By Betsy Cribb
September 28, 2016

Each week, we’re bringing you tips, favorite products, and Q&As with the designers in our Coastal Living Designer Network.

Meet designer Ashley Gilbreath of Montgomery, Alabama-based Ashley Gilbreath Interior Design and Parish Shoppe. Here, she shares her favorite design trend, her #1 vacation destination, and her favorite place to shop (it just might surprise you!).

CL: How would you describe your style?AG: My style is elegant, comfortable, and timeless, and is definitely ever-evolving! New experiences and traveling to new places have such an impact on my style.

CL: What's a design trend you're loving right now?AG: Textured walls! Texture is such a subtle detail that can make a huge impact on a space.

CL: What's your #1 piece of design advice for homeowners?AG: Invest in something timeless that's only going to grow in value. Investing in the right sofa is just as important as investing in the right architect!

CL: What are your beach house essentials?AG: A strawberry daiquiri … and beautiful, sheer draperies. You’re at the beach! Don’t miss it by covering up the windows with heavy curtains. Take full advantage of daylight and your views of the coast.

We can't get enough of the good vibrations happening in this airy beach house living room Ashley designed: From the shiplap details to those groovy rattan bar stools, this bright retreat has us heart-eyed.

CL: Favorite Instagram accounts to follow?AG: Mark Sikes (@markdsikes) and Lindsey Coral Harper (@lchinteriors) are just as much fun in everyday life as they are on Instagram! They have killer taste and guarantee to fill your feed with beautiful detail and interior shots.

Case in point:

CL: Favorite place to shop?AG: Amazon! As a working mom of 3 babies, my shopping happens at 10pm on Amazon. But in my pre-kiddo life, I loved shopping at John Rosselli & Associates in New York. I could literally leave with everything - he has impeccable taste!

So there's your hall pass for shopping Amazon, peeps! If a dynamite interior designer shops on Amazon, you can, too.

Stay tuned for more Q&As with the fabulous members of our Designer Network!