A few great finds over on Etsy. Peep ‘em.
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!!
:The Initial Floor Plan:
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!
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!
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.
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 !
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.
These were my inspo pics
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.
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.
OK so the charm factor is totally there, right??
Well anyways, its ours and it’s happening so wish me LUCK!!!
I stumbled on this little house tour and although it didn’t blow my socks off…I thought it was cute, and eclectic, and an easy enough look to achieve minus the incredible herringbone floors, decorative plaster moulding, and undeniable European charm! Ha!
Happy hump day lovers!
This week’s vendor spotlight is an oldie but a goodie. Have ya’ll heard of Yarn Bombed Antlers? If not, and even if you have, read on and feast your eyes on all of this colorful goodness.
If you follow along here frequently, you may have seen the recent reveal of “Client Awesome’s” house and one of my favorite little boy’s rooms I have ever designed. In Rowan’s room we used a giant rack of antlers that we custom designed with Yarn Bombed Antlers, hand selecting the specific colors we wanted in our Serape style antlers.
… and they do more than just antlers of all sizes– wrapped antler sheds, maracas, wrapped axes and other vintage goods!
Errrbody needs a set of yarn bombed antlers, dontcha think?!
Putting together the Lombardi House took a village of creatives. I handled the interior design OBVS, but when it was time to build the website and style and shoot the house, the owners of Lombardi turned to the Mega Talented Project M. Plus. They are a collective of designers and architects and their work is stunning. I have a few projects coming up on the more modern side, and so I turned to the amazing Project M Plus website for inspiration…especially “The Murnane Residence”. It’s just the right amount modern but very warm and inviting.
See for yourself, its BEYOND!
HAPPY MONDAY LOVERS!
Every now and again I feel the urge to get my craft on. I have to admit I don’t fancy myself the craftiest of ladies. I like to think I am, but in actuality, I am pretty impatient and easily distracted. Don’t get me wrong..I partake in tha “act of craft” often, mainly with G..but if you thought I enjoyed it, well that was the old, less fidgety me. If I am gonna craft I want it to be fast and quick with an easy clean up, and little to no money. For the 4th of July festivities I bought some basic wooden bowls from World Market to have around for salsa, cut limes (for beer-garitas) , and guacamole. I thought they needed a little flare so I busted out the acrylic paints and got to crafting. These bowls are hand wash and cheap anyways, so I figured they were a good to experiment on, even if they came out crappy!
Luckily they turned out pretty cute
STEP 1: Buy some wooden bowls
STEP 2: Draw on your designs with a fine point sharpie
STEP 3: Paint in the designs
STEP 4: Put some stuff in the bowls and make your party cute.
Easy as that