Friday, November 16, 2012

Home Part 4: Bedroom

Here is the last part of the apartment tour, room. It is very small. We don't actually think it was intended to be a bedroom. We think they put up a wall in the middle of what was part of the dining room to add a....den? I'm not sure what you'd call it, but I've tried to make the most of the space and make it my own.

This is might be the only painting hanging in our apartment that Heather didn't do; it's actually mine. Peter Bradley Adams' song Los Angeles holds a special place in my heart.

Note: My bed is pushed up to my "closet" to the left. There is only enough room to hang a few coats in there.

Bedding/Rug: Target

I told you it was small! We can't even pull the trundle bed out all the way. However I did get my desk situated just right which is important so I can have a solid work space for my Premier Designs Business and so I can stay organized. This room has no overhead lighting, but luckily the lamps and white walls brighten things up.

Mirrors: Ikea
Bulletin Boards: Handmade by our Grandpa

One of my favorite parts of my room is my inspiration boards! I haven't changed them since we moved in, but I think I might update them monthly, depending on what I find that inspires me. It's definitely helped me when coming up with new outfits and trying new looks.

I hope you enjoyed a peak into our new place! We are beyond grateful to be able to call this our home.

Home Part 3: Heather's Bedroom

The apartment tour is coming to an end; there's only one post after this. It feels amazing for each of us to have our own space after sharing for so long. This is Heather's room. I felt it was only fair that after having the biggest room at our place in California that Heather got the bigger room in this apartment. Plus, she already had a queen size bed that a friend had given her, and this cute quilt from Urban to go on it. Heather's room is pretty random, eclectic and bright, but  it reflects her style very well.

Quilt/Shams: Urban Outfitters (from 2008)
Afghan: made by Heather
Pillows: Target & Ikea
Robot: made by Heather & myself

A big thank you to my parents for allowing us to take this dresser and mirror off their hands. The crate on the floor contains all of her art supplies. (Also, ignore the floor. That's just how the floor looks-paint splatter, scratches and all. Ah, the joys of renting!)

Something that makes our apartment extra special is that most of the paintings and wall decor were done by Heather. She is so talented and it makes this place feel more like home.

We would give you a tour of the closet, but it's so long and narrow that it's pretty impossible. Heather and I share the closet which we have jam packed. Our wardrobes need another brutal cleaning....mostly because the bar is bending and we're out of hangers. I blame Target.

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Home Part 2: Dining Room & Kitchen

Welcome to our dining room and kitchen!

We knew right away that we wanted to make this nook into a little bar.

Tray: Target

This table and these chairs are both my pride and joy while also being the bane of my existence. We picked them up for $10 at a neighbor's garage sale. It was pretty scruffy and some of the tiles were missing and broken, but we decided we could use a DIY to keep us busy. We channeled our inner Rachel Denbow, DIY Queen, and we stripped paint, sanded, primed, painted, tiled, grouted, etc. It was so time consuming and probably took us a few months to complete everything, but I love how it turned out. I am looking forward to sharing many meals with friends and family here.

Fresh lavender from the Farmer's Market 

Sliding doors between the living room and dining room. 

Can we talk about this adorable built-in for a moment? Love! A couple years ago my mom cleaned out her china cabinet and Heather and I boxed up things we would want "someday". It's so cool that I have a place to display these beauties from both of my grandmothers and my mom.

Sweet Archibald came out to say hello!

The RED walls and the mosiac countertop sure liven up the kitchen. Note the juicer and David's new vices.

Thermos and canteen courtesey of dad cleaning out the garage. Paintings done by Heather.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012


This month marks our three-year anniversary of moving home from California. It’s definitely been an adjustment, especially living with our parents. God had been stirring us up for the past few months. We’re thankful that our parents have been there to support us, but we felt it was time to become more independent and to have our own space.

I had a temp job during the summer that came to an end at the beginning of September. I had spent the summer looking for apartments in both Boise and Seattle and sent many email inquiries, without any response. On my last day I came home from work feeling sad and lost, not knowing what was next for me. That night I ended up finding, what would be our new apartment. Heather and I went to check it out the next day, put our deposit down that night and we found out a few days later that we were approved.

We moved in about two weeks later. Three days later we left for our California road trip to see Janelle get married. Once we got back we finished our unpacking and got settled in to our new place. We had fun decorating, especially with some stuff we picked up at IKEA on our road trip.  If you can imagine, we made it through the IKEA in Sacramento in less than an hour and packed our car with everything we got!

We feel so lucky that everything seemed to just fall into place. Even though we got delayed a few times on our move-in date. We just felt like this was exactly where we were supposed to be. I may feel a bit lost, like I STILL don’t know what I’m doing with my life, but I feel like one more piece of the puzzle has fallen into place. For that, I’m grateful, and I continue to trust that God’s got it and I don’t need to worry.

We love our cute, little, eclectic apartment and wanted to share a home tour with everyone. It’ll be a few parts because we don’t want to overload everyone with too many pictures at once.

This first post is of our entry and living room. We love how it came together! It definitely feels like home!

Rug: Target 

 Rug/Tables/Pillows: Ikea
Couch/Right Chair: Boise Bench Commission
Left Chair: Gift from a friend

Mirrors: Ikea
Record Player: Urban Outfitters 

Heather's Christmas present from last year!

Picked up from Kelli's moving sale. I painted and Heather collaged. 

I must note we have since covered this hideous bookcase under the TV with a table cloth because ugh, what an eye sore!

Photo on the right taken by me.

I bid on and won this print by John Keatley at an event that MiiR had last fall. He is one of my favorite photographers and I love this image so much! I love that we were able to find such a perfect place for it!

Coffee table books: In Vogue, Influence and To Whom It May Concern

Saturday, October 27, 2012


Yikes! Guess I took another unplanned hiatus from the blog. Sometimes you just gotta do that.

The trial in May and June hit me really hard. It still seems so surreal. The sentencing in August was so incredibly emotional because it brought back so many memories from the trial. I started shaking as we walked up to the courthouse and felt sick to my stomach the entire time. It was horrible. I can’t imagine what it was like for Kathy. She’s currently in Pocatello serving her 10-year sentence. But her case was just accepted by the Idaho Innocence project and her lawyers filed an appeal the day after her sentencing. I’m still praying that God will be glorified and that He will redeem this.

In July I was able to go to Fort Worth, Texas for the Premier Designs National Rally! It was such a wonderful experience! I was able to see the heart and mission behind the company; it was something you have to experience to truly understand. I was able to connect with some of my fellow jewelers and we had so much fun! Regional Rally is coming up in January and it’s actually going to be in Boise! I’m looking forward to it and hoping that my family can come so they can learn more about Premier Designs.

Right before Rally I started training for a temp job, covering maternity leave, which I started full-time right after I got back. It lasted a total of two months. It was for a construction company in Boise and I was the administrative assistant. It started out rocky…my first day of training was absolute chaos and the second day I got someone fired because they asked me out through passing a note. I kept telling myself, “It can’t get worse than this.” I think they were speculating as to whether or not I’d make it through the first week. After that it slowly got better and I soon fell in love with my co-workers. It went by so fast and it was so hard to leave. I definitely cried on my way home on my last two days there. I’ve wanted to stop by and visit but since that ended the first week of September life has been going non-stop.

On my very last day of the temp job after I’d come home and (almost) finished crying I was looking at apartments on Craigslist. This is something I’d done all summer – alternating between looking in Seattle and Boise. That night I found an apartment in Boise and sent an email to get more information. I’d literally heard nothing from all the other places I’d emailed about, but the next morning I had an email waiting for me and so Heather and I went that afternoon to look at the place. We pretty much fell in love instantly and put a deposit down that night.

Unfortunately there were a few hiccups, but we moved in about two weeks later. It’s an apartment in an old house on the edge of Downtown Boise in the North End. In the middle of our move Heather and I drove down to Modesto to see our sweet friend Janelle get married. We drove down on a Thursday, made a stop at the Ikea in Sacramento, and then went on to Modesto. It was great to see Jenny, her mom and Megan and spend some time with them. The wedding was on Saturday and then on Sunday Heather and I went to San Francisco.  It was quite an adventure! We made a stop at David’s Tea, which had just opened up there and then we spent the day down by Ghirardelli’s Square and Fisherman’s Wharf. We even went on a boat ride out to Golden Gate Bridge and around Alcatraz. We stayed at a little hotel in Chinatown close to Union Square. We left bright and early Monday morning and made our way home. It was such a great weekend and nice to get away for a while.

After our trip we started to get settled in our new place. At the beginning of October we celebrated milestone birthdays for both of our parents, with surprise parties. My mom planned a pretty amazing surprise party for my dad and then we had a un-surprise party for my mom the next day. She knew we were doing something, but didn’t know what. I think she was pleasantly surprised to find out we were doing a 70s theme murder mystery party. It was such a fun weekend!

The Monday after the party weekend I started another temp job, which I’ve been at for the past three weeks. I’m covering someone’s medical leave, well kind of. I’m helping with miscellaneous work while other people help to fill in for the specific position. The best part is that it’s five blocks away so I can walk to and from work and come home for lunch to see my kitties. I was originally told it’d be a month long assignment which means one more week, but I’m not sure on the exact time frame now. I just found out that one of my old friends works in the same building as me and we were able to have lunch last week.

It’s been so much fun living in the North End! My heart is in Seattle because that’s where most of my really close friends are, but I know it isn’t time for me to go back there. Moving to Boise just felt like the right step and I feel like God opened all the right doors and everything fell into place. Heather and I are within walking distance to some really awesome places (i.e. The Matador – haha!). We’ve been able to go to the Saturday market, which is literally just down the street and then walk to things like Ignite Boise 9 at The Egyptian Theater or to Platinum Beauty Lounge to get our hair done.  I love feeling independent again. I’m coming up on my three-year anniversary of moving back from California (in November) and it was definitely time for a change.

I think I’m finally ready to look for a more permanent job here to help me feel more settled. I still love being a Premier Designs Jeweler and I’m hoping to pick that up more this fall since summer was slow for me.  But I also feel like I need a day job to help with expenses, since I actually have to pay rent now, haha. I have no idea what that may be, but I’m trusting that God will lead me to it in His perfect timing. In the mean time I feel pretty lucky that I’ve had such great experiences so far with Office Team and temping.

Yikes again! I guess I should have realized this would be long since it’s been so long. I am hoping to SLOWLY pick up on blogging again. With the move I’ve been trying to do things to help simplify my life and so posts may be few as I try to decide what I want it to be. I don’t know what it will look like and I make no guarantees. ;)

You can always follow me on Twitter (@ashleelovelee) and Instagram (@ashleelovelee) for more frequent posts.

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

27 before 28

I can't believe another year has come and gone. If you remember, last year I posted my 26 before 27 goal list. I didn't accomplish everything on my list, but it did push me to try and do things I wouldn't have otherwise. While I am, once again, not where I thought I'd be on my 27th birthday I am looking forward to this new year.

I've created my 27 before 28 list and included some things from my previous list. 

Friends & Social
1. Meet Amanda
2. Start planning 30th birthday trip with the girls
3. Take a road trip [San Francisco]

4. Read the Bible cover to cover [NIV] [Using THIS plan]

5. Create a monthly budget, get out of debt and save money 
6. Pay off credit card

7. Brainstorm photography concepts and create a personal photo series
8. Take a photography class
9. Get and stay current on my photo albums [2009 - present]

Premier Designs Business

10. Attend Premier Regional Rally in January
11. Become a Builder and Designer
12. Earn Premier Designs Incentive trip to Disney World
13. Reach the following: highest monthly retail, highest retail per show, # of shows
14. Reach Rookies Club, Home Show Club and Crown Jewel Program
15. Create and brand a facebook page for my Premier Designs jewelry business
16. Attend Premier National Rally in July

17. Stay up late and watch a meteor shower
18. Have a movie marathon
19. Build a fort/tent inside on a rainy day
20. Go on a hike
21. Run a 5k
22. Try rock climbing

23. Move to Seattle
24. Decorate my own place [via thrifting, estate sales, flee markets, saving & DIY projects]
25. Exercise consistently [2-3 times a week]
26. Maintain organization in my life, personally and work-related
27. Blog consistently [2-3 times a week]

Friday, June 8, 2012

Fashion Friday

This editorial, The Special Model, is for Elle Brazil and stars Coco Rocha. Photographed by Max Abadian, styled by William Graper, hair by Andre Gunn and makeup by Hung Vanngo. It's dramatic and glamorous!

Source: Fashion Gone Rogue