Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Design Board Reveal for #projectclassicliving

I am excited to show you some recent plans I designed for #projectclassicliving. You may have remembered when I worked with these wonderful clients for their nursery and kitchen. {Click on the words 'nursery' and 'kitchen' above to see those projects.} Now, we have moved on to the foyer, dining room, living room and sun room. I wanted to keep that classic, timeless vibe throughout the home, since they live in a gorgeous 1930's colonial. Here are the design boards I presented for those spaces...

The Foyer

The Dining Room


The Living Room



and The Sun Room



There are some pretty dramatic suggestions and my clients are so willing to go for it, which I love. I truly look forward to working with these clients again. And I will definitely show the process along the way, here on the blog. :)

You will also be able to follow the progress of these projects on twitter, instagram, and pinterest through @amberbdesign under the hashtag #projectclassicliving

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Progress on the Wine Cellar Project!!

A little while back, you may have remembered my post here where I hinted at my first commercial e-design project... a wine cellar in Long Island, NY! This wonderful couple that I am working with, has embarked on this amazing journey to start their own business in the wine making industry! I look forward to giving you a full reveal of their business and facility in the future, but today- I have a crazy cool sneak peek for you. We primarily worked on the wine tasting area, which shares a large space with the actual wine production facility. I think it is so special and unique that customers will be able to get a glimpse into the actual business of wine making, while sampling the delicious wines they offer. We wanted to make all spaces flow together and maintain an open concept, but also have the ability to close off the production areas when needed. The area is a renovated cellar in a small town on the North Shore of Long Island. It's a quaint town outside of those windows and we wanted to keep the natural light throughout. Here are some before pictures of the cellar...

Before


My clients wanted to keep a neutral color palette of whites, blacks and grays. Here is the design board I came up with...



They were on board with the plans and got right to work with the design ideas. I am so proud of their progress. The sneak peek I am about to show you is of the wine tasting room, which is pictured in the first before pic, above.

Amazing Progress

Spectacular progress, right?!? We added the new indoor/outdoor rug under the table and the chic bar cart on the right. I love the way the brass from the bar cart adds a chic quality to the space. The wine racks on the right (which the husband made) have been painted, reinforced and stacked on top of each other for a dramatic area for wine display. The concrete wall in the back has been covered with board and batten and painted the same dark color as the wine racks. The best thing about this paint is that it is covered in a chalkboard finish. Now, they can write their wine names directly on the racks and board and batten! When they want to move wines around, they can easily wipe off the chalk and start over. The small window also blends right into the design! At first glance, I didn't even notice it was still there, yet helps bring in natural light. They hung their antique windows above the buffet on the left and two gourd lamps will sit on the buffet, for soft task lighting. Hanging the antique windows there, helps to conceal some of the wine barrels and necessary equipment. The chandelier will be replaced with the black fixture you see in the top center of the design board. They have made such stunning progress so far and it is a real treat to be a part of this journey with them! I cannot wait to see their business grow and thrive! Here is a before and in progress comparison again, of this wine tasting room.

Before

In Progress

I look forward to showing more, as my clients complete the space. A big thank you to my clients for allowing me to share the progress of their journey!

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

An Update on #projectclassickitchen !!

I am sorry for the long absence on the blog! Time got away from me, but I am happy to return with a local client project update. You may have remembered a post I wrote HERE about #projectclassickitchen. It was a local client project that I was so thrilled to be a part of. The project got its name because my clients contacted me after remodeling their gorgeous traditional and classic kitchen. They live in a 1930's Georgian brick colonial and the finishes they chose totally work with the era of the home. I was hired to complete the space with: breakfast nook furnishings, wall accessories and window treatments. I recently went over to the house, since we are working on some other rooms on the first floor and decided to snap even more pictures of the kitchen. When I was there last, the drapes had not arrived yet and there were some other items that needed to be hung on the walls. Here is the space now...








And just for fun, let's do a before and after of the breakfast nook...

Before


After


I can't wait to show you the design process for the rest of the rooms we are working on!

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

The Design Plans for #projectvintagegem

I am excited to show you the design plans for #projectvintagegem. My client is very happy with the ideas and ordering items has already begun! With this project, we are working on her foyer, living/dining room and master bedroom. To recap, my client is looking for a home that has a vintage, collected style. She loves mixing woods with metals for an industrial look, which is a perfect style for her historic building with exposed brick walls. Here are the plans, via Amber B Design style...

The Foyer


The Living Room


The Dining Room


The Master Bedroom



I am so excited to see this project through to completion! It has been my pleasure coming up with these design plans and I just love the charm and character of this building. I promise to report the progress along the way!


If you would like to work together, either locally or through e-design, I have openings beginning in April!

Thursday, January 22, 2015

What is Happening Around Here...

Sorry for the lack of posts as of late! I have been happily plugging away on some design projects that I can't wait to share with you! There is something about this time of year that is so optimistic. The Holiday decorations have been put away, routines are back again and I feel energized to get more accomplished. That's a great feeling, isn't it?!? This is always the time of year I start to organize and make changes, both in the decor of my home and in business. If you have stuck around here for quite some time {thanks Mom!}, you may realize that I have had more business name changes than Puff Daddy. Well, maybe it's the same number of changes. Let's count... First, there was Puff Daddy, then Puffy, then P Diddy and now- just Diddy. Ok, so he has had four. He does have me beat by one. I went from Simple Dwellings Interiors, to Amber B Interiors and now officially... Amber B Design! I have always wanted to use the name Design for the business. It's not a big change from Amber B Interiors, but it makes me happy. The links on my sidebar might be broken for a bit, but should be up and running soon. I think I might keep the blog name as Simple Dwellings, since that name does have a special place in my heart and has been around since the beginning. But all of my social media accounts {for the most part} have changed to Amber B Design.



Great, now that's out of the way... let's talk design projects. I am currently working on a local design project that I refer to as #projectvintagegem. The apartments in this building have such character and charm. My client has just moved into this apartment, hence the boxes.

Before

Oh, my client's precious cat!! I am also working on my first commercial project, which is a wine tasting room that is part of their production facility. Here is some inspiration to show you the direction we are headed with that...

Inspiration


It has been a real challenge to push my creativity further with this commercial project. But, I have learned so much and am grateful to have that opportunity to bring myself out of that comfort zone.

In March, I am ecstatic to be working again with a wonderful client. Room by room, she is renovating her 1930's Georgian Brick colonial. We first completed her daughter's sweet, delicate nursery...


more on the nursery here

And then we moved onto her eating area in the kitchen...



more on the kitchen here

There is still a full reveal coming soon, since this spot in the kitchen is only about 90% complete. One of the rooms we will be tackling in March is their sun room. Currently, the walls, windows and all trim are wood stained. That look won't stay that way for long. Here is my inspiration for that space...

via


Deep blue walls were made for her space! For some reason, when a design idea hits me that I know will work so well, I just want to sing in an operatic voice. Is that just me?!? Probably should have kept that one to myself. Needless to say, I can't wait to show you that reveal. 

Thanks for checking back in! 

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

I Am Speechless...

Happy new year! I hope everyone feels refreshed, energized and excited for the opportunities a new year brings. We had a nice, long break from school and I have to say, the house feels a bit too quiet. It was such a relaxing break and I miss the little fam. But I am ready to jump back into working and see what 2015 has in store! I am thrilled to be writing my first post of the new year about my blog friend Sue, from her popular blog, the Zhush. Her new Connecticut home was featured on Domaine yesterday and is a stunning interpretation of Sue's chic, coastal style. Sue worked along with designer Lauren Muse of Muse Interiors to make this house a home. Nicole Cohen from the blog Sketch 42 captured the home's character with her amazing photography. Let's take a look!







{I spy a Target Threshold ottoman above!!}

I love Sue's effortless and chic style! Enjoy your gorgeous new home with your family, Sue!

Home of: Sue De Chiara
Designed in collaboration with: Muse Interiors
Photography by: Nicole Cohen
Seen on: Domaine
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