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

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

Loving Industrial Lighting

I’ve been looking for something to put over my dining room table. Below is a recent picture of our dining room with the less appealing light fixture. Please don’t mind the photo quality! It was taken during a party. I was telling a story about how I was recently propositioned at a car wash… ughhh!

Ashley Fleishel kitchen

Me in yellow. Hubbs in the white sweater. Isn't he cute?

I wanted a chandelier to replace the current fixture but then I thought that would make the space too formal. Lately I’ve been seeing a lot of the (what I’m calling) American Industrial. Some options I’ve seen:

Industrial Pendant

Images from: Desire to Inspire.com

I’ve been shopping around for them and they were a little hard to find… here’s a few for you though!

Pendant Choices

Too many choices...

1. Anthropologie – $248
2. Pottery Barn – $99
3. West Elm – $99
4. Pottery Barn – $129
5. Pottery Barn – $200
6. Anthropologie – $248
7. West Elm – $89

Which one should we get?? Do you all have any other stores you’d recommend?

Thanks!

Ashley

Decor Ideas: Fireplaces Faux and Real

I have a lovely blank wall in my living room.  Yes – completely empty of any focal detail what-so-ever. If you ask my friends they’ll tell you I’ve been talking about a fireplace mantle ever since we bought the house. I keep running around to antique stores but I can’t find the right one. They’re either too big, too old, or even too new! I’ve been collecting some images of fireplaces to give me some idea of styles, what to put in front of them, and colors.

Here’s my little collection so far… I’ll post some more as I have them. I keep thinking I should just ask my dad to help me make one – he’s awesome when it comes to making things.

Image Credits: Most of these are from the late Domino Magazine. The other’s I just have in my collection. If anyone can give proper credit or knows where some of the others are from, please let me know! Thanks!

Did you see the fifth one down? I would love a fireplace in my kitchen. *melt!*

Best wishes!

Ashley

Photographing Flowers

My Flowers

Flower photos taken in my house.

Bought some flowers at our local Whole Foods today. I picked some up for my step-mom and so I thought I’d pick up some for me too! Took a few minutes to photograph them so you could have a little view of my house and see how pretty the flowers look in it. It’s kinda late in the day so the lighting was a little dark…

This was the first time using the vase. Got it as a wedding gift from our friends (from Crate and Barrel).

More posts later this week!

Ciao!

Ashley

Blog Self-Portrait

My throat hurts! Oww…. went to the doctor today and turns out I have some kind of viral infection. Fun! Anyway – I’m on meds now and am hoping for a speedy recovery.

I took some time today after I got home to put together my homework for week three of my blog course. It’s sort of a self-portrait of what our blog is supposed to be about. The fun part is that I don’t realize what exactly is going to make it onto the design or not. So my final elements pleasantly surprised me! It’s a little travel, a little photography and a lot of home-made. We were supposed to use a manila folder but I always jot stuff down in my sketchbook I keep handy and decided that would be more appropriate for this. Enjoy!

A self-portrait

A few details if you’re interested:

1) The handwritten letter is from my step-mom Mignon. She has given me some of the best letters and puts so much thought into them.

2) The sketches are some quick ones I had lying around. The colored costume is a concept I was working on for a Mad Hatter costume… more burlesque though 🙂

3) The pad of paper to the right is an old exposure recording notebook my Mom gave to me when I was first learning about cameras.

4) Colored pencils are my quick medium of choice when I’m sketching out an idea or drawing. They’re always lying around on my desk.

5) The photographs are from various places I’ve been. The coins are also from different travels.

I can’t wait to see everyone else’s folders!

Atlanta Web Design Group – My first meeting starring Jason Beaird

Principles of Beautiful Web Design

One of the great things about the city of Atlanta is the wide variety of things to do and be apart of. For example – a friend of mine introduced me to the Atlanta Web Design Group. Interested, my friend and the hubs got in the car this evening and drove over for my first meeting. Jason Beaird was speaking and though I had never heard of him – I was pleasantly surprised that he reminded me of something I had completely forgotten from my days as an art student:

1. Inspiration doesn’t have to come from a computer screen.

I know… you’re shaking your head thinking “Well duh!” But I really had stopped using this basic practice of the creative mind. When I was still fresh out of art college I would look at EVERYTHING. Driving on the highway – checking out how the concrete blocks formed a honeycomb pattern as I flew by. Gazing down my hallway -the texture of my old paneled walls against the smooth contrasting black of the picture frames.  I mean everything! Where am I going with this? Well I’m just trying to embed this idea into my brain so I don’t forget again!

2. Bauhaus is one of my favorite art styles in history and I’d completely forgotten about it! Jeez! Bauhaus was started by a German art school in the early 1900’s. It’s usually very linear and simple. The cool thing is it’s an approach to all forms of deisng – painting, architecture, graphic design even photography. There’s just something about it… what do you think?

Josef Albers - Three Designs for a Flag for the Bauhaus Exhibition 1923

Josef Albers - Armchair for Hans Ludwig and Marguerite Oeser, Berlin 1928

László Moholy-Nagy Construction AL6 1933–4

Not sure what it is but I really love this style… and I haven’t even gotten to see all that much of it! I hope I’ll someday be able to go to the museum in Berlin… till then!

Sunday I’m starting my Project Day with my co-worker Julie. We’re alternating months and I get the first one. I’ll post pics 🙂 Thanks everyone. Etsy Friday tomorrow so hope you’re looking forward to it.

Chau!

Ashley