Although the Parade of Homes isn't what it used to be given the economy and the housing market, it still provided some eye candy and inspiration on a smaller scale.  When I was younger my mom and I would always go and back then it was fun to look at the little girl's rooms and dream of having a bedroom that fancy schmancy.  These days, it's fun to get ideas and adapt them to fit our budget/scale for our own house condo.  By the way, the house-hunt is still in-progress... we took a little break given other things going on but we're definitely still looking at potential first homes and will keep you updated!

Back to the parade... I love these giant mirrored panels below.  They add such an interesting touch and completely open up the room.  And yep, that's the hubby carrying my camera bag while I snap away (sorry, not a diaper bag, although I sometimes feel like it's one when I'm carrying it around).  Anyway, love those mirrors.  As for the second picture of mirrors, I also love me a sunburst one... or two.  I like the simplicity of these and they would be great in a clump with some fancier ones.

Next up was an understated, yet totally cozy effect achieved by adding some rope lighting above the crown molding in this hallway.  This kind of seemed to be a trend among the houses.

So "entertainment rooms" are awesome, but you often feel blocked off from the rest of the house.  Enter... an open one!  Duh, right?  This would be so fun for entertaining or movie nights and everyone could still be in the same area whether you're watching the game or playing pool.

Just some fun votives for the kitchen...

I'm not sure what exactly this flooring was but it caught our eye, and the picture didn't quite capture the true-to-life color.  It was like classic wood flooring meets modern tile.  We also liked the bathroom in the second picture because it's got the rustic earth tones that Ryan likes mixed with some modern touches that I like.  We compromise :)  Oh, and there's Ryan hiding in the background again!

We actually loved this bad boy so much we went out and bought one after touring the Parade... KIDDING.  But it is kind of neat in that whole museumy, library kind of way.

This bedroom was appealing, not super-duper exciting, but the wall treatment (whatever it was) was pretty neat.  It was textured and has some sort of tone-on-tone fading effect.  Opposite the bed was this bathroom door.  Looks sleek but not so practical.

Once your inside the bathroom, you've got this tub? ice bath? basin? front and center and a couple of showers behind it.  I kind of love the vanity though... mirrors and lighting galore.

Oh yeah, and everyone who lives in Colorado has one of these.  Not... really.  But why do some people think that?  Haha... I thought it was pretty funny.

Next up, and last on our tour was this home:

Now this is what the Parade used to be.  This oh-so-humble abode sits on top of it's own little mountain and you have 360 degree view of Colorado Springs.  You can see downtown, Garden of the Gods, Pikes Peak... everything.  It was gorgeous, although kind of scary at the same time.  Looking out the window you kind of felt like you might just start rolling down the hill if the wind blows too hard.  I can't image what it would be like to live there during the winter while it was snowing... it would be incredible.

Oh, and because this house was just that cool... you were not allowed to take any pictures of the inside.  Although I would say the outside was much more impressive with this view... 

And it's kind of funny, but these huge houses make me appreciate our cozy little nest.