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1215 Felder Avenue Renovation

Hi readers!

 If you’ve driven down Felder Avenue in Montgomery lately, you’ve probably seen this house… and this intriguing little sign!

This is Ashley’s newest project! She truly has a vision for this house and has had her eye on it for a few years! If you’re unfamiliar with Montgomery, Felder Avenue is full of history- and full of Ashley’s work! This will be the third house on this street that she has renovated. As with all of the houses that Ashley has renovated, she designs them all as if she were going to move right in… and she just might! You never know!

Felder Avenue is the home to the F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald Museum which was the residence of F. Scott, Zelda and their daughter, Scottie, from 1931 to 1932. This historic street is also blocks away from the two entertainment districts  in Cloverdale: The A & P Lofts and East Fairview. Both have restaurants and local watering holes inviting the old to meet the new in this historic neighborhood… plus the new house is just a few blocks from PARISH!

To catch you all up, the above picture is what we started with… and below is what has been going on since!

This particular house is known as “the cat lady house” in Cloverdale. It belonged to a precious school teacher who I believe taught art and was the second owner of the house.  The total square footage for this home will be about 2300. It will end up being a 4 bedroom, 2 and a half bath with another room that could be considered a nursery or an office with a small closet. There will also be a fun courtyard space off the kitchen designed by one of our favorite landscape designers-  Amie Brown- to help extend the living space!

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Ashley is reusing as much of the original structure and fixtures as possible. The original tub will be re-finished, and we will be reusing all of the old doors and windows! Ashley  found an old claw foot tub for the master bath in Atlanta and Brad McDowell at Bath Innovations will be bringing it back to life! He does a great job with old tubs and sinks.


Messy yards and job sites make us so happy… it means progress!!

A  small street runs at the back of the property and there will be a 2 car garage and storage room  with access from the back street.  This is a major plus for a Cloverdale house! Those of you that are neighbors can testify to this!

The above elevations were done by one of our favorite architects, Jonathan Torode of Pfeffer Torode,to give us a few options for the front of the house.  The middle elevation is of the existing structure and the top and the bottom elevations are showing the proposed "new look".  Which one is your favorite? (We love them all!)

Stay tuned for lots of progress on this fantastic home! We have piles of sketches, floor plans, and finishes to share with you!

candle giveaway

Don't forget about this week's PARISH giveaway... one of our yummiest Aquiesse candles! Visit last week's post here for the details! The winner will be chosen on Friday!

See you next time!


A day in the life…

This past Wednesday, intern Allie and I headed to Birmingham for several meetings. The day started about 15 mins late and without Starbucks…generally a necessity for any type of road trip. Sweet Allie replied to emails for me the whole way there while I booked it to B’ham.

First meeting was at one of our favorite B’ham projects, pics below. The weekly construction meeting with Carey Hollingsworth (awesome architect), BR BC (builder) and precious clients to discuss cabinetry elevations, lighting, finish schedules, etc. went great. Everyone left the meeting and headed off to fun Fourth of July weekend plans. We, instead, headed off to lunch at Starbucks (finally got my caffeine) and then to Elegant Earth.



Elegant Earth is one of our favorite vendors and lucky for us, they are just an hour and a half away in Birmingham. This great company produces some heavy products and shipping can be pretty pricy. Since I have a mini bus (suburban, and I do mean “bus” since I cart 2 babies around daily), I can generally fit our order in the back. If the timing is right and we happen to have a meeting in B’ham when our order is ready, we save a chunk on the shipping cost if I pick it up. So, second stop: Elegant Earth.

These pics below crack me up… So, what you see here is a vintage chandelier (from a client’s house that I refused to let her toss) riding in the base of the infant carrier with the “potty duck” and client bin below. Next pic is the lovely potty duck (total necessity with a 2 year old…goes with us everywhere) riding on top of the nicely packed Elegant Earth order. No, that isn’t trash in the back…Elegant Earth uses bags of hay as their packaging for their pieces. So we are riding along smelling like farm animals live in the back seat.

elegant earth Next stop is a sweet client’s newly purchased house on Shades Crest Road. Lots of changes happening here. We met the contractor from Twin Construction and reviewed bathrooms and kitchen drawings and finish selections for the renovations. Pics below.



Last stop…the side of the interstate. We have a sweet client who has been patiently waiting for a pair of floor lamps for weeks. Well, the driver came to the studio before we opened Wednesday morning to deliver and we missed him. I called to see when he could come back by he said it would be days or weeks and that he was headed to Birmingham. Nice coincidence. So he met me on the side of the interstate to unload his truck into mine. Anything to make a client happy… Thank goodness for a big vehicle. This is our friendly toothless trucker and the view from inside the ole suburb. And, that might be infant formula shoved inside the client bin in the front seat. Sweet Allie may never ride with me again.


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By the end of the day, we accomplished a good bit and had some pretty good laughs. For all of you who think interior design is glam…this was a quick look at an average day in the life. Totally fun and always something new and different for every day, but glam isn’t exactly how I would describe it. This day we were stuck with dirty boxes and smelling like a farm with a few fun client meetings mixed in.



Intern Diaries

 Another week of my internship has come and gone. Week 5 was busy one. We had a little 4 legged visitor this week. Let’s just say, the first day the puppy arrived we did not get much work done. However, she is one of the most well behaved puppies I have ever seen!

Adorable Little Puppy Who Needs A Home!

photo(8)Other than puppy sitting, I have gotten a lot of experience contacting trade personnel. We received a pendant light for a client that had a wire shortage. I had to contact the company, tell them what was wrong, and follow up to make sure a claim was filed. I also had to call companies and get pricing and dimensions for a lighting packet we are putting together for a client. Needless to say, many phone calls were made. This job is great at helping you find your voice.

We also received more furniture for PARISH, two chairs and a sofa. The first step was to figure out where to put the new items and where to move other pieces. Next was setting it all up.  Then we finally got to try them out, they are soo comfortable!!!


The other thing I got to do was ride with Ashley to Selma. We went to take final pictures of a renovation project. Everything was so gorgeous and I instantly fell in love with it all! It was neat to set up different scenarios to be shot in each of the spaces. I learned how important it is to really be creative and get different shots that you normally wouldn’t think of. For example, changing the direction of the camera angle can completely change the picture.



So even in week 5, I am still learning things every day. I don’t think there will ever be a day where I won’t learn something from these girls. Happy Friday and have a good weekend!