CHOOSING THE DREAM THEME

Every year, the Dream Home is designed with a certain theme in mind. Our design guru, Julie Punter, explains what goes into choosing the dream theme.
 
Every year, our Show Home Girls do us proud by pouring their hearts and souls into decorating our Calgary Stampede Dream Home. This year is no different. The suave design centered around the theme of ‘mid-century sophistication’ rings through every room, and is part of the reason we expect to see over 150,000 visitors come through the front doors this year. For the past seven years (out of the 23 that we have been building the Dream Home), our team has chosen a theme to inspire the décor of the home. But how is the theme chosen each year? The show home manager of selections and presentation, or as we affectionately call her, Show Home Girl, Julie Punter, explains exactly what goes into picking each year’s theme:
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“Every year is very different as far as choosing the theme,” explains Julie. “Sometimes we are inspired by a trend, or a team trip, and sometimes there is a momentous event that inspires us.”

In 2012, the Stampede Centennial is what enthused the traditional ranch style theme. The design team was able to visit the Stampede archives and incorporated old photographs into the artwork around the home. Antiques and 100 year old
barn wood were also used throughout the home’s décor.
In 2013, it was a team trip to Chicago that inspired the designers to take on the Frank Lloyd Wright theme.
“This year’s theme was chosen very much based on current trends. It is also a contrast from the theme we saw last year, where the colors were light and the floorplan was quite open.

“We want to make sure that every year we are bringing something new and different,” explains Julie. ”

In order to make sure that the home is ready in time for Stampede, preparation starts early. As soon as the keys are released from the previous year’s home, the design team begins putting ideas into motion. Once a theme is agreed upon, the designers work closely with our product development designer, Carla Dean, to prepare a floorplan. From there, construction starts, furniture is chosen and Julie and her team work tirelessly to make every room look remarkable.

2018: Mid Century Sophistication

2017: Scandinavian Design

2016: Classic Elegance

In order to make sure that the home is ready in time for Stampede, preparation starts early. As soon as the keys are released from the previous year’s home, the design team begins putting ideas into motion. Once a theme is agreed upon, the designers work closely with our product development designer, Carla Dean, to prepare a floorplan. From there, construction starts, furniture is chosen and Julie and her team work tirelessly to make every room look remarkable.

2015: Alberta Pride

2014: Bistro Theme

(Kitchen focused themes represented throughout the home)

2012: Traditional Ranch Style Theme

in honor of the Stampede’s 100th Year Anniversary

2013: Frank Lloyd Wright

(Focused on bringing nature inside)

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