Seasons of Change
When Caitlin Gossen and her husband bought their two-story, Acadian-style home in 2007, her daughters were just growing out of the baby stage. The house, built in the 1980s, underwent a full-scale renovation before they settled in — including a kitchen makeover and update to the Hays Town-inspired exterior. Flash forward to 2021, with two teenage girls, an 11-year-old son and an Australian Labradoodle, her family’s needs look very different.
“As we evolved as a family, we figured out the space and what we needed it to be,” says Gossen.
Although she hired an interior designer for the original renovation, Gossen decided to tackle the home’s most recent remodels herself. She says the years-long process helped her tap into her love of interior design and reignited her dream of launching a lifestyle blog. Then, when Gossen lost her job in 2020 as a national sales director for a children’s clothing company because of the COVID-19 pandemic, she decided to jump head first into the new venture.
“When the pandemic started, it forced me back into that dream of mine,” says Gossen. “As sad as it was to lose my job, I was excited about this opportunity.”
Gossen launched her site, cgliving.com, on her 40th birthday and hasn’t looked back.
She says she has enjoyed the process of sharing her passion and practical design tips with her readers, especially when it comes to designing a home for a growing family. One of her first posts outlines how she slowly, but surely, transformed her master bedroom into a timeless, tranquil retreat.
Up next, Gossen is looking forward to writing about the process of revisioning her daughter’s room — a project they are both especially proud of.
“Working with your own teenage daughter as a client is very tricky,” laughs Gossen. “She loves the finished project. She was very excited and proud of her space.”
A favorite feature is the hidden-away workspace built inside a former closet. A custom desk with plenty of storage and bright, floral wallpaper became a lifesaver for distance learning. Just one more example of how, in a year full of uncertainty, the Gossens’ home became a saving grace.
Design and Styling: Caitlin Gossen, CG Living
Carpentry: Chad Cormier
Contractor: Larry Lagneaux
Renovation Designer (2007): Madeline Salvatierra