Austin, Texas, July 6, 2019 — “The answer is because I don’t have any space.
I have so much stuff in my apartment that I can’t take with me.”
That’s exactly what the apartment interior designer and designer from Paris, France, Ashley Goudria, was saying as she sat at her desk in her home in Austin.
Goudria is the head of interior design at Parisian architectural studio, Saks Fifth Avenue.
She has been living in Austin since 2014, when she relocated from New York to Austin, where she had previously lived with her husband and two young children.
After moving into the city, she realized she needed to move out of her apartment, because she wanted to focus on her creative work.
Goulia and her husband, Philippe, also the creative director of Paris-based studio, Breguet, designed the exterior of the home that is a combination of a modern and traditional apartment, which is a home with a central courtyard and open-plan living areas.
The new home, located at 1 S. Lamar, is part of a larger design concept in the Austin area that aims to create “a sense of place,” Goulia said.
“I was always fascinated by the concept of ‘home,’ and this concept is about home, not just a building,” she said.
“I like the idea of a place where you can go for a relaxing meal and a relaxing weekend, where you don’t need to worry about running to the grocery store.
Austin is a very large city, and that’s why I wanted to create something new and unique.”
Gouls design team chose a courtyard that is connected to the main living area by a wide walkway, and the interior space is lined with large glass windows, creating a natural look and feel that is very different from typical apartment living spaces, Goulias designer said.
The studio has been making large-scale home design and urban design projects since 2008, when the couple moved to Austin from New Jersey.
The couple has a 10-year-old son, and Goulios work in a range of design roles, including interior design for a hotel, a hotel restaurant and a large-format home design company.
The Austin office has more than 1,000 clients, Gouls creative director said, and she hopes that by making this home design concept, she is connecting the Austin and Paris community with the kind of creative work that they enjoy doing.