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Happy Monday! We have a full week of installs here!! We are finally installing Client Dr. Dr’s house in its entirety and I couldn’t be more excited. We are also getting all the built-ins installed at the office which literally means we are 2 weeks away from final move in date!! WOOHOOOOOO

In the meantime, while we wait for photos… lets all lust after some things.

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Introducing “client freakin fabulous”

Recently, we started a new project with some lovely clients down in Newport Beach CA. We can’t say enough about how great the whole experience thus far has been. In fact it has been “Freakin’ Fabulous” hence why we have lovingly dubbed them  “Client Freaking Fabulous”.  Literally, they are so amazing, and EASY ….our conversations typically sound like this….

ME: “Hey Client Freaking Fabulous how about this, that, and a little bit of this and that?”

CFF:” Sure, Love, Lets do it…whatever you say designer chick..you are great and what you say goes”

HA, I mean it doesn’t really sound like that…but close enough to make me very content with this project. PLUS we have been blessed to be working with the most wonderful of General Contractors Forehan Construction. RICK the main man in charge, is nothing but accommodating. Our conversations with him and his beyond competent team typically go like this:

ME: ” Hey RICK, can you remodel this entire house in a month with “x” amount of dollars and deal with anything I throw at you in a calm and kind way and be really patient and awesome. OH and always come from a place of “yes” and maintain your sense of humor? “

RICK: ” SURE, no problem. I am RICK and I can do everything you ask and more with a smile”

He is a magical sparkly unicorn man, and in my experience contractors like him are few and far between. TRUST ME!! Good contractors are like GOLD. Anyways, we have ripped into “Client Freakin Fabulous’s” house and in full swing remodel mode. We have done a lot, but for now this is where we are at thus far. Lets see some dusty construction photos..

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as you can see we are doing a whole lot in only little month, but we have welcomed the challenge. Here is what it looks like now..MUCH DIFFERENT

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So thats where we are at with that. The vibe is going to be mighty cool, but I will show you everything after it all starts coming together.  Happy Friday lovers! Hope you have the best weekend! It’s the ducks Bday on Sunday so because I am a tolerant wife and love him unconditionally….I am going to play a game of War Hammer with him. Google it..

Love ya mean it

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Think About it.

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I was recently just sent this article by my Client Awesome and it really struck a chord. I often feel like we are all so lost in the “stuff” that goes on in our lives that we fill it with more “stuff” to distract the fact that we are all drowning in “stuff”. HA! What is it about an abundance of things that makes us think we are happy? Well I am gonna say little and let the article speak for itself . It really articulates the issue so read away !

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// Artist Spotlight : NG Collective //

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Recently happened upon NG Collective Studio and am obsessed. If you’ve never checked them out before, I suggest you add it to your ‘To Do’ list and I promise you won’t be disappointed.

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:: get the look ::

Happy Monday lovers! Hope you guys had a fab weekend. Did you catch the Super Moon?? It was phenomenal, but I am pretty sure its the reason why I was extra sleepless and crabby.. anyone else?  Speaking of moons, did you all catch this little photo shoot that the talented gals at Design Love Fest created?? It was pretty special, and right up my alley.

Let’s get the look friends!

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// wedding blanket // dark vintage indigo pillows // patchwork pillows // coffee table // dishes //

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++ friday thoughts on things ++

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1 // These “Perry” lights from Park Collective will be having a moment in the new office . I seriously can’t wait!

2 // This texturizing spray from Oribe is THE BEST thing for my fine limp hair. It adds so much volume its crazy! I am not 100% that into the smell, but the way it makes my hair look is worth the stench.

3//I recently booked an appointment with Johnny Ramirez to get my hair colored. Quite literally he changed my hair life, and I couldn’t be happier. Not only is he a hair genius, he also has a killer blog where he documents his before and afters. I dare you not to get addicted!

4// This Bar Cart is doing it for me. I am hell bent on having a bar in the office, and unless I find one at the flea market this weekend, you bet your butt I will be purchasing this bad boy.

5// This great little tour of Esther Stewarts studio made me happy. I really love this artist.

6 //  Refinery 29  wrapped up the best outfits to wear to a flea market. Perfect timing since I will be raiding the rose bowl on Sunday and am always in need of a little fashion nudge!

7 //  Buzz Feed did us all a solid and introduced a couple of “Must Follow” Interior Decorator Instagrams. They forgot me..but it’s cool…I only cried for like 3 and a half hours. psshht

8// This pillow and This pillow are just good. Get them while they’re hot!

Happy Friday lovers!

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Loeffler Randall

One thing is for sure….I have a real thing for shoes. I sound ridiculous saying that because what red-blooded woman DOESN’T  have a thing for shoes?? Um, none of us… but I particularly feel like a collector of sorts because I can’t get enough. I tend to change up my shoe game all the time bouncing from flats, to booties, to sandals, HECK I would even rock a dutch clog!! Ha!

Bottom line, I am obsessed with shoes so recently, when one of my fave shoe labels Loffler Randal approached me to take some of their cute new “Irini” sneakers for a spin, I couldn’t resist!!

I am not a fashion blogger, so getting dolled up and photographed aint really my thang,  So I thought it would be fun to do a”Room to outfit”post…because

1) I could just show a regular day in a regular outfit from my daily wardrobe

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2) why not?

Get the room, Get the shoes…simple Loeffler Zebra Look

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+ Killer Etsy +

A few great finds over on Etsy. Peep ‘em.

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Happenings: Office-cial!

So as quickly as I announced the other day about the new Design Studio, we are just as quickly making this space come to life. We have only a month to get it ready for team AID and so we are wasting no time and starting all the renovations tomorrow morning! On the list of  :to do’s” we are building storage, adding doors, demoing bathroom, ripping up the floors and laying new ones, building desks, adding a conference area, a shipping area, a kitchenette, and a giant sample library…..its a lot but its all super exciting!!

Because this is my project, and I am the client, I am planning on being very candid about the process here on the blog! This time I can show you EVERYTHING…including the inevitable melt downs I am sure I will have along the way, HA! When I am working with clients, sometimes I have to limit the amount of process pics I show because, well frankly some clients just prefer I show simple “before and afters”. So this will be a little experiment for us and I am gonna really break this project down bit by bit so you can witness the pandemonium!

So friends, this is what we are doing!!

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Firstly, we are building quite a few large storage units. I need a place to display all of our pillows , rugs, and blankets. We have a lot of that stuff around here, so we will finally have a place to both store AND display it all!! Unit #1 and #2 will be toward the front of the space, where the “showroom” part of the operation will be. This is where you can “shoppe” or hang or sleep on a sofa…whatever you fancy!

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Then along the wall where our design office area will start, we are building a giant sample library! I am MOST excited about this part..lemme tell you! I already have tons of those Ikea wire baskets shoved to the brim with fabrics, wallpapers, and junk, so we are building a pretty cabinet for them! They will just be a little less ikea-ish and more built-in feeling like our inspo picture. Also, I am bringing back a giant cork board, like I had in my last office at home!

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There is currently 2 weird little closet things, that I think were fitting rooms before I stepped in, and instead of ripping them down, I am gonna be mindful of my budget and try to work with them. I am turning one into a storage closet and one into a kitchenette.

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and then, because the space is small and the openings to these weird rooms is too wide to hang a door…I am gong to put a large barn door up that slides across the entire Kitchenette, Storage closet, and Bathroom! In my mind it looks awesome..I hope it translates the same. It quite possibly could be a massive failure, but I am willing to take the risk !

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 I have been waffling back and forth about floors, but I ultimately want the space to feel warm and inviting. I loved the idea of wood at first, but then that was feeling a little to echoey to me and ultimately not the vibe I was going for.

SO I chose a really pretty wall to wall Blonde colored Sisal carpet.

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 These were my inspo pics

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So thats all for now!!!

Follow along on Instagram(amberinteriors) for more progress pics. I am really excited about this one guys! Fingers crossed I make it all fab, and don’t get a case of Multiple Decor Personalities and change my mind 9,004 times.

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Office-cial

YOU GUYS!!!!! I just made what feels like one of the largest decisions in my professional career!! I signed a lease on a new design studio and retail space!!! GAAAAHH just typing this makes me feel giddy and scared and a bit proud all rolled into one giant hot emotional mess. I keep telling Bridgid and Amy (my assistants) that I feel like we are “big girls now”. I have no clue at all how this will go but I feel very official and very happy that I will no longer be working from my cavernous home office and trusting that we are taking a giant step in the right direction.

So what does this all mean??? Well I am not 100% sure, but I do know we will have the space set up as half design studio, and half Shoppe. We will set up a couple vignettes in the front of the space and have a place to showcase all of our products. We are in the works developing more products and our own private labeled goods so once those arrive we will house them here as well as online.

Because the design studio will be at the back, my clients can come visit and my employees will have access to all of our samples and working materials all in one organized location. Not that we don’t have that access now, it’s just all spread over my house, which is chaotic to say the least. Anyways, Its legit and we are all grown up over here. I can’t wait to show you the afters…but for now here are some BEFORE’S!!

Use your imagination, or trust that I will use mine as best I can to make this space awesome.

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OK so the charm factor is totally there, right??

Well anyways, its ours and it’s happening so wish me LUCK!!!

 

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