Thanks for your comments yesterday. Just to clarify…I’m good with my random style. I think I try for “clean & classy” because I appreciate how others pull it off in their homes so well. I am a big supporter of the idea that a home should reflect the ones that live there. Not everyone likes to decorate. Not everyone likes pictures hot glued to their walls. Not everyone likes PotteryBarn (well maybe that one isn’t true to some extent!). Anyway, thanks for your comments….you guys are so encouraging! In the picture below (top right corner) you can see a bit of all that ‘junk’ I nailed to the wall last week. I need to spray paint some frames and then I’ll share more pictures of it.

For those of you that live in areas that feet of snow is normal….well around here this much snow means kids can’t walk to bus stops (they don’t have proper attire for the cold), every 1/10th mile a car is stuck in snow, all the grocery stores shelves are empty and guys with big trucks want to show off their 4 wheel drive on the roads. I’ve actually enjoyed the break from routine, but I’m ready to get back in our groove soon.
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Just to note, the markers on the windows are Crayola Window Markers. The boys have really enjoyed them.Β  Our wonderful neighbor cleared our driveway. Aren’t great neighbors the best. I remember asking my mom’s next door neighbor for sugar a few years ago and the teenage son was baffled by the idea that I asked to borrow sugar. He had never heard of neighbors doing that…made me sad. I have great neighbors…who kindly give me an egg or sugar when I’m making cookies and realize I don’t have all I need…..and clear our long driveway with a smile, asking nothing in return.

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  • Laurie J - whoa! being a wisconsin girl I had no idea snow could be so paralyzing to you southerners. mercy! thanks for the glimpse and hope life returns to “normal” soon. esp w/ 3 boys you need FOOD!

  • Cassie - I laughed out loud when I read “Not everyone likes things hot glued to their walls,” as I hot glued something to my wall yesterday and thought, “Hm. Wonder if I’m supposed to do that.”

    We’re getting cabin fever here in Chicago, too…time for spring!

  • Elizabeth Highsmith - you’re baby rock’ the puffer jacket, seriously i’ve never seen anyone wear it better,

    baby girl so adorable and boys so cute!

  • RachelC - Great pics!! I love the miniature “indoor” snowman and firecracker all snugly in her puff coat.

  • Tracie - My family moved in September and we’re still getting to know our neighbors. In our last neighborhood, we had a neighbor who was a contractor. He would clear all the driveways on our street during the storms. We also borrowed sugar, eggs, etc from neighbors and loaned stuff to them in return. It was wonderful to live in a place where we all helped each other. I’m looking forward to meeting the new ones when the weather gets warmer.

  • amanda torres - Funny you mentioned about asking stuff from your neighbors. I don’t hesitate to ask, but my neighbors never ask me. Hmmm, either they’re always prepared or they’re like the teenage boy.

  • andy - love the pics
    your little girl on the table:precious
    the tiny snowman is cute too
    looks like you guys are having fun and keeping busy.
    stay warm
    we are suppose to get some tonight but not that much
    we had a lot last month and schools closed for a week

  • Jaimie - Haha is your kid drawing on the window? And I love the GIANT gloves on Firecracker.. this really made my morning, thank you.

  • Stephanie F - I grew up with neighbors we knew like that. It was great. Now I don’t even know my neighbors names. That is sad.

    We live in B.A. and are also growing tired of Snow days. Just saw the forcast for next week and my spirits have been lifted. 60 deg. on Monday!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • tammy - I’m from Ohio but spent one winter in Broken Arrow. We still laugh about how the town shut down as soon as the first snowflakes fell. But then, a tornado would come through there and no one thought anything of it.

  • tessa - I’m glad my daughter isn’t the only child that thinks the table is put there solely for her to sit and play on. Makes me smile. πŸ™‚

  • Aja Vaught - I here ya! I somehow thought maybe just maybe this storm would miss us. But no. We have run out of things to do and the kids have no desire to go and play in the snow anymore. Blue skies ahead though…it will be on the 60’s next week for us! YAY!

  • Aja Vaught - Plus, the time of from work is hurting everyone!

  • Mallory @ R. Simple Life - I moved to Oklahoma this summer from Colorado, and before that, I grew up in Michigan. When we found out we were stationed in Oklahoma (hubs is Air Force) he convinced me that I would not need to buy the new winter coat from Old Navy that was pretty much free. “We won’t nee it!” he said.

    Looking out at the two feet of snow that fell last night and made it pretty funny to watch my dog try to find a spot to go to the bathroom, I think he was wrong.

    Thanks for reminding me that I love snow! It’s so much easier to remember that when you see it through kids eyes, and Firecracker is adorable in her parka. Stay warm!

  • Andrea - We had the Window markers before and they were great! Our kids loved them and they clean up really easily. πŸ™‚

    The snow pics are great!

  • Krista Lund - while, i love your color photos (so clean and bright!) the b&w, antique photos are amazing!

  • Jessica - Your pictures are stunning!

    I live in Connecticut. And while we are generally used to snow in the winter, my kids have had 11 snow days so far in the past month and roofs are collapsing all over the state because of the weight of, oh, 50 inches of snow. Ugh. I can’t wait until spring…

  • Danielle - I have loved the unexpected snow! Not everyone agrees but I love the change. I am from the north originally and I miss having a real winter!

  • Jenny Joy - I’m in Kansas. I can totally relate. I love snow, but at this point, I’m over it. Over it I tell you. But, I guess I’ll absolutely appreciate the warm of spring. πŸ™‚

  • Tricia - 7 days! We had 5 days in a row off last week. I was ready for normal again too. My kiddos love the window markers. They think it’s rebellious. I roll with it. πŸ˜‰

    xo*tricia

    p.s. we have one of those fantastic neighbors too. I looked out the window to see him plowing last week and when I went outside, he said, “I just thought that it would help you”. How awesome is that?!

  • Gevay - I have no idea what you all are going through. I live in south Florida and last week we were sweating! But I will say your kids are so cute in their winter gear!

  • Lauren - I just found your website last week from apartment therapy and LOVE it! It sure doesn’t hurt that we are living in the same area, probably the same town. I can only tell because of places you refer to. Anyway I love the pretty snow, but am ready for routine to start again SOON! It’s good to know I’m not the only one feeling this way!

  • PJ - How do you create the photo collage with the overlapping images? Do you use a template that you can share?

  • Aubrey - Good neighbors are the best!!! I have one of those. I also try to be one of those too.
    On another note…my little girl has the same dress. I live it, classic.

  • Alisa - I’m another who CAN’T relate- central cali coast girl here…you all can jump on a plane and come visit, lol! I grew up here, and my husband thinks I’m crazy when I say “can’t we just move somewhere that has seasons? I get a little tired of always knowing it will be 60 this week. I know, always greener on the other side, lol!

  • giozi - I love all the faces that always do your little boy.

  • amac - Glad you’re enjoying the downtime with your family! I miss snow! It’s already in the 90s where I live. But it’s fun to see the the snow in the beautiful photos you take πŸ™‚

  • Amanda - Newton has 18 inches! How much do you guys have?? I can’t even remember the last time I’ve seen this much snow! A big tractor showed up at our house today and cleared our driveway – just a friend with a big toy. I think the driveway was cleared in 4 minutes flat.

  • Mercedes - Hey! I live in a mountain, on a cliff, by the sea in Baja California, Mexico… we have an amazing weather here all year, but we do live very far away from anything else (an hour from the city) and have to go through 15 minutes of dirt road before getting home, so when it rains very strong (once or twice a year) the road washes down and we are always afraid we will get stock for days (the roads can not be repaired until dry)… we have very few neighbors, but they are definitely like family to us! Take care!

  • Mercedes - p.s. also… it was just my birthday and hubs got me a 50mm lens… I am soooo excited! thanks for the tips! i love your pics!!

  • Stoich91 - CUUTTTTEEE!!!!

  • Carla - I love seeing your pictures. Your little firecracker’s expressions just bring a smile to my lips every time! She’s just so stinkin’ cute! (as are your boys, but something about her just oozes cuteness!) I’m like you, I admire those that have those classy looking bedrooms/homes where everything’s put together & so lovely. I’ve decided mine will never be that way because that’s just not me and I’m becoming ok with that!

  • Meredith - Ashley, I read your blog every day and love it! As soon as I saw this tshirt I thought of you. Seems like it would be perfect for you (if you don’t already own it).

    Enjoy!
    http://www.clickinmoms.com/store/product.php?productid=17522&cat=0&page=&featured=Y

  • Seamingly Sarah - I couldn’t agree more with the decorating conundrum. I love to look at how other’s decorate their homes, but when I come home, my style is not matching and minimal. I’ve recently started trying to embrace that instead of pining over other styles and beating myself up over it.

  • Laurie Magotiaux - Being a gal from Manitoba Canada… we are quited used to piles and piles of snow but it doesn’t mean I don’t sympathize with communities that aren’t ready for the dumps of snow that the states have encountered this winter. I hope you get dug out soon. Your kids are lucky to have such a creative and patient mom to help the days pass more quickly.

  • Jess - Great pics! That b&w series is so cute! You make snow days look good! I can’t tell if I should love our sunny 55 degree weather and trips to the park, or your piles of snow and days off of school… Ha!

  • Emily B - Can you come entertain my 5th graders?!? πŸ™‚

    Also, my class LOVES window markers. The window crayons are even brighter and better than the markers, in case you don’t have them!

    sunshinesmilesphotography.blogspot.com

  • able mabel - 7 days at home?! Wow! Do you have to make up the snow days at the end of the school year?

  • Mirys from Brazil - Our Dear Ashley: the pics are great (as usual!). Congrats!!!

    Today, at our blog, we publish the blogs we read the most. I know you do not understand Portuguese but IΒ΄d like you to know that we indicated your blog as one of the best blogs for us!

    Because lots of my friends understand English and even if they dont, your pics are so great that my friends should stop by here every now and then!!!

    So, if you want to check what we said about you (we have a translation button on the top of the page), go to

    http://diariodos3mosqueteiros.blogspot.com/2011/02/e-para-voce-o-que-e-importante-em-2011.html

    With love and admiration
    Mirys

  • Caitlin - We have a mondo mirror in our kitchen that my 4yo son loves to draw and write on with dry erase markers. πŸ™‚

  • cj - i LOVE your website! and your kiddos are adorable, too!
    quick question- how did you create this collage of photos? to make them look like they were actual photos laying on the screen, overlapping each other? it’s amazing!

  • Trysha - Oh my goodness! That last photo of your darling boy deep in concentration is adorable!

Since were stuck inside and unable to get a car out for a few days I did get some stuff finished up for my bedroom. And since I couldn’t leave my house I had to rummage through random things I have stashed away to make a few new things. I started with some pillows for my bed. In my head I want a beautiful, classy bedroom. One that people walk in and say, “Wow Ashley, this is gorgeous.” The reality is I start making things and despite my best efforts at clean and classy my random self emerges and the result is far from what was in my head….and people say, “Well, this is different.” or “It is very eclectic and unique.” I think ‘eclectic’ is the nice way of saying, “Ashley, your room is really weird.”

Maybe one day I’ll achieve clean and classy. For now I’ll just go with weird.

I started with making pillows. I confess to all you experienced seamstresses I did not use one ruler or measuring stick. I never changed my thread from light teal despite all the fabric being different colors and I totally made up what I was doing as I did it. Perfect pillows, no. Will they work, yep….just don’t examine them closely.

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I made the pillows out of random fabrics and trims I’ve been collecting. The fabric above I scored on my crafting weekend with the girls. Most of the others are from flea markets. I got some new old sheets from JaneSays Vintage. I found a bag of about 500 yo-yos (round fabric things) already attached together into large squares for $2.50 for all of them! I just pinned one square to a pillow.

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The patchwork/striped sheet/ hankie pillow reminds me of Anthropologie.

At least I tell myself that so I feel better when people tell me it is ‘different’ or ‘unique’. πŸ™‚
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Well the pillow making took one evening. The next day I just started nailing and hot gluing things to the wall across from our bed. I only had 4 things to hang, but ended up rummaging the house and filling up the wall with a bunch of junk little things I enjoy looking at. I still need to paint a few frames, so I’ll share more pictures of the wall later. Chris was doing taxes while I was hanging things. I yelled to him, “Hey babe, I just nailed a bunch of junk to the wall.” He responded, “I don’t doubt it.”

There was one spot on the wall that I needed something tall to fill. I couldn’t find any frames, but I did find a crocheted hanger I picked up a long time ago. I thought I’d make a little mobile like thing to hang on the wall. Like many things in my home, it was inspired by Dottie Angel. I had some scraps of old postcards from my perpetual journal project (I never throw away scraps of great paper). I trimmed them to my desired size.
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Then I laid them out on the table under the hanger with some lace trim to decide spacing and order.
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Finally, I stitched them down the middle (still with that teal thread because I was to lazy to change it)
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Fun little wall hanging and it fit that empty spot perfectly.
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And that was a little bit of what I did during our week stuck at home. There is supposed to be more snow tonight so I need to make a run to Hobby Lobby and the fabric store to stock up on supplies for more projects!

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  • Cat from Constant in Chaos - Those are beautiful! so creative!
    xo, cat

  • Laurie J - I love the front teal pillow with all the swirly flowers on top. Did you make the individual flowers? DIY in the future?! πŸ˜‰

  • Aunt Sandy - I for one, love what you are doing. It looks like something right of the pages of Fine Living. (and it’s not weird, it’s great!) Makes me want to just lay down and cuddle up in it all.

  • Trish - super cute… not weird at all!

  • amanda torres - I love that your home makes you happy. Who cares if people think its different. I think it’s cool and unique. My opinion is the only one that matters anyway πŸ˜‰

  • Lindsey - I love, love, LOVE your style! I think different and unique are good, cookie cutter-bad! I am also ripping off your floor idea because I loved it so much and we are doing a cheap remodel of our basement!! Thanks for all of the inspiration and ideas!

  • Lindsay - How creative and beautiful! It’s all so great!

  • Yanet - LOL, hush up, girl! Eclectic is great. You’re great! You’re in you own classy class. And in the words of Martha Stewart, That’s a good thing. πŸ™‚

  • lesley graham - so fun! love those pillows. they are so springy and lovely. that little photo wind chime is great too. love your blog girl.

  • Johanna - Hi, I’m a (relatively) new follower. I started following after I was linked in to your daughter’s bedroom a few weeks ago. First of all—LOVE her room. Your post today is great too. My style is different—because I don’t have one :(. I love looking at the beautiful things you make, the memories you piece together—how artful it all is. You’re talented, and I hope just a little of your creativity will sneak into my brain and help me turn my ho-hum into something beautiful and different also.

  • Kim - What you do in your home inspires me! I love your style!

  • Kelly - I can’t say I’m really a fan of clean and classy. I suppose I am in other people’s homes but not in mine. In fact a friend & I were recently having a conversation about her husband’s decorating opinions and she said “He wants everything to look like it’s out of a magazine.” To which I responded “Good thing he doesn’t spend much time at my house. It would drive him crazy!” and then she said “Yeah well some days I would really like a little less Pottery Barn and a little more….what you have.”

    Made me laugh! πŸ™‚ I think your bedroom is coming along wonderfully! I can’t wait to see the big reveal!

  • Pamelotta - Okay, I’m officially coming out of the woodwork to say that you need to give yourself just a teensy weensy bit more credit here. I don’t like to toot my own horn when it comes to things that I don’t feel took a great deal of creative energy or hard work. Even if something was hard, if I enjoyed it, I have a hard time claiming it as an achievement. What I’m really trying to say is, you may not think you have a gift, but you do. It’s a gift for seeing things before they actually exist and being resourceful enough to make them a reality. I envy that. In fact, I do more than envy you, I copy you. I haven’t had time to do much of anything with my house lately, but when I do, it will look very “Ashleyanneish”!

  • Danielle - That is awesome! I love your style!

  • Cassie - I absolutely hate changing my thread: there are a lot of projects around my house with non-matching thread.

    I am in LOVE with your pillows!

  • annie - At this point I wouldn’t worry too much about being classified as “weird” – I think a home should reflect it’s inhabitants. I have far too many pictures on the walls and I have fabric covered homesote everywhere so I can tack up my kids art and postcards from friends and family. I love being surrounded by what I love – so how can that be weird? You know that if Anthropologie had your pillows on display they’d sell them for $50 a pop – labels seem to make all the difference. Embrace what makes you happy and you!

  • Debra - I have to say, I like your style way more than clean and classy πŸ™‚

  • Katie - Beautiful! I totally know what you mean about the classy thing, though. Every time I start to redo a room, I want a clean, classy, lots of white look. Every time I end up with a multi-coloured, mismatched, fun look. It’s hard to break the pattern… but your room is absolutely perfect so far!

  • candace - that hanky pillow is NOT weird….it’s fabulous. and i’m a total sucker for yo-yos. and who cares abou the thread, teal is a fan-stinkin-tastic color!

  • ryanne - Just like you find inspiration at dottie, I and all of your readers come to you for inspiration. I love the pillows on your bed, I fell in love with them yesterday. Can’t wait to see what you accomplish with this next snow.

  • Ruth Ziegenmeyer - I gotta tell ya, LOTS of people come into my house and say similar things. I just choose to believe they mean – wow! You are so creative. I wish I was that brave! And I remember how when I walk into a home, or see pictures online of similar houses I think – WOw! How can I do something similar in MY house!? I think your pillow are stunning. I am now goint to sew a table cloth into curtains after feeling inspired!

    PS – I rarely bother to change the tread in my machine – it just has to wait until it gets used up. Unless its for something really special. I figure since I decorate with many similar colors throughout my home, even if it doesnt match THAT item, it’ll match something in the room and look like i did it to make them relate better to one another. I doubt it works, but I will continue to do it for the rest of my days

  • Marie - Those pillows are BEAUTIFUL.I especially love the one with all those little round thingies.

  • tiffani - i think i know what you mean about trying for the ‘nice and clean/classy’ look and then ending up w/the ‘eclectic/unique’ look:) but hey, isnt’ that what feels the best when creating that ‘unique’ space w/your own hands?! p.s. your room is so anthro and that to some of us is the best kind of clean and classy space!!

  • Angela Carter - I would so buy those pillows! you should open up a shop! πŸ™‚

  • Tess S - my mom is queen of “oh, tess… that’s very creative. so unique. hey! come take a look at what she did here.”
    which often translates to: “oh, tess… that’s very strange. so weird. hey! come take a look at how weird this is and we can talk about it later when she’s not here.”

  • Hoosier at Heart - You did all of that? Really? I was pretty proud of myself when I finished a load of laundry and I have nothing really to show for it. Dang. I’m making something today, even if it’s just making someone smile.

  • Maggie - Hi! I don’t think I’ve ever commented, but I’ve been reading your blog for awhile. I wanted to tell you two things…

    1) Your array of pillows are very lovely. I just learned to thread my sewing machine that I got for Christmas and am vey excited to whip up things like them someday!
    2) I’m also stuck inside during all this crazy Tulsa weather. Finally made it out yesterday to Hobby Lobby and am already quickly depleting the small stash of supplies I bought. πŸ™‚

  • jami nato - makes me want to go redo my bed. it is ONE degree outside so maybe i should stay inside and do this. wait, i don’t know how to sew. ha.

  • Lacy M. - I like it all!! If I put any of that in my house it would look a mess but I love it in your house!! I love the bright lighting in your home.

  • pam heggie - That pillow is VERY Anthropologie! πŸ™‚ And I don’t think you need to make excuses for any of the AWESOME things you make, that’s why WE follow your blog, because we love YOUR style…not everyone else’s! πŸ™‚ Can’t wait to see more of your bedroom!!!!

  • Carol - Bohemian chic vintage really describes your style. It is beautiful and unique just like you are.

  • Krista @ Blue Eyed Yonder - I secretly wish you would be snowed in for at least a month, there’s no telling what jaw-dropping creations you would cook up. Love the pillows, love the mobile, love this blog!

  • Joy Frameworks - Can’t wait to see the finished wall! By the way, I prefer eclectic to classy πŸ™‚ Keep it coming!

  • meg duerksen - rock star.

    i just ran to walmart for sewing supplies and now i am hunkered day for the rest of the day in our snow storm. πŸ™‚

  • Brooke Leigh @ First Avenue - Your pillows are adorable love! Very vintage & clean vibe you have going on with your bedding choices. It looks fantastic though! Most people couldn’t pull it off, but your fabric choices pull everything together. =)

  • anne c - I love your style…I find it really hard to have motivation when its cold and snowy outside. I am too focused on the fact that the weather stinks. wish I could find some motivation around here…I admire you haha πŸ™‚

  • Loren - I feel your pain about the sort of backhanded compliments. I grew up in the ‘country’. Where everyone is super polite and nice to everyone else. The words ‘you are an interesting and unique person’ were written in my high school year book so many times I thought it was some type of collective joke. Every time I make a decorating decision that I thing is classy and awesome someone says ‘Well that’s… different!’
    These pillows are beautiful don’t let anyone say otherwise.

  • Linda Johnston - I love the little looks into your home. I think you have an amazing vibrance. It is classy with a beautiful twist of whimsy! Don’t change your styler!

  • Ruth - I just discovered “yoyos” for the first time this weekend at an antique mall.

    Also, you pretty much (from what I have seen) have all the elements of my dream house. I live in a little condo, and so I do not have the ability to really follow my obsession with chairs and pillows and blankets. So I love your house. It is so full of brave creativity and character all tied together in a classy, colorful way. That looks like you actually can live in it. So many houses have beautiful creativity that looks uncomfortable to sit in/near/on. But you have little kids living in and on your creativity and love that. I aspire to have at least one spot in my condo to look as fun and full of life as your house does. Thanks for sharing!

  • ali - Oh my! I love, love, love (did I mention love?) those pillows! And I love your house! Can I come visit? So colorful andh happy! Have a great day Ashley!

  • Jennifer Blair - I love those pillows! They are so cute!

  • CharlaL - love your pillows!!!

  • amber - Those pillows are awesome. Awesome that your taxes are done. I thought it was awesome being locked in my house, getting to work on projects that have been waiting for my attention. And now, I’m planning a Hobby Lobby run before our next ice/snow storm (which is not really all that awesome), & really want to make some pillows thanks to you!

  • Dawn - I LOVE the pillows! Your husband sounds like mine. He told someone when we ran out of furniture to paint I would do the cat!

  • Heather - i’d take weird over classy any day. πŸ˜‰

  • Christina - This post made me laugh multiple times. I love your wierd! haha. I also love that your hubby is supportive of you and your design style.. and all your projects. He must love you tremendously πŸ™‚

  • Elle - I am in love with the pillows. Just smitten with them. And my “cool and classy” bedroom is beginning to feel a bit boring in comparison.

  • Courtney Henson - I love your pillows! And I think the hankie one is my favorite…very inspiring! I have a bunch of vintage hankies and I have made pillows with them but never mixed with other fabric like that. And I think you are right…very Anthropologie! And for all those people who think you are “weird” you are just ahead of your time…a forward thinker…very Anthro!

  • Abby C. - I love the pillows…I want them for my bed!!!!! It totally speaks to me

  • Tracie - I say let your bedroom be whatever you want. If you love it, then who cares what other people think. I have no decorating instincts at all and so I am always interested in what other people come up with!

  • mandie - Ohh! I LOVE it! And your patchwork pillows remind me of some cute little hotpads that I just started making for my etsy shop, and I tell myself(and anyone else who’ll listen) all that time that they’re very anthropologie! πŸ˜‰

  • Maegan - I have the same problem – always wanting to be clean and classy- and then it not being that. I guess I’m not as classy as I think. Your creations however end up gorgeous! I love the pillows.

  • Jacqueline - i think it’s a happy space. love all the pillows. so inviting, makes me want to take a nap while i listen to all my littles knock on the door and basically ravage the house. super job using what you have on hand. very inspiring.

  • Beth - this is exactly how i sew. ain’t no shame in it!

  • Ethel - If this is weird, I LIKE weird!!!!!!!

  • Carol V. - Oh I love it all! Don’t let people telling you that it looks different or unique make you feel bad. It’s absolutely wonderful! I”m not sure what your idea of a beautiful classy bedroom is, but I think homemade is always more wonderful and comfortable and “homey” feeling.

  • Julie - Weird is a good thing. Love all the pillows.

  • sarah k - I think it’s very glamorous and fashionable. And I think your room, especially, should be a place that makes you feel happy and at home and relaxed when YOU walk in. Heck with everybody else. πŸ™‚ (p.s. I also think Anthropologie when I look at those pillows–so I’m going to say that the people who call it “Weird” just don’t know what’s cool these days. πŸ™‚

  • Courtney - I’ve only been reading your blog for a few weeks, but I think it’s a shame that you don’t consider your “look” clean and classy. You have 4 young kids and manage to pull off painted white floors!! It doesn’t get any cleaner and classier than that!

  • Jessica E - I LOVE the pillows… “weird” is just about the LAST word that comes to mind… you are totally inspiring me to try and make a first pillow. Sewing is not a natural talent of mine πŸ™‚

  • sara's art house - I love the pillows! Wow. everything is so cute! (and classy πŸ™‚

  • Carissa - “Maybe one day I’ll achieve clean and classy. For now I’ll just go with weird.” You crack me up. Yes, you are weird. Definitely not “clean” or “classy” (please note sarcasm). P.S. – When you get tired of projects on your house I have a whole house full of projects you can come get started on over here. I HATE decorating! I would seriously set you free on my house! One can only dream…

  • Michelle - people say i’m ‘eclectic’ too. some of the same people ask me to help them make decisions in their own homes. . . so i take it as a compliment- you should too!

  • Sarah - Ashley! That patchwork pillow is auh-mazing. to die for. good work!

  • Cindy - Wow Ashley… LOVE the pillows! Also love that you’re not scared to do what you like. Looks GREAT (not weird) just GREAT!!!

  • amanda - THE VINTAGE YELLOW MIDDLE SHEET IS FROM THE SAME SET I FOUND AT A LOCAL THRIFT STORE!!!
    I have made dresses for my girls using the sheets!
    SO PRETTY!
    love the room!

  • Courtney Ann - Oh my goodness. I COMPLETELY adored scrolling through your many posts. Your style is wonderful. And may i just say i’m always going for clean and classy and end up the same as you, “eclectic”. People walk into my room and say “Courtney it’s so…’you’ ”

    And i technically know how to sew correctly, but who in the world has the patience? I always make it up as i go. My sewing teacher and grandmother would frown upon it. haha
    Great blog. xoxox

  • karen - i think your room is lovely!! πŸ˜€ if we were neighbours, you’d be able to see my room is totally random and eclectic too. from the looks of all the comments, we all will totally understand and dig one another’s eccentric styles πŸ˜€

  • Jennifer - Ashley, I copied your valentine idea. I just couldn’t help it! It is so cute! Hope you don’t mind. Please take a look if you’d like. And along with everyone else… your style is amazing!! I too always want clean and classy and I just don’t know how to do that. Your style inspires me. Thank you.

  • Shannon Phillips - Your bedroom is fabulous! I love it and it is even more fabulous in person.

  • Cynthia - I just wanted to caution anyone using hotglue on drywall. When you want to take it off, it will pull the sheetrock right off with it! I won’t tell you how I know this, but it is really horrible:(

  • able mabel - Oh my word!!! That is so neat. Each and every pillow!!

  • Pamela - Your bedroom is eclectic and unique and I LOVE it! It is what I would love to have if I was creative enough to pull it together.

  • mer - i completely adore your style! my inspiration folder is filled with images from you (a lot from before i even found your fabulous blog)… clean and classy is nice i guess, but i’d take textured, bright and homey anyday – just like i love my people! πŸ™‚

  • Bambi Pro - I just found you and love your style. Great photos of the kids and love how you are doing books for each child. Thanks for inspiring.

My friend Rachel posted a while back that she was now offering a Modern Patchwork e-course. I am not a quilter, but I come from generations of talented quilters. When I saw Rachel’s pictures for the class I was immediately drawn to the projects. Rachel has an ability to combine modern with vintage in such a beautiful way. Well, when I saw those first pictures one project stood out….a white quilt with just hints of color in the corners. It just looked like it belonged in my home. I logged into the class and started reading the tutorial on how to make it. It seemed like a project that non-sewer, non-quilter like me could tackle….if only I could find the time.

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Around Christmas Rachel told me she had a little something she was sending my way. When the package arrived I think I might have gasped. In a box with a cute polaroid picture of one of her wreaths was THE QUILT!!!! I could not believe she sent it to me.Β  A quilt is a very special gift. It takes time, love and hard work to make one. When I thanked her she said when she was making it she just knew it was going to be for me. I still can’t believe it is in my home. It looks like it was made for my home….a perfect fit.

The whole family has been enjoying it while we stay warm inside with all the snow covering the ground.

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Littlest Brother and his sweet friend.

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My kids don’t always cooperate for pictures. My son does always cuddle with Legos.

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Thank you Rachel for such an amazing gift. Your beautiful quilt is very much loved in my home.

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On a side note, while writing this post and linking to Rachel I noticed she is doing a giveaway – 3 people will be winning access to her Modern Patchwork e-course. The giveaway ends tomorrow (sorry for the late notice). Go here to enter to win (those of you that got sewing machines for Christmas…this is great for starters)

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  • Alba - what a beautiful present!
    the picture of biggest brother is just him! you can see the outside and his noble inside!
    petonets,
    Alba

  • Allison - Love this quilt and love Rachel too!! She is such a sweet soul!!

  • elizabeth c. - i LOVE that quilt!!!! i have her blog page with it bookmarked….i hope to make one someday! she is amazing!

  • laurelbud - Beautiful pictures as ever. I love this quilt, so pretty.

  • amanda torres - I loved seeing your husband sacked out on the couch. If he’s anything like Steven he’s can sleep amidst all the little tornados my kids produce. I wish I had that superhuman ability!

  • stacie - What an amazingly thoughtful gift!

  • Mallory @ R. Simple Life - I love that quilt! Does she instruct anyone how to make it in her online class??? I’m heading over to her page πŸ™‚

    PS Ashley, I love your couch. Is it a daybed? Where did you get that?

  • Dawn - Love the quilt-in fact, I’m wishing I was snuggled up with it right now! πŸ™‚

  • meg duerksen - please send me some rainbow leggings in an adult large….ok….extra large.
    i need to match your baby girl!

    that quilt is really amazing.

    and so is rachel.

    and so are you.

    πŸ™‚

  • Mariah - What a nice friend! And I love the pics of your littlest man with his gal pal. My little boy’s best friends are two pretty little girls. Very sweet!

  • andy - how special
    i love quilts but no one in our family quilts
    we are looking to buy one for my son’s room though

  • Trish - fun

  • Tara - thanks for the tip! just entered the giveaway.

  • Laurie J - what a beautiful gift! haha–does your hubby know you snapped that pic and posted it?! πŸ˜‰

  • Elle - Such a generous gift and sweet quilt! It looks like your family is really enjoying it, too.

  • AshleyAnn - Laurie…he doesn’t read my blog very often…we’ll see how long it takes before he knows I posted it. He’ll probably be proud I am sharing his ability to nap despite 4 kids trapped inside the house with him.

  • Krista Lund - it is a very pretty quilt and would also get much love in this blanket loving house! off to enter the giveaway!

  • the whyte house - I saw it on rachel’s page, too, so when I saw it in your photos I knew where it came from!! πŸ™‚ I always love looking at her blog and the things that she sews together!

  • ashley jensen - I personally love simpler looking quilts over the super busy ones. This one is beatiful and looks so soft and fluffy! I have to tell you I absolutely love love love the round flowery chair in your living room. Boy would it go perfect in my living room and I have the perfect spot for it!

  • Annie - First of all LOVE THAT STINKIN QUILT!
    second: thanks for your sweet comment on my bloggy. πŸ™‚
    Third. I WANT THAT QUILT!
    and all your pillows…..lol
    love the pic of your son with his lego ship…
    πŸ™‚
    your a doll!

  • Danielle - what in the world. the quilt is perfection and the picture of your oldest with it makes me melt a little. and HUGE CONGRATS for the homies! you are brilliant!!

  • Lacy M. - Wow I thought you were talking directly to me when you said those who got a machine for Christmas!!! πŸ˜‰

  • Jenny B. - It really does look like it was made for your home. What a beautiful gift!

  • Gevay - It’s lovely!

  • Lori - how good is that??? you liked that quilt and wa-la! it shows up. amazing!!! love your pillows on your bed…looks like someone does more than I do when it snows…sew! I watched movies and organized. love the quilt. very special.

  • Cassie - I just saw that quilt this morning on their new website and thought about registering for the class JUST to make it! What a sweet, sweet gesture. There’s just nothing like a handmade, snuggly quilt.

  • mandie - Oooh! I SO hope I win a spot! πŸ˜‰

    That quilt really does look perfet in your home, and I just have to say that your littlest of littles just cracks me up in these photos! She is too cute!

  • racheldenbow - Wow, Ashley! THis was extra special to open up and read this morning! I appreciate your kindness and generosity so much and especially the fact that both of our husbands are expert nappers. It’s like a super power!

    You’re the nicest and I’m so happy everyone is enjoying that happy quilt. πŸ˜‰

  • Katie - I just wanted to thank you for the “sparkly” eye tip! I have had 4 kids in under 6 years (youngest is 7 months today). I take a lot of pics but I am not that great at it. I have had a ton more energy lately and have been caring about what the pics look like. I have been experimenting with natural light during the day. I have been taking lots of pics of things around our house that I like and bring me joy so I can remember them years from now. It is kind of therapeutic for me and a way that make my children even dearer to me. Thanks again for the tip for this beginner!!!!!! Love the blog!

  • Jessica P - I was on Rachel’s website just yesterday and noticed that very quilt. I love it. The only thing better than that quilt? A cute little Firecracker snuggled under it. She cracks me up.

  • Kristen Haufschild - Gorgeous!!!! I too am in awe of quilters.

  • Nicole - I knew I saw that quilt somewhere! It’s absolutely lovely!

  • Jeni - I’m guessing this is a case of it’s a small quilting world after all… Here is Film in the Fridge’s Flying Farfalle quilt:
    http://www.filminthefridge.com/2010/03/01/and-i-present-to-you-the-flying-farfalle-quilt/

    I think she has a tutorial on her blog too. Rachel’s version has totally inspired me to make one…I love her larger blocks and the fact that she tied it. How wonderful for it to appear at your house!

  • katie - That quilt is amazing! The gift of time and thought is definitely the best!

  • Betsy - Those photos convey such comfort and coziness and beauty. I almost teared up! Lovely. I’m in the midst of making my first quilt (out of beloved clothes scraps), but my machine is so small that I’m trying to do the quilting by hand. Pretty tedious. Sigh. Anyhow, your pillows are very inspiring, by the way. I want to try to make some pillows out of curtains and other scraps I have. Perhaps I’ll search your blog for pillow-making ideas . . . . Oh — and thanks for the “sparkly eyes” photography tips! πŸ™‚

  • Tracie - Gorgeous gorgeous gorgeous quilt. It is so pretty!

  • Amy - Thank you for mentioning that a gifted quilt takes time and love! It really does! I’m a quilter and to make a quilt for someone is special. I sometimes wonder if people know exactly how much goes into it!
    Oh, and it does go perfectly with your home! I love it and your home looks like my style!

  • Erin Leigh - What a gift!!! warm & toasty, cozy, gorgeous…

  • Kristi - Your quilts make me so jealous! You have some of the most beautiful quilts around your home and they make for some beautiful backdrops in your pictures! My grandmother was a quilter and I would love to carry on one of her traditions!

  • Jen Helbert - my goodness what a wonderful quilt! and look at firecracker! that lil’ gals is just great.

  • able mabel - That quilt is adorable! It does match perfectly to your house!

  • Barbara Moses - Ashley, I am Melissa and Elizabeth Watts aunt… they have shared with me your many talents and I have successfully found your blog. What a precious testimony!! wow!! how inspiring you are. You have so much to share.. thank you for taking the time to share with others. A very special testimony and inspiration!! What a delight and will make your blog a part of my day!!! with appreciation and praise, Barbara Moses

  • Krystina - While I love the quilt, I’m more envious of the perfect complexions of all the children in these photos. If only the cold and wind were so nice to me…

  • jennie - the picture of your oldest son is BEAUTIFUL. It makes me tear up inside. LOVE IT

  • Casey - lucky you!! I am in love with that quilt, I really want to make one. I definitely do not have money to get myself that ecourse, so I’m really hoping I win!

  • hearttypat - the one with firecracker in a pink pj, that’s my favourite!

  • racheld - OH MY GOODNESS, where did you get that amazing chair in the first photo!!! (please tell me it’s somewhere where I can purchase on and it’s not a rare find!!!)

  • Trysha - Oh goodness that first photo is so sweet. πŸ™‚

  • Courtney - Hi– I’ve been playing around with the idea of getting a sewing machine for a while. After having merlot for dinner the other night, I ended up ordering one. Afer a few simple projects, I’m out of ideas. I’m definitely signing up for your friend’s e-course. Thank you so much for this post! You are inspirational even when you refer to someone else. πŸ™‚

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