Project Reveal with Ashley Martin Home

We’re just hours away from kicking off the weekend, but first, we’ve got a must-see home tour with Ashley Martin at the helm. She guided her Lakeland, Florida clients through an extensive redesign of their existing space, with function and style at the very forefront. Drawing inspiration from the home’s floor-to-ceiling windows and her clients’ decidedly eclectic style, she pulled off a fresh, layered, cohesive home that tells a story all its own. Let’s step inside, shall we?

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Photography: Amy Lamb of Native House Photography


Project Reveal with Ashley Martin Home



Tell us about this project and the scope of work involved.

This project was an extensive redesign of the entire home and took about a year and a half to complete from start to finish. The structure of the home itself provided a beautiful foundation for us to work from in order to create an equally beautiful design for the interior of the home.



What were some of the major pain points for clients, and how did you problem-solve with design?

This project ran incredibly smoothly from start to finish. Every detail of the project was well thought out and thoroughly planned, lending to an incredibly seamless design process. We shared a vision for the home with our clients and they trusted us to bring that vision to life.


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Talk to us about the initial inspiration and the process of honing your vision?

The design of this home was largely inspired by the floor-to-ceiling windows featured in nearly every room of the house. The windows allowed a significant amount of natural light into the home, providing the perfect foundation for the light and airy atmosphere we wanted to achieve with our design. We also took inspiration from the homeowners’ eclectic style. The goal for this project was to make each room feel as if it had been filled with a wide array of collected items, while simultaneously creating a purposeful, cohesive design throughout the home.



Can you describe what went into designing each of the main spaces within this project? 

Primary Bedroom | The bump-out window seating area was the kicking-off point for this master bedroom design. We chose unique Vanguard accent chairs paired with an eye-catching Restoration Hardware pendant to create an inviting seating area. Our goal for this space was to create a balance between the formal and informal elements. The large windows and grand ceiling give formality to the space while the slip-covered Bernhardt bed and cozy furniture create a more casual, relaxed atmosphere. We added visual dimension to the space with specific elements, like the three-dimensional Palecek artwork, Vanguard custom nightstands, and Restoration Hardware table lamps.


Primary Bath | The challenge here was designing a classic marble bathroom that also fit with the more contemporary style of the home. In order to create this balance, we incorporated a stained-glass mosaic tile on the wall behind the freestanding tub and continued it to the shower ceiling. We also incorporated shape and dimension using several different Visual Comfort light fixtures, including the chandelier above the bathtub, linear sconces beside the mirrors, and tapered sconces in the makeup area. We chose stained oak cabinetry with gold hardware to bring the perfect touch of warmth to the space. The result was a classic marble bathroom with a modern twist.



Can you describe what went into designing each of the main spaces within this project? 

Kitchen | As the main gathering area of the home, we really wanted to use the kitchen to bring the homeowners’ eclectic style to life. With its two-toned cabinetry, waterfall island countertop, open shelving, and counter-to-ceiling backsplash, this kitchen truly has a little bit of everything. We incorporated dimension using various wood tones in the Vanguard dining table and Palecek chairs & barstools. The kitchen desk area is dual-purposed, featuring a concealed coffee bar on the left and a home office to the right. All top-level cabinetry opens upward rather than sideways, creating a unique way to access additional storage space. We used gold hardware throughout the kitchen, paired with two gold-brushed Visual Comfort pendants to add warmth to the space.

Living Room | For the living room we used a custom area rug, colorful Wendover artwork, and a variety of upholsteries to create a space that is cozy, colorful, and collected. We selected Rowe sofas paired with Bernhardt accent chairs to soften the space and added the Restoration Hardware end tables and chandelier to create balance. We also used other elements like the Palecek accent table and woven nail head console paired with the Restoration Hardware ottoman table to create the eclectic look the homeowners’ desired. The wood ceiling beams and floors create warmth in the space that is perfectly balanced by the cool-toned rug and upholstery. We used the Flora pattern tile by Botteganove to create a truly unique fireplace to serve as the focal point of the room.



Any meaningful touches you incorporated for your clients?

We really wanted to incorporate the homeowners’ eclectic style in our design. One of the main ways we accomplished this was by using a combination of the clients’ original pieces and our own accessories to create a truly collected feel throughout the home. We combined both old and new in the dining room by integrating the homeowners’ personal artwork in our design. Some of my other favorite design details include the family room fireplace with the unique Botteganove tile, the custom dining room table paired with the Palecek dining chairs, the full glass wine cooler in the study and the custom sink in the pool bath. I also love the practicality of the friends and family entrance and the complete genius of the kitchen seating area as the perfect gathering place for residents and guests.


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Tell us what made working on this project so special?

The clients themselves are truly what made this project so special. They had complete confidence in our vision for their home and trusted us to make the right design selections to bring that vision to life. In addition to our lovely clients, the kitchen seating area provided a unique space for fellowship and togetherness that makes a house a home.



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