ASHLEY YORK BINKLEY
Ashley's penchant for design began at an early age. As a toddler, she was bribed to resist sucking her thumb not with candy or other treats: but with what would come to be one of her first design elements. . . Shoes. Her first experiences with color, form and design were through materials and textiles that she could reach with her little hands: clothing, shoes and hair ribbons. Her sense of style was evident through her deliberate choices of color and fit, tailoring each outfit down to every small detail. Her beginnings with textiles and fabric choices led to a certain decisiveness which would become her defining character as a designer.
The daughter of a Cuban American, Ashley grew up in Tennessee and then studied Interior Design at Auburn University where she experienced exposure to all the design elements necessary for a full scale architectural design project. She completed her design studies abroad in Ariccia, Italy which continued to train her eye to value, beauty and details. From there she went on to work with Marc-Michaels Interior Design in Winter Park, Florida (ranked as the number one Residential Design firm in the US for many years), Richard Keith Langham Inc. in New York, New York, and Rhea Crenshaw Interiors in Memphis, Tennessee. In 2014 she started the York Binkley firm. Married to real estate developer Les Binkley, she makes her home in Tennessee where she and Les, both passionate about design, seek out inspiration through a wide variety of avenues which continually refine their eye and appreciation for beauty.
She has a sense of color and style that is innate. Her confidence in choosing the right design elements for an interior space comes yes, from her wide range of educational experiences, but mostly from an untaught sense of style and love for aesthetics. Her attention to details enables her projects to become comfortable well appointed rooms that transcend current style trends and become timeless. Of course, we all appreciate well executed and well balanced spaces, Ashley's work can be defined as sophisticated yet comfortable, casual yet refined, and out of the ordinary but somewhat familiar. Ashley's versatility and openness in her design approach allow clients the freedom to collaborate with her and create spaces catered to her clients personality and lifestyle while respecting the architecture and history of the home.