Parade of Homes

We both have always been interested in interior design and that intrigue has only increased over time.  Each year, the Triangle area hosts The Wake County Parade of Homes.  It allows builders and designers to showcase their recent work while giving potential buyers and  “looky-loos” (like us) an opportunity to tour beautiful homes.  Even if you aren’t on the market for a new house, touring the featured properties is a great way to find new ideas and file them away for future projects or a future residence.

This year one particular house stood out to us.  It is a home that was built by local company, Loyd Builders.  It is located in Raleigh and is just as gorgeous on the inside as it is on the outside.  We absolutely love the classic look of the painted white brick and the black shutters.  The pop of celadon color on the front door adds a touch of whimsy that doesn’t go unnoticed.

Street view of the home

Street view of the home

As soon as you enter the home, one particular design feature stands out.  You find yourself in the foyer and immediately notice a pair of sliding barn doors in front of you.  These barns can be closed when the homeowners want to create privacy between the front and back of the house.


The kitchen was absolutely beautiful.  We are both major fans of a crisp white kitchen so it was no surprise that we were both impressed.  The built-in bench seating was a great addition, especially for a family with children.  Such a fun way to spend family dinners!  The ceiling treatment was spectacular as well.  It made such a dramatic impact.

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Subway tile backsplash

Subway tile backsplash

It might be difficult to tell in the picture, but the cabinetry in this area is actually painted a pale blue.

DSC_0949  Love the slightly industrial feel of the pendants that hang over the kitchen area…

Kitchen pendant

Kitchen pendant

The play room features another barn door.  This barn door also serves a utilitarian purpose…it can be moved along its’ track to cover up the TV, which is often considered to be an eye-sore.


 The master bathroom is stunning, complete with a beautiful free-standing bathtub.  The tile floors make a dramatic impact as does the walk-in shower.



There were a couple of absolutely adorable features in the girl’s playroom.  A sweet swing was hanging from the ceiling and there were little nooks that were turned into special play areas, complete with window boxes.


The entire house creates a feeling of warmth despite the fact that it is almost entirely white.  We were told that one couple (that was touring the home during the parade) stayed over two hours because they just loved how the house made them feel.  We completely understand why they felt that way.


 If you live in the area, we highly recommend that you check out the homes that are on the parade.  The house that you just viewed is called Penelope Rose.  The homes are open this  Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 12pm-5pm.  Here is the link for more information…

Hope everyone is having a wonderful week!


Tiffany & Lindsey


  1. Reagan Harkin says:

    We are house hunting right now. I love seeing what other people have done in their homes. Great inspiration for when we get into our new place! Thanks for the peek!

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