Name: Ashley Ann - designer/owner of the clothing brand MYNE
Location: Hollywood Knolls - Los Angeles, California
Size: 1500 square feet
Years lived in: 7 years; bought it 2 years ago
After only spending only a few hours with Ashley at her place, I could tell that she enjoys sharing her home with friends. Throughout the afternoon, friends stopped by to say hello. There was never a shortage of people at the house at any point in the day. It even felt like a party was going to break out just as I was leaving — the music was playing, everyone was drinking lemonade, snacking on pretzels, and lounging by the pool.
Ashley thinks about each piece she brings in, and loves to find new uses for items, such as a soap dish used as a jewelry holder next to her bed. She embraces the character of the house, such as the brick floors in the kitchen (LOVE!). And, of course, the best accessory to her home is her very cute dog!
Apartment Therapy Survey:
My Style: My style is modern eclectic with a vintage twist. I love the simple lines of modern furniture but, for me it can feel very empty or stark. Adding vintage pieces mixed with Moroccan rugs and pillows really warms up a space and gives it more personality. Prints are a major part of my collection, MYNE, so I love incorporating them in my home décor.
Inspiration: My Dad has been in the furniture business all of my life and furnished our home. He has an amazing eye and taste. The inspiration for my house came from the home I was born in in Sausalito. I just added a few more streamlined/modern pieces to make it more contemporary.
Favorite Element: A favorite element of my house is the backyard/pool area. I love to entertain and have friends and family over. I've thrown some serious barbecues and parties in the backyard. It's also a great space where I can come home, decompress and recharge.
Biggest Challenge: I think the biggest challenge for me is taking my time. In running my own clothing company, I'm used to deadlines of when collections need to be completed and when orders need to be shipped. In designing and furnishing a home, I've had to learn that it takes time and patience. Finding the right piece for your house cannot be rushed, and the satisfaction of finally finding it is priceless.
What Friends Say: My home has become such a hangout spot for my friends and I love that. My friend Elizabeth calls my house her " happy place." They say that the house has a great energy — being in the hills and surrounded by trees makes it a very tranquil place.
Biggest Embarrassment: I just finished construction on my house about a year ago — before I had blonde colored floors. I thought it would be a great idea to make them black, forgetting that I had a white dog that sheds. The floors always have hair and I'm constantly vacuuming.
Another thing I am embarrassed about is how messy my closet is. I wish I could keep it more organized.
Proudest DIY: My entire house. I had never remodeled a home before and didn't have anyone come in to draw up floor plans. I just sorta winged it. I remember two days before the contractors were coming to put the tile in my bathroom I was still picking it out. That kind of happened a lot, but I am so excited with how it all came out. Definitely glad it's over.
Biggest Indulgence:I paid $200 for the bamboo plant in my living room. I guess I never thought plants would be that expensive.
Best Advice: Always go with your gut, whether it's investing in a piece of furniture, or the color of paint. Trust your instincts.
Resources of Note:
- Dunn-Edwards - color Cool December (I don't like whites with yellow tones)
RUGS & CARPETS
- International Rug Depot - downtown Los Angeles
TILE & STONE
- Surfaces in North Hollywood
- Custom from my sewer at the office
- Mostly my Dad's
- My friend Chris Cuseo
(Images: Marcia Prentice)
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