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Meet Ashley

Hi! I’m Ashley, the blogger and designer behind Summer Design Co & curator of The Summer Market. I am a lover of design, european flea markets, photography, and travel. I created this blog as a place to share my passions in hopes that what inspires me may also serve as inspiration for you.

In 2011, I took the chance of a lifetime… I quit my job, packed all of my belongings, and moved to Europe to live and work abroad.  Formerly a professional Realtor, Interior Designer & Home Stager working in New Orleans, Louisiana, I gave up that lifestyle in order to seize an opportunity. It was a scary transition that required a life altering move, but how many chances would I get to chase my dreams? I didn’t know what to expect but knew that it was an adventure I couldn’t pass up! I had always wanted to travel and this move abroad would allow me to live the life that I had always dreamt about.

What started as a place to keep family and friends up to date on our latest travels, quickly turned into a trusted travel guide for others wanting to explore Europe and Asia. When I’m not traveling, I am able to share my personal journey and passions, discussing topics ranging from flea market destinations and furniture rehabs to exotic travel locales and luxury hotels. Summer Design Company has grown from a simple blog {previously known as Design Eur Life} to a growing business now offering personal shopping at Europe and Asia’s best flea markets, travel guides to some of the greatest destinations around the globe, and an online boutique showcasing the unique finds I’ve collected while traveling the world.

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Fun Facts About

1. Favorite cuisine:
2. Guilty pleasure:
soda & reality tv
3. Drink of choice:
white wine
4. Favorite place to shop:
flea markets
5. I never leave home without:
sunglasses & lipgloss
6. Favorite European Country:
7. Biggest fear:
8. Favorite time of year:
9. On my bucket list:
10. Someday I want to:
learn to speak french

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favorite hotel

favorite xmas market

Frequently Asked Questions

How long have you been living overseas?

I have been living overseas since 2011… 8 years in Europe and 2 years in Japan.

Where are you from?

I split my time in childhood between Florida and Virginia, and spent the rest of my time during and after college in the southeastern areas of the States, until moving overseas ten years ago.

How do you travel with children?

I love traveling with my babies, but it can definitely add extra challenges to trips. Sometimes we have fun vacations for the whole family and sometimes we choose to hire a babysitter and travel without kids.

Since this is a question I receive most often, I will write a post with tips for traveling with children soon!

What camera do you use?

I currently shoot with a Nikon D750.

Check out my full list of favorite travel photography gear!

How can I get antiques from Europe?

In addition to offering flea market shopping tours, I have also curated a shop full of my favorite flea market finds from Europe and Asia.

Check out The Summer Market here!

How can I go on flea market shopping trips in Europe?

Shopping at the European flea markets is so much fun! Since I live in Europe, I am able to frequent markets every month, but if you don’t live in Europe, I definitely recommend seeking out markets the next time you travel to the area, or check out my flea market tours!


Have a question that is not featured in the FAQ’s? Feel free to send me a note!

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