Here we go…

September 28, 2009


Filed under: Uncategorized — Ashley Hawthorne @ 5:01 pm

I have been collecting images of what I want the interior of our house to be like.  Never underestimate the power of magazines and the internet to inspire you, my friends!  Here are a few that will work specifically with the ranch style home.  This post will focus on major living areas as opposed to bathrooms and bedrooms.  It is all about emphasizing the linear nature of the plan, the large windows, connection to the outdoors, the 60’s and 70’s era, etc.  For the most part, it will be “light” in color as far as walls and ceilings.  I’ll probably stick with the cool neutrals (think gray, slate, icy whites) as opposed to warm (think tan, khaki, almond, antique white).  As a general trend in the industry- neutrals have gotten “cooler” in color temp.  Tweaking your paint just a bit can really give your house a major update!


i love everything about this image.  i’m going to do a sheet floor (will read like this one), but ours will be a darker pewter gray to hide dirt, the light i’m leaning to for over the dining table is a natural material much like this one, and of course the dark painted cabinets make me drool!!!  i love them love them love them!  i’ll never be able to keep the house this neutral, so imagine it with a few BRIGHT paintings and fabrics.


the main room is very long (plan to follow in a later post), so this is a great example of defining zones within a single room.  our sofa is similar to this one as well.


the chair in the foreground is of the era of the home (as are my 2 white funky panton chairs).  most of the classic chair designs that you see in places such as Design Within Reach (dwr) are from this time.  I’m constantly seaching ebay and bidding on things but EVERY time i get outbid!  i think its those dang ebay snipers.  anyone know how to get around that???


oh so pretty and livable.


i actually have that funky white chair in the middle (panton chair)!  two of them are the end chairs at the dining table!  i love the whiteness of the walls here.  all the living areas flow together like this one, so seeing room to room is something to always keep in mind.



  1. Keep the plans coming. This is amazing. But, okay, wtf…ebay snipers? Fill me in on this…I never win anything on ebay either.

    Comment by Christina — September 28, 2009 @ 6:17 pm

  2. they are SO annoying, christina! its a computer program you can download and it automatically bids as soon as someone bids. ex: EVERY time i bid on this awesome seafoam green eames rocker, it got outbid by $2.50!

    Comment by ashleysthoughts — September 28, 2009 @ 6:19 pm

  3. I love your palette! Our sofa is the color of the chair in the foreground of the “oh so pretty and liveable” picture, and when we bought it a few years ago it was just about impossible to find anything that was truly grey rather than beige. I am so glad neutrals are becoming cooler!

    Comment by Kat — September 28, 2009 @ 7:10 pm

  4. i cant wait to see your final pictures. I know it will be absolutely amazing and we will be the ones drooling. amazing ideas.

    Comment by Kelly David — September 28, 2009 @ 7:39 pm

  5. i love fabric chair, katherine! i may do a large scale graphic gray/yellow fabric for the dining room/living room curtains. its maybe the most beautiful fabric ever. i’ll make a little post about it.

    Comment by ashleysthoughts — September 28, 2009 @ 8:54 pm

  6. ebay snipers… I use to use auction sniper. I don’t know if it still exists but you get a couple of free snipes when you sign up. It was DEFINITELY worth it because I rarely got outbid on anything. Also, you can get free snipes if you recommend someone to sign up. So I would create all kinds of eBay accounts temporarily just so I could get free snipes haha. I don’t think there is any way around it other then joining the crowd!

    Comment by Amanda — September 29, 2009 @ 12:47 pm

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