For those of us who don’t have the power to change their space in any drastic way (AKA renters), rearranging is truly your best friend. That strategy is something that this LA-native has adopted to keep her home feeling functional and fresh. Ashley Hosmer, a blogger and self proclaimed girly-girl working in Brand Marketing, lives in this cozy one-bedroom apartment with her husband, Matty and dog, Mia. Her style evokes a feminine energy, with blush color palettes, colorful art, and rich textural pieces—many of which are designed and made by women. Ashley is an avid collector of these items, filling every open space with plants and unique ceramics + home goods that she and her husband pick up from their travels. See Ashley’s full space + inspiration for each room below!
In Ashley’s day-to-day life, she works in Marketing as a Content Creator writing copy and creating email promotional campaigns for brands. Her real passion, however, lies in her personal blog, a side project that allows her an outlet to express her creative styling and writing.
Moving from their last apartment to this one, Ashley knew she wanted to invest in a few core, stylish pieces for each room and design around that. She describes her style as “mid-century style with a slight bohemian flare.” Having a previous space that was much smaller than this one, the challenge became how to fill the space meaningfully and still retain coziness and comfort. Each room has been decorated around a central piece. “In the living room,” she notes, “it is our colorful rug. I drew from the pinks and yellows and decorated with the blush pillows on the couch, the yellow blankets, and the wall hanging. In the bedroom, it was the weaving over our bed. I picked neutral grays and ivories to complement the piece.”
“I grew up in Los Angeles with a stepmother that would rearrange our bedroom any time we went on a trip,” she explains. “I would come home to find my bed in a new position and all my things moved around. And somehow it always looked better!” Now with her own home, Ashley finds herself enjoying the same thing regularly. “Sometimes I gather all my plants and then rearrange them all. I change the position of our bed. I rearrange shelves. I love seeing how things fit together and how to make the same space feel fresh and new.”
Another woe of renters far and wide: STORAGE. Ashley had to get creative with this new apartment’s glaring lack of storage, starting with some thoughtfully selected storage furniture. “Before we moved in, the big thing that stood out to me was the lack of storage and closet space. We added an extra suspension bar to our closets to store more clothes and purchased a storage bed (the west elm Nash Bed), to store our extra bedding and towels. The second challenge was the living room. Our living room is spacious, so we knew this was where my husband’s desk would go. But in the corner adjacent to it was a small awkward space. When we first moved in, I placed a bench there, but after realizing it was getting no use, I found a bookshelf that fit the space perfectly and used that as a space to feature items I love.”
When asked what she loves most about their home, Ashley says it’s “how much it feels like us.” With a larger family, hosting in comfort was important when she designed the space. “When people walk into our home, they know it belongs to us and that is really important to me. I didn’t want to fill our home for the sake of filling it. I took my time collecting unique pieces and plants and weaving them into our home. Each piece of furniture is comfortable and serves a purpose. We added a second chair in our living room to accommodate our large family when we host gatherings.” She adds, “when we host our family and friends they almost immediately find themselves at home, curling up on the couch and grabbing blankets. I love that. I love having a space that feels welcoming and also feels like us.”