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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


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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Debby Steele on

Her home is ridiculously amazing!! I am dying over her kitchen and the exteriors. Beautiful – thanks for featuring. xo

pretty pink tulips on

Good morning, Tina! I am completely wowed and charmed all at the same time. I happened upon Alison’s blog just this week and was smitten. But, her home has me wanting to invite myself over for coffee. The kitchen is one of the warmest I recall seeing. I love how she has embraced the origin of her home and given it a true personality. Her styling skills are off the charts, too.

I’m a new fan and follower!
Have a great day!!
xoxo Elizabeth

vicki archer on

Gorgeous… and even more gorgeous… I am going to look over and over these beautiful photos…
Thank you Tina… this is such a fun series and I am going to enjoy visiting Alison’s blog… xv

Stock Tips on

I always like your blog post because you always comes with different ideas and information. I always shared your site post with my friends. Keep posting and i will follow you. Stock Tips

Victoria on

Oh my goodness, what a beautiful home. It feels like its right out of a Ralph Lauren ad! I love how warm and inviting it is, and you are right her settings are all so beautiful. I am glad to discover a new blog! I painted our den Philadelphia cream and agree its a beautiful warm color with just a hint of color.

Her breakfast room chairs are just incredible! I would love to know where she got them. Thank you.

Luciane at on

Hello my dear Tina!

I hope everything is great with you. I want to apologize for not coming here for so long. I’m dealing with some health issues, but I wanted to stop by today to wish you a very blessed week.

Big hugs to you, my friend!


Luciane at

PS: I’m loving her favorite color and her stunning kitchen! Wow!!!

designchic on

What a beautiful, warm, charming and relaxing home – all the things I love. The kitchen is the perfect gathering spot and I love the way the stools are slipcovered, but the tack room would envelope me for coffee every morning too – do you think she invites fellow bloggers over for a cup? Happy Monday, Tina – may have an image of your stunning kitchen on our blog today!!

The French Hutch on

Hi Tina, What a great interview with Alison. Great photos of her beautiful home. I love her spot on English country style. She always leaves me wishing for a Polohouse of my own!
Happy Spring…………

The French Hutch

Splendid Willow on

Good morning pretty friend,

What a fun read! I am walking away with lots of eye candy and good advice!

But Alison’s wonderful fox painting should really live at my house… It is for sale?

oxox, Mon

christy on

What an incredible home. She has such a great style. I love it! Her warm and inviting kitchen is so wonderful, it feels old fashioned but still fresh. I love how she did her hutch, I am copy to try to use her hutch as inspiration for a beautiful hutch my parents just gave us, but I am clueless on how to decorate it.
Wonderful post!

laney on

…two beautiful homes…two lovely ladies…blessings laney

Things That Inspire on

Love the house, and especially love the kitchen. I have a fondness for lamps on either side of a sink – it makes a kitchen much more like a decorated room.

We have many houses in Atlanta (specifically, Buckhead) that were build on big estates, and the land was slowly sold off over time, so the house no longer faces the road. There is one house in particular, I always wondered why it did not face the road, and when it was on tour I learned that it did face the main road originally – now it is entered on the side road – because the large estate was broken into parcels.

Hope you have a great week!

– Holly

[email protected] on

Nice home. Very cozy and beautiful. Thanks for sharing Tina. Same here, I wish I could turn my house around, if only it were that easy…lol

Emily @ Town And Country

Whimsical Home and Garden on

I am so horse crazy, have been all my life, and miss our horse farm so very much, which was decorated in a quite similar style. Brought back so many memories of my own paneled tack room, with saddles & bridles on the wall, and the fragrance of saddle soap that was used daily. Beautiful home and extremely welcoming with the use of her color choices.The kitchen island is gorgeous. I have never stopped loving plaids. Makes me want to build again pronto and go back to this style! Thank you for sharing. I enjoyed my late morning coffee so much more today! Cheers to you both!

Lisa on

It can only be my hope that one day my home will look as completed, beautiful and warm as hers. Its so inviting. I love her equestrian inspiration, and to have a tack room, how cool!
I can see the home has its own personality and style and love the way she honored that with how she decorated it. Beautifully done. Thanks for sharing to you both.

Wendi @ Classic Chic Home on

Alison’s home is amazing! It has so much personality and character, and every inch is thoughtfully and beautifully decorated. Thank you both for sharing!
~ Wendi

mary on

Oh my…this house feels like a big, warm hug…think I could move right in and not change a thing, as I could with your home, Tina! Thanks for this wonderful series…I get such inspiration from seeing these lovely homes.

Leslie on

Wow! Gorgeous Tina! I’ve seen bits and pieces of her home but have yet to be taken on a full tour so this is a big treat. The equestrian details are perfect, love all her colors and the hard wood everywhere. It adds so much warmth .. and the kitchen! The island is beautiful and her bar stools are so darling with the skirts. The home is sitting on lovely property and is stunning in every way.

Great interview Tina!

Anonymous on

Hi Tina, I love this series. Its so neat to see inside these talented ladies homes. I am so impressed with how stately it all feels, she really stayed true to the style and integrity of the home. We bought an old home ourselves and tried hard to do the same and funny, the only thing I would change is the way the home is situated on our property, the approach is wrong for the size and grandeur of the home, but its home, we love it and embrace it even with its little quirks. I love her kitchen hand painted chairs, those are just beautiful.

[email protected] on

What a dose of eye candy! I love how the rooms strike a perfect balance between the rich, masculine Ralph Lauren world, and the lighter, feminine every-day world. Just love it! Thanks for inviting her over!

NanaDiana on

Tina- I just love Alison. Not only is her house beautiful she is a beautiful person inside and out. She has done a wonderful job on her home and it feels warm and lived in and loved. Oh-to be the Wizard of Oz and able to click your heels together and spin your house around—-xo Diana

Andrea on

I have long admired her home! I’m pretty sure I could live in Alison’s kitchen, as well =)

Alex on

This is a sensational post. I am inspired by Alison’s mastery of building stunning vignettes.

Kathysue on

Tina, I love Allisons design aesthetics, what I love about them is she is so consistent and it is very evident that her home speaks of her personality and personal taste. It is a home that has many layers and looks as if it has evolved over time. Beautifully appointed, Kudos to Allison and thank you for the introduction!
Happy Spring Monday!!
Thanks for visiting my new sofa today on my blog, I love her!!

zanetastyle on

What a lovely home, cozy, stylish, love the red tile in the hallway too! The kitchen is spectacular… the tip she gave about colours in the house is really good, I agree, that is why I painted the whole house before we moved in it…to make sure it is well connected and works together. Brilliant tip, I think lots of ppl who don’t work in this area would make the mistake …or stick with white walls and decorate with a selected pallete (:
Great read….thanks ladies.
ciao Z

Carolyn on

Loved all her advice and tips. Yes agree buying old vintage things is so much more interesting, they really are one of a kind, I love her palette choice and the way it is carried throughout her magnificent home. The picture of the chest with the two chairs in the quail fabric is to die for, her kitchen is so charming and welcoming. She really showed so well how you can combine elegance with warmth in how she has done her home. Fantastic post ladies!!

jennifer smith on

What a treat! This house is so beautiful. I love how welcoming and homey it feels. I bet its where everyone in her family wants to go over the holidays. Love the style and all her good advice. I like the idea of establishing a color scheme to be carried throughout the entire house. Where was this post when I needed it!

I am struggling with certain rooms, and finally convinced my husband to hire someone to help us finish up some spaces, so I was happy to hear she thinks its a good move. So far we are making great progress. Excellent post, am going to go visit her blog now, thanks for the intro Tina.

The Pink Pagoda on

Oh my goodness, what a beautiful house. I absolutely loved getting to see it. And I’m happy to know of a fantastic new to me blog!

Anita @ Cedar Hill Ranch on

I love Polohouse!! It’s gorgeous, and I love your questions Tina. I think they were very well thought out. I may have to “borrow” some of them, hee, hee.

Sandy at You May Be Wandering on

Wow…what a beautiful home!! I am a sucker for anything equestrian so this was perfect for my taste. I am on my way over now to check out her blog. Thanks for sharing! xoxo

michele on

i love alison and her gorgeous property! she has an incredible eye and a beautiful spirit so those things come together naturally as she decorates her home.

thanks for spotlighting this lovely lady, tina!


The Buzz Blog on

What a gorgeous home and we wouldn’t leave that tack room for anything! How sweet of Alison to open her house up to us and spill her secrets.
C + C

Loi Thai, Tone on Tone on

Hi, Tina! Hi, Alison!
Thanks for this incredible house tour. What a treat on this rainy Monday morning here in DC. I could live in that kitchen and tack room, too!! Fabulous rooms. Fabulous collections. This house has it all: warmth, style and charm!!

Libby on

Thank you Alison, for inviting us into your lovely home, and inspiring us with your decorating tips. Thanks Tina for taking us there.

[email protected] POnd on

What a beautiful home Alison has created. So warm, welcoming and cosy. It just oozes history and character, charm and style. Thank you for sharing.

Divine Theatre on

Alison and I are practically neighbors! We have been trying to get together for some time. I NEED to have coffee with her in the Tack Room!
Love, love, LOVE Alison!



[email protected] Pine Cones and Acorns on

Tina, Allison and her blog The Polohouse have long been a favorite of mine. Her home is classic decorating at its best. I loved seeing more if it.

Have a fabulous week, Elizabeth

5th and State on

W O W!!!

as a fan of allison and her blog i have seen glimpses of her home in her posts…….but, in it’s entirety, what a luscious home! love her collection and in particular the vintage elements that add such warmth. my favorite room is hands down the tack room, this anglophile is impressed
great series tina!

Sherry @ No Minimalist Here on

Tina, I have been a fan of Alison and The Polohouse since her first blog post. Her home is beautiful and I love her style.

Brenda Murphy on

How great for us to see these homes! I must admit that Allison’s tack room is prettier than mine… mine is in the barn, not the house, but I LOVE hers! Sigh…Also, loved the kitchen with those awesome stools dressed. How cool is that? Inspiring post, thanks to you both for sharing:)

faye on

wow! nice place especially the kitchen.=)

Southgate on

Tina, I am really enjoying these “readers homes” posts! Keep ’em coming!

Gexton on

Striking painting, I love it. Her expression is so well captured.
This is beautiful. Really enjoyed catching up with your blog. What a great painting. There were so many amazing views – I could have painted many more too
it’s very nice blog, keep wondorfull and sharing your blog.
Edmonton Painters
Painters Edmonton

Victoria on

This is amazing. What fun to see inside her incredible home. It is as beautiful as it is warm and cozy. To have a tack room inside your house, how amazing.
Love all the old world touches and agree buying antiques and one of a kind items is what helps give a home true personality. So enjoyed this and hearing her excellent advice! Thanks so much.

Karen on

Tina & Alison,
This is a great series. I love Alison’s house and consider her blog a must-read. Thanks for sharing, it’s fun to see all of Alison’s beautiful accessories.

Anne on

Tina, you picked well to showcase this magnificent home full of love, carefully curated items and warmth. I love her style. How fun to also get her great insight and advice, I agree those one of a kind antiques are wonderful additions to just about any home and are great things to hand down to the kids. I just inherited a magnificent 18th century grandfather clock that had belonged to a great great grandmother in Virginia. It is so exciting to think about the homes its been in, the hands that have touched it over time. Thanks for a wonderful eye candy of a post.

Designs By Pinky on

I have been following Alison for ages and ADORE every single thing she does! She is SO talented but warm, sincere, and friendly to boot! Thanks for featuring her and her AMAZING home! XO, Pinky

Patty Lunz on

Your home is the picture of warmth and beauty. I love white spaces and you got the balance just right the different shades of white and the natural wood touches.

Binkers and Diva Doggie on

I am curious about the piece of furniture with the clock in the dining room. We have a similar piece that we know nothing about. Why the clock tower in the center? Is this from a specific period or called something specific? Thanks so much for any information! This home is spectacular!

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