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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 home...so 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 www.desigingontheside.com

Thanks for having me!!!"