Artist Spotlight : Madeline Denaro

This weekend was great– spent some QT with the fam and am feeling rejuved and ready to tackle the week ahead. In a recent Pinterest hole, I stumbled upon the amazing artist Madeline Denaro. I’ve never seen her work before, but I was immediately smitten by her use of color. I am seriously in love with every single one of her pieces… not sure how I can get my hands on one of these bad boys but pretty sure it’d make a great addition to my art collection.

Go check her out! Happy Monday lovers!

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FYI : MAJE Pottery Barn Savings

The count down to the holidays is on peeps — can we all just take a moment and reflect on the fact that it is already the middle of December?! I know I’m like a broken record over here, but how in the world did that happen?? With the holidays lurking around the corner, not only am I frantically trying to wrap up work stuff, but I’m also frantically shopping like a mad woman pulling together gifts for everyone on my list including moi as we whip the house into shape for the holidays.

Everyone loves a sale, and I’m definitely no exception! Pottery Barn is gearing up for the holidays and offering deep daily discounts on a huge variety of products throughout the month and I’ve partnered with them to bring you some of my favorite picks. If you don’t follow Pottery Barn on Instagram, well… you should! And especially this month on the reg because for the first time ever, they’ll be unveiling their daily deals on Instagram, @PotteryBarn, with shoppable product before sharing it on any of their other channels.

Here’s a look at some of my favorite goods from Pottery Barn this season:

Pottery Barn Daily Discounts Napkins // THESE napkins add the perfect boho flair to your tablescape. Love me some pattern mixing, even on my table linens!

Sheets // How cute are these?! I love me a layered look– paired with other fun textiles, these sheets are the perfect base to layer tons of fun pillows, throws and comforters around. And they come in a ton of fun colors, check ‘em out HERE.

Chunky Knit Throw // Curling up on the sofa with G, the Duck and my furry friends is my favorite time of day. THIS chunky knit throw is THEE best (especially for gifting!) and looks pretty darn cute thrown on a chair all by its lonesome too… dontchya think?!

Jewelry Box //  This ain’t yo mama’s jewelry box lovers, THIS decorative box looks great styled on a bookshelf or dresser. Adds the perfect amount of glam.

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TODAY only all dinnerware, table linens and napkin rings are 30% off, so be sure to take a look at their goods and get to making your holiday table fancy shmancyyy. Peep their insta account @PotteryBarn DAILY this month to shop their incredible discounts that change every day!

 

 

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++ life according to my iPhone ++

X-mas is so close, I can smell it…literally.

Like I mentioned in my last post , I am doing something crazy and closing for 2 weeks!!  SOOOOO the next few weeks involves me powering through the last remaining work days so that I can close my office doors, shut my laptop, gain 10 more pounds, spend some serious QT with G, deck the halls with boughs of holly, fa-la-la-lalaaa my way through a few cups of egg nog,  and ring in the new year fresh and re-juved and a little less murdery about work stuff. It’s been a few since I unveiled the secrets of my iPhone, so lets…

I’ll start with some family fun stuff. The Duck, G , and I took a little adventure north up the coast to Santa Barbara. I had to do some client  shopping , so we made a weekend out of it and stayed at the super cute hotel  “The Goodland” . Food was good, drinks were great, and the atmosphere was delightful. I wish I had done some more research to find out that they are a pet friendly joint, and my fur baby Penny the hound was welcome to stay . Oh well next time. Anyways, this is a quick glimpse and I highly recommend if you’re in the area, you at least stop in and have a drink at “The Good Bar” inside the hotel.

The Lobby

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The “Good Bar”

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Goodland Exterior..airstream and all!

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The Outpost restaurant in the hotel..

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So great right??

I refrained from being that girl who took pics of my food, but the Shaved Brussel Sprout salad was incredible, as were the pork buns and fish tacos, not to mention the Benedict’s at breakfast were perfect.

The whole place was just plain adorbs if you ask me and a perfect little get-away stay cation for anyone needing a fun weekend away.

I immediately went bad to work checking in on all my projects.

Client Awesome’s new pad is coming right along..

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those floors tho

There is tons more going on here, but I am going light on the pics….:)

Client Freaking Fabulous is in the home stretch of bathroom remodel hell. I feel for this cute couple and the fact that they have been inhaling drywall dust and getting 7am wake up calls for the past couple months. There is NOTHING fun about this part of remodeling, especially when you are living in the house while it’s all getting done…Thankfully when your bathrooms are shaping up to look like these , and there starts to be a light at the end of the tunnel, you remember that it’s all worth it!!!

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We are still a little ways off, but the end is in sight!!

Right then…back to work. Happy Monday.

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Nona’s kitchen: FULL REVEAL

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We’re a bunch of lunatics over here at Amber Interiors trying desperately to wrap up a few major projects we’ve been working on so that, wait for it.. I can close  up shop for TWO WHOLE WEEKS for the holidays. That’s right, two WHOLE weeks folks!!! My stress level is at an ultimate high trying to tie up a million loose ends,  so you can imagine my excitement that my Mom’s kitchen overhaul we’ve been working on for the past few months is finally complete! Check it off the list! If you follow along here, you may remember when Lowe’s pimped out her backyard here, and helped make a pretty outside area happen and now Lowe’s has graciously donated a kitchen remodel to help make the inside just as purty!  We first shared it here and now I am ready to reveal the finished product.

Before the remodel, the kitchen and living room was a dingy, sad space.  I wanted to open the space up and give my Mom  a clean and fresh cottage kitchen to keep in line with the style of the house.

Here’s what we started with:

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kitchen remodel before

Can we get a collective cheer U.G.L.Y you aint got no alibi, you ugly, hey hey you ugly…

Ahem, anyways.. the main goal was to open the space and make it feel bigger, brighter and happier. We took to Pinterest and found some great inspo and came up with the clean, fresh color palette and overall vibe below:

kitchen remodeling design We didn’t waste anytime and basically with the help of my entire family, got to work ripping out the old linoleum floors, cabinets and counters. We worked hand in hand with the lovely Lowe’s crew for the floor and counter installation and I can’t say enough good things about them and their vendors. And not because I am being sponsored either.. they were literally amazing in every way, going above and beyond to help us complete this renovation in a crazy timeline!!

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Here is a breakdown of the process and a bit of what we did and why:

We started out by ripping up the 3 different types of flooring in the main living space and replaced it with Style Selections Antique Hickory Handscraped Laminate wood planks.  This immediately made the room feel larger making the space read all as one, versus being chopped up into 3 different spaces.

We demoed the old counters and cabinets and updated the space with a simple shaker style cabinet from the Kitchen Classics Arcadia Collection. They came pre-finished in a nice white, which saved us the hassle and money to have them finished on site. We used Rusticware’s Oil rubbed Bronze Cabinet Knobs and 6″ Pulls for the hardware which really elevated the look of the shaker cabinets on their own.

We ended up revising our original plan of using the butcher block counters and instead used Silestone’s “Lagoon” throughout because it’s a quartz material and virtually indestructible. Plus my mom really wanted the “marble” look but without the marble maintenance. BTW… I can’t say enough about using this Silestone “Lagoon” as a marble alternative. It looks amazing in person, and if you are trying to get that natural stone feel… this is the way to go. For the backsplash I went classic with a simple 2″ x 4″ subway tile. I used American Olean White Mosaic Subway Wall tiles  with “Pewter” grout also available through Lowe’s here.

 I used a pretty pale gray for the walls. It’s called “Summer Gray” from Valspar in a flat finish and then we painted all the trim  “Ultra White” in semi-gloss which was also by Valspar.

One of the things the original space was lacking was a designated dining area. We decided to extend the cabinetry to include a breakfast nook / dining area  which we completed with some Shoppe goods and a bench cushion that my mom sewed. She really can do it all!! To open up the space and make it feel even bigger and brighter we added a Pella Window over the new banquette seat which made the space so much brighter and cheerier!!

The original kitchen didn’t have a ton of counter space so we added an island for prep and to help divide the kitchen from the main living space. The island itself is actually a vintage piece that my mom had had for years and loved, so we slapped a countertop on it and added an electrical outlet and bam, instant island!  We added 2 accent lighting pendants by  allen + roth Bristow pendant light in Oil-Rubbed Bronze to add some character and give the space some personality..and obviously a little extra light!

Lastly we upgraded all of the appliances — a huge thanks to Broan for their range hood donation, Whirlpool for their dishwasher and last but not least, VIGO for the double-basin stainless steel sink!

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‘Tis the season of giving thanks and this project is no exception. A HUGE thank you to my Mom and Papa who worked around the clock doing a majority of the demo and remodel themselves which saved BIG on labor allowing us to splurge on other areas of the reno. I also can’t forget to thank Gordon, Granny, Auntie, Chris and Gwynnie. Your extra hands and tireless hours of help made this whole thing come together. Also a special HUGE thanks to Lowe’s and each of the individual vendors mentioned above for giving my Mom a kick-ass kitchen she can be proud of, and a place where G and my nieces can share memories at Nona’s from here forward.

**This post was written in sponsorship with Lowe’s**

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+shoppe sale +

I forgot to tell you that SHOPPE is jumping on the Black Friday Bandwagon and offering 15% off the entire site!

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SALE SALE SALE SALE SALE

I AM IN A “TUR-KOMA” AND REALLY DONT KNOW IF I HAVE THE ENERGY TO ONLINE SHOP…

HOWEVER, I AM NOT ONE TO TURN MY NOSE UP AT A SALE…ESPECIALLY A BLACK FRIDAY SALE!

BECAUSE I HAVE LITERALLY HAD THIS STUFF IN MY CART FOR WEEKS…PATIENTLY AWAITING THE SALES, I PLAN ON USING MY PLASTIC UNTIL IT EXPLODES!

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 SERENA & LILY // ANTHROPOLOGIE // WEST ELM

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ALL SAINTS // J-BRAND // MADEWELL //SHOPBOP

 

HOPE YOU HAD A FABULOUS TURKEY DAY….NOW LETS ALL LOOSEN THE TOP BUTTON OF OUR JEANS AND SHOP TILL WE POP!!

 

 

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Nona’s Cottage Progress Update

Happy hump day lovers! I have been in a vacay state of mind for the last week and I couldn’t be more psyched to take a few days off and enjoy the holiday with a house full of friends and family tomorrow. It’s going to be a little nutty with 30, yes that’s right, thirty bodies smooched into our pad but it’s going to be festive and we’re going to eat turkey and pumpkin pie and drink ’til we can’t stand anymore. HA!

…But before I get ahead of myself, I have some exciting progress to share with all of you turkeys of my Mom’s kitchen remodel that we’re working on with Lowe’s. We’re still in the thick of things, and like any remodel there’s been a few hiccups, but it is coming along and I couldn’t be happier. First of all, I have to give BIG props to my Mom and Grandpa. They have championed almost the entire demo and installation and it is really paying off.

Let’s take a look shall we?!

Lowe's Installation In Progress

If you happened to miss this post where we introduced the project, we had a few main goals for the remodel:

- to open the space up and make it feel bigger and brighter

- remove the dated cabinetry and appliances and replace with new

- extend the cabinetry to include a breakfast nook / dining area

- add a window above the breakfast nook to make it brighter and more inviting

- add new floors throughout the main living space

- add an island for prep and to help divide the kitchen from the living space

We’re going for the bright, fresh, all white errthing cottage kitchen– you can follow along on Pinterest where we’ve gotten a lot of our inspiration for this project or peep more of the inspo here.

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Before there wasn’t a whole lot of storage space. On the new fridge wall we decided to add additional cabinetry to give my Mom more storage but to also have the fridge appear more built in and custom. Not too shabby eh?

Cabinet Installation Plan

Built-in fridge flush with cabinets

Wood floor installation

The floors finally went in and make a huge difference– if you remember back to it’s original state, there were 3 different types of flooring in this space! YIKES. Running the wood floors throughout the entire main living space opened it up and makes it feel so much larger making the room read as one big open space versus being cut up into a few different smaller areas.

The new backsplash, counters, and cabinets totally refresh the space — it’s going to be fab as soon as it’s complete!

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Oven Hood Installation

New Kitchen Island The hood and shelves went in and make the perfect statement on the back wall. We also installed the window in the breakfast nook and voila! It’s already a million times better– brighter and happier. Next is actually styling the nook and making it a usable and welcoming dining area.

The kitchen island went in and I LOVE that we chose to do a darker charcoal on this piece.

Breakfast Nook with Bench Cabinets

Thanks again to Lowe’s for helping to make this possible. It’s been a real labor of love– even G has helped! Can’t wait to show you all the final reveal with a list of all the Lowe’s products we used to make this happen! Happy Turkey day lovers!!

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FYI : CHAIRISH

If you follow along here, you know my obsession with the vintage site Chairish. They are seriously killing it lately, so you can imagine my excitement when they added vintage jewelry & accessories to the mix. Look at all the cuteness below or head on over to the site to peep The Collection I’ve curated with some of my favorite picks.

If you’ve never checked out their site before, well, you should!! You can easily upload and sell your vintage goods through the Chairish iPhone App and shop for killer furniture, art and now jewelry & accessories.

Go treat yo’self! Happy shopping lovers!

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// Friday Thoughts on Things //

Wanna know something stupid?? On thanksgiving I am hosting 27 adults and 3 children at my house. If you want to know what I will be doing this weekend, it will mainly involve me sitting in a corner, fetal position, rocking back and forth, repeating over and over, “I can do this, I can do this, I will survive, I have faith in humanity” etc.

Normally, I would plan on getting drunk for the 7 days up until Thanksgiving and then getting 10x more drunk ON thanksgiving. However, here is a fun fact, I actually can’t get drunk at all even if I try. Seriously, it’s the strangest and saddest thing and its all kinda new. I try to drink all sorts of things. Tequilla, vodka, wine, lighter fluid, cough syrup…nothing works. Rose’ does on occasion, but it’s not consistent and just ends up giving me a headache. Seems stupid for me to be telling you all this, but I wonder if this happens to anyone else? Isn’t this so weird??

I guess the perk would be that I can eliminate the calories from my diet….but at this point I have yet to see a difference in the missing alcohol calories. HA!Anyways, lets talk about other thoughts I have had on things this week.

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1// SERIAL!!! Have you guys heard of this podcast yet? Serial-ously it’s addicting beyond addicting. I have been going to sleep listening, and all I want to do all day long is listen to this damn podcast and ignore life. It sort of makes me want to exercise so I can mindlessly walk on the treadmill and listen to Serial. Get the info HERE

2// Working on picking colors for my Wallpaper collab with Studio Four NYC. It won’t be out until Feb 2015, but I am crazy excited about it!

3// What do we think about a Geo Cardigan? I like THIS one, but is it in or out?

4//THESE pillows belong on sofas all over the land. Snag yourself one.

5// If you missed it, Furbish had a really good “Pop Up Shop” with Artist Kindah Khalidy. I am thinking I need this, this, and this;p piece.

6//While I have a deep-rooted issue with the word “SMEG” , I appreciate the product. Especially these cute little toasters in a slew of colors. They are now selling them at West Elm which is having a 20% off sale on a bunch of stuff. X-mas shopping a go-go!

7// THIS article about negative comments on design and decor websites is a super interesting read. All I wanna know is “can’t we all just get along?”

8// This floor DIY is super clever. Have some ugly linoleum?? Slap some geometric wood on that bitch and all is right with the world.

!!Happy Friday lovers!!

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+ 5 trends I aint mad at +

I love wracking my brain to think of 5 trends I ain’t mad at. It’s actually pretty hard to tell ya the truth.

I could and should do a post of the 5 trends I AM mad at… I could go all day with that one.

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Tell me, what 5 trends are you mad at??

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