Pinterest Home Mythbusters #2: Removing Couch Stains

In case you missed it, I have pledged to finally take on some of my favorite Pinterest pins that have been collecting virtual dust with a new Pinterest Mythbusters series documenting wins, fails and discoveries. In post one I tackled a Vanilla, Rosemary and Lemon simmer that is said to make your home smell heavenly!

Sticking with the “Sunday cleaning” theme I decided to finally tackle a pin about removing stains from my microfiber couch.

Project #2 Mission Get Stain Out A Microfiber Couch

A few months ago I noticed a stain on my couch after having friends over. I have no idea what type of food or drink it was from but it is a beast of a stain. (Super difficult to get out!) I went to my go-to for cleaning solutions, Pinterest, and found a solution from blogger Julia of 551 East.

Instructions

Supplies: White sponge, white bristle brush, spray bottle and rubbing alcohol

Before going any further note Julia explains that is is important to work fast as rubbing alcohol evaporates quickly. She also suggests trying a test section (which I 100% agree with)

Julia’s instructions

  1. Pour the rubbing alcohol into the spray bottle and saturate the stained area.
  2. Take your sponge and scrub the area (don’t be afraid to put a little muscle into it) If sponge starts to get really dirty use a new once so you don’t transfer dirt back onto your couch.
  3. Let the area dry. Once it dries use the white bristle brush to refluff the areas you cleaned.

Easy enough but even after successfully testing a small area on the back of my couch I was concerned about saturating such a noticeable area on my couch. Instead of using a spray bottle and sponge I dipped a toothbrush into the alcohol bottle and got to work.

The Result

Win! Woo Hoo! This worked like magic and my couch was back to looking brand new in less than 20 minutes (including dry time). Definitely adding this trick to my cleaning arsenal!

This method also works for removing pen stains. Even the king of the house, our kitty Rory, was impressed with the restoration of his throne.

 

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Pinterest Home Mythbusters #1: DIY Natural Home Deodorizer

Pinterest has become the Google of the home tips, tricks and decor ideas. Like countless others, my boards are filled with mouth water recipes, holiday decor ideas and stunning outfits that I would have never thought of putting together.

The sad part? I would say about 90% of what I pin I never actually make, cook or buy simply because I don’t have the time.

Sound familiar?

Now that I have officially been a homeowner for one year I have decided to take on a minimum of one Pinterest project a month. It’s time to break out the super glue, finally try my crockpot and even test out some of those “natural” cleaning tips.” I will keep you updated and let you know about my Pinterest victories, fails (I’m sure there will be a few) and discoveries. You can follow along here on Blue Matter or on my Pinterest board.

Project #1: Vanilla Rosemary Lemon Simmer

To start kick off my Pinterest mythbusters series I decided to start with a very popular and very easy project. If searching for home ideas is your hobby then I can almost guarantee you have come across the “Vanilla Rosemary and Lemon” simmer which guarantees to leave your home smelling heavenly.

Seriously it’s everywhere!

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Instructions

The instructions are super easy…

  1. Fill a pot of water (about 2/3)
  2. Add 1 Lemon (sliced)
  3. Throw in a few sprigs of fresh rosemary
  4. Add 1-2 tsp of vanilla extract
  5. Simmer all day (add water as needed)

I threw the ingredients in and went about my Sunday cleaning occasionally stopping into the kitchen to take in the aroma. I even posted about it and was surprised by how many others who had wondered if this lemony concoction was all it is cracked up to be.

 

The Verdict

Fail. I was really disappointed with the outcome. Now, it is important to of course note that everyone has difference preferences when it comes to scents and smells. For me, this scent just didn’t deliver. My husband walked into the kitchen and told me there was no way he was eating whatever I was cooking. (haha) He was happy when I explained what I was doing and agreed with me that the smell wasn’t as pleasant as one would expect and that he preferred the orange peel/cinnamon simmer that I normally do.

Here is the recipe for the orange peel recipe I use from Apartment Therapy:

Peel from 1 lemon
Peel from 1 orange
2 bay leaves
3 cinnamon sticks
2 Tablespoons whole cloves

 

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May’s Most Popular Homes from Coldwell Banker Instagram and Pinterest Pages

Another month gone means another look at what posts were most popular on Coldwell Banker Instagram and Pinterest pages. You’ll definitely agree with me when I say that the photos just keep getting better and better.

In May some of our most popular listings posted on Instagram and Pinterest were a stunning waterfront home in Boca Raton, an architectural masterpiece in Bellevue, and a Mediterranean influenced oasis in Freeport.

To see these breathtaking homes and more keep reading. And of course, be sure to follow all of our social media accounts to stay updated on daily posts of the most beautiful homes you’ll ever see!

1. Boca Raton, FL  

This home’s views are unparalleled and unbelievable 

2. Bellevue, WA  

An architectural dream realized 

3. Freeport, Bahamas

A bold and bright Bahamian paradise

4. Woodside, CA

A  classic fairy tale like home 

5. Los Angeles, CA

 If you’re into luxurious and modern design, this home is for you

6. Aspen, CO

A home that embraces nature’s beauty

7. Austin, TX

From the gold drapes, silver four post bed, and majestic views this bedroom is the definition of luxury 

8. Chigny Les Roses, France

A historical French chateau situated on 14 acres of beautiful land

9. Knoxville, TN 

A picturesque brick home in the heart of the South 

10. Miami, FL 

A white-hot, ultra luxe, mansion with ocean and city views

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10 Incredibly Romantic Backyard Wedding Ideas

Spring has sprung and so has wedding season. While big blow outs are always nice there is something so intimate and endearing about backyard weddings. We all know that home is where the heart is, so what better place to build memories and tie the knot.

I’m not married yet, but like many other girls I have already started planning my dream wedding. Here are some of the ideas that are insanely romantic, elegant and absolutely beautiful:

1. Adorn the Pool 

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Struggling to figure out what you can do to make use of the pool at your wedding? Besides jumping in it at the end , try the idea above. Spray paint any hula hoop to match the color scheme of your wedding. Follow by filling the holes with fresh flower petals. 

2. Outsmart Mother Nature

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If you’re going to be outside, you have to think ahead in terms of what the weather conditions will be like. Have a set amount of blankets or even umbrellas to help make your guests feel more comfortable. 

3. Create a Fun Photo Op For You and Your Guests

Landlocked Bride 

Who doesn’t love photo booths? If you do but aren’t able to get one for your outdoor wedding, you can achieve the same cute results by adorning surrounding trees with cute signs and such. Your guests will definitely love snapping some of their own photos for personal mementos. 

4. Decorate Surrounding Trees 

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Does your backyard wedding seem a little bare in terms of decor? Try these simple and elegant ideas. 

5. Incorporate Candle Light

Lindsey Orton Photography

When is candle light not romantic? This idea, of hanging candles in Mason jars from trees, is both rustic and beautiful. 

6. Showcase Sentimental Photos

The Merry Bride

Everyone loves going through old photos. This is a super cute way to display them.

  7. Create Your Own Aisle 

The Knot

If you’re doing a backyard wedding, you have to try this idea!

8. Have Beautiful, But Simple-to-Make, Ceremony Decor

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Backyard weddings are all about creating a rustic and romantic experience. This is the perfect way to do just that. 

9. Make a Great First Impression 

Wedding Chicks

A super easy, affordable, and functional way to get the party started. 

10. Leave a Sweet Lasting Impression 

Pinterest

Your favors should match the theme of your wedding. Have you ever seen a cuter or more appropriate way to say, ‘Thanks’, than this?

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April’s Most Popular Homes from Coldwell Banker Instagram and Pinterest Accounts

Another month completed means another look at what posts were most popular on Coldwell Banker Instagram and Pinterest pages. You’ll definitely agree with me when I say that the photos just keep getting better and better.

In April some of our most popular listings posted on Instagram and Pinterest were an exclusive Caribbean escape in the B.V.I. with unparalleled ocean views, a lavish Santa Barbara mansion, and a dramatic mountain abode in Boulder.

To see these breathtaking homes and more keep reading. And of course, be sure to follow all of our social media accounts to stay updated on daily posts of the most beautiful homes you’ll ever see!

1. Tortola, British Virgin Islands

An incredible Caribbean escape with ocean and mountain views.

2. Santa Barbara, CA   

A lavish and colorful mansion that is perfect for entertaining.

3.  Boulder, CO

A magnificent mountain escape. 

4. Santa Barbara, CA

While this may look like a villa in Europe, it’s actually a Mediterranean influenced mansion in California.

5. Uvita, Costa Rica

 A tropical Costa Rican escape.

6. Winter Park, FL 

The entertainment hub of this home. 

7. Calistoga, CA   

 Yes, showers this incredible do exist.

8. Atherton, CA

 This home is a floral enthusiast’s, and landscaper’s, dream. 

9. Upper Arlington, OH

A cool and contemporary home library.

10. Tulsa, OK

An exquisite entry way and staircase.

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March’s Most Popular Homes From Coldwell Banker’s Pinterest and Instagram Accounts

Thousands of people visit Coldwell Banker’s Pinterest and Instagram accounts daily. They come for decor and design inspiration, for their fix of beautiful properties, and for information about some of the hottest listings in real estate. We’ve compiled a visual list of the homes that were the biggest hits on our social media accounts for the month of March. Check them out below!

1. Mercer Island, WA

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Can you imagine driving up this beautiful sprawling driveway to your very own luxury oasis. This Coldwell Banker Previews International property is listed for $18,650,000.

2. Malibu, CA   

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3. Savannah, Cayman Islands

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If privacy and West Indian charm, coupled with extensive gardens and gorgeous ocean views are what you seek- this is the perfect home for you! This Coldwell Banker Previews International property is listed for $4,999,000.

4. Beverly Hills, CA

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A master bathroom that exudes luxury and sophistication. This Coldwell Banker Previews International property is listed for $11,900,000.

5. La Quinta, CA 

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A stunning home that offers the ultimate in luxe desert living. This Coldwell Banker Previews International property is listed for $4,995,000.

6. Miami Beach, FL

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One of the hottest pieces of real estate in one of the hottest and most beautiful cities in the world. This Coldwell Banker Previews International property is listed for $8,900,000.

7. Dana Point, CA March liked 7 e1395673910922 Marchs Most Popular Homes From Coldwell Banker’s Pinterest and Instagram AccountsA show stopping fireplace overlooking the Pacific Ocean. This Coldwell Banker Previews International property is listed for $19,995,000.

8. The Woodlands, TX

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A hidden Mediterranean villa in Texas. This Coldwell Banker Previews International property is listed for $3,489,000.

9. Medina, WA 

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An architecturally rich home. This Coldwell Banker Previews International property is listed for $3,580,000.

10. Seattle, WA

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An ultra luxe bathroom and shower. Seattle, WA Listed with Coldwell Banker BAIN for $3,495,000.

 

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February’s Most Popular Homes From Coldwell Banker’s Pinterest and Instagram Accounts

Thousands of people visit Coldwell Banker’s Pinterest and Instagram accounts daily. They come for decor and design inspiration, for their fix of beautiful properties, and for information about some of the hottest listings in real estate. We’ve compiled a visual list of the homes that were the biggest hits on our social media accounts this month. Check them out below!

1. Atlanta, GA 

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One of the most palatial estates in Georgia! This Coldwell Banker Previews property is listed for $15,900,000.

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2. Carlsbad, CA 

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An amazing oceanfront estate on the California coast. This Coldwell Banker Previews International Property is listed for $29,000,000.

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3. Aspen, CO 

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A remarkable custom home that has incredible views of the city and mountains. This Coldwell Banker Previews property is listed for $29,900,000.

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4. Oconomowoc, WI 

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A French country inspired home with Italian flair. This Coldwell Banker Previews International property is listed for $2,450,000.

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5. Beverly Hills, CA 

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You won’t find too many other backyards that are as incredible as this one! Listed with Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage for $11,495,000.

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6. Beverly Hills, CA 

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This magnificent Mediterranean home has stunning canyon views and one of the most beautiful infinity pools Beverly Hills has to offer. Listed with Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage for $18,500,000.

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7. Mt. Washington, PA 

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Everyone fell for this home’s stunning porch decor. Listed with Coldwell Banker Real Estate for $1,500,000.

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8. Stateline, NV 

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Can you spot this kitchen’s extraordinary mountain views? Listed with Coldwell Banker Select Real Estate for $2,995,000.

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9. Incline Village, NV

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Our Pinterest followers are in love with this marvelous and private wood cabin. Listed with Coldwell Banker Select Real Estate for $1,999,999.

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10. Austin, TX 

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It’s not too often that one sees a backyard and pool quite like this one. Listed with Coldwell Banker United, Realtors for $5,300,000.

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Slideshow: Most Popular Homes of 2013 on Instagram and Pinterest

With 2013 now behind us, we thought it would be a great idea to showcase some of the most popular homes that we featured on our Instagram and Pinterest accounts throughout the course of the year. These are the homes that received the most “likes” and “repins” for their distinguished beauty and character. What I’m sure you’ll quickly notice is that all these homes are similar. Each of them offer beautiful lush gardens, grand architecture, stunning window treatments, and unique settings. If you haven’t done so already, be sure to follow us on Pinterest and Instagram to enjoy gorgeous homes like these throughout 2014.

1. Amelia Island, FL

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This well-built river home has 4 bedrooms and 7 bathrooms. Listed with Coldwell Banker The Amelia Group at $4,900,000.

2. Raymond, ME

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This architectural masterpiece is a product of years of focused collaboration with renown architects; in it are 7 bedrooms and 10 bathrooms. Listed with Coldwell Banker Team Real Estate at $10,500,000.

3. Ponte Vedra Beach, FL

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The epitome of beauty with 4 bedrooms and 6 bathrooms. Listed with Coldwell Banker Vanguard Realty, Inc. at $6,250,000.

4. Mykonos, Greece 

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An international dream home that features 7 bedrooms and 7 bathrooms, perfect for that family getaway. Listed with Coldwell Banker Greece – Senet at $9,370,900.

5. Cabrera, Dominican Republic 

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A luxurious,15,000 square foot, oceanfront villa with 8 bedrooms and 9 bathrooms. Listed with Coldwell Banker Amber Coast Realty at $4,250,000.

6. Tortola, British Virgin Islands

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This home features 360 degree panorama ocean views and has 5 bedrooms with 5 bathrooms. Listed with Coldwell Banker Real Estate, BVI at $15,000,000.

7. Hinsdale, IL 

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This opulent home boasts 8 bedrooms and 10 bathrooms! Listed with Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage at $4,995,000.

8. Frisco,TX 

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A one-of-a-kind custom estate with exceptional craftsmanship, 9,000 square feet, 5 bedrooms, and 7 bathrooms. Listed with Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage at $2,399,900.

9. Beverly Hills, CA

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This beautiful newly constructed 10,000 square foot Spanish Mission style estate is located in the prime Beverly Hills Flats and has 7 bedrooms and 9 bathrooms. Listed with Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage at $9,995,000.

10. Cedar Hill, TX 

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The pinnacle of luxury–this home has 9,500 square feet, 4 bedrooms, and 8 bathrooms. Listed with Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage at $1,595,000.

11. Orono, MN 

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A beautiful custom built home with 5 bedrooms and 6 bathrooms. Listed with Coldwell Banker Burnet at $3,199,000.

12. Pacific Palisades, CA 

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Truly a one of a kind view property on the market boasting an indoor/outdoor lifestyle with 5 bedrooms and 6 bathrooms. Listed with Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage at $8,295,000.

13. Kelowna, BC 

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Custom built and perched on 16.63 acres with endless lake views is Eagle Mountain Estate. This home has 5 bedrooms, 7 bathrooms, and 12,794 square feet! Listed with Coldwell Banker Horizon Realty (price upon request.)

14.  Hanalei, HI 

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This property features two luxurious homes overlooking Hanalei Bay, waterfalls and emerald mountains–a view that is considered by many the most beautiful in all Hawaii. In total there are 4 bedrooms and 6 bathrooms. Listed with Listed by Coldwell Banker Bali Hai Realty at $9,900,000.

 

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The Most Beautiful Kitchens Suited for Holiday Entertaining

This is my favorite time of year. I adore being with my family and relishing in moments that I know will become some of my most fondest memories down the road. Thanksgiving takes the pie when it comes to my most enjoyed holiday, just beating out Christmas and my birthday. Thanksgiving is the holiday whose only stress is what to cook, rather than the pressures of picking perfect gifts. And as for my birthday, being born the first week of January (1/4) means that my big day was always overshadowed by the thrill of the major preceding “events.” Aside from the love I have for my family and for having them all around, my favorite part of Thanksgiving is definitely eating. The thought of food in general, let alone all of that turkey goodness, thrills me.

The hub of the holidays is the kitchen.

The first place everyone flocks to after entering through the door of my home is definitely the kitchen. Everyone wants to see what’s cooking. This got me thinking about what kind of amazing kitchens are currently on coldwellbanker.com so I started searching for the most stunning, entertainment-worthy, professional grade kitchens which I’ve shared below.

Give them a gander and don’t forget to check out our Pinterest page for more inspiring design and decor ideas like the ones shown below.

1. Rustic and spacious in Pacific Palisades, CA

Kitchen 1 300x225 The Most Beautiful Kitchens Suited for Holiday EntertainingBuilt in 1926, this architecturally significant Tudor mansion affords the ultimate in privacy and quiet. Rolling lawns, enormous trees and organic gardens provide the view from every room. Over 10,000 square feet of sun drenched living space, including a terrific guest house with two separate guest suites, a great room, a home office, six other bedrooms, a beautifully gated “carriage house” style 3+ car garage, a 75′ real swimmers pool and spa near the beautiful brick patio large enough to entertain on a grand scale.

2. Sleek and modern in Beverly Hills, CA

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This home was just remodeled with no expense spared by renowned designer Brett Barrett on one of the best streets in the flats of Beverly Hills. It features a two story guest house with full kitchen and bathroom which make it ideal for guests. Floor to ceiling windows open to the great outdoor kitchen from the bar and is perfect for entertaining. Professional grade kitchen includes all stainless steel appliances and oversized island with breakfast bar.

3. Magnificent open space in Guilford, CT

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4. Resort and high style living in Paradise Valley, AZ 

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This stunning glass masterpiece was designed to perfection by Kurt Holland and Bill Nowell. The flexible open floor plan includes 4 bedrooms with private patios/entrances all with floor-to-ceiling walls of glass walls. The slate floors and abundant art walls are the perfect palate for this artistic original.

5. The perfect southern kitchen in Frisco, TX

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One of a kind custom estate with exceptional craftsmanship and superior quality finishes. Opulent details include natural stone flooring, ornate crown moldings, top of line stainless steel appliances, state-of-the-art media room, two kitchen locations, two Master suites, and a commercial elevator. The home also features a magnificent outdoor pool and covered loggia.

From Coldwell Banker, happy holidays and happy eating!

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The Perfect Home According to Pinterest

We all do it. We imagine what our perfect home would look like. Travel, TV, magazines, and even Pinterest all provide beautiful visuals for how we want our dream homes took like. I am guilty of utilizing all those mediums and I can’t wait to make my future home a reality! My dream is to buy a fixer-upper, gut it, and completely design it from scratch making it as super contemporary as possible. The color pallet would be limited to white, black, and gray. (Crazy, I know)

Moving away from my wild ideas, we here at Coldwell Banker Real Estate thought it would be a great idea to pull the most “pinned” and “liked” images from our various Pinterest boards and construct the perfect home. Below is what would make the ultimate dream home according to our Pinterest followers.

We were very surprised to see how it turned out as the decorating taste from room to room varied, but the end result would easily make on of the most interesting homes in world. Take a look

1. A Pinterest Perfect: Exterior $10,750,000

Superb high-end construction and design; this home has exquisite attention to detail and saying it had “curb appeal” would be an understatement. Currently listed by Tamar Lurie with Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage in Greenwich, CT.

2. A Pinterest Perfect: Bedroom $2,750,000

There are four bedrooms and two full baths on the second level of this home, but nothing beats the spacious master suite with a library/sitting room. Currently listed by Jennifer Ames with Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage in Chicago, IL.

3. A Pinterest Perfect: Kitchen $3,750,000

This is a gourmet kitchen to marvel at. Complete with Wolf ovens, pantry area, floor to ceiling custom cabinetry, side by side Sub Zero refrigerator freezer, and rare marble counter tops. The adjacent pantry provides additional storage and prep space to help during the holidays. Currently listed by Joanna Parker-Lentz with Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage in Short Hills, NJ.

4. A Pinterest Perfect: Entertainment Room $2,750,000

You may think you have a home theater system, but this is what a home theater really looks like. Currently listed by Elizabeth Mandola with Coldwell Banker United, Realtors in Tomball, TX.

5. A Pinterest Perfect: Pool $18,250,000

What beats a pool with a gorgeous Rocky Mountain view? Answer: Nothing. Currently listed by Robert Starodoj with Coldwell Banker Mason Morse Real Estate in Aspen, CO.

For more pictures like the ones you’ve seen here, please visit our Pinterest page or check us out on Instagram @coldwellbanker.