In 2015, Ashley Moore and her husband traveled down a quaint street in a private neighborhood just outside of Tomball, Texas, northwest of Houston. Old oak trees lined the road creating a canopy above, sprinkling soft-dappled light below as the couple peered out at the gorgeous five-acre lots leading up to each of the four home sites in the idyllic countryside hamlet. When they pulled up to the classic Southern home, Ashley was immediately smitten with the large porch spanning the width of the façade. And although the interiors were dark and dated, Ashley saw beyond the ornate, old-school cosmetics to the fabulous bones beneath, and she felt a calling to breathe new life into this home through a renovation.

“I have always loved to design and decorate, but this was my first house to remodel. I saw so much potential the first time we toured it. Thankfully, my husband trusted my vision for the home because we bought it! Two days after we closed on the house, we started the demo,” Ashley says of the project that lead her to launch her dream business, Moore House Interiors.

Houston Farmhouse renovation fireplace mantle

“I love how this room incorporates the brick from the exterior into the interiors through the traditional mantel,” says Ashley. Image: Grace Laird

Master bathroom with bathtub and beamed ceiling

Ashley shiplapped the entire master bath and painted it white to make the space feel bigger. Image: Grace Laird

Bathroom vanity with mirrors and gray cabinetry

“I love the soft gray cabinets; they’re a bit unexpected but add warmth to the room,” says Ashley. Image: Grace Laird

Ashley’s main goals were to update the interior and exterior, bringing to life her take on an upscale classic Texas farmhouse. “When we moved in, my main objective was to transform the house into a home,” says Ashley. “We wanted to brighten up the house while creating a space that reflected our family.”

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First, she knew that paint would completely transform the dark faux finishes in the master bedroom and dining room, as well as the red-painted walls and dark cabinets in the kitchen and breakfast room. She also had two other must-haves: hardwood floors throughout the first floor and new kitchen windows that opened up to the back of the property.

Vintage bureau in Houston farmhouse renovation

“I just love the fact that our home really reflects us as a family. It combines my husband’s love for rustic design, and my love for antiques, without being too fussy,” says Ashley. “I hope that everyone who enters it feels like they are at home, too.” Image: Grace Laird

Farmhouse master bedroom

“Our master bedroom catches my breath every time I step foot in it,” says Ashley. Image: Grace Laird

Hood stove in kitchen with gray cabinetry

“Everyone says that the kitchen is the heart of the home, and ours really is,” says Ashley of her favorite room in the house. “It’s where we spend the majority of our time, and it functions so well for our busy family.” Image: Grace Laird

“My husband thought I was crazy for wanting new windows since the kitchen already had decently sized windows in good shape, but I imagined washing dishes and watching the kids play in the backyard through counter-to-ceiling windows.” The move paid off with a breathtaking wall of windows that brings the outside in. This spacious kitchen’s soothing palette sets the stage for relaxation and togetherness after long, busy days. Check out the pre-renovation “before” photo to see what a stark contrast it offers to the completed kitchen! (Before: Moore House Interiors; After: Grace Laird)

Before and after:

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Houston Farmhouse renovation kitchen with island and large windows

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The overall aesthetic is airy and sophisticated, an elegance that is beautiful, but not untouchable — a Houston farmhouse renovation with an inviting ambiance that feels laid-back and comfy for both children and adults.

For example, just off the elegant kitchen an uber-functional — and chic — mudroom area doubles as a spot for dad and the kids to drop their day-to-day stuff at the door, while a built-in dog kennel offers respite for the pups below.

Nearby, the laundry and crafting room boasts neat little homework stations for the kids, just within earshot of the kitchen, so Mom and Dad can help if needed.

Mudroom hallway with cubby storage

“I love the functionality of this space,” says Ashley of the hallway mudroom. “We use it every single day — it’s a place for the kids to store their backpacks, baseball gloves and shoes.” Image: Grace Laird

Houston Farmhouse renovation dog kennel in mudroom hallway

“The dog kennel is the perfect drop spot for my husband to unpack his pockets at the end of the day and a cozy space for our dog to sleep at night,” says Ashley. Image: Grace Laird

Children study area with desk and chairs

“We have tons of built-in storage in this room, and since it was so large, it made sense to convert it into a homework area for the kids,” says Ashley. Image: Grace Laird

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The modern, family farmhouse features rustic beams, shiplap in several rooms, and reclaimed wood in the study. “I like to describe my home as casual and collected,” says Ashley of her layered design approach. “I love new functional pieces, but my favorite items in our home are those that have been passed down to us or vintage pieces I discovered at local antique stores and flea markets.”

The living room is a perfect example: a framed transom window, which was a treasure saved from her in-laws’ home remodel, doubles as meaningful art. “My Paw-Paw put the frame on it so we could use it in our home,” says Ashley. And the side table next to the couch is another heirloom that belonged to Ashley’s husband’s grandmother.

Antique dining room table with heirloom display

“Our dining room table was made by a family friend, and the wood he used came from a barn in my mother’s hometown,” says Ashley. The dining room also houses her milk-glass collection and the family’s heirloom piano. Image: Grace Laird

Study with desk nook and hunting trophies in Houston farmhouse renovation

In the study, Ashley replaced a desk nook under the stairs with a reclaimed wood wall housing a secret built-in gun safe, a surprise for her husband on their fifth anniversary, and a fitting backdrop for his hunting trophies. Image: Grace Laird

Framed transom window in living area

The framed transom window was a treasure salvaged from her in-law’s home remodeling project. It was the perfect addition to her Houston farmhouse renovation. Image: Grace Laird

Antique side table next to couch

Ashley loves the antiques she was able to incorporate into their living room. “The side table next to the couch belonged to my husband’s grandmother,” she says. “We stripped it down to the natural wood to blend it with our decor.” Image: Grace Laird

As for “found” treasures, “The living room chairs were actually $10 flea market finds! I loved the shape, so I refinished the wood before sending them off to my upholsterer,” says Ashley, adding, “They’re definitely my favorite chairs in the house.”

Vaulted ceiling in great room of Houston farmhouse renovation

Ashley’s favorite elements of the stunning great room are “the vaulted tongue-and-groove ceiling layered with reclaimed beams, the Austin Stone fireplace, and all the natural light.” Image: Grace Laird

Dining table with light fixture and beamed ceiling

This is the family’s casual, everyday dining space. “It features an antique farm table and big windows that are perfect for keeping an eye on the little ones while they ride bikes or play basketball,” says Ashley. Image: Grace Laird

Though creating her dream home through this Houston farmhouse renovation felt like one huge, yet exhilarating risk, it offered an invaluable learning experience that provided a launchpad for Ashley’s dream interior design business. She was also quick to credit the contractor from Stillwater Builders as a terrific teacher who also instilled great confidence in her as she brought new ideas to the table.

“I loved every moment of designing this home — I was in my element while remodeling this house, and the whole process lit a spark in me. I truly believe God used this home to guide me to the path I’m on now. If it weren’t for this remodel, I think Moore House Interiors would still just be a dream,” says Ashley. “People often ask if I could do it all again, would I do anything differently with the design? And my answer is ‘no’ — I love this house. It just feels like us.”

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