Ashley Darby tours new coastal-inspired home (photos)
After battling the choppy waters associated with divorce, The Real Housewives of Potomac Ashley Darby was looking for a seaside getaway to rejuvenate her life.
The mother of two has found that with one notable exception: her new $2.2 million coastal-inspired home is actually landlocked.
Ashley showed off the new space at RHOP The Season 8 premiere, which she called “Ashley Darby’s Beach in the City.”
“The inspiration for the decor is coastal elegance,” she explained. “Before, living in my penthouse was really dark. The finishes were taupe and brown, so I wanted it to be light and airy, very natural colors with blues, greens and tans.”
The 4-bedroom home in Arlington, Virginia has 5 bathrooms and is 3,400 square feet.
“I love it. It’s really just a little piece of heaven,” she said, before jokingly saying: “Now, I’m paying for it.”
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How did Ashley Darby buy her new home?
Ashley bought the home with her ex-husband, whose name is on the mortgage despite the couple’s ongoing divorce, but has made it clear that the new residence is entirely hers.
Ashley admitted she was “in no rush” to take any steps to remove his name from the mortgage.
“It’s like there’s a little bit of security, where if something goes wrong, he’s also there to help me, you know,” she said.
All the details of Ashley Darby’s new home
The home’s cozy living room, complete with blue walls, a white sofa, a fireplace, a stylish white mantle, custom bookshelves and a wood-toned round coffee table, opens to the kitchen, which has the same ocean-blue walls.
Gray wicker bar stools are pulled into the large kitchen island. White kitchen cabinets, gray countertops, light wood floors and clean white backsplash finish the space.
There is a large breakfast nook with a wall of windows to the side (there is no shortage of natural light in this home). Ashley already has a family-friendly space decorated with a long white dining table and wooden chairs with unique geometric backs, giving her family plenty of space to share a meal together.
A more formal dining room adds drama. The walls feature a layer of white fabric at the bottom and a rich navy color at the top. A large natural wood table fills most of the space where guests can choose between two neutral upholstered chairs that sit at either end of the table or chairs with wood supports surrounding the rest of the table. The room is completed with a white chandelier.
On the upper floor, a wonderful bedroom Ashley’s children Dean and Dylan It is decorated with clean white walls, a white dresser, a wooden nightstand and a large white rug with nautical Aztec design elements. A double bed with an adorable dinosaur-themed bedspread sits next to a toddler bed for her youngest son. An orange lamp on the dresser and a cute brown teddy bear give the room a pop of color.
Another bedroom continues the coastal theme with a large bed with a white bedsheet, white and green pillows, light wood end tables, a large rug with blue accents, and multiple windows to bring in natural light.
No home for two young children would be complete without a playroom or cozy basement, and Ashley’s new oasis is no exception.
Ashley Darby’s “favorite” place in her new home
But Ashley’s “favorite little place” is actually outside. Businessman She shared that one of her favorite places to relax is the large wooden swing hanging on her front porch. The hammock is decorated with comfortable white pillows and black and white striped pillows, and is suspended from the floor with ropes.
Ashley premiered the new space and Her son Dean’s amazing climbing skills In September, when she posted an Instagram story showing him climbing to the top of the ropes of a trapeze.
“I was a champion roper in middle school, so this makes sense,” she wrote of her little acrobat.
Ashley moved into the house in October of 2022. And while it may be her “piece of heaven,” it is definitely low-maintenance. In July, Ashley posted a fun story on Instagram It shows just what it takes to maintain a huge backyard.
Ashley, who was wearing a hot pink strapless sports bra, matching leggings, white Converse sneakers and a sun hat, shared videos of herself mowing the lawn, trimming plants and using a weed trimmer to get to hard-to-reach areas.
“I’m still working on my weeding technique,” she said.
The new house may be a stark contrast to the penthouse she once called home, but it’s already gotten the stamp of approval from one young critic.
“Do you like your new home?” she asked her son Dean RHOP.
“I do,” he replied.
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