What Do You Think of HGTV Green Home 2011?

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I don’t know what rock I’ve been living under, but the HGTV Green Home giveaway has been live for a while now, and I’m just getting around to taking the tour. To put it lightly, I am in love! The 2011 Green Home is located in Denver, CO, and compared to last year’s, it feels much more like a home that could work for a family.

The style of the home is decidedly modern, both outside and inside, with few traditional influences. I am perfectly fine with that, but I know there are fans who would’ve preferred some more traditional elements. Still, this is the style of house my husband and I always hope we’ll discover somewhere in metro Atlanta, without having to build custom.

I personally LOVE the palette and overall look on the first floor. The gray, white and yellow color scheme is likely what I would choose for my own living room if I could do it all over again (and it is the palette we are currently using in our master bedroom). It feels very loft-like, and the colors continue from the living room through the kitchen and dining room.

Interior designer Linda Woodrum said shopped for decor with Denver’s young, urban couples in mind. “We’re not living in Mom and Dad’s house,” she said.

The first floor also features a “Do Room,” which is essentially a laundry/craft/work room with an ingenious storage system that allows you to hide all of these functions when you’re not using them.

It also features a sliding barn door made of reclaimed wood that I am absolutely in love with!

Upstairs is a loft space/lounge area along with 3 bedrooms and 2 baths.

While the living room downstairs feels like a showpiece, the loft looks like a place to lounge on Saturday afternoons or in the evenings before the family turns in for the night.

The master bedroom suite isn’t my favorite space, because it almost feels too neutral. I love the low platform bed, but I’m iffy on the headboard. But I guess if relaxing is what you’re going for, it’s perfect. The master bath gets points for feeling like a spa, and the dark cabinets and modern hardware are right up my alley.

The “girl’s bedroom” looks every bit like my own daughter’s idea of heaven. The color palette is bold and saturated, and the room is spacious enough to accommodate sleepovers and other girlish antics. What I like most about it is that much like my daughter’s current room, the decor can work for a young girl, but isn’t so childish that she would outgrow it quickly.

Finally, the boy’s bedroom leaves something to be desired — mostly space. Compared to the other bedrooms, this one feels tiny! Still, in person, I’m sure it’s not as small as it appears in photos, and the decor is gorgeous. And that striped wood floor? I love it!

Overall, the home as a whole has me captivated. Check out this 90-second tour (if you’re reading this via RSS or email, you’ll likely have to visit my site to see the video):

Solar panels will provide 75% of the home’s energy, and sustainability was taken into consideration in every design decision — making for a home that is as green as it is gorgeous. I really couldn’t ask for much more. I’ve been entering the giveaway daily. Plus, this year, you can enter twice a day: Once on HGTV.com and once at FrontDoor.com.

What do you think of this year’s Green Home? Will you be entering the giveaway?

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  • Stancie April 27, 2011, 4:24 pm

    Looks really great – better than some of the previous years! Some of the rooms are too dark for my preference but nothing a little paint can’t fix! I like a lighter, brighter kitchen too…so the dark cabinets may need to be changed, but love the stainless and tile. I’m not diggin the master bedroom at all. It just feels blah to me. But I’d be happy to transform it if I won 🙂 I agree with you – the bathroom is nice, but still a little too dark for my personal preference.

    • jennae April 27, 2011, 4:29 pm

      Stancie, I am absolutely in love with the entire first floor, and if my first home looked like that, I’d be in heaven. But by comparison, the master bedroom is…well…blah, like you said. I was expecting some bold color, or a great four-poster bed, or something. But that one room is the one I’d be most pressed to change. So overall, I’m still crossing my fingers that by some miracle/blessing/great luck/whatever you want to call it, my husband and I are the ones to open our front door on the show revealing the winner…lol

  • Lynn April 27, 2011, 4:44 pm

    I totally agree with you Jennae. Looks like I could have written what you did (without the part about it looking like my daughter’s room). I too love the grays. I’m SO SICK OF BEIGE! I want to repaint our entire house with a pale gray paint to replace the beige. And our son lives in Denver, so when we win, it will be perfect 🙂

    • jennae April 27, 2011, 4:47 pm

      Lynn, you have some stiff competition! 🙂 My sister-in-law lives in Colorado, and we’re always thinking how great it would be to live closer to her!

  • jenifer daniels April 29, 2011, 1:30 pm

    i am seriously considering this house as a build for myself & family.

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