The Parade of Homes can be inspiring if you’re in the right mindset. Here are a few tricks I use not to feel bad for myself while I tour the homes!
The Parade of Homes is one of my favorite weeks of the year in my little home town of St. George. They put on what I think is the best Parade of Homes ever! When I asked my Instagram followers if they’d like a recap of some of my favorite parts of the parade, a few people mentioned that going to the parade is hard for them because they leave wishing they had more. I am here to tell you you do not need these homes to feel like you live in a parade home. In fact, there is a reason you picked the home you are in. Let me give you some ideas on how to tour these homes without leaving and feel sorry for yourself.
1. Check out the price tag
This is the most important one. You likely live in the place you are in because you can afford it. Living within your means is important to making the rest of life enjoyable. If you owned that house, could you go out on a date with your husband once a week? Could you take a Disney vacation with your kids? A lot of these homes are beautiful, but pricey!
2. Look for things you have in your current home
I love to use these homes as inspiration in what I’d love in my own home. Using things that I already have, even better! Sometimes the way they arrange furniture or style their shelves can leave you inspired. Take photos and remember what you found inspiring and pat yourself on the back if you see something you’ve already done!
3. Look for things you dislike
This one sounds a little cynical, but it helps me. I have never been through a home that I loved 100%. There is always something that isn’t my taste. Maybe the landscaping was lackluster. Sometimes there are just way too many rooms that would sit empty. One home I loved had glitter in the tile. It seems like something little, but it is a good reminder that nothing is perfect.
4. Look for expensive things you could make on your own
This is one of my very favorite things to do in parade homes. You may notice artwork or other home decor that could be easily DIYed. I saw these moss balls last year and my first thought was ‘I bet those were $10 a piece. I could make those! So I did. (Tutorial coming soon. I actually bought everything from the dollar store!) I also saw lots of gold barstools. When I looked for gold barstools, I didn’t find one under $100, so I hacked these IKEA stools instead. This will leave you inspired!
5. Take pictures to be inspired in the future
My very favorite home I saw last year had a yoga room. A YOGA room? I currently do yoga in my living room. Oh how I would love a meditation room. But does one need a meditation room? No definitely not. I took a picture to remember how beautiful this space was so if one day, if I have enough space, I could recreate a yoga room. (Maybe even a yoga space in a room!)
I hope the next parade you attend is inspiring and does not leave you sad. There is no perfect home except the home you create. These designers know what they’re doing, but they also have almost unlimited money! Remember, you live in the home you do now for a reason. Whether it’s for financial reasons, for space, for the location, there is a reason you are where you are now, and there is nothing wrong with that! Happy parading <3
Check out my favorite details of the 2017 Parade of Homes here!