Designer Spotlight - Ashley DeLapp

with Ashley DeLapp Interior Design
 Photography By J Erica Mark Photography
What (or who) made you want to be a designer?
My love for interior design began at the College of Architecture at UNC-Charlotte. I took a job with an architecture firm my third year, and handled the space planning and interior design for their private medical projects. I had a knack for it and was hooked! After graduation, I spent 10 years with a commercial architecture firm, handling the interior architecture team. In 2009, I started my own residential interior design firm and haven't looked back! I still love architecture and love being able to offer my clients expertise in both areas.
What is your favorite color palette right now? (can be paint color, PMS color, or whatever!)
I will always be drawn to citron, and a healthy dose of black and white, but i'm REALLY loving beet and blush right now. If you saw my office, you'd totally get it ;)
What is one thing that will never go out of style?
Grasscloth. I use it on almost every project, whether on walls, ceilings or backs of cabinets.
What is one thing you wish would go out of style!?
I think I speak for most designers when I say, the farmhouse / shiplap fad. If you don't live on an actual farm, please don't decorate your house like you do.
When choosing hardware for a project, what is typically your metal of choice?
I'm a brass girl all the way! Shiny, matte, as long as it's done well.

Where do you go to for inspiration?
I love magazines, real, page-turning magazines. There's something satisfying about starting at the cover and working your way through, tagging ideas along with the way. Seeing what's new in fashion, makeup, design, it's all a source of inspiration to me.
Where are you traveling next?
To the beach with my boys, but looking at Portugal in the fall with my best friend and our hubbies.
What was your very first car?
The first car I bought myself was a VW Black Jetta with tan leather interior. I LOVED that car.
Who is your Style icon?
Jenna Lyons, her style is flawless! She is the fashion translation of my interior designs. Color, pattern, bold!
Who is your favorite band/singer?
Foo Fighters! My husband is a musician and we have a friend in the band. I'm not gonna lie, it's pretty amazing to go back stage every time they perform in and around Charlotte.
What is currently in your shopping cart?
Flowy maxi skirts and voluminous blouses with huge bows.
If you could go back in time, what advice would you give your younger self?
Party more in college... I was so stressed all the time, I rarely let myself enjoy it.

Photography by Erica Mark and Ashley DeLapp

instagram:  @ashleydelapp

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