I love seeing the homes of talented designers who live outside the typical major design hubs. Today’s peek inside Jon and Paige Ashcroft’s 1,400 square-foot home built in 1928 takes us to the Coronado Historical District of Phoenix, Arizona. There, Jon works as an illustrator/designer/art director who specializes in editorial illustrations, infographics, apparel and branding systems. His wife, Paige, is an Aveda-trained stylist who works out of the Altered Ego Salon in Tempe with a variety of freelance hair clients. Her creativity extends into their home, where she spends her free time crafting or reupholstering furniture. In the notorious suburban sprawl of Phoenix, Jon and Paige are proud to call their home “modest.” Their personal style is a mix of mid-century modern and Paige’s love of antiques and classic craftsman-style homes combined with a healthy dose of DIY projects. Overall, the home is in a constant state of flux, as the couple is always looking for new projects to take on and ideas and skills to try out and learn. Thanks so much, Jon and Paige! — Anne
Image above: Friends who visit our home usually assume the framed picture here is a portrait of a 1940s Appalachian family, but in reality, it is Paige and her older siblings from the late 1980s. The lamp was a gift from one of Paige’s clients and features an awesome lighted base. I’ve never come across anything quite like it in all of our vintage treasure hunting.
Image above: Last year for my birthday, I went out of town with my friends to attend the Weapons of Mass Creation Fest, and while I was away, Paige recovered our fireplace with wood slats. It was an awesome gift to come home to and always gets a ton of compliments. The silhouettes are of our Boxer, Sam, and our American Bulldog/Pit Bull, Molly.
More of Jon and Paige’s Arizona home after the jump!
Image above: Our couch was rescued from a friend, and Paige took on the task of completely reupholstering it and repainting the frame. It took her over a month, but she did an amazing job. We created the area rug out of $1 carpet samples we found at an upholstery outlet and fused them together with Gorilla Tape on the underside. The coffee table is an old travel chest given to us by Paige’s grandparents that we modified to our liking.
Image above: Our headboard is a vintage door we bought from a neighbor, and the woodgrain pillows were a score from Target. Our respective sides of the bed are clearly labeled with our initials, should we forget who goes where.
Image above: Paige found me this amazing bedside clock a few years back at an estate sell. One of the beauties of living in Arizona is that we don’t fuss with daylight saving time, so I never have to reset it.
Image above: Paige’s craft station is outfitted with an assortment of goods, equipping her for any project she may want to take on. She repainted this old chair and hand weaved the seat out of various fabrics.
Image above: I’m not so into myself that I insist on plastering our home with my own artwork, but between gallery showings, I need a place to store artwork, so I figured the walls of the house were as good a place as any.
Image above: We ditched our upper cabinets about a year ago and opted for this open shelving unit. The visibility of the setup forces us to be organized and tidy, which can be difficult but is a huge plus for us in the end.
Image above: Late last year, with the help of some friends, I completely renovated my home studio. The project called for tearing out the floor (joists and all), re-leveling the foundation and building everything up from there. I built this long table so Paige and I can spend time together even when I’m deep in work; the extra workspace also allows me to host friends and colleagues who need a place to work for a few days.
Image above: I worked at Fender Musical Instruments for several years as a designer, and this book was a gift given to me on my last day. All of my friends and co-workers within the company signed it, so it’s a rock and roll yearbook of sorts and one of my favorite possessions.
Image above: Like many of the other contents of our home, our dogs are rescued treasures. Our Boxer, Sam, was adopted from some friends who could no longer keep him, and we found our American Bulldog/Pit Bull mix, Molly, as a puppy tossed out on the streets and covered in dried tar and crawling with ticks. They look pretty intimidating but couldn’t be sweeter.