Saturday, June 30, 2012

One Door Down...

I am excited to show you a recent change we made in our foyer! I have been thinking about painting our interior doors black for quite a while. I love this look and believe it can work with many different design styles. It sounds like a dramatic change, but truly adds depth and character to any space. There are some blog posts, images on pinterest or magazines that just help me make decisions and go for it! (Does that ever happen to you too?) I am very confident when making decisions for client spaces but sometimes indecisive when it comes to my own home. When I recently saw Emily's post from her blog, A Well Dressed Home, I knew that I had found the right color for our doors. I immediately got to work and here is the after...


The paint color is Dragon's Breath by Benjamin Moore, and I am in love. It's a muddy, gray/black that shows very soft in person. I went with an eggshell finish to avoid a very glossy look. I knew when going with a dark color, the glossier it gets, the more imperfections it shows. This door did have some dents, but doesn't show at all with this finish. I also like the way the brass knob and locks show against the black. A useful tip when painting doors, is to use a fine tip artist brush when going around molding and window openings. It allowed me to get into the crevices without a lot of clean up and painter's tape! I know we all love a little before and after, so let's take you back to how it looked before...


And after...

Sorry about the lighting on some of these pictures. The sunshine changes everything! Besides the door color, a lot has changed since the 'before' shot. We have replaced the coat rack with a bench, pillow and driftwood mirror. Our fun ceramic horse is on display and we replaced the ceiling fixture with a more dramatic drum shade light. I have also decided to take out the sheers on the door's windows for good. I think it updates the entrance a bit more.

So like I said in the title of the post... one door down! I plan on painting most of our interior doors this color and also move on to finishing our railings.

Is there a design idea you've been wanting to try but haven't?
What's holding you back?

Are you looking to make changes to your space and have a home that reflects you and your style? Click on the 'design services' link at the top of my blog to get started!

Friday, June 29, 2012

Fashion Friday and an E - Design Winner!!

Let's start with the important stuff first... the winner of the e-design giveaway! The winner was picked through and is lucky.......... Number 1!

Congratulations, Melissa! Sounds like we'll be doing the master bedroom. I will be in touch with you today and we'll begin our design chat!  :)

And now on to Fashion Friday... my other design love. Yesterday's space was fun, modern and had a great color combination of aqua and orange. Today's outfit was inspired by that color palette-

Aqua and Coral

I had so much fun putting this outfit together, because the colors remind me of summer! The best time to go bright and bold is in the summer months and what better way to start than with this fun maxi skirt. I have to invest in a couple of these this summer, because they are comfortable and transition so well from daytime to dinner. Here, it's paired with a fun striped tank top and eternity scarf. The Tory Burch sandals and Michael Kors ring bring a fun and colorful vibe to the outfit. Top it off with a bright clutch and sunglasses and you're ready for anything!

What summer colors do you love to wear??

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Why This Works

Happy Thursday and welcome to the series Why This Works... where I highlight a designed space and discuss what I love. Today's design comes to you from Tobi Fairley, an accomplished interior designer who is known for her creative use of color. Take a look!

images via

I know I have seen that gorgeous first image before, but was amazed to find out that it was actually a master bedroom! I always thought this was a living room design, with its attention to detail. Tobi is known for color for a reason- her use of bold hues with subtle neutrals make a perfect combination in this serene retreat. The aqua and orange are beautiful when paired together and color is sprinkled throughout the space in just the right dose. The classic houndstooth print on the sofa pillow is made more modern with its aqua hue and when paired with more streamlined, modern pieces. The clean and contemporary bed is softened with the gorgeous drapery. I love that extra attention was added to the trim on the panels, grounding that side of the room. Bedding in classic white is taken up a notch with bright orange throw pillows and aqua stools at the foot of the bed. In the sitting area, I love seeing two starburst mirrors above the sofa for an added touch of whimsy and the unexpected. The coffee table books and fresh flowers makes the space feel cozy, inviting you to linger with a great book. The straight lines in the room are softened with the additon of more circular shapes, such as the mirrors, lighting and end table design. Overall, this space works!

What are your thoughts??

There is still time to enter my e-design giveaway! Click HERE to enter.

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

E - Design Giveaway!!

I am so excited to have my very first e-design giveaway!! I started my e-design business last summer and thought it would be fun to do a Happy 1 Year Giveaway on the blog to thank all of you for your readership and support! I am giving one reader a full, one room design of their choice. That's a $115 value! Here are some of my designs, to give you an idea of the range of styles I have created in the past: (Click on images to make larger.)

With this giveaway, Amber B Interiors will complete the whole design process, from beginning to end. It will start with a design questionnaire to fill out, so I can get all of the information I need to create a functional space that reflects your style. I will then present you with an inspiration board, giving you the ideas I have for the space. Once you're on board with the ideas, I will start your own design, complete with a design board presentation, detailed furniture/accessory placement and a shopping source list for all items, all sent to you through e-mail. Maybe you've been weary to use a decorator for your home, so this is the perfect opportunity to give it a try! You may even be a designer yourself, looking for a different set of eyes for your space. Whatever the reason, it would be fun to work together!

It's super easy to enter this giveaway!

- Follow this blog, through Google Friend Connect.
- Tell me why you have chosen to enter this giveaway.
- Please leave your e-mail address in your comment, if you are not linked up to a blog!

Additional Entries:

- Blog about this giveaway, with a link back to this post. (+1)
-Tweet about this giveaway, with a link back to this post. (+1)
-Mention this giveaway on facebook, with a link back to this post. (+1)

The winner will be announced this Friday! Good luck!

Monday, June 25, 2012

E - Design - Mid Century Eclectic

I started putting together a living room design for fun the other day (yes, I love doing design boards for fun!!) It all started with one of my new favorite color combinations: orange, blue and gray. It's such a cool combination that brings a masculine feel to a room, with its color selection, yet also can have a feminine side, with the addition of fun patterns and whimsical accessories. Here's what I came up with:

Source list via (Click on image to make larger)

With this design, I mixed high end pieces with great deals, to achieve a relaxed and eclectic look. When I create designs, I like to play around with pieces, editing often. You may recognize the repetition of circles in this space. The mirror, coffee table, side tables and lighting all bring in a circular shape. It's important to repeat shapes as well as color, when putting a room together. But, it can also get to be too much and also needs an opposite counterpart to achieve balance. So, I brought in some shapes with straight lines, such as in the sofa, console and chest of drawers. I also tried to repeat color in the space, to make the accessories feel as if they were meant to be there. The orange and blues are repeated throughout, with sprinkles of gray to ground the space. The artwork (shown near the console) helps to tie in all of the room's colors. There is a lot of pattern seen here, with the ikat area rug and throw pillows. To help balance out all of that pattern, I have neutral upholstered pieces and drapery. The paint color is a soft blue/gray and doesn't try to compete with the bolder colors in the space.

What started me on this design was a recent issue of the Home Decorators Collection catalogue. What surprised me was their amazing sofa prices. The sofa above is their Dorset sofa. It's a great deal, but they also have others with even better prices. I have also been looking at Macy's on line for their unbelievable and stylish options. It got me thinking, would I ever buy a sofa that I wasn't able to sit on and try out? I might for our living room, since we don't use that room for gathering as much. It's a tough one, because you are taking a great risk. What if it's uncomfortable?

I would love to know what you think... would you take the risk, or have you already? If you did, was it a good risk???

Summer is a great time to make decor changes in your home and go for a new look! To get started, click on the 'design services' link at the top of my blog.

Friday, June 22, 2012

Fashion Friday - Summer Blush

Yay, it's the weekend! Welcome to the series Fashion Friday... where I discuss my other design love. Today's outfit is all about the feminine, blush colors of summer. I was inspired by yesterday's floral fabric on the wingback chairs, so I knew I wanted to include a floral print of some kind in this outfit. Enjoy!

Summer Blush

This outfit is all about mixing the highs and lows. I started with this pretty H&M skirt and paired it with a Tibi collared blouse. I love these blush pinks, corals and creams for summer! The accessories are fun, whimsical and compliment the feminine vibe going on in this outfit. (I even found this little elephant wearing some coral!) The quilted shoulder bag also goes in theme with the light color palette, making it a soft outfit for the season.  

What summer colors are you drawn to???

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Why This Works

Happy Thursday and welcome to the series Why This Works... where I highlight a designed space and discuss what I love. This living room was designed by Mallory Mathison for the 2009 Georgia Idea House for Southern Living Magazine. I love the room's bold use of prints and color to make this living room inviting and fun! Take a look!

image via

What first caught my eye are the amazing wingback chairs in a fun, whimsical print. This floral pattern brings together so many great colors that can be sprinkled around the space. I love that the neutral gray in the fabric was pulled out for the area rug, grounding the space. All of the color is offset by the neutral grasscloth walls and white moldings and cabinetry. The circular shape of the patterned florals is then repeated in the coffee table design, which is a great way to bring continuity to a room. I also love the touch of gold in the table! The gold is then seen again in the dramatic chandelier, which you get a glimpse of in this image. The hues in the wingback fabric are shown again in the art and vases above the fireplace. The wall sconces and fireplace surround are in black, grounding the space and giving it depth. Overall, this space works! And to see more of this gorgeous idea home, go here.

What are your thoughts??

Summer is a great time to make design changes to your home! Click on the 'design services' link at the top of this blog to get started!

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

If My Blog Was A Room - Next Up - Hello Lovely

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 Sarah here, from her design blog, Hello Lovely. Sarah blogs on all things design, french inspired decor and beautiful things. She has such a sweet, warm personality, too! Here is her pretty blog header:

And here is what she came up with...

If this blog were a room, it would definitely be filled with chandeliers, lots of gold, lovely silks, a bit of French country, hits of pink, glamour, Louis Chairs, a bit of Kitsch, an animal or two, some florals, sophistication and a whole lot of chic! Whew!

Photo Credits~ House Beautiful, Ryan Korban, Coorengel Calvagrac, Gorgeous Shiny Things, Inspired Design, Lonny Magazine 

Thanks so much for being here, Sarah! I also love french inspired design and anything with crystals and animal print! These images all get a thumbs up in my book! Stop by Sarah's blog and say hello!

Monday, June 18, 2012

Going Rugless

We have really been embracing the rugless look in our dining room. You get to see more of the wood floor, makes for easy clean up and gives the illusion of a bigger room. Our dining room is about 12x11, so it's great to have the appearance of more space. Since we took out the rug this summer, my husband has commented how much he likes the look! I will have to ease him into the idea of a rug in the future, because I always like to change things up. For now, this look is a keeper. So I thought it would be fun to see some beautiful dining rooms with the same idea!

Source: via Amber on Pinterest

Eventually, I would like this rug look...

Are you/are you not rugless??

And thank you all so much for your comments about my dining room and what to do about the stenciled wall! Since I take a while to get projects done around here, I will live with it as is for a little while. But don't worry, if the wall gets painted over, I have plans to bring it back (just with another background color!)

Stay tuned...

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Why This Works

Hello and welcome to the series Why This Works... where I highlight a designed space and discuss what I love. This gorgeous and glam office space was designed by Abbe Fenimore of Studio Ten 25. Take a look!

Source: via Nicole on Pinterest

There is so much to love in this space! Let's start with the beautiful, moody color on the walls. This deep black is great for an office space, because it immediately invites you in and feels cozy. She then balances all of the dark wall color so well with the white pieces of furniture and accessories in the room. The dramatic, gorgeous drum pendant draws your eye up and makes a bold statement in the space. I love that the white shade has a hint of black trim detail, giving the shade added depth and interest. The pops of yellow make the space and enliven the senses! The greek key rug and herringbone wood floors add graphic punches to the room. More patterns are shown in the throw pillow and fabric lined armoire. Overall, this fun space works!

What are your thoughts??

As a side note, there have been some changes on my blog, including new page links and social buttons. Hopefully, this will help navigate through my blog a little easier. Take a look around!

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

If My Blog Was A Room - Next Up - The Zhush

Hope everyone is having a great week. 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? You're in for a treat today with our guest blogger! I am excited to have Sue here, from her design blog The Zhush. I have been following Sue's blog since I began my own and it's easy to get hooked! Sue has impeccable design taste and also has an amazing on line shop, which you can check out here. This is Sue's blog header:

And here is what she came up with for you-

Hi! I'm Sue from The Zhush.  This series is a lot of fun, and for me it was a "no brainer" as I knew immediately what room I would choose...Eve Robinson's purple kitchen from the New York Kips Bay Decorator Showhouse has reminded me of my blog from the moment I first laid eyes on it.  Between the light fixture and the colors, this room just speaks to me! Of course, I would also have to include my own little home office here in the mix as well.  The colors in this tiny room make me so happy!  Thanks Amber for having me over today!

Image credits: Eve Robinson
                        Lauren Muse

Thanks so much for being here today, Sue! I love that gorgeous purple kitchen and your home office. They both say stylish, fun and you. And I could get definitely accomplish some serious blogging and work in your beautiful office space! To check out more of Sue's stylish blog, go here.

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Little Dining Room Update

A little while ago, I had a rug dilemma conversation on the blog. Your feedback was all amazing and am leaning towards the jute rug. It's just one of those versatile rugs that can go anywhere. I tend to tire out of prints and styles easily, so this will be a timeless classic for a long while. In the meantime, I will follow my blog friend Holly's advice and try the space without a rug! It's a great decision, because there's no need to stress over spills! Here's a little before and after.

Before: With the Rug

After: Without the Rug

I have been thinking a lot about this space- there may be some drastic changes to come! These last two images remind me that there is a lot of honey tones in this room. I might go a little crazy and paint these walls. (I know- what about the stencil?) I just did this stencil last winter, but it might be painted over soon. Call me crazy, but summer brings out the DIY project fever! When that is done, I will revisit the rug dilemma once again.

Are you like me and occasionally take a 'tour of your house', looking for new ideas to try??

Monday, June 11, 2012

My Top Must Haves for Summer

Lately, I have been thinking about summer wardrobe additions and things I would also like to do around the home. So, I thought it would be fun to compile a list of 7 Must Haves for the summer! In the home as well as in fashion, it's fun to switch things up with the seasons and make adjustments here and there. I had fun putting this together! (Now I just have to go out and make this happen!)

Let's start with the #1 item and work our way through!

#1- A new summer bag! This tote bag is from a new (to me) on line shop that I found, called Rosanna Inc. She sells items for the home as well as these amazing tote bags. These bags would be perfect for everyday shopping or a beach trip! The price is great, too! Shop this bag here.

#2- Driftwood. I love driftwood anything- mirrors, frames, pieces for your mantle. Last winter, I found my driftwood mirror, and I love it! I found this piece on etsy from the shop, The Moss Woodshop. The piece also comes with a wire elk sculpture mounted on top. Driftwood in the home reminds me of being at the beach!

#3- Paint your walls a new color! I love this benjamin moore color, Titanium. I plan to use this color on some walls very soon! A fresh new color on the wall gives a whole new look to your space, and why not go light with a beautiful gray/blue that reminds you of the summer sky!

#4- Switch out your pillows with fun, vibrant colors for summer! I love this Schumacher print made by etsy seller Woody Liana. It's a 20" pillow cover, which is great for curling up on the sofa! When you switch out your pillow covers seasonally, it feels like you have a completely new room!

#5- Add a bright, new watercolor print to your gallery wall! This beautiful painting of a Kate Spade Clutch by etsy seller Laura Trevey would be a great addition to your walls or shelf! And the colors definitely remind me of summer. Shop this watercolor here.

#6- Add a new pouf in a cheerful color! I have previously mentioned here that I want to incorporate coral in our living room. What better way than with this coral rope pouf from Privet House for Target. I have seen this in the store, and it would be a great addition to any room for extra seating or a place to put up your feet.

#7- And last but not least, is this new (to me) etsy seller that makes scarves, necklaces and headbands out of recycled t-shirts! Of course, I chose the coral one!  :) I love the creativity and the amazing price! The name of the etsy shop is Day Old Tee. Get this necklace here.

I could go on and on with different summer must haves. I left so many great ideas out! (I might have to come up with another list soon!)

What's on your summer must have list??

Friday, June 8, 2012

Fashion Friday - Summer Relax

Happy weekend and welcome to the series Fashion Friday... where I discuss my other design love. Today's look is all about a chic, relaxing style for summer. I imagine open sandals, flowing skirts and comfortable fabrics to beat the summer heat.

Summer Relax

This is my kinda outfit! I love to be comfortable, and starting with sandals, a tank top and a flowing skirt works for me! As interiors as well as outfit ensembles, it's fun to create a balance of high and low. This Derek Lam skirt easily works with earrings from etsy and sunglasses from H&M. I love using color in my summer wardrobe and this mix of bright yellow with blue and red is a fun way to start!

What are your go to summer colors???

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Why This Works

Happy Thursday and welcome to the series Why This Works... where I show a designed space and discuss what I love. The design work of Ali Schwarz is simply amazing. A while back, I saved this image I had found and knew at some point, I would write about her creative design work. This stylish kid's room is fun, colorful and just plain cool.

designed by Ali Schwarz

Let's start with the amazing canopy fabric. I love how she brought it all the way up to the top of the walls, creating the illusion of a higher ceiling. She also grounded the room by using the same fabric on the bedskirts, tying it all together. The simple color palette of blues, yellow and cream is repeated throughout the space for interest and drama. And those wall stripes! I love how they are more random, as opposed to all the same size. It makes for a fun, whimsical conversation piece in a kid's space. In between the twin beds is this oversized, beautiful sunburst mirror. I love the scale and will also serve as a functional piece. Below the mirror is this gorgeous nailhead trimmed bookshelf. It's very practical for that part of the room, because it also works as a nightstand for the two beds. The upholstered beds is also a great idea for kids and will make a great reading spot. The subtle print on the carpet brings another dimension, yet doesn't compete with the wall stripes and canopy fabric. I think this space would be great for an teen looking for a more grown up space.
(As a side note, I could also point out that this space would work well for a guest room too! It's so tailored and could easily be converted. And although I think the styling is a bit sparse for a kid's room, I'm sure it was loaded with their actual stuff and posters on the wall, after the shoot! This is the perfect shot for a portfolio, don't you think?) Overall, this space works!

What are your thoughts??

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Wednesday, June 6, 2012

If My Blog Was A Room - Next Up - The Little Black Door

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 so excited to have Elizabeth here, from her design blog The Little Black Door. I found Elizabeth's blog recently and I'm hooked! I love her witty sense of humor and amazing before and afters of her beautiful home. She also came up with this cool gallery wall idea, where she adds frames and art to a corner of a room. I love how it turned out, and you'll just have to stop by her blog to see it! Without further adieu, here is Elizabeth's blog header-

And here is what she came up with-

Hi everybody! I'm Elizabeth from The Little Black Door. I was thrilled when Amber asked me to participate in the 'If my blog was a room' series because I play this game all the time (with myself). Now that I get to actually share with others, I don't even know where to begin! I am consistently bi-polar when it comes to my styles. On the outside, I prefer something very old and very traditional. With a lot of land (of course) - an estate I guess you could say. Ahh, to dream.
Westover Plantation Virginia
Inside though I'm all about cozy (like I said - bipolar). I like rooms that have slowly accumulated over time. Rooms that feel layered.
Tommy Smythe via Pinterest
Elle Decor via From The Right Bank via Pinterest
Beautiful bright windows are a must.
via Pinterest
Every room must have color and pattern,
O Interior Design
via Ampersand Design Studio
via Bryn Alexander
Absolutely Beautiful Things
and a good sense of humor.
Peppermint Bliss
Vintage Revivals
I  love books and some killer styling as well. Styling is so very challenging to me, so I always appreciate a job well done.
The Everygirl
Absolutely Beautiful Things
And finally, no room is complete without a well stocked bar!
The Glitter Guide
So that's my blog in a room(s) -  Color, pattern, humor and a well mixed cocktail! Thanks for having me Amber, this was a lot of fun!

Elizabeth, this was amazing! I love what you came up with. The stenciled walls and that striped settee in the foyer- wow! Rooms that have color, pattern and personality are so important and fun! These colorful, cheerful interiors definitely remind me of your blog!  :)
Stop by Elizabeth's blog and say hello! You'll be hooked too.
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