Shiplap Look-Alike Shower How-To

We have received a lot of requests for more information on how we created this gorgeous ship-lap look-alike shower in our recent Clay Street project. So we’re going to spill the details on how we achieved this unique and functional look. Spoiler alert - it’s not actually shiplap!

The two main objectives with creating this shower (or any shower) is making sure it’s durable and waterproof. We chose to use cement board for this application. It comes in wood grain, stucco, and a smooth texture. Cement board is designed to be completely waterproof and hold up under intense rain, wind, and even hail. This shower is doubly protected because we made it completely watertight even before installing the cement board. We used Kerdi-Board for this application. It is an amazing product!

After installing the Kerdi-Board and cement board, we used a high-quality silicone in the grout lines to make sure every last nook and cranny would keep the water out! We finished off the entire project by painting the boards with marine paint (which is used on ships) so we knew it was a full-proof option for our shower project! You can buy marine paint from a marina or Home Depot and Lowe’s have options as well.

There you have it - the short and simple version of this high-impact project! We’re incredibly pleased with how this shower turned out and we hope it inspires and helps those of you who are interested in this sort of look for your own home!

Q&A with Tori Ashmore!


1) What does a typical day look like for you?

I'm not sure if our family has had a "typical" day yet! Between my business, the farm, four teenagers (and all of their games, practices, and music lessons), and my husband's full-time job, each day brings on a whole new adventure. My husband and I make a great team, so we try to switch off which mornings we do the "chores" at home - feeding the animals (some are more picky than others - like those teenagers - and getting those teens on their bus. On the mornings that I don't do the routine at home, I usually try to hit the gym bright and early before work.

As far as the design business goes, every day really does look different. My studio is located in an adorable downtown area near my house, so I will often go there to work on bids and designs and I also meet with a lot of clients! The traffic in Atlanta is absolutely crazy, so I try to work in the office for the first part of the morning - starting the day organized and grounded helps so much!

After the traffic slows down, I'll head out for appointments with contractors and clients, shopping for materials, and inspecting projects. During this time, my husband is at work and the kids are at school. We all try to meet up back at home around 4:30 p.m.

Once the work day is over, I really try to embrace my role as a mom and wife. We do supper together and spend time as a family (even if it's just doing music practices and homework). Supper is very important to us - we put our phones away so we can connect, hear about each others’ days, and swap funny stories! Between the six of us, there is never a dull moment!

2) Which of your personality traits is most helpful for your work as an interior designer?

It's always awkward to talk about yourself, so I asked one of my friends what she thought. She said, "Without a doubt, the personality trait that has made Tori excel is her design work is her adventurous spirit. Just a few years ago, this was a part-time hobby - where many people are when they start a business. But because she was not afraid to put herself out there, to learn the tricks of the trade, and to take risks, she's taken her business from flipping old pieces of furniture to flipping multiple houses! I think her confidence attracts those who want to invest their money, and need someone who's sure they can make their vision happen - and that's Tori!"

3) Are you a morning person or a night owl?

Without a doubt, a night owl! I get so much done after everyone is tucked into bed - the house is quiet and I can curl up on the couch with my laptop. No one is usually calling or texting to interrupt my time. I'm definitely not a morning person - my family is very familiar with my morning "wave" which they know means "good morning...I love you...but don't talk to me!"

4) What is your favorite Atlanta-area restaurant and why?

This is a hard question because I love eating out and trying different foods! Atlanta has so many things to offer! Probably my most frequented restaurant would be one in the Avalon, a fun outdoor shopping center not to far from us. It's got stores, great restaurants, and a movie theater. El Felix is my favorite - great steak tacos, homemade tortillas (!!), and chunky guacamole. Right across the street is Cafe Intermezzo, a beautiful little European cafe with decadent desserts and great espresso. The combination makes a great girls’ night or date night with my husband!

5) Have you always wanted to be in the interior design business or is this a career path that has caught you by surprise?

Yes and no. I grew up as the daughter of a contractor so I was constantly around the building or rebuilding of homes, making them beautiful and functional. Around college, I decided I didn't want to be a part of that industry. I guess when it came time to "grow up,” I wanted to try something totally different than I was used to at home.

After going to college, getting married, and starting a family, I just started being pulled back to design. Like my friend mentioned, I started buying furniture pieces from local yard sales, refinishing them, marketing them online, and selling them. Then, I started consulting for my friends who wanted to redesign their homes, refinishing kitchens. The next thing I knew, I was designing spaces, then whole houses! While I love interior design, I also love the architectural design side of things. It's fun to remodel or build onto a home to make it the perfect space for its family, and I feel like this expertise helps me when working with contractors and builders.

6) What is your favorite room in a house to design?

Whichever one I'm currently doing! I love all the rooms and the unique challenges they offer. But, if I had to choose, it's probably a tie between kitchens and a master suite.

For me, the kitchen is the heartbeat of my home. It's the place I gather most often with family and friends. So when I design that space, I want it to be the most functional room in the house, but also create an atmosphere that everyone wants to be in.

I'm a huge romantic, so of course the master suite appeals to me also. I think every couple needs an oasis, where they can go to relax and rejuvenate together. Those moments are helped by simple luxuries, good design, and organization - and of course I always want to throw in some great spa-like features in the bathroom for those busy moms!

7) If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would it be, and why?

Definitely Europe - I love the culture and the centuries-old beauty in the simplest of places. I have a painting in my living room that reminds me of a cottage in the French countryside! That's my happy place!

8) What is your favorite holiday tradition?

Each year, our kids get a special ornament that kind of encapsulates their year or achievements. My mom did that for us, and it's so fun to have a tree full of memories. I also host a Christmas tea each year for the wives of the other pastors that my husband works with. We often don't get a lot of time to spend together because of all our busy schedules, so it's always fun to set a beautiful table, gather all the teapots, and enjoy food like scones and clotted cream together.

9) What's your favorite recipe to cook for your family?

We are big fans of Mexican food! I grew up in Texas, so of course my entire family has been taught to love Tex-Mex. I like that it's quick and easy to prepare, and everyone can customize it to their liking!


10) What is the most rewarding part of your work as owner of Farm Chic Design?

When we've taken a project from start to finish, and I get to see the client's face when they see the finished project! I put all my effort into each one of my projects, so there's a lot of joy in giving that finished project back to the clients I've grown to love!


Meet Our Intern, Sarah Foushee!

Hello! My name is Sarah Foushee and I’m a sophomore at Anderson University in South Carolina. I am studying what I absolutely love - interior design! Ever since I can remember, being involved with interior design has always been a dream of mine. My interest began when I realized how much I loved rearranging furniture and decor in my own room and also that I thoroughly enjoyed perusing design websites. I would spend hours on Pottery Barn’s site making wish lists for my dream house! I also enjoyed watching countless episodes of HGTV shows with my aunt. I always imagined that one day I could be the one making someone’s life happier by creating comfortable and beautiful spaces.

Farm Chic Design has made this dream of mine start coming to life! I was given the amazing opportunity to intern alongside Tori this past summer and help her with multiple jobs. I did a little bit of everything, from picking out samples to making mood boards for clients. I love working with Farm Chic Design because it allows me to get hands-on experience in the interior design field and practically do the things I’m learning in my college classes. Tori is so much fun to work with and makes every day a new and exciting adventure!

Currently, I am in my second year of college and have already completed many design classes. Right now we are working on rendering, drafting, and we’re about to start learning Sketch Up. I just completed two projects: residential design and student housing. We were required to pick clients and design spaces that fit their needs. Between these two projects, I hand rendered five perspectives, a floor plan, and two elevations and also drafted five construction documents, selected samples, assembled six presentation boards, and three jobs books. At the end, we presented these projects to multiple external reviewers. I have already gained so much knowledge studying at Anderson University!

My future dream after college is to work alongside a residential design firm and to one day maybe start a firm of my own. Securing this internship with FCD has pushed me closer towards my future goals and I can’t wait to see what else I will learn while I’m here!

The Why + How of Adding Color To Your Home

Some people are drawn toward neutrals. Some are drawn toward a lot of bold color! We’re talking today about how to beautifully incorporate color into your home in a way that is tasteful, budget-friendly, and cohesive!

Adding pops of color to an otherwise neutral palette is a great way to add interest to your a space. Even if you’re naturally drawn to a subdued space, finding just the right ways to incorporate color will add a little punch to your room!

If you’re inclined toward a lot of color in the first place, learning how to add it tastefully can be helpful. Because color choices are often trendy, adding them in bulk becomes expensive if you like to replace items as your tastes change. In addition, excessive color on top of color in a room doesn’t allow a place for the eyes to rest.

So let’s learn the why + how of adding color to a space! We hope you enjoy these simple tips!


Why should I add color?

Color adds interest - it’s the spice of life. We see it all around us in the world! Including color in your space is an outlet for self-expression, allowing your personality to shine!

How do I add color?

I recommend starting with a neutral palette. It’s a great idea to make your larger, more expensive home purchases less colorful and more neutral. This would ideally be all of your large pieces of furniture. Mostly neutral furnishings will ground your space so you can layer colors and textures on top. Now, there is absolutely no harm in having a colored (whether bold or subtle) upholstered chair or desk, but try to keep the bulk of your pieces neutral. Then add color in items that are less expensive and can be easily changed out!

Throw Pillows

Throw pillows are relatively inexpensive (depending on where you buy them) and at $20-$40 each, they can be changed out or rotated every season or every few years when you get bored with your current color scheme. You can also add pattern + texture with pillows!

Curtains

Incorporating color and pattern through curtain panels is really easy and not too expensive! You can often find sales on curtains that will allow your space to feel fresh and updated while keeping your wallet happy.

Paint

This is probably the most obvious way to add color! And it might be the cheapest too. A can of quality paint costs anywhere from $25-$45 and can give your room a huge boost of personality! Whether you paint an entire space a muted color or go bold on an accent wall, the options are endless!

Wallpaper

Yes, wallpaper is trending again! From traditional glued-on wallpaper to removable peel-and-stick versions, there are many methods to incorporate wallpaper into a space. You can upgrade a small powder room by adding a punch of wallpaper to all four walls. Or you can give a nursery an extra special look by putting up a subtle or bold print (whichever strikes your fancy) on the wall behind the crib!

Plants

Plants you say? YES! Plants are one of nature’s best sources of color! Go fill a cart at the garden center with a variety of houseplants - large + small - and you’ll watch your house come alive! Of course pay attention to lighting and watering needs.

Decor

Family photos, art ledges, baskets, mirrors, vases, lamps, bedding, throw blankets, and other decor pieces are an obvious way to add color and contrast to a space. Trading things out every once and a while, moving things around your home, or grabbing something new at your favorite store or market adds a lot of visual interest and keeps things from getting boring! You can really have fun with these items - let your personality shine!

Rugs

Even though they’re usually a bit more expensive, a rug can also be a fun way to add a pop of color! Invest into a beautifully colored, timeless rug and it will bring your space life for years to come!


Photo by Jonny Caspari on Unsplash

We Bought a Flip!

We have some very exciting news!!! Farm Chic Design has purchased her first flip! We're celebrating the closing of the property today and can't wait to get to work on it! We plan to take this run-down 1960 farmhouse and turn it into a dreamy modern farmhouse where new memories can be made. We have plans to add a second story and double our square footage!

I take a lot of joy turning something ugly (and almost condemned) into something beautiful! We see so much vision for this place and are looking forward to restoring its charm and character! I wish the walls of these old homes could talk and tell us of stories formed and memories made in years past!

I love what I do and the variety my job entails. Whether it's restyling a house or remodeling a kitchen or finishing off a basement - I love it all! We have also done many flips for investors. But this time it's all OURS! We decided to enter the adventure of house-flipping by scooping up this forgotten home to bring it back to life!

Will you come along on this adventure with us?! We will be sharing updates along the way on Facebook and Instagram, so be sure you're following along. I often share details about our properties on Farm Chic Design's Instagram stories - it's a super fun way to stay updated!

Cheer us on as we set out on this new adventure!

Rugs 411 - How to Choose the Best One For Your Space

A rug purchase is no drop in the bucket. They can be expensive and can set the tone for the entire room! Many people become intimated and don't know where to start in finding the right rug for their space. There are several factors to consider!

What's the right size?

This is probably the most frequently asked question about rugs! They come in all kinds of sizes - so which one is right for your space, you ask? Well, the short answer - the bigger the better. You want your rug to fill your space and you want your furniture's legs to overlap on top of the rug on all or most sides. This helps ground the furniture and actually makes your space appear larger! Floating a small rug in the middle of a large room will visually shrink the size of the room. So go big or go home!

What's the right shape?

Most rugs we think of are rectangular in shape. And that is often a great choice! But rugs also come in ovals, circles, and some even have raw edges that give them a less precise look. Most rooms look great with a rectangular rug of some sort. But accent rugs are lovely in other shapes! And did you know you can even layer rugs?! Throw a small, sheepskin rug down next to your bed on top of the already existing rug and it adds even more visual interest (and softness)! Or toss a circular jute rug overtop of a vintage rug in your living space to add texture and an element of surprise!

What's the right color?

The color of rug you choose has a lot to do with, well - YOU! There are two different routes you can go. A rug can act as a statement piece - with lots of bold color and pattern - or it can act as a neutral piece - one which other bolder elements of the room can work off of. If you're lacking inspiration for where to begin in a room, a rug is a great place to start. Browse online or look through a store display for color and pattern ideas. If you find one you can't live without, buy it and allow it to be the springboard for the rest of your room! Find one with lots of colors and patterns you love! Then choose your furnishings, window treatments, and decor to go with that rug. OR if you desire that the rug be a more subdued element of your space, find one with light colors and minimal patterns and bring in more color and pattern using throw pillows or curtains! There are a plethora of rugs out there on the market - it's literally an endless world of possibilities!  

What's the right texture?

Should you buy a low piled rug or a high piled one? Which is easier to clean? Which one works better if I have kids in my home? This decision is completely personal! Low piled rugs are generally easier to clean but they tend to show stains more readily. High piled rugs are super soft and fluffy and hide stains but can be hard to clean if something drastic happens. The decision is up to you!

What's the right function?

You will find that different rugs work best in certain rooms. For example, a high piled rug would work better in a bedroom than in say, a dining room - for obvious reasons! And a low piled rug would do best in an entryway because of the door! Keep light colored rugs in areas of the house where they would be less likely to get dirty and darker rugs in areas where you could stand to hide some dirt. Use machine washable rugs in areas like bathrooms and mudrooms. Think about how you want your room to function and choose a rug that works for you! 

Design = form AND function so choose a rug that answers both side of the design equation!


Photo by Trang Nguyen on Unsplash