Wednesday, October 17, 2007

A Martha Tour

During our recent visit to Florida, we were able to visit a new community that is being built of Martha Stewart homes. There were three model homes open for viewing and I took pictures really to share with all of you! I especially tried to capture some of my favorite things. I hope you enjoy the tour!

Please note: I forgot my camera and took these pictures on my cell phone - so I know they are not the best, but I still hope you can catch the feel and enjoy it anyway!

There was a pretty brick path leading between each of the houses and the outside was very beautifully landscaped. This sitting area with the fountain behind it was between two of the houses.

This was my favorite house. Here is the view when you open the front door. You turn right to a bedroom and down a little to the left, you enter the dining room.

Entry Way

Dining Room - can you tell there is a lovely built in cabinet across the entire end of the room? It runs all the way into the kitchen!

Here's another view of the dining room with the lovely built-in at the end!

This was my favorite kitchen! I loved all the shelving and glass-front cabinets filled with lots of pretty white dishes!

A close-up of some open shelving in the above kitchen. Amy, this made me think of you with the white cake plates on the top shelf!

Here is a view from the other side - in all the kitchens, the staples were stored on the counters in pretty jars - I loved that!

And, now a view including the island - look at the storage shelves behind the stools!

If you turned around from the island in the kitchen, you would see a set of double doors leading out to a patio with a sitting area like this on either side. The built in cabinets and attractive storage were everywhere!

One of the things that caught my eye in this house was these pretty doors - they were the standard door used throughout the house and I just loved the pattern in the door with the paneling on the walls.

Master Bedroom

This is the front of the house.

Now we are in the next house! This was one of my favorite spots! This is situated at the top of a stairway in a family loft area - it was set up as a homework, crafting, communication area. It felt very family-friendly and practical!

One side of the loft area led to the bedrooms and the other side was this cozy family room!

One of the bedrooms was set up as a nursery. It had a cute play area shown here. But the real reason I took this picture was because I loved the windows. These let in a lot of light but didn't take away the functionality of using the wall for furniture. I loved that!

This bedroom was opposite the nursery joined by a cute bathroom. There were some cute shelves in here and a desk, etc... The picture doesn't really do it justice, but I decided to leave it in just so you could see it.Here is the outside of this house.

Ok, I must confess on the rest of these pictures - they are running together as far as which room was in which house. So, I'll just share the pictures! This was a Master Bedroom in one of the houses. I paid particular notice to the bed linens as they were from Martha's new Macy's line.

Another pretty bedroom.

I liked how this living room was arranged. It felt so conducive to cozy hospitality and conversation. I've rearranged our living room this year in an effort to achieve this and will be posting the before and after sometime soon.

Another pretty kitchen. More shelving under the island and more pretty jars holding baking staples on the counters!

I hope you enjoyed your tour! Let me know what you liked!


Anonymous said...

I like that you wanted to share the pics with us. Thank you. tammyp

Liisa said...

I loved the first house too. I especially like the view when you come in the front is spectacular! Perhaps I like it so much because we have such a teeny little entryway! ~smile~


Christi said...

Oh, I wish I could've been there!

I like the first house a lot, but I love the study/crafting/communications center in the second house.

Thanks for sharing!

melissa said...

what a fun tour! glad it was enjoyable. :)

Grace said...

I love the practical yet beautiful storage in each house. Very well thought out. The first kitchen reminds me of my parents that they just redid. I think you would like it alot.

Katy said...

Great pics Monica! Thanks so much for sharing!!! :)

Anonymous said...

I liked seeing these houses in person with you! :) Great photos -- and a great way to be reminded of things we liked!
Love you, Mom

Amy said...

Monica- I am so jealous, what a fun tour! Thank you so much for sharing these pictures with us and taking the time to post and describe them. I know that is a lot of work.

I just got about fifty new ideas for our house after seeing these. New ideas for my entryway, ways to update my cabinets, open shelving for those cake stands (you know me so well!!), ways to update my office. My head is spinning :)

Thank you, thank you. My husband doesn't though :) I have a lot of work for us to do now :)

carrie said...


So beautiful! I enjoyed seeing the pix, and especially like the bedding, the attractive containers (of course!), and that fabulous loft desk area.

Carrie said...

Oh wow that sounds like such a fun way to spend the day! Love the pictures, they're very inspiring.
Thanks for sharing!
God bless :)

Amy said...

I love the staging. I'd have a hard time buying one of those homes without making sure that I got everything the way it is in the model (I love this style of decorating- it's doesn't look super modern but is very clean and crisp while staying cozy and inviting). And it's amazing how nice the first house looked with virtually no color. :)

HopewellMomSchool said...

Lovely! I love that family loft/ homework/craft etc area. I think I'll use our living room for that! Thanks so much for posting these photos.

jazzhands said...

The kitchen of the first house...white cabinets, white backsplash, dark gray countertops--I'm just finishing a kitchen remodel with the same design details! what color were the walls painted?

Mrs. C said...

Oh, divine! I especiallly like the long kitchen counter with the lovely clear canisters.

Mrs. C

Molly said...

What a fun tour! Thanks for sharing. It gave me some fun ideas to think about with the current construction of our house!

Sarah said...

I love Martha!

Now the real question.... How much do these home cost?

Debbie J. said...

I liked it all! I think there is a Martha Stewart Community in Raleigh, NC.

Sharon said...

Wow.......those homes are beautiful! I think I would feel a little "perfection pressure" if I lived in there though! Thanks for sharing!

:0) Sharon

MyHeartIsAlwaysHome said...

I loved the kitchen in the first house. Having a larger kitcen is on my wish list. I use those glass jar to store my flour, sugar etc and have them placed on my counter. I found them at Wal Mart and they were reasonable.

Thanks for sharing!

Joy@Joy in the Journey said...

Wow, I'm sure they are right in my price range! :)
I really like all of the smart storage, and how everything looks so organized!

Anonymous said...

I loved that everything was crisp and white. But where are the curtains and drapes?
Ruth, PA

thehomespunheart said...

I'm so glad you all enjoyed the tour!

Amy P - I'm with you - I would want it to look JUST like that if I bought a house like this!

Jazz Hands - the walls in my favorite house were white, gray, and a soft eggshell blue (think Martha colors). Everything coordinated beautifully, and the colors were very soft and peaceful.

Sarah - according to the price sheet we were given in the sales office where we started, the homes range from 270K-363K. You select the floor plan you like and then choose an exterior. Definitely out of my price range - but it was fun to look!

Jerusalem said...

What a great thing to get to do! I love Martha and her point of view. Even though my house would never be - or stay - that organized, I sure would love to have all that storage to try! Beautiful!

Anonymous said...

Wow, I love that. But in the future, please ask me before you take pictures of my house again - just kidding - I wish it was my house, but then I'd have to fight you and a million others just to own it. Love that kitchen!