Bloggers beautiful abodes…..Alison of The Polohouse!

Hi there. I am so excited to present to you a fellow blogger who has kindly agreed to open up her absolutely stunning home and share her wealth of knowledge with all of us today. I am really loving this new series and learning, seeing and being inspired by all this talent and getting a peek inside all these gorgeous homes! So please say hello to ……..


Alison lives in Illinois, and is a very talented and? accomplished interior designer. Her home is nothing less than an equestrian inspired masterpiece. I marvel at her amazing? ability to create the most beautiful vignettes and her taste level is just sublime. ? I don’t say it unless I mean it…….and I absolutely mean it! She has a very classic approach to design which makes her home and those of her clients timeless and elegant. I am a big fan and always get excited when I see she has a new post to share! So if you aren’t already familiar with The Polohouse, do absolutely stop over to say hello and become a follower. I promise you, you will be happy you did! On top of her gorgeous blog, I just discovered her Pinterest boards and let me say they are nothing short of breathtaking. Could be a new obsession….oh no! Enough of my talking…lets hear from Alison!
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Hi Tina!

Thanks so much for allowing me?
to share my house with you?
and your enchanted followers today.
?You gave me a lot of great questions to think about.
It’s been so much fun coming up with answers for you.
So here we go!



How long have you been in your present home? ?

In June it will be eleven years since we moved into this house.?
I do not know where the time has gone. Two kids, two dogs,?
two cats — too busy! We’ve made so many wonderful memories here.?
It’s a great old casual family-friendly home.



Anything you would care to change if you could?

Yes! There is one really big thing I would love to change.
I would like to spin the house around! Let me explain.

The building once stood on a very rural 20 acre piece of property.?
There was never a farm house, ?just the barn/stables building,?
polo field, and pastures.

In the late 1970’s, the property was subdivided and this building?
was converted into a single family home. A neighborhood was?
built around the structure and our house ended up facing backwards?
on the street.?I really wish I could change that!







If you could only live in two rooms of your house,?

which two would?they be??


Probably the kitchen and the tack room, Tina!
The kitchen is where everyone ends up when we entertain
?– ?like any home. The tack room is small and cozy and
I love to sit in here with my morning cup of coffee,?
or when I am chatting on the phone!


The tack room



How would you describe your decorating style?


Traditional English country for this home, though I love so many different styles.?I have a decorating business and an antique business that I share with a girlfriend?so I am always out shopping and buying things. I try to?collect what I love and hope it all works when it comes together in a room.?





Do you have a favorite color scheme? What is it?


I love earth tones.?
Browns, creamy tan shades,?greens, and?warm reds?
with a touch of dark blue here and there. ?

Best?two tips you can give to anyone looking?
to tackle?the decorating of their own home?


Hmmm… that’s a good question!?

1.) ?I always try to help clients define a color palette when they begin decorating their home. Once they decide what colors they love, it is important to carry those same colors throughout the main/public spaces in their home. The rooms should flow from one to the next using different versions of those same selected colors.?

2.) ?Never be afraid to ask a professional for help. If you are not exactly sure what you are doing, hire a designer or decorator to assist you, even if it is for a few hours here or there. ?Believe it or not, it will save you money in the long run. Furnishing a home is a costly endeavor and you don’t want to make expensive mistakes.?





How do you like to dress up a cocktail table?
and console in a living room?

Gather up something fresh, something to read,?
and something collected!

Start with a fresh flowers, potted greens or an orchid, ?then add a stack of your favorite coffee table books, and finish it off with something you have collected (old or new) ?– ?a great accessory piece.












Have a favorite paint color? Do tell!

I love the Benjamin Moore shade called Philadelphia Cream.?It’s a warm buttery tan neutral.?Not too much khaki and?
not too pale, just perfect.

? Philadelphia Cream HC- 30



What are a couple of really simple things you can do in your home to make it?feel “homey” and inviting?

Buy antiques and or vintage pieces!

There is such a trend to buy new items (specifically accessories) ?from catalogs. Don’t get me wrong, there is nothing wrong with this, but do so sparingly. If you get too many new pieces,?your home might end up looking like ?–
a catalog.?

I think it’s much more interesting to collect older one-of-a-kind pieces to add to your rooms. If you become a savvy shopper, you can find great deals out there and even better — you probably won’t walk into a friend’s home and see the exact same pieces.?

Find pieces that reflect your personality and your interests. That’s the best way to make a house not only a home — but truly yours. 🙂



Thanks again for inviting me over
to share a little bit of?my home today, Tina.
It’s been an extreme pleasure!


~ Alison


?

ThePolohouse.blogspot.com

______________________

I didn’t exaggerate one iota did I ? Isn’t it just magically wonderful!! I love seeing her home and all of the touches she is constantly adding….truly beautiful! I have no doubt that for those of you who don’t yet know Alison, that you? will want to head over and I strongly advise it….her blog is a wonderful treat. Click here to visit her.

Thanks as always for stopping in to see what’s happening over here and many thanks Alison for sharing your gorgeous home and your superb expertise with us! Wishing everyone a fabulous day!

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Bloggers beautiful abodes…..Alison of The Polohouse!

Hi there. I am so excited to present to you a fellow blogger who has kindly agreed to open up her absolutely stunning home and share her wealth of knowledge with all of us today. I am really loving this new series and learning, seeing and being inspired by all this talent and getting a peek inside all these gorgeous homes! So please say hello to ……..


Alison lives in Illinois, and is a very talented and  accomplished interior designer. Her home is nothing less than an equestrian inspired masterpiece. I marvel at her amazing  ability to create the most beautiful vignettes and her taste level is just sublime.   I don’t say it unless I mean it…….and I absolutely mean it! She has a very classic approach to design which makes her home and those of her clients timeless and elegant. I am a big fan and always get excited when I see she has a new post to share! So if you aren’t already familiar with The Polohouse, do absolutely stop over to say hello and become a follower. I promise you, you will be happy you did! On top of her gorgeous blog, I just discovered her Pinterest boards and let me say they are nothing short of breathtaking. Could be a new obsession….oh no! Enough of my talking…lets hear from Alison!
___________________

Hi Tina!

Thanks so much for allowing me 
to share my house with you 
and your enchanted followers today.
 You gave me a lot of great questions to think about.
It’s been so much fun coming up with answers for you.
So here we go!



How long have you been in your present home?  

In June it will be eleven years since we moved into this house. 
I do not know where the time has gone. Two kids, two dogs, 
two cats — too busy! We’ve made so many wonderful memories here. 
It’s a great old casual family-friendly home.



Anything you would care to change if you could?

Yes! There is one really big thing I would love to change.
I would like to spin the house around! Let me explain.

The building once stood on a very rural 20 acre piece of property. 
There was never a farm house,  just the barn/stables building, 
polo field, and pastures.

In the late 1970’s, the property was subdivided and this building 
was converted into a single family home. A neighborhood was 
built around the structure and our house ended up facing backwards 
on the street. I really wish I could change that!







If you could only live in two rooms of your house, 

which two would they be? 


Probably the kitchen and the tack room, Tina!
The kitchen is where everyone ends up when we entertain
 —  like any home. The tack room is small and cozy and
I love to sit in here with my morning cup of coffee, 
or when I am chatting on the phone!


The tack room



How would you describe your decorating style?


Traditional English country for this home, though I love so many different styles. I have a decorating business and an antique business that I share with a girlfriend so I am always out shopping and buying things. I try to collect what I love and hope it all works when it comes together in a room. 





Do you have a favorite color scheme? What is it?


I love earth tones. 
Browns, creamy tan shades, greens, and warm reds 
with a touch of dark blue here and there.  

Best two tips you can give to anyone looking 
to tackle the decorating of their own home?


Hmmm… that’s a good question! 

1.)  I always try to help clients define a color palette when they begin decorating their home. Once they decide what colors they love, it is important to carry those same colors throughout the main/public spaces in their home. The rooms should flow from one to the next using different versions of those same selected colors. 

2.)  Never be afraid to ask a professional for help. If you are not exactly sure what you are doing, hire a designer or decorator to assist you, even if it is for a few hours here or there.  Believe it or not, it will save you money in the long run. Furnishing a home is a costly endeavor and you don’t want to make expensive mistakes. 





How do you like to dress up a cocktail table 
and console in a living room?

Gather up something fresh, something to read, 
and something collected!

Start with a fresh flowers, potted greens or an orchid,  then add a stack of your favorite coffee table books, and finish it off with something you have collected (old or new)  —  a great accessory piece.












Have a favorite paint color? Do tell!

I love the Benjamin Moore shade called Philadelphia Cream. It’s a warm buttery tan neutral. Not too much khaki and 
not too pale, just perfect.

  Philadelphia Cream HC- 30



What are a couple of really simple things you can do in your home to make it feel “homey” and inviting?

Buy antiques and or vintage pieces!

There is such a trend to buy new items (specifically accessories)  from catalogs. Don’t get me wrong, there is nothing wrong with this, but do so sparingly. If you get too many new pieces, your home might end up looking like  —
a catalog. 

I think it’s much more interesting to collect older one-of-a-kind pieces to add to your rooms. If you become a savvy shopper, you can find great deals out there and even better — you probably won’t walk into a friend’s home and see the exact same pieces. 

Find pieces that reflect your personality and your interests. That’s the best way to make a house not only a home — but truly yours. 🙂



Thanks again for inviting me over
to share a little bit of my home today, Tina.
It’s been an extreme pleasure!


~ Alison


 

ThePolohouse.blogspot.com

______________________

I didn’t exaggerate one iota did I ? Isn’t it just magically wonderful!! I love seeing her home and all of the touches she is constantly adding….truly beautiful! I have no doubt that for those of you who don’t yet know Alison, that you  will want to head over and I strongly advise it….her blog is a wonderful treat. Click here to visit her.

Thanks as always for stopping in to see what’s happening over here and many thanks Alison for sharing your gorgeous home and your superb expertise with us! Wishing everyone a fabulous day!

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A perfect fall day with Alison of The Polohouse….

Good Tuesday morning to you! I am delighted to be here with yet another fabulously talented blogger, say hello to Alison of The Polohouse. If you don’t know of her blog, you must visit…must!! ?Alison has superb taste in all she does and I truly anticipate her new posts like a kid waiting for a candy fix. I love her style and chic effortless attention to details. Her own home is magazine worthy perfect, right out of a Ralph Lauren ad. Once you see it you will know what I am talking about.?
If you are like me and never tire of looking at a beautifully done home, then for no other reason do visit The Polohouse! ?The format is slightly different today but when I saw what a stunning job she did….I can’t imagine it being any more perfect. Her descriptions make me want to jump in the car and head to the country!! So sit back relax and allow yourself to transport your mind, body and soul with Alison on her perfect fall day……..



When my sweet friend,?
Tina,
asked me to take create ??
a guest posting on what
fall
means to me,
?I hardly had to think about it.

It’s one of my favorite seasons.?
I love the changing of
the leaves and cannot imagine
living somewhere that I might
miss that someday.




Growing up in the?
rolling hills of Pennsylvania,
I spent many? “Sunday drives”
with my parents or grandparents
heading off to view?
nature’s explosion of color?
in October.?

A wonderful family tradition.
A

B

Here is a small list?
of some of the reasons
why I love the Fall!
C
The changing of the leaves.
D
Friday night?
?football games.

Sweater weather?
and plaid blankets.

E
Hot mulled apple cider
and iced pumpkin cookies.

F

G

Fall decor.

H
Bonfires and smores.
I
Pumpkin patches.

Those are a few of
my favorite fall things!
How about you?


Thanks so much?
for allowing me to
take part?
in your Fall guest posts,
Tina!?
I am honored to be here today.
xoxox~
Alison



PLEASE NOTE:
Photos taken and marked by letters
?are from Pinterest .
All others were taken at the Polohouse.

Simply beautiful, Alison. This post single handedly could make any “fall skeptic” an instant believer and convert! Yes to mulled apple cider, Friday night football games, beautiful pumpkin patches, warm fuzzy blankets and idyllic road trips through falls magic. Absolutely stunning! And those charming jockey pictures are taken from Alison’s gorgeous home. Definitely click on over to say hello to Alison ?and explore her fabulous blog…….you will be glad you did! Click here. ?Thanks Alison and to all of you for stopping in. Wishing every one of you a perfect fall day too:)

PS That picture above with the small stone building surrounded by pumpkins is otherworldly beautiful, a definite keeper….gorgeous!!

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A perfect fall day with Alison of The Polohouse….

Good Tuesday morning to you! I am delighted to be here with yet another fabulously talented blogger, say hello to Alison of The Polohouse. If you don’t know of her blog, you must visit…must!!  Alison has superb taste in all she does and I truly anticipate her new posts like a kid waiting for a candy fix. I love her style and chic effortless attention to details. Her own home is magazine worthy perfect, right out of a Ralph Lauren ad. Once you see it you will know what I am talking about. 
If you are like me and never tire of looking at a beautifully done home, then for no other reason do visit The Polohouse!  The format is slightly different today but when I saw what a stunning job she did….I can’t imagine it being any more perfect. Her descriptions make me want to jump in the car and head to the country!! So sit back relax and allow yourself to transport your mind, body and soul with Alison on her perfect fall day……..



When my sweet friend, 
Tina,
asked me to take create   
a guest posting on what
fall
means to me,
 I hardly had to think about it.

It’s one of my favorite seasons. 
I love the changing of
the leaves and cannot imagine
living somewhere that I might
miss that someday.




Growing up in the 
rolling hills of Pennsylvania,
I spent many  “Sunday drives”
with my parents or grandparents
heading off to view 
nature’s explosion of color 
in October. 

A wonderful family tradition.
A

B

Here is a small list 
of some of the reasons
why I love the Fall!
C
The changing of the leaves.
D
Friday night 
 football games.

Sweater weather 
and plaid blankets.

E
Hot mulled apple cider
and iced pumpkin cookies.

F

G

Fall decor.

H
Bonfires and smores.
I
Pumpkin patches.

Those are a few of
my favorite fall things!
How about you?


Thanks so much 
for allowing me to
take part 
in your Fall guest posts,
Tina! 
I am honored to be here today.
xoxox~
Alison



PLEASE NOTE:
Photos taken and marked by letters
 are from Pinterest .
All others were taken at the Polohouse.

Simply beautiful, Alison. This post single handedly could make any “fall skeptic” an instant believer and convert! Yes to mulled apple cider, Friday night football games, beautiful pumpkin patches, warm fuzzy blankets and idyllic road trips through falls magic. Absolutely stunning! And those charming jockey pictures are taken from Alison’s gorgeous home. Definitely click on over to say hello to Alison  and explore her fabulous blog…….you will be glad you did! Click here.  Thanks Alison and to all of you for stopping in. Wishing every one of you a perfect fall day too:)

PS That picture above with the small stone building surrounded by pumpkins is otherworldly beautiful, a definite keeper….gorgeous!!

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