“I wasn’t prepared for the intensity of color.” That’s probably the first thing I’ll say if and when someone asks, “Hey, Mar, how was the trip?” The scenery is awe-inspiring, from the cottonwood and scrub oak-dotted landscape to snow-capped Mount Timpanogos and the babbling indigo blue waters of the Provo River, slicing through prairie land on its journey to the Utah Lake.
Today marks the final day of our trip to HGTV Dream Home. I’ve been gathering information about the home’s interior design, while our photographers snap photos of every square inch of space, all in preparation for the launch of the virtual home tour Dec. 1.
So what’s it like? The answer very much depends on what room you happen to find yourself in. If you’re enjoying morning coffee in the great room, then “light,” “bright” and “happy” are words that might pop to mind. If you’re lounging in the first-floor guest suite, “oasis” and “calming retreat” seem most appropriate. Relaxing in the family room? The colors and fabrics might put one in mind of the Old West and saloon interiors. Each space has an interesting story to tell, with design inspiration woven into the very fiber of the home.
On a personal note, we’ve had the pleasure of taking breaks to watch our colleague fly-fish from the banks of the Provo River. There’s something so transfixing about the experience. I’m not sure if it’s the sound of the water, the swish of the fly line or the gentle rustle of prairie grasses that soothes me most. I’m thinking it may be some combination of the three. And then there’s the brilliant autumn sunshine that bounces off the water and warms your cheeks — complete serenity.
This isn’t the sort of home and property that instantly sweeps you off your feet. The feeling grows slowly, sneaks up on you in a warm and comforting way until that moment when you realize something has changed: that you are smitten.