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5 Questions With At Home With Ashley

Posted by Kerry on June 30, 2017

 
at home with ashley blog
Ashley Wilson is runs a very popular design blog and instagram account under the name At Home With Ashley. We have worked with her on a few occasions and we were very excited to help her get a range for her new kitchen redesign. We sat down with Ashley after she finished her kitchen and asked a few questions.
 
RCW: When did you first know you were interested in home decor?
 
AW: When I was in the 3rd grade I made a little home out of cardboard and wallpaper scraps. My cousin saw it and said "Ashley should be an Interior Designer!" So I decided right there and then that is what I would be! I went to college at FIDM for Interior Design and have loved it ever since.
 
@athomewithashley kitchen
 
RCW: At the time of this interview you have 85,000 followers on Instagram! How long have you been doing it and what do you attribute your success to?
 
AW: I started @athomewithashley on Instagram in September of 2015. It was tricky at first to figure out my look and find my viewers. I practiced my photography while I redid my house. Both got better. The better my images got, the more people responded. I like sharing tips for decorating your house so I think my readers like learning something too. 
 
at home with ashley kitchen redo
 
RCW: What are some simple design tips that everyone can benefit from?
 
AW: Group your accessories in a series of three objects - this is very pleasing to the eye. Fresh flowers and lit candles make every house prettier. I share a bunch of my design tips in my free ebook.  Download At Home With Ashley's ebook Styling School here
 
RCW: Who inspires you in the world of design?
 
AW: Right now I am super inspired by the Salt Lake designers Studio McGee. They designed a local parade home and it was so fun to walk through! They are masters of neutral textures and scale. Plus they share all of their work on their Instagram and blog so it's easy to get daily inspiration.
 
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RCW: So how are you liking your new range from RC Willey? What made you choose this particular range and have you baked anything yet?
 
AW: I chose this range because I wanted a stainless steel look that wasn't too expensive. I love (LOVE) the convection feature. Maybe it's because I was cooking on a stove from 1970 before, but this one cooks so much faster and evenly. I've made cookies and countless dinners. Mashed potatoes are our favorite so I've made those at least 5 times. 
 
If you want more decorating tips and advice make sure you follow Ashley on Instagram! 
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Activities for Teens

Posted by Alyssa on June 30, 2017

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It’s always nice to have a few ideas of activities for teens in your back pocket - especially during the summer. If you’re planning a party, have a son or daughter who has friends over frequently, or just want a family activity that will appeal to your teenage child, these activities listed below are for you! 

MAKE YOUR OWN BATH BOMB 

bath bombs 

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capture the flag

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MAKE YOUR OWN BRACELETS AND RINGS WITH SAFETY PINS

bracelets

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WATER BALLOON DODGEBALL

balloon fight

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MAKE A HAMMOCK FROM DUCT TAPE

HAMMOCK

Click here for instructions!

 

MAKE A BASEBALL STRING BRACELET

bracelet

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TIE-DYE SHOES

tie-dye shoes

Click here for instructions!

What are some of your ideas of activities for teens?

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Best Beach Reads

Posted by Alyssa on June 29, 2017

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Whether you're going on a trip this summer or are lounging by the pool at home, finding the best beach reads is the key to the perfect summer! Check out our list of five books you may want to pack next to your sunscreen on your next outing. 

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn- This is an older book, so it’s possible you’ve read it or heard of it, but there’s nothing like a good thriller to read in the summer time. When Amy goes missing, her husband Nick is the number one suspect and throughout the investigation, you learn more and more about the couple, their marriage, and whatever crime took place. This is the type of book with a twist at the end that will make you think about it over and over again.

Attachments by Rainbow Rowell- My friend just finished this book and said that she felt like she was reading the book equivalent of a Rom-Com. This is a light-hearted, easy read set in 1999 about a man named Lincoln who is hired to be an internet security monitor of a newspaper - a nice of way of saying he’s the guy who reads the staff’s emails to make sure they aren’t doing anything personal at work. When Lincoln comes across Beth's and Jennifer’s emails, he knows he needs to report them for sending personal emails back and forth, but he can’t help but get invested in their lives.

The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper by Phaedra Patrick - Arthur has been a widower for a year when he finally decides to clean out his wife Miriam’s closet. In the closet, he finds a charm bracelet he’s never seen before. Suddenly filled with the desire to know where this bracelet came from and why his wife never showed it to him, Arthur goes on an adventure that takes him all over the world. Not only does Arthur learn about his wife’s past, he learns about himself and the new life he wants to live.

Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty - There is a mystery at the very beginning of this book - someone has died at a school PTA event and it might not have been an accident. Madeline, Celeste, and Jane are the central figures of this novel and the story revolves around their friendship and individual lives. As they navigate their personal lives, the lives of their children, and their friendship, we get clues of who has died and how it happened. This book is a funny, scary, and relatable mystery with an ending that is completely satisfying.

Dark Matter by Blake Crouch - If science-fiction is your thing, this is a quick read that will leave you thinking. Jason Dessen last remembers being hit on the head and when he wakes up, he’s in a completely different world. Everything looks the same, but instead of being a physics professor he is a celebrated genius who has created something incredible. Jason can remember his wife and son, but they don’t exist in the same way they did before he was knocked unconscious. Jason is left confused and trying to find his way back to his life. Throughout his journey, he realizes the importance of decisions and how small choices build our lives.

What are the best beach reads you've found this summer? 

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Displaying Kid Art

Posted by Alyssa on June 28, 2017

little kid painting

Having a little artist in your home is the best, but how do you start displaying kid art in a way that won’t completely take over your space? If you have a prolific artist it can be really hard find more space on your refrigerator - and if you’re like me you don’t want to have anything on your refrigerator anyway. There are so many ways of displaying kid art that will add to your home decor rather than distract from it. Check out five of my favorite ideas below!   

wall hanging

via iHeart Organizing

With a board and a few clothes pins you can make the perfect display for all their masterpieces. This is a great option if you have limited space and I love how easy it would be to swap out artwork.

collage

via Apartment Therapy

If you have piles of saved artwork you hate to get rid of, think about scanning them and making a large collage to frame. What a fun way to preserve memories, especially if your kids are older.

cork board

via Everyday Reading

Corkboard is such an easy way to display artwork and is easily changed. Think about making a giant bulletin board if you have room, or hanging a few corkboard tiles in a playroom.

canvas

via The Artful Parent

You may have a favorite piece of artwork your child has created that you would like to display all the time. You can transfer your child's art from paper to a canvas from a variety of places, including RC Willey. Check out ways to transfer a print to canvas here.

art hanging

via Craving Some Creativity

Another quick way to swap out art is this industrial wall hanging idea. Stacking these display boards on an empty wall would be a great way to fill the space and show off all your child's art. 

What ideas do you have for displaying kid art? 

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Summer Activities for Kids

Posted by Alyssa on June 27, 2017

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Coming up with summer activities for kids that won’t drain your wallet can be tricky. About this point in the summer, the novelty of no school may be wearing off and it’s time to figure out ways to keep your kids occupied! If you’re stuck trying to figure out what to do with your little ones, check out some of these summer activities. 

DIY FIDGET SPINNER

diy fidget spinner

Find the idea HERE

 

ICE BLOCK TREASURE HUNT

ice block 

Find the idea HERE

 

SUMMER SCAVENGER HUNT

scavenger hunt

Find the idea HERE

 

WATER BALLOON PINATA

water balloon pinata

Find the idea HERE

 

HOMEMADE ICE CREAM IN A BAG

homemade ice cream

Find the idea HERE

If you're still looking for free things to do this summer, print off THIS LIST for ideas! What ideas do you have for summer activities for kids?  

 

 

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Favorite Accessories

Posted by Alyssa on June 26, 2017

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I am not the type of person who likes clutter. In fact, I have made it a goal to have as few flat surfaces in our house as possible because it seems to me if you have a flat space, you end up putting something on it. I am, however, a big fan of a well-placed accessory. Incorporating unique, interesting accessories here and there throughout your house makes things more interesting and is a great conversation piece. If you’ve been looking for some accessories to add interest in your home, check out some of my favorites below. 

pillow

Find it HERE

candlesticks

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baskets

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sculpture

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bottles

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bookends

Find it HERE

Don't you love these? My absolute favorite is the alligator bookends. Which one do you like best? Check out all of the accessory options at RC Willey and let me know which one is your favorite!  

 

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9 Ways to Use Wrapping Paper

Posted by Andie on June 25, 2017

  

Whether you have a closet chuck full of wrapping paper that you don't know what to do with, or you're looking for fun and inexpensive DIY craft night ideas... this list is for you!  Here are 9 easy ways to make awesome party supplies and home decor with just a simple roll of wrapping paper....

1. Make a birthday banner
2. Cut it up into tiny pieces to make your own confetti
3. Make streamers
4. Line the back of a book shelf to add visual interest
5. Frame as art
6. Wrap books that have ugly covers to create a pretty display on your shelf
7. Make party hats
8. Create table cloths and place mats
And lastly, and definitely my favorite idea.....
9. Line it in a room on the walls as WALLPAPER!

What other things do you make out of leftover wrapping paper??

 

 

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Butler's Pantry

Posted by Alyssa on June 24, 2017

butler's pantry

More and more homes are including a butler’s pantry in their design. Historically, butler’s pantries were a place to store dishes and were used to prepare meals before they were served (often by the butler!) in the dining room. Today, a butler’s pantry might have a sink and a dishwasher in it, lots of shelving and counter space, and deep drawers for storage. If you like to entertain, a butler’s pantry will allow you to hide dirty plates and dishes from your guests, as well as give you room to leave out any dishes or food you need quick access to.

Even if you don’t entertain, a butler’s pantry is a great place to store awkward shaped appliances and platters that may not easily fit in your kitchen, and if you grocery shop in bulk, a walk in pantry is exactly what you need! Here are some amazing pantries for inspiration. 

butler's pantry

via Deborah Loves

butler's pantry

via Home Adore

butler's pantry

via Country Living

butler's pantry

via Home Bunch

butler's pantry

via Blair Harris

What do you think? Could you use a butler's pantry in your home? 

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Sheet Thread Count

Posted by Alyssa on June 23, 2017

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Have you ever gone to the store to pick out sheets and wondered if the sheet thread count actually meant anything? Is it just a clever ruse to get you to spend more money than you normally would? Or is thread count the key to crisp, cool sheets?  

The truth is that sheet thread count doesn’t actually mean much. Before we get into why you shouldn’t buy sheets based on the thread count, you should probably know what we’re talking about. Thread count is the number of threads horizontally and vertically per square inch of fabric. For the most part, higher thread count will give you better quality fabric that is softer and more durable. Manufacturers have figured out ways to claim thread count into the thousands, but a good rule of thumb is to never buy anything below 200 and to figure that anything over 800 won’t really make a difference.

bedding

Regardless of how high the thread count of your new sheets, the key thing to remember is that the thread count doesn’t actually represent the quality of your sheets. If you’re looking for high-quality bedding, focus on what your sheets are made of. Fabric made up of long fibers, such as Egyptian cotton, organic cotton, cotton-poplin, or bamboo, will last much longer and stay nicer longer than other options.  

At the end of the day, it’s important to remember that when it comes to sheets, what you end up paying will make a difference in quality. No matter the sheet thread count, if your sheet is made of cheap material they won’t be as soft or durable as a more expensive brand might be.

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Apartment Decorating Ideas

Posted by Alyssa on June 22, 2017

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If you’re renting, you know that coming up with apartment decorating ideas can be tricky. Beige walls with carpet the same color, harsh overhead lighting, and odd sized rooms can make creating your ideal living space difficult, to say the least. Especially if you’re on a budget and aren’t willing to put a lot of money into a temporary home. Fortunately, we have some great apartment decorating ideas and tips to help make your home exactly how you want it! 

 

room divider

via The Contemporist

If you have a funny shaped room or are living in a studio apartment, use a room divider to break up your space. Not only will your room make more sense, a room divider will make your room visually more interesting. Something like this screen or this bookshelf would make an awesome divider. 

lampst

via The Everygirl

Bring in the lamps! Overhead lights often provide harsh lighting, so use lamps to give your room a cozy feel. I would love this, this, or this in my living room!

living room with rug

via The Glitter Guide

Put rugs on your floors! Whether you’re covering up stained tile, scratched wood, or dingy carpet, rugs will make your home feel clean, cozy, and bright. 

couch

via Love Grows Wild

If you aren’t able to purchase a new couch but are ready for an upgrade, think about using a slipcover. A slipcover will fit over your old couch and make it look like a completely new piece of furniture! For ideas on how to make your own slipcover, look here.

apartment

via Elle Decoration

Hang art in your apartment as soon as you possibly can. Nothing will make your apartment look more bare or unlived in than completely bare walls. It doesn’t matter if you are planning on only living in the apartment temporarily - hang that art! It will make all the difference in the world. There’s lots of affordable art available if you look, or you could make your own!

Let us know what you’ve done to make your apartment feel like home! Do you have any apartment decorating ideas?

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