Pick Five- Pottery Barn

Pick Five Mini Series with Pottery Barn


Hello There!

How is your weekend coming along? I’ve been running errand and cleaning like a mad-women today. With the weather being so nice I find myself being lazy during the week and leaving all my chores for the weekend.

Today I am sharing a part of my new series called “Pick Five” where I feature my five favorite items from a specific retailer. This has been a really fun series to work on so far, and I love taking the time to explore each stores website. The longer I search, the harder it is to find just five items to share with you! We recently got married in a very small ceremony with under 20 guests. We are planning a BBQ next week on the 4th of July to celebrate our marriage with our extended family and friends. Even though we are not expecting our guest to bring gifts, I went ahead and registered at Pottery Barn. Pottery Barn has a great registry program for events- and give you an extra 10% off any items remaining on your registry after the event. We need some new bedding, dishes and towels for our new house anyway, so it seemed like a win-win! For that reason, I am picking Pottery Barn for todays Pick Five! Hint, hint: I’m registered for most of my picks!Actually-Ashley-Pick-Five-Pottery-Barn

PB Classic Stripe Duvet  | Marbleized Dinner Plates | Monogram Soap Set | Beachcomber Basket | Scallop Embroidered Pillows


PB Classic Strip King Duvet- $95.00 I found this image on Pinterest and can’t stop dreaming of this bedroom. The simple navy stripes are so crisp and clean in this room, its perfection! I added this duvet to our wedding registry in hopes of having it one day!


Marbleized Dinner Plates (Set of 4)- $52.50 These plates are a clash of two different worlds for me. They remind me of my mothers classic blue & white china; but at the same time the marbleized pattern speaks to the way modern geode trend I’ve seen all over this last year. I love this balance of the traditional and modern with these beautiful plates!


Set of 6 Monogramed Soaps- $49.00 How perfect are these soaps displayed in these apothecary jars! I think this would be so cute and fun on the counter of the guest bathroom in our new home.


Beachcomber Basket- $129.00 I have a mild obsession with baskets lately. They are great for storing blankets, toys, and all that other unwanted clutter that happens. I especially love a large basket like this one tucked under a console table or at the foot of the bed.


Scallop Embroidered Pillows- $54.99 I think these pillows are so great and versatile! They can swing with just about any design style from country to clean lines. I shared a photo on Instagram last month where I used these beauties in multiple colors against a crisp white sofa. This home turned out so perfectly, and I adore these embroidered pillows.


Thank you guys so much for stopping by! I hope you head on over to Pottery Barn and take a look at there new goodies before they are gone! Want to see more design tips and inspiration? Be sure to check out my Instagram and Pinterest Page, I share stuff almost daily!

Until Next Time,

Ashley

Dining Room and Kitchen Design Plans

Dining Room and Kitchen Design Concepts, Furniture and Color Boards


Hey There!

I am still in shock that it is almost the end of June. Where on Earth did this year go? I am not complaining, you know I am excited for the end of the summer! If you’re new around here- My Husband and I are relocating from Northern Virginia to Columbus, Ohio at the beginning of September. We purchased a beautiful home and I can’t wait to get in there and start designing! I shared the design plans for our Florida Inspired Family Room at the beginning of the month and our Formal Living Room last week.

I am on a designing roll, and am happy to share the next room with you today! I am combining the design boards concepts, color scheme and inspiration images for our kitchen and dining room!

As you might remember from previous posts, I am a huge fan of having a consistency to your home. I love when I walk through a house and from room-to-room it feels united and linked. Lucy from Craftberry Bush wrote a wonderful post on how she did this exact same thing in her own home using a single color pallet in different tones.  I used rich neutral colors, layers of different textures and pops of navy blue in the design concepts for the Living and Family Rooms in order to create the cohesiveness in our new home. I plan to continue that theme into this space.

Take a look at the design and inspiration board:
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 1. Pendant Light  | 2. Similar Counter Stool  | 3. Wood Chandelier  | 4. Drapery  | 5.  Similar Dining Table  | 6. Similar Dining Chair | 7.  Vintage Inspired Area Rug  | 8. Similar Neoclassic Dining Chair

Sources: Kitchen Look Photo  | Cutting Board Art  |  China Cabinet Look Photo  | Buffet Look Photo

Ahhh! Be still my heart! I am so in love with the natural raw woods. Each is a different tone and color but by layering each one, it creates a depth that wouldn’t be achieved with a single wood tone. I am offsetting this raw wood with some crisp painted white elements like the counter stools, white painted kitchen cabinets and white painted built-in’s in the dining room. Now, let me show you the floor plan of the kitchen and dining room so you can get a lay of the land:

Dining Room Kitchen Furnitue FloorplansThe Kitchen and Dining Room are right next to each other. The Kitchen is open concept to the Family Room. The Dining Room is directly open to the Living Room. Inside the dining room on each corner is a  beautiful custom built-in china cabinet with glass doors. I have plans to pain these babies and give them some updating! Both spaces are a great size for our needs. It is a great layout to furnish! I am so excited to get in there and see this plan come to life! Now, onto the before photos of the Kitchen:Kitchen Before The kitchen currently has a great layout and the cabinets are in great condition! However, I think the dark tone of the cabinets makes the space feel tight and like a cave. To help with our budget, I plan on keeping the cabinets and counter tops for now. I plan on painting the cabinet a crisp white and adding a marble stone backsplash. Additionally, I want to lighten the walls and add new hardware, lighting and artwork. I really feel like these simple and inexpensive changes will make a world of difference in this space!

What do you think of the plan? I placed the order for the furniture a few weeks back. The dining chairs just arrived and they are so beautiful in real life! I can not wait to see the light fixtures as well! I hope you are diggin’ my ideas for this new house! Check in on Facebook or Instagram and let me know what you love about it!

Until Next Time,

Ashley

Professional Design: Maple Lawn Sage Model

Check out this beautiful orange and sage green modern Model Home just south of Baltimore, Maryland


How have you guys been? I am so excited to show you something a little different today! I love being able to share some of my design work from being a model home designer in the Washington DC area. I feel so blessed to truly enjoy going to work every single day. I know not everyone gets to do something they really love and I am grateful for the opportunities my firm P [Four] has given me. I get to be creative, design spaces for projected buyers, and get to play with different design styles that I might not otherwise get to explore. As time goes on- I find my own personal style to be drawn to a more rustic and transitional style. As such, I am designing my own home in that light. (You can check out my plans for our new living room, and family room now!) But, this single family home I designed and that I am going to share with you is anything but rustic!

Bozutto is a large home builder in the DC metro area. They recently began building beautiful single family homes just south of Baltimore, Maryland called the Sage at Maple Lawn. Check out what they have to say about the model:

Combining inspirational architecture, incredible comfort, eco-friendly design and intelligent technology, Sage at Maple Lawn is designed in complete harmony with the way you live. An open floor plan, vibrant indoor-outdoor connections and an inviting courtyard combine to provide space to gather with friends or to find a moment of solitude. Details big and small can be customized to fit your personal style. It’s also smart, with renewable energy systems that reduce your monthly costs while creating a healthier environment. And with its convenient location halfway between Washington, D.C. and Baltimore, the best of both cities is just minutes away.

When I was assigned this project, I instantly was drawn to the model’s name “Sage”. I wanted to incorporate layers of beautiful rich greens of all different shades. I started the design with crisp modern millwork on the walls- using 1×4 laid horizontally. It expands the open concept home and makes it look larger. I then added the layers of different rich greens anchored with grey as our neutral. Lastly we added a big punch of color with a saturated tone of orange! Take a look at this beautiful modern home:

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Isn’t this home so fun! I love that we continued the layering of rich greens and oranges on the white and grey base throughout the home to create a very cohesive feeling. We played with textures and pattern to create interest as well. The Washington Post wrote a great article featuring the design in their June 2016 paper, be sure to see the feature here!

Make sure to follow me on Pinterest and Instagram to see what else I’ve been up to! Leave me a comment below and let me know what you thought of this fun model home!

Until Next Time,

Ashley

Living Room Design Plans

The Living Room furniture and design boards for our new home in Columbus, Ohio


Welcome back!

How have you guys been! I am so happy that summer is finally here and it has been such a great one so far. I’ve been so busy trying to get stuff packed up, organized and ready. I am so excited about our big move coming up at the end of the summer! If you missed my post- read all about how we came to our new house in Columbus, Ohio. If you remember back to that post, we purchased our home that was actually not even for sale. We knocked on a door of a home we found absolutely beautiful and hoped for the best. Luckily the previous owners are some of the sweetest humans we’ve ever met and they agreed to sell us their home… crazy, right?

 Ever since then, I’ve been dreaming big and ordering new furniture for the new house. I shared the design plan for our Family Room in last weeks Florida Room Design Challenge. I love how the plans for that space turned out. It feels comfortable and like home, which is just what I wanted for that space! I want our entire house to feel cohesive, so it is important to me to continue the feeling of the Family Room into the other areas of our home.

I set foot to design the formal Living Room with that idea in mind. I’ve decided to keep the neutral and navy color scheme, and to continue to play with different textures to add depth to the space. I want this area to come off a little more formal than the Family Room, so I ditched the soft fluffy rugs and slip-covered furniture for a different take: think rich fur hides, sisal rugs, rattan, slick metals and comfy linens with nailhead trim. Take a look:Actually Ashley Living Room Furnitue Design Board1. Drapery  | 2. Similar Watercolor Horse  | 3. Silver Table Lamp  | 4.  Silver Side Tables  | 5. Similar Navy Throw Pillow  | 6. Linen and Nailhead Sofa  | 7. Similar Coffee Table  | 8. Hide Area Rug  | 9. Sisal Area Rug  | 10. Oversized Wall Clock  | 11. Live Lemon Tree  | 12. Similar Canopied Porter’s Chairs  | 13. Gold Bar Cart  | 14. Navy Tufted Bench  | 15. Blue & White Ginger Jars

What do you think? I love the layers of texture on the board, and I can’t want to see it in real life! A few items we are reusing from our old home (like the navy tufted bench from our previous guest bedroom and the gold bar cart from our previous dining room). Mostly everything else has been ordered and we are patiently waiting for the boxes to start to arrive! There are just a few things I can not decided on..

First- I’m not 100% in love with the drapery. I have not placed the order yet for them and might hold off until we are in the house and I get paint on the walls. It might be too much pattern for the space and I might end up with a more neutral linen drapery layered with woven shades. Secondly, I am back and forth on if I want a lemon tree or a fiddle fig leaf tree for the room. Both choices have so many good qualities, its too hard to pick right now. I’ll need to sit on this one!  Lastly, I can not settle on a furniture layout for this room! I have three favorites so far:

Option One:

The entire seating area is turned to face the fireplace (and possibly TV mounted above it). I would add an additional tall bookcase between the windows at the bottom of the floor plan. I plan to make a console table with Brian that will have a metal base and wood top for right behind the sofa.


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Option Two:

I would turn the sofa and place the two Porter’s chairs next to one another, adding a small table in between them. I would move the gold bar cart between the windows with the horse watercolor above it. I would still keep the DIY console table behind the sofa.


Actually-Ashley-Living-Room-Option-TwoOption Three:

Like option two, I would turn the sofa and place the two Porter’s chairs next to each other. The entire group would flip around and the bar cart would move to be centered behind the chairs on the bottom of the floorplan.


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They all have the same basic elements and each have almost the exact same furniture. Option one requires an additional bookcase in between the windows, while options two and three require an additional side table. No big deal either way, but it has been so hard to decide! What do you think? Which layout would you use, option one, two or three?

Actually-Ashley-Living-Room-Layout-Vote Leave me a comment below to help me decide! Be sure to check out my Facebook, Instagram and Twitter to stay up-to-date on what I am up to!

Until Next Time,

Ashley

Pick Five- Z Gallerie

Pick Five Mini Series with Z Gallerie


Good Morning!

How is your weekend going? I can hardly believe we are into June already. I feel like this summer is going to go so quickly. Honestly, with the excitement of moving to a brand new town,  being newly married and getting ready to design a new home… I don’t know how to slow it all down. I feel like a little kid waiting for their vacation in Disney! While I patiently wait for the big move, I am trying to brainstorm new and fun posts that do not require a house. A few weeks ago we sold our home in Virginia and are living in a camper until our big move to Columbus Ohio in September. Living in a camper with two adults and two very large dogs just means we have very little space. Its going to be very hard to try DIY projects to say the least!

A while back I did a post of 5 Things I Bought This Week. It was a really fun post to write and I wanted to bring that idea back to the blog, but with a fun new take. I am calling this series “Pick Five”, where I share my favorite five items from a specific retailer. For the first post in this fun new game, I’ve decided to share my favorite Z Gallerie finds. Have you heard of them? They are known for a very glam style with bright colors and lots of metals. While they have beautiful stuff, the are not exactly my personal style for home décor. In fact, I had a gift card for them sitting in my wallet for over a year. With the excitement of the new house, I went on the quest to find beautiful items that fit the style of our new home- which I just shared my design plan for the Family Room last week! I was so pleasantly surprised by what I found. If you dig a little deeper, Z Gallerie had some really great décor items and I had no problem spending that gift card (and maybe a little bit more but don’t tell my husband!)

Actually-Ashley-Pick-Five-Z-GallerieMontclair Leaning Mirror  | Aspar Wall Sconce  | Faux Driftwood Horse

 Horn Trio Candle Holder  | Trio Beverage Dispenser


Montclair Leaning Mirror- $399.00 I have serious mirror envy from my Pinterest finds lately! I want one of these beautiful iron mirror windows so badly. This is such a great price and is a good size! Have you guys been loving this mirror style too?


Aspar Wall Sconce- $39.95  These are truly a great deal and come in gold and silver! They are super long (almost 3 feet!) and make such a great statement. I love having sconces on either side of a fireplace, or on either side of a doorway. These are perfect because they use candles and require no hardwiring! I just got two of the silver ones. I have no plans for them yet but I couldn’t pass up such a great find!


Faux Driftwood Horse- $49.95 I love the texture that driftwood brings to a space. This pretty pony is made of resin that is crafted to look like real driftwood, but is way smoother and will not splinter.


Horn Trio Candle Holder- $24.89  I have to admit, I purchased three of these babies. Each one came with a unique coloring ranging from more creamy to straight black! This might be getting way ahead of myself as it is barely summer but I am thinking they will be great as a set for a Thanksgiving or Halloween dining table! They are on a great sale right now and might not last long so act fast if you love them as much as I do!


Trio Beverage Dispenser- $69.95 I love a good drink station at a party.. How amazing would this be for a backyard BBQ?! This little gem would be great to use in your next tablescape, and is great for an outdoor party because unlike a pitcher, it is covered! No bugs here!


 What do you think of my five favorite items from Z Gallerie? Are you going to head over and scoop up any of these deals before they are gone? Let me know in the comments below. Be sure to reach out on social media too! I am always sharing new stuff on my Instagram and Pinterest Page!

Until Next Time,

Ashley

Getting My Fix: Stitch Fix Review 8

While this post is sponsored by Stitch Fix- As always, all of the comments and opinions in this post are my own.

Good Morning and Happy Thursday!

Thank you so much for stopping by! I can hardly believe we are into the second week of June already! It is really starting to feel like summer around here. We had a TON of rain around Washington DC in May. The weather is finally breaking and the ground is drying out.. meaning a little less muddy (thank goodness!). But enough small talk- Today is an exciting day, it is the first Stitch Fix Review I am posting after being made a member of the Stitch Fix Influencer Program! I am really excited about this sponsorship and the opportunity to post clothing reviews more frequently. I also get to share fun ways for us to all play along! Stitch Fix is sharing a super fun summer bucket list challenge with 50 ways to create great memories! Check it out:

What are your sweetest memories of summers past? Was it lazing away on the beach or building bonfires with friends? We bet you remember it all. Capture your summer moments using this bucket list with 50 ways for you to create new memories.

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While you’re checking things off your bucket list, be sure to hashtag #StitchFixSummerStory and #contest with your Instagram photos all summer long to be entered to win a free Fix! Now lets get to my latest shipment! I requested summer shorts and fun flats. I have such a hard time fitting into shorts so I was excited to see what my stylist had in store for me!


1: Margaret M- Lea Printed Short- ReturnedActually-Ashley-Stitch-Fix-Margaret-Lea-Short

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I loved these shorts! The small scale print and texture of the fabric was perfect! The shorts fit perfectly over my bottom and legs, but they were slightly high waisted. Around my waist they were very loose, causing the entire short to keep slipping down. I had to return these even though the style was a A+. I paired this with my Papermoon Bastille Tulip Sleeve Blouse, a necklace and flats all from previous Stitch Fix shipments!


2: Pistola- Elouise Rolled Cuff Short- ReturnedActually-Ashley-Stitch-Fix-Pistola-Elouise-ShortActually-Ashley-Pistola-Elouise-Denium-Short  I love cute denim shorts for a casual summer look. These would be great for picnics, hiking or to grab lunch on a summer afternoon. While I liked these shorts, they were very short on me. I tend to like my summer shorts to be a bit more modest so I opted to return these. I paired these shorts with a TJ Maxx found lace top and Target Flip-Flops for a casual look.


3: Pixley- Ellie Printed 3/4 Sleeve Blouse- KeptActually-Ashley-Stitch-Fix-Pixley-Ellie-Blouse

Actually-Ashley-Pixley-Ellie-BlouseI love how bright and happy this blouse is! The mint color is great for this time of year, and the cut of this top fit me perfectly! I love the little cuff detail on the sleeves as well. I layered this top with a long necklace like this one from Charming Charlies, nude pumps and dark skinny jeans.


4: Mia- Nona Laser-Cut Flats- KeptActually-Ashley-Stitch-Fix-Mia-Laser-Cut-Flat

Actually-Ashley-Nona-Cut-FlatsI am always searching for great flats. I do not want anything too flashy, but I like a little bit of detail on my shoes. These have that perfect amount of interest without being a statement. I am so excited that Stitch Fix has added shoes into their shipments. I love these!


5: Pixley- Corsega Laser-Cut Detail Blouse- ReturnedActually-Ashley-Stitch-Fix-Pixley-Corsega-Blouse

Actually-Ashley-Pixley-Corsega-BlouseThis top had some great details in the laser-cuts! It really is a beautiful blouse, but the color was a tad too bright for me. I wasn’t sure how often I would pick this out of my closet. I decided to return this one even though it was cute! I used my Kut From The Kloth Denna Skinny Jeans from a previous Stitch Fix and white sandals from Target to complete the look.


A big thank you to Nicole B, Heather R. and Kim O. for using my referral link to sign up for Stitch Fix! I hope you guys love their personal stylist service as much as I do! Please share photos of your shipments with me, I love to see what everyone gets! Please feel free to follow along on my summer adventures as I check off bucket list items on Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest! Talk soon!

Until Next Time,

Ashley


While this post is sponsored by Stitch Fix- As always, all of the comments and opinions in this post are my own.

Florida Room Challenge by Douglas Elliman

Florida Room Design Challenge: Hosted by Douglas Elliman’s Florida Offices


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 I was recently inspired by Douglas Elliman Real Estate to create the feeling of Florida in my own home!  Their office in Florida is lucky enough to enjoy warm sun and sand all year round, but not all of us have that luxury! My challenge is to add a taste of Florida to our new home in Columbus Ohio, where the ocean isn’t in sight!

I wanted to create a room with the ode to the summer sun, without being overtly “beachy”. Our new home is no where near the ocean, but it will be fun to add the feeling of warmth that a home near the water has! I am not one who normally designs to a specific theme, but I think having a hint to a theme would be super fun for our family room and sunroom! Our Family Room is a long skinny room that is connected to our kitchen on one end, and has an over sized fireplace along the other wall. It also has several key doorways that lead to our mudroom and to the screened-in porch. To be completely honest- It is a hard layout to furnish without closing off either end. I decided to create a seating arrangement that also allows for easy traffic flow, but still allows for conversation. I hope to mount our TV above the fireplace to allow for a multi-functioning room. Actually-Ashley-Family-Room-Furniture-Layout-Plans

As for the design plan: I kept the big ticket items super neutral. This was done with the idea in mind that my design style is always changing, and I cant afford to buy a new sofa every 3 years.. Brian might kill me if I tried to do that! I always think it is smart for a designer to keep the big stuff neutral, so that can go with several color schemes or design styles. The sofa I selected is a plain white slip cover, the coffee and side tables are all pretty plain and nondescript, and the two leather chairs are actually hand-me-downs from the previous owner (score!). I then added a layer of crisp white and navy to the room to give it a nautical feel. I did so in the rug, accessories and pillows- all of which are cheap and easy to change later in life if I wanted to give the room a new look. I lastly added artwork that had a Florida flare- framed nautical flags and vintage swim suits! These are so playful and fun without being over the top or too theme-y.  I am so excited to share this with you guys! Actually-Ashley-Florida-Room-Challenge-Sources

1. Vintage Swimsuit Art | 2. Vintage Swimsuit Art | 3. Similar Navy Lamps | 4. Painted White Sidetable | 5. Navy & White Pillow | 6. Navy Ikat Lumbar Pillow | 7. Fern in Blue & White Vase | 8. Similar White Slipcover Sofa | 9. Similar Natural Wood Coffee Table | 10. Vintage Inspired Rug | 11. Similar Leather Chairs | 12. Silver Accent Table | 13. Woven Basket | 14. DIY Framed Flag Art | 15. DIY Framed Flag Art | 16. Candle Holder Chandelier | 17. DIY Rope Tie Backs | 18. Black Metal Dining Chair | 19. Natural Wood Dining Table | 20. White Metal Lanterns

I recently placed the order for all of the furniture and artwork for the design! I can’t wait to see it in person. I am planning a few DIY projects for the space- Like Caitlin’s rope curtain tie backs and building a bench seat to go with the table on the screened-in porch.

I think adding a layer of fun accessories that add to the Florida Room theme will add so much life to the design. I typically don’t start buying accessories for rooms this early. I like to see the furniture and art in the room before I can tell what it needs, but I wanted to get an idea of the types of accessories that can add to this Florida feel. I created this little inspiration board to get me started. It might be great to add a hint of the tropics into your family room as well!

Actually-Ashley-Florida-Room-Challenge-Acessories1. Rattan Arm Chair | 2. Silver Palm Leafs | 3. Pineapple Lamp | 4. Coral Bookends | 5. Rope Mirror | 6. Brass Monkey | 7. Fish Ginger Jars | 8. Canna Leaf Plant

What do you guys think about my family room design plan? I can not wait for my orders to start trickling in! How are you going to be adding a taste of Florida to your home this summer? Leave me a comment below to show me your ideas! Join Douglas Elliman’s design challenge and check out some of the other bloggers takes on Florida Style over at My Happy Nook and The Pursuit of Glitter and Gold!

Make sure to check out my Pinterest page for more beach inspiration!

Until Next Time,

Ashley


This Post is hosted by Douglas Elliman Real Estate, but as always, all thoughts, opinions and designs are my own.

Throwback Thursday: Stitch Fix Reviews

Throwback Thursday: Stitch Fix Review Feature and Becoming a Stitch Fix Influencer

While this post is sponsored by Stitch Fix- As always, all of the comments and opinions in this post are my own.

Good Morning Guys!

Welcome back and thanks for stopping by! I am excited to share another Throwback Thursday post with you featuring a fun Stitch Fix Review on their very own blog! I am also really excited to announce that I have recently been added as an official Stitch Fix Influencer with their affiliate program. This means Stitch Fix is a sponsor for the blog and allows me to tune in a bit behind the scenes.  I am so excited because this means I can share more amazing clothing items way more often with you! Win-Win! A huge thank you to Stitch Fix for making me an Influencer!


A few weeks ago I did a Stitch fix review and just found out that it was featured by none other than Stitch Fix themselves in April. Actually-Ashley-Stitch-Fix-Review-FeatureAnother big thank you to Stitch Fix for featuring my The Actually Ashley blog on their site, and I look forward to getting my next fix! If you’d like to see their post check it out here: Stitch Fix Review By Ashley

STITCH-FIX-LOVEAPPELLA-KALLIN-CONTRAST-KNIT-TOP-ACTUALLY-ASHLEY SKIES-ARE-BLUE-ASA-BLAZER-ACTUALLY-ASHLEYTo see my original review of these fun outfits and so many more great items, check out my post here: Getting my Fix: Stitch Fix Review 6

Thank you so much for checking in, and a big thanks to Stitch Fix for featuring my review on their reviews blog! Be sure to check them out for yourself, and let me know what you think of having your own personal stylist in the comments below! I’d love to see what you got in your shipments! Stay tuned for another Stitch Fix review- I requested summer shorts and shoes for my next fix!

Be sure to check out my FASHION // STYLE page on Pinterest to see what other items I am loving right now!

Until Next Time,

Ashley

Big News: We’re Moving!

Hi There!

Long time no talk! Its been over a month since my last post, eeekkk! I’m so sorry to be so absent over the last month.. So much has changed in my life over the last few weeks. I posted about the final stretch of wedding planning and how I would be missing in action for the month of May. Little did I know that when I’d be ready to come back to the blog, not only would we be newly weds, but we would also be moving!Actually-Ashley-VA-House-SoldBrian is an Air Traffic Controller, and his job is being relocated from just outside Washington DC to Columbus Ohio. Wow, so many amazing and big life changes at once! We are happy to say our home in Virginia sold in 4 days. We are so lucky to have sound an amazing house in Ohio on 60 acres of land that I hope to transform into our home. It is a beautifully maintained 4 bedroom colonial that has been truly loved by its owners. When we first found out we’d be moving to a completely new state where we knew no one, I was a little panicked. We knew we wanted a few key things in our new house:

  • Brian wanted land, the more the better.
  • I wanted a place we could stay for a long time. A forever home of sorts.
  • We both want to start a family here, so we need space and a few bedrooms.

Other than that we were open to options. We looked into building, buying and fixing up, as well as turn key options but nothing felt right. We looked a dozens of homes but did not feel attached to anything we saw. On a whim we stopped at a winery near Columbus to take a break from house hunting. There we met the wonderful owner, Jim, who became an instant friend to Brian and I. Over the next few weeks Jim asked around to help us try to find a hidden gem. A winery customer mentioned to Jim that their neighbors might be looking to sell their home in the next few years and gave us the address. With no other information and some courage Brian and I knocked on the front door and asked the owner if they like to sell us their home. After an afternoon of hanging out, bonding and good laughs, the rest is history and we have purchased our dream home in Ohio that wasn’t even for sale. Brian’s job doesn’t start for a while, so we have leased back our new house to the previous owners until they can find and buy a new house. They weren’t listing the house after all… We will be moving to our new home September 1, 2016. Actually-Ashley-OH-HouseYou might ask…”Wait, you’re not moving until September but you’ve already sold your old home?!”  Well, yes. We didn’t know what to do at first because we only have about 4 months until we move. After a little research and some more courage, we’ve purchased a full size RV camper to call home for the time being. We were forced to sell most of our belongings which will give a fresh start when we move into our forever home. The camper has been surprisingly great so far. Its not too much to clean, and we have everything we need including a little fireplace and flat screen TV. Its like HGTV’s Tiny House! IMG_7283 IMG_7280Well guys, that my big news! I am so excited to start the next chapter of our lives. I am so ready to design and decorate this amazing new home and share the progress along the way!

I am also so excited to begin to share how our wedding went! I couldn’t have asked for a better day, it was filled with so much love. Once our amazing wedding photographer sends us over the photos I’ll make sure to share them with you!IMG_7409Until Next Time,

Ashley

Throwback Thursday: Memorial Day with Trex

Memorial Day Feature with Trex Outdoor Furniture

Hello There!

Happy Throwback Thursday!

FIRE-PIT-DIY-ACTUALLY-ASHLEY-COVERSDo you guys remember last summer when Brian and I installed our DIY outdoor fire pit? We absolutely LOVE it and use it all of the time! Well, I am happy to say that Trex Outdoor Furniture has featured my photos and DIY tutorial over on their blog while showcasing their amazing and durable outdoor furniture! Be sure to check out their blog postfor their fire pit round up and some additional tips and tricks to getting the perfect outdoor patio style just in time for Memorial Day Weekend!DIY-Fire-Pit-Roundup-Trex-Furniture-BlogTrex Outdoor Furniture

Until Next Time,

Ashley