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Ashley Mary Art Studio Tour

Earlier this year when I was so pregnant I was literally about to pop, I had the pleasure of photographing painter, illustrator & prop stylist extraordinaire Ashley Mary, of Ashley Mary Art, in her Northeast Minneapolis studio for my friend, Claire Staszak’s Women Who Make column, a fantastic feature celebrating women doing cool things in their creative field. Ashley was kind enough to show us around her bright and colorful studio and share insights into her design process, works in progress, and new mediums she’s currently exploring. After a few hours of demos, chats, and photos, I left full of inspiration and delight. What a morning! Head over to Claire’s site, Centered By Design for Ashley’s full interview and more looks inside her studio! And while you’re already here, check out a few quick captures from the visit…

  Come peek inside the bright and colorful studio of painter and illustrator, Ashley Mary! Come peek inside the bright and colorful studio of painter and illustrator, Ashley Mary! Come peek inside the bright and colorful studio of painter and illustrator, Ashley Mary! Come peek inside the bright and colorful studio of painter and illustrator, Ashley Mary! Come peek inside the bright and colorful studio of painter and illustrator, Ashley Mary!

I love Ashley’s bold use of color, pattern play and femininity that’s celebrated with each piece.

Come peek inside the bright and colorful studio of painter and illustrator, Ashley Mary! Come peek inside the bright and colorful studio of painter and illustrator, Ashley Mary!

Come peek inside the bright and colorful studio of painter and illustrator, Ashley Mary of Ashley Mary Art!

 As we were leaving for the day, Ashley sent Claire and me each off with a hand-painted postcard of our choice. I chose a blush, gold & black beauty and have it up in my office next to a few of my own DIY’s. Make sure to hop over to AshleyMary.com to see (and/or purchase!) Ashley’s beautiful work!

Come peek inside the bright and colorful studio of painter and illustrator, Ashley Mary!

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How to Shop for Vintage like a Pro

Tips from a vintage scouting pro on how to be a more efficient thrifter. Click for the inside scoop!

When scouting vintage and thrifted pieces for the home, it’s all about finding that right, one-of-a-kind piece for the space, but “the hunt” can often be super time consuming. Wading through a hundred uninteresting pieces to (hopefully!) stumble upon the perfect gem isn’t exactly an efficient process, but it’s what we love about thrifting, right? It’s the thrill of the hunt, never quite knowing what you’re going to find. Continue Reading →

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Designer Tips for Mixing Interior Styles

When it comes to interior design, incorporating a mix of styles often leads a more interesting, soulful, and evergreen space that helps to reflect our true personalities, more so than say, a space outfitted with a matching set of furniture.

I think we can all agree that the matchy-matchy look has long worn out its welcome, but mixing interior styles can be hard to pull off.  Luckily, Claire Staszak, my designer/blogger friend behind Centered by Design, is back (Remember when she stopped by this Spring?) to help de-mystify things a bit and show us three distinctly different spaces where she’s created a successful mix of styles, why it works, and where to source the key pieces. Oooh, this is going to be fun! Shall we get started?

  Mixing styles in our homes can be hard to pull off, so I've called in a designer expert to help de-mystify the process! Click through for design insight!

 

Mixing styles in our homes can be hard to pull off, so I've called in a designer expert to help de-mystify the process! Click through for design insight!

Claire’s Design Approach:

“There is no perfect formula to creating a beautiful space, because what everyone enjoys and feels comfortable with is different, but I have found in my design work, that mixing three key elements helps me achieve the eclectic and “just can’t put your figure on it” wonderful that I’m usually striving for.” Those three elements are a mixture of:

  • Modern (New)
  • Vintage (Found)
  • Handmade (Commissioned)

Mixing styles in our homes can be hard to pull off, so I've called in a designer expert to help de-mystify the process! Click through for design insight!

Boho Glam Mélange

First up is a bohemian glam bedroom, where Claire mixes a modern, clean-lined bed frame with adorned vintage textiles, and geometric handmade wallpaper. Why does it work? It’s a balancing act of contrasts: organic vs. structured, lustrous vs. matte, and graphic vs. textural.

Get the Look:

New: Bedding || Upholstered Bed Frame: Client’s Collection

Vintage: Textiles || Gold Chest, Lamps & Mirrors || Refinished Vintage Side Tables

Handmade: Wallpaper || Local Art

 

Mixing styles in our homes can be hard to pull off, so I've called in a designer expert to help de-mystify the process! Click through for design insight!

 


 

Mixing styles in our homes can be hard to pull off, so I've called in a designer expert to help de-mystify the process! Click through for design insight!

The New Traditional

Claire offers up a new take on classic traditional in this Chicago living room where she uses ornamented statement pieces (casegoods, rugs and accessories) to set an over-arching traditional tone and compliment the home’s existing bones. Clean-lined soft seating and an unexpected furry stool add a fresh, contemporary edge.

Get the Look:

New: Sofa || Coffee Table || Main Rug || Chairs

Vintage: Refinished Black Hutch || French Style Side Table || Pink Accent Rug, Brass Leg Stool, Camel Side Table

Handmade: Media/Record Stand

Mixing styles in our homes can be hard to pull off, so I've called in a designer expert to help de-mystify the process! Click through for design insight!


Mixing styles in our homes can be hard to pull off, so I've called in a designer expert to help de-mystify the process! Click through for design insight!

Summer Camp with a Twist

Masculine and carefree, this mod summer camp guestroom incorporates a mix of vintage and handmade pieces (read: vintage wicker chest and handmade artwork) to evoke the buoyant feeling of summer camp. Claire also introduces a sculpturally modern bed frame, industrial lighting and color-blocked rugs to maintain a fresh, modern aesthetic.

Get the Look:

New: Bed Frame || Rugs || Sconces || Bedding

Vintage: Custom Refinished Armoire || Wicker Chest: Vintage Find

Handmade: Artwork: Client’s Collection

Mixing styles in our homes can be hard to pull off, so I've called in a designer expert to help de-mystify the process! Click through for design insight!

I hope you’ve enjoyed Claire’s design insight as much as I have! For more interior design inspiration, check out Claire’s blog where she’s in the midst of a huge home renovation!

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Where to Shop for Vintage in Chicago

Earlier this Spring, I counted down my favorite spots to hunt for vintage home treasures here in Minneapolis, and today I’m back on the topic, but this time in Chicago, my 2nd favorite Midwest City! #winkwink

Summer is practically here, and you know what that means: ROADTRIP! Fellow Midwestern designer/blogger, Claire Staszak, of Centered by Design is here to give us the inside scoop on the best spots to shop for thrift and vintage pieces in her City (A.K.A. Her personal favorites for hunting vintage gems for both herself & clients.) Favorite Shops for Thrift & Vintage Home in Chicago

The Best Spots for Vintage & Thrift Shopping in Chicago

Claire and I met on Instagram, and bonded over renovating our 1930’s era homes + our mutual love for all things vintage, so I was all-in when she suggested we collaborate. Take one look at her site or Instagram, and it’s not hard to see Claire has impeccable style and a love for good design. I knew she’d have the skinny on where to go.

If you’re planning a Chicago roadtrip this summer, make sure to pin this map, so you know where to go when you’re there! Where to Shop Vintage in Chicago!

 

PIN-IT-later4 Photo Cred: Feature Photo \\ Photo of Claire

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