It’s here it’s here! The much requested holiday/winter Arcadia neighborhood tour is here, and I hope it serves as a way to get all of you feeling those cozy, festive feels right now as you wind down and start snuggling up and spending time with family, friends or those fluffy fur babies for the holiday! This particular Arcadia tour is full of holiday decs and colors galore, which is something that this neighborhood does really, really well in its own special way. The cheer is real around here and I love every single second of it!
If you’ve seen our first and second Arcadia neighborhood tour posts, you’ll probably notice a few old favorites that you’ve seen before all dressed up in their holiday best, and of course you’ll notice lots of new faces (well, facades) in the mix this time around because basically the charm is endless around here. We could do these tours over and over again and still not get to every adorable abode, so trust me when I say that there are plenty out there in the neighborhood that were 100% worthy of being included in this tour, but that I didn’t have time to snap. Plus, so many new beauties pop up almost every week around the neighborhood, so whether you’ve lived in Arcadia for years of have never had the pleasure to gaze upon this charm-packed corner of the world, you’ll always find a beautiful new home to admire.
I should note that so many of these homes you see on this tour were designed and built by the ridiculously talented team at Rafterhouse, which has helped shape the unique home style that can be seen throughout the neighborhood. They’re an Arcadia staple! And if you want to know more about them hop on over to a really special post I got to do for the blog when they let me tour one of their new cottage-cozy custom builds. It was pure magic!
On that topic, whenever we do these Arcadia tours we always get so many questions about who the genius design and build team is behind specific houses, and though we’d absolutely love to know who dreamed up every single one of these beauties, it’s nearly impossible for us to know with certainty for every single one. For many of them we can make a pretty good educated guess based on the style, but it’s SO awesome when you guys reach out to tell us you recognize one of these gorgeous homes and know who built it. As professional design appreciators, it’s so cool to find out who’s behind a home we love and to be able to give creative credit where credit is absolutely due! So make sure you drop us a comment here, send us an email or tag us on IG if you see an abode you know!
I know that I call this a “home tour” but really, if I’m being honest, it’s kind of a love note to pretty front doors, isn’t it? Ok not entirely but… kind of. There’s nothing I love more than a charming front door and a flower-lined path that leads to it, and that’s one thing that’s particularly unique about this neighborhood – SO many homes have the most beautiful flower-lined front walkways and adorable front doors. AND when there’s a wreath hanging on said door or maybe a pretty little garland draped around it, it’s heaven. Heaven I tell you! I also enjoy that so many of the homes in the neighborhood seem to intentionally or unintentionally coordinate their florals to the season. How cool is that?!
As always, we absolutely love hearing which homes speak to your personal style, and the design love fest that unfolds when we share these Arcadia neighborhood tours is the very reason we keep doing them. All of you gravitate toward a different home, and that makes us so happy. From colorful little ranches to magestic modern farmhouses to charming cozy cottages to beautiful contemporary craftmans, there’s a style in this neighborhood for everyone, but the thread that connects all of these homes is that the charm is REAL. So again, make sure you share which one speaks to you in the comments, or share on Instagram and tag us!
We absolutely love that the homeowners in this neighborhood pour so much time, effort and love into making their houses a home for their families, and that that entire neighborhood has so much FUN with their spaces and especially their exteriors. We wish we could hug every single one of them and tell them personally how much we love what they’ve created. We also absolutely adore that the entire neighborhood dives right into the season with all the enthusiasm and that each homeowner finds their own unique way to spread the holiday cheer. It’s such a treat to drive around at this time of year! The festive feels run deep around here.
We hope you guys enjoyed this little peek inside Arcadia around the holidays, and hope that you have safe travels and the merriest holiday wherever you are and wherever you’re going! We love all of you so darn much and are so grateful to have spent the year here with you. You fill our hearts with so much joy and our gratitude for your friendship and camaraderie is endless. Every single blog post read, comment, message and share means so much to us and we can’t wait to share more of the casual, lived-in, loved-up, charming cottage lifestyle we love so much with you in 2020!