Posts Tagged ‘Spotlight’

In the Spotlight: Muse Interiors

Wednesday, June 13th, 2012

You regular readers know from time to time I like to interview and feature designers or stylists that inspire me greatly, and the latest addition to my list of favorites is Lauren Muse of Muse Interiors.  I stumbled across her portfolio a few months ago and was so impressed with her spaces, I had to contact her and tell her so! 

Lauren’s room designs have appeared in several publications from New England Home to HGTV, and I’m sure we will continue to see much more of her work inside shelter magazines for years to come.  Lauren graciously agreed to answer some of my questions, so please enjoy our conversation and after seeing her designs, I’m sure you’ll be a huge fan too.    

CG: Hi Lauren, tell us a little about yourself, your background, your education, and how long you’ve been a designer.

LM: I started Muse Interiors in 2000 after going to New York School of Interior Design. I grew up and now live in Greenwich with my husband and two children.    

CG:  Your spaces are all so sophisticated yet casual, classic and still modern, filled with tailored yet livable furnishings.  What’s the design philosophy behind the look?

LM: The design philosophy behind the look is to maintain a transitional timeless style, rather than solely modern or traditional. This way the home stays current for years to come.  Like you mentioned, there is a balance to our work.  A mixture of clean lines and complex patterns with an elegant, yet livable atmosphere that is evident in the design.

 breakfast nook muse interiors

stripes and starburst in entry muse interiors  

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In the Spotlight: Ashley Goforth

Thursday, February 16th, 2012

ashley goforthFor a while now I’ve had my eye on Ashley Goforth, a talented interior designer from Houston, Texas. I spied some images from her portfolio online last year and was immediately drawn to her style – so simple and livable, timeless and elegant.

Ashley blends textures, periods, and patinas so successfully – her rooms are carefully edited to showcase the beautiful yet functional spaces.  Her furniture and fabric choices are classic, yet so current too.  She demonstrates that when you pair beautiful finishes with comfortable furnishings you can create a stylish space with just a few well chosen elements. 

Today, I’m delighted to have Ashley Goforth in the spotlight!  I asked her to answer a few of my questions, here she is!    .

CG:  Tell us your background, how you got started as an interior decorator, and a few things you’ve learned about going out on your own. 

AG: From a young age, I was surrounded with great design. Some of my friends homes were decorated by famous decorators and I grew up with a mother that loved decorating magazines and changing our fabrics out seasonally. I was not formally trained in design, I graduated with a liberal arts degree in Economics – but after school I worked for a steel company and I immediately knew I wanted a more creative, dynamic career. 

ashley goforth dining room

I discovered an opportunity to help run a store called Shabby Slips under the renowned designer, Renea Abbott, and from there worked my way up to design assistant. After six years of hands-on experience and exposure to wonderful projects around the country, I took a leap of faith and started my own company, Ashley Goforth Design, in 2005.

ashley goforth kitchen

 

 

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