Beautiful Home Tours on Hometalk

Every now and then, I pop over to Hometalk to check on something and I get sucked in, pulling myself out hours later and wondering what exactly happened. One particular danger zone for me is home tours, where users show off their homes to their best advantage and I proceed to drool all over my keyboard as I imagine myself inhabiting some of these lovely homes (and getting my sticky fingerprints all over the furniture).

But why keep the pleasure/agony of looking at nice houses to myself? Of course, gentle readers, I have to showcase some of the amazing homes I've spotted on Hometalk lately...and hopefully you'll find them as inspiring as I do.

Photo: Laura Trevey/HometalkLaura Trevey's Richmond, Virginia home is decorated for the holidays, and it shows. She's gone with subtle, clasic decor and the results are totally amazing. I absolutely want to sit down and have a cup of eggnog here! The lovely black and cream decor here in the kitchen keeps things simple and elegant.

Photo: Kristin/HometalkKristin in San Marcos started out with a builder grade home 11 years ago, but you wouldn't know it to look at it now. I love her dining room, which feels very classic Spanish to me, complete with the bench seats and the grating detail on the wine cellar under the staircase. She also wisely opened up the house to create lots of light, and got a Los Angeles remodeling firm on opening up some of the small, close rooms to create a larger, airier home.

Photo: Patty Rumaker/HometalkPatty Rumaker builds flawless custom homes in Dallas, Texas. Not the level of detail in the trim and molding here, which requires extensive carpentry skills and a good eye for aesthetics. This home is warm, gracious, and totally welcoming, with lots of light to keep it from feeling too stiff and oppressive.

Photo: Donna/HometalkI think I might be developing a little bit of a crush on Donna (and her cute cat!). This Canadian is a rockstar with thrifting, using found objects in decor, and creating high-end design out of basically nothing. Her home is a testimony for her business, Funky Junk Interiors, with tons of great details illustrating how amazing a home can be on a limited budget.

Photo: DIY Showoff/FlickrDIY Show Off has something to brag about with this sitting room, featuring gorgeous stone tiled floors and a comfortable bench seat set up on a trunk. Even the chalkboard organizer fits right in, and the whole area has a relaxed, comfortable feel that's hard not to love.

Photo: Jessica/HometalkJessica's home has tons of charming elements, but this simple hall table stands out. Her home feels so fresh and comfortable for fall!

Katie Marks writes for

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