Showhome Tour with a Few Design Highlights

Sharing the top decorating ideas from our recent showhome tour, including a white and marble kitchen, herringbone tile floor and interesting backsplash.

We planned on making our way to visit our new baby niece this weekend, but freezing rain forced us to stay fairly close to home. I was itching to get out of the house for a bit, so my husband and I decided to check out a few showhomes we hadn’t been through yet in our area. Although there are few homes I walk through that I absolutely fall in love with, I often find there are parts of homes or certain features that give me ideas for client projects, our current home, as well as the one we plan on building within the next couple years.

Showhome with Open Floor Plan

The first home we visited had great flow, and we particularly liked how open the kitchen, breakfast area, and living room were to each other. It would be the perfect space for entertaining. We also liked how the stools tucked neatly under the island.

Showhome with Neutral Great Room

The warm colour palette was also appealing for the snowy/rainy day we were having. Although I tend to like light and airy spaces, they can feel cold in our Canadian climate. Achieving the perfect balance can be tricky.

Showhome with Neutral Living Room and Dining Room

Showhome with Herringbone Tile

The second house we toured had a different feel all together. The kitchen was my favourite by far. I loved the marble countertops and white cabinets (not so much the nutmeg floor).

Showhome with Marble and White Kitchen with Chandelier Over Island

The backsplash was a simple subway tile, but the herringbone pattern it was installed in really elevated the look.

Showhome with Grey Herringbone Subway Tile Backsplash in Kitchen

The living room was next to the kitchen. Although it had many components going for it like panel detailing, built-ins and a fireplace, the scale of everything seemed a bit off. A large area rug would’ve helped this space out a lot.

We did like the coffered ceiling and the soft blue-grey colour that was painted in the recessed portions.

Showhome with Coffered Ceiling in Living Room

This home had a beautiful view looking down the stairs. We both really liked the orb light fixture, which I can imagine would look stunning through the upper window at night.

Showhome with White Painted Stairwell and Foyer - Orb Light Fixture

Another room we liked aspects of in this house was the combination of the ensuite and dressing room. Although the layout of the bathroom seemed a bit strange, the finishes and detailing were gorgeous.

Black and White Ensuite with Marble Herringbone Tile Layout

The interesting herringbone layout of the tile was carried on here as well.

Showhome with Herringbone Marble Floor Primary Bathroom

The built-in clothing storage cabinet in the adjoining dressing room replaced the need for a large dresser in the primary bedroom. I like the idea of having my clothes in one area.

Dressing Room with White Built-ins

Showhome with Calming Bedroom

The final home of our tour was a bit disappointing. However, I was really drawn to the calming blue-grey colour in the master bedroom. Pretty, right?

Showhome Tour - Blue-grey Master Bedroom

Have you visited a showhome recently? What have you seen that made your own wish list? Anything about these homes we toured that caught your eye too? Be sure to check out this functional laundry room spotted on another tour.

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  1. I LOVE marble counter tops – especially on an island. Coffered ceilings are on my house bucket list. I will have a house with them sometime in my lifetime!

  2. Hi Shauna, I think you’re right they all have elements that are quite nice. The second kitchen is beautiful, but I agree the floor is far to rustic for the refined elegant cabinetry, if they had darkened it a few shades it would have for sure topped the list! Love your blog BTW!!!!

  3. I can’t remember the last time I went through a show home, I didn’t even go in the one at the National Home Show. (the line up was awfully long, though)
    Lots of things I love about these homes, thanks for sharing.
    Debbie :)

  4. I liked that second house kitchen – gorgeous!! That’s interesting how they installed the subway tile to look like herringbone… hmmm. I agree with you about that living room (family room?) too, it could have been styled much better! Thanks for the tour Shauna!~

  5. I wish I had a space so well-designed! My house a hodge podge of whatever works. Not exactly attractive!

  6. I haven’t gone to a show home in forever!  Thanks for the tour!  I love how everything is so light and bright!

  7. Oooh I’m digging the herringbone spin on the subway tiles. Gives it little oomph! I actually miss house-hunting, although I think you’ve got it nailed — “snooping” is actually the part I’m into :)

  8. I have not done any show home visits, I love that idea though, what a great way to get different perspectives! That living room next to the kitchen looked jam packed an area rug and less stuff maybe… I adore the herringbone subway tiles! <3

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