Touring the HGTV Dream Home 2020

Earlier this week I was invited to tour the HGTV Dream Home 2020 on Hilton Head Island, SC. It was hosted by HGTV and Cabinets to Go , whose cabinets are featured throughout the house.

Riding bikes on the beach at Hilton Head Island, SC

Ed came along with me so we could enjoy riding bikes on the empty beach in the mornings and he could play some golf as well as tour the house. We stayed for two days and enjoyed the weather that felt more like April than January. :-)

Front view of the 2020 HGTV Dream House in Hilton Head Island SC

This is the 2020 Dream Home that one lucky person will be able to win… fully furnished, plus a Honda Passport and $250,000 in cash!

More on how to enter the sweepstakes at the end of the post.

Diane from In My Own Style blog entering the HGTV Dream house

Now I want to take you on a tour to see some of my favorite rooms.

Living Room at the HGTV Dream Home

Keeping the focus on the low country of South Carolina’s natural beauty and providing plenty of ways to enjoy outdoor living, this spacious home is made for the easy and relaxed pace of the coastal life without being oceanfront.

There are porches off the main rooms on both floors that look out to the beautiful outdoor setting and marsh beyond the backyard.

View of the HGTV Dream House Kitchen from the living room

Once you pass through the open foyer, you enter the kitchen and dining area. The rooms are done in shades of blue, white and tones of driftwood.

Texture and color combinations used in the HGTV Dream Home kitchen

The bold colors and textures used in the kitchen and throughout the house are inspiring.

Kitchen at the HGTV Dream House 2020  with Cabinets to Go Charleston Driftwood cabinets

The warm grey tones with vertical graining of the European-Style cabinetry from Cabinets To Go in Charleston Driftwood resembles driftwood found on the beach. They are a little bit modern meets coastal. :-)

Mixed with white and navy, they look stunning with the Crysacrylic and chrome pulls and knobs.

Close up shot of Cabinets to Go cabinets in Charleston Driftwood

They combine nature-inspired appeal with everyday functionality. Every cabinet and drawer can be customized with an array of cabinet organizers to make them perfect for the way you live and work in the room.

Kitchen Island at HGTV Dream home

I love these stools around the island and wish I had a place to use them in my home. All the furnishings in the house are from Wayfair.

Dining Room

On the other side of the kitchen island is the dining room where a large round table with a driftwood grey top and blue leather chairs sit in the center.

In a few of the rooms, the interior designer, Brian Patrick Flynn used floor to ceiling drapes that cover the corners. For a room with tall ceilings, the drapes draw your eye to the blue painted ceiling.

Right past the table, glass doors open to the large screened-in porch that runs across the back of the house.

Kitchen counter

On the other side of the kitchen is a hallway that takes you to a large walk-in pantry and to this…

Mudroom Laundry Room with Chelsea Linen

…large mudroom/laundry room done in green and white. The matte white with taupe and slate vertical graining, Chelsea Linen Cabinets are from Cabinets To Go.

At the end of the counter, is a pet washing area with an extra deep sink and hose/sprayer to make pet washing easy, at least for small ones. :-)

On the other side of the room are built-in pet crates under a large counter that can be used for folding laundry or as an extra surface to place items.

Master Bedroom at the 2020 HGTV Dream home

From the mudroom you can walk across the house to the Master Bedroom wing where there is a separate bedroom, bath, and walk-in closet.

This was my favorite room, other than the kitchen and the outdoor spaces. It was so bright and cheery.

Furniture in Master Bedroom

Notice the wall corners covered with drapes. It is a very dramatic touch that adds a pop of color to the room with bright white walls and ceiling.

Driftwood wall art on master bedroom wall in HGTV Dream Home 2020

Across from the bed, pieces of driftwood are screwed into the wall to create art from nature. Not sure I am a fan, but I love to see something unique.

Master Bath

The Master bath was large and spacious with toned down colors that were used in the bedroom. The cabinets are Chelsea Linen with dark gold pulls and knobs.

Chrome doorknobs

As I went out to the foyer, I noticed that all the doorknobs are chrome in the house. Loved these.

Open foyer at the HGTV Dream Home

This photo is taken from the open second floor looking down into the foyer. Yes… that is a canoe hanging above the front door.

Rolling doors open to media room

On the second floor there are two bedrooms and baths and this media room with another porch off the back.

The wide-plank flooring is found throughout the house.

Media Room

The media room is done in warm taupes, browns, and teal.

second floor hall bath

The two baths have sleek surfaced, Metro White cabinets that make them easy to clean and pair with most styles of decor.

This bath had a teal and white color scheme, the other upstairs bath was dark navy blue and white.

Looking down at the pool and backyard at the HGTV Dream Home in Hilton Head

I am an outdoor and nature loving girl and loved this view off the media room porch. Don’t you just love the pool decking?

back view of HGTV Dream Home

In this photo you can see the large porch across the first floor and the one off the media room on the second floor. Both are screened-in with motorized screens that roll up and are hidden when not needed.

The house is in a beautiful gated neighborhood that runs along a marsh that will never be developed. So the view out the back of the house will never change, except for the size of the trees.

Outdoor furniture around pool

While I was at the house, I spent some time sitting on this chair as I took care of sharing photos of the house to Instagram and Facebook. They swiveled. :-)


These pool globes are actually lights. I bet they look pretty at night.

It was hard leaving the house, but our time was up. Back to dreaming.

If you want to see more of the house, check out my Instagram Stories under the HGTV highlights. I took a short video of each room. You can also see more rooms in the house over on the HGTV Dream Home site.

How to Enter The HGTV Dream Home 2020 Sweepstakes

You can enter the sweepstakes daily, once at and once at, for your chance to win HGTV Dream Home 2020, a grand-prize package valued at over $2 million.

The grand prize includes:

  • The 3-bedroom, 3½-bathroom, waterfront home located on Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
  • Beautiful furnishings and decor courtesy of
  • A brand-new Honda Passport
  • $250,000 cash from Rocket Mortgage® by Quicken Loans®.
  • Sweepstakes is open until February 19. 2020


  • Shop the Dream Home to find where to buy the furnishings you see in the house.

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  1. ICTindustria says:

    Very nice photos, I love them, Thanks for sharing.

  2. Hi Diane,

    Can you share what the ceiling height is on the first floor?

    Thank you!

    1. Diane Henkler says:

      Hi John – Sorry it has taken me so long to reply to your question. The height of the ceiling is not in any of the information packets I received when I was touring the house. I have checked the HGTV website and asked other bloggers who toured the house and no one knows the exact height. We all think around 10 – 12 feet.

  3. Interior blogger says:

    Great interior inspiration! I like your detailed directions.

  4. I also wondered about the pool and alligators. I wonder why the planners put in that pool. It is not appealing or inviting at all.

  5. Ann Schermann says:

    I love the teal rug in the multipurpose room. Do you what brand it is and where it can be purchased?

  6. Can a fence be put up to keep dog safe from ang alligators? What direction does house face road? I am into numerology, what is the address?

    1. Diane Henkler says:

      Hi Roberta – I am sure a fence can be placed around the property to keep away alligators. I am not sure of the house number or street name, but it is in the Windmill Harbor neighborhood.

  7. The dark swimming pool is creepy. What’s more there are an abundance of alligators in the rivers and marshes of HHI. I hope the new owner checks that pool out before jumping in. It bears a striking resemblance to the water holes they love.

    1. Diane Henkler says:

      Hi Hannah – I thought the same thing as you about the dark swimming pool and the alligators. I wouldn’t want a pool so close to the marsh. Scary!

  8. Thank you for the tour! Does hgtv Dream Home ever share the brands of products used on the homes? I’m interested in the sandy colored flooring. Thank you!

    1. Diane Henkler says:

      Hi Beth – I have a list of everything in the house. There are two different names for the Lumber Liquidator’s oak floors on the first and second floor. What floor do you see the flooring you like?

      1. Can you tell me what floors are in the kitchen area?

  9. I love this. Great ideas for my dream home :)

  10. Barbara Warner says:

    My dream home would have solid wood cabinets, not something with birch or woodgrain look. When building a dream home, one should use quality materials. I do like the wide plank flooring, but is it solid wood? I love the orange and white color scheme in the master bedroom, but I think the furnishings are horrific. You should have chosen something more traditional. The color of the dresser is not one I’d ever choose. Designing this house gave you a great opportunity to introduce new “colors of the year.” Teal has been around much too long and makes the bathroom look too dark. The tile in the bathroom is too dark, as well, while something lighter and more traditional would have suited more palates. The one other thing that bothers me is the lovely laundry room with dog crates built in under the folding counters – who wants dog hair wafting up on their freshly dried clothies? Perhaps your designers should double/triple check their design plans and ask the general public/blog readers how they could improve it before going to work on the house.

    1. Diane Henkler says:

      Hi Barbara – I understand your opinion of the decor, but this may help you understand why it is designed the way it was. The interior designer of the house, Brian Patrick Flynn told us when we toured the house that to design the house, he had to use many different products from the sponsors and what they want to promote. He had to pick and choose from those offerings. He also told us that he had to design the rooms with many people in mind so there would be something for every decorating style shown in the home, so every one would walk away feeling inspired by the home. I have told many that when you are actually in the house, everything looks much better. :-)

  11. C. Fagerblock says:

    Overall the 2020 HGTV Dream Home is lovely – It has a cozy, beach vibe and using black on the pool’s inside color was a genius idea, because it reflects all the outside wonders so beautifully! However I found the dining table for four rather lacking – Who wants a dining table that only seats 4….The same can be said for the outside dining table – It would have been nice if at least one table in the home would easily seat 8 to 10 people. Why – well a dream home is about sharing and being together with room for lots of friends and family to dine together and watch TV together. This takes me to my next point – the upstairs “media” room. I found this room’s design not friendly for hosting a gathering of people. A room where again more than 5 people could sit and enjoy streaming some entertainment would be more functional – and I would say both the sofa and two chairs in the room don’t look comfortable for kicking back and spending some time together. Two TV’s that swing out so people on the porch can watch them is not good design. Better to have a great big TV with sectional sofa in the media room and then put another TV out on the porch. Who wants to walk into a room and look at the back of two TV’s? I think it would be nice if an HGTV designer would ask real people how they would like their dream home to function….Good design is about function and beauty and at times I think function is sacrificed.

    1. Diane Henkler says:

      Hi – You bring up some good points, especially about the two TV’s and seeing the backs of them. :-) The designer, Brian Patrick Flynn told us before we even toured the house that he did have to use sponsored products and he also had to decorate it in a way to make every person touring the home, no matter what decorating style they like, find something they like and walk away inspired even if they didn’t like the entire house.

  12. christine wilson says:

    I think this is the best Dream home yet. Thanks for the detailed tour and all the descriptions, it really is beautiful. All that storage is so smart and useful too.
    Glad you got to see it in person and looking very chic in that pink jacket btw?

    1. Diane Henkler says:

      Hi Christine – The house looks nice in the photos, but is even better when you are standing it in. So open and spacious. Thanks about the pink shirt. It is from J. Crew. :-)

      1. Just wanted to say that the pink shirt really looked good on you!

        1. Diane Henkler says:

          Thanks Sophie – It is one of my go-to colors since I stopped coloring my hair.

  13. Rubyann Sanchez says:

    Hi Diane – I’m in love with this beautiful home. I love the all the awesome colors in every room. I especially love the kitchen. I could see me and my family in this amazing home. Thank you for sharing the gorgeous details of this home.

  14. Joyce Ward says:

    Hi Diane,
    How lucky you were to visit and experience the HGTV 2020 Dream Home! It’s just beautiful!
    Would you happen to know what light blue color of the exterior of the house is? I have looked and looked on HGTV website and cannot find it anywhere. All the interior colors are there, but no links to the outside color. I’d like to find a sample of that color and maybe try to use on our house. Thank you.

    1. Diane Henkler says:

      Hi Joyce – All I know is that it is a Sherwin Williams color. I have not received a product list yet where everything used in the house is listed. I will do some searching and get back to you.

      1. Were you able to find the exterior color? I’m unable to find it also. Thanks!

        1. Diane Henkler says:

          Hi Lisa – Sorry that I didn’t get back to you sooner. I do have the list now. The paint is HGTV Sherwin Williams paint sold at Lowes. It is the color: Ocean Side’s #HGSW3356 Flat. You can find it here:

  15. Remarkable Blog Posts!! Great work Buddy.

  16. Darla DeMorrow says:

    Beautiful! I’ve been entering daily. Also, fun to see some familiar faces, Carrie and Beth!

  17. Jane Wallace says:

    Hi Diane – What a beautiful home. I love the all the colors especially the teals and blues in the kitchen. I am in awe of this beautiful post from you. You and Ed are looking great and Bless you both.

  18. Susan Rhoads says:

    Hi Diane!
    When we win, you and Doray will definitely be invited over!!!
    Do you have any photos of the back yard facing the marsh? Can we kayak from the property?
    What direction (N E S W) does the back of the house face?

    1. Diane Henkler says:

      Hi Sue – It would be like Twining Road minus the marsh and million dollar homes. :-) I don’t have a photo of the marsh, but you can probably find one over on the HGTV Dream Home 2020 site. You would not be able to kayak. It is a pretty dry marsh. I think the back of the house faces west. You can see the sunset. XO

        1. Diane Henkler says:

          Hi again Sue – I did some researching and found that the marsh does have water it in during rainy and wet times, so you could take a kayak though it, but would have to be careful of alligators and snakes!!! :-)

  19. Thanks for sharing the pictures and especially your comments!

  20. I love this house so much!!! I so would Love to win this house. The Kitchen is Beautiful with the Blues and Grey’s, the Master is Stunning!! I love the Driftwood art and the open airy concept. The whole house is absolutely PERFECT!! Am going to try to win!!

  21. Deb Brennan says:

    Thanks for sharing….I have to say, that I like the colour scheme of the house, but that’s about all ! Feels disjointed to me because of the choices of furnishings, accessories, wall art etc. And definitely not the driftwood scattered on the bedroom wall ! I do like mixing textures in all those elements, but I think it was a little overboard on that aspect.
    Sorry…I am an interior designer, so not too objective !

    1. Diane Henkler says:

      Hi Deb – Fun fact about the interior design. While at the house with the bloggers, the designer, Brian Patrick Flynn gathered everyone around to talk about the house and why he did what he did. Before he started, he did tell us, he had to use certain items and had to design the house so there was something everyone no matter the style they like, would find something they liked in house. That is why it may seem disjointed. :-)

      1. Deb Brennan says:

        Thanks Diane! That makes sense, and definitely explains why I felt that. There are many elements I think are great in isolation , for sure !

  22. I love, love Hilton Head. Glad you had such great weather. I can’t believe I love almost everything, though maybe not the coral as much as you do. (I adore the green, especially the touches of wallpaper.) I may be the only one who likes the driftwood, though I don’t know if I would get tired of it. It feels like the sea creatures and things that skitter around. I must admit I love the look of the old Sea Pines with the driftwood stain and houses nestled low in the palms and the pines. Bikes, walks on the beach at sunset, ice cream at the lighthouse after dinner, and a family picture.

  23. Cheryl Atkinson says:

    Hi Diane! Isn’t that home wonderful!!! I’m definitely going to try. someone has to win. Thank you for sharing.

  24. Kathryn Griffin says:

    Love those front doors! Stunning! My faves are the Master Bedroom and the outdoor areas. I’m with you, not sure about the driftwood. But, definitely a stunning house. Thank you for sharing. Happy New Year! Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

  25. Christine Wood says:

    Beautiful home. Can’t wait to move in! Love Hilton Head Island.

  26. Sounds like you had fun, I’m so glad you got to ride bikes, my favorite thing to do in HH. My favorite was the paving stones around the pool! My least favorite was the driftwood on the bedroom wall. Thanks for sharing

    1. Diane Henkler says:

      The paving stone grid with grass would look amazing by your front or back entrance. Get Joe on it. :-) XO

  27. Alisa Ternes says:

    Where exactly in HH is this house located? Sea Pines, Folly Field, a certain plantation? I know it is located on the marsh, so I am thinking possibly on the left as you enter the island??

    1. Diane Henkler says:

      Hi Alisa – The house is in Windmill Harbour. It was a very nice gated neighborhood.

      1. Alisa Ternes says:

        Thank you for responding so quickly! It is a beautiful home. How exciting it must have been to tour it in person! Love, love, love the coral room. :)

  28. Sheryll $ Critters. says:

    Nice, new house if I won it! But not really me.
    I do love the veranda. Is that a heat lamp out by the pool? It seems a bit close to the Split Leaf Philodendron.
    And is the pool heated? And is the house solar powered?

    Thank you for the tour!

    1. Diane Henkler says:

      Hi Sheryll -The house does look so much better in person. I don’t know if the pool is heated. The house is not solar powered. I think the HGTV Smart Houses may be, but not the Dream Homes. It is a outdoor heater by the pool. It was probably placed there with the chairs, but maybe for real life it would need to be moved away from the plant. :-) The winner will find out the best place for it.

  29. 1960s girl says:

    What a stunning house (except for the driftwood art on the bedroom wall). I don’t seem to be able to enter because I live in Canada. I’m brokenhearted…
    Thanks for showing the house.

    1. Diane Henkler says:

      Oh so sad that you can’t enter the sweepstakes. I wonder why Canada is not included, doesn’t seem like it would matter. Maybe for tax reasons?

  30. It’s a lovely home and gorgeous setting, but I sure wish HGTV would bring back the earlier designer, Linda Woodrum. I liked her aesthetic so much more.

    1. Diane Henkler says:

      Hi Kim – Many of the other bloggers I talked to wondered why they use the same designer for all the houses. The house decor in each ends up looking the same. I think it would be better to use a different designer for each house. I did like Linda’s style, too. :-)

  31. Julia@Cuckoo4Design says:

    The trip looks like it was so much fun! What an amazing dream house!

    1. Diane Henkler says:

      Hi Julia – It was a fun trip – wish you could have been there. XO