10 Best Tips to Style Your Home

Choosing the best pieces to style your home to create that final layer can be a timely task but one of the most important! Below are my 10 favorite tips that I use when styling a project!

1. Artwork:

img_5466

img_6954

Artwork can be a very personal item that is selected for a home. One mistake that is often made is hanging artwork too high. My rule is to hang artwork at eye level or 57″ off of the ground.

2. Baskets:

img_6305-1img_8800_facetune_13-03-2019-13-52-55img_6727

I love baskets. I often place large baskets throughout a home to store throws in and smaller ones to serve as an attractive “catch-all”.

3. Groupings

ashleighrr-825 #1612 winton place

Everyone has heard of the “Rule of Three”, which is a good rule to know, but I love to use groupings more then anything. Grouping are a great way to show off a collection of unique items. Pay attention to height and scale when grouping. Varying heights add interest.

4. Books:

23 #1612 winton placeimg_5509

Books may be the best accessory of all. They add color, interest and height. You can stack vertically, horizontally, or place a vessel or candle on top for a layered look. Speaking of layering:

5. Layering:

img_6676ashleighrr-41

Layering is a trick that many designers use to create a curated look. Using different heights and colors of art, accessories and even pillows is a great way to achieve the layered look.

6. Rugs:

16 #1612 winton place01 19500 frazier dr. rocky river, oh.

Rugs can add texture, pattern and color to any space. When purchasing rugs for a seating area, try not to “float” the rug, purchase a rug large enough to cover at least the front legs of your furniture.

7. Necessities:

ashleighrr-5ashleighrr-709 430 darby's run bay village, oh.

We all have to live in our homes so when styling your home, remember to style the necessities as well! This included, soaps, lotions, produce, oils, spices and pet food dishes!

8. Flowers/Plants:

img_6726ashleighrr-45-2

I have had a blog posts on this topic and feel passionate about how much flowers or plants can transform a space. See How to Incorporate Flowers in Design and Plants in Design by Ashley Moyer .

 

9. Trays:

ashleighrr-35img_5482img_6711

Everything looks better in a tray! You can place a tray on your counters, ottomans, beds, tables and bars.

10. Pillows:

IMG_5936ig5-1

Pillows can add color and texture to any piece of upholstery or bed. Use different shapes and don’t forget to karate chop those square pillows!

I hope you enjoyed my top 10 tips for accessorizing your home. If you are like many others out there and feel this still seems like a daunting task, give me a call and we can set up a consultation (near or far)!

XOXO,

Name Logo

How to Incorporate Flowers in Design

Today is National Floral Design Day which got me thinking of all the ways flowers can be incorporated into the design of spaces.

The first up is the obvious, actual floral arrangements. Placing flowers throughout your home can give new life to the space. Try using flowers in more places then just your dining table.

A bookcase or built-in is a great place to add flowers. The organic nature of the flowers contrast beautifully with all of the hard surfaces.

A tray placed on your bed, ottoman or cocktail table with a floral arrangement adds a soft touch.

Flowers can also be added through one of my favorite additions to a home…wallpaper!

44 19500 frazier dr. rocky river, oh.

As well as in tile designs, cabinet hardware, lighting and…

Rugs!

Flowers are also great for adding dimension to a space which can be done through art and sculptures.

The ceramic flowers on these vases add great detail to the centerpieces that would otherwise fall flat.

22-430-darbys-run-bay-village-oh.-1.jpg

I hope you enjoyed some of these ideas, what are some of your favorite ways to incorporate flowers into your space?

XOXO,

Briarwood Reveal

This week I completed phase one at the Briarwood Project. During this refresh, I took a dark, early 2000’s home and gave it a fresh and airy feel. The palette of purples, blues, soft greens and a touch of pink, definitely gave it a feminine flair.

 

A coat of periwinkle paint, an updated bench and some fun geometric mirrors made this entry way feel brighter and more inviting.

 

The Dining Room had great bones to work with. I kept the wainscoting and gave it a fresh coat of paint as well as keeping the table and drapery rods. This wallpaper may be my favorite addition to this project!

 

Ahhhhh, perhaps my favorite area of the home! I would love to work in this space. By removing the dark feature wall and painting a soft green, this office instantly becomes a bright and cheerful space!

 

Paint. I think that summarizes this space. Paint. Look at what the right colors on the cabinets did to this space!

I also add a quartz counter top, new backsplash and cabinet hardware, but can you believe these are the same cabinets?

Check out some more before and afters below:

 

Foyer Hall

 

Bar off of the Breakfast Room

 

Family Room

I hope you enjoyed the reveal of this home! I would love to hear from you if you have any questions or comments about this project.

XOXO,

Name Logo

 

Cupid Approved Home Accessories

Valentine’s Day is quickly approaching and I have rounded up 10 of my favorite accessories that can easily transition into the spring!

These pink agate coasters from Curated Kravet are perfect for Valentines Day. They bring in the color and beauty that symbolizes the Holiday.

I am obsessed with this container from Worlds Away. I imagine a low bunch of roses placed neatly inside!

We all know my love for Jana Bek’s products and this Ginger Jar is no different!

This tray from Global Views is a perfect size to place at your front entry to catch your keys or used as a bread basket on your kitchen counter.

A gold heart made out of feathers by Oliver Gal, need I say more!

I have featured these vases from Accent Decor on Instagram before, but I just cannot get enough of them. They are perfect in size for placing throughout your home.

A Love Crystal Kit from Good Chi. This kit is used to help bring love and compassion into your life plus crystals are so pretty to have around the house!

Forever flowers? Yes please! These porcelain flowers from Bungalow 5 will outlast any bouquet!

Caitlin Wilson has some amazing rugs and I think this is the perfect statement to welcome Valentines Day!

Last, but not least, is this fun vase from Accent Decor appropriately named Cupid Heart Stand.

I hope you enjoyed this roundup of Valentines Day accessories that can get you through many seasons!

XOXO,

Name Logo

Garden Inspired Remodel

I am so excited to reveal this weeks home! I began this project last year for my client who is a Master Gardner. Below is a list of her requests from our first meeting:

  • Add more light
  • Add more storage and organization
  • Open the space up
  • Add a functional space for laundry, mud hall and gardening
  • More counter space
  • French inspired

ashleighwestlake-8

The first step in checking off  the list was to change the floor plan. By removing the wall between the kitchen and family room we were able to open up the space, add more storage/organization as well as more counter space.

ashleighwestlake-26

The first design decision that was made was the island. I found this old french drapers table at market a few years ago and I knew I wanted to replicate it. We needed the space to be usable, beautiful and to look old. By designing the island with cabinetry, we were able to house the dishwasher, sink, trash, drawers and even left some open space at the ends to showcase some of her beautiful jars and vases.

Lighting was key. This space before was dark and needed to let some light in! We added skylights, recessed lighting, pendant lighting, under cabinet lighting as well as some accent lighting inside certain cabinets. I also had Woodworks Design , the contractor and cabinet makers of this project, create some stunning finishes that felt old, yet light.

Organization was lacking from the old space so we made a spot for everything!.

ashleighwestlake-85

All of the windows overlook the beautiful gardens my client has created which meant inspiration was everywhere! Hand carved wooden bees were added to the cabinetry,

ashleighwestlake-32

I had a local blacksmith make an iron railing with hooks to hold the watering cans,

ashleighwestlake-63

and garden inspired tiles were made for the fireplace.

ashleighwestlake-109

Even the kitties fell in love with the new space!

ashleighwestlake-19

I hope you enjoyed this reveal and I look forward to sharing the next one!

XOXO,

Name Logo

Photo Credit: Caitlin Antje

 

 

 

Home Office Tips

Ever wonder why you do not feel your most creative or productive in your home office? My dear friend Ashley Kanlic is going to share how she has created her perfect space to help with all of it!

I spend a lot of time in my home office and I need a space that helps aid in productivity and creativity. Here are some of the concepts that help make my office an enjoyable work environment to cultivate and grow my brand:

img_7116

Location, location, location! I have claimed the best room in the house for my office space. Don’t tell my husband; because he works from home and might start to take it over (lol). I have what an interior designer might refer to as prime real-estate in our home. It is near the main living areas but, not on top of them. It has great lighting, plenty of space for activities, and much, much more.

img_7106

As a formally trained and practicing interior designer it is paramount to have good lighting in every project. It is notably for function, beauty, and of course for GTD “getting things done”. I made sure that my office had plenty of task and natural light to keep me focused on my to do list while also providing plenty of vitamin D. It’s nice and rewarding to feel the sunshine while I’m crossing things off my daily task and various lists.

img_7104

Over the past few years I have realized that being home all day makes your crave change and versatility. Which I solved by changing up the scenery each day. I rotate where I work between my expansive desk and large craft table. This way I am able to spread out while I’m in the creative process each day but, not feeling trapped or confined to one area. Daily I also make sure I clear and clean my desk off. There is nothing like a fresh clean and cleared slate to kick start your morning.

img_7114

With limited space you must try to stay organized by removing clutter at every turn. Personally, I try to enlist the KISS (Keep It Simple, Stupid) method of organization. I try to be 75%-80% paperless, by scanning in documents and removing paper clutter which in turn means I need less physical storage. I also only incorporate items in my space that ‘spark joy’ or are useful. In addition I find it easier to keep things organized by type and color. Please note that utilizing a system that works best for you is the only one that will work long term. These might not work for your office but, feel free to try them out.

img_7103

Lastly, I like to incorporate small amounts of natural elements into my office space. Keeping plants and greenery in the spaces you use regularly will help ease stress and create a sense of stability. It is a small thing I do that creates a great impact on my daily function.

img_7117

I know ideally not everyone can have the perfect home office. But, I hope that my list Inspires you to consider your space. By address your offices location, lighting, versatility, organization, and natural elements. I trust your home offices will give you the sense of drive you need to achieve your goals in 2019!

 

I hope you enjoyed getting to know Ashley and her tips. Stay warm this weekend!

XOXO,

Name Logo

Guest Blogger: Ashley Petrone

You guys!!!! It’s that time! I am beyond excited to introduce my first guest blogger. Between her parenting, eye for design, personality, lifestyle and fashion sense, she is an inspiration in more ways then one. I hope you enjoy her post below, comment and ask questions and I will be sure to get you all of her answers! Don’t forget to check her page out on Instagram @arrowsandbow.

xoxo,

Name Logo

Ashley Petrone Arrows and Bow Photo 7

It’s funny how one decision can completely change your life. One week I’m a stay at home homeschool mom in a beautiful 5 bedroom house, fast forward a few months and pouf, I’m living in an RV with my husband and 3 kids.

Ashley Petrone Arrows and Bow Photo 1
After deciding to sell our home and buy land, we had a few options of what we could do while we were building a house. Rent an apartment and pay more than our mortgage was… or go on an adventure and live in an RV on our land. It actually wasn’t a hard decision for us to make. Both my husband and I knew this was the right path for our family, we are both spontaneous and risk takers, and with little to lose, this just made sense to us.

Ashley Petrone Arrows and Bow Photo 2

It was kinda funny how we picked out our RV. We went to a local used car lot and walked through a few options. I knew what I was looking for in that I wanted something old so I could rip it out, but still functioning. When we saw the 3 bunk beds stacked in the back of our RV, we knew it was the one for us. Thinking it was the only RV ever created with triple bunks. What can I say, we were amateurs back then.

Ashley Petrone Arrows and Bow Photo 3
It took us 3 weeks to design, gut, and move into our little home on wheels. I had a very clear vision of what I wanted to do inside. Rip out everything old like all of the upper cabinets, the carpet and old outdated lighting. We removed all of the window treatments as well, they had about a pound of dust inside of them. I knew I wanted everything to be painted white, to give it that bright feeling. After deciding on a fun designer black and white tile backsplash, I had my muse for the rest of the trailer. Updating cabinet faces to a shaker style and adding designer lighting really made it a notch above.

Ashley Petrone Arrows and Bow Photo 4
I did a bit of research online before I designed it, and everything I read said to make it feel like a home. And that’s exactly what I did. When living in an RV, you don’t want to feel like you’re camping for a year. I wanted it to feel comfortable, clutter free, and of course cozy. I picked out unique and perfectly functional pieces up at IKEA, Amazon, Target, Homegoods and of course garage sales. I also brought pieces from our home to keep that homey feel.

Ashley Petrone Arrows and Bow Photo 6
Living in the RV these last 9 months has been an incredible life lesson for our family. We’ve learned to appreciate all of life’s little things we usually take for granted. While our goal was to build a house, we quickly realized that this journey was more about growing and finding joy in the between.

Ashley Petrone
@arrowsandbow