Thursday, March 29, 2012

Why This Works

Happy Thursday and welcome to the series Why This Works... where I highlight a designed space and talk about what I love! This study has amazing moody walls and makes you want to linger and read/blog for hours! This space was designed by Jan Showers and (to me) is the epitome of what a library should look like.


Designed by Jan Showers

What I love most about this space is the dark wall color. It brings you in and invites you to stay a while. The color feels like a warm blanket, which is the perfect cozy touch for reading! I also pinned this image from pinterest because we will be going dramatically dark with our office walls soon and this was the perfect inspiration to take the plunge! I love that the designer also took the dark color to the windows, drapery and bookshelves. That gives the space a great continuity and allows your eye to rest. She also decided to go dark with the sofa and brought a rich, velvety brown to the room. This color blends well with the wall, making a smaller room appear larger. I think if there were too many color variations in this space, it would appear like a smaller room. I do like the subtle hints of lighter color and pattern in the armchairs and area rug. It helps to brighten up the space a bit, as does the beautiful windows! And I absolutely love the little touches of gold in the space. I love this trend in small doses, and the designer did a great job bringing this finish in with the coffee table, accessories and lamps. This study works for me!

What are your thoughts??? 

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Wednesday, March 28, 2012

If My Blog Was A Room - Next Up - Nikki's Nacs

Happy Wednesday and welcome to the series If My Blog Was A Room... where I pose the challenge to think of your blog as an actual space. What would that space look like? I am excited to have Nikki here, from her decor blog Nikki's Nacs. Nikki has great style and shows creative DIY projects on her blog. I also had fun participating in her series 2 Bills 2 Blow, where I had the challenge to come up with decor ideas for my home after stumbling upon an extra $200! It was a very fun problem to think about! Without further adieu, here is what Nikki came up with for her blog room:

Thank you Amber, for including me in this fun series, and hello to all of you. I am Nikki from the blog nikki's nacs.




I blog about life as wife and mommy, decorating, cooking, cleaning, crafting and organizing. That's a lot of stuff. I knew that my blog would best be represented by a kitchen, the heart of our home.




If my blog were a room it would have to be this kitchen and dining room from Southern Living . The colors are just right , and it's simple but still full of detail. I think I notice something new every time I look at this kitchen.

Thanks so much, Nikki! I absolutely love this space! It is bright, cheerful, and who doesn't love white kitchen cabinets?!? I could linger here for hours with a nice cup of coffee. And this soft green gets me very excited for spring! To check out Nikki's blog and say hello, visit here!

Monday, March 26, 2012

Would You Ever Give E-Design A Try??

I have been thinking about this lately and was curious on your thoughts... have you ever tried/thought about using e-design? I started my own e-design business last year and have loved it so far! Every design and room is a unique challenge- like solving a puzzle. It consumes me (in a good way) until the project is complete. For me, there's nothing like it!
One of my first design boards for a client.

 I have yet to delve into the design world locally and plan to in the future. For now, this is a perfect fit!

But this question isn't just for potential clients. If you are already an interior designer, decorator, e-decorator... would you also give e-design a try as a client? I would! I have often wondered what some of my favorite e-design bloggers would do with a room in my home. If I told them my wishes, ideas and style- would they give me a totally different interpretation of what I was thinking? Maybe! Would they think of a layout I never thought of, colors I would have been afraid to try in my own home? Would they push me a little and get me to think outside my comfort zone? Probably! 



Designed by Jennifer Dyer


Source: houzz.com via Simple on Pinterest

Designed by Emily A. Clark

No matter what your design background is, I think it's always useful to have outside opinions on your own space. It's that second set of eyes that can tell you what you didn't think about! Some may say that a negative to e-design is that the decorator is not able to see the space in person. I understand that criticism. On the other hand, it's an extremely affordable way to work with an interior decorator and get their view/outlook of your space. With the amazing internet, seeing multiple photos of the space, constant dialouge between client/decorator- you truly feel as if you are there in the space. I also love seeing the client take the design and run with it! They tweak it a bit and put their own spin on the decorator's ideas. It's a great partnership.

I would love to hear your thoughts! Have you tried it? Would you???

If you are an e-decorator, leave a comment with a link to you and your work!

Friday, March 23, 2012

Fashion Friday

Happy weekend and welcome to the series Fashion Friday... where I discuss my other design love! Yesterday's office space was beautiful, comfortable and practical. So, this outfit was easy for me to put together, because I always dress for practicality and comfort! I could look at gorgeous heels and chic dresses all day long, but the fact is that I love to be comfortable!  :) So here's my fashion interpretation of yesterday's room!

Stylish and Comfy


But who says comfortable can't also be stylish? Starting this outfit off with a pair of fun flats works for me (and my feet!) I love the look of skinny jeans with a long cardigan, to help with balance. The pop of green with the top is fun and feels like spring to me! The jewelry is eclectic, mixing different stlyes, just like yesterday's room. And the clutch was unique with its wood veneer... very reminiscent of the gorgeous farm table in the office space.

Are you more comfy or glam??? Or a mix of both??? Do tell!

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Thursday, March 22, 2012

Why This Works

Happy Thursday and welcome to the series Why This Works where I highlight a designed space and talk about what I love! This next office space is beautiful- I can see myself getting some serious work done there, while also some great blogging! It is the office space of designer Charlotte Moss, and I love everything about it!



What first brings me into this space is all of the amazing color... it awakens and inspires! I love the color blocking on the bookshelves, making it look like a chic rainbow of books. All of her design inspiration is carried onto the large, rustic work table, with stacks of books that are easily accessible. This is exactly how I like to work too- surrounded by inspiration with everything in reach! The flowers also make this space! The color is great and it draws your eye right in. The room might appear busy at first glance, but I think it is a very functional and practical design. The white bookshelves anchor the space, allowing for the rest of the color accessories to stand out and not compete with each other. The blue and white vases on top of the bookshelf works so well paired with the golden hue on the walls. It is very similar to our dining room colors, which is why I think I was drawn to the space so much! The natural fiber area rug is a nice neutral and works well paired with all of the color in the room. I have really been drawn to lantern style chandeliers lately, and this one is beautiful above the work area! The peek into the other room shows beautiful flowing drapery with a large print, giving a modern nod to a traditional print. The framed artwork to the left has simple black frames, giving another modern touch to a traditional space. The frames are simple and allow your eye to rest after all of the bold colors in the space. Overall, this space works and I could work here! If you would like to see more of Charlotte Moss's work, go here.

What are your thoughts???

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Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Black Trim Beauties

Little changes in home decor tend to yield the biggest results. Just a change of paint color can dramatically transform a room from ok to wow. That always makes me feel happy, because dramatic changes can also be easy on the wallet! Recently, I have began to love the look of black trim on the windows. I think it adds a bit of glam to the space. It really makes you take notice! Lately, I have even started looking at beautiful rooms and thinking, this space would be perfect with black trim on the windows. Here are some gorgeous images of rooms that have taken the plunge with black trim:



Source: bhg.com via Simple on Pinterest














I love all of the different examples of how black trim can be used. And what I love best, is that it can work with a super traditional space or ultra modern! This spring, I will definitely be adding some black paint to some of our interior doors and trim!

How about you???

Sunday, March 18, 2012

March Madness Inspired

When I started my blog last year, I did a basketball inspired post for March Madness, because my husband and I love watching college basketball. Instead of showing man caves and spaces that are sport themed,  I decided to show beautiful interiors that had colors reminiscent of our favorite teams. I'm back at it again this year! Now of course, the amazing designers probably didn't think at all about these teams when decorating these spaces... it's just a fun comparison! Enjoy!

North Carolina





Kentucky





Syracuse





Louisville





Do you see it??? This is definitely a bit of a stretch, but has become a yearly tradition!

By the way, I love the wallpaper for the Kentucky room! I need to find a space for that!

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Why This Works - Hints of Green

Hello and welcome to the series Why This Works... where I highlight a designed space and talk about what I love! Instead of going into detail with one space today, I've decided to show several rooms that I love with one thing in common... the color green! With St. Patrick's Day this weekend, why not show this holiday color surrounded by amazing spaces?!? Enjoy!


Wow- I love that sofa!!



Lots of shades of green in this space!


Source: google.com via Simple on Pinterest

Just a touch of green in this space!



Unexpected shades are put together here!


Source: bhg.com via Simple on Pinterest

So serene and calming in this traditional space!

Whether it's in small doses or most of the room, green has a powerful impact in a space!
Do you like green... do you use a lot or a little???

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Will You Be Watching???

Ever since the Bravo show Flipping Out aired, I have been a huge fan! Jeff Lewis and Jenny make a great team- I am always laughing out loud! So, tonight.... their new show Interior Therapy will make it's debut on Bravo. I'm such a dork- I can't wait! Will you be watching??? Here are some images of his amazing design work:





Jeff and Jenny:


I will definitely be watching tonight! To see more of his design work, go here.

Monday, March 12, 2012

Add Some Print to Your Life!

I absolutely love browsing through fabric sites! There are so many fun prints out there and creative ways to use them! Whether it's on a pillow, chair, some drapery or even framed as art, bold and colorful prints enliven any space! Here are some of my favorites:
















I could go on and on! Do you have a favorite print or place to add pattern??

Friday, March 9, 2012

Fashion Friday

Happy Weekend and welcome to the series Fashion Friday... where I discuss my other design love! Yesterday's room was full of warmth, neutrals and loads of texture. While this outfit may be a bit bolder than neutral, I thought it reflected some casual warmth too!

Neutral Love


This outfit began with Rachel Zoe's beautiful flowing skirt. It was a great jumping off point for casual warmth! Pairing it with a sparkly top and flats helps to add some texture and interest. I wanted to balance all of that sparkle with a simple and fun cardigan. The soft colors in the accessories is a nod to the neutral palette in yesterday's family room. The detailed pearls on the clutch helps to add some extra texture to the outfit. And the feather inspired earrings stay warm and neutral, yet add another hint of texture.

And a big thanks to Carolyn from her design blog, Sweet Chaos Home for selecting me in the '11 questions' game going on in blogland! I truly appreciate it!  :) If you haven't already, definitely stop by her blog. I love her pretty blog header:


Stop by and say hello!

Happy Weekend!!

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Thursday, March 8, 2012

Why This Works

Happy Thursday and welcome to the series Why This Works... where I highlight a designed space and talk about what I love. This family room is light, bright and exudes warmth and casual living. This lovely home belongs to Brooke Giannetti and her family. She has the amazing design blog, Velvet and Linen. As I got ready to link up this photo to her blog, I realized this gorgeous home is also for sale! Take a look!



When I saw this on pinterest, it was one of those spaces I instantly had to pin. With the hustle and bustle of daily life, a calming, relaxing space that is also beautiful sounds like perfection! The creamy white on the walls is a subtle backdrop to the calming neutrals and soothing tones throughout the space. What makes the room so interesting is the use of texture to create interest. Monochromatic spaces are gorgeous when there is added layers of soft linens paired with rustic woven fibers, such as the area rug. The wood floors also balance well with all of the fabrics seen in the room. The gorgeous ottoman is functional, yet has delicate legs that works so well paired with an oversized sectional. The rectangular shapes seen in the entertainment area, windows and rug are balanced with round accessories, like in the globes. The family room's chandelier is functional and pretty- I like that it is painted white, so it doesn't distract from the rest of the space. A peek into the sitting room allows you to see a beautiful lantern chandelier and amazing wingback chair. And what about the view?? What a calming, serene view! For me, this space works!

What are your thoughts???

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Wednesday, March 7, 2012

If My Blog Was A Room - Next Up - Hodge Podge

Happy Wednesday and welcome to the series If My Blog Was A Room... where I pose the challenge to think of your blog as an actual space. What would that space look like? I am very excited to have Barbara here, from her design blog Hodge Podge. Barbara has a great eye for design and has completed some amazing and creative DIY projects on her blog. While also being very talented, she makes her readers feel as if they have known her for years! She has a way of making you feel right at home, like chatting about design with a good friend! Her is her pretty blog header:


And here is what she came up with!

Thanks Amber for inviting to participate in this exciting series, If My Blog Were A Room. I thought it would be easy to pick a few a photos and be done with it, but it was hard to choose.


But first when you come in you would be greeted by a juicy red door, amazing geometric tiled floor, and gorgeous art.


Anyone who reads my blog knows I have a love for stripes, especially black and white with a little thrown in.

So you would be wowed by my striped walls, red console table and eclectic art collection.


But my blog is a collection of ideas so a bookcase full of books would be just the ticket.


My blog is also a collection of pretty and inspiring photos, so a gallery wall would be found wrapping around the hallway.


But there is always a little pretty with a bicycle thrown in.


And a comfy chair will be needed to sit on when reading my blog and others.


Hope you can sit and stay a while!

Thanks Amber for having me!

XO Barbara

Thanks so much for being here, Barbara! I absolutely love what you came up with! I also love seeing stripes on the wall and that beautiful wing chair fabric from Country Living is amazing! I also thought it was so creative to show a bookcase in your post, because your blog is full of ideas. I love that! This all definitely reminds me of your creative blog. Stop by and say hello to Barbara!

After visiting Hodge Podge, stop by Nikki's blog, Nikki's Nacs to see my guest post! The challenge was to think about how I would spend $200 for home decor after recently stumbling upon the extra money. Sounds like a fun challenge to me! 


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