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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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NOTEWORTHY:

I have been a long time fan of Artist Carla Fletcher, so it was no surprise that when I stumbled upon a really rad house on Pinterest,  It was no shocker that it belonged to Carla and her Man Candy hubby Brett Langsford. I have asked this question a plethora of times and I will ask it again…..WHY IS AUSTRALIA SO FREAKING COOL?? AND WHY HAVE I NEVER BEEN THERE? AND WHY IS EVERYONE GOOD LOOKING?? Or if they are not super good looking than , they dress cool, and talk cool, and have great hair?

WHY?

Anyways, It remains a universal mystery, but regardless I am happy that the Aussies keep cranking out so much awesome inspiration. Carla and Her hubby’s  house tour was featured over on The Design Files  and as expected its laid back, its comfy, and its so effortless it kinda makes me angry that I will in fact, never be this cool. Plus is just an added insult to injury that the couple is soooo good looking. Lets review and then leave feeling terrible about ourselves.

Haha, just kidding…kinda

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yep, see what I mean..Its freaking great.

Now go on about your day daydreaming about this for a bit.

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Project: Cupcakes {living room}

Time for another little “Before and After” of Project:Cupcakes!! This little portion of the remodel was super fun!!We got to build a little and paint a lot, and Emily And Geoffrey got down with some fun patterns and colors.

I would say this space really reflected both of their wants, needs, and personalities pretty equally. It ended up being a fave place in the house to chill out and have a cocktail…In fact, let it be known that I may have overstayed my welcome a few times!

Sorry not sorry!!!

anyways, lets review

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a little dark, a lot of gold, and definitely in need of a fresh prospective.  And now…

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Ta-dahhh!

So, what did we do??

Let’s discuss

PAINT: The space before was pretty dark and even though the ceilings are nice and high and the light streams in through the big window, the dark painted gold ceilings really shrunk the space and sucked up any light that came in. We lightened it all up by painting Faded Gray by Dunn Edwards in Satin on the walls and painted the once gold ceiling a bright white instead!

REMOVED WINDOW DISPLAY CABINET: The room originally felt very long and tall . One of the things we knew immediately was that the display cabinet thingy had to go because it only drew attention to the difficult shaped room. It was not quite centered on the room, and so it just made everything feel a little awkward and would have been hard to figure out the right furniture flow.So we framed it up and filled it in with drywall. Once it got painted, it really helped us have a better wall to put the sofa and seating area on and made the room feel a little more symmetrical.

BUILD BUILT-IN BOOKCASES: Em and G have a great collection of books, and G has a killer record player that they both love to listen to. We decided to build a giant bookcase with cabinetry for storage below and a shelf to put the record player on top. It ended up being really beautiful, and although originally Emily and Geoffrey were worried it may take up to much room in the space, it didn’t at all! It actually weirdly made the room feel larger. They were so pleased with the end results and so was I. My new modo is, when in doubt, build it out…can I make that a thing??no, yes?HA!

FLOORS: The floors also played a big part in making the space feel much darker. We sanded the floors back to the original white oak wood and put on a light walnut stain. The stain kept the vibe of the original house, but added a little more of a clean modern spin.

CHANGE OUT THE FIREPLACE SCONCES: The sconces that were there, felt a little dated. We added 2 bright new brass fixtures that brought in the finish of the hardware on the built-ins and throughout the kitchen and house. Every fireplace needs a library arm sconce in my book!

PAINT THE FIREPLACE: The red brick fireplace was a little too traditional for the new updated vibe we were going for.  High gloss black was what we painted the brick and it sure did make a hell of a fancy impact!!

ADD SEAT CUSHIONS: We learned that those cute little built-in seats next to the fireplace were called an “inglenook”. Talk about charming! Em and G wanted to keep the charm, but funk it up a little, so we did just that. Recently the couple went to Mexico and Emily scored a gorgeous Ottomi embroidered blanket. She really loved the idea of bringing it into the living room, and so it ended up in the inglenook! I mean Ottomi cushions in the inglenook..obvs!

FURNITURE & DECOR: The room screamed that it needed a little leather (lethaa) and so we got the BEST SOFA from Restoration Hardware , added a splash of color with these cute chairs from Crate and Barrel , plonked a killer Beni Ourani style rug on the floor for cozy texture, found the perfect Coffee Table (similar HERE) , added some amazing artwork from über talent Gray Malin and topped it all off with some pillows from the Shoppe, These and These.

And thats all for now lovers. Hope you likey! Head over to Emily’s blog to hear a bit more about the process!

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+ Summer Jams +

Hope you all had a fantastic good first day of summer!!! We hung at home and drank Margs in the pool, and it was absolutely perfect. With summer officially here, we made a sweet new playlist. Here are a few beats on repeat at casa Lewis.

Take a listen.

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:: life according to my iPhone ::

HAPPY FLIPPING FRIDAY FRIENDS!!

Ever since returning from Mexico, adjusting back to real life has been like a slap in the face with a wet towel. Work is hard and heavy, and I long for the weekends! In our house weekend time has really become crucial for my sanity! Typically Saturday is filled with a full ass day of chill out time in the pool with a beer-garita in hand.  There is something so calming about floating on a pool raft for hours and the smell of sunscreen in the air. Who needs an hour long session in a therapist chair when you can have some alone QT on a floating lounge with a cup-holder?

To end the week of right, lets recap a bit on my life according to my iPhone.

Just the other day I realized I have neglected to name a few clients lately, so I shall now!!  We checked in on “Client Bonita’s”  house to finalize some built-ins , rugs, and check window coverings. This little project is really great and I can’t wait to reveal the whole completed shebang!

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We stopped in to another project that is getting a major facelift, and did a quick little nursery install. Our clients, whom I lovingly dub “Dr. Client Clients” (both Dr’s.) have a little man on the way…he’s trying to come ahead of schedule so we decided to finish up the nursery a bit prior to everything else, just in case.

question…Why does a bit of wall planking make everything better???

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just hanging out….

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Client “Lombardi House” is basically just about the most beautiful spot around. The barn is finished and it couldn’t be more gorgeous.  You can now officially book the Lombardi House for your event! Go HERE for more info.

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The Shoppe has hit a little milestone. We just celebrated a year of being around on our new and improved site!! You may or may not remember the old one, way back when, but it sucked and we have really tried to make the new one special. To celebrate, the Duck and I went out for dinner…he ordered lobster, and I planned the next big step of expanding to even more stuff! We are bringing in more one-of-a-kind products from local and international Artisans as well as more of our own branded Home Accessories. It”s not going to debut for another 6 weeks or so….but we are excited nonetheless.

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 We also stocked up on Kilim pillows 

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and over bought textiles for new pillows

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We are doing another photoshoot today!! Cant wait to show you. Follow on Instagram if you don’t already, for some behind the scenes.

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Me and my girls went to celebrate the new Gray Malin “Aqualillies” collection. It was seriously stunning!!

Our Llama Pom pillow had a little lounge area!

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This Kimono is on Major Repeat! I double dog dare you to get me to take it off..aint gonna happen

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and finally, My Moms little yard looks lovely at night.

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hope you have a lovely weekend!

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+ Just Some Things +

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Lets Paint!!

I love when a a brand does something really helpful for its consumers. For example when a car company lets you test drive a car before you buy,  or when See’s candy lets you come in and taste test every single piece of chocolate in the shop before you commit to your destined choice. Ya know what I am talking about?? It’s serious business choosing both cars and chocolates,  so being able to test them both is equally as crucial. Same goes for paint my friends. Paint for us “non-commmitals” is a tough one because just HOW do you know its right for you?? Well, Benjamin Moore just really upped their already impossibly high, designer street cred by introducing a new Kick Ass paint selection tool called Design by What Matters  . It answers just HOW you choose the right color for you. It’s all the fun questions of a personality quiz, but more design and color centric that at the end pairs you with a personalized perfect color match!!  Plus it allows you to virtually paint the walls in the space the color you are matched with, giving a visual for those of us that have a hard time imagining the real thing. It’s rad!!! Bridgid, my Design Assistant, just recently got a super cute little apartment that had mad potential but needed a bit of a refresh. We decided to give the Design by What Matters test a try and  painted her living room based on the color chosen in the test. This is no hocus pocus friends. It was pretty dead on when matching the color for Bridgid and the end results were just the right amount of change.

Here’s a look at the Quiz process as well as the before and afters of her space!!

Quiz Results copy The test recommended “classic gray, 1548″ in an eggshell sheen for her living room. At first I was secretly a little nervous thinking that Bridgid might have a wild side I didn’t know about, and her test results may have come back with “Fire Engine Red” or ” Electric Day-glo Green”. All fine colors for some….but ya know, kinda hard to design around. Especially since, this is indeed a rental, so mellow colors were the preferred choice. The test came back in our favor and so we gave it  go. Once we slapped a little “Classic Gray”  on the walls, we noticed although not much of the dramatic change some may have expected, it gave us the perfect shade based on the answers to the quiz.  We got rid of the creamy , dingy, beige and pumped up the jam with a very light but super neutral color.

 Here’s a look at the befores..

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andddddd thennnnnn the afters:

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It’s the palest of grays, but it’s crisp and bright and made the space feel just a shade happier. Also the gray was a great contrast between the white architectural details already in the room, such as the ceiling beams and the built-in bookshelves.  Not a bad result for a fun little quiz!

Thanks to Benjamin Moore Paint for collaborating with us and sponsoring this post.

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Value of a Mentor

If you have been reading here for a while then you are probably aware of my story and how I got started in this biz. If not, you can go back and read a little bit HERE. Anyways, I wanted to touch on something I think is crazy important and has been SO influential to me working in the interior design business… experience and  having a mentor IS EVERYTHING!!!!

Prior to forging ahead on my own I worked for the incredibly talented Kirsten Marie Interiors. She is the type of real deal designer who kicks ass daily and is well respected for it. She works with incredibly skilled contractors and architects, but her vision and her dedication to see the vision through is what I respect her most for. Her “take no shit” and stand your ground attitude that has helped me get through the tricky times I am often faced with when dealing with Contractors who are mostly  men and who for the most part do not take kindly to being told by a 32 year old “Blondie” what to do. Whenever I hit a speed bump or need a little advice, I turn to her and its her candor that I appreciate more than ever. For example, I am currently on a big remodel, and lets just say the Contractor and I have bumped heads on the design of the space. She reminds me to stand firm and do not compromise myself or my vision. This may be an obvious answer, but coming from her it feels a little more like an “expert opinion”  rather than the Web MD version of an expert opinion.

If you plan on getting into the field of Interior Design, I would say that gaining experience from someone who has been working in the biz much longer than you, is invaluable. Like truly, truly, way more important than a fancy degree in my book. Lets take a look at some of Kirsten’s (or as I like to call her Kiki’s) work!!!

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 Pretty great right?

Well, I think so too. The moral of this story and this post is to get involved with a company in which you will learn something from. Working in a smaller but busier firm is pretty amazing and I feel super lucky to have had that experience and to now pass on that bit of knowledge to my girls.

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