We can’t think of anyone better to start this series off with than Ashley of Ashley Brooke Designs. We are completely obsessed with all of the beautiful items in her store, and gather an immeasurable amount of inspiration from her website. Ashley is proving that beauty and brains come in the same package, and more than that, that we can have it all. Ashley was kind enough to satisfy our curiosity for her life and business, find her answers below, along with some of our favorite pieces from her shop.
1. What did you major in during college, and have you used your degree?
I attended UCF Business School from 2005 to 2008, and also attended Seminole State College of Florida during the same period. I graduated from Seminole State College with an Associate of Science in interior design.
I have a degree in interior design, which is funny because it has been surprisingly useful for my work now… who would have thought!
2. What was the most valuable lesson you learned while building your brand?
Take it one day at a time! Sometimes the big picture can be unhelpful, and when you stick to what you know you are good at and keep trying everyday to move forward in small action steps, that’s when the biggest things come together. Persistence, endurance, and faith are key.
3. What will you never leave home without?
A fancy watch and bright lipstick!
4. What word defines being a twenty-something?
5. What’s your favorite book of all time?
Love Does by Bob Goff. I reread it every so often! I just love it!
6. What inspired you to start Ashley Brooke Designs?
Honestly, it was an idea that was birthed out of necessity. I was laid off from my fancy interior design job when the market crashed and just decided that I needed to do something and do something fast. No one was hiring for ANYTHING, so I decided to do my best to take control of the situation and start something. I put all my skills together with the resources I had, and Ashley Brooke Designs was born. It’s been pretty crazy.
I didn’t have a business plan or an outline. I just asked a bazillion questions to anyone who would listen to me, read every business book I could get my hands on, and hustled. I worked really hard and made lots of mistakes, but every once in a while I would succeed and that is what kept me going. I have a fairly persistent personality, so I focused all my energy on that.
7. What’s your go-to snack after a long day at the office?
8. Do you have a role model? Who and why?
My parents! They have a very successful portrait studio and it has been an honor to watch them work together over the years to create something truly remarkable! They are my most spirited cheerleaders!
9. If you could let other twenty-somethings in on a secret, what would it be?
Be yourself; it’s the cool thing to do!
We like the way you work it Ashley, thank you for sharing your insights and experiences with us. If you have not shopped at Ashley Brooke Designs, please check it out and find some perfect picks like the one below.