November 2016

Monday Morning Coffee

Grab a hot cup of coffee and get inspired with

me on this weeks rendition of Monday Morning Coffee.

While this post may contain affiliate links- As always, all of the comments and opinions in this post are my own.

Its always a little bit more of a struggle to wake up on a Monday morning for me. I like to ease into my work week by taking my time on Monday mornings, drinking a hot cup of coffee and browsing pretty things that inspire me online. I’ve been thinking- instead of just inspiring me to get moving on the work week, I’d like to start sharing my Monday Morning Coffee routine with you too. So, grab your cup of coffee (or tea if that’s your thing.. ) and settle in for my new weekly series “MMC”. Plus its Cyber Monday so I am sharing some deals I am cashing in on today too!

One:actually-ashley-erin-fetherstonliving-roomOne King’s Lane is featuring New York City based fashion designer Erin Fetherston’s beautiful and serene home in LA. I am totally loving on the tone-on-tone white and grey color palette. I am also really loving her rug layering! You have to see the rest of this amazing house!

Two:actually-ashley-bar-cart-inspirationI am styling my living room bar cart for the holidays this week and have been browsing around for some inspiration. I am totally loving on this clean and simple styling of this bar cart! I’ve decided to corral all of my booze onto a tray just like this one for my holiday season.

Three:actually-ashley-cyber-monday-it-cosmeticsI have been a long time fan of IT Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC+ Cream. It is a super light “everyday” sort of foundation that won’t cake and lasts me all day. It also has SPF 50 so it is a win-win! On Cyber Monday IT Cosmetics is offering 20% off all of their online purchases over $35 with promo code ITSHINES35. I’ve also heard amazing things about the Bye Bye Under Eye Eye Cream and the Brow Power Universal Eyebrow Pencil. Today is a great chance to stock up on my favorites as well as try some new products!

Four:actually-ashley-wreath-mantel-one-kings-laneCheck out this cute little read about how to incorporate more fresh greenery into your home for the Holidays. I am loving this wreath collage! What a easy and quick way to spice up any wall in your home for very little cost. Love it.

Five:actually-ashley-kelsey-kloset-scarfI know I shared this in my last post, but seriously you guys- I really like this scarf. I’ve teamed up with Kelsey’s Kloset Boutique to give you guys 10% off your entire purchase using coupon code AshleyLovesKKB at checkout. I’ve already purchased two of these blanket scarves in other colors- they should arrive any day now! Kelsey’s Kloset is a small boutique store which offers such cute seasonal items- please help support small business too on Cyber Monday 🙂

 Six:actually-ashley-wayfair-black-fridayLast but not least- Wayfair has some SERIOUS deals going on right now. Like this beautiful Upholstered Headboard for just $165.99 and this AMAZING grey and white mosaic tile (that would make a killer kitchen backsplash or shower tile for $4.27 a square foot! Browse around the rest of Wayfair’s sales for some crazy deals!

What good Cyber Monday deals are you taking advantage of today? Leave a comment so I can join in on the shopping fun too!

Until Next Time,


How to style a blanket scarf

 How to style a blanket scarf four different ways plus coupon code to buy one for yourself!

This post was sponsored by Kelsey’s Kloset Boutique, but as always, all opinions are completely my own. As a thank you for reading, we are happy to offer you 10% off of your Kelsey’s Kloset Boutique purchase using coupon code AshleyLovesKKB

Good Morning Lovies!

It has been getting colder and colder here in Ohio. I’ve finally caved in and pulled out all of my winter clothing. I always try to hold onto my summer goods until the absolute last minute, but man, it been so chilly that I finally caved. While I hate giving up on my short sleeves and dresses, I must admit I am excited to get layering!

 I’ve recently found an amazing boutique clothing store in Baltimore, Maryland that has such great pieces called Kelsey’s Kloset. If you’re not in the Baltimore area, have no fear! They have an amazing online store too! Winter clothing is so great because in my opinion the more layers you add, the better the look. One easy layer to add to just about any outfit is a good scarf. Kelsey’s Kloset Boutique sent me one of their brand new blanket scarfs and I am head of heels in love with it. I wanted to share it with you and show you four simple ways I’ve been incorporating it into my winter wardrobe!actually-ashley-blanket-scarft-style-four-ways-coverLook Number One: actually-ashley-blanket-scarf-style-drape-shawMy first look is a blanket scarf draped over my shoulders like a shawl.  This is by-far the easiest style, and is so simple to do! Simply fold the blanket scarf in half into a large triangle. Drape the triangle over your shoulders for a casual look. Another great style tip- try tying the ends in front of your body for a slightly more polished version (this also helps to prevent the scarf from slipping or moving!)

Look Number Two:actually-ashley-blanket-scarf-style-traditional-wrapThis second look is a timeless classic. Like the shawl style, fold your blanket scarf in half into a large triangle. Place the center of the triangle at the nape of your neck. Wrap the ends around your neck, and allow them to fall towards the front. I like to “Fluff” my scarf so it lays in a nicer shape. I like to separate the center of the triangle after wrapping it to show more layers.

Look Number Three:actually-ashley-blanket-scarf-style-traditional-tuck-ends Like the traditional style before, wrap your large folded triangle around your neck just like look number two. Instead of allowing the ends to flow freely, tuck them under for a more tailored look! You can also loosely tie the ends underneath to prevent them from becoming visible.

Look Number Four:actually-ashley-blanket-scarf-infinity-styleI am a sucker for a good infinity scarf- and you can transform any normal scarf into one! Start this one with the large triangle. Slowly start at the tip and loosely roll until you get to the end. Wrap the scarf around your neck twice. Tie the ends into a small knot to secure. Tuck the knot under the other layers to hide it! Voila- Infinity Scarf!

What do you think! All four ways are so simple but create different looks. Don’t have a blanket scarf? No worries, Kelsey’s Kloset Boutique is offering all of my readers 10% off of their entire purchase. Yes, that is your ENTIRE purchase- not just blanket scarfs! Use the code AshleyLovesKKB at check out! Be sure to check out their other goodies!actually-ashley-kelsey-kloset-coupon-code-bannerHow do you style your blanket scarf? Be sure to share photos of yourself in your scarf on Instagram and tag @actuallyashleyblogs and @kelseysklosetboutique for a chance to be featured this upcoming week!  I can’t wait to see the fun styles you guys come up with!

Until Next Time,


Monday Morning Coffee

Grab a big cup of coffee and get some inspiration with

me on this weeks Monday Morning Coffee.

While this post may contain affiliate links- As always, all of the comments and opinions in this post are my own.

Its always a little bit more of a struggle to wake up on a Monday morning for me. I like to ease into my work week by taking my time on Monday mornings, drinking a hot cup of coffee and browsing pretty things that inspire me online. I’ve been thinking- instead of just inspiring me to get moving on the work week, I’d like to start sharing my Monday Morning Coffee routine with you too. So, grab your cup of coffee (or tea if that’s your thing.. ) and settle in for my new weekly series “MMC”.

One:Actually-Ashley-MMC-Fall-Wood-SignHow adorable is this little sign?! Jessi from Cheerfully Creative makes some pretty adorable things, but this sign is one of my favorites for fall. At just $38 this would make a really sweet (and easy) hostess gift for Thanksgiving! I think this might be perfect for our front porch, I might need to scoop one up! I can’t wait to see more goodies pop up in her etsy shop!

Two:Actually-Ashley-MMC-Xmas-Tree-BlueI know, I know.. Its not even Thanksgiving and I’m sharing Christmas decor! But, I mean, come one! Traditional Home is KILLING IT with this stunning living room.We have a lot of navy blue and white in our new home, and I am struggling to come up with a design plan for Christmas that doesn’t include red. Not that I do not like red for the holidays, but I just do not see it in our house this year. This beautiful home designed by Amy Morris incorporates layers of lavender and blue even for the holiday season.  I’m loving this inspiration!

Three:actually-ashley-mmc-art-one-kings-laneOne King’s Lane shared this really great article about creating art displays and curating art in your own home. The entire article is great and packed full of tips and tricks from the experts but one of my favorite tips was thinking outside of the box when it comes to artwork. Art expert Elizabeth framed some well loved textiles to create unique artwork:

“When I showed Elizabeth all our art, I’d included a gathering of antique Mexican textiles inherited from a very dear cousin who had often traveled through Mexico. These included traditional needlepoint blouses, one of which I’d always passed by on the way into my cousin’s kitchen. Elizabeth suggested framing a pair of these blouses and using them to flank the watercolor in our bedroom. This way, she said, “the textiles will make this a mixed-media wall, so it will have a whole new texture. They won’t compete with the painting, but their colors will highlight its softer colors.” I have some silk scarfs that I collected from travels in Europe when I was younger. I would love to take them out of their box and have them on display in our house- but I’ll need to dust them off first!


If you’ve been following along with me and the house on Instagram you’d know I had electricians in last week to do some major work. I shared a sneak peak of our new dining room lights on my story- and so many of you reached out wondering where they were from so I thought I’d share with you! Previously I shared my favorite pendant lights and included these beauties with you, but unfortunately they are currently out of stock from Wayfair. However, I did find these similar ones for you here, here and here. If you’re trying to find my exact same ones they are from a company called Mercana and called The Anknoul III Light in natural wood and metal. They are 22″ in diameter and have an adjustable hang height (I hung mine 58″ off of the floor). I could not be happier with them! I’m going to share a lighting update this week so I’ll make sure to update you on everything else then!

Five:actually-ashley-mmc-how-to-hang-a-layered-gallery-wall-6492Last but not least, Alicia from A Burst Of Beautiful shares this surprisingly simple way to create a layered gallery wall. I absolutely love how layering the frames add so much dimension and interest to what would otherwise be a very typical gallery wall. Well done my friends, well done!

Thank you for stopping by! Be sure to follow along on Instagram for more house updates!

Until Next Time,


Professional Design: Majesty West Model

Wow! You have to see this Crisp and Clean Model Home in Old Town Alexandria, Virginia

Good Morning! I have such a fun house to share with you today! If you’re new around here, let me fill you in! I work as an interior designer for a large design firm in Washington DC called P[Four]. We design several different types of projects from commercial spaces, multi family, and offices- but our specialty is designing Model Homes for builders along the Eastern Seaboard.  Over the summer I designed this beautiful townhouse built by MI Homes in Old Town Alexandria, Virginia. My firm P[Four] really knocked it out of the park with this one. Majesty West is a four story stunner with two roof top patios, beautiful details and crisp white walls. I am so happy with how the project turned out and hope you love it as much as I do! Photographer Maxine Schnitzer took some amazing photos of the Majesty West Model and I’m happy to share them with you now:

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“We like to cook so we like the huge kitchen island and lots of prep space,” she said. The 10-foot-long marble island is designed with the waterfall feature, meaning the marble top falls to the floor. The microwave is hidden behind a cabinet door with a swing-up hinge. Ceiling lights are recessed, and the ceiling is pre-wired for a sound system. A little alcove houses a pantry, utility closet and powder room. Double-hung windows are large and let in lots of natural light. “Even on cloudy days it’s bright inside,” said Pam Swartz, new home consultant with Prime Building Advantage”

I hope you like Maxine Schnitzer’s photos of one of my favorite designs I worked on this year. I can not wait to share some more homes from my professional portfolio soon!

Until Next Time,