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One of our favorite projects…before, after and current photos!

Hey everyone! We hope all of our friends out there are doing well! We’re getting spring fever around here. Once Valentine’s Day comes and goes I am completely over the cold and am ready for warm weather, sandals and porch cocktails at 5:00! One thing that helps with my summer time day dreams is looking through pictures from Ashley’s project a few years ago on Felder Avenue (it has the best porch for warm weather).

I know what you’re thinking…”Ashley has done multiple projects on Felder?” Yes….she has! Her current project is actually her third house to resurrect on that sweet little street here in Montgomery’s historic Old Cloverdale. When she took this particular project on, she was featured in Southern Living magazine!

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Time passed and eventually Ashley and Barrett sold their home and moved on to other projects! I always tell Ashley she is like the lady with the cats…except instead of cats, it’s houses! Thank goodness she is this way because she is like a fairy slowly working her magic and turning around these old homes in our area!

One of our favorite clients bought this house and has made it her own. When I was looking at the pictures from when Ashley lived there and the ones from after the client moved in I was floored. They really go to show how design and client vision/lifestyle play into a home.

The current owners have lived there a few years and have decided to sell it! Because it is a home that means so much to us and Ashley, and we love the client so much, we thought it would be great to feature pictures of it before Ashley renovated it, after she moved in and what it looks like now with a different family living in it!

The “befores”…..

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A little background info on this treasure and her renovation: One of the most appealing things about this property was it had hardly been touched since it was built.  The house has beautiful stained molding and large pocket doors, adding to its charm. When Ashley & Barrett  purchased the home, they knew the entire foundation would have to be replaced for the house to be level again.  Their fear was that the plaster would be irreparable after the structure was fixed.  They were right.  Ashley was adamant that this beautiful stained molding (the whole reason behind buying the house) stay untouched.

During the renovation, the following took place: completely new foundation, the walls of the basement were town down and rebuilt, new basement stairs, added brand new HVAC, it was completely rewired, new plumbing, all the floors were refinished , new roof, new paint, a new porch was added at the back of the house to match the front porch, all rotten wood was replaced, kitchen and baths were all renovated.

I’m sure you now see why this project was near and dear to Ashley…because it was a labor of LOVE! The following pictures were taken after Barrett & Ashley moved in!

The “Afters”….

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See what I mean by a great cocktail porch? Give me a glass of pinot grigio, my best girlfriends and a sunny 75 degree evening and I am a happy girl!

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Are y’all drooling?!!?! I am!! Like I said before, when the current owners moved in they changed the look up drastically! It is still just as beautiful, it just has a completely different look and feel!

The current look….

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See what I mean by drastic change?? I love both looks! Kudos to the current owner and her creative brain! Ashley and Amanda helped with paint colors, drapery and some furniture placement, but that is about it! Maybe we should hire her?! We love a creative mind over at AFGID!

This home is for sale and is located at 797 Felder Avenue in Montgomery, AL. If you have any questions or are interested in this home for your family, email me at Rebecca@afgid.com

Until next time!

rebecca

Before & After…and a giveaway!

It’s a bittersweet day for the Gilbreath family! They are moving out of their home on Old Farm where they watched Cates grow from a baby into a toddler and brought sweet Rett home and are moving into their Felder home! In honor of this time we thought we would show y’all the “before and afters” of their home on Old Farm Road. *The “after” pictures are from 4 years ago after the initial renovation. When Ashley and Barrett moved in in 2012 additional renovations took place*

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And for some of the “Afters”

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What a difference a year makes! The two left photos were taken by the talented Holland Williams of Holland Williams Photography! The picture on the bottom right is of the Gilbreath family today! Little Rett and Cates sure have grown since they moved into their Old Farm home! We can’t wait to see what’s in store for them in their new home!

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Now, it’s giveaway time!!!!!  Many of you commented on our last post with your favorite Christmas tune! We had so much fun reading your favorites! We gave everyone who entered a random number and drew the number from the website random.org! Who would have thought there is site where you could do that?  Well there is…and the winner of the flat weave wool rug is………………………………….

 

LUCKY NUMBER  21 which belongs to

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 Congrats, Casey!! Contact me at Rebecca@afgid.com to arrange pick up or delivery!

Now, on to the next giveaway!!

This 24X24 green and brown gingham pillow and potted Christmas Boxwood wreath can be yours if you share this post on your Instagram Account with the hastag ” #MyParishHoliday ” . If you don’t have Instagram, simply share this post on your Facebook page and tag Parish in it! Lastly, comment on this post and tell us your worst Christmas gift ever! Mine? Socks…eww!

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Ok, people!!!! Start “sharing” “tagging” and “commenting”!!!!! Good luck!

Until next time!

rebecca

 

 

 

The Countdown is on!

Things have been crazy around here lately! Actually, crazy is an understatement. As many of you know Ashley & Barrett have been renovating the cutest cottage here in the historic district of Old Cloverdale in Montgomery. Well…move in day is upon us and we know y’all are chomping at the bit for a preview! I drove by this morning on my way in to work and saw the outside, but didn’t stop in. I was very curious to how the inside was coming along. Luckily, Ashley called and asked us to come down and take some pictures so y’all could see what was happening! Have I mentioned that my boss is amazing? She is! It’s been a few weeks since I’ve been to the house, but the house I walked through this morning compared to a few weeks ago will make your jaw drop!

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A little “before” action to jog your memory!

 

If any of you follow Layla Palmer’s blog, The Lettered Cottage  (if you don’t, you should!) then you already know about this fabulous wood plank ceiling. The planks you see were actually the beams from the original roof on the house. When someone tried to throw the planks out, Ashley quickly came to their rescue and we are so glad she did because this ceiling is amazing!

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 The light fixture in the center is being replaced by a beautiful chandelier.

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Remember when the living room looked like this?

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Another aspect of this renovation that is very important to Ashley is that they salvage and repurpose as many details original to the house as possible. Every door is original to the house and although the tile came from Lowe’s, its style is as historically accurate as possible.

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The kitchen is also coming along! Those pendant lights will hang above the island which is one of Ashley’s Scott’s Antique Market finds. Speaking of those pendant lights, right now they are sitting in the spot where she will store her kitchen electronics and pots and pans. Refurbished doors will cover those eye sores giving the kitchen the classic charm and elegance that Ashley is known for.

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Under all of this lumber is the kitchen island! The island will have casters put on it to make it a little bit taller so that she can pair some barstools with it.

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This is looking from the breakfast nook into the kitchen!

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When you leave the breakfast nook you enter a small hallway which will be home to a pantry and bar. Once again, old doors will hide these spaces and Ashley is leaning toward paining them a dark gray.

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This sweet wall paper will be the backdrop to glass shelves above the bar and a skirted countertop will store all of Barrett’s favorite spirits.

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 Opposite the bar will be the pantry. More shelving will be going in to get the optimal amount of storage out of this space.

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Moving on to other parts of the house! The claw foot tub for the master bathroom is another one of Ashley’s Scott’s find, but the tub in the hall bathroom is original to the house. Brad McDonald, of Bath Innovations  has been a huge help in restoring the old tub!

This is Cates standing next to the tub while helping Ashley with some plans! She is a little interior designer in the making :)

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The original cabinetry in the hall bath is perfection. How fabulous are these refurbished vintage built-ins? These will serve as storage for the children’s bathroom.

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The faucet for the claw foot tub has been quite a problem around here! It seems as though it grew legs and decided to walk right on out of the studio! Thankfully, we ordered a new one and it was here in less than 24 hours!!!! It is pictured below.

This faucet is from FaucetDirect

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 Because paint colors and flooring are such a huge part of not just a renovation project, but any interiors project, we couldn’t let you go without seeing the ones Ashley chose for their charming cottage.

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The trim and cabinet colors are Revere Pewter from Benjamin Moore and the walls are White Dove, also from Benjamin Moore. The floors are original to the house (although some have been rearranged) and have been refinished in Jacobean stain from Minwax. The closet in the master bedroom has wall-to-wall seagrass from our friends at Georgia Floors Direct.

I know many of you are curious about the floor plan. It has changed a few times, but below is the final layout! We’re still working on furniture placement, but as many of you know this changes day-to-day in our little world!

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As we wind down from this update, let me say that not only are we ready for this project to be complete, but we also know that Ashley and Barrett and more ready than anyone!

One more reason the studio has been crazy? All of the little hardware details for the project have been sent here. It’s been cleaned out, but this is what it looked like a few days ago…no wonder the faucet got up and left!

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 Hopefully next week we will be posting about the COMPLETION of this project! The cleaning crew arrives tomorrow and move in day is Friday! Please pray for all of us :) Especially Ashley!

And last, but not least, if you find yourself with some extra time, please check out The Vintage Mulberry, the blog outlet for Mulberry Heights Antique Store in Mountain Brook, AL. They posted the sweetest article about Ashley’s feature in The Cottage Journal’s  Christmas issue which is on stands now! And don’t forget to visit our last post to see how you can be entered into our current Holiday giveaway! Only 2 more days until the winner is announced!

Until next time!

rebecca