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Entertaining, Summer Inspiration July 26, 2019

Ashley celebrates grand opening of Chicago HomeStore | Ashley HomeStore

New Beginnings in Chicago

New store openings mean the Ashley family is continuing to expand–which is always exciting news for us! Our new location on Roosevelt Road had a soft opening on Flower truck.May 30th that welcomed new guests with exclusive discounts and activities. The Ashley team also invited some local influencers to get new product sneak peeks. Here’s a brief look inside the festivities:

Activities for Everyone

The opening was held at the rooftop parking garage of the building, giving guests ample room to enjoy the clear weather, sunshine and beautiful Chicago skyline (what a view!).

Branded cupcakes with stickers.Youth & Yarrow Flower Truck provided guests with pre-made bouquets to take home, with the option for guests to curate their own arrangements if they wished. Local food trucks 5411 Empanadas and Yum Dum Truck catered the event with delicious eats.

Influencers and guests alike took a tour of the store to get more information about Ashley’s new products and styles.

We’re continuing to open new stores and anticipate celebrating 1,000 Ashley HomeStores in the near future! Tell us what you’d like to 

Influencers taking tour of HomeStore.

see at a store opening near you in the comments–do you want influencers and fun activities, or perhaps discounts or raffles? We had a blast and hope to continue providing exciting opportunities for guests to experience in our HomeStores!

To see more coverage from fun events like this one, check out our Instagram

Outdoor & Patio Ideas, Seasonal, Summer Inspiration July 19, 2019

Inspire Her Dream Home: Dani Austin’s new outdoor space

It’s officially summer: the season of cookouts, sunshine and outdoor gatherings. We decided to partner with Instagrammer and blogger Dani Austin to transform her patio into the ultimate outdoor oasis.

Dani Austin watering plant with dog.

When thinking of what she wanted for her patio, Austin reflected that her, her husband and their dog Hazel love lounging on the patio at the end of the day. She chose products like an outdoor heater to keep herself warm during the cool summer nights and an umbrella to block out the possibly harmful UV rays. Whether watching the sunset or chatting about their day, the couple often spend time on the patio around 7PM. “It’s our way to relax and connect together after a long day’s work,” Austin explained.

As a resident Texan, Austin loves to spend her time outdoors. “I love to run outside,” she said. “Give me a good trail and I’m good for hours.” Her favorite part about living in Dallas? Being close to family and friends, with her love for Tex-Mex being a close second. “You can catch me at Mi Cocina every Friday night with a margarita in my hand,” she said.

A Patio Fit For All Seasons in Texas

Wide view of patio featuring Ashley product.

For her patio (pictured above), Austin decided to remain minimal. Although her décor preferences change with current trends and styles, Austin said she always goes back to neutral tones of green and tan. Not only are these pieces fashionable, but functional for the outdoor elements and easy to maintain.

Now that her patio area is ready for visitors, Austin is excited to host parties and emphasized the newly furnished outdoor space as a party essential. Seating is a must for large outdoor gatherings, which is why Austin chose a three-piece set to fit all her guests. “I love hosting people over for movie (or) sport events on our patio,” she said. “It’s especially important to have enough seating for all your party peeps.”

Close up of furniture

We were so excited to have the opportunity to work with Dani and create an easy-breezy, inviting space for her guests come party time or a relaxing night with her husband. To learn more about our collaboration with her, check out our Instagram. You can also follow Dani Austin on Instagram and her blog.

Fall Inspiration, How To November 21, 2018

Donating to Food Banks: Here’s What You Should Know

Not everyone is fortunate enough to know where their next meal is coming from, which is why now is a great opportunity to give back, and help families who are struggling this time of year. However, you may not know where to donate, or what the best thing TO donate is. Well worry not—we’ve got you covered with plenty of resources and tips.

Fall Inspiration September 28, 2018

How to Decorate With Pumpkins

Pumpkins are way more versatile than you think. We carve, paint and cook these orange beauties—so why not find multiple ways to decorate with them, too? Give your home a seasonal refresh—here are a few fun ways to incorporate pumpkins around the house to get you in the fall spirit.

Fall Inspiration September 22, 2018

6 Ways to Create The Feeling of Fall When It’s Warm

While our northern friends can look forward to sweater weather, more often times than not, those who dwell in the south aren’t able to experience the whimsical seasonal change. If you’re experiencing total FOMO this season, try incorporating our six no-fail tips for creating the feeling of fall—even when it’s still warm out.

Summer Inspiration July 24, 2018

Summer Fun At Home

Ah, summer break: that remarkable time when days are long, cicadas burst into song, and kids have lots and lots… and lots… of free time. Keep boredom at bay by having a list of things to do at-the-ready for the kiddos. That way, they’ll have an array of activities to choose from every day, and you can rest easy knowing “I’m bored” won’t be in their vocabulary for a few months; at least, not until the school year starts.