Bringing the Outdoors In

There are some spaces in your home that need a little extra something, to fill the space and make it complete. Sometimes, a furniture piece might be too big, but without anything, the space is lacking. So what to do? A house plant can make any room feel inviting, while also adding a natural element to the room. Bringing the Outdoors In is something we always here, but it really works. A house plant that has become rather trendy lately, is the fiddle leaf fig. It comes in all sizes, sometimes taking over a whole corner in your home! It is a striking plant that really commands attention and can be the focal point in any room. I have suggested this house plant in a couple of recent design plans, because it would really work to complete an unused part of the space. Here are some great images where this plant is a show stopper…

I love that this plant can translate well to any design style. (By the way, aren’t those chandeliers amazing in the last two images?!?) I love that some of these plants have gone inside woven baskets and some have gone in outdoor containers. The options are limitless! So if you have a space in need of some love, why not add some fresh greenery??

Make sure to stop back tomorrow for an e-design update on one of my client projects! You won’t want to miss this!

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: etsy.com via Katie on Pinterest
Source: google.com 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!

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!

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…

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!

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!

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! 

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.

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!

A Pop of Color Makes a Difference

Every neutral palette comes alive with pops of color! Even the most monochromatic space looks completely different with the addition of just a few brightly colored accessories.  I love this look, because as your color tastes change over time, a few small changes can totally transform the space. Even if you have a very small budget to work with, a neutral backdrop can look like a different room with the addition of some color in the pillows, throw blankets and drapery panels. Take a look at these great examples of the power of color in small doses!

Just a little pink:


Color in the Pillows:

Add Some Coral:

Source: bhg.com via Amber on Pinterest

Some Red and Blue:

Bright, Fresh Flowers:

Paint a Door a Bright Color:

Have you added a pop of color lately?? 

An Unexpected Place for China

When decorating, I try to add a touch of whimsy to the space. I think it speaks to your personality when you add a bit of quirkiness or yourself to your home. My mom recently gave us some espresso cups and saucers that were given as a wedding gift by her parents. I love being able to use heirloom pieces passed down from family members. It adds such a sense of history to your table setting. My husband and I have started having cups of espresso and cappucino on the weekends, and these will definitely come in handy! Here is the beautiful set:

I love the gold detail on the outside! I wanted to place them in an interesting location, so I would be able to see them all the time, while also being a little unexpected…

A great solution to a full china cabinet?? Place some dishes in an unexpected place, like this lantern! You will always be able to see it when you walk by, and enjoy it all day long!

Have you done something unexpected with your decor??