If you love colour and creativity you will LOVE Ashley Cramp’s – aka Lazy Daisy Jones – home in Dorset. Ashley lives with her husband and teenage son (plus numerous pets) in a four bedroom detached house built in 2000. If you follow Ashley’s DIY and lifestyle blog then you’ll already be a fan of her flair for upcycling, bright pops of colour and vintage pieces.
“We call our style Industrial Boudoir,” says Ashley. “I have a vivid imagination teamed with a love of colourful design, and Mark is very handy in the DIY department. Together we make a good team and after we moved in back in 2004 we began to create a home unique to us, full of colour and mid-century style with a hint of vintage.”
“They say necessity is the mother of invention and this is true for our kitchen,” laughs Ashley. “We did the whole room, including tiles and units, for under £700 pounds! Marc made the table and the worktops were offcuts given to us. The tiles were bought with Tesco vouchers, while the units had replacement doors from the Ikea sale. The most expensive thing was the flooring. My biggest tip here is to never scrimp on the flooring – buy the most expensive you can afford.”
Ashley sews for a living, working as a part time wardrobe mistress for a private boys’ school. “My sewing room reflects the rest of the house in design and style,” says Ashley. My favourite piece is my huge turquoise filing cabinet, filled with vintage sewing patterns. I also love my vintage vanity cases that I use to store my haberdashery in.”
The focal point of Ashley’s bedroom is the impressive handmade king-size bed, made by Ashley’s husband Marc. “It’s my favourite piece in the house at the moment,” says Ashley. “I drew out some rough sketches while he sourced the wood from some new palettes and trimmed the headboard with a copper trim. We wanted our bedroom to be a cosy and calm sanctuary. Nothing in this room is new – it’s all either restored, vintage or handmade.
When it comes to design inspiration, Ashley keeps things unique by avoiding trends and looking to history instead. “I am inspired by the past,” explains Ashley. “My childhood toys, the colours of old board games and their packaging are an endless source of colour inspo for me.”
If you’re not already following her, Ashley’s Instagram account is a source of much beauty and cheerful colour (and a joy for anyone into crafting), plus you MUST check out the gorgeous blog Lazy Daisy Jones and look her up on Twitter where she tweets at @LazyDaisyJones.
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