Saturday, April 30, 2011

Welcome to The Polohouse

Welcome to the third featured home on
A Bowl Full of Lemon's Parade of Homes Tour
this week!

Come inside, no need to knock. We've been waiting for you.

This is the front entry. Our house is an old polo barn and stables that were built in 1939 and then converted into a single family home in the late 1970's.

This is a small sitting area outside of our powder room.

This is looking in to the powder room from the sitting area.

This is the tack room.

View of trophy case outside of the tack room.
This is the living room and the dining room combined.

Living room shot looking down from the hayloft.

The two-story window was the spot of the original main barn doors.

This is the newly remodeled kitchen which is where one side of the horse stalls used to be.

Looking down the hall from the family room.

This is the playroom or game room where our teens hang out.

This is the red guest bedroom.

This is the quirky master bath, full of angled ceilings and dormers!

Bathroom shelving as seen from the hallway looking in.

(Pay no attention to the tilted lampshade! Oops.)

Sneak peak at the master bedroom which hasn't been posted yet!

Thanks so much for stopping by today.
Please come back often as things are always 
changing and getting redecorated around here.
And .... if you become a follower, 
let me know in a comment
 ---- I would love to follow you back.

Your next home tour, Home #4, starts now!
Just click on this button and it will take you there.

However, if you happened upon this tour 
and wish to start at the beginning
and visit all six homes on tour today,  in order,
click this start of the tour button instead.

Six home tours a day for five days 
in a row --- now that's what I call fun!

A million thanks to Toni at
for making all this possible.

Come back soon ~


Ellie Campbell said...

What a beautiful home you have... LOVE the new kitchen! And that lighted trophy case :) Gorgeous!

Suzanne said...

Alison, your home is drop dead gorgeous! I, too, love the lighted trophy case. Do you ride?

Red Door Home said...

Your home is beautiful! It looks exactly like I would expect a sophistocated polo house to look like. I so enjoyed all the equestrian touches.

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

Very fun, Alison! I hope I get to view all the home tours at some point. Your home is just beatiful. I wish I could just pinpoint one or two things that stand out, but I love it all!

Becca said...

Your home is incredible ... I could visit for hours !! Are you accepting reservations for the red guest room, by chance? :)

The trophy case looks like something straight out of a museum ...

Thanks for sharing !!

Carolyn@SweetChaos said...

Alison... I think you already know that I love your house! Now after taking the house tour, I've got questions for you. What kind of floors did you use in your kitchen? How do you like them? (We're in the market for new hardwoods). Where did you find your aubusson pillows and where do you get all those fabulous lamps?

Oh, and I'm totally jealous of your entry floors. Are those terra cotta bricks and are they original to the home? That is what I wanted for our mudroom, but couldn't find them.

I'll stop drilling you now. Everything looks so beautiful, comfortable and cozy. My favorite kind of home!

Tammy @BeatriceBanks said...

Oh my! I'm drooling. Gorgeous home! I enjoyed the tour so much. Every room is as pretty as the next. I could look at your home over and over. Thanks for sharing!

Toni said...

Alison, Beautifully decorated, classic style. I love it. You gave us a perfect home tour. Thanks so much for being a part of this event with us.

A Bowl Full of Lemons

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

Oh, come on with the sneak peak of your master. Show it already! lol

Poppy said...

Thanks for sharing your home Alison. Every time I visit you I fall in love with your house all over again! I like everything about it... It is sooo beautiful! and I admire your decorating skill. Drop in sometime. Have a lovely weekend!~Poppy

CHH said...

Dear Alison,

First off, I loved being greeted by Rascal Flatts. Love them.

Your house is beautiful.

My favorite room is your bathroom..the glass shelf, and then the color, pictures and small silver candle holders surrounding the crisp white bath tub.

I get the impression that you have surrounded yourself with all the things that you love and treasure.

You have been blessed.

Thank you for sharing your home.

Have a lovely day!

Simply Bungalow said...

Your home is amazing. Classic and timeless. I love all the warm plaids throughout. Just beautiful!

Anne Marie... said...

wow Alison!! I'm following the house tour - which has been so much fun - and your home is fantastic!! my husband and I tragically lost our historic barn to a terrible fire - & we miss it still..we had plans for that barn -
thanks for taking the time to share your beautiful & very unique home

xo+farm blessings,
Anne Marie

Pamela said...

Alison your home is simply gorgeous!!
What an amazing place and a pleasure to tour!!

I am a new follower and thank you for following me as well!
Pamela xo (French Buttons)

Sarah @ Modern Country Style said...

Wowwweeee! I am completely in love with your kitchen. It's incredible. It reminds me of the Something's Gotta give one...pretty much the highest compliment I can give, you know!!


AntiqueChase said...

Bravo Alison!! I love the tour.. (and those rough beams are to die for!)

Cindy said...

Beautiful...yep, that sums it up! ;)
Hope you are having a wonderful weekend!

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Looking at the pictures of your home are like looking at a fabulous magazine spread. Your home is stunning and your attention to detail is magnificent. Such wonderful inspiration. I love it all. Hugs, Marty

Town and Country Gals said...

if house envy was a illness, I would be on life support! You had me at the door knocker! (I have been looking for the perfect one for my door). Everything is so gorgeous, if it was a book, it would be my favorite!(think about it)! The tack room and kitchen are my favorite rooms. That trophy case is fabulous! It's my dream home!

Pamela Gordon said...

Your home is just beautiful. It's hard to believe it was once a barn! I hope to tour the other homes later today. Thanks for the tour. Pamela

Becky@OrganizingMadeFun said...

Your kitchen and master bathroom are my favorites! Absolutely lovely!

Becky B.
Organizing Made Fun

afternoon tea said...

Thank you for the tour! This is an absolutely beautiful house, and so much character.

I hope to tour all the homes in your tour.

Me 'N My Monkeys said...

**New Follower**
What a lovely home you have!

Ricki Jill Treleaven said...

I Love your blog! I am joining the Parade of Homes, and I am so happy I found you through it. I am your newest follower. We are horse people, too. One daughter shows Saddlebreds (saddleseat) and one shows huntseat. Come and visit me some time!

~Ricki Jill

Cindy said...

I am sitting here squealing!@!! I love, love, love all of it!!! My husband would love to live there. You have brought in so much charm and yet it is still so perfectly masculine, too.
Your kitchen is perfection!!! Your braided rugs are lovely and so very country. I love your house!
Hugs, Cindy

Babs said...

Alison, your home is so warm and inviting and I love your choices in fabrics and accessories. Seeing your home makes me want to decorate mine all over again...not that it was ever actually decorated. But I'd love to use some of your decorating ideas. Thanks for sharing your lovely home.
Have a good week,

Becky C said...

Your kitchen is AMAZING!! And I really love the rustic columns in the family room. Wow, what a lovely home. Thanks for sharing, it's all gorgeous
Becky C

Alanna said...

What a gorgeous home! And a lovely story behind it. So sophisticated yet real. Beautiful :) Thanks for sharing.

A Hint of Home said...

Hi Alison,
Your home is amazing and it would be a joy to tour it!
I love your decorating style and selection of furnishings!
How wonderful to have come from such an artistic family.
Always enjoy my visits.

Handy Man, Crafty Woman said...

Love this! came over on the parade of homes. Love all of your architectural details. Following you, I want to go look around and see more!

Amanda said...

your kitchen is just yummy!!! Love all the equestrian motifs too!

CAS said...

I'm already a follower & have seen the kitchen before, but loved seeing it again with all the rest of the tour. Your home is so beautiful. Thank you for sharing.

Olive Cooper said...

Alison, it is seriously special. I really love the kitchen. I would live in that kitchen. ♥O

Janet said...

your home is so lovely. I especially love the kitchen and your master bath. I'm a new follower. Janet

Stephanie said...

Beautiful home - I love your kitchen! Thanks for sharing! I'm a new Follower.

Stephanie ~ Angelic Accents said...

Oh my gosh, what a stunning STUNNING home you have! I love your style and all the sweet vignettes. I've helped my sweet mother accumulate many hunt scene items for her family room and one day hope to share them on my blog. I'll have to share this post with her as she will so enjoy it, too! I'm your newest follower!

Big TX Hugs,
Angelic Accents

michele at hellolovelyinc said...

it's so utterly charming, alison. thank you so much for sharing these images and inspiring us with details which come off as very natural and not at all contrived.

and it's great to hear your a fellow mom of teens...i was beginning to think blogland was reserved for humans under age 35.

stay classy, mama!


michele at hellolovelyinc said...

oops. honest i know how to use the correct form of 'your.''re a fellow mom of teens. CAFFEINE IS CALLING.


Pam said...

Your home is absolutely gorgeous! I love your style! Congratulations on being on the Home Tour. It is well deserved!

I'm following and love your blog!



SO glad I came over today! Your home is stunning...and I am still loving that kitchen. But seriously the whole house is magnificent!

Annette said...

Just lovely and I am surer your teenagers are proud to have friends over! Very creative and inspiring. I am new follower looking forward to your posts.


Janet said...

I think your home is absolutely stunning! You did such a amazing job in restoring it!

At Home in English Valley said...

Dear Alison, Your home took my breath away. Lovely, warm, welcoming...and your kitchen...
thank you so much for the tour. Love. Penny

Sweet Cottage Dreams said...

hi allison!

ok, where to start? i just love you home so much. every inch is just gorgeous. my favorite room is your kitchen, which was the look i wanted for ours..but i lost with the choice of woods. maybe someday a can of paint will be my best friend and hubby will come home to an all white kitchen.

sending hugs your way,

Just B @ Love Where You Live said...

Your home is just beautiful. You have an obvious talent for mixing furnishings, color and pattern. So well done. This is my first visit to your blog and I enjoyed it very much. :)

T's Daily Treasures said...

I especially love that you have preserved the history of the home while making it your own. It certainly appears to be quite grand for a single family home. Thanks for sharing! Best wishes and blessings, Tammy

Here On Crow Creek said...

Hi Alison! Your home is amazing. That trophy case is wonderful! I found your blog on Antiquechase. I am so glad I came, your home is such a inspiration. I am now following and I want to see more of that bedroom. I cant wait to see more. Beautiful home!

Faith, Trust, and a Little Pixie Dust said...

Wow, that was really fun to take your tour. I love the exposed brick, the kitchen island, the white dishes & the golden retriever the best! Thanks for letting me "visit"!

Warmly, Michelle

Sarah said...

Alison, it is always a treat to tour your gorgeous home. You have a beautiful style. The Polohouse is exquisite! Your choice of fabrics, furnishings, and special accessories all work together to bring together a style all your own. ~ Sarah

Ann-Marie ~ Brambly said...

Alison, you home is so breathtaking! I love the wallpaper in your powder room. Fabulous tour-I loved every moment of it.


Kim said...

Such a gorgeous home!! I'm a new fan! :o) Love your style, and you've just given me 'permission' to keep on collecting! Beautiful, beautiful atmosphere. Thank you for sharing!

FrenchGardenHouse said...

Your home is beyond gracious, welcoming and so beautiful. I absolutely love all your colors. Sophisticated. Elegant. I would be more than delighted to live here, and I am sure that YOU are!

xo Lidy

Gail Peterson said...

I loved your home! It is so nice to see some individual taste that is unique. I am your newest follower! I look forward to visiting often...
Thanks for sharing,

~ ~ Ahrisha ~ ~ said...

You are livin' my dream. I have always wanted to redo a barn into a house. Yours is amazing! I've still got time.
This is my first visit here and I'm your newest follower. Thanks for sharing.
~ ~Ahrisha~ ~

Kristin@FavoritePaintColors said...

Alison your home is amazing! I can't believe all the work you have put into it and that it used to be a barn. I love it! I just started a blog featuring paint colors and was wondering if you knew the colors in your home. I would love to feature some of your rooms. Also what part of Illinois are you from? I live there too. :) Let me know, but once again, beautiful beautiful home!

Miss Charming said...

What a unique home. I absolutely LOVE the kitchen! (The cabinets, island, floors, everything!) You have such beautiful details and finishes in your home. I really enjoyed "touring" it.

The enchanted home said... know I am a huge huge fan of your beautiful and super charming home! Every single room is truly beautiful and I love your sophisticated equestrian theme that you carried throughout....and I love Scalamandres Edwins Covey fabric too..had it in my old house, such a classic!!

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