Hacienda Chic ResidenceSouthwestern Living Room, San Diego
Fun Interior with lots of color! A Vibrant Way of Life!
Interior Design: Ashley Astleford, ASID, TBAE, BPN
Photography: Dan Piassick
What Houzz contributors are saying:
2. You definitely don’t have to listen to loved ones. Just like you have to find the strength to be curt, mastering the art of rejecting advice from the people you care about is key. Watch how it’s done. “Hi, Mom! Good to hear from you. What’s that? I should install blue carpet like we had in our kids’ rooms growing up? Ha! That’s a great idea. We could pretend it’s shark-filled water in the living room when guests are over. I’ll keep that in mind. Anyway, I’ve got to go. Thanks for the suggestion. Love you! Bye.” See how easy that is? The last thing you want is to be stuck with something you hate just because you wanted to please somebody else. Take it from marthafish: “When house shopping, most of the houses I liked were near busy roads. The Realtor and my husband convinced me that I would get used to it and it wouldn’t bother me. And according to the Realtor, I wouldn’t hear it inside my house. Wrong! It drives me crazy. I can’t sit outside. New windows are on my list of home improvements.”I’m sure indianpatti’s mom had the best intention when she phoned up to “express her extreme dislike for the drapes in my home. ‘You should get the European lace curtains like I have.’ OMG! Our home is modern. Lacy curtains? LOL!” writes indianpatti.Jdingles learned the hard way. “Back in the ’80s, I had a gorgeous red velvet high-back chair. My friend said she hated it and that I should give it away. I did. Months later my chair was on the cover of an interior design magazine. The new owner described it exactly as mine and got it from my local goodwill for $10! She designed her entire room around the chair — just as I had imagined.”
The fireplace surround in the family room was found in San Miguel de Allende, and Astleford had it reworked to fit. This room is full of color and pattern, so Astleford kept the walls white as a crisp contrast. Rug: ABC Carpet & Home