Last week I had the amazing opportunity to escape to Florida for 48 hours and visit the 2016 HGTV Dream Home. How you ask? Well, if you remember, last year I worked with the folks at GMC to shop the World’s Longest Yard Sale to decorate a Habitat for Humanity Home in Atlanta, Georgia as part of the Hidden Treasures Adventure.

2016 HGTV Dream Home | inspiredbycharm.com

Well, it just so happens that GMC is a sponsor of the dream home, and they are about to release their redesigned 2017 GMC Acadia. GMC invited the entire group of bloggers who participated in the Hidden Treasures Adventure (and some additional bloggers) to test drive the new Acadia to the HGTV Dream Home and then tour the property. Needless to say, I was pretty darn excited. This felt like one of those once-in-a-lifetime opportunities. With my duffle bag packed, I headed off to Florida.

2016 HGTV Dream Home | inspiredbycharm.com

In Orlando the group of us hopped into a caravan of the new Acadias. (Details about these amazing vehicles can be found here. They pretty much drive themselves [not really, but close] so you’re going to want to check them out.) We made a one hour trek to Merritt Island to get all up in 2016 HGTV Dream Home. Let me show you some of my favorite places in the house.

2016 HGTV Dream Home | inspiredbycharm.com

Because I can, I’m going to jump from room to room in no particular order. Cool? Also, before we get into it, the designer for this home was Brian Patrick Flynn. He was actually on the property for our tour. He’s crazy talented (Check out his IG feed for more of his work.), very kind, personable, and easy on the eyes.

2016 HGTV Dream Home | inspiredbycharm.com

One of my favorite rooms in the house is the media room. With aqua walls and pops of pinks, it is hard not to smile in this space. The touches of gold help, too. I especially love the expansive gallery walls on the two opposing walls.

2016 HGTV Dream Home | inspiredbycharm.com

2016 HGTV Dream Home | inspiredbycharm.com

2016 HGTV Dream Home | inspiredbycharm.com

There are two guest bedrooms on the first floor of the home. The white bedroom is easily my favorite. Presumably inspired by the beach, this room has a beautiful combination of styles. Traditional furnishings, paired with both modern and rustic accessories give it the eclectic style that I’ve come to love.

2016 HGTV Dream Home | inspiredbycharm.com

2016 HGTV Dream Home | inspiredbycharm.com

2016 HGTV Dream Home | inspiredbycharm.com

 

 

2016 HGTV Dream Home | inspiredbycharm.com

2016 HGTV Dream Home | inspiredbycharm.com

Also, the massive DIY string art in the adjoining bathroom is incredible. So is the floor-to-ceiling blue penny tile.

2016 HGTV Dream Home | inspiredbycharm.com

While beautifully designed, the second guest bedroom is probably my least favorite room in the house. I just don’t love orange. However, there are some elements that I really appreciated, such as that cozy cable knit blanket.

2016 HGTV Dream Home | inspiredbycharm.com

Moving on to the living room. This space totally tickled me because of its eclectic appeal. While most of the furnishings are traditional and neutral, the whole space is enveloped in a graphic mural photograph of vintage surfers. A bold choice, but a great use of such a big wall.

2016 HGTV Dream Home | inspiredbycharm.com

The coffee table is also a step out of traditional as it’s made with rebar and topped with glass. It works quite well with the trio of light fixtures that hang above it.

2016 HGTV Dream Home | inspiredbycharm.com

The kitchen is set just behind the living room. Although I appreciate its design, I wasn’t wowed by this space. These days, I think kitchens should be the jewel of the home.

2016 HGTV Dream Home | inspiredbycharm.com

However, I do love the brass hardware as well as the use of the dresser in this space. It helps give things a warm and cozy feel.

2016 HGTV Dream Home | inspiredbycharm.com

The dining room is opposite the living room. Again, classic furniture choices in a neutral palette make this space feel light and welcoming.

2016 HGTV Dream Home | inspiredbycharm.com

2016 HGTV Dream Home | inspiredbycharm.com

I’m also a big fan of the non-traditional large graphic art work.

2016 HGTV Dream Home | inspiredbycharm.com

Just behind the dining room is a little entryway area near the garage. A narrow entry table, artwork, and baskets for storage make excellent use of the space.

2016 HGTV Dream Home | inspiredbycharm.com

The master bedroom is the only room on the second floor in addition to a huge closet and master bathroom.

2016 HGTV Dream Home | inspiredbycharm.com

It is another gorgeous space with fabulous design elements. The only thing I might change here is painting the ceiling a less saturated color. While I love the color, it’s just a bit much for me when it’s wrapped all the way around the room.

2016 HGTV Dream Home | inspiredbycharm.com

You’ll also notice it “colors” other things in the room like the bedding and furniture, so everything has a touch of turquoise.

2016 HGTV Dream Home | inspiredbycharm.com

2016 HGTV Dream Home | inspiredbycharm.com

However, it’s still a beautifully designed space. (Love you, Patrick!) I especially like how the television is incorporated into the gallery wall and almost disappears. The little seating area in this space is also a lovely addition.

The master bathroom is insane.

2016 HGTV Dream Home | inspiredbycharm.com

A modern tub sits in the middle of the room under a gold and crystal chandelier. Behind it is a huge walk-in shower with a shower head and shower jets. Double vanities, more penny tile, and lots of storage make this a luxurious, yet relaxing space that fits the rest of the home.

2016 HGTV Dream Home | inspiredbycharm.com

2016 HGTV Dream Home | inspiredbycharm.com

Last but certainly not least, is the backyard. Complete with multiple patios, a lanai, pool, grill, outdoor shower, and dock – this space has everything you need in a backyard. Seriously.

2016 HGTV Dream Home | inspiredbycharm.com

2016 HGTV Dream Home | inspiredbycharm.com

The house of my dreams will have exactly the same things.

2016 HGTV Dream Home | inspiredbycharm.com

HGTV Dream Home 2016 | inspiredbycharm.com

I also wanted to mention how much I love the black windows with the white house. The look is gorgeous.

2016 HGTV Dream Home | inspiredbycharm.com

I could go on and on, but I think I’ll leave it there. Of course, HGTV has more beautiful pictures, so if you want to see more, click here.

2016 HGTV Dream Home | inspiredbycharm.com

A big thank you to GMC for making this possible. It was a dream (pun intended) come true! Be sure to check out their new 2017 Acadia and all its impressive features.

What are some of your favorite features of the HGTV Dream Home?

 

Travel and accommodations were provided by GMC. However, I was not compensated for this trip or post. The opinions, thoughts, and ideas are my own.
Comments

  • Rosey at

    Thanks for the tour, Michael. I love almost everything, but that pegboard kitchen wall! What we they thinking?! And I’m not a big fan of the ceiling paint, either. Next time, HGTV better get you to decorate their house. I really love the landscaping of the front entry. Congrats to the winner of this awesome home!

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      Rosey – I agree with you on the kitchen. However, that’s actually not pegboard. It’s a basketweave tile with small black tiles in-between. But I TOTALLY see pegboard now that you mention it. Ha! πŸ˜‰

      xo Michael

    • Elise at

      I saw pegboard too!! LOL

  • Elise at

    I am in LOVE with the media room and those gorgeous walls!!!

  • Melissa at

    I love color but it may be just a bit too much for with the ceiling colors in the bedrooms and media room. Michael, don’t you think the orange maybe a coral instead of orange? Orange sounds so harsh! I agree with your comments on the bathroom. The bathroom is insane.

  • Sylvia at

    What type of flooring was used? It looks like the same throughout the house – was it laminate or hardwood?

    Thanks for the great tour!

  • Julie at

    You lucky duck, Michael! πŸ™‚ What an exciting experience! There are some fantastic elements in the Dream Home…I also love the media room and outdoor design. Holy Turquoise, that bedroom! Haha. The designer definitely used a bold approach with color here!

  • Sue at

    Thanks for the great tour. Like you, I wasn’t a big fan of the orange bedroom, but I love that ceiling fan. I have been looking for a new fan for my new planked ceiling. What do you think? I also agree with another reader, you need to design and decorate a home. I love your style.

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      Sue, Personally I don’t LOVE the ceiling fan. I get it and it works for the space, just not my style.

      xo Michael

  • 1906 at

    I hated this house and the amount of time they spent discussing the construction aspects of the makeover. I also thought they spent very title time on the decor. I look forward to the shopping trip for the furnishings and decor items. Where did all the women go on HGTV it was all guys this year?

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      I didn’t watch the special so I’m not sure. However, you get to see more decor thanks to this post, so that’s a win! Right? πŸ™‚

      xo Michael

  • Dear Ruthie at

    I love, love this article. GREAT JOB. I love that Michael give a true review on each room, even when he’s not crazy about it. Well done. Everything you guys do is well done!

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