Denali Dream Drive – Part One {2014 HGTV Dream Home}


As many of you know I had the awesome opportunity this week to travel to Lake Tahoe with GMC to experience their Denali Dream Drive. To say this experience was anything less than amazing would be a complete lie. From the scenery, to the people, to the Denalis, to the dream home, & more, I had the greatest three day trip to Tahoe I could have asked for. & I feel so blessed to have been able to attend.

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Day one was Monday. That day was mostly a travel day from North Carolina all the way to Reno Nevada. From the airport it was about an hour drive to our resort in Lake Tahoe. We stayed at the Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe which was so beautiful & accommodating. When I go back & visit Lake Tahoe they will be at the top of my list of places to stay. Our resort had a few restaurants, a starbucks, a casino, a spa, heated pools, & my view of the mountains from my room was stunning! The little town we were in was so cute & quaint I wish we would have had more time to explore the shops in the area & sight see the beautiful scenery a little more & the stunning real estate around the lake. After I got to the resort I washed up from my flight & then headed down to the lobby to meet all of the other talented people who were also on the trip. Right when we all gathered in the lobby I could tell we were going to have an amazing time together. Dinner that night was right at the resort & was a great way to start off the trip. Delicious food & lots of laughs getting to know everyone. We all have such different personalities that the mix was perfect. & as you know from my last trip with GMC, the GMC team is always AMAZING & so fun.

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 Tuesday morning was lovely. I woke up to the view of the mountains & the pool area out of my room. So perfect! I ate a lovely breakfast looking out at that beautiful scenery, met up with the crew, & got acquainted with our GMC denalis & headed up the mountains to the 2014 HGTV Dream Home. I got to be the first driver up the mountain & I drove the GMC Terrain Denali & it was perfect for me! It’s a smaller SUV so I felt really comfortable & driving over ice & snow didn’t even scare me because of all the control & the all wheel drive made me feel extra secure. Also driving on mountains was easier because it has automatic grade breaking for going down the mountain & it has hill start break assist which helps when breaking on an up-hill. So basically the terrain was perfect for me to drive up the mountain to see the house. & I looked pretty cute driving it too ;) I kid, I kid!! No, but really I love GMC as a company & their product amazes me every time I experience them.

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Before we entered the HGTV Dream Home we got to tour the all new 2015 GMC Yukon Denali. As a designer I had such a great appreciation for the design of the vehicle. It has real poplar wood accents on the inside. To have actual real wood accents in a vehicles is so amazing to me & you can really tell much craftsmanship went into designing the Yukon. I really enjoyed comparing the interior design of homes to the the interior design Yukon. Along with the poplar wood in the vehicle there is aluminum accents which I loved as well. Besides all of the beautiful design accents in the vehicle the safety features made me want to purchase the vehicle that day. It has forward collision alert {Hello, I want that!} Lane departure warning {Need!} & crash imminent breaking, side blind zone alert, lane change assist, rear cross traffic alert, & front & rear park assist. So basically it can almost drive itself ;) haha I just love all of the safety and design features & I feel like it’s the perfect vehicle for me. & of course it features OnStar for those times you need assistance.


I just wanted to give you a tiny sneak peek of the house in todays post & in part 2 I will be sharing the whole house & all of the details. I’ll share my favorite pieces, parts of the houses, & more. I’m sorry to make you wait! I hope you still love me. There was just way too much to share in one post, but I promise you the wait is very much worth it ;) Here are just a few lovely spots in the 2014 HGTV Dream Home..





So what do you think of the house so far? I’m ready to move in. Every detail of this house from the design to the view is stunning. In the next post I will share more details about our tour, the people involved, & the house details. What is your favorite part of the house that I have shared so far? I hope you all had a great weekend & be sure to find me on Facebook & Instagram to chat with me!


& if this sunset over Lake Tahoe doesn’t convince you that you need to visit there at least once in your lifetime, then I don’t know what would.  Have you ever been to Lake Tahoe before?


  1. OMG WHAT AN AMAZING PLACE!!! ahhh youre so lucky you got to see it like that!


  2. Oh my gosh-so beautiful! Can’t wait to see the rest!

  3. That house is so beautiful! I have always wanted to visit Lake Tahoe. There are so many fabrics in this house that I need!!

  4. Um WOW. Such a beautiful home and beautiful place!!

  5. Rooms looks so fucking nice, I really love it. I really want to travel agaaaaaaaaain.

  6. I visited the Sonoma, CA dream home a few years back. Can people visit the actual home in Tahoe? Please send info.

    • Hey Patty! I do believe that people are allowed to tour this home starting in the next couple of weeks. I can look for more info for you, but I do believe they said they were opening it to the public soon :)

  7. That house is amazing – reminds me of my friends lake house! What a fun adventure!!!

  8. This is an amazing home! So glad you got to attend and took lots of pictures to share. Merry Christmas!

  9. I am so happy that you were chosen to be a part of the trip . . . and I’m sure you looked very cute driving the Denali! Next thing we know we’ll be seeing you on TV! I love Tahoe and I love the dream home. My favorite part so far? The picture of the tall windows with the mix of light fixtures. How cool is that? Can’t wait to see more.
    Have a very Merry Christmas my friend and blessings to you in the New Year,

    • haha you are so funny Patti!! I don’t know if I was made for TV ;) haha & I agree with all of your favorites!! The windows were stunning & I loved all of the light fixtures.. whoever picked those out did a great job!! I hope you had an amazing Christmas & an even better new year!! xx

  10. That trip and house look amazing! What an opportunity!


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