Ashley Darryl, founder and owner of her namesake interior design firm, is quickly becoming one of Manhattan’s rising design stars. Best known for creating livable, unique spaces, Ashley prides herself on bringing her client’s visions to life.
What inspired this career path for you?
I love everything old! It can be anything from pottery and furniture, to architecture and hardware. Learning the history of these pieces, where they came from, who made them and why, is what makes each one of them unique and special to me. I love finding antique and vintage pieces for my clients’ homes because those are the items that stand out in a space and have a story to tell.
What is your go-to source for inspiration?
I love looking to Pinterest and design books. I have a collection of books from school that constantly inspire me. Some of them are about furniture styles, past and present, and the others are about iconic designers such as David Hicks and Billy Baldwin. Looking to the past is important to me because I love the mixture of classic and modern in one space.
Tell us about your creative process.
A room can be born with a single piece of inspiration such as a piece of art, fabric, or object. My projects always start with a single thing in which everything revolves around and is layered on top of.
Describe your style in 6 words or less.
My style: traditional undertone that feels modern
What are the biggest trends you see in interior design right now and what are you loving (and not loving)?
I would say large-scale art and lots of wallpaper. I feel like I’ve been seeing these two things more and more these days!
What’s a staple in your tool kit?
A measuring tape. I can’t go anywhere without it!
Who do you look up to in the design world?
Billy Baldwin, Jacques Grange
If you could design a space for anyone, what kind of space and for whom would it be?
I’d love to design a space for someone who has similar tastes as me but with a twist. I feel I would love to work with a client who makes me do something that feels a little uncomfortable and breaks me out of my comfort zones.
Which design blog, website, TV show, or magazine would you be lost without?
I love Elle Décor and House Beautiful, but these days I can’t live without Instagram. I feel like I see more on Instagram that I want to save than any magazine or blog. I love when designers post photos of their own homes or show a new vacation spot they are at and are inspired by.
What do you love about Viyet?
Viyet is where you go for the best of the best at lower price points!