Wesley Chapel

The little train that could

Today’s installment is this little guy in Wesley Chapel. Not really “little” because it was over 3,000 sf. It had some good elements and flowed nicely, but it was just so neutral, I found myself wanting to get some glitter or bright throw pillows and just toss them in the air.

I enjoyed the small rain sticks on the coffee table. There were a few Asian influences like these scattered around, but not enough to make me dry heave. This little table (below) is a rock star. Love the curves.

The last picture was really my favorite thing. It’s the wax seals that people used back in the day. You had a long wax stick and an ornate metal die. They were usually a family seal or an initial. For scale, the shadowbox is 8 x 10, so that should give you a sense of the size of the wax blobs. As far as I’m concerned, these wax thingies are the only reason to go old school and write a letter.

Love the dining chairs. I’ve saved the best for last, though. Check out these juicy sweet cornices!!!

Yes, please.

I don’t play favorites

Well ok, actually I do. This little guy totally made me look. It’s super neutral, and you know I like a pop of color, but I’m still giving this props. I’m gonna straight up do something I never do and that’s mention the builder. CalAtlantic has long been a favorite of mine. They put out a good product and are a dream to work with. So that. And-their decorating is (usually) spot on. I’ve posted stuff from them before, but I was gun shy about mentioning the builder. Breaking my own rules here, kid.

Let’s begin with knick knack paddy whacks. This is another house that relies heavily on turquoise, which is fine with me. So far I still don’t want to throw up when I see it, so that makes walking through the house less messy.

Here’s the part that the designers had nothing to do with. I couldn’t get more pictures because there were realtor things going on (top secret, don’t ya know) and I didn’t have the freedom I usually have. So as much as I’m crushing on the house, I have embarrassingly few pictures to show for it.

Textured walls are my new favorite thing and don’t be surprised if 6 months from now you are reading this blog and I’m trashing textured walls. It’s ok to change your mind. For right now, I’ll take it.

Everything in these top four pictures makes me smile. The second picture is the food pantry in the kitchen. I know, right? Obviously stairs make the cut and I love the built in entertainment thingie. It matches the kitchen which always makes me happy.

That bathroom sink is awesome except you’d be cleaning that bitch constantly and would literally have no time to enjoy the textured walls. Good lamps, good lighting. And the coffee table at the top makes me want to stay up past my bedtime – wink wink.

Now you’re gonna think I’ve lost my damn mind, but as I was leaving, I saw this sweet little bowl, vessel (whatever they’re called) and it caught my eye. Love it.


Right? Super simple and easy to overlook, but I thought it was pretty and well placed. Tip of the hat to you, CalAtlantic. Werk it.

Because you like it fast

I was with some folks a day or so ago in a super cute little crib, so I didn’t get the chance to take very many, so I just did a few.

I haven’t mastered the layout thing, so work with me. The curvy bed? Oh yeah. The hall table? Oh yeah. I love the super sweet stuffed doggie and the white dishes towards the top are from Pier 1. They’re still working the mercury glass and I don’t approve, but that’s not a huge deal.

I wish I had had time to take more, but that’s the way it goes. I will say this – a little drama wouldn’t have killed them. Just saying.

Unexpected Surprise

There’s a builder here in the hood that I don’t love. Don’t want to rag on any builders, but it is what it is. So, you can imagine my surprise when I go there and the interiors are pretty. It’s a disconnect like that clear Pepsi from a few years ago. Tastes the same, but you just can’t get on board. Sadly though, it ends up with a B-. Details, people.

I love a courtyard. It’s a tease, ya know? It just says “Come up and see me sometime”.

I’m crushing big on these textured walls. It was like river rock. Beautiful. And this chair at the bottom – just a hint of mid-century. A shout out, if you will.

No post would be complete without lighting to swoon over.

I love the hanging lamp that looks kinda Moroccan.  And now, let’s take a look at this…


This builder has managed to take the three things I hate the most and smashed them together. Granite, bathtubs, and wallpaper. I can just hear the people at a conference table all corporate and shit, and they look at each other and say WOW! Why didn’t we think of this before??

It’s giving me the middle finger.

Huge House in Wesley Chapel

I can’t tell you how jazzed I am to see no granite. Granite has become some kind of standard as to what makes a “nice” kitchen. It chips, it’s tough to clean, and everyone seems to choose the same color palette. Really? People-you can do better.

This house has Zodiaq and I got the shivers when I saw it. I kinda had to control my squeeling reflex because other people were around. This is not really in the hands of the designer, but a very nice surprise nevertheless.

This designer has used a beautiful color palette and the cohesiveness is very impressive. Only 1 misstep, but it’s one of my pet peeves. Those damn pictures in the hall. In spite of this, it gets a straight-up A.

Two videos because I’m not that great. Watch, enjoy. Oh, and I figured out how to put speech bubbles in the videos. More opinionated commentary for you!!


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Oh god the risers on the stairs make me swoon.

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The grouping of pictures below is one of the things that makes me want to stab myself. There is no circumstance where clusters of pictures like this is acceptable. They’re never hung straight and the pictures themselves are always slightly skewed. That drives me nuts. Just put something else there.

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See those pictures?? Just awful.

Texture is always good. I enjoyed this little vignette in the spare bedroom.

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The lighting in this house was mostly uninspired, but there are some other details that offset that.

Wait-I totally take that back. If the lighting isn’t good, it gets a full letter downgrade. So it gets a B. Actually, a B-. The grade is fair, mostly because of the sexy beast of a sofa and the stairs. Great use of turquoise, though. You get the point, but you aren’t overwhelmed with it. As Martha would say – It’s a good thing.

Oooohh. Touch me right there.

Finally. A model home that is just right. Doesn’t take itself too seriously and it looks like someone lives there. Oh, there are tons of pictures. It was a 2 story house and I loved almost everything in it. So-if you don’t like to look – well, if you don’t like to look, what are you doing here?

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This lamp makes me swoon.

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The upstairs was whimsical and had a super cute dog theme and if you don’t love dogs, I don’t even want to know you. They did a really good job of choices and placement.

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I love the fishnets they used for curtains. Good imagination. And that purple/lavender wallpaper kinda makes me want to go to the dark side.

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This lamp. Goodness. The glass is fabulous and I love that the inside of the shade matches. You sexy little bitch.

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The white on white canvas is textured. It tickles.

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Oversized pictures can be tricky but this one works perfectly at the end of this hall. Tip of the hat to you, designer.

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This lamp. Yes, please.


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Nice legs there, little lady.

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These croquis are super fun. I think I would have painted them, though. A face, maybe some clothes.  Or they could have been on a tandem bike. That would’ve been cool.

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Oh dear. The owl. Will we ever escape?

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The boys’ room was pretty cool. They took that football theme all the way, didn’t they? And yet, the football is upside down. I’m pretty sure that wasn’t on purpose, but it cracks me up.

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Behind this little glass Jane Russell, what do you see? Could it be granite that clashes with the back splash? Because that’s all I see. Every single day. If you’re blind and someone picks out your house for you, remember to ask if the curtains match the carpet. Jeez, people.

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This bedroom is unisex, as far as I’m concerned. Again it has wallpaper I actually like. Super cute fake books.

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Love the Bowler hats.

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I love these glass knots, but I sure am starting to get sick of seeing them. Scale back, designers.

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These chairs give me the vapors. Sexy and smooth.

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These organic “things” (whatever they are) are visually interesting and I don’t think I’d get tired of them in 10 minutes. Tip of the hat.

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All of the pieces of paper stuck in the base of this lamp were little love letters. Swoon.

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A builder detail, but this is finally a backsplash I could live with. Maybe.

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So it’s pretty obvious that this house pleased me. A solid A, for sure. A good portion of that, I admit, was because of the dogs. I’ve been waiting for a designer to incorporate some realness up in here. A lot of creativity and it worked. The whole thing pulled together nicely.

Super cute little guy in Wesley Chapel

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I love this childs room. Rooms for kids have been a pain in my ass for a long time, but lately it seems the designers have stepped up their game. Great detail in this room.

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Super cute, right? The acrylic light really makes it pop.

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This closet has a bench. And great lighting. And a tall vase on the floor. Take me now!!

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I’m not a big fan of round mirrors, but this guy is perfectly placed. There are close-ups of the frame in the second picture, and you can see the fabulous 3-dimensional texture.

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I love this sweet picture of ballet shoes. Not in-your-face Pepto pink.

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Overall I would say I’m down with house. The colors weren’t trying too hard and the overall vibe fit the architecture nicely. I have to give this one a B because I really think they could have done better with the lighting. The light over the dining area was pretty cool, but the lamps and other lighting didn’t make me breathe hard. The sconces made me overlook a few downgrades. Lots of texture and deep yellow. Nice. The living room was rather uninspired and the bathrooms could have been done by a teenager, so I stand by that B.

A custom home in Wesley Chapel

Well color me surprised. And delighted. I found this gem while looking for properties. And oh, guess what? The sales associate decorated it. I know, right? So there is hope for the amateurs out there. This gets an A, straight up. She stayed true to the architecture of the house, didn’t overdo it, and she was on a strict budget. So, that’s why this gets a A. I have definitely seen professionals not do as well as this one. It’s thought out and functional. And score! The dining room table is from Rooms to Go and so are the sofas. You can’t really see the detail on the sofas very well, but I was really surprised. The two floor candles are from Pier One and I always love a good floor candle.
I had to do two videos because in the middle of filming the master bath, my phone rang and turned the video off. I didn’t realize I hadn’t captured the master bath until I got home. So, sorry about that. Just trust me, it was big and laid out well. The sinks were on opposite sides of the bathroom. I love that because my husband seems to think that if he can’t actually see a million little hairs on and around the sink, then he hasn’t shaved. Or something. I don’t know what goes through the mind of a man, but mine is messy. Ewwwww, boys!!
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Coming Around Again

That’s right. Another one. What? You don’t like town homes either? Well, strap in, because it’s here. This one is an interior unit and is 1690sf (?). 3/2.5/1 again. This little nugget was mostly yellow and gray which I’m already completely sick of. It’s not an interesting enough color palette to become a “thing”, you know? This one is a C, but only because I like the big ass mirrors.

I really don’t care for the piece on the wall in the kitchen. It’s just too bland and that wall is fantastic. Also, she did a sports themed room for the boy, and even though it’s my alma mater, I don’t care for “school” rooms. We’ve seen much better boys rooms here on this blog, so the bar is high. Speaking of bars, the bar stools are some of my favorite and I’ve seen another builder use these. I love the metal things on the sides of the living room window. They have nice texture and hopefully you can see that in the pictures. Overall, nothing special.

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Townhouse in Wesley Chapel

There were three today, so if you are binge reading, you have that to look forward to. This one is 1688sf, 3BR/2.5BA/1. This one gets a C+ but only because I really liked some of her color choices. Not the purple on the entry wall (too much!) but she had some very nice accents of it in the rest of the home. I can say with certainty that no good can come from a purple wall. Just, no. She also relied heavily on the wainscoting here, so she’s consistent. And fake food! There was fake food! That always makes me happy!! A couple of things especially caught my eye-the round coffee table, the dimensional wall thingies, and the girls room. Oh and I love the shape of that Parson’s chair in the living room. Delicious.

Interesting choices, but she could have done better.

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