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the real raleigh (durham!) :: ashlyn goldberg

By 2/16/2018

Name Ashlyn Goldberg
Occupation Stay at home mom, thrifter extraordinaire

Who do you live with I live with my husband, Rafael, my ten year old son, Julian, my three year old son, Solomon, and our five year old rescue lab, ashes.
Describe your style in 3 words Collected, comfortable and evolving

You’ve done an such a great job at making a new house feel special - what were some of your tricks Collecting old pieces of furniture, either antique or vintage. Layering to create depth and interest. Art. Hanging lots of art on the walls.

Favorite designer Lauren Liess. I love the clean lines and references to nature. I find her design sense soulful and comfortable
What do you collect
Baskets and vintage lamps

Where is the last place you traveled St. Petersburg Florida
What did you bring back A vintage brass floor lamp from an antique mall

Favorite song to dance to Wavelength by Van Morrison
The farthest you have been from home Santorini Greece. Take me back!

Favorite restaurant Lantern in Chapel Hill
Your three favorite things in your house My husband and my two sons

What would be your perfect weekend? Spending the majority of it outside and having meals on our screened porch
Best concert you've ever been to Eric Bachman at Duke Gardens

What would people be surprised to learn about you I used to be painfully shy
What’s your newest music discovery Veedon Fleece by Van Morrison. We have it on vinyl!

3 favorite things about your house Its red front door, our screened porch and our backyard
What’s always in your refrigerator White wine

Fool proof dinner party tip My husband's made from scratch pizza
Favorite cocktail I love a margarita on the rocks with salt

Best thrifting tip or trick Go Early and often, like voting. There are frequently lines to get into places with good stuff. And Always be kind. That applies in life and in thrifting. People will make deals with you and generally look out for you if you have a reputation for kindness.

Necessary extravagance/simple indulgence Good coffee and chocolate
Favorite song right now Anything by Van Morrison =)

Favorite places to score finds for your home Thrift stores throughout Durham.
What smell do you love Gardenias from our yard

Favorite hotel Any hotel where I can sleep past 7 am
You know you can always count on My husband

Best thrift finds A large mid-century modern white lamp that’s now in our master bedroom. I didn’t buy it at first and went back for it. I think it was $10.  An 11x13 Persian rug in perfect condition. $50 lovely old pine cabinet in our living room for $20.

Who would you want to play you in your biopic Juliette Binoche
Netflix obsession Bosch

you can follow ashlyn on instagram here!


  1. I love your features from Raleigh (and Durham). Inspiring, relatable, fresh, and fun. Thank you for investing in this series and sharing.
    - A fan from Charlotte

  2. Obsessed. And I'm ready to move into her beautiful home.

  3. Thank you for posting this! I love her home. I recently inherited a house full of bamboo rattan furniture from the mid-70s, so I love seeing how other people style it.