Friday, September 28, 2012

Our DIY Painted Pumpkins

Every year in the fall, I love to put out my painted pumpkins! I have been doing these topiary pumpkins for a few years now, and they are still going strong! They are artificial pumpkins that I decorate with paint and sponge brushes. Through the weather changes, they need some touch ups every now and then. Here is what the front porch looks like this year:

What I love about these pumpkins, is that I can keep them up throughout the fall season, including Thanksgiving! When I change out the wreath and take off the spider/webs, it becomes a great festive porch for the entire season! I love decorating for this time of year, and I smile when I pull into the driveway. To see what the pumpkins looked like last year and for the full DIY tutorial, go HERE.

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Fall in Love With Fall

This is my favorite time of year! I love the crisp air, warm sweaters and the leaves turning colors. Why not put together some of my favorite images of fall to inspire us all to decorate for the season?!? Enjoy!

Source: via Katie on Pinterest

Source: via Amber on Pinterest

What a pretty season! Make sure to check back later this week to see how I decorated our front porch for fall!

Monday, September 24, 2012

Admiring the Work Of Kimberly Blok

When sourcing original art for clients, I often browse through etsy. There is so much photography talent out there, and I just found my new favorite source. Kimberly Blok is a natural light photographer, capturing beautiful still life, floral and landscape images, just to name a few. Here are some of her beautiful pictures, available for sale on her etsy site:

Wouldn't this be so sweet for a nursery??

I would love this in a kitchen. Simple and beautiful!

Nautical Beauty

I have really started to notice and appreciate great photography. These items are so simple, but when photographed this way, they become works of art! If you live in the Grand Rapids, Michigan area, Kimberly also does family photography. Check out that site here!

I have decided that I would love to learn how to take better pictures! Does anyone know of a great camera that is both affordable and takes high quality pictures?? Please share!

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Gathering Inspiration for Design Clients

I am knee deep in e-decorating projects, and I love it! When I am gathering inspiration for clients, I find that pinterest is a great source. The first component that I present to my clients is the inspiration board. It has a collection of inspiring rooms and ideas, with some specific pieces for the space. Lately, the designs I have been putting together make me want to re do some rooms in my own home! More on that later...
Here are some inspiring spaces that show a glimpse into the direction of some of my most recent projects:

Color palette and concave mirrors:

Baskets for blankets:

Symmetrical Gallery Wall Around TV:

Gold/Brass Accents:

Lantern Style Lighting:

What's on your to do list around your home? I can't wait to share my new ideas for mine!

Saturday, September 15, 2012

DIY: Hemming Your Curtains - The No Sew Way!

I meant to show you this DIY project last week, but I fell a bit behind. I recently added new drapery panels to our master bedroom, but they were too long. 84" panels would have been too short and 95" panels (the size I bought) were too long. Well, I don't sew, so I needed to figure out a cost effective way to handle this dilemma. My chosen option... stitch witchery! This is the first time I ever used this, and I loved it! It can also be called 'hemming tape' and it's a no sew option for adding decorative trim, hemming panels or for any fabric project. Here is the finished product: (They still need to be steamed, but hey- some day!)

Here is my DIY tutorial:

1. I first hung my panels on the curtain rod and pinned them to the desired height. That way, I didn't have panels that ended up being too short! I wanted to make sure they puddled about 1-2 inches on the ground. Then lay your drapery panels out and measure how much you want to hem. I hemmed up about 8 inches.

2. Next, place a couple strips of stitch tape on your panels. I tried to place them towards the top and bottom of the hem, making sure they held up well.

3. Then, bring your panel up to the desired height and press down with a damp cloth, then warm iron. Make sure you continue to move the iron, using small movements.

4. Gently pull back on the part you hemmed, to ensure you have a strong bond. And there you have it- hemming the no sew way!

Pretty soon, I hope to show more of the room, including some new pillows! Stay tuned...

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Customize Your Outfit With E Shakti

Have you even loved a pattern on a dress, but wished it had a different neck line? Or, have you ever loved the shape of a shirt, but wanted it to be a cap sleeve instead of a tank? I came across this clothing site which allows you to customize your clothing and make it your own! E Shakti is a site that has everyhing from dresses to shirts and skirts- all with the ability to customize and make it work for you!  I was so fortunate to come into contact with a representative from the clothing site, E-Shakti. They asked if I would like to take part in a product review of any of their pieces. My response was the same as yours would have been... of course- where do I start? So I went to the site, and I felt like it was Christmas morning! They have the most unbelieveable selection of clothing, with beautiful patterns, colors and shapes. I fell in love with this blouse, and knew it was the one:

When it arrived at my door step, I was in love! This ruffled blouse is currently sold out right now, but should be back very soon. The deep claret color is absolutely gorgeous in person- perfect for fall! I loved the cap sleeve but wanted to try and customize it and see how the process worked. I decided to choose a bracelet length sleeve, which lies just above the wrist.  It came out beautiful!  I was amazed at how easy it was to make the blouse your own. I felt as though I had a part in the design process! Here is a peek at how it works:

This was the best part! I have never been able to do anything like this before, and it was such a cool experience. The options can be different, depending on the item you choose to customize. You can change the neckline, sleeve length and dress length for dresses! There are so many times I go out shopping and wish I could make one change to the blouse... and now I can! Here are some of the other amazing things e shakti has on their site:

If you love it the way it is, you can also just choose to purchase as is. They have sizes to fit any shape and flatter any figure. The site was extremely user friendly and the shipping was very fast! Overall, I was so happy with the entire process. I would definitely order through the site again.

What are you waiting for? Start shopping HERE!  :)

Saturday, September 8, 2012

This Makes Me Smile...

There are times when I come across rooms and design ideas that make me smile. There are spaces where I could just move right in and not change a thing. I thought it would be fun to do a round up of spaces that speak to me and my personal design style. Maybe you'll find a favorite, too!

Source: via Amber on Pinterest

I have always been drawn to traditional style with an eclectic, modern mix. I love to keep the walls light, the upholstery neutral and add interest with texture and accents of color. These rooms pretty much sum up my style!

What sums up your design style? 

Make sure to check back next week for a quick, easy way to hem up curtains without using a sewing machine!

Friday, September 7, 2012

Guest Posting Over at Tiffany Leigh Interior Design

Happy Friday! This week flew by! I am over at Tiffany's blog today, sharing my favorite furniture piece in our home for her Favorite Furniture Friday series. This is a great series idea, because we (I) tend to focus on changes that need to be made, but Tiffany reminds us that it's great to remember the pieces we love, too!

Hope to see you there!  While you're over at Tiffany's blog, stay a while and check out her creative and pretty design ideas. She is also a very talented artist! 

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Why Hiring a Decorator Can Save You Money

There has always been an assumption out there that hiring an interior decorator is an extravagant extra and not an accessible option. It can be scary to trust someone else with your home and belongings. But I believe that if you develop a good relationship with your potential decorator and your ideas and personalities gel, go for it! There are so many unique ways to achieve affordable design help. E-decorating, is a quick, less expensive option and can be a lot of fun. Of course it's always best to be able to see the room in person, but e-design is a great way to hire a decorator without a strong financial commitment. And in this economy, it's always great to think creatively when it comes to saving money. You might think I am crazy to say that hiring a decorator can save you money, but think of it this way:

Recently, I had a client say to me that she attempted to decorate, but it didn't work out as she planned. Now she has furniture pieces that she wished she didn't purchase and wants to make some changes. Decorators can show unique tips and ideas for achieving a designer touch in your space.

Isn't it amazing how big window 2 looks? It's the same size as #1! Hanging your curtains high and wide is a great visual trick for achieving a grander space.

Instead of replacing your store bought piece of furniture, dress it up with the addition of new knobs.

All knobs via

You can also repaint furniture to give it new life:

Some decorators not only have full room e-decorating services, they also have smaller design options and can solve decorating dilemmas for under $30. So, give it a try! Why not?!? And if you are an interior decorator/designer, I would love to hear your views on offering design services on line.

Monday, September 3, 2012

Featured in i village and in Great Company

I am so honored to be featured in i village as one of their spotlight e-decorators. I was contacted by a writer for i village and asked if I would like to take part in their round up of decorators who offer e-design services. Lia did such a nice description of Amber B Interiors and I am so thankful to even be included in the post. Here's a little sample of my page:

It was so amazing reading about the other 14 decorators who were chosen, because their work is always stunning and I have followed so many of their blogs since I began my own! To get a chance to share the same post as these talents is ridiculous! To view the post in its entirety and read who the other decorators are, click here! (I'm on slide 12!!) While you're on the i village web site, browse around! This site discusses everything from health and beauty, to design, entertainment and fitness. Enjoy! And thanks again to i village for the amazing opportunity!
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