One of my yearly goals was to start blogging more, but in a way that feels natural and fun and less obligatory than showcasing my design work week by week. I am inspired and energized by so much more than graphic design and want to be more intentional about sharing it.
In an effort to combine two of my true loves, friends and interiors, I’ve decided to do a few home features of people I love. In a world full of perfectly styled home tours, though, my vision is to focus more on what makes a home feel like home and the life inside it, and less about the design of the living room or the paint color on the walls. Instead of a room-by-room photo documentary, the ladies chose just a few spaces/corners in their homes to highlight and answered a few questions about what makes them feel special and comfortable. Bonus points for “real life” versions including kiddos, pets, and empty wine glasses. I think we should all celebrate the life than happens in our homes even when the dishes are dirty. Even though I appreciate beautiful design, at the end of the day, that’s not really the point.
I’m so excited to kick off the series with lettering and letterpress lady boss, Ashley Buzzy McHugh. Ashley and I met last year when she joined us as a speaker for Gather and I was immediately drawn to her for her willingness to share business advice and learned-the-hard-way experiences with our group (and me). She’s a “what you see is what you get” kind of gal, which I think is all too uncommon these days. Her home so perfectly reflects her laid back, comfortable style and makes me feel the same way her work does: heart eyes.
Tell us a little about yourself: I run a letterpress and calligraphy studio in Downtown Atlanta. I’ve been in my studio space since the beginning of 2015 and we bought our house in East Atlanta in August of 2014. My husband plays baseball so during the summer, we live part time in Atlanta, part time at a house we rent in Houston (and then part time in hotels all over the country)! We just had our first baby in December of 2015 so now I guess he’s along for the ride as well!
How long have you lived in your current home? Since October 2014 – so a year and a half!
Who lives there with you? In the baseball off-season, I live there with my husband Collin and our baby boy, Shaw. During the season Shaw and I live there part-time and in Houston part-time. (So basically the house stays clean in the summer, haha)
Describe your style in 3 words: Peaceful, Comforting and Warm.
What is your favorite room/space in your home? Why? Honestly, I love every room in our house for different reasons, depending on the mood I’m in. I actually like to work from home in our front room – the dining room. It has a gigantic table where I can spread out and I keep all my favorite things in that room: my collection of birds nest prints, my Britt Bass painting and my dish collection. We have another room that’s painted nice and dark with soft textiles and leather – we call that the drinking room. I obviously prefer it for the activity from whence it was named, bahah. I spend the most time in the kitchen – the kitchen is basically my sanctuary (which means it’s never fully clean). And, of course, I have a soft spot for the baby’s room. It has the best light of any room in the whole house, and when we moved in I wasn’t even pregnant yet, but I saved it for him. Everything is white and grey and light and it seems like a very nice room to be a baby.
What is your most cherished piece? Does it have a story? Wow, that’s a hard one. I’m not a super emotional person so I rarely have attachments to anything that make sense – my nostalgia is weirdly specific. I’ll save a matchbook with no matches left in it because I cherish the memory of why I used the last one. I have a purple hair clip that I keep on my night stand because I needed one and my mom gave it to me out of her hairdo. Since we travel so much we have lots of art prints and notecards we’ve picked up from different cities. I guess, in conclusion, I’d say the artwork. The artwork we collect is what I cherish the most.
What is the one thing that makes your space feel like home? Blankets. I hate pants and as soon as I walk in the door I try my hardest to not wear them. That means I frequently shuffle around the house with a blanket draped around me. They’re not even cute blankets – usually from a baseball team we played on (or whatever game where I got cold and bought a blanket from the gift shop). They’re an assortment of the cheapest fleece and whatnot, but like I was saying about my nostalgia: I remember where we got each one!
What is your favorite way to relax at home? Laid completely out on the sofa with a show I’ve watched at least three times through already on Netflix (hi, Parks and Rec). Probably tangled up in at least two of those blankets with no less than three different kind of beverages on the coffee table (just for me, obviously).
House Plants or Fresh Flowers? Fresh Flowers. Although I try to have plants and flowers, I take comfort in knowing that the flowers are supposed to die and it wasn’t my fault.
Driveway or Sidewalk? We have both! But even though we have a driveway I still park in front on the sidewalk because it’s easier to get in the front door with my arms full, hah!
Tidy or “Lived In”? I’ll say tidy. I think I’m tidy (my husband disagrees). But there is always stack of mail on the kitchen counter and a pile of shoes by the front door, and that’s okay with me.
Breakfast Bar or Kitchen Table? Breakfast Bar. I mean, it’s a victory if I don’t eat all my meals on the sofa, but I definitely am not mature enough to sit at a real table!
Modern or Traditional? I’ll say modern as it pertains to the combination of actual modern pieces + mid-century modern pieces. I like to think I mix and match the best “modern” pieces from the 60’s, 80’s and now.
Bed Made or Unmade? UNMADE. who even has time to make the bed?
TV or Radio? I drive so. much. so my radio time is really spent in the car. When I’m home I love to put that old TV show (maybe SVU or Friends) on in the background and just listen while I cook or clean.
Front Porch or Back Deck? Back Deck. We have REALLY good options for both, but I’ve found that I’m always on the back deck and hardly ever on the front porch. Maybe because we never mow our lawn and sitting on the front porch reminds me what a disgrace our yard is.
Just for fun, Favorite 90’s song: I’ll just sum this up into two words: Mariah Carey. all the songs, really. I listen to Mariah basically all day, every day.
I can’t think of a better note to end on than that. Ashley, thank you for welcome us into your home! Guys, stayed tuned for a peek into Jenn Gietzen‘s Atlanta home next week!