Rethinking Home with the Domestic Fashionista

I get so excited when I have the chance to connect with and “meet” bloggers doing great things on their blogs and in their homes.  Ashley is no exception to that.  I was first drawn to her beautiful instagram feed and quickly realized she had some great stuff happening over at her blog too that went along so well with my Rethinking Home series.  She was kind enough to let me show you some pictures of her gorgeous home and also share with us her philosophy and heart behind it all in a little interview.  So without further delay, meet the Domestic Fashionista

Hi! Tell us a little about yourself, your home, your family, and your blog!
Hi, I am Ashley and I blog over at Domestic Fashionista where I share about “creative homemaking for the modern day woman”!  My husband, Brent, and I have been married for six years where we have been living in our current home.  I work from home taking care of my two nephews and blogging.
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At Domestic Fashionista my goal is to share creative but realistic solutions for the everyday woman who desires to bring tangible beauty into their life and home.  I desire to encourage women to take care of their home in a way that is meaningful and a blessing to others.Domestic Fashionista 6
How would you describe your approach to decorating?
Over the past six years I have experienced many different approaches to decorating my home.  When we first got married I took anything that I could get for free and re-purposed it to work for our home.  Many of those side of the road and hand me down items are still in our home today even though my decorating style is completely different! Domestic Fashionista 1 I believe in having a few core neutral bones to the house – a great couch or dining table.  From there the design of my home can change with simple accessories or DIY projects without breaking the bank!  While I love to read home design blogs, I try really hard to focus in on what I specifically like and not get pulled into every new trend.
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I am currently focused on purging my home and having more minimal but large impact decor.  I found that I was tired of always tidying my home and so I have decided to pull back and have fewer items that I really love.  I am currently turning my design style towards colonial interiors.  I really love the timeless and simplistic European feel.
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You mention “life after purging” in many of your recent posts.  Tell us about that big purge- when did you do it?  What led you to it? 
I undertook a big purge this summer after reading The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up and as a result, much of my decor changed.  I was getting rid of things and moving stuff around which forced me to reevaluate everything.
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 While I did not bring anything new into my home, things started to look different.  I wanted to show what life after purging looked like – a still personal and welcoming home, just with less stuff!
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I love how you recently rethought the layout of your home and shared it on your blog.  You swapped your dining room and your living room!  Tell us about that change, what led you to make it, and how its been working for you and your family!
It seems that one thing always leads to another!  After I had new eyes for all my stuff – Do I really need this?  Is it meaningful? – I started asking similar questions about my home.  Just because the previous dining room and living room set up seemed like an obvious choice from the beginning, I started to question how they functioned.  Domestic Fashionista 4I wondered if we could be using the individual rooms more often and more efficiently if I made the change.  I was letting outside opinions and design rules I had read bout make the decisions of how I used my home.  Instead I realized that I am actually the one who gets to decide these things and I wanted my home to work for me and my unique family situation!
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Where do you like to shop for your home?
My favorite places to shop for my home are TJ-Maxx and HomeGoods.  I love that I can find quality items at a reduced cost. I also have grown fond of collecting things for my home when we travel.  Much of the art on my walls has been collected from different places we have visited and I love that it tells the story of places we have been in a fun way.Domestic Fashionista 9
Where do you find inspiration?  Other bloggers or books, etc?
I look to inspiration everywhere!  Like most women these days I love blogs, magazines, and Pinterest!  These are great for putting together design boards and focusing in on what style I am trying to achieve.  But I also take a lot of inspiration from traveling, homes in my own neighborhood, and hotels.  There is something about experiencing a space in real life versus seeing it in a photo.  Experiencing unique architecture, boutique hotels, and real life homes makes me feel something.  I take note of how beauty can wow me or how perfectly fitted sheets can feel so luxurious.  I not only want my home to be pretty, but I desire it to have a certain feeling.
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Thank you so much, Ashley!!  
Doesn’t she have a beautiful home? I love how she rethought her home to work for her and didn’t worry about anyone else’s opinion.  I also love the philosophy of not just wanting a pretty home but looking to create an authentic feeling as well.  Her big purge has me inspired, too.  I totally relate to the feeling of being tired of tidying up my home! Has anyone else read The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up?  I’ve been hearing good things about it but honestly, it scares me a little, haha!
I’d love for you to leave Ashley some comment love and then go check out her blog at Domestic Fashionista
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8 Responses to Rethinking Home with the Domestic Fashionista

  1. Nichole November 10, 2015 at 8:52 am #

    I love that you had a guest blogger. That was so fun to read!

    I want her silver potted plant on her coffee table!!! That was my favorite part of the whole tour! That fuzzy white pillow on the maroon velvet chair was a close second. ? That green lamp was pretty awesome too!

    I started reading that book a couple months ago. I need to pick it back up & finish it! Not that I have much more to get rid of. I’m the queen of purging! I love living simply.

    Great interview girls!

    • Bethany November 10, 2015 at 8:19 pm #

      Thank you!! I agree, it was a really fun interview. And yes, you are good at purging- it definitely helps when you move a lot!

  2. Ashley Urke | Domestic Fashionista November 10, 2015 at 9:22 am #

    Thanks so much for the interview Bethany! It has been a joy to get to know YOU through this crazy internet! Thank you for encouraging us to rethink our homes in a way that means something beyond just pretty decor! xo

    • Bethany November 10, 2015 at 8:20 pm #

      That was so much fun! Thanks again for joining in. 🙂

  3. Teri Dufilho November 10, 2015 at 9:26 am #

    Yes, Ashley does have a beautiful home and I love her blog! I really like her thoughts on having a minimal decor of things she really loves. I did read a small portion of “The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up” about 3 months ago, and it basically was saying to purge and only keep those things that bring you joy. I’m a follower and subscriber now to Ashley’s blog and am looking forward to future posts!

    • Bethany November 10, 2015 at 8:20 pm #

      Glad you enjoyed it!!

  4. Christine Rothchild November 10, 2015 at 9:28 am #

    Great post! Authenticity and functionality are my takeaways…and of course beauty. Like Nichole, I started reading it and haven’t picked up “The Magic Art of Tidying” since I got halfway through and a little overwhelmed by the idea. I’m barely able to keep my family fed and do all of my normal stuff without having a huge home purge project! I am inspired, though. Maybe I’ll give it another try….Thanks again for a great post.

    • Bethany November 10, 2015 at 8:23 pm #

      Yes, I love how you summed it up! And yeah I think what you have to say about The Magic Art is exactly what kind of scares me- it just sounds overwhelming! Though I know my house could use a good overhaul. We did get to the garage when we had some free time last weekend and it makes me SO happy just to walk in there and actually have the room to walk, haha! So I know it would be a freeing thing to do that in other areas of my house as well.

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