sneak peek: ally of from the right bank to the left coast

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artist and design blogger (from the right bank to the left coast) ally has moved so frequently –  two overseas moves, several times across the country and many moves across cities – that she’s been dubbed the modern-day nomad by friends. a self-identified design junkie, each move gives ally the opportunity to decorate a new space and leads to the discovery of new shopping sources, so it’s not surprising that her seattle home is a seemingly effortless mix of the modern and the antique where everything seems to be carefully selected and collected. {thanks, ally!} – amy a

[Our last move was from Paris to Seattle and on the very first day of our house hunting trip, my husband and I found a green, contemporary house in the middle of the city that was in the beginning of the construction phase. Even though it was basically just a shell of a house at the time, we could visualize how it was going to turn out and bought it on the spot! It’s turned out to be the perfect house for our two dogs and us and to this day we can’t believe our luck.

Some of my favorite objects in our home are the antique French and Flemish paintings in the living room. I especially like them contrasted with the exposed beams and contemporary furniture.]

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Having moved so much, you can imagine our furnishings are from all over the place. I’ve also always been a fan of mixing styles so our home is a real mishmash of old/new, froufrou/modern, high/low . . .

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CLICK HERE for the rest of Alek’s sneak peek after the jump!

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I absolutely love white interiors and am always fantasizing about having an all white house. The closest that I’ve gotten to that is our bedroom. I’ve tried to inject color into the room a few times but I love the white on white so much, I always end up taking the color out after a week or so.

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My favorite spot in the house is the reading area on the upstairs landing. We have huge windows there so it gets great natural light all day (even in gray Seattle!) and it’s the perfect place to settle in with a good book or my backlog of magazines. On most days, you can even see Mount Rainier.

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A lot of my favorite things seem to have all ended up in the dining room: a black and white photography collection, an antique Baccarat chandelier and a pair of Louis XVI chairs.

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Janet (Shabbyfufu)

Recently discovered your blog via my daughters. Love the aesthetics of this world travelers home. Curious about what looks like a distressed metal fireplace surround or TV cabinet?

Emiko

Ooh, I’ve been craving a glass lamp!! What a gorgeous blend of modern and traditional!

Katie

I love your home! Can you tell me the maker/source for the clear glass lamp with red shade and for the glass votive holder in photo w/2 dogs? Thanks.

Splendid Willow

Lovely! Alek has such a great eye for design! And I love how she mixes styles and textures with high and low price tags! And she is a very friendly blogger as well!

christiana

I love Ally’s blog and sense of style, so it is such a treat to see all these beautiful pictures of her home! The dining room is such a perfect blend of vintage and new. And, the outdoor dining table is just dreamy.

rebecca

I love this Sneak Peek. I’m a big fan of mixing ornate antiques with modern. And I love the white bedroom, even though that will never happen for us. :)

x4 on the lamp. Is it DWR?

rachel

love your space, especially love the collage of framed pictures in your dining area, along with the mix match of chairs. lovely. -rs/dd

Jenna Sais Quois

I am pretty much obsessed with that orange chair. There’s something about orange that is modern, but incredibly cozy. The perfect balance.

genevieve

i’ve been searching and searching for a great white, and i’m also in the seattle area. yours looks perfect for this climate! bright, yet warm. can you tell me what it is? (not sure if they are different whites, but i’m particularly interested in the one in the living room…) thanks!

dinah

omgosh i LOVE that orange chair.. the shape of it is just freaking awesome

Melissa

Oh how I love Alek and her amazing style! And those sweet little Frenchies are just the icing on top of her beautifully designed home!

K-Line

I’m at the point now that I recognized photos of Alec’s house whenever they make it to the interiors sites. It really is a special place.

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Hi, everyone, thank you so much for all the lovely comments! Here are some answers to your questions:

The fireplace surround is made from a sheet of reclaimed metal.

The clear lamp is the Zak Table Lamp from Crate & Barrel.

The votive is actually a scented candle from Esteban. The little beaded ring around it was a gift and I’m not sure where it’s from.

The white walls are Benjamin Moore White #1. I had the whole housed painted in it and would use it again in a heartbeat!

Frenchified Teena

Oh wow! Love it all, especially the bright colours and the all-white bedroom! Delish! My cat Mooshie (Burmese) would have that duvet cover looking grubby in no time :-)

I adore your design sense and wonderful eclectic mix of textures and colours – bravo you two! PS – is my bedroom ready yet?

Susan

Could you please let me know what the name of the black & white Ikea rug is? I don’t think it’s available in the Australian range but they’re trying to convince me it’s called Sveje. Thanks

maureen

hi
when you painted the rooms white, did you use the same white on both the ceilings & the walls? just curious…

Lalaina

I absolutely love your house and especially the 2 frenchies. They are the best home accessory. May I ask how it was moving oversees with the French Bulldogs?

Kirsten

Love this home! I too love both modern and antiques and have found it somewhat difficult to combine the 2 gracefully…you make it look effortless!

Carrie

Ally, can you comment on what it is like to move to Seattle after living in Paris and other major cities? We are contemplating a move there from New York City and am looking for some perspective. Your place is gorgeous, bright, and inviting. Thank you for sharing!

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Hi, again. Thank you for your comment. To answer your questions:

The Ikea rug is called “Stockholm Rand” here in the US.

Yes, the ceilings and walls are all painted the same Benjamin Moore White #1.

We got our dogs after we moved to Seattle so they’re actually not French! :D

The orange chair is the “Pop” Chair from Ligne Roset.

Seattle is smaller, slower and less “urban” than Paris or NY, which can be a positive or negative, depending on your lifestyle. But it is a very pleasant and comfortable city to live in. It has an excellent climate (really!) and the natural beauty all around is very special. If you have specific questions, feel free to email me at rightbankgirl (at) gmail (dot) com.

Carrie

Thank you so much Ally– this is just the perspective I was looking for. It’s really refreshing to hear someone speak of Seattle’s climate as excellent. I imagine all of that natural light you get in your home doesn’t hurt… ; )

Many thanks.

Jacci

These are gorgeous photos, Ally. really. My word, girl.

Can’t wait to see what you do to the next house!

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Sarah Macak

Love your home. You’ve done a great job. I’m wondering if those beautiful paintings over the sofa could be hung a little lower. They seem to be floating off a little. Just my humble opinion.

Hilary

Love the bench and the reading nook! Glad we got to see the Seattle home, despite the move down South!

loren

The bench with the orate legs and wicker seat – Love this – where did you find it?

ems

this is one of those RARE, as in very rare times when i love everything in one house :)

Vineeta

Ally, I *LOVED* how you’ve mixed styles & centuries. Masterful. It really takes guts and taste to do this & pull it off! WOW.

Mohammed Burny

I recently came by a photo of your living space on Apartment Therapy, and I was instantly floored. Would you mind terribly sharing the brand of your sofa? I love its clean lines and restrained look!

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