Habitat Restore Cary, NC

11 Oct

Here are some pics of the Habitat Restore I helped with recently. They were so kind and asked me to help design the bathroom. The goal was to show people what building materials/items found at a Restore can be used to update a bathroom. My original idea was to use large PVC pipe, cut down and spray painted for unexpected bathroom storage. When large PVC tubes were not available at that time (stock goes fast at the Restore!) I used paint buckets. The kind volunteers at the Restore helped me cut them down and hang. Here is a breakdown of what we did:

1. Clean bathroom in existing space. Measure EVERYTHING!

2. Go shopping at the Restore in Raleigh! This was a lot of fun! Pushing myself creatively really gets me going. This was an absolute blast to try to find recurring design aesthetics throughout the store. Eventually I did not use most of the items I found but it was fun nonetheless.

3. Rip off vinyl cove base and prime the bathroom.

4. Paint walls with the help of volunteers (when work prevented me from getting out there).

5. Install new cove base, found at the Restore in Raleigh

6. Draw inspirational words on wall in pencil, paint over and then use WD-40 to clean up pencil marks. WD-40 is awesome for this! For those of you with children, I can imagine it would be very helpful for the walls! I gained inspiration for the “brushy” letters from a font on dafont.com. I tried to mimic them the best I could. The brush is supposed to go with the Do It Yourself feel of the bathroom.

7. Cut paint buckets with saw, sand and spray paint silver. Another volunteer took the time to teach me about the drill bits and anchors etc. This was definitely a learning experience!

8. Accessorize! I could not just leave the bathroom without putting some “homey” touches. I am the QUEEN of knick knacks.  I added a flameless tealight candle in one of the shelves, some wash clothes and a rubber ducky-quack!

Overall, I think it was a success! I think they may go in later and hang a different light fixture. It was a joy working with the Habitat team. They really care about what they do and their enthusiasm is contagious. I hope to work with them again one day!

Remember peeps, REDUCE . RENEW . REUSE . RESTORE!!!



In Honor of Shark Week….

5 Aug

A shark inspired design board…booyaaa chomp chomp.

The khaki looks green but you know what I mean..hey hey hey….

Where the Magic Happens….

2 Jun

Hey everyone out there in wedding land! Wedding season is in FULL swing for many of you so I will not take up much of your time. Thomasville Furniture (North Cackalacky whats up) is hosting a giveaway! See below for full deets. You know you and the future hubby need a matching bedroom set that doesn’t resemble days of college past!  Do It!

Thomasville is hosting The Best Bridal Shower Gift Ever Giveaway!
Who may participate: Engaged couples who are 18 years or older and will be married on or between June 1, 2011 and May 31, 2012
Registration Duration: May 23 – June 27
Prize: Brand new bedroom furniture from Thomasville
How to enter: To register, participants must “like” the Thomasville page on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/Thomasville); the registration form is available on the page’s Home Sweet Home tab.

If you happen to win, please comment with a photo of your fab bedroom suite!

Good Luck!!

Time to UPGRADE!

Furniture Market in the Hot Pocket (Spring 2011)

10 Apr

Hello out there! I know it has been ages since my last post! Don’t hate! I have been busy with all sorts of goodies such as a business course for the wedding industry, my typography class for the graphic and web design certificate, work, beer (his friend wine has taken some of my time lately too), friends, DB5 shows, brainstorming Restore projects and kickball to name a few…Everything is going great in fact..just very busy and the blog takes backseat. I do not have an online class this summer so I plan to get back on track if you can bare with me (you as in the 2 people that read my blog, haha…I love you guys!).

I wanted to share some pretties from the HP (or hot pocket to the locals..hmmm hot pockets) Furniture Market my work visited earlier this week. I will be honest. Nothing was fantastic for me. It was basically the same things from the Fall and they were not giving away half as many totes (haha..I kid). Times are tight! It was a nice break from the ordinary though and we got some ideas and new vendors for current projects.

My class has assigned us to take photos of fonts/typography we like when out and about. I have added a few here that were noteworthy.

Peace out playas!

I liked this font...swanky is the word that comes to mind

I liked the turquoise and light green color combo..potentials for the guest room!

nice, clean font..great vendor too!

Take note of the blue stand...I think it was burlap painted and pasted somehow..very cool technique.

Open Wide...look to the top!

Yes ma'am...we're gonna need a bigger boat! Really want to get this for my husband.

Beautiful Global Views set-up

Beautiful Global Views set-up

Again, Global Views...

I'm starting with the wo-MAN in the mirror!

Knots, knots, knots (sung to Shots, shots, shots)

Love Is In the Air

14 Feb

Congrats you two!

First and foremost! Congrats to my lovely friend Hollie who was just engaged this past Saturday! She and her fiance Joel are the cutest couple and I wish them the best in the MANY years to come 🙂 Their engagement story was uber romantic and brought tears to my eyes. It made me feel like I do when watching a romantic chic flick and the guy gets the girl and you can hardly stand it. That is what their story will do to you. I love you guys! (photo courtesy of Hollie’s Facebook page)

I also wanted to share that Anthropologie’s wedding line, BHLDN was launched and it is FABU! Seriously, beautiful and inspiring. Probably more than I would personally spend but one can dream 😉 Check it out!


Happy Valentine’s Day everyone!

Just Do It

9 Jan

New Year’s Reality Check

Another year, another chance

To start our lives anew;
This time we’ll leap old barriers
To have a real breakthrough.

We’ll take one little step

And then we’ll take one more,
Our unlimited potential
We’ll totally explore.

We’ll show off all our talents

Everyone will be inspired;
(Whew! While I’m writing this,
I’m getting very tired.)

We’ll give up all bad habits;

We’ll read and learn a lot,

All our goals will be accomplished,
Sigh…or maybe not.

Oh well, Happy New Year anyway!

By Joanna Fuchs

I found this poem online and thought it was cute-it doesn’t put too much pressure on you to accomplish that long list of goals…but inspires you to try. Trying is what it is all about. However my New Year’s motto this year is “just do it”! There are so many things I start and NEVER finish and I am tired of being reminded of that. I get a bright idea and get so excited about it but then another idea comes about and the old one is put on the back burner. No more of that this year! I will wrap up loose ends and not start anything new (well drastically new anyways) until I finish my loose ends from last year. What are these loose ends you ask? They range from organization to crafts to career goals. Here is a small list:

– 5K: Sign up for one already and kick that butt in gear (belated honeymoon/one year anniversary is quickly approaching! Yay!

– Save $ (this is on going every year but I feel good about it this year). I know that staying home and being frugal brings more happiness than the alternative.

– Put my invitation design on Etsy and see what happens. I have had a lot of super supportive friends tell me to try it and I hesitate because in my head they are not up to par. How on earth will I succeed with that mindset! Just do it Ashley and see what happens….

– Keep blogging and learn more about the technical aspect of it (ie. WordPress and all of it’s glory)

– Finish Cold Mountain! My friend Nealy lent this to me forever ago and it is still sitting on my nightstand. Part of me knows what is going to happen because I saw the movie and I am trying to stop it from happening in the book, haha.

– Network more. This is so crucial to my career and for making friends.

– Post up more of my wedding craft tutorials. I am starting to think this blog should be called “Ashley’s Random Ramblings”

– Call Time Warner Cable and cancel Showtime and MAKE them lower my bill. It is time for me to grow some and call the evil entity known as TWC. I wish we could get Dish but our beautiful trees make it impossible.

These are a few loose ends from last year…

As far as new goals and projects the list is neverending…here are a few that excite me but must wait until the loose ends are complete!

– House DIY projects (refinish cabinets, frame in the bathroom mirrors, paint guest bath, re-paint guest room, garden, fix up garage into workspace). Measure and draw up plans of house (that is the Type A in me coming out). John and I are going to make a master wishlist of things we want to do this year.

– Crafts and DIY projects: refinish an old chair, build a headboard, paint my thriftstore mirror, learn how to felt, finish some earrings I started)

– volunteer: I really want to get involved with Goodwill or Habitat for Humanity

– Visit more museums. I LOVE doing this but never make time for it.

– Spend more time with my friends and family. Sometimes I get so caught up in work, school and just sitting at home (my happy place) that I let months go by without seeing those closest to me. Not a good way to live!

That pretty much scrapes the surface. I know I am setting myself up for failure on a couple of these…if anything I will at least try. For most I hope to just do it and ENJOY it in the process.

What New Years Resolutions do you have? Have you made a list? Did you write it out or is it in your noggin? Does one resolution end up on your list year after year? What is stopping you from tackling it?

2011 is going to be what you make of it. Plain and simple. Enjoy life, love and the people closest to you. Peace out homies.

2010…a Reflection

31 Dec

2010 has been the best year since I can remember. So many great things have happened to my family and I (and my new family). This has been a year full of blessings and for that we are grateful.

This time last year John and I were mentally preparing ourselves for the wedding planning and crunching in the months to follow (we got married on May 28).

John and I at our 90's New Year's Eve Party last year!

It is funny to look back at how stressful it was at times but that stress is what makes it exciting.

ah stress!

It is a type of stress that you can only experience once (well hopefully) and the entire process teaches you alot about yourself and the people close to you. Weddings will bring out the very worst and the very best in people. True colors reign and at the same time it is reassuring and disappointing. Luckily, we are blessed with such an amazing group of friends and family who supported and helped us the entire way through. The good stress is to be embraced and remembered for always…after all it is part of the experience.

Every year I make a list of resolutions because I like to believe in the novelty of it. Most people think they are made to be broken but I take it as an opportunity to set goals for myself (which I do periodically throughout the year anyway).

There were several resolutions I had personally that I accomplished and some I did not:

  • get married!
  • do something about my urge to learn graphic design
  • exercise more
  • eat healthy and get hubby to jump on bandwagon
  • blog
  • new job that lowers stress
  • 5K
  • go to dermatologist (get scary mole removed)
  • go to eye doctor
  • regular volunteer work
  • get a dog with john
  • reconnect with someone very dear to me

As you can see, I still have some left that will transfer to this year. I especially would like the volunteer one to be at the top of my list because there are so many people in need right now. Whether they are sick, sad, or unemployed…it is our responsibility to help one another and I aim to do that this year. John and I have been blessed with good health and good jobs. It is the least we can do to stop and help others (you should think about it too!).

Take a minute today to look at what you have accomplished in 2010 (not just the DIY projects or house remodelings). Look at the big picture and what you did to meet your goals or dreams. Did something not work out quite how you wanted? Did you keep putting something off that you now regret? Did you sell yourself short and not put your best interest first? If so, then guess what? You have a whole new clean slate to start over. Take that piece of paper out and write down what you would like to accomplish this coming year. Of course you are not going to get them all…no one does…keep that in mind and keep going for your dreams. Sometimes we fall but it is the effort it takes to get back up and try again that makes the world go round…..

Happy New Year!

Bridesmaid's Being Awesome and Helping During the Wedding Week!

Wedding Week

My mom helping cut burlap table runners.

This was the result of our ENTIRE wedding party helping! Thank you everyone!

Hope and I holding our dresses up..right after we bought them in January.

My sister and her boyfriend at the beach.

Success! Tired and happy married couple...