When it comes to finding inspiration, there are a variety of routes you can take. For some, it is essential to consult the latest trends. Using popular decor pieces and embracing color palettes from runways or magazines is a standard route. For others, it’s about discovering what feels like “home.” That’s what Ashley Steele, of A Styled Affair, is about. “Since my husband and I were moving into a house, I needed a way to make it feel like it was truly ours, and unique to us,” she told Paintzen.
A Styled Affair sprang from Ashley’s passion for fashion and the need for a creative outlet. It soon became more than that. It quickly became a place where she could share her style, travel adventures, and lifestyle tips. “While the blogging industry has become overwhelmed with people sharing their favorite home decor or make-up tips, I think what sets A Styled Affair apart is my commitment to stay true to my unique taste. I have always marched to the beat of my drum – and that carries through in the clothes I wear, the decor I select for our home, and the travels I plan.”
Paintzen connected with Ashley as she was settling into her new home in Boston’s Seaport District. She and her husband have lived in Boston for almost eight years but were used to smaller spaces. Their new home is bigger and more modern. “I wanted to select colors of comfort, simplicity, and sophistication so we could elevate the space and make it feel more like home.” Ashley also accurately pointed out that new construction can sometimes feel a little cold and industrial. “I wanted our home to feel like a peaceful oasis after coming in from the bustling city.”
Ashley chose soft white paint for her walls to bring a sense of comfort and zen. With lots of wall decor, artwork, and carefully selected furniture, the walls serve as a clean and comfortable palette. A clean backdrop allowed her more freedom when making her other design decisions throughout the space. Ashley kept the overall palette reasonably neutral, and incorporated “modern bohemian” inspired decor throughout the home; the final product was clean and simple and catered to her style.
“I’m most excited to continue to find new decor pieces to complement the paint colors and decor we’ve already found for the space. We have been patient with decorating,” said Steele. “We selected each piece carefully to make sure it is cohesive and flows from room to room.”
I’m looking forward to enjoying the space with my husband and dog, and entertaining friends and family in the spring and summer!”
“I would highly recommend Paintzen to anyone, especially those that live in the city,” said Steele. “There are so many different paint companies and contractors to choose from, but going through Paintzen simplified the process and made me feel comfortable that we had the right team working on our space. Their platform for booking services and choosing paint colors made the process seamless and was a great way to keep track of what we booked and chose for colors. Most importantly, the customer service team was outstanding whenever we had a question or needed to adjust.”
And when it comes to painting, she has one piece of advice, “Patience. I would recommend taking your time and doing your research before selecting paint colors. Lighting changes every color. Make sure to bring paint swatches and samples into the space and look at it throughout the day. See the different tones that the light will pick up. I would also recommend researching color trends and recommendations for colors in the family you are interested in. We found our living room color through a blog post listing top-used colors by interior designers, and it looks amazing.”
Visit Ashley’s blog at www.astyledaffair.com!
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