Disclosure: This post is sponsored by the Delta Faucet brand. As always all opinions are honest and my own (and I would’ve written this post with or without the sponsorship!)
From a young age, I would dream about houses. I would style my dollhouse and rearrange the furniture more than I played with the dolls. I would draw houses in church and floorplans on graph paper at the desk in my bedroom. And as a teenager, I loved going with my parents and grandparents to look at model homes and show houses. I can’t even remember why we did that other than to occupy a Saturday, but I soaked in all of the clever decorating ideas, thoughtful choices in the floorplans, and the combinations of furnishings and fabrics.
Having the opportunity to tour the 2019 HGTV Dream Home this year in Whitefish, Montana, brought me right back to that place. I was invited by the Delta Faucet brand, who furnished the kitchen and bath fixtures in the home, and that was an easy invitation to say yes to!
The show-stopper of this year’s home is definitely the setting and the view. I must admit that I was there to see the house, but I was enamored by the snow-covered trees and the way the light was passing through them, casting a pattern of light and shadow. There was a light, cold breeze that carried the snow off of the branches, creating a light flurry.
After oohing and aahing over the scenery, we went inside the house…
The house was designed for indoor/outdoor living and the windows and doors on the “view side” of the house can be opened and folded back to let in the fresh mountain air.
The interior, decorated by Brian Patrick Flynn and his team, was an eclectic decorating blend that I would describe as modern lodge. There were all of the kitschy elements found in traditional lodge decor like animal hides, snowshoes, and the token moose head, but it was all used in a way that felt fresh and not kitschy. It was more of a wink and a nod to lodge style, blended with more refined and playful elements.
The family room is the first thing you see when you walk through the front door. It drew us in right away…
…but we did have to take a minute to put on some oh-so-stylish footwear to prevent wet and snowy footprints from being tracked through the house.
And we also took some time to listen to Brian share some of the inspiration and intention behind his design choices.
I will confess to sneaking off to get some pictures while everyone else was listening! I could still hear him, but it gave me a chance to be in a few of the rooms by myself!
One thing that Brian shared that was interesting is that all of the decor in this house was selected and arranged with film and photography in mind. So, there are many decisions that work great on camera, but wouldn’t necessarily work in a real home (like light fixtures hung very low over the beds.)
The master suite is to the left off of the family room. A small alcove opens into the entrance to the room…
The master bedroom opens to a deck that holds a Swedish sauna…
Wouldn’t that be a delightful place to hang out?
The bedroom opened right into the ensuite bathroom. (See my head in the mirror? I was so busy trying to make sure no one else was in my shot that I completely missed my own head!)
I really liked that dark green/gray wall color.
The bathroom has a “wet room” – a shower/tub combo. I used one of those in a hotel once and it’s not my favorite for reasons of practicality, but I loved the choice of the traditional Cassidy™ Delta Faucet fixtures and the way the room was designed to highlight the view out of the picture windows.
I loved the mix of the rustic wood ceiling and the sleek marble and glass elements.
There was a small water closet for the toilet and a huge clothes closet that was certainly fitting for a dream house.
Back across the family room is the dining room and kitchen, all open as one, large space.
The kitchen was the most neutral room in the house, giving the eye a place to rest from the bolder colors used elsewhere. The room looked mostly white and black/brown in person, but in a photograph you can see that the tiles are actually a pale blue, offering some subtle color and contrast to the white cabinets.
Our hosts had laid out a beautiful charcuterie platter as well as some tempting bite-sized desserts.
It was clear that this house was designed with entertaining in mind.
The counters were concrete and the island was stainless steel. The kitchen faucet is from the Delta Pivotal™ Collection and is equipped with Touch2O® Technology. Not only was the kitchen the most neutral space, but it also felt the most modern.
The kitchen and dining windows and doors open to the deck and a covered porch.
There is an outdoor grill and fireplace as well.
Off the kitchen, there is a mudroom/side entrance, a laundry room…
…and a half bath.
Brian took advantage of an awkward space under the stairs and turned it into a little space for a dog.
I’m not about to give Sebastian his own room, but I thought it was a clever use of an area that might otherwise just be storage or dead space.
And that brings us to the stairs…
I found myself drawn to the large-scale photographs used throughout the home. As I understand it, Brian took many of these photos himself (or they were at least from his personal photo collection.) They are a great example of an inexpensive way to fill a blank wall. Blow it up, put it in a simple frame, and there you have it.
Bunk beds have been added to the landing, making it a nice place to lounge, but also a place to stick the kids if this is being used as a vacation rental.
I loved the cowboy hats, the mismatched chairs, and other bits of personality sprinkled throughout this space.
There is a small balcony that looks down on the family room, adding to the open feel of the house.
There were two more bedrooms and bathrooms upstairs…
The swing was a playful touch…
I took an Instagram poll asking if anyone would go with a bold tile pattern like this and over 90% said no! It’s a bit too bold for me, too, but it did have me thinking about all of the possible patterns that could be made out of simple, solid-colored tile. And, I have to admit, that this graphic choice is fun and compliments the Emerge™ Shower Column and H2Okinetic® Raincan showerhead from Delta
My favorite corner of the house was the bonus room above the garage. Of course, it had my favorite blue & white color palette, but I also loved the vintage photo paired with the antique skis.
And that was the whole of the house! There was a garage, but I somehow completely missed going in to check it out.
Pictures don’t quite do it justice, so if you’d like to see my video tour of the house, there is one saved on my Instagram Story Highlights under HGTV Dream Home.
You can see more photos, videos, and a floor plan of the HGTV Dream Home HERE. You can also enter to win the house, $250,000, and other prizes daily starting December 28, 2018 through that link.