The Power of Paint.

I meet with so many clients who want to update their kitchen without breaking the bank. When all new cabinets are out of the question I typically suggest all new, professionally done paint to change the look without breaking the bank. Wood stained cabinets seem to go in an out of style, and painting over wood is a daunting decision for many clients. For those who find painting over wood stain to be a risky or wasteful option you must check out these ‘before and after’ photos from my client in West Linn. The new paint looks fresh and modern, and new stainless steel appliances, hardware and quartz countertops completed the transformation. If you’ve been looking for a way to make something old look new again may these photos inspire you to take a leap of faith with paint.

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Before.

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In progress with new quartz countertops installed.

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After new paint, appliances, hardware, back splash and countertops.

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Cosmos quartz countertops in “Tropical White” and a solid white subway back splash make the space look and feel clean, shiny and new.

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Paint colors: island in “Pipeline” and cabinets in “Fondant” both from Miller Paint ‘Colorevolution.’

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An oiled bronze faucet added a bold touch to the new black granite sink.

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Sturdy charcoal hardware added dimension and gives a modern feel.

Such a great Cinderella story for this 90’s kitchen!

A Clean Slate.

I’m beyond excited to share some before & after pics from a recent bathroom refresh project! My clients had an outdated half-bath that was in desperate need of a transformation, and I pulled together an assortment of traditional (with a splash of modern) options for them to choose from. As you can see they have great taste, and more importantly they now have a beautiful, updated space that reflects their classic style. I think these selections are timeless, and I love that this unique, understated blend will be adored for many years to come. See ya later, powder pink wallpaper! Don’t let the ‘powder room’ door hit you on the way out!

BEFORE

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The floor to ceiling pinkish stripes had to go!

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I’m glad that wallpaper is back, but that borders have been given the perma-boot.

If only this gold brass had antiqued itself over time! Still shiny as ever, it had to go!

If only this gold brass had antiqued itself over time! Still shiny as ever– it had to go!

AFTER

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New mouldings and fresh white paint kept it business on bottom and party up top.

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My clients are all about the oiled bronze, and I was thrilled that Schoolhouse Electric had the perfect double sconce to illuminate this little space!

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I love that this faucet is a little vintage and a lot of chic!

Sources:

Schoolhouse Electric ‘Davis’ Double Sconce

MissPrint Guatemala Wallpaper

Elements of Design ‘Elizabeth’ Faucet ‘Elizabeth’ Faucet ‘Elizabeth’ Faucet

Pottery Barn ‘Kensington’ Mirror & ‘Mercer’ Towel Ring

Trim & Moulding ‘Mascarpone’ by Benjamin Moore

 

Antique Chic

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Source: Marianne Simon Design

The metal of the moment is definitely antiqued/aged/satin brass! No matter what you call it the look feels vintage, rich and timeless. Try it out in a modern light fixture, a vintage style faucet or with sturdy cabinet hardware. I love how well it pairs with all shades of grey! Here is my guide to get you inspired to branch out to brass!

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Check out my Brass Pinterest Board for even more inspo!

A. Studio McGee

B. Lisa Berman Design

C. Home Stories

D. Better Homes & Gardens

E. Joanna Gaines/Magnolia

F. Quality Bath

G. Rejuvenation

H. Fox Group Construction

I. Drummonds

J. Driven by Decor

K. Heidi Piron Design

L. Studio McGee

M. Jessica Helgerson

N. Image via Culture Keeper

O. Sharon Taftian

P. Joanna Gaines/Magnolia

 

The Golden Rule.

… and I’m back! I’ve been so busy styling up a storm, but I’m thrilled to be able to tell everyone about a recent project I’ve been working on! My client has a unique aesthetic of her own, and I’ve loved the opportunity to present her with options to revamp her entire residence! One space I’ve been updating is her dining nook. The current chandelier looks like a white flying saucer of sorts, and I’m in search of a bold, gold fixture to modernize the whole look without overwhelming the small space. My personal favorite (see option F below) is too tall for this project, but I still had to share it anyways (and perhaps manifest it into my own home)! My client has yet to settle on her pick, but here’s your chance to pick the gold medal winner!

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A. Willa Arlo Interiors Brindalla

B. Mercury Row Bisbee 

C. Madison Park Presidio

D. Langley Street Drexler

E. Light Society Thurston

F. Langley Street Ganador and here is the smaller 5-light version

G. Langley Street Corona

H. Willa Arlo Interiors Bautista

Beach, please.

If you regularly follow Amber Interior’s Instagram feed, then you’re already as in love with dreamy beach prints as I am. Art prints can get crazy expensive, but what’s even more cray is how affordable prints like these can be to DIY! Step one: purchase a digital download on Etsy for a photo that feels very No Bad Days. Step two: print out at Costco (paper towels, smoothie mix and a randomly chic sweater sold separately). Step three: insert photo into an IKEA frame and voilà! Surf’s up at your place.

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a. Sisi & Seb  b. Modern Pixel Art

c. Photo Prints Shop  d. Good Vibes Motel

e. Sisi & Seb  f. Lila X Lola  g. Hello Gorgeous

h. Modern Pixel Art  i. My Meraki Prints

 

Get Glowing.

Are you a victim of harsh bathroom lighting? Perhaps it’s time to rethink your fixture placement and literally take it down a notch. To achieve the most flattering light, place your fixtures at eye level to eliminate shadows and evenly illuminate your gorgeous face. Here’s my roundup of the most chic ways to brighten up your bathroom and boost your confidence every time you look in the mirror!bathroom light fixture placement

A. Jersey Ice Cream Co.

B. Richard Hallberg and Barbara Wisely via Architectural Digest

C. Amber Interiors via My Domaine

D. Studio McGee

E. Sophie Carpenter via SF Girl 

F. Amber Interiors

G. Studio McGee

H. Spazio LA via Pinterest

 

Blanket Statement.

Right now there is no finishing touch more darling than a Moroccan pom pom blanket. Caution: they are spendy; however, they are versatile enough to be worth the wear over years to come. If you’re not up for the splurge, start with a smaller pom pom throw blanket and drape it over your favorite living room chair. Here is a snippet of the best ways to style this decor du jour (with links to shop listed below). pom pom post

A. & D. L’Aviva Home

B. Amber Interiors

C. Maryam Montague

E. Muima

F. Indigo + Lavender

G. Casablanca Market

H. Bohemia Wholesale

From the Window to the Wall.

Wallpaper is back, and though it might not be here to stay forever, I totally think it’s a trend that’s worth the splurge! The perfect place to take a big risk is in a small space like your half-bath. If you want more lasting power, be sure to stick to a neutral color palette; moreover, if you’re in your “blue period” you might want to opt for beautiful blue towels and not a whole wall of blueberry print paper just yet. However, go big or go home with your prints! If you’re going to spend the time and money on wallpaper it should stand out! Here are some of my favorite examples of wallpaper done right.

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A. via Domino

B. Park & Oak

C. Jaimee Rose Interiors (this whole house is amazing!)

D. Studio McGee

E. via Domino

F. Melissa Oholendt via Domino

G. Studio McGee

H. Tracy Hardenburg Designs

I. Veneer Designs

J. Amber Interiors via Elle Decor

Decor Du Jour

Je suis amoureux d’une chaise! Even the silliest of phrases can sound elegant in French, including my profession of love for none other than French bistro chairs. I’ve been spotting them everywhere, and I can barely contain my excitement about sharing all of this chic inspiration with everyone! These woven rattan beauties don’t come cheap, but the style is so classic that they’re worth the splurge. Maybe one day I’ll finally make it to a legit Parisian café but adding a couple of bistro chairs to my breakfast nook will have to suffice until then. Au revoir pour le moment!

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A. Rita Chan Interiors    B. Sasha Adler & Lauren Gold of Nate Berkus Interiors

C. Lemon Stripes             D. House of Harper

E. Serena & Lily               F. Candace Soriano

G. Consort Design           H. Via One Kings Lane

I. Tracy Gilmore             J. Amie Corley

K. Nicole Franzen          L. Waterleaf Interiors

Full Coverage.

Right now I am smitten with range hood covers (AKA vent covers)! They can easily become a unique focal point of a kitchen and there are endless options for design. Here is a display of 3 basic styles: metal, wood and painted. Metallic options are chic but spendy, wood covers add a rustic touch a la Joanna Gaines and painted moldings blend in seamlessly with your cabinetry. Each style adds a custom, high-end look that elevates the design of the space but doesn’t take away from the basic function of the vent. Basically, they’re win-win!range hood

Sources:

METAL (clockwise from left): Cantley & Company, Fixer Upper, Studio McGee, via Better Homes & Gardens, via Better Homes & Gardens, Nate Berkus 

WOOD (clockwise from left): Sita Montgomery (this whole house is amazing), Fixer Upper, The Lily Pad Cottage, Becki Owens, Rejuvenation, Fixer Upper

PAINTED (clockwise from left): Heidi Piron, Studio Mcgee, Fixer Upper (painted to look like metal!), via My Domaine, via Better Homes & Gardens, via Traditional Home