A Beautiful Mess {living room tour}

So, yesterday’s post…thanks for reading and trying to make sense of my jumbled thoughts! A few of you asked what is the best response to others in similar situations. That is a really hard question to answer because I think every parent is different. I really can’t speak for all parents because we are all so diverse. If you are naturally a person that says ‘hi’ to strangers while shopping, well just be you and say ‘hi’.  A simple genuine smile can go a long way. I’d just say respond as you would to any kid. My girl wasn’t any different, she just had a unique smile. You don’t have to go overboard or act in an unnatural way – just smile and if you feel like saying something in kindness – do it. I wasn’t easy offended by how people responded, more just a deep sadness. A genuine smile from a stranger when we were out trumped all the staring. Just smile!

And now I am going to move on….these two…always up to something.

I was so incredibly honored to have a tour of our living room was featured on A Beautiful Mess yesterday. I’m a fan of the whole ABM team, so it was such a thrill to be featured there. You can see the tour here, but make sure you check out all the other fun stuff there too. Some of my favorite DIYs!

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  • Bekah - I love your house! So bright and lovely!!

  • Melissa - When my Edie was in a full body Spica Cast we got those looks (and some times mean words) mainly towards me, because, of course I did this to my daughter. No friends, she was born this way (Hip Displasia). I just chose to not correct them or defend myself, and just smile and move on, pointing things out for my 14 month to look at while in her red wagon. I was thankful for those smiles, comments about HER sweet smile, and curious comments and questions we did get.

    What a great life lesson for her siblings. Not everyone is the same (How boring would that be!) Everyone should be treated with love, kindness, and respect. It sounds like you are setting a great example. You go girl.

  • Laura Fox - Dear Ashley,

    You’re such a wonderful free spirited woman with her feet firmly planted on the ground. As I sit here and wait for my newly painted walls to dry (so I can add a 3rd coat, white is a tough one) my hands are blistered and my entire living room is in my kitchen, amongst dirty dishes and chaos. I can’t help but to suck it up because we don’t have any kiddos yet, I can only imagine the fun and utter chaos of redecorating with 5 cutie pies! Thank you for being so open and taking such beautiful pictures for us!

    Love Lalo

  • Stephanie - I love your space. How does Poppy do with the pom pom fringe on your sofa cover? I have two feline boys (7months) that would terrorize the pom pom fringe on my curtains! Any tips?

  • Nicole - So I just have a question. Is the studio I see in your pictures a part of your house? Or a seperate space? I absolutely DREAM of a spot like that..big open windows, all white…sigh. It would be cool to see where it connects with, say, your living room area in this post. Just a thought!

  • Mary - In regards to your daughter… I think you may agree that what you want most for your children is for them to be happy. Having someone recognize that is probably more special than commenting on how beautiful she is (and she is a beauty). Old smile, new smile, Little One looks like one happy child! And the compliment is two-fold, as it’s also a testament to the kind of mother you are, and the family you’re raising her in. Keep it up! <3

  • Diana - I love your home – thank you for sharing it with all of us! I’m not sure if it’s my computer display, but your couch looks longer than a normal couch. I could really use a longer sofa, can you tell me where you got yours since it is absolutely fabulous?! Thank you!

  • Anna - I just love your house. All of the patterns, and mixed medium pieces, and you’re not scared of 70’s prints and actually make them look really awesome!

  • Kate @ Songs Kate Sang - Congratulations on being featured! Your home looked so beautiful. The ABM team is amazing! I love their style and voice 🙂

  • Jacci - Beautiful, Ashley 🙂 I want our home to be the kind of home that people never want to leave… where guest want to linger and children want to bring their friends. You home seems like that kind of home to me. It’s filled with love.


  • Tonya - Oh how I’ve missed reading your blog! Job duties have kept me away….glad to get back to seeing the pictures of kids, creative space…and now I see chickens in the future!

  • Daniela - Beautiful home! I loved the photo wall, it’s amazing, I want to do something similar with the pictures of my son and maybe… why not… pictures of my cats and dogs 🙂

  • Kim - You have such an eye for beauty! Your home is so bright and cheery…and your girls are precious!

  • Holly - I love when you linked to blogs that you read… except then I want to start reading them too. 🙂

  • elizabeth H - i’ve always called my home “this beautiful mess” named after one of my all time favorite Sixpence None the Richer songs…
    i had no idea there was a blog w. a name so similar.

    PS> i found a white vintage card display rack similar to yours, but a bit taller … i also put family photo’s in it!!
    I want to cover individual pieces of foam board w. a lovely mix of fabrics, then adhere the pictures to it.
    {soon…very soon!!}

  • Kristin @ Little Corbin Hill - I’ve always thought you had such a beautiful home! Love the light and different colors you incorporate. Now a new follower over at A Beautiful Mess =)

  • Annelies - I just love your beautiful, sunny website. Would you please tell me where you got the wooden couch in your living room?