Ashley believes houses are meant to be beautiful, but also lived in and enjoyed. In the introduction, Ashley writes, “… if the sofa arms are not worn through and the rugs are still pristine after ten years, then I have not done my job. But when the rooms show the marks of family life over time, I know I have achieved my goal: a house lived in and well loved.”
The Well-Loved House showcases homes from gracious Connecticut estates to chic Manhattan pieds-à-terre to waterfront beach houses on the Florida coast, most exclusively photographed for this book, including her own house never before seen. Within each house, Ashley offers guidance on furniture plans, complementing the architecture of a space, playing with color, and mixing pattern. She explains why it is important to have consistent threads throughout a home, but also contrast and juxtaposition. And most importantly, Ashley shares homes that welcome you at the end of a long day, homes for living, homes to love.