photo finish: a wedding photographer sets her sights on a dream home - and gets it!

This was such a fun project: helping Ashleigh Taylor, a professional wedding photographer, and her husband AJ transform their Santa Barbara condo into a fabulous live/work space that expresses their personalities. It now gives Ashleigh a stylish work zone to meet with clients and show off her photography.

Ashleigh blogged about the experience in her popular wedding and lifestyle blog: Ashleigh Taylor Blog

Ashleigh knew the look she wanted to achieve and she guided the entire process by using Pinterest and undertaking some marathon shopping trips! She special-ordered a chevron pillow and silhouettes on etsy, but she also rolled up her sleeves big-time to DIY her own chevron curtains (don’t you just LOVE them?), that stunning crystal linear chandelier and grasscloth covered closet doors. Kudos to you, Ashleigh! We helped her pull it all together by creating Mood Boards to guide her choices for a cohesive look, recommending paint colors, providing furniture, lighting and accessory recommendations, DIY’ing the faux bois bookcase and styling the rooms.

HERE’S THE LIVING ROOM BEFORE (showing Ashleigh dreaming of her new look!)

AND THE LIVING ROOM AFTER

A BEFORE VIEW OF THE LIVING ROOM FROM THE OTHER DIRECTION

AND AFTER

STUDIO/OFFICE BEFORE

AND AFTER

ANOTHER VIEW OF THE STUDIO/OFFICE BEFORE

AND AFTER

Ashleigh caught some great detail photos of her space, including this view into the dining room

Silhouette gallery wall, including the family cats!

Ashleigh’s fabulous DIY crystal linear chandelier

The dining room’s vintage plate wall

Detail of the coffee tabletop

She DIY’d the chevron curtains in just four days!

We brought in natural details like this real (abandoned) bird’s nest with faux eggs

She loved the faux bois backing we put on the bookcases!

The finished bookcase with vintage items on display

An antique chair gets a major refresh with a chevron pattern fabric

The tufted distressed leather ottoman and white lamps came from Urban Home. The sofa & pillows are from west elm, the coffee table & button tufted chair are World Market finds. Everything else is antique/vintage.

We found her a discontinued Thomas Paul “Feather” pillow for the studio/office. The curtains are from west elm.