We had the good fortune of connecting with Ashley LaBarrie and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Ashley, what is the most important factor behind your success?
I think the most important factor behind my success has been authenticity and finding my dharma. Dharma is your calling, your life’s task, it’s finding where you naturally flourish and thrive; the key in dharma is finding a way to do the things you love coupled with having the response from others be not only good, but also helps people and serves humanity; that shows that your passion has a purpose. Passion plus expertise, plus usefulness cultivates dharma and to me, that’s the best route to success and personal fulfillment. A large part of finding your dharma is finding our strengths and going through the tribulations of experience in career and work, many of which are unpleasant tasks we don’t want to do, but necessary bits to endure in order to see puzzle’s final picture. When we allow our experiences to guide us, they eventually lead us to our greatest path. I used to own and operate one of the first all women’s streetwear apparel brands for 13 years since age 21, and although it was immensely stressful and trying, it was a large part of my life that molded me into who I am today. I’ve utilized so much of what I learned in that industry to bridge me to another, and eventually when I found myself venturing into interior design I finally felt I found my niche and realized it was the beginning of my dharma path.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
My style is a multi-layered mix of organic-modern and neutral eclectic interior design. I like to explore a lot with energy, texture and form, and keep an emphasis on my usage of toxin-free materials, all under what I call “wellness design”. The organic, chemical-conscious element to my style was derived through my own healing journey after being diagnosed with an auto-immune from long-term stress as a young business owner in my 20’s and health setbacks from exposure to chemicals manufacturers use in every day home items and textiles, this lead me to a total creative shift and now I create interiors for clients that are healthy, shift energies and use materials that up-regulate DNA. My personal style is really a reflection of my journey in living my healing and sharing along the way.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I’d take my bestie to a morning sound bath in Malibu canyon, there’s lots of groups popping up around L.A. that are starting to do free sessions in parks and hiking areas. Then we’d stop to get our Auras read at Auragami LA. Next, we’re heading to lunch in my office neighborhood of DTLA to visit the incredible interiors of the new Proper Hotel off Broadway, designed by Kelly Wearstler. Next stop Mid City and the West Side to visit some of the best L.A. interior galleries- Seventh House Gallery, Apparatus, Counterspace, Stahl and Band, and Olive Ateliers. To end, dinner and sunset at Catch LA.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
My shoutout is dedicated to my Mom, Veronica LaBarrie who has been a spiritual teacher and speaker for 30 years, her guidance to me and many others has been my greatest gift.
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Partial image credit, Natasha Wilson