"Farmhouse Chic"– Before & After

From the long, inviting screened porch to the wonderfully redone kitchen, Marty and Julie Monroe’s South Carolina getaway home speaks of laid-back “farmhouse chic.” It did not always feel so inviting. The old part of the house was built in the 1930s, and had never really gotten along with the newer 1970s section.

At first, Marty and Julie thought to remodel and furnish the place on their own, but quickly saw they needed help. When they visited Ambiance Interiors’ website, they liked how good we are at pulling together disparate objects and motifs. They called upon Linda to design and manage their project. It has been a happy time for all.

Linda partnered with the Monroes and their contractor, Damion Brookshire, to coordinate everything from lighting to bath fixtures to window treatments to hardware and countertops. Marty appreciated the enormous amount of time Linda saved them, which gave them leisure to concentrate on such other facets of the project as landscaping.

The interior, as you can see, received a thorough tear-out and rebuild. The kitchen area and master bath particularly show dramatic change. The formerly dark interior now boasts a lively and breezy interplay of light and shade, blending new walls with the warm patina of the original knotty pine paneling. All furnishings besides the living room bookcase were either antiques or purchased through Ambiance Interiors.





Here is a visual record of the design:




















Following are lists of Ambiance Interiors’ resources, and the artisans and other merchants whose labor, expertise, and inventory contributed to this treasure of a hideaway.

Ambiance Interiors resources

Eddy West
Lee Industries
Sarreid, Ltd.
Stone County Ironworks
Benecia Ironworks
Pleasant Valley Trading
Arte de Mexico
Palecek Imports
Old California Lantern Co.
French Heritage
Beacon Hill
Robert Allen
A. H. Calvin
Colefax & Fowler
G.P. & J. Baker

Artisans and others

On Time Construction–Damion Brookshire
Odd Fellows
Stuf Antiques
In the Spirit of Decorum—Lyna Farkas
Bianca’s Stitchworks
Gallery Minerva
Domus Aurea—Chris Perryman
Wagoner’s Upholstery
Gasperson Moving and Storage


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New Ambiance Home wins Griffin Award

This spring, the Preservation Society of Asheville and Buncombe County gave its annual Griffin Awards. These prestigious nods are for outstanding contributions to historic preservation.


We are proud to announce that Partners on Broadway, owner of our home at 189 East Chestnut Street , won a Griffin for that project. Also receiving Griffins for their contributions were Kathryn Long, our designer, Billie Williams, our painter, and Caine McDonald, our general contractor. Ambiance Interiors is proud of these people and this building. Come see us anytime!