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Blog: Maillardville Manor

Blogger: Ashli Malinek

Location: British Columbia

What is your blog all about?
We strive to bring readers motivation and inspiration to live organized, simplified, green lives. I believe our homes can be simple and beautiful all while being eco-friendly and functional.

What do you do for a living?

I am a full time homemaker/ housewife/ domestic engineer! When we got married we made the decision to have one person working and one person at home, so for the last 5 years I’ve been a stay-at-home wife. I bake and clean and organize all day and I couldn’t imagine anything better for me. But, if I had to pick a dream job I would love to style closets for magazine photo shoots {not rooms, just closets}. I love the look of a well organized closet.

Dining space in Ashli's former townhouse, the original Maillardville Manor

If money were no object, what one item would you buy for your home?
I would buy the Paula Dean rectangle dining table with ladder-back side chairs and two big upholstered wing chairs at the head of the table — swoon!

Describe your home in 6 words or less
Simple, organized, easy peasy.

Where do you shop for items for your home?

HomeSense — I could probably furnish an entire house from that store. I love Ikea, but I have a rule: no more then two items in a room can be from Ikea. It’s too easy to do a one stop shop there and have a room that looks like an ad for the store. I also like second-hand stores and Target — so happy they are coming to Canada!

The library nook in Ashli's new home

What has been your favourite post?
My tablecloth curtains or pebble boot tray, I can’t pick one — don’t make me choose!

What song, movie or soundtrack sums up your life?

Would saying Titanic be too dramatic? Just kidding! I would have to say the song that sums up my life, right now at least, would be Alright by Darius Rucker.

What has been your fave find under $50?

I found a church pew on Craigslist, painted it white and used it as a dining room bench for a few years. I loved it!

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