April Already?

So April 1st arrived so fast and I feel like I haven’t gotten anything done this week… so in an attempt to make up for lost time, I’m forming a “top 5 to-do” list for this month:

1) Finish my office.

2) Start running again

3) Get to work on my portfolio site

4) Cook new dishes

5) Hang with friends and get out of the house!

And now for a completely unrelated topic, I stumbled upon a design firm based out of Washington called Design Army. I thought I’d share a couple of their beautiful book pages for the Washington Ballet.

Adobe has a video feature of this project up on their website. It’s so cool to watch how a professional design company puts all this together 🙂

Till then –

Ashley

Redecorate the Home Office: Colors and Plans

I’ve been looking through my inspiration library and I picked out the colors I’d like to use for my home office. I plan to use the first row of colors to repaint the room and refinish my office desk. The second row is accent colors I’d like to use… I really like mixing gold with silver, black with brown, creme with gray.

More later with pictures of the pieces for the room and what I plan to do with them. I have my desk to sand, paint and distress… then a chair to reupholster. I also need to decide between these two rugs:

The rugs are both from IKEA and cost the same. Right now I’m leaning toward the stripe… I keep saving pictures with it in them.

Anyway, I’m going to go to home depot to get the paint today. I’m pretty excited 🙂

~ Ashley

Image credits: 1,2 & 6. Decor8 ; 3. Desiretoinspire.com ; 4. Domino ; 5. unknown

Contrasting Trim on Light Walls

I’ve been looking at my collection of pictures in my design arsenal and they all have white walls (well 90%). It got me thinking – I have no white walls in my house, maybe it’s time to paint some! The only room I have complete (no husband interference) in is my office. To dress up the room a little I thought why not paint the trim a contrasting shade while I have the brushes out. So here’s some inspiration of what I’m thinking color-wise:

I’m also really into black and white stripe rugs for some reason. I’ll have to do a post on that later to show you what I’m talking about. Anyway – I’m off to Home Depot later to get my paint. Now that I’ve made up my mind on this one I’ll be looking at furniture finishes for my desk and chair project coming up.

Till then! ~ Ashley

Image Credits {1. S.R.Gambrel, 2. My-Home-Ideas.com, 3 & 4. Canadian Home & Garden, 5. Design Sponge

Project: Building a Fireplace Part 1

If you read this blog, you’ll know that I’ve been working on building a fireplace mantle with my Dad. Well it’s finished! I’m going to post the first section of the process here and then I’ll post the completed one in another post tomorrow.  So here we go!

Part 1: Building the frame and adding the panels.

My initial Sketch for the design and my Dad and Stepmom checking out the wood at Home Depot.

My sketch and photo reference for the mantle. I wanted mine kinda skinny since my living room isn’t huge. All in all – we spent about $130 on some really nice wood for the mantle. We got it cut down at Home Depot (they do it for free) so it would fit in the car and then we were off to get started!

The frame and the final product. And yes, I'm actually cutting stuff - I like learning how to work all the tools.

We slowly put the frame together – followed by the panels. Dad came up with a pretty ingenious way to showcase the joints by routing out all along the edges of the frame so the panels “rested” into them. The end result was some extra details in the design. The above shot was taken before we had the rest of the decorative trim on which you’ll see….. in the next post! We did some finishing nails to hold the panels in and wood glue for extra support.

Next up is part 2 with priming and distressing.

(Not sure how much you want to read on the details but I’m happy to answer any questions about what we did 🙂 )

Happy Tuesday 🙂

Ashley

Look around and you might see my bag!

For those who didn’t know already, I won 2nd place in Kroger’s Reusable Bag Contest. Here’s a link to the article here at the Marietta Daily Journal. Check out Kroger stores starting in April to see if you find my bag! Let me know if you do!

My design from the contest:

I’m working on a post soon for my mantle my dad and I are building. More to come I promise!

~Ashley

The Fabric Search Continues

Morning! Wednesday is here and I’m getting excited about the weekend.

Onto another topic however: Outdoor Fabric. I’ve been all over planet earth looking for fabric for my cushions I’m recovering outside. Thought I’d post it here to see what you all think… ok. So here is a sketch I did really quickly of the pillow “arrangement”. Really original I know 🙂

Ashley's Sketch

Porch Pillow Sketch - I have about 50 of these things scribbled in my purse... lol!

And the next image is two ideas I came up with for color combinations. The wicker is kind of dirty white right now but I want to paint it a soft gray/brown.

My favorite part is the trim. My cat's are going to luv it... oh boy.

So that’s what I have stewing in my head. Which one do you all like better?

All in all I’ve been frustrated with the amount (or lack of) outdoor fabric I’ve found online. Plus – it’s all pretty pricey or unoriginal. What’s a girl to do??

Talk to you all later!

Ashley

Cabin Fever : Soft Interiors by Dave Coote

Gosh... did I tell you guys how much I love white subway tiles?

Hello Everyone. This is Dave Coote; interior designer, furniture maker, and photographer.

Mr. Coote, this is everyone. I’ve been meaning to make the introductions since last week but of course time got away form me. Sorry! Dave Coote is a furniture and interiors designer in the UK.  He has been running a successful design studio for nearly 20 years producing furniture, interiors, products and photographic sets.

Other news today? We had snow today again (wow) in Atlanta. I’m just ready for Spring!

Happy Tuesday!

~ Ashley