We have had a very busy year over here at AWD.  We made a huge move from NC to FL in the beginning of 2021 and have been on the move ever since!  Decisions aren’t always made to be easy- the difficult ones help us grow, and the exciting ones help us see the adventure […]

January 31, 2022

Ally Whalen Design 2021 Recap!


It would be selfish of me not to share all of the great things about this beautiful area that we now call home!  From amazing restaurants to cute boutiques and favorite parks, I’m sharing some of my favorites! Stuart, Florida The Sailfish capital of the world! If you love fishing, this is apparently the place […]

April 8, 2021

All Things Stuart Florida!


Life has gotten so busy that I really only get to blog about once a year now- I know that’s pathetic, but with a busy business, homeschooling, and a toddler running around,  life is a little hectic here at the Whalen household! So upon my return- LOL, I thought I would share some before and […]

October 11, 2020

Coastal Transitional Renovation


A Blog long overdue:) There are so many things I’m crushing on right now in the design world, I thought I would share some of them with you! Let’s talk temporary wallpaper- yes it’s peel and stick wallpaper for the gun-shy person that has a fear of the permanent. They come in so many fun […]

June 1, 2019

Things I’m Loving Now!


I love sharing a good before and after and this project is a great example of how a dated home can be brought back to life for all to enjoy!  What started out as a smaller remodel project quickly turned into a full blown remodel for two floors of the home.  Now I’m not going […]

May 26, 2018

Light and Livable for this Lake Home Part I


Never leave a man behind…all too often the man is left out of the design decisions and just rolls with the punches, but not in this case.  It was time the man of the house had “his” space!  This empty basement room was once sparse with just a workout bench.  I wanted it to feel […]

May 2, 2018

An Industrial Man Cave Office


Welcome to our new website and The Journal!  My dear friend Colby did an amazing job creating this site and I am so excited to start blogging again- something I have been terrible at the last few years.   If you follow me on IG or FB you can see that my life has taken some […]

April 27, 2018

A Delightful Dining Room


Happy 4th of July!  This post is short and sweet due to it being a holiday:)  Here is a link to the Southpark Magazine article that featured our Ballantyne project we completed earlier this year. as well as the Lake Norman Currents feature which came out this week! I hope everyone enjoys the last […]

July 4, 2017

AWD Magazine Feature Links- Southpark Magazine and LKN Currents


This will be the longest blog I have ever written and probably the longest I will ever write.  I do not consider myself a writer by any means so excuse the poor grammar:)  Some of you may know that over the past year I have been suffering from Chronic Lyme Disease.  An awful, complex disease […]

May 23, 2017

Ally Whalen Talks Lyme Disease


Yes I know it has been a long long time since I wrote a blog.  So what better way to spend Super Bowl Sunday than working:)  No, I do not like football however I do have The Blindside on in the background!!! I’ve been wanting to share with you the before pictures from my Ballantyne […]

February 6, 2017

Ballantyne Project Part 1