Inside the Nest:
In the living room: custom upholstered sofa through Ashley Goforth, coffee table from Shabby Slips, antique gold gilt bench, zebra rug from Creative Flooring, side table from West Elm, pillows from Schumacher and Stark Fabric, artwork by Steven Seinberg through Dimmitt Contemporary and wall paint color - Sherwin Williams : Snowbound.
Left: table from CB2, gold sculpture from Global Views, antique gold gilt bench from Round Top covered in Kravet velvet, artwork: Richard Serra through John Szoke Editions. Right: chest - 19th C. Empire commode purchased in Round Top, Selenite lamp through Jan Showers and artwork by Ellsworth Kelly through Gemini Gel. Art light from Circa Lighting and wallcolor paint: Sherwin Williams Tricorn Black.
In the family room: sofa by Ashley Goforth Design in Sunbrella fabric, coffee table from Crate and Barrel, side table by Perennials Fabric, lamp from Wisteria, rug purchased in Istanbul, Turkey, throw pillows fabric from Kravet and artwork- Larry Grabber through Gremillion.
Master Bedroom: wallcolor- Sherwin Williams Accessible Beige, custom upholstered bed through Ashley Goforth, antique gold gilt chair, Tizio Lamp and linens by Sferra Bros.
Bedroom detail: side table- Longoria Collection, Tizio lamp, antique mirror, artwork- Minted through West Elm and chair from Wicker Works through David Sutherland.
Girls room: bed from Pottery Barn, lamp from Arteriors, bedding from Horchow, Emerson Sloan Angel doll and pillow (fabric) from Lee Jofa.
Interior designer, Ashley Goforth
Houston interior designer Ashley Goforth goes both ways. Her work straddles the line between ultra-luxe and ultra-livable. With two children of her own, she designs for people who actually live in their homes. “There’s a definite balance between elegance and comfort,” she says. Case in point: Her husband and children are remanded to her in-laws on the day of our shoot. Take a peek inside her Memorial ranch-style abode to get a sense of her real-life style — and high-lo mix mantra.
DESCRIBE YOUR STYLE
Classic and elegant but comfortable at the same time. I try to create timeless environments that are livable but still reflect the personalities and lives of its inhabitants.
“I definitely splurge on artwork, I have been collecting for 15 years — my artwork is the personality of my home.”
FAVORITE PAINT COLOR?
Sherwin Williams Snowbound and Tricorn Black. One is the perfect light, and one the perfect dark.
COLOR OR NEUTRAL PALLETTE?
I gravitate toward a more neutral color palette, but I always incorporate some color in each project. As far as color goes, I tend to always be drawn to rich jewel tones: teal, eggplant and navy.
WHOSE “NEST” DO YOU ADMIRE?
I love anything that Daniel Ramouldez or Todd Alexander Romano does. They are great at mixing interesting textures and design elements.
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE ROOM IN THE HOUSE?
It would have to be my living room. I believe it exemplifies all the elements of my design philosophy: a mix of old and new, dark and light, texture and color. I find all my designs have a balance of masculine and feminine lines.
WHERE DO YOU SPEND THE MOST TIME?
The kitchen. Cooking is my second favorite creative pastime. I cook five out of seven nights of the week. Between cooking and cleaning, I pretty much live in the kitchen.
WHAT DO YOU SPLURGE ON? AND WHERE DO YOU TRY TO SAVE?
I definitely splurge on artwork, I have been collecting for 15 years — my artwork is the personality of my home. I encourage all my clients to save a portion of their budgets for art. It truly transforms a space. And I try to save on lighting. There are so many wonderful designs on the market. I have several pieces from Ikea and West Elm that are as stylish as the expensive brands.
FAVORITE TRAVEL DESTINATION?
Santa Barbara, California. It truly is heaven on earth.
WHAT’S ON YOUR COFFEE TABLE RIGHT NOW?
Any art book with a graphic or colorful cover — I collect them. You can never have enough.
I love anything designed by Prentiss Douthit — they have simple and fresh designs. They have designed everything from my wedding invitation to my baby announcements.
Sferra — always white and cotton percale.
I feel my walls are covered and my rooms and filled. Most likely some fresh flowers.
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