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,

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:


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,


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,


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,