Text: Andrea Fanning
Photography: Michael Hunter
One of Houston’s top designers, Ashley Goforth brings new life to an out-of-date abode with classic looks that transform the space into an ideal home for a young family with an impressive art collection.
Sophistication resides side by side with comfort in this chic Texas dwelling—but the aesthetics have not always been this appealing. This house, near Rice University in Houston, caught the eye of a family of four, who fell in love with the parks and perks in the urban area. They acquired the then red-brick structure with high hopes for some makeover magic.
“It had classic bones but was somewhat outdated,” says Ashley Goforth of Ashley Goforth
Design. The award-winning designer teamed up with architect and builder Kurt Aichler, and together they reimagined the space, which included painting the exterior white. Notes Goforth, “The main design goal was to reflect the warm and giving personality of my clients, to have refined and beautiful interiors while still allowing her young children to be able to ‘be’ in the house as well.”
The Houston-based designer worked closely with the lady of the house to form a plan for the interiors. She says, “The homeowner is a lover of Chinese and African art, and she loves the color pink!” Citing the work of Lily Pulitzer and Mary McDonald as favorites, the homeowner gave Goforth plenty of direction but also allowed her to do what she does best—combine contemporary and classic elements in timeless ways.