The bedroom makeover has dragged on, while I search for the right mid-century style bedroom chairs and rug. But I'm one step closer this week. The rug I'd been stalking at West Elm was just reduced half price, so I snapped it up. The Margo Selby Zig-Zag Stripe Kilim Rug ($299) makes a big color statement and that's going to help decide the chair. Possibilities include a surprising newcomer — a lounge chair ($250) from the new Target + Dwell collaboration. What do you think? Does it beat out gorgeous red Blu Dot chair (that's 4x the cost)? I'd love to hear opinions!
Sunday, October 16, 2016
Wednesday, October 12, 2016
Thursday, September 8, 2016
You know how some people have good parking karma — a spot always opens up for them just when they need it. Well, I have good artwork karma. I've been collecting art for most of my life and have had some unbelievably good large-scale canvases fall into my lap. Though I've acquired many large canvases for free, framing them can be costly, so I'm excited to share with you this easy DIY hack to create a simple float mount frame.
Friday, August 26, 2016
|Ashley Brooks Designs / Barn Lighting|
I've been taking time off to spend with my folks at the cottage, but that doesn't mean we don't have a few projects up our sleeves. I've long been wanting to replace the rear porch light on the deck, and with Dad the electrician on premises, now seemed as good a time as any.
Wednesday, August 3, 2016
One of the first things I like to do when I'm designing a bathroom is bring all of the elements into Pixlr as layers and move them around without worrying a lot about distortion and proportion. It's fun, and it's often surprising what I discover. Take the black and white bath we're working on...
Tuesday, August 2, 2016
|The Bower Birds|
I'm advising a friend on a design for a master shower in her new home, and so much has changed since I designed our own bathroom just three years ago, I can't wait to share some exciting finds.
Monday, July 25, 2016
Friday, July 15, 2016
Tuesday, July 5, 2016
|First Time Mini Led the Parade (2008)|
Happy Independence Day weekend, Ya'll! I've been taking a break from renovations and projects to enjoy the three B's — biking, beach and BBQ. We've had guests every weekend since summer began and the guest rooms are booking up fast for July and August. It's been great fun biking, kayaking, and beaching it by day and cooking, eating, and drinking as the evening cools. I've been taking lots of photos, especially when we're biking through Orient State Park, winding through Orient town, then down through the backroads of lavender farm, but I've had little time to post to the blog. So, prepare yourself... photobomb up ahead.