amazing. I wish the backyard had a pool/spa … the large pond below the water feature seems like a waste. Or another missed opportunity. Oh well, it’s fun to be a critic. That said, I wish the Dream Home would return to what it once was. Sigh. I appreciate your thoughtful comment … thank you. so

  • While I do like the floor plan of the house, it just looks cold and blah to me. The decorating seems amateurish. That dinosaur painting? Ugh! I’ll still be entering, just for fun, and my daughter lives nearby.
    Thank you for your thorough post, it was really fun to read.

  • I would say that this house is not on my wish list. Where I live in Canada “Princess Margaret Hospital” (primarily a cancer care centre) has a Show Home Lottery every year along with a Canadian magazine called “House and Home”. Brian Gluckstein has usually been the designer. These homes are FABULOUS! House and Home magazine will have past show home videos and pictures on their website if you want to have a look.

    • Hi Lauren … that sounds wonderful and I’m going to take a look. I love local show homes they’re far and above what we’re seeing on HGTV. Thanks for pointing me in this direction and happy weekend! xo

  • I realize they need to use SW paint colors but what were they thinking? Didn’t like anything inside the house at all! But the outside! just WOW!!

    • I know, Sherry, they get wilder with the paint each year. Sigh. But those outdoor spaces … I could really enjoy a summer there! Happy weekend! xo

  • A whole separate coffee room is something I would LOVE to have in my own home one day. I agree that the chairs look a big tight (lol). I don’t know how anyone could squeeze into them! And I agree with you that the gloss of the paint makes the whole house a little shiny. I really enjoy all of your thoughts, Juliet. I think HGTV should hire you to design their homes. <3 xoxo

    • You’re right, Stacey, the coffee room is a great idea, executed poorly. Yes, why does’t tHGTV hire me to design their dream home? Hmmm … haha. I appreciate your confidence in me and thanks for reading .. putting up with my snippiness … all in good fun! xo

  • I love the reading nook but think the coffee room would have been better utilized as an office or pantry. Also, they could have put a bench or banquet under the window instead of jamming in those big chairs. And, I would want to look out the window while drinking my coffee or tea. It feels like a closet.

    Overall, it is so dark and the furnishings and art are distracting from the beautiful views. It for sure doesn’t make me interested in buying from Wayfair.

    Of course my own home couldn’t stand up to scrutiny. 😉

  • If I win, I’m going to take the $750,000 cash option and buy a small bungalow in Denver. Nobody needs a house that large and expensive and the colors are horrible.

  • Hi, I’m Juliet … welcome to Make Mine a Spritzer where we talk about all things home décor, classic style and more! I’m so happy you’re here!

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