“Transparency in style, motherhood & home.” This is
Alex Evjen’s tagline on her Instagram profile, and after a few clicks, you’ll see why. Alex runs the blog Ave Styles and creates digital content for major brands, but most importantly, she’s focused on balancing style and substance.
When Alex posts about motherhood, she beams with love for her kids
and openly discusses the challenges that happen on a daily basis ( that diaper leaked where?!). When she speaks about home, she not only invites viewers to see her creativity come to life, but to discuss all the ups and downs that occur when life doesn’t go according to plan. She’s vulnerable, relatable, inspiring, and now I find myself quoting her and wanting to replicate her guest bedroom.
A lover of the desert, Alex calls Arizona home. She chose Chandler, a suburb of Phoenix, for what it offered her children: good schools, parks, and activities. “We chose this house because of how homey it felt. Though it wasn’t our style [initially], I knew we would be able to transform it into a place that felt like our own.”
“I love mid-century design, but in a traditional-style home, I knew I had to make the two styles come together. I find textiles and home accents really help bridge the gap.” Once a palace of beige, today Alex’s home is her desert sanctuary, a canvas for her creativity, a forever home, and a place where she and her children can revel in each other’s company and face life’s challenges together. —
Photography by Rennai Hoefer
Image Above: Alex says her bedroom is a place where she can feel like she’s on vacation. “I’ve always wanted the place where I sleep to feel like I’m sleeping in a fancy hotel.”
Alex styled their entryway with function in mind.
The light-filled living room is a great source of reflection and beauty for Alex. “I often spend my mornings sitting on this blue velvet sofa journaling and contemplating the day.”
The abundance of greenery in the living room helps make this space a reflective spot for Alex, who says, “The goal with this home was for it to feel peaceful, comfortable and welcoming. Life can be chaotic, and I’ve always seen my home as a sanctuary from the craziness.” She achieved this retreat feeling through lots of neutrals, natural textures and shades of blue.
For obvious reasons, Alex says, “This bed is my favorite part of the room. It feels like you are in a bird’s nest when you lie down and stare through holes from the rattan pattern.”
Alex’s hanging chair, a HomeGoods score, takes advantage of the master bedroom’s high ceilings and offers another nesting opportunity.
Little Levi’s room combines kid-friendly touches with classic pieces. Alex says, “Levi’s nursery is my second favorite space in our home. It has so many happy memories in it, and I sometimes wish I could sleep there, too.”
Alex and Levi’s nightly bedtime ritual is to read three stories in this chair.
Alex designed the guest bedroom to feel like a home away from home, which she achieved through muted tones and warm, comfortable textures.
“I chose this Sherwin Williams paint color for the walls specifically because it said ‘retreat.’ It was meant for this room,” Alex shares.
Alex added a series of brass hooks in the guest bedroom to give visitors ample options to hang their bags and belongings.
Mom and daughter teamed up to design Elle’s room. Alex summarized their design plan as “She loves pink, and I love black. Together we created a girly space that also felt modern.”
Elle’s favorite design element in her very enviable bedroom? The unicorn!
Alex designed the stonework wall feature to draw people into the family room, then she used the colors of the stone as the palette inspiration for the room. Since they spend the most time in the family room, seating was a priority. The blue chairs from Home Depot are not only functional, but they help add a pop of color and carry the blue theme from other rooms in the house.
Alex Evjen with her five-year-old daughter, Elle, and her two-year-old son, Levi, filling their home with love and laughter.
Ta-da! How stunning is this backyard vignette? As a girl who lives in a colder region, I feel warmer just looking at Alex’s backyard, where she likes to host lots of BBQs and spend time together as a family.
Alex wanted her home to feel peaceful, comfortable and welcoming, and this little slice of pool heaven is just that. She says, “Lying in the sun next to the pool is a luxury I don’t enjoy too often, but when I do I
really enjoy this part of our yard the most.”
This is where you’ll find Alex most days, brainstorming and planning as the kids race around on their bicycles.
“The print is by
Wilder California, and makes my heart happy because I’m a desert dweller, and I love the beauty of the desert. Cacti are all around me, and bringing it into my home was important to me. You’ll also find a cashmere throw that I curl up with every day. Feeling comfortable and cozy is a primary goal of mine when people are in my home, so soft textiles are hidden in every room of the house. Lastly, these earthenware measuring spoons remind me of the meals that are made and shared in my home. Sharing moments over food is a big part of what happens on the daily here, and I treasure it all as much as possible.”
Bench and mirror – Living Spaces
Pillows – World Market
Blue sofa, side table, lamp and pillows – World Market
Leather chairs – Living Spaces Table – Herman Miller
Bed, throw pillows -Anthropologie
Rug – Living Spaces
End Tables – West Elm
Paint – Dunn Edwards “Nocturnal Sea”
Bed and dresser – Living Spaces Rug – SF Rugs
Bedding – Lacoste
Lights – Pigeon Toe Ceramics
Paint – “Retreat” by Sherwin-Williams
Bed – IKEA
Wallpaper – Hygge & West
Bedding and rug – The Land of Nod
Leather sofa – West Elm
Blue chairs, grey sofa, accent pillows, rugs – The Home Depot
Coffee table – Living Spaces
Tapestry by Lauren Williams
All decor from Hayneedle