A Beach House So Pretty It’s Hard to Believe It’s a Rental — House Call

Name: Ashley, my husband, our three-year-old son Don and two dogs (Derek and Lucy)
Location: Miami, Florida
Size: 2,000 square feet
Years lived in: 6 months, renting

My name is Ashley [of At Home With Ashley] and I live in this rental home with my husband Preston and our 3-year-old son, Don. We have two dogs (both are Cavalier King Charles Spaniels). We recently moved here from Utah and chose this rental home for the perfect blank slate it is (you’ve got to love a white kitchen, white walls, and wood tile floors). Plus, it is biking distance to the beach so we go a few times a week to play in the waves and sand.

The goal for this home was to mix my signature “girly glam” style with coastal elements since this is the first time we’ve lived in Florida. For a fun pop of color, I painted an IKEA media cabinet in rainbow colors. Life is too short to live with boring decor and I love how the pink sofa works as a neutral in this room.

(Image credit: At Home with Ashley)

What is your favorite room and why? Hands down, my favorite room is the great room. It gets the most gorgeous light and I love spending the morning in that room. The landlord used to have super dark furniture in the home that felt heavy and looming. I added in all lighter items—wicker and pastel colors. It feels light and bright and happy—just how I like it!

We really lucked out with this rental kitchen! I added some outdoor stools and brass pendants to warm it up. That island has really became the hub of our home.

(Image credit: At Home with Ashley)

Describe your home’s style in 5 words or less: Girly Glam meets Coastal

In the dining room, I wanted to add some fun pattern. The tribal rug is my dog’s favorite place to sleep and I really like how bold it is. The shaker pink chairs are super comfortable and what sparked the design for this space. We’ve spent many nights entertaining at that table. Since I work from home, my desk is tucked in the corner.

(Image credit: At Home with Ashley)

I threw a party and hung a bunch of gold rings and covered them in faux flowers. I loved it so much that I didn’t take it down! I am a huge fan of gold/brass and have used it through the home to warm things up and add a bit of glam.

(Image credit: At Home with Ashley)

If you could magically change something about your home, what would it be? The back door to the pool and patio is located in the master bedroom. Which means when we have guests over, everyone ends up going through my room to go outside. I’d love to wave a magic wand and have that door located in a hallway!

I recently finished decorating the master bedroom. Why is it that personal spaces always get pushed to the bottom of the list? The gold bed is a huge statement and I love how it covered some awkwardly placed windows. It’s a small room so I used a corner desk as a vanity and nightstand.

(Image credit: At Home with Ashley)

Any advice for creating a home you love? First of all, when designing your house, don’t worry about what anyone (outside of the people who live there) thinks. Trying to please everyone means you’ll be living in a watered down version of your dream. If you love a color, go for it! When I first started adding pink to my home, so many people thought I was crazy, but it is a beautifully soft color to live with. People see pictures of my home now and call it a “dollhouse”—I love that!

My 3-year-old son’s room was the first space we redid. I put up removable wallpaper and love the moody clouds. The daybed was usually facing the opposite way to help my son not fall out of the bed. I loosely did a coastal/Florida theme and the element that brought it all together is that sail boat.

(Image credit: At Home with Ashley)

My last advice is that it is worth it to create a home you love. If you have a tight budget or will only be living somewhere temporarily, it is still important to have a home that inspires you. Your home is your launching pad for life—make it yours!

Although we’re renting, I got our landlord’s permission to redo the poolside patio. I painted the stripes (the walls were in terrible condition before I filled a bunch of holes) for a cabana feel. On the floor, my husband laid tile that is meant to look like cement tiles, but is actually super affordable and skid-proof. It is such a happy spot to entertain!

(Image credit: At Home with Ashley)

This house has been such a joy for me to decorate! It definitely helps that we rented a home with good bones (lots of light, white walls, and wood tile floors). In six months we’ve mostly redecorated it—from adding curtains to laying rugs. It’s been fun to use some coastal elements since we’re from Utah and have never lived by the beach. Mostly it’s been great bonding with my family in a home so far from our family.

Thanks, Ashley !

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