Showing posts with label A Stroll Thru Life. Show all posts
Showing posts with label A Stroll Thru Life. Show all posts

Friday, June 12

Summer Home Tour - DOTS Style!!!

Helllloooo! Thanks for visiting Designing On The Side, better known as DOTS! If you are joining us after visiting designPost interiors, welcome! I was thrilled to be invited to participate in this Summer Home Tour, which was organized by Marty at A Stroll Thru Life. Safe to say I am in some pretty sweet company this week. Read to the bottom of this post to see the list of all 29 other bloggers who are participating. After DOTS, the next stop on the tour is Peaceful Home Decor so be sure to check them out when you are done perusing. 

Two years ago we completely gutted our 1940s colonial and added on more than 1500 square feet. The kitchen is where we spent the most time, money and effort when we remodeled and there isn't anything I don't love about this space. It's bright and sunny and clean and white without being cold. The backsplash is a moroccan tile - in grey behind the range and in white everywhere else. After countless hours considering different countertop options, we went with a white granite that has some grey veining and redish flecks. It mimics marble but without all the hassle of having to worry about a wayward lemon leaving behind an etch-a-sketch on the island!

One day this winter, I got crafty and made this fun little herb garden out of an organizer set I found at Target. It is hanging on the wall in the kitchen and it's fun and easy to make. But it's a little harder to keep alive...especially when you install it over a heating/AC vent. If anyone has any ideas on how to keep them from dying (other than moving them) lemme know!!!

Looking out from the kitchen is our great room. This space is constantly evolving and is in it's summery stage right now. Bright colors, lots of different patterns and textures and my crazy ottoman which I made from an old coffee table (learn more about that here). After what seemed like 38 months of winter, I went through the space and  added some fun things like the coral on top of the books (one of which is a signed copy of Sarah Richardson's new book and I am completely and totally obsessed with her design).  I am convinced we would be best friends if we met. Just sayin...

In my earlier days of decor and designing rooms, I was obsessed with red and you can see that I still have pops of it throughout the house. But as I grow up and my tastes change, I have slowly been shifting away from it. I haven't gotten rid of my lovely little red chair from Crate and Barrel though. Here is a close up. 

On the other side of the house is our living room. This space presented some challenges as it is a bit of an odd shape and having my mothers GORGEOUS piano in there left not so much room for furniture. I shamelessly copied the board and batten wall idea (right down to the paint color)  from our friend Sarah at Life On Virginia Street).  The room right now is decked out in summery yellow colors and my awesome new Lilly Pulitzer for Target porcelain tray (and luckily no real bodily damage was done to me during that sale..phew!)

Next stop on the tour is our Master Bedroom which is 99% complete at this point - just one more major dresser purchase and we are there. I love how it's turned out so far and lucky you...I haven't shared these pictures yet on the blog. SNEEK PEAK Y'ALL!!! Check back soon for the final product. 

And last but not least for this tour is our master bathroom - which isn't particularly summery but is so great I feel like I have to post it anyway. And really, who cares which season it is when you can hide in your bathtub?

So that's it! Hope you enjoyed this little glimpse of our home. Feel free to poke around the rest of the site to see more. And when you're done, head on over to Peaceful Home Decor and check out another great house. Or click on any of the links below to see tours from earlier in the week. Enjoy!

Tuesday, June 9

Summer Home Tours!

Hi everyone! DOTS was asked to participate in a Summer Home Tour with 29 other bloggers this week and we are so excited to share our summery home decor with you on Friday. Thanks to Marty at A Stroll Thru Life for rounding up all of us for this fun week-long event. There are a ton of great houses to look through before we get to Friday. So check them out (list and links below) and while you are waiting for my post, here's a sneak peak at our pretty new dining room table complete with some very summery peonies!!

Monday - June 8th
21 Rosemary Lane
Thrifty and Chic
Claire Brody Designs

Tuesday - June 9th
Thrifty Decor Chick
Our Southern Home
Making Home Base
Hymns & Verses
Bliss @ Home
DIY Showoff

Wednesday - June 10th
City Farmhouse
Driven By Decor
No Minimalist Here
SG Style
Decor To Adore
Desire Empire

Monday, April 28

Guest Bloggin! House Tour

Hello there!  This week I will be guest blogging on a site called A Stroll Thru Life where she asked me to basically show and tell.  I thought I'd share what I'll be posting over there since it gives you a somewhat full tour of the house. Still lots to finish but getting there. Check out my post below. 

A Stroll Thru Life Guest Blog:

"Hi there! I am Allie from Designing On The Side. I am so happy to be posting here on A Stroll Thru Life. Whether it’s a big event, a small dinner party, decorating our house or a friends….nothing is better than finding time for design!

A year ago we embarked on a total renovation and addition of hour home. We moved out while they completely gutted the existing house and added 1500 square feet including 3 stories on the back. When we moved back in the decorating fun began!

The first room you see when you enter our house is the living room. I really love the way it turned out! The grey board and batten and the curtains were inspired by another blogger. I built upon that adding yellows, chrome and glass elements and the fun zebra print rug to keep it light. 

The piano in the left of the picture below was an incredibly generous gift from my parents who wanted to be sure that the piano was played by their grandchildren. So nice right? You can also see that we created a front entry by adding a half-wall and a column when we renovated. We like this much better than walking right into the living room with no separation of space. 

We also added a half bath to the main floor. I chose a bright Thibaut wallpaper for the space since it does not have any natural light. 

Next to the living room is the dining room (shocking huh?).  This room is somewhat temporary in the sense that this is not our forever furniture. But we have spent so much on the renovation and the other essentials we needed when we moved back in, I decided to reuse our old dining room furniture but spruce up the room a bit.  To do that,  I repainted the chairs from red to black and added two patterned chairs at the end. I am a big fan of bargains and got these on Overstock.

Now onto my favorite room in the house....the kitchen! I swear the entire renovation was as a result of my frustration with the tiny kitchen we used to have. So we put a lot of time and energy into designing our "dream kitchen".  Here's the result!

The absolute best part about it is the Wolf range which is worth every penny if you love to cook like I do. The fact that it had red knobs had nothing to do with my decision to buy this particular brand...but they were a bonus!

The island is one of the best parts of the room. My family congregates there every day for homework and meals and it is a great place for our guests to gather around as well when we have parties. 

The kitchen is connected to the family room to make one big open concept space and we spend most of our time in these two rooms. Here's a picture of the mantle and my favorite new chair from Crate and Barrel!

Here's a another shot of the room from the kitchen which also gives you a good image of the coffered ceilings that our builder installed. You can also see the Restoration Hardware reclaimed wood armoire we scored at the outlet for 70% off! Gotta love a bargain. 

I wanted to give the stairwell a little love and so I painted these grey and white stripes going up the stairs. 

Here's a shot of the master bathroom. It is light and airy and so high (we live on a hill) that it really feels like we are in an oasis even though we are not far from a big city. Everyone always asks me about the chandelier. I also got this on Overstock (noticing a theme here?) and it was a steal and is great quality. Highly recommend it! 

Here is the shower and some details of the tile. 

Our kids rooms were fun to decorate and I used bold colors and prints that keep them young and fun without being babyish. Here's our daughter's room. 

And this is our son's. 

Last but not least on this tour of our house is our new guest room. This was a high priority of both sets of our parents who were tired of sleeping on an air mattress every time they came to visit.  The giant reprint of Renoir's Luncheon of the Boating Party was a gift from an event I planned once for The Phillips Collection Museum in Washington, DC where the original lives. It is huge but I think gives a little boost to this basement room. 

So that's our far! There are still a lot of rooms we haven't tackled yet like our master bedroom and the rest of the basement. But it's a good start and you can keep up with my progress at

Thanks for having me!!!"