Designer Spotlight: Jennifer Ashley
September 18, 2023

Designer Spotlight: Jennifer Ashley

In case you haven’t yet heard, we are thrilled to co-host an Open House this Saturday, September 23rd, at our showroom featuring work from the talented Jennifer Ashley. Known for her colorful pallet and preppy designs, her style fits right in with our vibe. From custom artwork to home accessories, her work showcases the perfect way to add customization and warmth into a setting. To further introduce you to Jennifer and her work, we sat down with her for a quick interview.

What was the pivotal moment or realization that led you to pursue a career as an artist?

I painted our wedding venue for our Save the Dates along with a matching watercolor crest and our two dogs for our invitations. Shortly after our wedding, many of my close friends were requesting similar work for their own events. I absolutely loved working with them to design a special piece that they would cherish forever and eventually my passion turned into a full time business.

When you find yourself lacking inspiration, where do you seek it?

Interior Designers are trendsetters. I love to see how they take unexpected styles and colors and make them work together. I always get inspiration from coffee table books from the likes of Mario Buatta, Dorothy Draper, and Mark D. Sikes.

The most difficult aspect of your job?

Learning all the aspects of running a business from marketing, accounting, social media, and customer service. I had to learn it all on my own and feel like I’m constantly always learning!

How has your journey from the East Coast to the South and now to the Midwest influenced or evolved your artwork?

I feel that I’ve drawn inspiration from each location and pieces can be seen as my work has evolved. Over the past 10 years, I have experimented with numerous mediums from pen and ink, watercolor, gouache, acrylics, and now currently working with colored pencils. 

Since moving to a Chicago suburb, what aspects of the Midwest have you found most appealing or grown to love?

Most of all, I have to say I love the people. Folks have been so kind and welcoming. I’ve also become so fond of living in our village. It has such a small town feel and each time we go for a walk, I’m reminded why I love it so much.

What has been the most memorable trip the past year and how it may have influenced or inspired your upcoming artwork?

I just recently got back from London and fell in love with all the incredible historical architecture and restaurants. Many restaurants had very iconic branding styles and logos. The interiors were so beautiful and made each restaurant a special experience. The flower displays on the exterior entryways were so colorful, refreshing and fun to see while walking through the streets! I am currently working on botanical prints and paintings. I took many photos to use as inspiration for these pieces.

Could you tell us about a collaboration from your past that stands out as your favorite?

I have so many favorite projects, it's so hard to pick just one! I worked with LL Bean on a “Back to School” promo. Their backpacks are so recognizable it inspired me to paint a flock of mallard ducks flying “back to school” with the iconic backpacks hanging from their mouths! The ad campaign ran on their social media accounts!

Are there any upcoming projects you'd be willing to provide a sneak peek or share any upcoming projects that you're excited about?

I am bringing back my Santa Clause cookie plates and the monogram Christmas dinner plates this year! I will also be working with Dogwood Hill as an artist for their Christmas 2024 collection.

We hope you can join us this Saturday Noon - 5pm for a lovely afternoon of shopping and socializing! You can find us at our showroom, located at 855 W. Randolph St., 2nd Floor.