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Come Into My World

Hi friends! I’m super excited to share a tour of our home with you today. Gabrielle Blair, the force behind the hugely popular blog Design Mom, invited me to participate in her Living With Kids series. You can view images from the tour, along with answers to questions she posed to me over here.

All of the images were taken by Rene Treece Roberts of Luxe House Photographic. Along with being a stellar photographer (if you’re planning a wedding in Asheville, or know someone who is, Rene is your girl), she’s a dear friend, a fantastic mama, and an all-around righteous lady.

And thanks to Gabrielle for including me in her series. What an honor, from a woman I seriously admire.

*The title of this post is a nod to Regina Spektor, a riot of talent if there ever was one.

20 Responses to Come Into My World

  • Jill Adams says:

    I followed the link to the article! Great piece!

  • John says:

    Even though I don’t (and probably won’t) have kids, I thought your house was fantastic. I’ve enjoyed your previous posts about your yard (loved the video tour) and really enjoyed the interior house tour as well. Thanks for the link!!

  • greyson says:

    Yeah! I always enjoy reading the Living with Kids series on Design Mom. Really cool to see you there! And I’m positively thankful for the “come into my world’ song gently streaming through my thoughts! Love the new look!

  • Lisa Coffee says:

    Love the article! And your house looks so comfy and cozy and full of love and good cooking smells. Also digging the new blog. Nice work!

  • Kristina says:

    HI Ashley,

    I just read your interview with DesignMom. You have such a lovely home and I love the bucolic lifestyle. It makes me wonder how much my life and our home will change once my baby comes into the world. How did your life/ lifestyle primarily change once Huxley came into yours?

    • hi kristina. the part that changed the most is the lack of time you’ll experience. since huxley is always with us, it’s a constant juggle to get things done, especially now that he’s older. glenn and i just take turns watching him, with the two of them often going on little “adventures” (what we call it whenever we say we’re going to go somewhere!) so that i can stay home and write. your time becomes so precious, and so scarce!

      we also don’t go out in the evening as much as we used to. that’s just a personal choice. we could hire a sitter more regularly, but we don’t. we love to just cozy in at home and hang with our little dude. congratulations to you! being a parent is the best gift ever!

  • Tammy says:

    Your house has such a warm, cozy, inviting vibe to it. I love Huxley’s cave and I’m obsessed with your oak dining table!

  • Michele says:

    Oh the house looks lovely! Can’t wait to make it back up there one day!
    And it made me grin to see my little owl in Huxley’s cave!! Precious!!

  • Dana says:

    I am so glad Design Mom introduced your blog to me! Aside form loving your home and property, I am loving this blog. It’s funny because your growing season seems to be quite a bit faster than ours (we live in the PNW) so it’s fun to see what we can do with our garden bounty a little ahead of time. Look forward to following your blog now…take care!

  • Heather says:

    Your home is so quaint. Totally something my husband would fall in love with. I love the new website design. Getting an official name has got to feel like such a modern accomplishment. Congrats :)

  • Carrie R says:

    Saw the house on her site, and I didn’t even put it together that it belonged to another blogger I admire and read. Lovely home! I am stealing your idea for how you planted a few container gardens on those wooden stands. Brilliant! I also love the rug in your child’s room. Could you tell me where it’s from? Thanks for the tour!

  • Phyllis says:

    Loved today’s post. I have always loved going in other people’s homes. It was my favorite part of being a social worker and making home visits. I was always touched by everyone’s efforts to beautify their space, even the poorest among us, even those in prison. Just got your pie book, in fact 2 of them, one for me, one for my daughter, and I love it! Can scarcely wait to get started, though it is a little hot her in Louisiana for baking right now. Since i am new to your blog, I may have missed this, but would like to know how you and your husband (who sounds dandy, by the way) met, etc. if you wouldn’t mind sharing that. If you have already done that, would you be kind enough to refer me to that post. Thank you for a lovely blog.

  • Carissa says:

    LOVED the house tour! Your home is so inviting. And I think my favorite part was Huxley’s cave! When I was a kid, I made my own cave in a corner between the furniture and the wall in our livingroom. Everyone knew that was my personal hideout, where I kept all my books and went for some alone time. I think I could use one of those again. :) Thanks for sharing. Your new website is great too! Is there a way to follow you in Google Reader still? I can’t seem to find it…

    • Carissa-If you go up to the Feedburner icon at the top bar of the screen, you’ll find means of following small measure posts via either a reader or email delivery.

  • SK Farm Girl says:

    LOVE your place, Ashley!!! Excited to see that my colour scheme closely resembles yours; would appear as though our style is very similar also; I believe in decorating to your own taste be it formal, casual or my personal favourite, me with a seasoning of eccleclic!I have an open staircase and have pondered numerous ideas as to what to do with it. I gasped with true excitement when I saw what your husband did yours; this may be the inspiration I have been searching for for 17 years! Beautiful place you and your family have. Funny how beauty can be found in the most unexpected of places – middle of now-where and lovin’ it!!!

  • Paula M says:

    Gorgeous place! Inspiration creeps in at every corner.

  • So cozy!!

  • Mardi says:

    Oh, such a great house. I love that it is so unique. Unlike much of what we are seeing these days on Pinterest! :)