The HGTV Smart Home 2016 Part I and Serendipity

The HGTV Smart Home 2016 and Serendipity?

What does this magnificent home, that I had the great pleasure of touring,

have to do with serendipity?

Well, I will  explain it all at the end of this post.

In the meantime, enjoy the Part I of the tour of the great HGTV Smart Home 2016

located in Raleigh, North Carolina,  tucked into a quiet, charming neighborhood.

HGTV Smart Home 2016 Exterior with car

This series of posts that I will be doing on the Smart Home

will be a combination of photos that I took and ones offered to me by the HGTV staff.

The builder is Homes by Dickerson

HGTV Smart Home 2016

The President of Homes by Dickerson was present to answer the many questions that we had.

I love the stained ceiling of the front porch.

You usually see them painted white and I can attest that it does become a chore

those several times a year when you have to clean painted white beadboard.

Again, I do love the look of the dark stained porch ceiling.

HGTV 2016 Smart Home Porch - Housepitality Designs

As soon as you enter the Smart Home, which is secured by the SimpliSafe Security System that is

wireless and installs in seconds and is controlled by your smartphone,

directly in front of you is the living room.

Furnishings and most accessories by Bassett Furniture.

There are however, many beautiful art and sculpture pieces from local artisans.

I loved the color scheme as soon as I walked into the home as they are some

of my very favorite color combinations.

Some of which you see in my home.

Rugs by Shaw.

HGTV Smart Home 2016 Living Room

HGTV 2016 Smart Home Living Room - Housepitality Designs

HGTV 2016 Smart Home Living Room - Housepitality Designs

The combination of color, pattern and texture is impeccable.

HGTV 2016 Smart Home Living Room - Housepitality Designs

HGTV 2016 Smart Home - Housepitality Designs

The designer for the 2016 Smart Home is Design Star, Tiffany Brooks.

I had the pleasure of asking her some questions with regard to the home

and some “personal” questions too.

Me: “What was your inspiration for the design and color scheme for the house.

Tiffany: “The tile in the kitchen” . . . and what gorgeous tile it is!

HGTV Smart Home 2016 Kitchen

I love that the tile goes all the way up to the crown moulding.

HGTV 2016 Smart Home Kitchen - Housepitality Designs

I asked Tiffany how she described her design style,

she said, “Classic with a funky twist” and she surely achieved this with her gorgeous classic

and  fresh modern signature feel in every room.

HGTV 2016 Smart Home Kitchen Island - Housepitality Designs

HGTV 2016 Smart Home - Housepitalty Designs

Do you see that glimpse of white shelving? That is a glimpse of the pantry.

Appliances by Electrolux.

HGTV 2016 Smart Home Kitchen - Housepitality Designs

HGTV 2016 Smart Home Kitchen - Housepitality Designs

To the left as you enter the home and adjacent to the kitchen is the dining area.

I love that it has both a formal yet casual feel . . . ready to have family dinners

or an area for ones to gather to do homework and other activities of our daily living.

HGTV Smart Home 2016 Dining Room

There are two lovely corner built-in cabinets on each side of the window.

HGTV 2016 Smart Home - Housepitality Designs

When you enter through the door from the garage,

you enter an area where there are built-in cabinets and shelving . . . a butler’s pantry.

This pantry leads into the kitchen.

HGTV 2016 Smart Home - Butler's Pantry - Housepitality Designs

Such wonderful storage and the way it has been designed can keep anyone organized!

HGTV 2016 Smart Home - Housepitality Designs

A group of very handy and pretty hooks to the left of the door for a convenient place

to hang your bags and such.

HGTV 2016 Smart Home - Housepitality Designs

At one end of the butler’s pantry/mudroom area is a small office/work area.

Such a pretty and organized place to work!

There truly is no lack of beautiful storage space!

HGTV 2016 Smart Home - Housepitality Designs

The HGTV Smart Home is successfully created by so many talented people and vendors.

I will touch upon many of the things that makes this home really “smart”!

In the meantime, meet two people of the many people who contributed to the success of the home.

Tiffany Brooks – HGTV Design Star and Designer of the HGTV 2016 Smart Home and

Carley Knobloch, HGTV Smart Home 2016 Tech Expert (on right)

Carley has the remodel series “Smart, Simple, Solved” She offers high and low tech

solutions for your home and daily living, such as de-stressing your morning routine.

Carley is also a regular on The Today Show and CNN.

They were both so wonderful and fun!

HGTV 2016 Smart Home - Housepitality Designs

Now for the reason why this experience was so serendipitous!

My son has been researching a home to buy. He had narrowed it down to a particular

neighborhood that he loves. He originally was looking at 2 particular builders.

After touring the 2016 HGTV Smart Home, I realized that the builder was also one of the

builders that is building in the neighborhood of his choice. I told him that I was very

impressed with Homes by Dickerson’s construction.

Long story short ….. my son went on their website, saw a plan that he liked,

looked at that home under construction and he bought it!!! Hopefully, if all goes well,

he will close in early June. He was very impressed with the construction and the staff.

So, serendipity took place when I had the opportunity to be part of the media event for the

2016 HGTV Smart Home!!!

Stay tuned for MORE on the Smart Home. I have more beauty and innovation to share.

Another 2 gorgeous floors of rooms and porches!!  And more of the interview of Tiffany too!

Have a beautiful day everyone!



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  1. Oh, what a pretty home. Love all the colors and swooning over that tile! Congrats to your son for his new purchase!
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  2. Sweet! Congrats to your son! This is a lovely home, I really like that the living room doesn’t look decorated to death. It looks like a normal person’s home (just really really clean & tidy!!)

    Happy Monday Shirley!

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  3. I love serindiptuous moments and this was truly one. This is a beautiful home and it is so exciting that your son will have a new home by a “smart” home builder! Thanks for sharing, Shirley.

  4. I really like this home! The outside has very attractive curb appeal, and I too love the stained porch ceiling! There’s definitely a generous amount of color and texture going on inside, but it all seems to flow nicely so far. L-O-V-E the storage areas! Can’t have too much of that! I do think that the tile in the kitchen is gorgeous, but I would be afraid that I might not like it in another 5 years. I’m soooo excited for your son too!!! Hopefully he won’t live to far away!!! looking forward to seeing more of the house:)
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  5. Wendy Howell says

    Great post! How nice for you to be able to tour this gorgeous property 🙂

  6. Sigh, wow, I am crazy about the way she used that tile for inspiration and wove those incredible colors throughout in subtle and some not so subtle ways, gorgeous! Thanks so much for sharing Shirley, can’t wait for the rest. I know your son is thrilled to have some fabulous designer services from his talented mom for his new home!
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  7. Gorgeous–and that pantry/office is just what I want in my next house! Glad it worked out for your son, too. It’s always nice when things dovetail like that, isn’t it?
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  8. That IS serendipitous! Your son was definitely in luck!!
    I probably need to get my husband in gear and come tour that house…I hope it’s open when the weather gets warmer (which will be any day now, I hope).
    What I like about this house is that it is not afraid to use some color…gorgeouse tile!!
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  9. Hi Shirley! Thanks for the tour of this beautiful home and congrats to your son.
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  10. bobbi duncan says

    Life is so full of ironies–congrats to your son on his new home. He will have such fun picking out things that that work for his lifestyle. Enjoyed the tour and definitely see the beauty and benefits of a stained porch ceiling. Know you had a ball being able to check out this smart home in person!

  11. Shirley, first congrats to your son! I thoroughly enjoyed the first installment of this lovely home! The pantry/mud room is an ideal space for any homeowner…great storage! I love the fresh take of the the designer! I will be eagerly awaiting the rest of he tour! Happy Monday, Pam @ Everyday Living
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  12. Sherry Myers says

    Such fun to be included in this tour! Thanks, Shirley! I do love the color scheme. What a pantry to die for! Love the dining room! The curb appeal is so inviting…the porch–swoon worthy! Have a great week, Shirley. Can’t wait for the rest of the tour. Congratulations, to your son.

  13. Wow Shirley – the home is lovely. The kitchen blue/white tile is perfection. I have so enjoyed your blog and have nominated your for the Liebster Award. You can check out the post here:
    Happy Monday!

  14. I’ll be back, have to run but KNOW you (and I) LOOOOVED all the blue and white! I am doing my kitchen in blues and greens for Spring! Congrats to your son!!!
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  15. What a gorgeous home! Thanks for the tour, and congrats to your son! 😉

  16. Designer homes are always so perfect, something mine will never be! I do enjoy being inspired with new ideas that are always a part.

  17. I don’t know where to begin. I love the stained ceiling also and the stone flooring is GORGEOUS!! The inside is so beautifully done. I do like the tile but probably would tire of it, but it is a fun addition! Can’t wait to see the rest. The PANTRY is TDF!!! OMGoodness, what I would give for that!!!
    Had a great day, went up to Lancaster county (didn’t see Yvonne) but had a great day.
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    So happy for TJ! That’s great news. I love the tile that goes up to the ceiling, too. Looks amazing. and I loe the hanging lights over the bar. Just gorgeous. Thanks for the look inside this beautiful home.

  19. WOW, congrats to your son. How exciting. This home is stunning. I absolutely loved everything. That tile going up the crown molding is so unique.
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  20. Congratulations to your Son!! I love to see Decorators take it over the top! Sometimes it is very nice as in this house. Thanks for sharing the photos.

  21. Oh my! The kitchen was divine! The cabinet color, the tile on the walls… the brass accented light fixture. YUUUUMMM. Tahnks for the gorgeous peeks!! And what fun for you. Lucky girl 😉
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  22. What a beautiful home. Love the kitchen island! And what a great story that your son will have a home built by them!

  23. Of course this is a beautiful home, Shirley, filled with so much fabulous inspiration. So excited for your son…I’m sure your head is working overtime with all kinds of wonderful ideas to help him make his house a home.
    Mary Alice
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  24. That is an amazing story Shirley! Your son is going to have a truly beautiful home if this is any indication! How great!

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  25. How exciting for your son, Shirley! Looks like beautiful construction and lovely detailing. This is such a beautiful home. Cannot wait to see more in your future posts. Thanks for sharing! xoxox

  26. So many features that I like. I love the pantry. It is a dream room. So much storage space easy to organize and find your things. The colors and textures of the rooms appeal to me also.
    Great serendipity story. Congrats to your son.
    Look forward to the next post.
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  27. Thanks for the tour Shirley! I have serious butler’s pantry envy and I love those chairs in the dining area!
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  28. The home is lovely… Wish him well with the new purchase…

  29. Hi,Can you find out who the vendor or manufacturer is for the fireplace tile.
    I loved the texture, and clean look.
    Thank you!

  30. Hi Shirley! Can you give me any details about the striking contemporary dining room art? The side by side panels are fabulous! Thanks! Liz

  31. Hi Shirley! Can I ask the color of the kitchen and laundry cabinets? So beautiful and trying to find the perfect color!

  32. Beautiful Tile in the kitchen. Do you know where it is from?

  33. I would love to know the color of the exterior paint (on the body of the house). I’m assuming it’s a Sherwin Williams color since they are one of the sponsors. Thanks in advance!

  34. I love the dining room and living rugs, but couldn’t find the, on the Shaw website. Do you know where they can be found?



  35. I especially love the kitchen cabinets that enhance the tile pattern. Could you tell me where to find these cabinets? Thanks, Pat

  36. This house is all gorgeous absolutely beautiful made by highly skilled team, its a really Dream home making the most amazing thoughts beautiful colors with amazing decorations, Congratulations to your son”.

  37. Could you please tell me what color of paint was used for all the exterior, thanks jm


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