Ashley Goforth’s Feng Shui Approach Is Harmonious and Full of Color

Custom touches, refreshed furnishings, and the right amount of color to enliven a young family’s new home.

corner banquette
Photography by Michael Hunter

Above all, however, the designer emphasizes practicality with indoor-outdoor fabrics that are easy to maintain, especially for a young family. She used these to reupholster certain pieces from the homeowners’ existing collection. Other items were purchased or designed for the new spaces. For example, the family room’s custom-crafted corner banquette was finished in a plasticized Schumacher fabric that can literally be swiped clean with a wet wipe.

dining room with custom bench seating
Photography by Michael Hunter

Despite these practical elements, Goforth keeps things from getting too pedestrian, as seen in the dining room’s two-tone fabric wingbacks. The sophisticated chairs are upholstered with smooth canvas backs and textured woven fronts. Cut-velvet patterned pillows in chocolate-brown and sea-foam hues bring in the right amount of color. “I tend to integrate patterns in the accents,” explains Goforth. “I find that using patterns in smaller doses adds personality and allows those pieces to really shine.” The drawing room’s silk ikat throw pillows further demonstrate her theory as they catch the eye by pulling hits of yellow, magenta, and turquoise from the painting above the sofa. “Lively pops of color throughout the home balance out the overall neutral palette of its open floor plan,” says Goforth. “They make the home fun and youthful, just like this family.”

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