I thought Id share a interview that I did with a amazingly popular go to parenting site called www.mommypages.com
Nursery Decorating Advice
Setting up baby’s nursery can be a very special thing for Mommy and Daddy. Fine artist Ashley from “Ashlyn Rose Design” who specializes in custom nursery paintings shares her advice for decorating a nursery.
Tell us more about yourself, your family, and “Ashlyn Rose Design”. What can readers find on Ashlyn Rose Design?
I’ve been married to my husband for 6 year and we have 2 adorable daughters (ages 3 & 5). Being a stay-at-home mom has been amazing! I love spending time with my kids and watching them grow. As a full time mom, I also needed to find some “me time” . I have always had a creative eye, but I didn’t exactly know how I was going to use my creative niche until one day when I picked up a paintbrush to paint a monogram for my daughter’s nursery. From that day, I’ve completely fallen in love with painting! It has become a part of my every day and I am so grateful that I have been able to turn my art into a paying job! The best part is, I get to work from home so I don’t have to miss too much time away from my kids. I created my site Ashlyn Rose Design to display and sell my work for people all around the world. You can also visit me at my Etsy shop or www.facebook.com/AshlynRoseDesign
What made you want to become a fine artist? From where do you often find inspiration for your paintings?
I never knew I was going to be a artist until the last few years. I’m so happy I have explored the art world. I learn something new with each and every painting I make.
All my paintings have some kind of personal story behind them and each one is special to me in its own way. Each piece is usually reflected by my mood and what’s going on in my life at that time. So depending on the day some paintings may be bright and colourful and cheery and some days it might not be. I pull my inspiration a lot of the time from photographs I’ve taken, sometimes it’s intuitive and other times it is following the request of what my clients want created. I do a lot of nursery decor orders for new moms, but I also focus on modern work for the rest of the home such as floral, landscape, cityscape, trees, nature, intuitive abstract, figurative, and impasto texture style paintings. My absolute favourite way to paint is with modeling paste, my palette knives, metallic and acrylic paints. I also work with interior designers, collectors, businesses, such as restaurants, spas, and offices as well as individual clients and I decorate their personal home spaces with my artwork.
Many of your custom paintings are wall art for nurseries. What tips do you have for picking out the right pieces of wall art for a nursery? What should parents consider when requesting a design?
Decorating a baby’s nursery is so much fun! It could also be intimidating for new moms who aren’t too sure where to start. A painting is a great way to personalize and give a final touch.
To get a good understanding for both me and the mommy-to-be, I always ask my clients a few specific questions at the beginning of our consultation:
1) Are you decorating for a baby boy or girl?
2) Do you want to go with a specific theme?
3) What colors do you like and don’t like?
4) Where do you plan to hang your painting? ( this way we can figure out the right size canvas to use )
Can you share some nursery decorating advice for moms?
My best advice would be to go with a style or theme that will grow with your child as they get older. Stick with a simple, neutral, and modern feel. This will save you from having to redecorate too often. Don’t go too overboard with a theme, just add simple touches throughout the room, that will give much more of a elegant impact than having too much of one thing.
A few famous celebrities have purchased some of your designs! What was exciting about having someone famous purchase your paintings?
I was very fortunate to be invited to a two day gifting suit event in Hollywood. I was very humbled by the experience. To be able to show my work to them firsthand and meet in person was something I never could imagine happening. But it did! Going to Hollywood was a amazing experience; it gave me the boost of confidence to keep on painting and to follow my dreams! You can visit this link here to see a few of the great people I met.