The 2019 NW Natural Parade of Homes is underway and you only have a few weeks to see this amazing show! When I hear about a home tour in the area, my first reaction is, “Yes, I must go!” But then I start to think about it. And think about. I may even be caught in the grocery check-out line saying, “Hmmmm…” out loud. I then weigh the time commitment versus daily responsibilities and obligations. The domestic angel and devil duke it out on my shoulder, and guess who wins? I grab my sunnies and I am in my car headed to the show!

Trust me. This year’s NW Natural Parade of Homes does not disappoint. In fact, it DELIGHTS. It INTRIGUES. I would also go so far as to say, it challenges conventional design.

In The Nakshatra – Home #2 built by Axiom Luxury Homes, not only are you graced with a unique flooring combination upon entry (wood upon tile upon cement) but there is also a Puja prayer room with a custom hand-carved door from India. You really need to see it. The kitchen island is a spectacle of beauty too, combining cool marble (also imported from India) with an aperitif of wood. And don’t miss some of the other incredibly unique lighting and bathroom fixtures throughout this ultra-modern home. (See the pictures accompanying this blog to see for yourself!)

Next up, here’s a question for you: while touring a home, have you ever spotted a custom, built-in dog kennel? That’s exactly what you’ll find in Home #5 The Hamlin built by Affinity Homes. With solid hardware and white woodwork, it’s sturdy, yet subtle, and functional, yet sophisticated. Truly a fun “why didn’t I think of that” accoutrement when it comes to home design. In fact, I thought it was a laundry shoot until I remembered we were on the ground level. It’s that lovely. Talented and humble builders John Colgate and Chuck Neibert, the builders behind The Hamlin say, “People are pushing the boundaries with styles, especially hybrids, like the Modern-Farmhouse which is so popular these days.”

But perhaps my most favorite unique design detail at this year’s tour was the giant backyard patio swing inside Home #7 The Aurora. I don’t say this often, but you truly have to see it to believe it. Builders Ron Wagner, Jason Stenersen and Brent Kalliainen of Cascade West Development say, “We try to incorporate a new feature each year, but it’s all about our client’s wants.” The swing was an inspiration from the 2018 NW Parade of Homes that their client noticed and wanted in their 2019 Parade home!

Sitting in the swing conjures up images of Lily Tomlin’s, “Edith Ann” (millennials, you’re going to have to Google this one,) it brought me back to a more whimsical time. The swing is so expansive, you could literally throw a party for you and your three closest friends, order take-out and not leave for a long weekend. The jaw-dropping view over the swimming pool, perched over the river, isn’t bad too! You have to see this.

There’s still plenty of time to check out these and the many other mind-blowing designs featured through-out this year’s NW Natural Parade of Homes, going on now through September 22nd.

Click here to get directions, click here to print and save $2 off admission, and click here to learn about upcoming events happening at the NW Natural Parade of Homes, like Design Day on September 19.

See you there!

Coleen Jamison,

Special Writer for the NW Natural Parade of Homes