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!


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


Simplicity Interiors of Huntersville, NC Receives Best Of Houzz 2014 Award Annual Survey and Analysis of 16 Million Monthly Users Reveals Top-Rated Building, Remodeling and Design Professionals [CHARLOTTE, NC], February 4, 2014 – Simplicity Interiors of Huntersville, NC has been awarded “Best Of Houzz” by Houzz, the leading platform for home remodeling and design. The […]

February 13, 2014


I’m almost a little bit embarrassed to write this blog.  I myself can’t believe how many times the dining and my home office have changed looks in the last 5 years.  Those who know me know that I love to change things in my home- hence my career as an Interior Designer!So here it goes, see […]

July 28, 2013

The Many Faces of My Home Office and Dining Room


Everyone loves serving trays- they are extremely versatile and who doesn’t love an accessory that you can use in several different ways!  Here is a quick way to transform a picture frame into a tray.  Mine is a bit eclectic because I used leftover things I had lying around the house. Items Needed: Picture Frame […]

September 2, 2012

DIY Picture Frame Tray


You know how it is when someone asks you “Where are you from?”, well I couldn’t be prouder to say, “Vermont”.  It was such a beautiful place to be raised. Growing up I often took it for granted and didn’t realize what a wonderful place it was until I moved away and came back for […]

July 19, 2012

The Tea Party Tradition


Simplicity Interiors has some exciting news to share…  Two of my projects have recently been picked up to be featured in two different national magazines!  I can’t spill the beans on which projects or which magazines until they actually go to print, but I wanted to share my success with all of you!  

July 18, 2012

Exciting News to Share…


My kitchen has been through many phases to say the least.  In the past four years, the walls have been painted 3 times, the tile came up (due to my husbands hard work) and we laid hardwoods (with the help of Bob, our handyman neighbor!) I also painted the stained cabinets a warm white and […]

June 17, 2012

DIY Striped Pendant Shades


I consider myself an outdoors person – I grew up in Vermont, so it’s inevitable!  So tackling the deck for me was top priority this year. As you can see from the before picture, it had not been re-stained in numerous years.  We used to have the traditional table,chair,umbrella set, that quite frankly, we never […]

June 2, 2012

Deck Makeover


Everyone is always asking me “when do you find the time to do all these projects?”  Well, the answer is… when my daughter takes a nap.  Most people sit down and relax during this time, but for me, I kick it into high gear and tackle whatever project I feel I can accomplish in a […]

May 5, 2012

Quick and Easy Update for Lampshade