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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

New Makeup Vanity Mirror with Serena and Lily

While this post is sponsored by Serena and Lily– As always, all of the comments and opinions in this post are my own. Also a special THANK YOU to Serena and Lily for gifting me the wonderful mirror featured in this post! This post contains affiliate links which help keep this site going.

Good Morning Friends,

I am so excited to share a new area of our home with you! Its been a long time coming… Way back in May I was contacted by Serena and Lily to review their beautiful Ojai Mirror. I was so excited to use it to create a small makeup vanity in the unused space between the windows in our master bedroom. I desperately needed a place to get ready in the morning because our bathroom has a tiny counter and very poor lighting. I ordered a vanity, chair and some accessories- ready to go to show you guys this new area- but life got in the way. If you read Adaline’s birth story, you’ll remember how sick I got with Cholestasis. I was in the hospital for a while and was itching my hands off… Luckily, Adaline was born a month early without a lot of complications. However, its taken me about three months to emerge from my bear den and get out of that newborn-premie-cant-sleep fog.

So, without further adieu- I am happy to finally get around to putting together my new makeup vanity space! (Just in time for finally putting makeup on and something other than sweatpants!) I designed the space around the Ojai Mirror. I loved the classic silhouette and bamboo motif. I also love how the glossy white paint makes it more modern. It was the perfect fit for our master. The space between our windows was tight, but I wanted to get the biggest vanity I could. Storage was also on my mind, and I knew I needed some drawers to organize and hide my mess. I  searched high and low for the perfect fit and finally settled for a desk. The Colton Writing Desk to be exact. Its white, small and has two drawers.. so it was perfect! I used an Acrylic Tray to corral the items I use the most to help keep the top of the vanity clean. I use q-tips and cotton balls every morning and night so I got two glass jar with lids to store them. I also got this gold makeup organizer for my makeup brushes and sponges. It works great to help organize them and motivates me to clean my brushes more! On the other side of the vanity I used a jewellery tree to display my favorites. The one I purchased was a Home Goods find but you can find a similar jewelry tree here. Inside the drawers I used drawer organizersto contain my mess and keep my makeup organized. Heres how the inside of my drawers look:What do you think? I’ve been loving my new vanity space! A huge thank you to Serena and Lily for sponsoring this post, I couldn’t love my Ojai Mirror more! Do you have a makeup vanity in your house? How do you keep it organized and pretty? Leave me a comment below, I always love to see what you’re up to!

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

Monday Morning Coffee

Grab a hot cup of joe and get inspired with

me for today’s Monday Morning Coffee.


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

I always think browsing the internet and Pinterest on Monday morning is such a great way to ease into the work week. I like to take my time on Monday mornings, drinking a hot cup of coffee and browsing pretty things that inspire me online, so take a look at what I’ve been into this morning.

One:House Beautiful is showing off 80 Patio and Outdoor Rooms. Now I have to figure out a way to cram all of these amazing-swoon-worthy-dream-spaces into my backyard… One of my favorite from their list is this lanai. It is a classic vision of my blue and white dreams. You can see more of this specific Florida home from another House Beautiful article. All of the heart eye emojis.

Two:Did you guys know that Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi live in the most beautifully curated home? Architectural Digest has an amazing spread of their rustic California abode. How casual are those Emmy Awards tucked into her 19-century cabinet? How come my office doesn’t look like that?

Three:I am just getting to the point in my pregnancy that I simply can not squeeze myself into non-maternity clothing anymore. But, maternity clothing seems so expensive for something I’ll only be able to wear for a short period of time. I’ve been really into finding items that can be both maternity and non-maternity once the baby is here. I ordered this floral wrap maxi dress online and absolutely love it. I am planning to wear it for Easter this year. Pink Blush has a ton of great transitional maternity pieces, that I can easily still wear while not pregnant.  Love!!

 Four:I’ve been loving Etsy shops for baby clothing as we await the arrival of our little girl this summer. EmmaStichCompany has some super cute baby leggings and onesies that I adore. I scooped up a few of them like this pink and coral digital floral print leggings with matching headband. How stinking cute is that?! Emma Stitch was also super amazing to work with when I had some shipping glitches- huge thank you for their amazing customer service!

Thanks for stopping in to see what I’ve been loving this morning! Be sure to follow me on Instagram and Pinterest to see what else I’ve been digging lately. I’ve also been sharing some snaps of our kitchen remodel over on Insta stories! Head on over to check them out!

Until Next Time,

Ashley

Monday Morning Coffee

Grab a hot cup of coffee and get inspired 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.

It has been a hot minute since I’ve done a Monday Morning Coffee. I love doing them, so I am excited to start back up at it. It is always so nice to be able to share what has been inspiring me. I always think browsing the internet and Pinterest on Monday morning is such a great way to ease into the work week. I like to take my time on Monday mornings, drinking a hot cup of coffee and browsing pretty things that inspire me online, so take a look at what I’ve been into this morning.

One:As you may know, I announced last week that my husband and I are expecting a little baby coming this summer. We are over the moon excited. Last fall we moved from the East Coast to Ohio, leaving behind my friends and family. Being so far from everyone makes it very hard for my family to plan a surprise baby shower for me. Therefore, I am being involved in some of the planning to make it a little easier on everyone. I found these adorable invitations from MyPrintableArts Etsy shop. I purchased them last week and Helen was amazing to work with. I was able to customize them slightly to include a little more information. I can’t wait for them to arrive! They are just so cute!

Two:Our new house in Ohio has a very pretty screened in porch out back that I’ve done absolutely nothing to.. It has slate floors and a big fireplace just like this pretty inspiration from Linda McDougald via Traditional Home. I love the large outdoor dining table, which is perfect for a nice meal on a beautiful summer night. I just love how soft, inviting and neutral this space feels. Its simply timeless! Maybe I’ll try to tackle the screened in porch in the spring….

Three:Again with the baby fever. I’d say I’m sorry but I honestly can not help myself. I adore this soft pink and grey nursery featured on Inspired By This. Its girly, but not childish- which seems to be the perfect direction for a nursery to me. I am totally stealing the idea to frame family heirloom baby clothing- In fact I’ve already texted my mom and mother-in-law to be on the hunt when doing any spring cleaning!

Four:  Holy cow, guys! Did you know Ikea just launched a new Gift Registry program? New home, wedding, baby or going to college- register with Ikea for anything in the store! Its available at every brick and mortar location as well as online making it super easy. You must be a friends and family member to start one- but that is free and simple to do as well. Happy scanning, people!

Five: Last but not least- how sweet is this “I have a fuzzy Daddy” onesie by House Of Luna Boutique?! My husband takes great pride in his beard, so I had to get this for our little bundle of joy. It came in no time at all and it is great quality. They print on Carter’s brand Onesies, which tend to run small. You might need to size up, but I am loving this shops punny stuff!

That’s all the stuff I’ve been digging this morning. Thanks for looking around and talk soon!

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

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