Category Archives: Renovations


Hello sweet followers,

Recently, I have had a TON of emails and messages about renovating houses and how the process works. In an effort to answer some questions, I thought I might shine a little light on how we got into this and what we have learned over the years. This will be the first of many posts in a “Renovation Series” we have coming!  Feel free to send over any questions you may have and I will do my best to answer them in these posts.

To get to the “how to”, you need to know the “how we got here” part first…so here goes nothing… :)

The whole process began with a vacant house across the street from us, when Barrett and I first moved to Graham Street in Old Cloverdale nearly 8 years ago. My crazy supportive, afraid of nothing, loving husband was determined to buy this little house and let me renovate it. My conservative nature and fear of failing wasn’t sure this was the best idea. What if we didn’t sell it or if I made a bad decision? What if something went wrong?  I had a lot of hesitations, but needless to say, a little encouragement and support goes a long way. Since our first renovation on Graham Street, we have purchased and renovated 8 houses in 8 years and have lived in all but one. Sounds pretty CRAZY, right?

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Our first renovation project, 1909 Graham Street, before renovation in 2006

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Our second renovation project, 1910 Graham Street before renovation

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Our third renovation project, 1935 Graham Street, as we purchased it. After starting construction, we found that the entire exterior was asbestos siding, but thankfully we found the original wood siding in great condition!! 

For those of you who don’t know me, I am a creative person. It is one of my few God given talents. I can not read a book front to back to save my life and please don’t make me read aloud.  I am super dyslexic and reading and writing just isn’t my thing. (It’s totally embarrassing, but I stumble over words reading children’s books to my babies and just have to laugh.)  I can draw a picture, renovate a house, draw renovation plans, select finishes or pull together fabrics all day…that’s just the way my little mind works. It’s what I do every day and what I truly love to do! Successful doctors open additional clinics, attorneys open multiple firms, successful restaurants become chains…my talent is design and renovating homes. It is something I enjoy and something we have been successful doing.

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Our fourth renovation project, 754 Thorn Place, before construction.

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Our fifth renovation project, 797 Felder Avenue before construction.  A lot of my heart (and sweat) are in this house! We brought lost our twins while living here and brought Cates home to this house, so it holds an extra special place in my heart! The renovation was featured in the March 2013 issue of Southern Living…quick link to it here.

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Our sixth renovation project, 3171 Old Farm Road before construction. This house will always be special to us because we brought our sweet baby boy, Rett, home from the hospital to this house. It is where we became a family of four! :)

I know people probably think we are so crazy to keep renovating houses and to keep moving, but CRAZY is a relative term?!?  Crazy to me is reading a book for pleasure or doing what doctors and nurses do on a daily basis.  Crazy to you might be living through (and sometimes in) a construction zone, multiple times or even moving a gazillion times!!

Renovations are a complete creative challenge! There are always unexpected, uncovered little surprises (good and bad) keeping me completely entertained and mentally challenged. I am ADDICTED to the challenge. This is why a good portion of the Ashley Gilbreath Interior Design business consists of renovation drawings!

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Our seventh renovation house, 704 Felder Avenue, before construction. This is the only renovation house that we have not actually lived in ourselves.


Our eighth and most recent renovation project, 1215 Felder Avenue, before construction. This house will also be dear to us because we renovated and moved in under 45 days… crazy I know?!?!

This post was just a little intro to our series and a little peek into how we fell in love with the whole process!

Stay tuned for tips and a little more insight next week! We will be sharing our Top 10 do’s and don’ts for the renovation process!




TGIF Parish Friends!!

How is it already August?! This summer has FLOWN by and I cannot believe that school is about to start next week!! Today, we wanted to share some exciting news with everyone… Ashley and Barrett are selling their house and are moving on to their next adventure!! You might have already heard through the grapevine or on Ashley’s instagram, but we wanted to officially announce that 1215 Felder is on the market! :) This house is truly amazing and Ashley has put so much TLC into it, making it the ultimate Cloverdale Cottage! 1215 Felder is located in the charming and historic area of Montgomery, known as Old Cloverdale (for those of you not in Montogmery!!) and with it’s 2300 square feet, 4 bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms, a wet bar, and a cozy little back yard it is the perfect house for a new family!! We hope you enjoy the reveal of Ashley’s “after pictures” and if you are new around here, make sure to check out our older posts that show the renovation process… here and here!!




















All images taken by Danny Hooks of Hooks Images

We hope you enjoyed the sneak peek into Ashley’s latest project, obviously the pictures speak for themselves!! To see the entire listing, click here.

Have a great weekend!


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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The original fireplace


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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

Until next time!