Ashley Harkins, voted “Best of the Emerald Coast” Best Interior Designer 2009, 2010, and 2011, is living her dream. She graduated from Florida State University where she finished her studies with a Bachelor of Science in Interior Design 1997. The memories of sugar white beaches and sunsets over the Gulf of Mexico were too great, so Ashley returned home to the Emerald Coast, joined the Resort Interiors design team and worked toward becoming a licensed designer. In order to qualify for this designation, Ashley worked with a licensed interior designer for two years.
During her five+ years with Resort Interiors, Ashley passed her NCIDQ (National Council for Interior Design Qualification) examination and receive her state license as an Interior Designer. In August of 2003, she relocated to Exquisite Interiors where she enjoyed a small firm environment and the opportunity to work on many high-end projects from One Water Place to Destiny by the Sea. In the spring of 2008, Ashley realized her long-time dream of starting her own business – Design Avenue was born! Ashley enjoys designing in the beautiful coastal environment of Destin, Sandestin and beyond.