Following over 20 years in fashion and interior design, David Goodrowe co-founded Goodrowe Hobby in 2011. As an Aesthetic Identity Designer, Goodrowe works with businesses and individuals to find and create their true core identity and helps them discover ways to express it externally and aesthetically in all that they do.
Goodrowe’s most recent venture is a full-service lifestyle real estate business that helps homeowners with comprehensive services, from staging homes for sale to designing new homes that perfectly reflect the lifestyle and personality of those that live there.
1. Every home should have a big, open kitchen and living space. Actually, I think every home needs a really great indoor and outdoor space. It’s important to me to be able to have somewhere to go to be quiet and ponder the day. That inspires me.
2. The biggest design mistake I ever made was painting my own bedroom bright yellow with bright red trim. I thought it would work because I love bright colors, but it looked like McDonald’s.
3. What do you collect? A couple of things: really great printed socks and antique colored glassware. I also collect shoes that have interesting soles, and—for men’s shoes—they can be difficult to find! If it has a color or an interesting heel, I collect it.
4. Where do you go for inspiration? I believe that inspiration comes from within – inspiration is your interpretations of things you see. Aside from that, it really depends on the type of inspiration I’m seeking. Typically I travel to cities overseas, like in South America and Europe; that’s where I get the most inspiration. I also go to antique stores and thrift shops, and then I go on Modern Home tours. As a licensed real estate agent, I really enjoy taking weekly caravans to see how other homes are designed, both architecturally and the interiors.
5. What’s your favorite restaurant in Atlanta? Since I’m no longer eating meat, my favorite restaurant in Atlanta is Goin’ Coastal. They have great seafood.
6. Which design movement of the past do you admire most? I really admire mid-century modern.
7. When I was six, I thought I would grow up to be a brain surgeon. I don’t know if I thought it was cool or they made a lot of money, but I grew up wanting to be one.
8. What do you find most rewarding about your job? I truly appreciate the relationships that I develop and being able to assist people in building their own personal brand. I also like helping my clients shape their identity. I get to be creative, and most days I don’t do a lot of the same things. On any given day, I could be doing a fashion show, selling a house, designing an interior or working on branding projects. It’s all fun, but I thrive on relationships and working with others. It’s a great feeling to share their excitement over the end result.
9. What would we catch you reading? I’m a big Harry Potter fan, but I’ve already read them all so I don’t think you’d catch me reading them. I do enjoy that sort of fantasy type books, and also I read a lot of more spiritual titles. Right now I’m reading You Can Heal Your Life by Louise Hay. I like to go into the fantasy world because that helps me get creative, but I also enjoy things that will help me continue to grow.
10. If you could spend the day with anyone (dead or alive) who would it be and why? I would spend the day with my partner, because he’s my favorite person (and if he reads this, I’ll get a lot of points!).
Photo by David Goodrowe