Tuesday, October 16, 2007

{Currently} My Favorite Home

It's not often that I will post almost every image from an article, but in this case I simply had to make an exception. Featured in the November, 2005 issue of Domino, the home of Ashley Edwards literally couldn't be more inspiring to me. Ashley, a graphic designer in Houston, (formerly a senior graphic designer for Barneys New York) fills her beautiful Georgian-style home with the perfect mixture of vintage and modern pieces for a look that's chic and not at all pretentious. (click on the images to see them in their full glory ;)In the living room, the stately linen drapes, sisal rug, silver candelabra, window shutters and crown moulding work to tone down the mod, midcentury metal chair, graphic prints, faux-zebra rug and lipstick-red 60's ottoman. The art poster at right is titled "Gretchen" by Robert Longo, while the New York print at left was designed by Milton Glaser as a reaction to the events of September 11th. Ashley's slate-gray home office walls were inspired by Thomas O'Brien's New York store, Aero. Her white storage unit and desk were both custom-built, but very similar versions can be found at West Elm and Ikea. The striped vintage chair paired with a yellow pom-pom fringe pillow is again a perfect mixture of vintage and modern. (It's also very Kate Spade in feel.) I love how Ashley painted all the doors in her home with high-gloss, black paint. The crystal knobs again lend a traditional feel to a look that could otherwise lean very modern.

Finally, in her bedroom below, Ashley creates a soothing effect by pairing grays and creams with mahogany colored wood and her standard black and white palette. The look is much more traditional, lacking the bold colored mod pieces and prints found in the rest of her home. And there you have it: the house of my dreams :)