We love nothing more than when talented designers welcome us into their own homes. Today, Ali Qualy and Kasey Hodgson of Roost Interiors are opening the doors to an elegant, family-friendly home in New Jersey. Designed by the pair, along with builder RTH Building Co., the property is home to one of the two designers and her family. Read on to learn more about this vibrant space: 

Hi ladies! Thank you for sharing this space with us. First, we’d love to know the gals behind Roost Interiors!
We are Ali Qualy and Kasey Hodgson, friends and moms who get to flex our creative muscles by making spaces beautiful for almost 6 years. We love to transform client’s homes into places that represent their personalities, but with our stamp on them.

What can you tell us about this project? Where is the home located, and what condition was it in at the start?
The house is a 1929 center-hall colonial located in Montclair, NJ.  When the house was purchased in 2015, it wasn’t falling down, but it needed a lot of love and updating.  We turned to our friends at RTH Building Co. to build a large 1st floor and small 2nd floor addition, as well as reconfigure some of the bedrooms. 

What was it like working as a team, yet one of you was technically the client?
We are so lucky to be partners, and have each other to bounce ideas off of. When you’re a designer designing your own home, there’s a lot of pressure to make it impressive, and all the decisions can be overwhelming. Thank goodness a partner helps put things in perspective.

In a few words, how would you describe the aesthetic or vibe of the finished space?
Traditional, yet current, combining basic pieces with little special touches. We like to think it doesn’t have just one vibe, but it’s aesthetically pleasing and comfortable enough for a family with young kids to live in it!

Do you have any favorite elements or products in the finished space?
Some of our favorites in the house include: the simple fireplace design, the hidden appliance cabinet made to mirror the panel covered refrigerator/freezer, the black Bertazzoni stove, and some the antique and sentimental pieces throughout the home (the dining room rug passed down from a family friend).

For a virtual tour of the space with Ali and Kasey, start the slideshow!