Big Girl Decisions

Hi there friends! Happy Monday. Hope you guys had a fabulous weekend and if you are a Mama, have a mama, want to be a mama, or are a mama to your fur babies, then HAPPY BELATED MOMS DAY!!

I have 7 days left until we go to Mexico!!!!!!!!!!!!

I literally CANNOT wait but I am also petrified that I will be so stressed out that I won’t be able to let it all go and have a good ole time. As you saw the other day, I have a ton of projects that I will be bailing out on for 7 days and although I know all of my clients want me to have a good time and relax…..I am pretty positive that it will take great restraint to not check in everyday and worry about the “what if’s” of it all. What if what if what if??

Do you all ever get like that? Get crazy on all the “what if’s” of life?  I sure as shit do! When do these go away? Do they ever go away? Do they get worse with age??  Lets just talk about that for a minute..

Anyways, Besides my Vacay and pending close of my office for a week  some other big stuff has been going on. I have taken on 2 full-time employees!! This is the most amazing thing in the world!!  I feel so very lucky to be working with such talented and sweet girls. I truly feel like they are my kids and can’t wait to finally have the opportunity to really efficiently grow my business. Not gonna lie,  Its super scary that I will be responsible for now 3 Salaries (including my own), but I am very excited and proud that I made a big girl decision and am determined to become the business I know we can be!

Soon, I will formally introduce these two babes to you all, and you will for sure see them around here on the bloggy much more. Part of the new job description includes helping me with my blog content as well as focus on the growth of Amber Interiors INC. I realize fully that I cannot do it all on my own, and If I have more help with all aspects of my biz, I can focus on the bigger picture, instead of stressing the small stuff.

Wanna know what else is awesome??? I get to re-design my office to fit another desk! Sooooo I have been pulling some maje office inspo and here is what I have going on so far.


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I also need ways to infuse light into the space. We have AWFUL lighting, and the office gets no natural light…Its a cave.

so, I think I want to layer a bunch of Beni Ourain rugs down and use white desks etc to add a false send of brightness!!!

Stay tuned for updates…and maybe a mood board

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: Desk Diaries : 5/6/14 :

We are in full design mode over here on quite a few ridiculously awesome projects. I say design mode because a little known fact is that this job of interior design, is 1 part creative and designing and 10 trillion parts billing, paperwork, project management, phone calls, scheduling, being a stressed out basket case, and just general boringness. It’s only the beginning of a project and the installation of said project that I look forward to, if I am keeping it real. The rest of it I just kind of handle because I love my job, but I secretly wanna keep my new project list really unmanageably full so that I can always just be in design mode and delegate the rest of the boring part. This is clearly never going to happen, but ya know…maybe if I say it out loud and secret that shit, miracles will occur!

Anyways, Here are some snippets of whats going on during design mode as we start a bunch of new projects, and almost wrap up some older ones!



the scope: we are furnishing the entire house, remodeling the master suite and bathroom, making a gorgeous home office library, vaulting a nursery ceiling and adding a loft.

vibe: neutral tones, vintage furniture, amazing finishes and tiles, eclectic furniture, and kick ass rugs/textiles.






: Client : SIERRA BONITA :

The scope: We are furnishing and shushing the entire house, and building some built-ins.

The vibe: neutral, with lots of vintage furniture, amazing rugs, custom upholstery and an army green stonewashed canvas sofa thats to die for!





So the saddest thing to ever happen is when a client won’t let you show off her killer house!!! Its like winning the lottery and not telling anyone, or having your best friend be Beyonce and you can’t say a word. It’s pure torture but I respect my lovely clients wishes and will not show any before or afters of her actual home, but I will fill you in on the design ideas and process. This house is one of the RADDEST houses I have seen with my own 2 eyes and hopefully you can use your imagination.  (BTW I am determined to have her let me break the rules a little, so I’ll keep you posted on that..wink wink)

The scope: Furnish entire house including outdoor

The vibe: hollywood glam, mid-century, eclectic….trust me, it can all happen in the same house.


also because its funny…our client lives in a far away land and flies us to and from her place. The flight is easy, but it’s what is waiting for us at the other end that really is worth all the travel..  This car is how we get from point A to point B, and we laugh/ feel like general 1994 ballers. Who would have thought that my job would land me traveling  through countryside in a white stretch limo with a top hat wearing female chauffeur named Irene. At least I can check this off the bucket list.


: client : LOMBARDI HOUSE 

we are coming to the grand finale of this little/huge project!! We are now on the final lap, which is completing the “Barn”. It’s a fact that this will be the prettiest and sweetest event space I have ever seen.  Who wouldn’t want to get married in an all white barn in the middle of Historic Hollywood??





: client : NONA COTTAGE :

The scope: Update my Mom’s backyard. I am working with Lowe’s Home Improvement on this one and its gonna be rad!

The Vibe: Build a giant fence, add a pea gravel BBQ and entertaining area, and build a wrap around deck.



and here are the “before’s”



we are also signing on to work on two other gorgeous homes this week, joined up with a builder to help him speck out the homes he flips AND i have some big news to share. If you follow me on Instagram, you may have already kinda gathered what my big news is… so stay tuned for those updates as well!!

Hope you enjoyed your little peek behind the scenes at AID.

Happy Hump Day Lovers!

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: Before & After : Guest Bathroom Remodel

Remember a looooong while back when I talked about THIS little bathroom remodel we were working on?? Well we have officially wrapped it up!  It took a damn century, but it’s finally ready for its tiny debut. Let’s review…

The “before” bathroom was dull and lifeless. The vanity was just plain 80′s oak and the size was all wrong. The giant mirror looked a little dated, and the tiles and finishes were just a big bag of lame-balls..  My clients had fallen in love with these tiles, and knew immediately they wanted to use them in their guest bathroom.  I wanted a clean all white space but with all the pow to be in the tiles without it feeling overwhelming.  At first I was afraid that if I kept it flat white walls and kept a giant fugly mirror, we wouldn’t be gaining much, so I used tongue and groove wall panelling to give it a little more depth and used a medicine cabinet as the only mirror to keep the focus on the panelling, tiles, and the sconces etc…  If you don’t remember, here is the













Ahh much better and brighter, and makes the space feel 9 thousand times larger.

Hope you’re diggin it!!


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+ 1 room 3 looks +

So, thinking back to when I first started my blog almost 4 years ago, I remembered one of my first blog posts was

“1 room 3 looks”.

It was a cute idea then, so I figured why not give it another try now!

I screwed around with G’s room this time..and got real fancy and created a Gif to show the process…

(thats right I is so fancy and growns up, that I create gif’s now)

Here is Look 1:

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here is the all mighty gif.


Look 2

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now…the fancy pants gif


and finally Look 3

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and the final ggggiiiiffff


ok so I need to work on my gif skills a little…..dont judge..


All the pillows are from the Shoppe

All the rugs are from the Shoppe

All Blankets from Shoppe

Woven Stools: Here

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:: Before and After :: Master Bedroom

If you are not new around here, then you know we are currently renting our home. Its been difficult and weird to say the least, and most days I ask myself if I will make it through the whole lease without loosing it and buying a motor home and traveling from city to city! I house hunt every single day, and I dream about what our next home will be like, ALL THE TIME! Knowing that I am stuck in this lease for another year, I am slowly just trying to embrace it, live with it, and stop my moaning!!!!! I finally got around to trying to make our bedroom pretty. Of course I changed my mind like 9,000 times but kept going back to my obsession with what artist Sally England created for the Ace Hotel in Portland.  So…. I decided that this was my look and I was gonna make it happen.



The carpet alone is enough to make you want to jump off of a bridge!

and, here is what it looks like now..


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The headboard is actually a curtain that I bought from urban outfitters. I just tacked it up on the wall and called it a day. The paint color is called “Peppercorn”  from Sherwin Williams. It’s the perfect dark slate gray. The duvet cover is from West Elm and all the indigo pillows are from Shoppe. The side tables are vintage but you can score a similar style here, table lamps are old ones from anthropologie (but West elm sells similar here) and the rug is a hoarded vintage treasure that I will never let go of…ever!

I am pretty happy with the way it’s looking. I still have to style my dresser, add some art, and I have a killer vintage leather chair that needs to live in this room as well. Ill keep you up to date on the progress, but so far so good.

Happy Monday loverz!

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Project: Cupcakes { powder bath }


Just like with Project Cupcakes Kitchen, I have had to wait an eternity to show you the most beauteous of beautiful powder baths you ever did see.  We are talkin’ Dalai Lama level patience to not show everyone and anyone pictures of this beautiful little jewel box of a bathroom. I am so glad the time has finally come for the big reveal, and lets just say this little powder bath is maybe (positively ) the best little powder bath I ever did see.

( in my humble opinion )

check it….


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All images shot by Emily Schuman of Cupcakes and Cashmere

Talk about a Before and After!

Here is a short and sweet description of what we did and why….

WALLPAPER: Em and G really wanted to make a statement in this perfect little powder bath. We searched for wallpapers that would be as impactful as possible and not something we may have already seen before. Because Pinterest is a magical unicorn, and has the power to unlock even the most buried of treasures, we were able to stumble onto this wallpaper…and the rest was history. Is it possible to even say that the pictures don’t do it justice??  In the flesh it looks like an oil painting… its “Bonkers Good” for lack of a better phrase.

VANITY & FAUCET: Well you saw the kitchen and its dose of purty brass hardware!  Since we were so stoked with how that turned out and because this little powder bath happens to be right off the kitchen, we decided to stick with the brass finishes in this room as well!!!  We wanted to stick to a budget and finding antique brass, marble top vanities for our price point was literally impossible.  We decided to go the plating route again for the vanity legs and faucet. We headed to Restoration Hardware and purchased the “Gramercy” vanity and the “Sutton” faucet since we loved the shape. We took it to our local plating company and specified the finish to be the same as what we used in the kitchen. The end result was just fabulous. I think doing any other metal other than brass on this dark and saturated paper would have been doing it a disservice.

LIGHTING: School House Electric is a “go-to” lighting source for me. I have used them numerous times in the past, including my own bathroom remodel.  I wanted the lighting to feel a little traditional, but a little retro as well…so we chose the “Princeton” (traditional) and the “Isaac” (retro). The combination makes me happy!

I am pretty pumped as you can see and am so pleased with the result. It’s just so fancy!!!

more pics on Cupcakes and Cashmere blog


Wallpaper: Ellie Cashman “Dark Floral” HERE

Mirror: CB2 “Tork” mirror HERE 

Lighting: Schoolhouse Electric HERE + HERE

Customized Restoration Hardware “Gramercy”  Vanity with dipped brass legs

Faucet: Restoration Hardware’s “Sutton” Collection

Vase: Johnathan Adler HERE

Toilet Paper Holder: House of Antique Hardware HERE


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project : CUPCAKES { kitchen }

I have been literally DYING for the past couple weeks holding off showing any kind of pictures from my project with Emily of Cupcakes and Cashmere. It has been nothing short of a good time and I have had such a great experience helping Emily and her hubby Geoffrey create their perfect first home.  Its always so fun meeting with clients and helping them actualize the potential their homes have. When I first saw the house, my trained designer eyeballs instantly agreed with Emily and Geoffrey that they had really landed a beauty of a house . The bones and the original details were amazing and the potential was endless. There was a beautiful original brick fireplace with an Inglenook (google it), a stunning coffered dining room ceiling, exposed beams in the kitchen, and a relatively open floor plan just perfect for entertaining. Not to mention the house has some serious curb appeal nestled among other gorgeous homes in a fabulous location (totes jealous). Anyhow, the previous owners had some questionable taste in colors and light fixtures that really made the home feel stuffy and dated.  I knew I wanted to freshen up the whole vibe of the house and reflect Emily’s trademark clean and classic style. Item number one on the “Project Cupcake” punch list was to update the not quite right kitchen.

Here is a little insight as to what we did and why we did it


as you can see…we had lots of things that needed some attention.


1//ISLAND & SEATING: Em & G (Emily & Geoffrey) Really needed a little more storage. They had a fair amount of larger cooking tools, like a nice mixer, blender etc. and wanted those to not always be out on display. We decided that the best place to gain this storage would be to utilize the island as best as possible. Seems easy enough…except we also somehow needed to allow for extra seating. So here is how we solved the problem…


We recessed a small portion of the island to allow seating to slide underneath the countertop, and added taller and slightly less deep cabinetry underneath where we could gain that much needed extra storage!

2//CABINETS & BACKSPLASH: Although the kitchen cabinets were not terrible with the beadboard detail, they were not really working with the modern traditional scheme of the rest of the kitchen. To save some dough we decided to keep the existing upper cabinet faces, but remove the grooved yuckiness and finish them a much brighter white. Once we did this I knew we would run into the issue that making the cabinet faces brighter, would only make the yellow tinged subway tiles even yellower. Not to mention make the brown grout look super dingy. We loved the look of the subway, but ripped out the old and re-installed a new brighter white and used a platinum gray grout to accent the gray veining in the island top.


3//ISLAND COUNTER TOP:  Now lets talk about that beautiful island top shall we? Em and G really, really, really wanted a Carrara marble island top. They loved the look of the white ground and the gray veining, and I don’t blame them!  Now look, I am all about making my clients happy. I often like to come from a place of “yes”….Sometimes though, I have to chime in and strongly advise against certain things. For example.. Carrara marble seems to be a real hot topic when it comes to kitchen and bathroom design. While it is one of the most amazingly beautiful counter top materials on the market, in my opinion it SUCKS as a kitchen surface and needs to be handled with great care and caution.  Red wine will stain it, lemon will etch it, balsamic vinegar will even leave its permanent mark, and who in the hell wants to commit that hard to keeping your giant new 9′ island pristinely clean….?  Because Em and G did their own bit of research on the maintenance of marble, and had no interest in babysitting their countertops, they were totally happy to look at some stone alternatives. So we hit the stone yards searching for that oh so special slab that would do the job. We settled on using “Dolomite” also referred to (mistakenly) as “Super White” granite. Its way more durable than Carrara Marble for numerous reasons. It can be easily wiped down with a little soapy water and a wet rag. You don’t have to use special cleaners and more importantly it’s a very forgiving surface. You can spill a little and not worry, and I sleep a little better at night thinking I will never get the call that their perfect island is stained and ruined forever.


4// BRASS DETAILS: Can I just say I am so not sick of the “brass is back” trend. How could I be?? It’s timeless in my opinion and if there was ever a metal to characterize Mrs. Emily, brass/gold would definitely be it. You would think by now there would be an affordable and easily accessible brass option for kitchen faucets and hardware…but there isn’t. Everything we liked that was brass was either way out of budget, a weird orangey champagne brass color, or a super lame shape that didn’t hit the traditional/modern style we were after.  So we decided to plate….everything. We found a great shaped faucet and took it to our local plating company to match the perfect brass tone we were after. The result was everything we were hoping and more.


5// LIGHTING: In Em & G’s kitchen, and whole house in fact, the light is incredible! The high ceilings, paired with the light and bright new wall colors makes it the perfectly lit space. The previous owners had some pretty special (read awful) lighting choices. One of the largest issues was that the lighting was not centered on the either the island, or the sink. It bothered me immensely, as things like that typically do!!  Originally, Emily really wanted to have some pretty island lights, and so we toyed with the idea. Ultimately we decided that the room really just did not need it. I have a go to rule of thumb when tackling any renovation project. If you are uncertain about something in the room, think to yourself “Would I have added this myself if it was never here?” So in the case of the lights, if we were building the kitchen from scratch…would we have hung any lights above the island or sink??? The answer was No. So out they came and Em & G don’t miss them at all.  Less was definitely more in here.

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source list:

Cabinet Paint Color: Benjamin Moore “White”

Ceiling Trim Color: Benjamin Moore “White”

Ceiling Pain Colort: Benjamin Moore “Gray Owl”

Faucet: Rohl Faucets with Custom brass finish. Similar style HERE

Cabinet Hardware: Martha Stewart for Home Depot HERE . Want a little different style bin pull, try HERE.

Cabinet Knobs HERE

Bar Stools: HERE

Kitchen Rug: Similar Style HERE

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// Lombardi House: progress report //

Its been a whirlwind of construction at the Lombardi House Project. Everyday we get a little closer to some kind of finish line. The crew on the job is working overtime to make this happen by March 1st, and I am being chipper and positive this will happen.

So far we have all the new backsplash tile up. Its simple yes, but makes me very happy to see some texture on the walls. The countertops, while unfortunate and not my choice, are looking about 1 MILLION times better after we have painted the cabinets and installed the subway in all the units

Here is a Kitchen Before in one unit




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Still no paint on these cabinets but these particular units will be getting my go to white paint Dunn Edwards: “WHITE

Then I added some really necessary mill work. A giant problem with the house was that there were way to many round corners, and funky “builders special” choices. You know the type you see in a “Flip House”. Now don’t get me wrong, the finishes were not the worst, but they were all wrong….especially for this type of property.

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I have been focusing on bringing the house back to its original state as best as we can given what has already been done. I love me some woodwork, so I added it ALL OVER!

I think it was just what the house needed to bring it back to its roots










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BTW I can’t wait till these stairs get a fresh coat of High Gloss Dunn Edwards “Black Bean” paint





And last…well last that I will reveal today (wink wink)










How much better is the Paint and the doors!!!!

Bye Bye Pink and hello perfect neutral gray

(color Dunn Edwards: MUSLIN and Trim Dunn Edwards: WHITE)

I wanted to block off the back room and create an additional room within this unit. There are french doors all over this house so I keep putting them throughout so that it all ties in. Kinda obsessed!


This fella went missing for a couple of days, but he returned and made a grand appearance.



pshhht, such a typical Hollywood iguana…always trying to steal the show

This house is really shaping up to be somethin’ fancy!

March 1st is RIGHT around the corner and we are scurrying to the finish line. Lets pray that I can make this happen and survive the process :)

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// Lombardi House: Progress report //

Remember when I introduced you to one of my new projects ” The Lombardi Hollywood House”?

And remember how I conveniently left out any images of the entire inside of the house??

Hows abouts I show you what was going on in the house before I got all up in its bizness, And lets take a look at the current progress we are already making!




dingy and nothing special…



 + darken cabinets with my ultimate fave charcoal cabinet color” Charcoal Smudge” by Dunn Edwards

 + add white subway tile backsplash with dark grout

+ new lights

+ add clean crisp white wall panelling throughout  painted in “White” by Dunn Edwards



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Its going to be SO much better in my opinion…cant wait to tackle all 4 kitchens!

Up next was the sitting room upstairs.

this room was really strange when I first saw it. It had beautiful French Doors leading to a gorgeous balcony outside, but then these flimsy and super sketchy dangerous glass doors on a track at the entrance.

I had the guys rip those right out and add a new French door situation to match the ones to the outside.

Looks so much better now!


see the weird glass doors on the left..?


here is what they looked like from inside the room:


and then here are the pretty original to the house doors that lead to the balcony outside..





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I am putting the charm BACK into this house….and trying to restore it to an updated version of its old self..

we are moving fast and quick to meet the March 1st opening night deadline. ..

may the Force be with me

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Another bathroom in my life!

Whats with all the bathrooms I got going on??

Luckily, all of them will end up being more pretty than shitty, get it ….?

anyways, I am working on a really rad one.

Check it out!


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We are rip pin and gutting the whole shebang and replacing everything. New vanity, Granada tiles, un lacquered brass…how dreamy!

We should be starting in the next week or two so I will post progress shots just for fun.

Monday Monday Monday, Lets do this

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