Ashley Kirkland joined Grizform Design Architects in 2017 and is their Director of Interior Architecture, responsible for managing hospitality projects at all stages of design. From the concept to the schematic design to the creation of detailed construction documentation, she loves working on design projects to turn a customer’s vision into reality. With a passion for heritage preservation, Ashley draws design inspiration from a cadre of knowledge. With over 13 years of experience in the design and management of hospitality, multi-family and corporate interior projects, it is safe to say that your customers’ visions are in good hands.
After completing her Bachelor of Science degree in Interior Design from Ohio University, Ashley moved to Washington, DC to live among cherry blossoms and historic monuments. A holder of the NCIDQ National Council for Interior Design certificate, she is a registered interior designer in the District of Columbia and a certified interior designer in the state of Maryland.
In her spare time, Ashley combines her love of travel, discovery, and food on an annual New York City pizza bus tour. And when she’s not sweating in her favorite spin studio, she enjoys spending time at home with family and friends.
Today Ashley is on Friday Five!
1. Pilot Precise V5 ink pen
I remember bubbling with excitement at my first college design studio at Ohio University, where I met Professor Matt Ziff. As a fountain pen lover, he urged all avid design students to choose a ballpoint pen. The requirements – the pen must have real ink and it cannot be a tragically simple ballpoint pen at all. After a few days of experimentation, I finally found the most perfect one. The finest, budget-friendly pen for college; the simple Pilot Previse V5. 17 years later it’s still the only pen I use! I have many on my desk, in my purse, and even a few scattered around my house. I never leave the house without it!
2. Beauty Bakerie Cosmetics
As an interior designer, I also love branding and graphic design. Cosmetics company Beauty Bakerie has some of the most creative packaging I’ve seen, with playful bakery names for all of their products. The brand’s Cake Mix Foundation comes with baking instructions and the fixing powders come in a baking flour bag! The products from Beauty Bakerie inspire me again and again to cleverly design even the smallest design elements of the project.
3. Poppin office supplies
I usually insist on having a clean desk, but in the middle of a busy day on my third conference call, I can’t make any promises! So if I can’t always have a clean desk, I might as well have a color-coordinated one, right? I love the collection of organizers, pen holders and matching notebooks from Poppin. Working from home has made it even more important to have an organized desk that used to be known as my reclaimed wood dining table. My crisp, white set of poppin accessories stays in the office while I opted for the aqua-colored collection at home.
4. My daughter
It was pretty exciting living with someone who has no idea what is going on in the world and who thinks everything I do is hilarious! I became a mom in the pre-pandemic 2020 and love watching my daughter’s curiosity – she loves discovering new things. It inspires and reminds me to approach design projects with a fresh perspective and an open imagination.
5. Obol cereal bowl
I’m obsessed with granola and maybe a little bit special because it stays crispy throughout the whole meal. Obol’s gracefully angled bowl has a compartment for cereal and a separate compartment for milk, so I can combine the two over time. I love it when form really meets function, especially when it comes to the important things in life like muesli!
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