Matthew & Ashley's Architectural Artist Apartment

Matthew & Ashley's Architectural Artist Apartment

Kristen Lubbe
Sep 16, 2010

Name: Matthew & Ashley Heafy
Location: Orlando, Florida
Size: 1,500 square feet
Years lived in: Less than 1

When you walk into the home of an artist, it hits you like a ton of bricks. Artists homes tend to have a certain vibe — it's as if you can see their work on each and every wall, even if they haven't actually hung any pieces. Through their choice of color palettes and textures, an artists work is prevalent everywhere.

Ashley is a graphic designer and her husband Matthew is a musician in a metal band. Their style is an eclectic mix that mirrors both their worldly travels and design backgrounds. Their color palette in their rental apartment was somewhat limited due to their landlord not wanting them to paint. If you ask me, they certainly got lucky with touches of grey and those amazing wood beams on the second floor — a heck of a lot better than a white box!

While they find the space somewhat limiting, they've done a wonderful job in finding a place for everything. The furniture is a true mix of each of their styles — they didn't settle for "grown up" furniture just because they're married; they let their creative juices flow and found that mixing and matching pieces was the way to go!

Apartment Therapy Survey:

How would you define your style? I haven't really figured that out. I'm a graphic designer and love clean lines and bright colors, however I also collect tea pots, vintage costume jewelry and then there's the odd pile of Japanese toys. My husband is a musician and a video gamer, so our space functions as a music/design/collection of both of our interests.

What is your greatest inspiration? Color.

What is your favorite element of your home? The original concrete floors.

What is the biggest challenge of your home? Space. We moved from a house into this space and while the square footage seems pretty large for a loft, there isn't any storage and there is a lot of negative space that we find extremely difficult to utilize. We also can't hang much because of the old cinder block walls. The owners also preferred us not to paint or put holes in the walls which you have to respect.

What do friends say about your home? That it's a gem for Orlando. This is one of the oldest buildings around and it was built in the 1920s and utilized as a car manufacturing space and later as a china glass warehouse.

What is your home's biggest embarrassment? A parking garage view from the window. It literally feels 2 feet away. We keep the curtains closed at all times and rearranged our furniture for the television to be in front of it.

What is your Biggest Indulgence, when furnishing your home? Major furniture pieces like our bed and sofa. Pieces that we'll keep for the long haul. Unfortunately our dog chewed both corners of our wooden bed frame, so I've been rethinking that indulgence.

Best Advice: Your home should reflect who you are in every aspect. I used to stress about finding a space for some of our things that "don't go," but if you let your things coexist, they'll find harmony with each other somehow.


Furniture: CB2, West Elm, IKEA — with some special pieces mixed in.

Rugs and Carpets: Angela Adams, CB2.

Beds: West Elm Furniture and Bedding.

Artwork: Jon-Paul Douglass Photography.

Flooring: Original cement.

Thanks Matthew & Ashley!

Images: Kristen Lubbe

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