Monday, March 30, 2015

New Adventures In Renovating!

Hi everyone! Thanks for popping by today - I'm excited to finally have the first "before" shot of the home we recently purchased (and many more 'befores' to come soon!!). We haven't quite got our hands on the home yet, but soon enough we will be in demolition mode; there is plenty to  tear down including walls, a fireplace, pink carpets, and 1989 wallpapers everywhere. And I mean EVERYWHERE. I'm nervous but excited. Any wallpaper removal tricks you may have are much appreciated ;)

For today, a look at the exterior of the home. It's on a great street and it's got good bones but needs a bit of re-working:

So here's what I'm dreaming up ... of course budget may come into play but if we can we would love to add shakes, replace the upper windows and the front door, add oversized lighting and shutters, paint, and re-do the landscaping. Here's a wee mock up of what I'd love to see happen to this little diamond in the rough:

Can you picture it coming into our current decade? I think little changes could go a long way in modernizing this home. I'd love to hear your thoughts and your ideas of what you would do if you were to renovate the exterior of this home! I'm quite thrilled to share the process along the way with you, honestly my first reno was the reason I even started blogging some 5 years ago. Thanks for joining in my next journey!

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}.

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