Before & After “The Farewell Tribute” :: Client AWESOME ::

So for the past 3+ years I have often mentioned my “Client Awesome”. I believe I have shown some before and after pics here and there, but have never officially really shown the whole shebang or given an entire house tour. Well, finally I got my stuff together and took a trip down to the “The Awesome’s” house for a little impromptu photo shoot, and I am about to show it all!!

Why now you ask?? Well, In recent news, The lovely family behind “client awesome” Pat, Erin, Rowan, Indy, and Olive (the dog) Shedarowich, have decided to move into a new house and thus a new project is beginning. I wanted to make sure I documented all that we did here because I feel so grateful and proud that this family and house came into my life. Even though I am very much looking forward to the next project, I am sentimental. This house and these clients mean a lot to me.

Before I start with the tour, I wanted to take a sec to introduce you to the actual family that I am so fondly referring to. First of all you may already follow along with @erinmayshed on instagram, and if you do, like a thousand others, you may have already fallen in love with this family. I can attest that they are in fact perfect and indeed just as amazing in real life as I am making them sound. Patrick is the best Dad around and takes such good care of his family. Erin is a total babe, an incredible Momma with a heart of gold, and a closet to die for . We can all collectively be super jealous because she is pretty rad, Plus if you are lucky enough to call her a friend then you know you have a loyal One-of-a-kind girlfriend who will do anything for you and be there always. Rowan is a shy little guy, but is sweet and gentle and most likely will be a major heartbreaker. Indy May, the newest Shed, is by far the cutest baby on earth. The cheeks, the hair, the thighs… She is pure innocence and a “joy baby” worthy of her instagram fame. Olive the dog is a lover, and fits the family just right. Getting to know this family has been a joy and I am so lucky to get to call them close friends. 

Anyways, Let’s get to the tour.

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Most of those are the pictures of the house staged when they bought it!! Not bad for some but the fam really wanted it to reflect there personalities, not so generic…so we got to work and did just that!!

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:: LIVING ROOM::

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 :: DINING ROOM ::

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 :: ENTRY ::

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:: ROWANS ROOM ::

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 ::INDY MAY’S ROOM::

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 :: MASTER BEDROOM::

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 :: BREAKFAST NOOK ::

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:: PLAYROOM ::

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 :: FAMILY ROOM ::

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Isn’t it just sooooo freaking great!!

So Whats next?? A KILLER mid century modern that we are going to make a cozy, layered, minimal, mid century beach shack, with mainly white and pops of color. So SOOOO good!

Happy Monday Y’all. Lets all pin till we can’t pin no more!

** BTW, I have not listed sources out of respect for my clients whom pay for my services. I don’t believe it is fair to give away everything we have done in my clients homes, unless I have permission to do so, or feel it is necessary. It this case the pictures are for our viewing pleasure only.  I hope you can understand **

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one room three ways with Anthropologie

It’s no secret that I am an Anthropologie gal through and through. It’s funny because one of my fondest memories as a tween involved Anthropologie.  When I was in the 8th grade (about 3 thousand years ago) I became obsessed with a dress I spotted in an Anthro catalogue. From the minute I laid my eyes on it I knew I had to make it mine. As most tween-agers do, I ripped the page out of the catalogue and taped it to the wall above my bed. I would stare at the waif grungy girl, modeling the dress and imagine myself in the outfit. Ya see back in the  ole’ 8th grade all I cared about was being Drew Barrymore. I chopped all my hair off, wore a fake sunflower scrunchie daily, and bought some burgundy 8 hole Doc Martens . The lacey baby-doll  with an empire waist and a tiny floral under slip was everything I needed to complete my “Girly Grunge Drew Barrymore” vibe.  I was too young to work, and couldn’t legally sell any organs, so I took up hounding my Mom. The damn dress was literally all I thought about, and so the day when my Mom caved and took me to the Anthropologie store on the Third Street Promenade in Santa Monica, will always be a fond memory of mine. Thinking back I remember being JUST as excited to be in the store as I was buying the dress.

Imagine my excitement when I fast forward to 20 years later ( just aged myself, like whoa) I am approached to work with Anthropologie!!!

 Not gonna lie.. I totally got emotional, and may have shed a little tear. It’s seriously so flattering to work with companies you admire and look up to ESPECIALLY big ones like Anthro! Anyways, we were asked to review and decorate a bedroom using their new incredible Soft -Washed Linen Bedding and  I couldn’t wait. I figured if I was gonna get the chance to work with Anthropologie, I was gonna go all out, and so we decided to do a “1 room 3 looks” style post! Same bedding in all the looks just styled a bit different.

Here was what we came up with!

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FIRST LOOK: “CALI COOL”

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Amber Interiors for Anthro Cali Cool

floor lamp // planters // linen bedding // rug // leather chair // mud cloth pillow // nesting tables

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SECOND LOOK: “MID-CENTURY-ISH”

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linen bedding // table lamp // baskets // rug // leather strap chair // books // pillows

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THIRD LOOK: “BOHO CHIC”

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linen bedding // rug // pillows // mirrors

and there ya have it!

I am also over answering some Q & A’s over on the Anthropologie Blog. Head over if you wanna hear more!

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lombardi house

It’s been a while since I have updated any progress from The Lombardi House. Well , lawdy lawd knows I love some “before and afters” and I have some MAJOR ones to show off. First I must say that this project was definitely a labor of love. When I first walked in, the house was in quite a mess. There was random furniture everywhere, yucky lighting, un flattering paint colors, and just overall the inside was a total disconnect from the outside. The building was so charming and the whole property had such potential, I just knew it was going to take a lot to get it right and return the house to its original lovely self! Trying to design a Vacation rental friendly space, that doubles as an event space on a tight budget, was no easy task, but one I gladly took it on.

Luckily in the end, I couldn’t be happier with the way it all turned out.

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The house is split into 4 apartment units in the main house and then an incredible event space/barn in the back! There is NOTHING like this anywhere in Hollywood and I am so proud and honored to have had the opportunity to be involved!

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(before images taken by Emily Knecht)

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( Images taken by Zeke Ruelas )

Styling and Art Direction by … Cleo Murnane and Kati Forner, Project M Plus)

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(above 2 images taken by Amber Lewis )

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( Images taken by Zeke Ruelas )

Styling and Art Direction by … Cleo Murnane and Kati Forner, Project M Plus)

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(above 3 images taken by Amber Lewis )

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(before images taken by Emily Knecht)

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(above 4 images taken by Amber Lewis )

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(above 3 images taken by Amber Lewis )

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( Images taken by Zeke Ruelas )

Styling and Art Direction by … Cleo Murnane and Kati Forner, Project M Plus)

Pretty fab right??

The house is officially renting out the space for rentals and events! Go to the website HERE to get more information on the property!! Make sure to tell them I sent ya!!

Thank you Cleo and Project M Plus and Zeke Ruelas for your combined creative genius with these beautiful pictures and website.

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// Designer Quick Tip //

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+ killer etsy +

Fourth of July is definitely one of my holidays. We didn’t do much more then chill out with friends and family but this year G watched fireworks, and totally comprehended what was going on. Holy COW her reaction made my life! She was in awe..Oohing and awwwing at every single flicker of light. “Mama that one was my favwate, was it your favwate too?” Gahhhh the best! Watching how excited she gets about these seemingly small events, makes everything in life sweet and put so much in perspective.

Anywhoo, I am back to work and ready to face the week! Lets wrap up some of my recent fave etsy finds..

Killer Etsy 7.7 sconce | photograph | ceramic bowls | plant standbrass himmeli | suede lounge chairsticker pack | mug trio

 

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life according to my iPhone

Happy almost freaking Friday!! I won’t bore you by saying what a week….I say that shit every freaking week. It will be the most awesome thing when I say.. “Nothing happened this week..it was  boring , I sat on my arse and watched Bravo”

Cant imagine this scenario happening anytime soon, so in the meantime…here is the haps on my phone, which makes me  happy

PROGRESS!

Dr. Client Clients got some stuff going on… this makes me thrilled!

this Nursery is to cute for words..

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these chairs are getting all dolled up in a fresh batch of white linen ..yum

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these custom tiles will be the death of me. We have been back and forth with a plain white background or a stained off white background…in the end I think the white ground won

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built-ins galore!


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this vintage rug was made into an ottoman.. success!

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the wood is a custom coffee table, the green is a painted dining table ,and the fabrics  are cushions for a banquette…

PURE rustic modern heaven.

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behind the scenes our work area looking less like this

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and more like this…

scattered chaos, with invaluable style advice from Stella the cat.

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Shoppe acquired even more pillows…but these are so special they may just go into the hoard or to client homes..

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BTW we do custom…check the size on that LUMBAR! Perfect for a King size bed, no???

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We were featured in DOMINO!!! yesss, its small…but its something! I’ll Take it

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and finally, this little baby bird has gone pink!! I am so obsessed with it, I think I may copy her

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we have fun

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and I know she is my child, and all Moms think there kid is super smart, blah blah…..but she is a prodigy. Look at what she painted and then named “Red Guitar”

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 To end this post on a cool and super happy, good vibes, peace love, and pink unicorns note..

You want to know whats awesome???

When things you want and wish for come to fruition and good shit happens to good people. I have shared in the past but very minimally that my Hubs (the Duck) was in a band. Well ,some crazy, unthinkable, and frankly unspeakable, repulsive shit went down about two years ago that ended the Ducks 15 year career as a musician.  We are talking multi platinum record sales, playing stages to 80,000+ people and really living out his dreams to the fullest.  When it all came to a dramatic and crashing halt, we struggled as a family to figure out what his next step was. He struggled as an accomplished musician to just deal with the creative lull he was now forced to reckon with as well as the drowning sense that it may all be over for him, professionally speaking. Could he face the music industry, or would “guilt by association” crush his and his fellow band mates squeaky clean reputation?  Through what could have wrecked anyone for life, he rose above it all and went back to the studio with the other 4 members of his old band. They have been pretty top-secret about it all, but as of yesterday the tunes were released to rave reviews!! Being that the majority of the band members hail from the UK, most of the hype was in Britain, but literally the outpour of support has been remarkable. Its been nothing short of AMAZING actually, and humbling beyond words .

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I thought about not posting this, but you know what…this is my blog, this is my life, you guys are not dumb, and maybe some of you already know and feel its screwy that I have never shared a bit of our personal life outside of all the fluffy pretty stuff. I am real, our problems and dramas are real, and our triumphs are also real. Love it or hate it, its my story:) Anyways, the point here is to never give up..Life can flip the switch on you, and really be strange, but in the grand scheme we have one crack at it. There is no chance to do it over and so why not do what makes you happy?

 If you to want to throw some support their way check out the website, and hell you can even buy some songs on iTunes!

I will be signing off for the holiday weekend but be safe out there, have a beer-garita, and enjoy yo selves…

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// Get the Look //

Get The Look 7.2 art // sconce // sofa // rug // side table // pillows // table lamp // stool // books

 

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+ Artist Spotlight +

I love when your pals are cooler than you and know about all things awesome, like MAJE emerging artists.

Recently, my pal Lily B. introduced me to the super talent Anna Ullman, a rad artist that is definitely worth checking out. I was lucky enough to get my hands on a couple of canvases and y’all should too before her work BLOWS UP! I just hung “Out of Shape” in the office and love it.

Peep her site or her insta for her latest artwork and maybe send some love her way:) Tell her Amber sent ya!
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:: Monday Quotes ::

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On Sunday Morning I woke up with some alarming nerves and worries . It was strange and overwhelming and at first I couldn’t quite put my finger on what exactly it was that was causing such a tremendous flood of emotion. My Mom had taken G for the night and so I took advantage of the Sunday morning silence and thought long and hard about what was troubling me.  In my mind I walked through family stuff, and friend stuff, and work stuff , and everything seemed pretty normal. I sifted through each category and tried to weed out what in particular was tripping me out. Family is cool, Friends are great, and work…its amazing, but what was waking me up on Sunday morning when I had the chance to sleep in??? And then it hit me…..I am freaked out to try new things in my life. I am not talking about trying a new sushi dish, or a new lip gloss.. or even a new haircut and color. I am freaked out about breaking the mold I created for myself and putting myself in uncomfortable (to me) positions. I recently was presented with a super new and possibly awesome opportunity, and  to be honest I am scared, nervous, and definitely feeling a little out of my “comfort zone”.  I am not gonna fish and even ask if you all feel the same way, because I know you do in some capacity. We all do….but how do we move past this?

My only solutions was, baby steps..

I am taking a vow for the next 30 days to try something new each and every day. Even if it’s washing my hair with a different shampoo, I am gonna do it as an exercise to prove “fear is mostly mental and I will stand in my own way if I don’t let it go!”. I want to live the one shot we get at life to its absolute fullest and try to do it all…even if I fail. Rather try and fail than have not tried at all.

If you follow me on Instagram then I urge you to join along! It will be so cool to see what your version of trying something new is.

Tag #itriedit30 and show a little photo of something you did that was out of your norm.

Happy Inspired Monday lovers

 

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+ Friday Thoughts on Things +

After a mad outbreak of hand, foot and mouth disease at summer camp, we played hookie yesterday and went to my happy place– DISNEYLAND!! Happy early weekend to me!

A few thoughts for the week…
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1 // Flipping out over this majorly cool bed from Pottery Barn. Pretty positive the “Corbin” belongs in my house!! It’s even on sale for the 4th- go and get yoself one!

2 // Have you guys heard of Gold + Gray Jewelry?? I am obsessed with my Shark tooth & Arrowhead necklaces layered with one another.

3 // Yum yum and yum, I have been guilty of gorging on ice cream so far this whole summer… I have a feeling I’ll be packin on the pounds, but it’s all cool! Check out this super easy Blackberry Ice Cream recipe – only 4 ingredients!!

4 // Dream catchers are the quintessential Boho chic home accessory. Up your hippie game and get one

5 // I recently got an email from this crazy talented artist Jennifer Flannigan and I am so glad I did! Her artwork is amazing… And affordable! Take a look at her shop!

6 // This Tunic by Free People is EVERYTHING. I would live in this everyday this summer if it was acceptable.

7 //  We’ve been busy in the office designing for a few big projects and threw a scheme together with some pretty rad indigo. Stella, the shoppe cat, got down with it too. Peep the Shoppe, we just got a ton of new inventory including the “Pinkie” rug and some amazing vintage indigo.  #shoppeisdope

Happy weeekend lovers!


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