The street of Dreams starts from nothing and they create something out of it. With great new innovative styles and ideas it is a great place to go for inspiration for your home and garden.

After visiting this year’s Street of Dreams in the Mt Scott area of Happy Valley, I understand why many love living here. This year’s Block Party was hosted at the Heritage Crest Site, and featured houses from $1.5M to $3M. It’s the ideas and inspiration that I was looking for!

House #1 - Hygge achieves comfort and harmony

Greeted by a lovely planting of birch and red maple, there is an entire parade of fountain grass that will mature to be stunning. They added rudbeckia for some color, and Japanese maples in the built-in planter boxes at the entrance stairs.

Inside you are wrapped in the simple Swedish and Danish decor and the down-to-earth, practical feel of an American style farmhouse. The blend of these two aesthetics results in a home that is as comfortable as it is beautiful.

Hygge’s open living area is an entertainer’s dream that leads directly to a spacious patio and backyard oasis. There is a large owner's and guest room on the main level, making this multigenerational home as practical as it is gracious. The highlight of the master bedroom is the Marvin Skycove that makes for a perfect refuge to read and relax. Hygge was designed to experience feelings of wellness and contentment throughout.

House #2 - Ohana is a blend of both indoors and out

This Transitional style home aims to connect the indoors with the outdoors. The Ohana’s single level floor plan was designed to be a multigenerational home that promotes an open and welcoming atmosphere, and I found it easier on my knees! There isn’t one big plant focal point, rather a consistent use of plants and fresh fruits such as pineapples and monstera leaves placed thoughtfully throughout achieving the feeling desired.

Upon entering visitors will be drawn to the Exemplar R Series fireplace that highlights inclusion from the outside in. This see-through fireplace perfectly achieves the homeowners’ desire to connect their outdoor patio to their interior living space.

The Ohana house features gorgeous rough sawn fir beams gracing the kitchen, dining room and great room. Skylights are featured in both wings, and folding glass panel doors to further blur the lines between indoor and outdoor living. This house boasts three beautiful raised beds that could easily produce enough produce for the entire family.

Extended eaves, premium wall insulation, electric patio heaters, a hard-wired generator and radiant floor heating ensure year round comfort and energy efficiency. Showcasing an appreciation towards sustainability, and their desire to foster natural wildlife habitat the owners specified abundant plantings of both native trees and shrubs.

House #3 - Zion is grand and dramatic

Zion is a home that is as warm and welcoming as it is inspiring. Your welcome begins with the front yard design that features an Acer ‘Shi Shi Gashira’ or Lionshead Maple and a sweet Ginko ‘Mariken’ that I would love to have in my own garden. Flanked by Sky Pencil Holly and surrounded by nandinas, and carex and panicum, this island is defined by large boulders and river rocks to add contrast and texture. They’ve included an Italian Cypress for additional height near the front entrance that are especially useful in small spaces.

This Modern Tuscan Farmhouse is a bold blend of clean lines, rustic and industrial elements, with a touch of Mediterranean. Warm wood tones mixed with creams, greys, metal accents and custom furnishings in durable fabrics and finishes are used throughout the home for ultimate easy living.

Large windows fill the space with light and the glass wall slides back to reveal an outdoor living oasis with a striking concrete and steel fireplace and pool for family and friends to enjoy. This house boasted large poolside container gardens with magnolia, coleus, and rosemary in metal toned containers.

The soft caramel, grey and silver veined counters combined with black metal accents, lighting and plumbing fixtures creates a dynamic juxtaposition, and the open shelves and ceramic tile are a nod to Vintage Farmhouse.

The owner's suite is all about relaxation with rustic beams and a fireplace. Also, the bathroom marble wall tile adds a sense of luxury, along with the steam shower with touch pad controls and TV, next to a freestanding tub that includes air, light and heat therapies -- all in order to deliver that true spa experience.

So, whether it's a thoughtful planting of fountain grass, or a beautiful example of raised beds, houseplants dotted throughout almost every room, or container gardens that make a statement it’s clear that today's home continues to blend our indoor with outdoor living.

About the Housing Village

Also showcased is a container home and a 3-room sleeping pod. This sleeping pod will be donated to a non-profit partner of the Home Builders Foundation to provide much-needed beds for those in our city. If you haven’t had a chance to see this type of construction, this container home is a great example of what’s possible!

Find out more about the Street of Dreams Here!