Friday, May 29, 2009

HGTV Dream House 2009

Dream House 2009

Every year, HGTV captivates the public with stunning homes built in pastoral locations but in the year 2009, the contest looks as if it will be the best till now.

Hgtv Dream House: Kids Room

With past home locations, such as Colorado, Jackson Hole, Winter Park and Wyoming, it is not easy to expect for something better but this year’s contest is going to give them a tough competition. This is because this year’s dream house is going to be built in California’s heart, the Sonoma.

Hgtv Dream House: Replica of your Dream House

The images of green fields over the rolling hills immediately come in front of our eyes at the very mention of this location but there is much more to that. The house constructed in the tradition of Victorian Farm house captures the spirit of a traditional farm and at the same time meeting the luxuries of a modern man’s estate.

Hgtv Dream House: Dream Bed

This 2-story house has been built by Mr. Steve Ledson and it is expected to be impressive by all measures. As attention is given to each and every minute detail of HGTV dream homes, this one built in the year 2009 is no exception. From natural wood floors and wainscoting to the trim, this home exhibits a craftsmanship of years gone by.

Hgtv Dream House: Floor Plan

This master piece spread over 3600 square feet of land, provides all the amenities that can be needed for entertaining friends and families for several years.
The sweepstakes of HGTV Dream Homes draw millions of entries every year through their website and over 41 million were submitted in the year 2007.

Hgtv Dream House: Dream House

The entries are welcomed from 1st January to mid-February every year and one entry per day per person is only allowed. Started from 1997, the HGTV dream house contest has grown in popularity significantly and provides the builders to showcase their best establishments. The winner of the contest is usually announced during March.

Wednesday, May 27, 2009


CREED: [ noun. = A summary of principles, beliefs or opinions]

BEAU-TY: [noun. = The quality that gives pleasure to the mind or senses and is associated with such properties as harmony of form or color, excellence of artistry, truthfulness, and originality.]

I am completely fascinated and passionate about all things related to interior design especially the process of transforming uninspired spaces into well designed homes that beautify and simplify every day living.  As a practicing interior designer i am entrenched in the various stages of the design process on a day to day basis both with client projects and of course my own home. 

Although this is my first blog post, i feel like i’ve been blogging about design for years, to friends, to family and to clients,,,but up until now, i just called it email!  A simple question to me often results in a lengthy detailed reply full of instructions and suggestions complete with website links and photos.  Sometimes offering it all up without even being asked.   With so much experience and passion for design I find myself constantly wanting to express my thoughts and share my views, to inform others how great design is truly about enhanced living.  So the fact that I’m a super fast typer, and i mean REALLY fast,,,even on a blackberry I can type faster than i can talk fast,,,, just makes it feel natural for me to chronicle my experiences as a designer in this format.


I hope to offer readers insightful commentary from a designers point of view.  I’ll share my approach to common design challenges, provide all kinds of practical reno advice and write about all things that inspire me in my day to day work.  In addition to loads of design advice, I plan to post images of my work and those who’s work I admire, my sketches, great finds, and other relevant images that speak to certain design concepts or topics that interest me.  

My objective for all future posts is to keep them honest and real, for them to be original, informative, inspiring, good spirited, often humorous and always,,,,,,always, enhanced with beautiful imagery.  And I promise, no cat pictures.   

Well,,,, maybe just one or two........

Welcome to my world of design!


Photo:  Leni Johnston

Design your Dream House

Using HGTV dream house to design your own dream home

If you want to design your own home in the most modern and luxurious way then the best thing you can do is to follow the HGTV dream house contest held every year in America. In this contest, which has been held since the year 1997, millions of entries participate every year and each of them competes among each other to win the most wonderful house of its own kind.

Hgtv Dream House: Design your House

The HGTV dream house that the contestant wins becomes a role model for other participants and also for the viewers. Most of the architects and designers keep in track of what design elements are used in the HGTV dream home and try to incorporate its best elements in the homes designed by them.

Hgtv Dream House: How to design Your House

Audiences are allowed to take a tour of these homes and those who are interested in having a similar kind of home try to observe what elements are incorporated in the home’s interiors, exteriors and different rooms, so that they can incorporate them in their own homes.

Hgtv Dream House: Dream House with Pool

The HGTV dream home becomes the fashion statement for the current year’s home architecture and influences almost all the homes designed during that year. The materials used in these homes are widely used in homes in other parts of the country and the winning home of the HGTV dream house contest becomes an idol for the people around the country looking to design their own homes.

Hgtv Dream House: Hgtv Dream Home

So, if you are looking to design a new home for yourself or planning for home improvement of your existing home, then look for the design elements incorporated in the HGTV dream house.

Monday, May 25, 2009

Family Room

HGTV dream house, family room

HGTV dream house are the desire of all the residents of the country owing to their immaculate style and amazing architectural designs. As they are made with incredible precision keeping the latest trends in home making in mind, these houses are certainly straight out of dreams.

Hgtv Dream House: Family Room

Carrying all that a fantasy house must have from places of necessity to areas devoted to luxury, these farm houses are an ideal get away for every one from the hustle and bustle of every day life.

Hgtv Dream House: Game Room

Both the interiors and the exteriors of the HGTV dream house are tailored beautifully providing you with a chance to live your own fairy tale life in reality. From bedrooms, dining rooms, patio, garage to living rooms, the house simply spells luxury and splendor. The family rooms featured in the dream house are one space where you can rebuild and strengthen your bonds with your loved ones.

Hgtv Dream House: Big Family Room

The HGTV family rooms are characterized by eye popping prices of modern art that serve as the focal points. With apt furnishings and color combinations, this gathering room is a place that looks like a perfect retro- meets- rustic point. To create that cozy look a gas fireplace is also there so that in winters the room is warm and really comfortable as well.

Hgtv Dream House: Decorate your Family Room

The shag rugs that are used in these family gathering rooms make the room appear exclusive and more towards the elemental sides of nature. Blended perfectly with royal essence, these rooms are a great asset to these dream houses.

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Focus points of HGTV Dream House

Focus points of HGTV dream house

Because HGTV dream houses become the trend setter of that year, you must understand that some of the focus points of HGTV dream house are:

Hgtv Dream House: Kitchen for You

Natural materials like palm tree clippings, palm fronds, cacti and pinecones can be used in the indoor decorations.

• As far as the kitchen is concerned, art can be brought to it by adding color, focal point and texture.

Hgtv Dream House: Paint your Room

• While painting a room, the ceiling should be painted with the same color which represents continuity of colors.

• The photos should be framed with planning which means that a frame finish should be chosen wisely and grouped in the room accordingly. All gold, silver, wood or black can be used for the frames and there should be separate spaces for black and white photos and colored ones.

Hgtv Dream House: Furniture

• Instead of using white walls,HGTV dream houses use bold colors like olive, pumpkin, mustard yellow and sky blue.

• If you want some free space inside, more living space can be moved outdoors by way of a porch, outdoor shower or loggia. These ideas can be conveniently used for furniture, furnishings and outdoor space.

• By using movable tables and chairs, the HGTV dream house tries to convert a movie room into a party room or a game room.

Hgtv Dream House: Flowers on the Dining Table

HGTV Dream House uses interesting objects such as pictures, containers, flowers and art objects as focal points on the entire dining table.

• It can be very expensive to bring in natural materials in the house but you can use replicas or resin models of coral, rocks, tree branches and shells that look exactly natural and come at much affordable price.

While HGTV dream houses are constructed with these tips in mind, you can also use them while designing your own dream home.

Monday, May 18, 2009

Hgtv Dream House Rooms

Beauty of HGTV dream home rooms

The rooms of HGTV dream home are as beautiful and appealing as never before. All the rooms including living room, dining room and study room are extremely elegant and stylish. The living room of this dream home includes formal and stylish interior design. This is basically an eye catching space decorated in blue color palette.

Hgtv Dream House: Great Room

The furnishings of the living room are also appealing and pleasing. The living room of the HGTV dream home looks exceptionally attractive by the inclusions such as artwork shine and fanciful accessories. The dining room of this dream home also includes a royal decoration that can make the guests feel like having a royal treat.

Hgtv Dream House: Potting Room

The dining room includes formal decoration and includes bold wall colors that make the dining room appealing and attractive like never before. One of the most alluring facets of the dining room of this dream home is that it’s interior is the perfect blend of the European style and traditional style decoration.

Hgtv Dream House: Living Room

The native as well as western touch in the interiors makes this space gracious and of high quality. The best facets of the dining room of this home are that it is stylishly decorated with abstract art and rustic accessories.

Hgtv Dream House: Sitting Room

The family room of this dream home is also equally stylish. The family room is the space meant for get together of the families. The family room of this dream home space is decorated with modern art pieces and includes gas fireplace that can add warmth as well as cozy feel in the entire room.

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Dining Room in Hgtv Dream House

HGTV dream house, Dining room

If you have ever dreamed of living in luxury but never new how to go about it, then HGTV dream house is what you need to realize your hidden fantasies. A desire of all, but possession of few, the HGTV dream house certainly makes your heart flutter with a wish to own such an impeccable and astounding farm house.

Hgtv Dream House: Your Dream Dining Room

Built with accurate precision and amazing intricacies, the HGTV dream house is a place where all your fancies can actually thrive and prosper. The ambience of these houses is such that each and every moment is filled with ecstasy and pleasure here.

Hgtv Dream House: Decorate your Dining Room

The living rooms, the bedrooms, the study, the foyer and the dining rooms, all are built after keeping your taste and aspirations in mind so that you stay at the house bears positive fruits and are blissful.

Hgtv Dream House: Beautiful Dining Room

The dining rooms of the HGTV dream house are simply dressed for harvest feasts. Made in a manner to serve well as formal dining rooms, these have intricate designing and exquisite architecture.

Hgtv Dream House: Just Enjoy!

The dining rooms of these farm houses draw immense attention of eye because the bold colors of the walls that they sport and their pairing of the countries. The furnishings used are European style and have a great combination of abstract art and rustic accessories.

Hgtv Dream House: Dream House

This explosive combination imparts a very exotic appeal to the dining rooms that are a luxury apart. Whenever a dinner is hosted here, the visitors cannot help but appreciate the well built dining rooms and the sophisticated elegance that it sports subtly.

Monday, May 4, 2009

Win Hgtv Dream House

How to win at HGTV Dream House

In the HGTV dream house contest, the Home and Garden Television people build a dream home out of scratch and shows to the people how it is done at every step. The viewers are allowed to participate in the contest by voting on layouts, colors and designers and a lucky winner becomes the winner of the HGTV dream home in the end.

Hgtv Dream House: Dream House View

If you are wondering how to become the winner of the contest, then you need to follow the following steps:

Hgtv Dream House: Try to Win Dream House

• Instead of taking part in every contest you come across, try to focus upon this contest only as your main aim is to win the house and not other trivial prizes offered at other contests.

• If you are entering only a single give away, then you have less chances of winning, so try to enter as many sweepstakes as you can.

Hgtv Dream House: Build your Dream House

• Make as many entries as allowed so that with larger number of entries, you will have more chances of winning.

• Emphasize on sweepstakes that offer you lots of prizes, rather than a single prize which is much harder to win.

Hgtv Dream House: Hgtv Dream House Kitchen

• Choose sweepstakes that allow a restricted number of people to enter so that the number of participants is less and you have more chances of winning. You can also choose sweepstakes that restrict entries by gender or age.

Hgtv Dream House: Watch the Show

• Make entries in sweepstakes that allow the entries to be made within a short period of time. If entries are allowed to be made for a longer period of time, then more number of people will get chance to make their entries and thus you will have more competition, thus reducing your chances of winning.

By following these steps, you will increase your chances of winning the contest manifolds.