Why This Designer Loves Working From Home

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Home on the Runway — the brainchild of NYC-native Fanny Zignon — fuses fashion with interior design by focusing on the attainable. With a commitment to celebrate good taste regardless of geography, HOTR has talked shop with everyone from an artisanal candle maker to a pair of lighting-designer brothers, sparking the curiosity in us all. Talk about versatile.

Ashley Cooper could not have been more right when she called HOTR saying, “I think HOTR HQ needs Ashley Cooper Design prints!” Not only did HOTR need them, but they were so me — just wait and see how I incorporated rockstuds (yet another obsession) to the mix! A wife, mother, and designer, Ashley encompasses the all around fab woman.

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Where do you find inspiration?
"I find inspiration from street style, fashion magazines, interior design, unique mix of colors in art, fabric, music, nature, beautiful surroundings, nice people."

Where is your studio?
"My current work studio is in my home where I can easily transition from illustrator/artist to mother/wife at my convenience. I love it because it’s in the middle of everything — my kids, my home, and helps me balance work and motherhood."
Who inspires you?
"I have a few inspirational woman I look up to for the business they have created, Sara Blakely the creator and founder of Spanx, Bethenny Frankel mother and entrepreneur, and Devon Dyer of Devon Rachel, one of the most genuinely kind people I’ve had the pleasure to encounter."

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What made you start illustrating?
"After I was a finalist in the Aquafina & Project Runway ‘Pure Challenge’ contest I felt it most natural to expand my brand from fabric and surface designs to include fashion illustrations and typography."

Favorite fashion designers?
"Carolina Herrera, Oscar de la Renta, Tory Burch, Lanvin, Burberry, Stella McCartney."
Best gift ever received?
"My wedding ring — the meaning behind it and reminds me of the love I have for my sweet husband."

Best advice?
"Work hard and be nice to people!"

Favorite trend right now in interior design?
"Gold accessories and gallery walls."

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Home on the Runway — the brainchild of NYC-native Fanny Zignon — fuses fashion with interior design by focusing on the attainable. With a commitment to celebrate good taste regardless of geography, HOTR has talked shop with everyone from an artisanal candle maker to a pair of lighting-designer brothers, sparking the curiosity in us all. Talk about versatile.