HGTV Dream Home 2014 Tour: Part 1

This is an early Feature Friday this week, so enjoy!

I still am amazed at all the fun things I get to be a part of. I never know what email I’ll get next, inviting me to be a part of a blogger event and this one with GMC and Lake Tahoe was an absolute dream come true. First, I had never been to Lake Tahoe, so to get to experience that beauty and scenery during December with snow on the ground AND get to tour the world famous HGTV Dream Home 2014 in person, well….it was almost too good to be true. But true it was and I enjoyed every single second of this trip.

As I shared in the earlier post, we all piled in brand new GMC Denali vehicles and drove the 45 minutes or so to the community where the dream home was built.

HGTV Dream home 2013 (2)

This sight awaited us as we drove up and got out.  This brand new GMC Denali Yukon is part of the prize package for this year’s HGTV Dream Home.  Wouldn’t you just be over the moon to win this house and car, as well as a cash prize?  I can’t even imagine.

snow and trees (2)

The surroundings in this community were just breathtaking too.

Rhoda at dream home

I did a little Vanna White impression, showing off the house.

outside details

Real icicles were hanging from the roof.

snow on roof

And snow on the roof too, which made for a picture perfect day.

rain chain

There were rain chains which I’ve just started seeing on homes lately.


Snow drifts and evergreen trees made for a beautiful setting.

Jocelyn opening door

Jocelyn with GMC got ready to open the doors to let us in.

Just for an FYI, here’s a link to the entire fact sheet from Scripps Network on the HGTV Dream Home, so most anything you might want to ask is in the fact sheet.

And here are the principals involved in the planning and design of the house:

Jack Thomasson, Professional House Planner, The Home Department
John Marlin, Developer, Schaffer’s Mill
David Bourke, Architect, Ward-Young Architect
Kreg Rowe, Builder, Tanamera Construction
Linda Woodrum, Interior Designer, TS Hudson Interiors

inside foyer

We all had to put on those booties to keep the place nice and clean for the owners.  The tiled entry way was where we dropped out things and then got to really see the house.

front door inside

Inside the front door, beautiful metal and wood.

Jack Thomasson

Jack Thomasson, master planner for all of HGTV’s dream homes, welcomed us into the house.  I had met Jack previously at the HGTV Green home here in Atlanta’s Serenbe community almost 2 years ago, so it was nice to catch up with him again.

Jack Rhoda

I asked to get a pic taken with him and he agreed.  He’s got such vision for these homes and does a tremendous job on all of the planning.


Looking into the spacious open kitchen and dining area on this side of the house.  Note the soaring ceilings with rustic wood beams and all the metal bolts in a pattern that is just beautiful.  Such attention to detail!  Linda Woodrum did an excellent job with the interior design of the house and we noted that Ethan Allen provided all the furniture.

dining area

Dining area with all glass looking out.

kitchen 2

The kitchen has a huge long bar that runs down the middle of it, with lots of seating around it.

kitchen to living room

At the other end of the kitchen is this gorgeous living room area, complete with fireplace and lots more glass. The views in this house are amazing.

kitchen island

Kitchen island with so many details to take in.

dough bowl on island

Loved the color display with these apples on this rustic dough bowl.

shelves close

Modern open shelving in the kitchen.


Artichokes are so pretty.

kitchen window

Sink area with window looking out.

kitchen lamp

Lamp and tomatoes as an accessory.

island to family room

Huge chunk of granite island.

massive island

This was an impressive island with the stovetop on this side.  Definitely a party house for sure with this layout.

kitchen flowers

More florals. I loved the accent of yellow that was chosen for the house.  Sunny yellow was a bright spot with all the natural elements.

wood tile on wall

Rustic wood tiled wall in the kitchen.

dough bowl 2

The irresistible appeal of fresh fruit, the best accessory there is.

dough bowl 3

OK, one more shot, just because I couldn’t stop with the pics.

kitchen island 2

That impressive island was hard to resist too.

island from backside

Back side of cabinets were dark ebony wrapped in that beautiful granite.


A shot of a few of us bloggers, these were the other home bloggers that I know:  me, Chelsea, Liz, Dan (not a home blogger), and Brittany.

bloggers and social media

The HGTV Media guy, Lee took this pic of us all playing on our phones.  Social media and blogging go hand in hand.

kitchen window 2

A better look at the window and that beautiful WOOD tile backsplash. I had never seen this product before.

kitchen accessory

More accessories.


Another view of that beautiful soaring ceiling.

to living room

Living room again.

fireplace (2)

Seating area beside the fireplace.

fireplace rustic art

This impressive piece of art was above the fireplace, a rustic slice of pine tree.  I loved this idea for this house! I’m kicking myself for not keeping a slice of the big pine tree I had cut down in my front yard. It was about this size in diameter.

coffee table

Yellow coffee table in the living room.

outdoor patio

Just outside is an open patio.

cocoa station

Complete with drink and s’mores station.

backyard view

This home sits on a golf course at one of the holes.

metal wall

On the other side of the house is the master bedroom and this corrugated metal wall is in the hallway.

foyer table

Console table in foyer.

foyer leaning mirror

Leaning mirror in foyer.  You can find the mirror maker at this site.


Back hallway


Laundry room

hall cabinet

Cabinet in hallway nook.

for the dogs

Doggie area under the stairs. How cute is that?

powder room

Downstairs powder room. Note the rustic wood blocks on the wall.

GMC HGTV group

A group shot with all of us, the bloggers, HGTV team, GMC team.

What a delight it was to experience this HGTV Dream Home in person.  It’s one thing to see things online, but to be there in the flesh is a wonderful treat.  I’m so grateful to GMC for this opportunity to participate in such a once in a lifetime experience.

I’ll be back soon with Part 2!

I’m heading to New Orleans today with my mom and sister and we’ll be staying with Lauren for a few days. We have another baby shower to attend down there and want to experience the whole baby-thing to the hilt.  Little Parker will be here before we know it!

Note:  This trip was a sponsored trip by GMC and all travel expenses were paid for by GMC.

- Rhoda


  1. Becky in 'Bama says

    Yep…my husband and I would be more than happy to vacation in this home. My only quibble, is the open shelving in the kitchen. I would never be able to keep everything neat and orderly. However, if I won the contest, I suppose I could compromise. 🙂 That yellow in the kitchen and great room makes me happy.

  2. I do not think winning the HGTV Dream House is all that it is cracked up to be. I think everyone that has won it, was not able to keep it due to the huge tax bill that came their way. So I no longer enter the contest.

    • Yes, that is true, Maureen, I read something on another blog about what had happened with all the dream home winners and I think they were all sold for the cash, which is still not a bad prize at all. Still would be fun to win!

  3. What an amazing opportunity, you are so lucky Rhoda but deserve it for all the hard work you put into your blog. I absolutely love this house, its incredible and that kitchen is to die for!

    Love the images, I have my first DSLR camera now and hope to be able to take my own images for my blog this year.

    Thank you for sharing your wonderful time.

    Lee 🙂

  4. Your pictures are awesome!

  5. What a wonderful opportunity this was. Your photos are fantastic!

  6. I love this house – maybe I should call it a modern cabin. Growing up in the SF Bay Area, we went to Tahoe frequently to go skiing or water skiing (we’re talking starting in the late 50s). Lake Tahoe is a beautiful and fun area and everything and more the program hosts were describing. I’ve stayed in a lot of different cabins/condos – from extremely rustic and old to updated and traditional, but this one is a stunner. Even though I have become a minimalist in my decorating, there are so many design elements I can take away from this home. I am definitely going to try to win this house, especially since I have family in Reno who could share it with us if we win.

  7. Great pictures! The designer did a great job with the furniture and colors. I’m curious how this house is heated. It seems like it might be a challenge with so much glass and the high ceilings too. Did you find that out while you were touring it? Was it warm inside when you were there?

    • Hi, Sarah, it was warm inside. I’m sure it’s high-tech heating, whatever they used. You will probably find out lots of info at those links I provided and the HGTV website should have a lot to share too.

    • Do you know what color granite they used on the kitchen island? Doesn’t say in the specs – thanks!

    • Sorry, I don’t know, Sue!

  8. Wonderful photos of this year’s HGTV dream house! It looks like quite the cozy, modern cabin in the woods. I’ve actually never been to Lake Tahoe, but after seeing photos of the area, I am more than intrigued! People love to talk about Lake Tahoe as an incredible destination and now I certainly see why…

  9. Gregory Gaunt says

    I can’t wait to move in!

  10. Omg! How lucky are you? And how beautiful is this house! Full of inspiration! Thanks for sharing, your pics are amazing!!! Xo, Kathy

  11. What a fun adventure! Love that wood kitchen backsplash and that above the fireplace wood piece, too.


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