Today I’m introducing you all to Allison Gaudett. Allison and her partner Rob built their first home and loved it in it’s own right but the house never quite reached home for them. They were younger then, lacked money and confidence in the process. So when the time was right they decided to sell and thankfully found a gorgeous lot in Nova Scotia and a rather neglected home that was ready for new life again! The end result – a beautiful transitional-style home where the house found it’s stride again, and Allison and Rob have found themselves along the way.
For some time I’ve adored following Allison and her East Coast home renovation on Instagram and couldn’t wait to feature her transitional-style home on Boss Girl Renovations. I’ve drew the conclusion that Allison’s handle @detailsdarlingsanddaquiris is a pretty accurate depiction of Allison as she’s in the early stages of her interior design career, she’s a Mom of two, plus a delightful fur baby and a partner to Rob who though-out the day they tackle their DIY home renovation together. And whilst juggling all this Allison deserves to put her feet up and have an icy cold daquiri at the end of the day.
Allison also describes herself as a girl who laughs at her own jokes, folds laundry like a boss, appreciates kindness above all else, and is learning to trust her gut and muster up gumption to go for the big dreams. It’s this ‘gumption’ which propelled Rob and herself to go forth with the renovation of this home which they describe as an eye opening experience, which they’ll forever benefit from. Allison also disclosed to me that they “will renovate again, that’s for sure – maybe our forever home or another stepping stone who knows.”
When discussing the design process of they’re transitional-style home Allison states that they didn’t set out to create one particular style in this home, they just wanted to make it feel like ‘us’. Which she’s not exactly sure they’ve succeeded in doing, alluding that this house will be a stepping stone for the young family. Allison explains that the house itself inspired the direction of the design. From the first day that they walked through, she has a vision for the potential and that’s what has driven the inspiration and functional aspects of the design.
I was curious to know more about the transitional-style, which Allison explained it’s a blend of traditional and contemporary design, which projects harmony with the structure itself and kind of suits it! I then questioned her about what her favourite part of the house is? To which Allison replied that at least three time a day she’ll say ‘this is my favourite thing we’ve done so far!’ But truthfully she doesn’t know that she has an absolute favourite. Every change they’ve made to the home they’ve been happy with. But if she’d have to pick one particular space she’d say their kitchen. As it “works hard for our family and yet manages to still look quite lovely at the end of it.”
Before the conclusion of our interview I thought I’d seize the opportunity to ask the budding interior designer whether she would be willing to share any styling hacks she may have. Allison was more than happy to and disclosed that her advice to herself it to always follow your gut! Additionally be intentional to use items that you personally love, speak to you and have meaning. Of course there are more ins and outs – balance and editing but ultimately go with your gut and be confident in that!