I was so excited to be published in this wonderful Luxe article by Laura Mauk featuring a gorgeous transitional home that we had done a little work in. Designed by the oh-so talented Ashley Goforth, the house is one I think you’ll love: classic furnishings, a chic, timeless color palette, eye-catching contemporary art, and some fun surprise elements to keep things interesting! Here are a few excerpts from the article along with some additional commentary from me!!
Source Photography by Tria Giovan.
Goforth’s clients—a husband who works in finance and a wife who is a stay-at-home mom to three children—needed more living space but didn’t want to leave their beloved neighborhood… So when the couple saw a sizable home under construction and for sale in the neighborhood, they jumped on it. Designer Ashley Goforth blended traditional and contemporary styles for the interiors of the house, which was originally conceived by Rice Residential Design and built by Classic American Homes.
Source. Photography by Tria Giovan.
I always love working with Ashley! She’s super sweet and uber talented! Here, in the entry, you can see how she immediately brings together cherished pieces like the grandfather clock, which was a wedding gift from the bride’s parents, and the antique French cane chair and funky modern accents like the zebra staircase runner and artwork.
Photography by Tria Giovan.
If ever there were interiors that look like the well-loved fashion designs of Tory Burch—functional pieces that balance contemporary style and nostalgia for the past—they’re the ones Ashley imagined for a young family in the West University neighborhood of Houston. Beyond the house’s transitional-style architecture are charismatic rooms filled with geometric pattern, pops of brilliant color, sumptuous texture and whimsical form. There’s also no shortage of metallic accents, which, like the way Burch’s iconic gold medallion punctuates her signature ballet flats, give the spaces just the right amount of glamour.
“My client wanted something stylish and classic,” Goforth says of the wife, who appreciates the fashion designer’s feminine yet edgy style. “So I mixed rich fabrics and accessories with contemporary art and a few antiques to give the spaces depth and personality.”
Ashley also made sure all the fabrics throughout the home would be super durable for the client’s young children. You’d never guess but the chairs in this room are striped vinyl so you don’t have to worry about spills!!!
The wife hired consultant Jennifer Frasier of Scott Frasier Homes to help her select the right interior finishes. “She encouraged me to do a palette that would be timeless,” says the wife. In the kitchen, Frasier used Carrara marble tile laid in a chevron pattern behind the stove and oversize subway tiles for the rest of the backsplash.
For the dining room, the designer chose a massive round custom table with a brass-dipped base and surrounded it with chairs covered in leopard-print linen-velvet and cream-colored leather.
I absolutely adore the leopard print fabric on the chair backs, not only adding glamour but also tying in with the zebra runner in the entry hall!
In the family room, Goforth outfitted the space with a custom ottoman that features a nickel-plated base and is covered with deep blue tufted mohair. An early-1900s painted French console sits across from the crisp white upholstery of the sofa and draperies edged with blue fretwork.
I was thrilled to be involved in the creation of this master bedroom!! Though the room was originally slated for a wallcovering, Ashley felt a mural would be better for framing the bed – and, of course, for staying within her budget.
We hand-painted a soft and feminine design to balance the clean, crisp lines of the linens and side table. I love the way it turned out, blending the warm hues of the walls, the deep grays of the headboard, and the metallic accents throughout the room!!
Gold elements play a big role in the master bath as well! Love how the space holds the same Carrara marble tile as the kitchen, adding to the cohesive feel of the home. So classic!!
Hope you enjoyed this house tour! To read the full Luxe article and get the sources for furnishings in each picture, click here. Don’t forget – even if you don’t have the budget to do finishes throughout, you can still add a tremendous impact by picking one or two rooms to adorn with a special treatment!
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Here’s just one of the delish recipes we’ve gotten so far, from my buddies at Ideal Body Houston!!!
“Spaghetti” & Meat Sauce
created by Ideal Body Houston
I used 3 pounds of organic grassfed ground beef and sautéed it with onions, garlic, salt and pepper then added a jar of Paul Newman spaghetti sauce with tomato basil (obviously better to make from scratch, but weeknight cooking has to be fast for me!). I boiled the noodles separately and drained them. I added a little olive oil to separate the noodles and some salt, then mixed it all together in one pyrex! Nothing fancy but everyone liked it, and it actually does taste like angel hair pasta. You probably already know this but the other reason to avoid tomato sauce in a jar is because it always contains sugar!”
Have a great week!! Till next week!