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HGTV Dream Home 2015 and Tips on How to Get the Look

HGTV dream home 2015 pinterest photoWhose with me with loving HGTV?  (Insert “hand’s up in the air” emoji.  Like, double tap.)

HGTV is one of my go-to channels to watch as I’m a sucker for beautiful homes.  Each year I’ve come to look forward to their Dream Home giveaway and I often end up entering for the chance to win just that–  a dream home.  However, this year I’m extra excited about the giveaway as the dream home is located in Martha’s Vineyard.  Before our recent trip to Cape Cod, I’d been in love with the lifestyle and homes in Massachusetts.  So it’s no surprise, I’m going to be entering daily for this coastal retreat.  From now till February 17th, you can also enter for the opportunity to win 2015’s dream home.  Oh, and I’m totally encouraging you to do so too!  I mean, who wouldn’t want to live in a classic home on the coast?  Cue, me swooning over here…

Okay, okay…back to you, my friends…just follow this link to enter too!  (Don’t forget– you can enter DAILY!)

I’d like to obviously win the home, but how cool would it be to know someone who did?  Maybe you could invite my family over to stay?  Just a thought 😉 …

Here’s what the HGTV Dream Home looks like from the front and it’s backyard:
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Impressive huh?  Just wait till you see the interior…

But don’t worry your little heart if you don’t win the HGTV Dream Home giveaway.  You can still recreate the look for your own home.  I’m sharing with you 5 tips on how to get the classic coastal look:

1.  Start off with a blue and white pallette:  Set the tone with predominate blue and white tones in your furniture, paint, and decor.  You can then intermingle additional blue tones such as teal, light blue, or even green.

For a pop of color add subtle hues of orange, pink, coral or red to compliment a blue and white coastal home.  hgtv_dream_home_2015_great-room_view-toward-front-doorhgtv_dream_home_2015_master-bedroom_01_hero-shothgtv_dream_home_2015_guest-bedroom_01_hero-shothgtv_dream_home_2015_kids-bedroom_white-dresser-armoire-with-green-chairs

2.  Texture is key:  the easiest way to accomplish this is by adding wood furnitures in darker shades with light/whitewashed furnitures.  I’m also a huge fan of mixing painted grey furniture and driftwood decorations to add to the coastal charm.hgtv_dream_home_2015_artistic_hardwood-flooring-great-room_v.jpg.rend.hgtvcom.1280.1920hgtv_dream_home_2015_great-room_sunny-hallway_h.jpg.rend.hgtvcom.1280.853hgtv_dream_home_2015_great-room_rustic-ceiling-beams-closeup_h.jpg.rend.hgtvcom.1280.853hgtv_dream_home_2015_artistic_outdoor-seating-bedroom-patio_v.jpg.rend.hgtvcom.1280.1920hgtv_dream_home_2015_dining-room_table-detail_v.jpg.rend.hgtvcom.1280.1920hgtv_dream_home_2015_guest-bedroom_driftwood-sculpture_v.jpg.rend.hgtvcom.1280.1920

3.  Adding nautical decorations: going literal with anchors, boats, fishes, and seashells (just to name a few) isn’t a bad thing at all, and in fact does define coastal living.  Just remember a little can go a long way so scale back or add more nautical accents as needed.  Also, think about tip #2 and adding different textures.  Metals and woods can easily go together when styling your nautical home.hgtv_dream_home_2015_great-room_alternate-DSC9646_v.jpg.rend.hgtvcom.1280.1920hgtv_dream_home_2015_artistic_framed-metal-fish-sconce-great-room_v.jpg.rend.hgtvcom.1280.1920hgtv_dream_home_2015_guest-bathroom_orange-flowers-counter-closeup_v.jpg.rend.hgtvcom.1280.1920hgtv_dream_home_2015_guest-bedroom_nautical-decorations_v.jpg.rend.hgtvcom.1280.1920hgtv_dream_home_2015_laundry-room_artwork-closeup_v.jpg.rend.hgtvcom.1280.1920hgtv_dream_home_2015_piece-of-the-dream_1-3-basket-guest-bedroom-DCP0090_h.jpg.rend.hgtvcom.1280.853

4.  Build up a book collection:  scattering stacks of books on your tables are decorations in itself.  Look for books on knots, sailing, beaches, etc  that you adore.  I can’t even begin to tell you how many coffee table books I’ve collected solely for its cover aesthetics.  (That’s code for I don’t read them, I just collect them.)hgtv_dream_home_2015_great-room_blue-urn-artwork_v.jpg.rend.hgtvcom.1280.1920hgtv_dream_home_2015_great-room_alternate-EPP6451_v.jpg.rend.hgtvcom.1280.1920

5.  Lastly, lighten up a room with mirrors:  when you think of a beach home you think open living space.  Draw back your curtains to allow for light to be drawn in.  Then add mirrors to accentuate, creating a more bright and airy feel to your coastal retreat.hgtv_dream_home_2015_master-bathroom_01_hero-shot_h.jpg.rend.hgtvcom.1280.853hgtv_dream_home_2015_master-bathroom_artistic-mirrors-bathtub_v.jpg.rend.hgtvcom.1280.1920hgtv_dream_home_2015_laundry-room_candlelit-washroom_h.jpg.rend.hgtvcom.1280.853Sincerely, Kymberly

 

Cape Cod vacation {recap}

Chatham Bars Inn_cottage_ocean view Chatham Bars Inn_cottageChatham Bars Inn croquet fieldcroquet playingtoddler playing croquetcroquet playing in Cape CodChatham Bars Inn_Cape CodChatham Bars InnChatham Bars Inn_clam bakeChatham Bars Inn outdoor diningChatham Bars Inn beachChatham_Cape Cod19 weeks pregnantLighthouse Lane_Cape CodChatham Fish MarketChatham Fish Market PierfamilyHunter bootsBocce ballNauset Lighthousetoddler fall fashionNauset Light_Cape CodNauset Beach_Cape Codselfiecape cod chip factorycape cod chip factory_walk wayWhat can I say, Cape Cod- you have my heart.    I like you a lot.  Like, a lot a lot.

After visiting Washington, D.C. and Boston; relaxation was my number one priority when we reached Cape Cod.  To accomplish this, I booked us a private cottage that overlooked the Atlantic.  Our stay at Chatham Bars Inn was luxurious, relaxing, and provided the quintessential New England vibe I had wanted to experience.

My second priority while in the Cape was to enjoy fresh seafood.  I did just that.  Lobster became my go-to grub and I enjoyed ever single bite from my 2 pounders I’d order.  Here’s an insider’s tip: want to feel like a local and save $$$ like a local, order your lobster dinner at the local fish market where they will prep and cook the lobster for you.  Then take it home to enjoy in the comforts of your hotel.

Having never been to Cape Cod before, it turned out to be the exact trip I had hoped for.  We cycled through our routine of walking the beach, horsing around the croquet court (which conveniently was located in front of our cottage), window shopped Chatham’s quaint main street, snapped a few pictures in front of some iconic lighthouses, and even took a trip to the Cape Cod potato chip factory.

Granted I had hoped to test out my newly certified sailors license, but the lack of fair winds made it impossible to do.  Oh well.  Looks like I’ll just have to keep “sailing the Atlantic” on my bucket list for a little bit longer.  But I’m not complaining, all the more reason to plan a return trip to the Cape.  😉

Sincerely, Kymberly

 

Boston vacation {recap}

Old Navy_Best Son Ever_shirtStarbucks cupCambridge_fall_leavespregnant bump_fall_leaves19 weeks pregnantHead of the Charles Regatta programHead of the Charles Regatta_Cambridge_MassachusettsHead of the Charles Regatta_CrewCharles River_Boston_Massachusettscrew_Head of the Charles Regatta_HOCRElliot Bridge_Head of the Charles Regattatoddler Harvard shirtHead of the Charles Regatta teddy bearHarvard UniversityHarvard University buildingHarvard University_fall leavesmommy and son kissfuture freshmen_Harvard UniversityHarvard Square19 weeks pregnant_fall maternity fashionFenway Park_BostonBoston CommonBoston Red Sox hatAfter our week stay in Washington D.C., we hopped aboard our next flight to Boston, Massachusetts.  From the moment we touched down in Boston Harbor, I was one giddy mama.  I had mentioned in an earlier post about heading to New England for the fall, but I failed to mention we were coming in town specifically for the Head of the Charles Regatta (the largest crew competition in the world.)  Being big nautical fans, the Regatta had been on my bucket list.

Additionally, living by the California coast, I actually crave the cold.  Not the usual “cold” I experience (that being the morning fog that rolls in, but then is burnt off come 11am.)  No, I crave the “drop in weather and wearing fashionable layers of plaid, vests, and scarfs” kind of cold.  That being said, our trip to Massachusetts was the perfect East Coast state to visit this time of year.

I found our 3 day stay in the city to be perfect.  We stayed in Cambridge and visited Harvard.  I quickly gifted our son with enough toddler-sized Harvard gear to hopefully instill a love for the University.  So fingers crossed I have a future freshmen on my hands :).

Another day was spent enjoying the HOCR as we watched the rowers compete along the Charles River.  An absolutely relaxing day, we literally spent the day at the River watching the competition, eating amazing food truck grub, and indulging in some retail shopping thanks to Brook Brothers and the other preppy brands available.

On our last day in Boston, we were super touristy and checked out a “hop on and off” tour bus so that we could see all the major tourist spots.  I’d have to say it was a great way to see a town in a day.  We visited several spots, but my favorites included: Fenway Park and Boston Common.

Stay tuned for part 3 of my East Coast recap.  Our Cape Cod adventures might just be my favorite part :).

Sincerely, Kymberly

Travel Plans

Mother’s Day is quickly approaching and by now I would have created the cutest collage to present my own Mother’s Day wish list.  Especially as a blogger, it’s sort of the status quo to do so, right?  However, unlike last year’s Mother’s Day, my heart’s not in the place to share what materialistic items I’m coveting.  As part of my 12-step shopaholic recovery program, I’m being fiscally responsible.  So I’ll be a good girl and (do my best) to save for the upcoming trips 2014-2015 has in store for my family.

While I slow down on the frivolous spending at the clearance aisles of Target, I’m planning 4 trips that I want to give you the sneak peek on:

(4) Moab, Utaharches national park_moab_utah

What will begin as a trip to celebrate the wedding of one of the cutest couples I know, will turn into a week-long hiking trip to explore the Arches National Park, Canyonlands, Dead Horse Point State Park and even a cruise down the Colorado River.  This trip will be the kick-start to this summer’s plans.  Finger’s crossed the wedding goes off without a hitch and our hiking trip with an almost 2-year-old goes smoothly!  I loosely define “smoothly” as getting through the day without a “127 hours” incident on our hands (no pun intended 😉 ).

(3)  Central Coast, CaliforniaPismo Beach_Central Coast_California

I’m a let you in on a little secret, I’m a Californian whose once flawed perception of California was divided between Southern California and Northern California.  The whole central coast was more of a drive-thru to get from Los Angeles to San Francisco.  Now that I’m a Santa Barbara resident, I have no excuse not to make trips along Highway 101 to visit the coastal towns of San Luis Obispo, Monterey, and Santa Cruz.

(2) Boston, MassachusettsBoston_Massachusetts

Come Fall, when the leaves will be turning and the weather will have dropped just enough to validate dressing in layers; we will be heading to the greater Boston area to fall wickedly in love with the New England lifestyle.  Should my son fall in the same foot steps as his daddy, I think a toddler-sized “future Harvard law” shirt will be on my shopping list ;).

(1)  Charleston, South Carolinacharleston_south carolina

Not to get your tongue twisted; but I’m a sucker for seersucker and seaside.  😉

A trip not yet on the books, I’m eager to explore the southern charm and history this coastal town has to offer.

So there you have it; a glimpse of what my future travel plans will be.  I’m jumping for joy at the idea of visiting these cities all for the first time :).  Whether you follow my blog or stumped upon it while surfing the ‘net, If you’ve been to any of these cities, I’d love to hear feedback.

Sincerely, Kymberly