Why You Should Consider a Custom Home

Hey friends! I am sharing something totally new and fun with you today! I recently visited an open house at the new gated community of Avalon Heights in our town of Sedro Woolley, WA. It blew me away - and I wasn't the only one. When I shared the home and the views on my stories on Instagram, I heard from countless followers that they were pretty crazy about it too! I loved hearing from you guys and if you were one of the many that messaged me - I am so happy to share my snaps from that visit with you on my blog! The custom features of the home and the endless views that seemed to go on on and on for miles just gave us all the heart eyes. So today I am sharing some snaps I took of the house and why I think you should consider buying a custom home. 

First lets talk about location! This home, built by Allen Campbell, is located in the heart of Skagit Valley - one of the most beautiful and charming areas of the Pacific Northwest. I feel so lucky I get to live here and see these gorgeous mountains everyday and watch the bald eagles soar by my window and visit the rivers and beaches close by. This area has a country small town feel with big heart and this gorgeous custom home is located right in the heart of it with views of the valley from every direction. 

Master Balcony View

Master Balcony View

View from front entry

View from front entry

From the moment you step through the entry into this 4,145 square feet craftsman style home, you see the large windows with unobstructed views of the valley that flank the living room and kitchen. 

Kitchen view from entry
Breakfast Nook
Living Room
Dining Room
Avalon Heights Sedro Woolley
Avalon Heights Sedro Woolley
Avalon Heights Sedro Woolley

The heart of the home is this grand living room and kitchen area. Guests will want to linger for hours right here but there is plenty more to see in this gorgeous one-of-kind house. 

Avalon Heights Sedro Woolley

The attention to detail around every corner really impressed me. The care that went into finding the most perfect wood for the unique wood features across the home, the lighting placed around the crown molding and under cabinets, the individual stone wall feature, and the countless other custom details make this home stand out above others homes I've seen in this price range. There aren't many homes in this market as beautiful or as big as this one under 900K. 

Avalon Heights Sedro Woolley
Upstairs wet bar

Upstairs wet bar

And for my favorite part of the home, the master suite!! Let me share some snaps with you as the photos will do all the talking!

Master Bathroom Entry

Master Bathroom Entry

Master Deck with gas fireplace

Master Deck with gas fireplace

Avalon Heights Sedro Woolley
Avalon Heights Sedro Woolley
Avalon Heights Sedro Woolley
Avalon Heights Sedro Woolley
Avalon Heights Sedro Woolley
His and Hers sinks

His and Hers sinks

Avalon Heights Sedro Woolley
Accessory wall in Master Closet with Washer/Dryer Hook up

Accessory wall in Master Closet with Washer/Dryer Hook up

View from Master Closet

View from Master Closet

The master suite was by far my most favorite part of the house. The abundant amount of space and serene design details made me want to move right in. The suite has its own foyer - a perfect place for his and her chairs and a table for enjoying your morning coffee in your robe. The spa like bathroom is separated by beautiful custom sliding barn doors and the deck has a beautiful fireplace with privacy for the perfect summer nights. I got the most feedback on Instagram about the closet. And yes, it was truly amazing. HUGE! Plenty of space for an accessory wardrobe, an ottoman, washer dryer hook up and lots of room for storage. It was a dream! Plus, natural light which is basically unheard of in a closet like this! 

Avalon Heights Sedro Woolley

The last area I want to feature with you today is the beautiful kitchen. I mean, just look at that range!! I loved the subway tiles on the backsplash and the cabinetry that wrapped around the breakfast nook. There was plenty of space for storage, counter space for cooking and beautiful appliances that will make your everyday cooking that much more enjoyable! 

Avalon Heights Sedro Woolley
Avalon Heights Sedro Woolley
Avalon Heights Sedro Woolley

Ready for the full tour?!!? It's a MUST SEE:

I can't tell you enough how beautiful this home is without you seeing it for yourself. You know when you walk into a home and you just feel..well, at home?! This house gives you that feeling and you can't put a price on that feeling. 

For the full listing, click HERE

Allen, the builder behind this amazing home, is currently working on his next project in Avalon Heights - a stunning rambler with east, south and west facing views. It's going to be a stunner and he even showed me the 12 foot water feature he's building in the foyer. WOW! I can't wait to tour it when it's all said and done but for now, you can find the listing HERE

If you or someone you know is in the market for a custom home with views as far as the eye can see and you are looking in the under 900K range, you NEED to see this place - it will blow you away! You can contact me for more info and I can point you in the right direction. 

Details:

Prop Type:Single Family

Residential

Beds:4B

aths:3.5

SF:4,145SF Source:Builder plans

Yr Built:2017Price/SF:$216.89Lot Size:.911 ac/39,697 sf

Snr High:School Dist: Sedro Woolley   School District Websites

Heat/Cool:Heat PumpEnergy:Electric

Wtr Heatr Ty/Loc:Electric / Garage

Floor Cvr:

Ceramic Tile, Hardwood, Wall to Wall Carpet

Appliances:

Dishwasher, Double Oven, Garbage Disposal, Range/Oven, Refrigerator

Interior Ft:

Bath Off Master, Dbl Pane/Storm Windw, Dining Room, Vaulted Ceilings, Walk-in Closet, Wet Bar

 

Directions:

I-5 to Exit 232 Cook Road. East on Cook Road. North on Collins Road. West on F & S Grade Road. Right on Avalon Heights Way.

I hope you enjoyed this blog post and maybe we can do more house tours together! From one home lover to another - have a great week! 

-Ashley 

 

Hotel de Hale: Guest Room Reveal

Disclaimer: This post contains sponsored content and affiliate links. 

{Angels singing}

Halleluja!

I finally have a legitimate guest room! For years, we have had to kick our daughter out of her room and use her bedroom as a guest room but when we bought our new house, we got our long awaited guest room and I couldn't be happier! We do get guests because my husbands family is all out of state and this summer, my parents will be moving in for a month or so as their home remodel gets finished up! So I was eager to get this room done. Now before I get all into it, I don't think its 100% done. My plan was to do some batten and wallpaper. But I am crossing my fingers that a brand I LOVE will be coming out with wallpaper this year and I'm patiently waiting on that. In the meantime, I considered painting the room but really don't want to start a whole new project if I intend to change it in a few months anyway! So here is the 90% ;)  reveal and I hope you love it like I do! 

House of Five Guest Room - Boll & Branch bedding and Arhaus Furniture
House of Five Guest Room - Boll & Branch bedding and Arhaus Furniture

Starting with a classic design was important to me. I wanted a sophisticated look to this small room so even though it's tight on space, it has big impact on comfort and style. Where is the best places to start for timeless, classic furniture? Arhaus! This bed is the Lago queen bed with the Addison nightstand. These pieces are truly amazing and high quality! I was SOOO tempted to put these in the master but knew I wouldn't be able to fit our king bed in here so they ended up in their intended space but seriously - I have room envy! 

Here is a closer look at the nightstand:

House of Five Guest Room - Boll & Branch bedding and Arhaus Furniture

What I love about the Addison nightstand is that it has a pull out desk. This a great option for a small space like this. It creates an instant work station, vanity, or writing desk for your guests without taking up any extra space! 

For the bed, I chose this Lago queen bed because its classic design and luxurious stature. The wide headboard and footboard make it feel like a bed fit for royalty. The footboard doubles as a bench and a great spot for your guests to drop their belongings or take a rest after traveling to see you! 

House of Five Guest Room - Boll & Branch bedding and Arhaus Furniture

Didn't this room just turn out so peaceful!? From the beginning, I chose to use a blue and white color scheme. I wanted a color palette that would be calming and neutral for any guest. A perfect little getaway in our usually quite hectic household! 

House of Five Guest Room - Boll & Branch bedding and Arhaus Furniture

For the bedding, I chose to go with the classic Boll & Branch banded sheet set and duvet. These fair trade sheets feel like butter on the skin and I know my guests will be sleeping soundly in these heavenly cottons. I can't stress this enough - these are the softest sheets I've ever owned. I don't know what kind of magic is going on over at the Boll & Branch factories, but they've mastered creating the softest sheets in the world.

The color of this set is white and shore - a delicate blue/gray! 

House of Five Guest Room - Boll & Branch bedding and Arhaus Furniture

The first decor items I actually chose for this room were the floral pillows from Jolie Marche. SHE IS INCREDIBLE. I've said it before and I will say it a million more times, her pillows are crazy gorgeous! She really has a gift with prints! These are 20" pillows and make the perfect size for a queen or even cal. king bed. I've gotten questions on how to know how many pillows for a bed you should choose. Throw pillows are optional but totally take your bed step up to the next level. I suggest sticking to three as three is a good rule of thumb in decorating! And don't forget scale, I think 20" is the smallest you should go with square throw pillows as the standard 16" look a little too lost. 

I wanted a hint of whimsy in this room so I decided to go with some fun mix and match prints. I chose to pair the florals with the checks because it's one of my favorite combos! 

House of Five Guest Room - Boll & Branch bedding and Arhaus Furniture

The pillow cases and footboard throw are from Beddy's! This room does get awfully chilly in the winter so having the Beddys throw is essential and feels luxurious for my guests. As you know, its my favorite blanket to get cozy in because of the sheer comfort but it also adds such a classic print to this otherwise simple room.

The small lumbar pillow is a classic piece from Caitlin Wilson Design. The tassels are my favorite feature :).

House of Five Guest Room - Boll & Branch bedding and Arhaus Furniture

You may have noticed this part of the room already but to my surprise, when we moved in, the guest room was a wee bit smaller than I had planned on. So unfortunately, I couldn't fit two nightstands in here. I decided to place a light chair in the corner so guests could use the other nightstand as a desk if needed and placed some fresh luxurious bath towels from Boll & Branch in the corner in the same color as the band on the bedding: shore. I think this adds a sweet and personal touch to a guest room. 

House of Five Guest Room - Boll & Branch bedding and Arhaus Furniture

One of the details I love in this room are these beautiful drapes from Frosting Home Decor. The delicate pom details are a whimsical addition to simple drapery that make the room extra special. It's the special details like this that guests will notice and it makes them feel like you put in the extra attention to create a beautiful space for them. These handmade drapes are also functional because they block out the bright street lights at night. Its a win-win!

House of Five Guest Room - Boll & Branch bedding and Arhaus Furniture

Lastly, the item I chose to hang above the headboard was a no-brainer! I decided to hang another Juju Boutik juju hat because I just love the meaning behind them and the beautiful vibe they bring to a bedroom. The juju hat symbolizes prosperity in the African culture. Many dignitaries and members of royal families in African cultures and tribes have worn them a as a sign of success and good fortune. Their royal presence makes for a scene-stealing piece of art in any space and I especially love them above headboards. They come in an array of colors and sizes so you can be sure to find one that fits your style - check out all the styles at Juju Boutik!  

One of the details I love in this room are these beautiful drapes from Frosting Home Decor. The delicate pom details are a whimsical addition to simple drapery that make the room extra special. It's the special details like this that guests will notice and it makes them feel like you put in the extra attention to create a beautiful space for them. These handmade drapes are also functional because they block out the bright street lights at night. Its a win-win!

I don't know about you but staring at these pictures is totally making me want to go take a nap - in HERE! I'm excited to have guests in this room this summer and hopefully many many more guests over the years to come. Because above all the material things and decor items I love to talk about, the people that come into my home are the most special! 

Thank you so much for stopping by and seeing the reveal. Let me know what you think! 

Full source list:

Bed: Arhaus

Nighttsand: Arhaus

Bedding set: Boll & Branch

Checked pillows and throw blanket: Beddy's

Floral accent pillows: Jolie Marche

Checked lumbar pillow: Caitlin Wilson

Lamp: Homegoods

Vase: Homegoods

Candle lantern: Target

Juju hat art: Juju Boutik

Ghost Chair: LexMod

Bath towels: Boll & Branch

Drapes: Frosting Home Decor

Flokati rug: Safavieh

Curtain rod: Martha Stewart Collection from Home Depot

 

 

 

 

 

Modern Rustic Dining Nook in the New House

Thank you All Modern for supplying products for this post!

Dining Room - Modern Rustic

Recently, I picked up Em Henderson's book "Styled". In it, she has a quiz to help you pin-point your true decor style. While it was enlightening, I didn't feel like it truly helped me define my style. I don't think I can fit into a box. I love so many styles. According to her quiz, I fit into the Hollywood Glam style. Don't get me wrong, I love that style, but it doesn't seem to reflect my home decor at all. I have a few pieces that are glam but overall, I find that I love collecting pieces of all different styles. She suggests finding one style that you can truly connect to and that will help your home be more fluid. So I guess the hunt continues to find my one true style. For now, I will continue to buy pieces that I love and see where that takes me.

All that to say, when we moved into this new home, I knew I wanted to start incorporating some modern style pieces into my decor. I've never used modern pieces before but felt compelled to try something new and mix it into my rustic/coastal/neautral spaces. See? I can't even define what I have with one word! Oh well!! lol 

Dining Room - Modern Rustic

I partnered with All Modern to accomplish the look I was going for. I knew I wanted to keep a rustic (almost farmhouse) look to a dining table. Something simple and understated so that my All Modern chairs would really stand out. I chose these Crackle chairs and Kartell ghost chairs from All Modern to set the stage for my "modern rustic" dining nook.

Dining Room - Modern Rustic
Dining Room - Modern Rustic

One thing you should know is that the first thing people say when they sit in these chairs is how suprisingly comfortable they are. And that is the most important part of decorating to me. I love pretty things but if it's not comfortable and inviting, it's simply not worth it! I wanted a space where people could come and sit at my table and not want to leave for hours - eating good food, sipping tasty wine, and having great conversation. 

Dining Room - Modern Rustic

To create the eclectic modern rustic look I was hoping for, I chose pieces that would compliment each other and add just enough contrast to make it interesting. The gold chandelier is from Arhaus and is simply a show stopping piece. 

Arhaus Chandelier, Modern Rustic Dining Nook

I was having the hardest time finding the perfect table. I wanted a rectangular table with wood on top and white legs. Specifically, I wanted this table from Restoration Hardware but I couldn't get myself to spend the money. I looked and looked and looked online at every table for 2 months and couldn't decide. One day I was out grocery shopping at Fred Meyer, and of all places, I came across this table. It had black legs but otherwise was the right size, shape and color I wanted. And it was only $200!!! No brainer! I picked up some white spray paint while I was their, distressed the legs a bit, and made the table work perfectly for this space. And to top it off, when I placed it in the room - it was a perfect color match to the crackle chairs!

 

Dining Nook - Modern Rustic

Next up, we added this GORGEOUS rug from Loloi Rugs. This is called the Chantilly rug from the Joanna Gaines Collection and I can not tell you how much I LOVE this rug! Not only is it super pretty and unique, but it is so durable. This rug takes a beating from the kids running over it, food dropping on it, and tons of traffic going in and out of the back doors to the dirty yard! You would think I would have to clean it all that time for it to look this pretty, but truth be told, I hardly ever clean it. I actually only vacuum it and I barely do that! Sounds gross right!? LOL but really, its just a very durable rug that is perfect for high traffic areas like this!

Modern Rustic Loloi Rugs

And clearly, its comfy because I can't take pictures of this room without my dog taking advantage of this comfy spot by the windows. 

For styling details, I wanted to add a touch of blue and brass all around the space to compliment the other side of this great room which has the living room (also dressed in touches of blue and gold. 

Dining Nook - Modern Rustic
Dining Nook - Modern Rustic
Dining Nook - Modern Rustic
Dining Nook - Modern Rustic

Now there is one major piece to this room that I haven't mentioned and that's because it was a last minute change we made to this room before I snapped these shots. And that is the plank wall! I went back and forth on what to do with this wall and finally decided we would plank it and paint it blue. But oh my gosh, I had soooo many friends and family try and stop me from painting it, that I finally gave in! This wall is what gives this room that rustic feel. And it was so easy! We simply picked up 3 boxes of vinyl floor planks in stony gray from the Home Decorators collection at Home Depot, used a little liquid nail glue, and a brad nail gun and we popped up these planks in no time at all. It was so easy - this was definitely a beginner DIY-ers dream project!  

If you're having trouble narrowing down your style like me, try mixing and matching contrasting styles. Modern and rustic is a great place to start. The two go together like peanut butter and jelly :)

If you love this room, let me know!! This little room of ours came out pretty close to what I had envisioned for it and I think it will be fun space to decorate and redecorate for the next few years! 

Here is a full list of sources below! Thanks for stopping by to see the new dining nook! I hope you enjoyed this post! 

Kartell ghost chairs: All Modern

Crackle chairs: All Modern

Farmhouse table: Fred Meyer

Rug: Loloi Rugs

Chandelier: Arhaus

Console table: World Market

Brass lamps and mirror: Target

Wall planks: Home Depot

Curtain Rods: Target

Curtains: Drop cloth (home depot)

Blue dishes: personal collection

Faux fiddle leaf tree: Fred Meyer

Stone and white vase: World Market

Blue bookends: Homegoods (similar item: One Kings Lane)