Congratulations to Dixie artist Jennifer Ashley who welcomed her new daughter, Katherine Isabelle, on May 29th! Jennifer and her husband have been hard at work completing the nursery in time for the arrival of their first baby. We now have the pleasure of sharing some images of this adorable room with you.
Jennifer added her personal artistic touches to all of the hand painted art pieces in the room. We love the calming color palette Jennifer chose for her wall color, which allowed her to infuse plenty of personality and color through her art work and in the room's accessories!
We have included some of Jennifer's thoughts on her nursery design as well as some additional images of the precious room below. She has also allowed us a peek into her artistic creative process. Be sure not to miss some of our favorite Dixie products that feature Jennifer's artwork at the bottom of this post... including the summer monkey designs she mentions!
When did you first begin creating as an artist and what inspired you to begin?
I started my illustration business in 2015 after I did some illustrations for my own wedding. I loved painting the flowers I had picked out and creating a monogram for my husband and I.
What is your favorite artistic medium to use?
I have always loved watercolor since I was little. I took private painting lessons as a kid and then studied watercolor in college.
Where do you turn when you need to be creatively refreshed?
If I have the time, I typically like to step away from my studio. I find that in any moment of life I can be inspired and then I race back to paint something new.
What do you like to listen to when you work?
I enjoy listening to music that relates to whatever I am currently painting. Sounds cliche, but music that feels appropriate in the moment.
Favorite instagram account you follow for inspiration?
The Beaufort Bonnet Company, Maisonette, Thibaut, Coveteur, Gray Malin, The Style Bungalow, Madredallas, etc. I could go on!
Favorite Dixie product you have illustrated?
Summer Monkey illustrations that were just released in the Summer Collection!
Tell us about your nursery...
The shelves are my favorite element of the nursery, allowing us a space to display a few sentimental items. My father handmade the baby bonnet stands in his workshop. Each wedding anniversary, my husband and I get a new Herend figurine, so this past year was particularly special. I picked the pink and green Mother Goose, which is a sweet reminder of an iconic year. Finally, since I am an illustrator, I love children’s books and added a few of my favorites to the shelves.
The final touch to the nursery was all the wall art I painted. As an illustrator, I typically work very small, so it was an exciting challenge to create extra large paintings to fill the walls. The inspiration for the bunny and bear came from studying vintage patterns and Liberty London fabrics. The acrylic tropical birds flying was a last minute decision and I just love the feel of clouds in the room - it feels like a window into paradise. The silver frames hold photos of when our two dogs, Rigby and Tuck, were puppies. They are very excited to have a new member join the family, so they made a small cameo in the nursery.
Some of our favorite products that feature Jennifer's artwork are below, but you can view them all here.