Coffee With: Ashley Gilbreath of Ashley Gilbreath Interior Design

Bringing family together is the reason Ashley Gilbreath design homes. She sets a stage for memories and strives to curate a feeling, not just achieve an aesthetic. We spoke with the dreamy designer about her inspiration, little ones, and timeliness designs.

Q&A With Ashley Gilbreath

Casaza: How did you get your start?
Ashley Gilbreath:
I have always loved design and had the opportunity to study at Auburn who boasts an incredible Architecture and Design program. My start happened when I had the opportunity to learn under Richard Keith Langham! I was in New York studying at New York School of Design and got hired by Keith, learned more than I could have dreamed and from there launched AGID here down South.

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C: How would you describe your style?
AG:
I like to shoot for casual elegance; I want my work to be timeless – creating comfortable and beautiful spaces where families can celebrate life’s joys and memories are made.

C: Where do you get new ideas and inspiration?
AG:
Most of my inspiration comes from various travels and trips both here and overseas. You can walk away with years of ideas and inspiration just from one day abroad!

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C: Favorite room in the house?
AG:
The family room, because it’s where life happens! The family room also forms the personality of the entire house and inevitably creates a solid building block for every other space in the home.

C: Design rule you don’t subscribe to?
AG:
Honestly, I don’t like to have too many rules to follow. The best part about this industry is that breaking rules is praised – it helps you stand out, curate your own look and find an individual style.

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C: Recent project that inspired you?
AG:
I absolutely love the 2019 Southern Living Idea Home designed by Heather Chadduck. Each detail was considered and was intentionally addressed in a way that is both beautiful and functional. Her intentional mixing of patterns and prints is done perfectly in this home.

C: Favorite texture/pattern/color?
AG:
Stripes, stripes, and more stripes! Adding a stripe into any mix is one of my favorite ways to ground the space and add interest. You really can’t go wrong.

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C: Pack your bag! You’re moving into a famous home. Whose is it?
AG:
Bunny Williams and John Rosselli’s home in the Hamptons. It is a perfect example of impressive layering through color and texture. Their home is simply timelessly on-trend and will never go out of style!

C: What’s your rule when entertaining?
AG:
Lots and lots of fresh greenery! I love using greenery by the sink, in the powder bath, on a cheeseboard… Pretty much everywhere I can. In a pinch, this is the best way to freshen up a home. A pretty linen cocktail napkin paired with a fun drink is another one of my entertaining essentials.

C: Best advice for DIYers?
AG:
Try to stay away from major trends when making big decisions and selections. Keeping your selections classic will keep you happy for years to come.

Bringing family together is the reason Ashley Gilbreath design homes. She sets a stage for memories and strives to curate a feeling, not just achieve an aesthetic. We spoke with this
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C: Best advice for those hiring a pro?
AG:
Make sure there is a common ground between the two of you. Do your own research and make sure you respect their style and them as a person. This process is so much about relationships and finding someone you love to work with.

C: What is one design trend you are most excited about this season?
AG:
Absolutely love the trellis walls right now – such a great way to add in texture with a classic and relatively cost-friendly material. The look has been around for ages and I’m so glad it is back!

C: How do you take your coffee?
AG:
With all my littles running around! I’ll take just about any kind of coffee I can find. Throw in a dash of coconut milk and I’m set.

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