Ashley Phipps is an interior designer by trade, now writing about her DIY and craft projects on her blog Simply Designing, located in Indianapolis, Indiana. Ashley is passionate about building and creating new projects. She loves power tools, everything from her Silhouette Cameo and Compound Miter Saw to her Glue and Staple Gun, and of course Electric Sander. She is NCIDQ Certified and has completed the CA Codes and Regulations Exam. So we are proud to bring you the Designer Insights of Ashley Phipps.
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1) In your own words describe your unique style and creative aesthetic?
I don’t feel that I fit into one particular style. I love an eclectic look with a mix of styles including rustic, industrial, traditional and a touch of modern contrasted with warm and cozy fabrics.
2) When starting a new project, what is your creative process?
I begin with the end in mind. I consider what I want my project or the space to accomplish or how do I want it to function. And then I dream up the best way to accomplish that.
3) Out of the creative people you have worked with, who is it that you respect and admire the most?
Honestly I have been privileged to work with many creative people. But those who work hard and try new things inspired me the most. I was lucky to grow up with an amazing father who did everything. I never remember a time when he hired anyone to fix a car or fix anything around the house. He was my first introduction to the DIY world and he instilled in me a confidence to try and do anything.
4) When looking for inspiration is there a particular thing you do to get inspired?
Well I like to begin with the end function and purpose in mind. And then I brainstorm how to get there. If I get stuck, I often bounce ideas off of my husband. Talking about projects out loud often helps me flesh out ideas and the logistics of completing a project.
5) What has brought you to this point in your career? And what is your advice for people looking to follow in your footsteps?
My background is in interior design and I worked in the field for many years. However, when I went to school, blogs did not exist! I love that over the years I have been able to combine my love of design, my desire to create and turn it into a successful (and fun) blog! But it has not always been easy. Persistence and hard work have been the key to my success. Also, I have an amazingly supportive husband and that makes all of what I do possible.