Thursday, May 28, 2015

Parade of Homes

Parade Homes ~ Southern Style

The Annual Birmingham Parade of Homes presented by the Greater Birmingham Associations of Home Builders was held two weekends this month. Lovely southern belles welcomed all, thousands over two weeks. I always try to attend and tour at least several of the many homes scattered throughout the city. It is a lot of fun and May is usually very hot but the hosts always serve plenty of cold water, lemonade and snacks. I enjoy seeing the latest in home design, new building materials and appliances. Anyone looking to buy a first home, a family that has outgrown their home and needs more space and of course empty nesters looking to downsize, something here for everyone.  New colors, beautiful landscaping and inspiration for those thinking of building. Be warned, a lot of photos! So here we go, enjoy.

Southern Colonial Style ~ The Beauxmont 
4 bedrooms 3.5 baths
3,807 sq. ft. 

Old southern mansions always had the porch ceilings painted robin egg blue to keep the birds away.

The Dining room

 Great room

Exposed beams in kitchen


Demonstration of built-in convection steam oven

Built-in water dispenser
great for the family entertaining children and their friends

 Covered porch ~ great entertaining space

Outdoor kitchen

Informal craft area and laundry room

Back stairs 

Master closet and dressing room

Master bath

 Master bedroom

Powder room off foyer


Bye Bye Y'all

4 bedrooms 4.5 baths
4,989 sq. ft. 

Dining room

Wine Bar

Kitchen and great room

Walk-in pantry


Stainless everywhere, love it!

Built-in Cappuccino latte and espresso machine

Outdoor living room, entertaining and kitchen

Water features and beautiful landscaping


 Powder room

Craft and laundry room

Master bedroom

Master bath and closet
love the barn door

Freeman Farmhouse
4 bedrooms 3 baths
2,444 sq. ft.

Exposed ceiling beams in dining room. Looking from the kitchen back to the foyer.

Exposed brick between foyer and living room

 Hope you enjoyed the tour. Did you see anything you liked, I certainly did! I love all the stainless and built-ins. I would love to hear what caught your attention. 

Thanks for stopping by.


  1. Emily, thanks for taking us along on this home tour. You got some great photos. What a fun weekend activity. '-)

  2. Wow! You're right! You took so many photos, but at almost 4,000 sq ft., there was a lot to see.

    Such a lovely home. Few homes can rival the elegance of the older homes, especially those from the South.

    Thank you for sharing, and have a lovely weekend.

  3. oh how much fun Emily! I love looking at houses and haven't done it in so long~ so many wonderful things to see...I love the sliding barn door look, I wish I had a spot for one! Also love that powder room with the angled ship lap wall...everything is just dreamy! Thanks for the tour and the Southern Belles take me back to my daughters Vestavia Belle days. Her dress was Pepto Bismal Pink [loaned from a friend of mine] and she just hated it!! Have a great weekend!

  4. I loved touring the houses with you and drooling over... the dresses!

  5. Beautiful homes! Thanks for sharing, Emily. I love all the modern built in dispensers...Christine

  6. I absolutely love to tour show homes and it's one thing I miss about living in Atlanta! There was always a show house to tour every weekend, it seemed! I remember taking my grandmother with me to see a model home in a big neighborhood and she kept whispering, "Are you sure no one lives here?"

    These homes are gorgeous. Thanks for the photos!

  7. Wow, how incredibly gorgeous! Each home is truly stunning and the detail inside the homes took my breath away. Thanks for sharing, sweet friend! Hugs!

  8. LOVED the tour. Did you see the one at Mt. Laruel? It was my favorite!

  9. WOW.

    We have done some tours around here in Minneapolis, and the are stunning. But the Southern Living style is WONDERFUL! That first plantation style home, oh dear, what a treasure! The floor plans and beams are simply outstanding, Emily!

    And thank you for visiting my blog. I'm back! Anita

  10. I'll take one of each, please. :)
    You had my attention from beginning to end, but that laundry/craft room made me look twice. Wow!
    Love that powder room sink, and the dining room ceiling in the last house caught my eye too.
    This was so much fun, Emily. Thanks for taking us along.

  11. Hi Emily! Oh, how I adore tours like this! What grand homes. Lord have mercy! As grand as those first two are, I kinda like the little farmhouse one best! Thank you so much for popping in to see me.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

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  13. Oh Emily, it must have been such fun to go through these magnificent homes! So many nice features! You must have had a ball!




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