Monday, March 2, 2015

Designer Q&A | Ashley Goforth

Today I am thrilled to share two new projects from one of my favorite interior designers, Houston-based Ashley Goforth. Ashley's award-winning work has graced the pages of countless design publications, recently placing her as a LUXE gold list recipient, and she's become a favorite around the blogosphere as well.

Her design aesthetic really resonates with my own; she perfectly balances textures and shape, masterfully mixes traditional and contemporary design, and utilizes the most soothing color palettes. I recently had the opportunity to interview Ashley and I am excited to share it with you in today's installment of Designer Q&A:

Nancy Marcus: How would you describe your personal style?

Ashley Goforth: Classic, elegant and liveable.

NM: What do you love most about your career?

AG: I love the process of developing relationships with people while creating a home that truly reflects their individuality.

NM: Who has been your greatest professional influence?

AG: My last boss, Renea Abbott of Shabby Slips, for her generosity in time and spirit taught me much more than just creating a beautiful room; it strengthened my character.

NM: Is there a consistent ‘starting point’ you have for each of these rooms, or do you approach every room differently each time?

AG: I definitely have a formula in which I develop my interiors, but I always start a room with an important element: a rug, piece of art or a prized fabric.

NM: I love the soft hues and neutral palettes in your current projects – would you say this is a key element in your designs?

AG: I gravitate personally towards neutral layered interiors that incorporate soft tones but I am also fairly pragmatic: so I like the ability to transition looks with ease, and neutral upholstery makes this a reality.

NM: What is your next design venture?

AG: I would love to have an e-commerce site where I can sell some of my custom creations to the mass public.  It would be a compilation of all my favorite things!

NM: How exciting! I think I speak for all of us when I say that will be something we would be looking forward to. Thank you Ashley for sharing these two stunning brand-new projects with us!

To see more from Ashley Goforth Design, see the entire portfolio here.
{Images 1-8 - Royalton residence; Images 9-13 Willersway residence}.


Friday, February 27, 2015

Designer Profile | Kate Marker

I'm ending off your week with the lovely portfolio of Illinois-based Kate Marker Interiors. It's all bright whites, soft pastels, and feminine touches - like that killer tufted bench above (dying!). Enjoy, and have a wonderful weekend!


Thursday, February 26, 2015

My Current Obsession | The Darlana Lantern

I've fallen head over heels for the Darlana Lantern by E.F. Chapman, and I'm quite convinced that it has to come and live with me in my next home. I love every finish and size it comes in, but I think my most favorite finish is the shiny polished nickel as you see in the kitchen just below:

Whether in a kitchen, dinning room, or entry way - the Darlana lantern is like jewelry added to any space!



Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Dissecting The Details | Studio McGee

Today you can find me over on La Dolce Vita, sharing the kitchen designs of Studio McGee. I have been stalking them through instagram lately - everything that Shea and Syd design makes me drool! Hop over to read about 4 key elements that they utilize in these spaces.

Here are a few pics from Studio McGee's instagram feed - a must follow in my opinion ;) I am getting inspired and geared up for a home reno, can you tell?



Tuesday, February 24, 2015

House Tour | Kristen Nix

I love the freshness of the home of Houston-based interior designer Kristen Nix. The kitchen above was the first room to catch my eye, and the rest of the home did not disappoint. The home has great bones, and I love the exposed brick throughout:


To see more from Kristen's portfolio click over here.
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