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I started this journey as a small-town-girl not knowing exactly what to expect- but have gotten so much joy in sharing my experiences along the way. After earning a Bachelor’s degree in Interior Design, I worked my tail off trying to make a name for myself in a very cut-throat business. After years of working as a full-time designer, I’m switching my focus and trying a new approach. Follow along on my journey as my husband, two dogs and I take the plunge- moving from the hustle and bustle of Washington, DC to a 60 acre tree farm in the middle-of-no-where Ohio. Joing along as I share everything in home decor- from photos of professional designs, decor tips and tricks in our new home, interior styling and everything in between!


Holiday Home Tour- Living Room

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Welcome back!

I think my husband hates the fact that the blogging world forces me to put at least one of the rooms in our house into full-blown Christmas mode before we are done with Halloween. By the time I’m able to drag down the boxes, set it all up, photograph it all and throw a post together.. it takes me about 3 weeks. I have a new baby, so I tell myself that’s why it takes so long.. but like it or not, in order to have some fancy Christmas photos ready to share with you guys before you’re out to decorate for yourselves, we are doing Christmas in our living room a little early this year!

For the Holidays, we typically have two trees. One faux tree that I can set up earlier, and one real tree that kind of has to wait or risk being dead before December even gets here. Our living room is the most formal spot in our house, and its normally where I like to start when we begin to decorate for the season. Our living room has beautiful millwork and a gas fireplace that is my favorite to style for Christmas. I wanted to keep the space light and bright. I decided to keep to lots of whites and layer in navy, blush and a sage green. I’m really happy with how it looks with the space!Similar Mirror  // Fur Stocking // Knit Stocking

Pick a Color Scheme:

Our living room is painted in a soft blue green color against white trim work. I’ve added dashes of navy and blush throughout the room over the last year. I wanted to keep the Christmas decor in the same color scheme. I think it helps the space seem more together when it is all said and done. In decorating, it doesn’t really matter what color scheme you select- just that you stick to it! I picked up three flocked garlands from Hobby Lobby. I used some floral wire to string them together to make it long enough to go all the way down to the floor, which I think looks dreamy! I picked up some white stockings (affiliate links above!) in different textures to add some interest against the white paint of the fireplace.I’ve been collecting carved wood trees for a few years now. I really love the texture they add to the holiday mantel. I also love how they match our mirror. On the other side of the fireplace mantel I decided to also echo the iron work on the mirror with these three slender iron candlesticks. 

Curate Your Ornaments:

One of my favorite tips for the holidays is to curate what goes onto your tree. I know you love that macaroni ornament your sister made when she was six- but if its not in your ever important color scheme, it can st out a year. I’m not saying that you can not use sentimental ornaments, I’m just saying you can select ones that fit within your theme.  Glass Ball Ornament // Tree Bark Wood Slices

I start the tree with colored ball ornaments in my exact color scheme. I then layer in greenery and ribbons to give some dimension. Last, I finish the tree with the curated decorative ornaments. In the photos above I selected sentimental ornaments that fit withing this years color scheme. The top is an ornament we have made ever year. It is a sliver from the stump of that years Christmas tree that my sister-in-law carves for us. The bottom one is just a glass ball that I inserted a wedding invitation all cut up. Sweet and simple.

Don’t Forget the Wrapping!

Another way to get a cohesive holiday look for your space is with your wrapping. I like to select one to three papers that all go with the color scheme. I also love if the papers have slightly different textures. This year I selected a blush and white paper, a plain brown craft paper and a brown paper with a burlap print. I also selected ribbon with blush, navy or natural fibers. I love to pull a few ornaments from the tree and tie them onto the packages with the name tags. It really helps to pull it all together!Flamingo Stuffed Animal // Kraft Wrapping Paper

I also love the idea of leaving gifts that work with the theme unwrapped. This little flamingo fits my colors and looks great with just a bow. Which is great because what a pain in the butt that thing would be to wrap!Thanks for stopping by to see how I decorated my living room for the holidays! Stay tuned for other areas of my house decorated for Christmas! Have you put up your tree yet? Leave me a comment below!

Until Next Time,

Ashley

Soft and Sweet Blush Pink Nursery Plans

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Baby Girl is on her way and we could not be more excited to meet her. I’ve been feeling lots of kicks and flutters. It really makes it feel more real to feel her. I am quickly realizing that I am more than halfway through with my pregnancy. Its crazy to me that she will be here this summer. It is so exciting to look forward to the amazing changes coming our way.

I’ve been designing away at her nursery plans. I want a nursery that is soft and feminine, but also feels like it belongs with the rest of our home. I wanted a color pallet of white, blush and tiny pops of green. I took to Pinterest to help find some inspiration. Source

I really love the soft colors of this beautiful playroom. The room is mostly white with the soft blush colors pulled throughout. I love how they added the tiny little bits of green in the floral. This space represents the colors I want to achieve in the design perfectly!

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This nursery is so wonderful in so many ways. I love how she uses layers of white tones in different textures to create interest. I also adore the antique rug she selected for the room. I want to use one in our nursery, something that can hide stains but is soft for crawling and playing.

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This is a really sweet space. I really like how they kept the room very kid friendly but also made it feel sophisticated. In the first year, I will be spending a lot of time in the nursery and I’d like it to be a space that I can enjoy and relax in as well. I think this feeling is reflected in this nursery.

With my inspiration in hand, I started to compile my own nursery plans. I am registered with Amazon.com and Babies-R-Us. I looked through their options and registered for a lot of items needed (even the drapery, sheets, and accessories for the bookcase) It would be great to get some of the items from my loved ones. I kept the larger items really neutral and white and added color with some smaller accessories. The only large item that has color is that beautiful area rug. I already ordered it, and I love it. It has a lot of different pink tones and little pops of greens and yellows. It will really grow with our baby into childhood (and here’s to hoping the pattern hides some abuse too!)

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Beaded Chandelier // Grey Crib // Rose Crib Sheet // Buffalo Plaid Crib Sheet // Crib Skirt // DIY Clothing Art // Pom Pom Sheer Drapery // Cream Glider // Pink Pom Pom Pillow // DIY Tree Stump // Florals  // Pink Area Rug // Wire Hamper // White Dresser // Wood Name Art // Rose Changing Pad // Bookcase // Love Grows Here Art // Wooden Toy // Plush Unicorn // Pom Pom Basket // DIY Bow Holder // DIY Book Holder

So, what do you think? I am so excited to get going with this project! We have already ordered a few items like the crib, rug and chandelier. My mom purchased the cream glider for us from my babies-R-Us registry (thank you!!) Additionally, we will have a few DIY projects to tackle.

  • Add Shiplap to Walls
  • Make DIY Hair Bow Holder
  • Make Tree Stump Side Table
  • Change Out Chandelier
  • Make Book Holder

I am really looking forward to seeing how it all turns out! Be sure to check into Instagram to see progress updates!

Until Next Time,

Ashley

Easter Inspired Spring Table

Happy Spring!

Boy, does it feel good to finally have some spring weather! Its nice and warm here in Ohio, and my flowers are starting to bloom in the garden. It has created a bit of spring fever. I’ve been itching to switch out items around the house to give it a bit of a lighter and brighter feel. The first thing I really worked on was our newly finished dining room. My husband made our table from bits and pieces of other tables- creating this stunner. I am in love with how it turned out. We added this blue area rug right before Christmas and I’ve been really happy with it. The pattern hides crumbs really well, and the price for the size is a steal! For this Easter inspired spring table, I wanted a soft and pretty feeling with some natural elements. I started with our Pottery Barn table runner we had from a wedding gift. This one is similar! I took inspiration for the colors from these beautiful Studio McGee Watercolor Pillows. Everything about them just screams “happy” to me. I love the soft blues, greens and pinks. It was a fun color pallet to work with!

I picked up some strips of moss from my local craft store. I layered them with the table runner to add texture. I used simple white chargers, white plates and some hand-me-down blue and white china for the service wear. I used these lace trim napkins (on sale!) to echo the same linen in our dining chairs. I added the same moss, a tulip and some soft pink ribbon to finish off the look.Thanks for checking out my Easter inspired spring dining room! I hope you got some inspiration out of it! Let me know what you’re table is looking like- leave me a comment below. I love hearing from you!

Until Next Time,

Ashley

Getting My Fix: Stitch Fix Review 10

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

Hello Friends!

I am so excited to share with you some amazing items I received in my last Stitch Fix shipment! Last week my husband and I finally announced our very exciting news that we will be expecting our first child this summer! We are so excited for this big change in our lives. Speaking of big changes… my belly is steadily growing each week. While I forgot to change my profile before this shipment arrived, I made sure to update and notify my stylist for next month to receive their new Stitch Fix Maternity gear! They have also recently launched Stitch Fix for Men and Stitch Fix Plus Sizes! They seriously have something for just about everyone now! Some of you have been asking my how exactly Stitch Fix works… Well, I got you covered! First create an account here. Fill out the style profile and sizing information. The more specific you are the better! You can even add a link to a style or fashion Pinterest board to show them what you love.  Once you complete your profile, set up a date you’d like to receive your fix. A personal stylist will review all of that information and select five items they think you’ll love. If you download the Stitch Fix App, you can edit your profile and track shipments right from your smart phone. I love seeing this beautiful box on my door step! Your first fix will arrive right on schedule. Open up your fix and take a look! They provide you with detailed outfit ideas and a personalized note from your stylist. You’ll have time to try everything on and decide which items you’re going to keep. There is a $20 styling fee which will be deducted from your total if you purchase anything! In your package will be an invoice which lays out the price of each item. You only pay for what you’re going to keep. If you want to return anything, just package up the items in the prepaid packaging and leave it for the post man to pick up! Go onto your app or the Stitch Fix website to check out, give feedback and schedule your next fix. Easy as that!

Another question I get a lot, is what is the average price per item in my shipments? It honestly depends on the brands they send and the item. A nicer jacket or amazing denim will run around $60, while a cute top might be closer to $30. You can also give them a price point in your style profile! Now, onto my fix from this month!


1: 41Hawthorn- Ayesha Textured Button Detail Pullover- ReturnedLook at that little bump! This sweater was cute, and comfortable. I opted to return it because I have so many white sweaters already, but it was a good one! I paired it with dark denim jeans an camel colored boots.


2: Pixley- Abriella Waffle Knit Cardigan- KeptHoly cow, this sucker is so comfortable. Like, really really comfortable. Its a great neutral dark grey and has become a great item to throw on over a plain t-shirt to run to the store this winter. I kept the same dark jeans and camel boots for this look.


3: Loveappella- Evie Draw String Funnel Neck Sweatshirt- Kept

I was on the fence about this one, but my husband convinced me to keep it. Boy, he was right! This simple purple sweatshirt has become a weekly part of my new “comfort-is-key” pregnancy looks. It is soft, light weight and easy to throw on with jeans. I am so happy I decided to keep this one!


4: Mystree- Kotor Plaid Front Knit Top- ReturnedI really wanted to love this one when I saw it in my box. I really did. I like plaid, and the material was great! There was just something weird about the fit on me. I’m not sure if it was my growing baby bump or these weirdly large armpits.. but I had to return this one.


5: Toms- Classic Slip-On Flats- ReturnedMy stylist sent me this pair of red Toms. I love the idea of Toms, and the amazing things the company does. I know most people swear they are so comfortable and love theirs. They just seem to no have enough support for my taste. The canvas sides seem to rub slightly weird, and I do not like it. I sent this pair back because I knew I was not going to be wearing them too much.

Thats a wrap! Be sure to check out Stitch Fix if you’re interested! I love their services and would highly recommend it for anyone interested! Let me know what you thought of this shipment in the comments below. I love hearing from you!

Until Next Time,

Ashley

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,
Ashley

Kitchen Update

Good Morning!

Thanks for checking back with me on the progress of our new home. We moved in over a month ago now, I can hardly believe it. September came and went in the blink of an eye.

Thank you for the wonderful feedback on the progress of our living room. It is nowhere near done, but it feels so good to see how far it has come over the last month! today I wanted to give you an update on how our kitchen is coming along. Remember, these photos are not going to be cute or pin worthy. Please don’t judge me!

We stayed in our house with the previous owners over the summer for a few days so they could show us around the area. They have been so wonderful to us and so very welcoming. Here is our kitchen before when we stayed with them (Sorry for the humans, they didn’t realize they’d be featured on the blog):

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I knew right off the bat that I wanted to paint the cabinets. The dark wood with the dark counters felt so… dark. It needed to be lightened up a bit. I also hated the bulkheads. Especially the one floating in mid air above the countertop. I knew if we painted the bulkhead and the cabinets the same color throughout the rest of the kitchen it would make the ceilings feel taller without having the cost of buying new cabinets (aka the big bucks). We took on the task of painting these babies ourselves. Huge shoutout to my mom who lost a week of her life painting these with me- I love you, you’re the best. dsc_0562 dsc_0561We started by making a huge mess on the counters removing the doors and drawer fronts. We laid them all out on the porch to sand and paint separately. We sanded each with 220 grit sandpaper then washed them with TSP. We propped the doors up on 2×4 so we could paint the edges. dsc_0593We decided to use the same bonding primer on the cabinets that we used on the walls. It took 3 coats of primer and 2-3 costs of paint to get the dark wood fully covered. dsc_0583 dsc_0585I also took this as my chance to remove said bulkhead above the counter, rip out the cabinets and bulkhead above the stove and take out the backsplash beadboard… and really piss off my husband. We’d decided to paint and not do anything else for a bit. I got ahead of myself on this one.  dsc_0589Its not pretty, but its progress. The kitchen looks amazing with the cabinets painted white and even kept the same hardware. dsc_0612I want to add a decorative range hood over the stove top, with floating shelves on either side to house our every-day-dishes. This is the closest thing I could find that kind of get the idea across:Floating Shelves, Concrete Counters, and Marble Herringbone Backsplash || Studio McGee:

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So now the debate is on to find the right backsplash tile that has the look we want but the price point we can afford. I picked up a few options from Lowe’s and Home Depot. img_8752I love the look of the white/grey marble mosaics but these four options got the boot because they all run from $10-$15 per square foot. We’ve got some ground to cover so that number has to be cut in half, yikes.

dsc_0613These two options are from Floor and Décor. They are between $6-$9 per square foot but are much smaller scale than the pervious options. It hard to tell but the actual individual tiles are less than 2 inches long x .5 inches. It seems so tiny on such a huge wall.

I’ve ordered a few more choices. I’ll hopefully find one that is perfect in both style and price here shortly!So that is where we are at!

We still need to:

  • Build a DIY faux range hood with under mount light. The stove top has a built in fan so we do not need it to be anything more than pretty
  • Find and install the marble mosaic backsplash.
  • Hang new light fixtures. I’ve had two electricians in here this week to get me quotes. I’d like to add some recess lights and hang oversized pendants over the “island”.
  • Find and install a new faucet. I’d like something a little bit more modern-farmhouse style
  • Long term: Replace counter tops and install a farmhouse sink. That will have to wait a few more years.

Thanks so much for stopping by and checking out the progress on the kitchen. Slow and steady wins the race, right? Right?!

Until Next Time,

Ashley

Living Room Update: We Painted Everything..

Hey There!

Happy to be back to check in and let you know about the progress on our new home. If you’re new to the blog- My husband and I just purchased a new home. We moved from Washington DC to Columbus Ohio just over a month ago. The house was perfect and needed nothing done… but you know me… I decided that every room needed to be painted, that we needed new lighting, and some minor demo in the kitchen.Actually-Ashley-Ohio-Home We’ve been busy over the last few weeks but still have so much to do. I am excited to start sharing our journey along the way. Lets start with the living room! Let me warn you- these photos are not cute, not worthy of Pinterest, and just to show you where I’m at. Please don’t judge me too bad!

This is photos from the day we got the keys to the house:dsc_0547 dsc_0551 dsc_0553dsc_0549I love this space. It has beautiful trim details, large fireplace, and wonderful windows. But, the blue paint made the room feel so heavy. I decided to paint it. I feel like some white on the bottom of the walls will help lighten the entire space. We are lucky to have 4 beautiful windows that over look the garden, and the white paint will help to reflect the natural light. I opted to paint the top of the walls a light and airy blue/green color to add contrast and brightness.

 The house had all oil based paint, which if you’ve ever moved into a house with oil based paint, you know it is a nightmare. Every surface needed to be sanded, cleaned with TSP, two coats of bonding primer, three coats of latex paint… like I said, nightmare.

 Here is the room after a good sanding and cleaning with TSP:dsc_0581 dsc_0582Let me tell you, it feels so much happier being painted! We ditched the little dividers in the windows and just painted the window sills black. I am hoping it will be less harsh once we have window treatments. We dropped in our furniture and I tossed in some random accessories to make it feel sort-of-like-a-real-room. Here is the current state:dsc_0615 dsc_0614

So what’s left?

  • Swap out the sconces for something more our style. I am thinking something with a more sculptural aspect to it but haven’t found the right one yet.
  • Hang some curtains to add texture. I just followed this DIY Tutorial to make my own Lucite rods, I couldn’t be more excited for them to arrive. I really feel like they will add a level of sophistication to the room.
  • Hang some artwork in the space. I have a bunch of stuff to play with, but I am waiting to hang the curtains so I can get the right heights for the artwork.
  • Play with the accessories to make it feel like our home.. notice my huge pile in the corner? I said don’t judge me!dsc_0619That’s it for the progress update for the new living room. I’m so happy you stopped by. Feel free to check out my Pinterest and Instagram to see all of the house progress!

Until Next Time,

Ashley

Moving Break!

Hey Guys!

Just wanted to stop by real quick to let you know I’ll be taking a tiny break from posting while we are moving into our new house. Words can not express how grateful I am for you guys sticking by me of this first year of blogging. I can hardly believe I’ve already hit the one year mark! Over the last year, I feel like I have really started to grow into my own blown style. I look forward to continuing to make progress and changes to the blog as I really find my own little niche in this huge blogging world. I looked at my numbers today, and I am stunned to see I have over 33,000 views from my pins on Pinterest. Like, I mean I am STUNNED. I can not thank you enough for taking the time out of your day to look at my little blog, it means so much to me.

With the new house, I look forward to having so many more projects and exciting things to share with all of you. This house has a really different feel to me, and I look forward to seeing how my design style changes as we start to transform this into our forever home. I can not wait for what is to come!

I’ll be back soon enough, but be sure to like my Instagram and Facebook pages. I will be posting some quick (and probably not too pretty) progress shots as we start to paint this baby! Wish me luck!Actually-Ashley-Ohio-Home

Whole House Color Palette

How I am creating unity in our home with a paint scheme that works in the entire house.


Creating a unified house can be a challenge. One of the easiest ways to make your home feel like it flows is to use a consistent color palette throughout the entire house. Pick a color scheme, any color scheme, and stick to it. I mean it. Stick. To. It. Emily Henderson, author of the book Styled, says:  “People constantly ask me what the number one design mistake is, and 9 times out of 10 your room may not be working because you have not stuck to a consistent color palette. My number one piece of advice for any room is to pick a color palette and stick to it. Buy within that palette and it will allow you to work new pieces in without your space feeling too hodge-podge or disjointed.” While Emily is talking about a specific room having a color palette, I’d like to expand this idea to your entire home. Our last home felt disjointed because I got too excited and picked a different color scheme for almost every room. I do not want our new house to feel like this, so I’m on a mission to fix this problem before it even starts!

On Sunday I shared my hesitations with the Living Room design plans for the new house. Its been causing me a lot of stress and loss of sleep but I am feeling so much better with the new direction. Thank you so much for the love! In that post, I shared the new paint colors for the living room and how I got to them:

I started to lay out huge paint samples (8″x10″) all over the floor. I pulled beige, greys, pinks, whites, navy, greens, oranges and yellows.. I made little groupings that seemed to fit nicely together, then focused on the schemes that worked in nicely to the furniture we already have. I started to pull together a little color scheme that I truly loved and knew I would be happy with for the long haul. Then I let that beautiful little color scheme sit on the corner of my desk for two weeks. I worked next to this color pallet for 14 days and still loved every bit of it. That’s how I knew I was on a better path.

Once I had selected the paint colors, and knew I was in love, I started to “assign” them to each room. I started with looking at the before photos of each room, and looking at the furniture I had already ordered or owned from our old house. I went room-by-room and laid out the large paint chips on the floor kind of in the shape of our house to see how each one would flow into the next. I tweaked the colors as I went to keep the colors consistently used in the house. It was so helpful to have the photo of the current rooms to see exactly how much natural light the rooms got, the trim details, and the way the current paint colors looked in the spaces.

Actually-Ashley- Whole-house-paint-color-schemeI am keeping the same white (SW7004 Snowbound) in every single room to create a flow from space to space. All of the millwork and trim in the house will be this soft creamy white. I am also using the same black color in every room (SW7069 Iron Ore) on the interior doors and the window frames. We painted the interior doors at our previous home black and I LOVED it. I also want to experiment with adding black to the window trim. I found this photo on Pinterest and really liked how the dark contrasted the white. I am going to move this outdoor porch concept indoors and see how I like it.

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So, what else will we paint? Everything. So far, there is not a single surface in this house that won’t be getting a facelift. Here is the breakdown:

Foyer and Stairs: Basically everything that is currently blue will become Sherwin William Snowbound and everything currently white will be painted Sherwin William Balanced Beige. I will add a “pop” by painting the front door in SW Iron Ore, which is a really rich black.

Living Room: This room seems so dark in its current color. I plan to lighten it up by painting all of the dusty blue color to be Sherwin William Snowbound, and then adding depth to the space using Sherwin William Sea Salt to the drywall above the chair rail.

Dining Room: Again, I will use SW Snowbound on the trim and the exterior of the built-in china cabinets. I will use SW Naval for the inside of the cabinets for a crisp pop of navy in this room. I’ll repeat the SW Balanced Beige from the foyer onto the upper half of the room above the chair rail. Balanced Beige is one of my favorites from our old home, because it changes its tones in different lighting. It can be a warm grey, or creamy beige depending on the time of day.

Family Room & Kitchen: This room also feels so dark to me. I am going to paint the entire fireplace wall, the bead board and chair rail, and all the trim SW Snowbound. I am hoping this will brighten the space up. I am also going to paint all of the kitchen cabinets the same white. The walls will be SW Balanced Beige, and the window trim and french doors will be SW Iron Ore.

Mudroom: The mudroom (and laundry room) are the first thing we will walk into in this house from the garage every day. It is important to me to make it a welcoming and happy space. I want to continue the millwork into this space by adding a chair rail and trim below. We will paint it… you guessed it.. SW Snowbound. Above the chair rail- I want to repeat some of the soft blue tones that I am using as accents in the rest of the house by adding a fun wallpaper. I’ve selected Galbraith & Paul’s Lotus pattern in Cobalt. The cobalt color way is perfect becausse it picks up the navy and light blue colors from the sea salt color.

Thats the bulk of it! We are going to hold off on painting the second floor bedrooms until we are finished up on he main floor. I have to have a project to keep me busy this winter, right? Sorry for such a winded post, but it feels good to show you all what I’ve been thinking about non-stop for the last month. Only one week until we move in!  So what do you think of the house paint colors? Let me know in the comments below!

Until Next Time,

Ashley

The New-New Living Room Design Plans

I am changing my mind. Sorry, honey, I am redesigning the Living Room in Ohio before we even get there.


Sometimes I pour hours into a design and truly love it.

Sometimes I pour hours into a design and it still feels… slightly off.

Sometimes the design that feels slightly off is for our new house.

I am changing my mind, so shoot me. Not kidding, Brian might. I spent a ton of time designing the first go at our living room and I really loved it at first. Then I spent a ton more time on Pinterest and then I didn’t love it as much. I wish I still loved it as much as I did at first, but it seems to be missing something. Like it is slightly too dull, or slightly too harsh. Slightly too blue. The design needed some more layers, and needed something to add depth. All of the sudden I hated the fiddle fig tree. Its EVERYWHERE. Its been done a few too many times. Also, I somehow hate the drapery I selected. Truth be told, I was never really sold on the selection from the start. I knew I wanted a big bold blue pattern in there and the drapery fit the bill. But now that pattern seems so dated for some reason. Kind of funny how fast my opinion can change when I take a few steps back and use a more critical eye.

Here was our Living Room Design last month:Actually Ashley Living Room Furnitue Design Board

The entire re-design started when I went to finalize the paint selections for the entire house. I am such a huge fan of an entire home having a color scheme so each room flows into the next. My problem was that every room I designed felt too similar. The dining room, the family room and the living room all had the same basics: neutral furniture, beige paint and navy accessories. I want the new house to have flow, and a good color scheme throughout- but I don’t want the same exact color in every single room. So I decided to step back and re-think how I wanted our house to feel. After all- this is supposed to be our forever home.

Somehow I must have known I wasn’t in love with all of it because every bit of the furniture in the Living Room is pretty neutral. Good thing because all of the furniture for the room has been ordered and has already arrived. Luckily I still love the “base furniture” of the room.

I started to lay out huge paint samples (8″x10″) all over the floor. I pulled beige, greys, pinks, whites, navy, greens, oranges and yellows.. I made little groupings that seemed to fit nicely together, then focused on the schemes that worked in nicely to the furniture we already have. I started to pull together a little color scheme that I truly loved and knew I would be happy with for the long haul. Then I let that beautiful little color scheme sit on the corner of my desk for two weeks. I worked next to this color pallet for 14 days and still loved every bit of it. That’s how I knew I was on a better path. After I knew I was in love, I showed the new direction to Brian (and assured him I would not be changing any furniture items we just spent a lot of money on!) He wasn’t totally sold on the new paint color for the Living Room, but I am trying to convince him of how nice it will be.

Living Room Furnitue Boards RedoThe new color pallet is still a base of neutral linens, crisp white and navy- but now I’ve also layered in some softer elements. The layers of pale blue green, and tiny hints of blush pink help to add depth to the space.  I’ve removed the navy patterned drapery and replaced it with soft creamy drapery, like these from Restoration Hardware. What an instant upgrade that made. I also ditched the accent pillows and went with some softer options like this floral watercolor, navy buffalo check and velvet blue lumbar. I kept the lamps and art the same for now, but swapped out the hide rug for the actual one I got during the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale. The biggest change to me is the new paint. This room has beautiful trim details already with a great chair rail. We will paint the lower half of the room, below the chair rail in Sherwin Williams Snowbound- SW7004. The top half of the walls will be the soft blue/green called Sherwin William’s Sea Salt- SW6204. This color is so pretty in real life, and helps to break up all of the white.. blue.. white.. blue.. in the previous version of this room. Here is a look at the two designs side by side:Living Room Before and After Design RedoCrazy how much and so little changed, right?! I am feeling so much better about this room now. Like, one billion times more ready for this move.. which is in exactly 14 days. HOLY CRAP!! Now- it has me thinking about softening the other spaces using the same concepts. What do you think? Leave them the same or change out some minor stuff for a whole new direction? Leave me a comment and let me know what you would do!

Until Next Time,
Ashley

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