Homefest crunch time!

by Jennifer Sierra

In a final push to finish construction for the grand opening this weekend of the 2015 Homefest in Dayton, Kentucky, over 200 craftsmen are putting the finishing touches on the home show. Put on by the Home Builders Association of Northern Kentucky, this home show will be a unique show for the Greater Cincinnati region.

The single family homes are special because of their view and proximity to the river and the central location to downtown Cincinnati. They also feature some unique decorating trends. Gone is the beige color of old. No more neutrals. Bold is in and color is back in fashion. The 2015 Homefest decorators used bright reds and yellows as well as teal. Gray is the new beige and textures are huge with the use of bamboo and slate and ceramic tile in unusual places. In one home, tile is used in the front of the stairway and in another tile is used as a major installation in the foyer as a backdrop to a huge water feature. There is a  blue quartz sink in one bathroom sitting on top of a turquoise vanity. There is a lot of gorgeous accent painting around light fixtures on the ceilings and walls. The light fixtures are works of art in themselves and show a trend toward less ornate and more streamlined decor. The bathrooms and kitchens are well appointed and boast beautifully made cabinetry with lots of details and granite counter tops.

While these homes don’t have the square footage one would find in Indian Hill, they maximize the use of the square footage they do have and every room is designed for living and entertaining. No more formal dining rooms and living rooms. Now the style is geared toward more casual living with large kitchens that flow into the dining room and are also open to spacious family rooms. These homes are perfect for parties. With river views like these, every room takes advantage of the panoramic scenery.

The landscaping is beautiful and creates screening from neighbors and softness around the stone and brick exteriors. The mailboxes are brick and not only serve as the podium for an outdoor coach lamp but also host the house numbers. The street lights along the Manhattan Harbour Boulevard are a great touch too. The style of these houses and their exteriors really nod to the historic structures of Dayton, Kentucky. Like the grand old homes on the Avenue, these buildings are constructed of stone and brick and have similar architectural lines. The coach lights on the street and mailboxes also reflect the way the gas lights once looked in Dayton.

This new development will be a bright spot for the city of Dayton’s future. Michael Giffen, Dayton’s City Manager and Brian Miller of the Northern Kentucky HBA were on hand there to check the progress.

Check out the slideshow of images we took today as they were adding last minute touches to the event. The tents are up, and the countdown is on.

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