So Fresh, So Clean: Spring Living Room

Sure, its the final full week of February, but my mind is already looking ahead to the fresh palette those lovely months of March, April, and May bring. Spring is kind of boss. And so, I went into the below design plan doing my best to bring in fresh colors and texture that both reminded me of this rejuvenating season, and the homeowners that live and dwell here. It's nice to point back to the lighter colors that make our hearts warm and happy. There's something completing about creating a room with the newness spring brings us in mind.

This room was about traditional elements mixed with pops of color and pattern that make it livable for a young family. Lets talk about those botanical prints for a hot min. Is there anything better than going big, bold, and green in such a prime piece of living room real estate? I'm all sorts of into those two big buddies. Owning the wall, taking no prisoners. They live to command attention and I dig it. We used a landscape on the other wall for something more muted. 

While everything in this room makes me swoon, we need to talk about the anchors. The client's sofas were covered in a durable indoor outdoor fabric that makes sticky fingers and dog hair no big deal. We added height to the corner with a killer secretary that while adding height does double duty as a email-checking laptop perch. That corner chair screams I'm one of a kind, come sit with me, we're all about inclusiveness here.  We layered rugs, a budget friendly neutral with pattern that brought in colors represented with our textiles.

I start every project with textiles, It's always where I am first inspired and like to make sure a space has plenty of places to showcase all the color and pattern that fabrics provide. We started with an array of pillows mixed on each sofa. Some custom, some sourced. It's all about the mix. Skirted tables are also one of my favorite ways to sneak more fabric in and we covered this guy in a muted persimmon with green tape. 

With accessories, we kept the traditional meets colorful, meets friendly family theme going on the surfaces, shelves, and mantle. Whether or not this springy, warm, sunny whether sticks around... this space has all the right southern spring vibes. 


My Kind of V-Day

It's here. The heartthrob holiday some of us love, and others kind of hate. I live somewhere in between this spectrum. I don't necessarily love what Valentine's Day has become, but I also see how it could be shifted into a holiday I can get down with. 

When thinking about the present day V-day, I get this anxious knot in my stomach, to pounce on OpenTable.com, find the very best restaurant available at the most optimal time, and carve out time on what looks to be like a hectic Tuesday. While I'm perusing eatery availability, I had a moment: why do we create the need to go out for Valentine's day, when all we really want to do (Kevin included) is stay in? With many projects in our pipeline and Kdawg's current clinical schedule, I'm stoked we chose to celebrate this Valentine's Day by cooking dinner at home and hanging with a bottle of wine and movie. Sometimes, less is more. And in my always maximalist mind, I'm turning a corner and going with the whole less is more theme this Tuesday.

My mission statement in design: to create beautiful homes in which beautiful lives can be lived. Thus, I'm sticking it to the Valentine's Day man and choosing to stay in this lovebug season. When we work hard to create these beautiful spaces, it only makes sense to make the most of them! 


Designers Dig the Rock House

I was so honored this week to be the first participant in the The Rock House Antiques monthly designer Instagram takeover. Basically, I got to go hang at one of my favorite places in Greenville with real fine people, shop the store for my favorite things, and put it all together in a fun vignette. On Thursday I took over The Rock House's Instagram and showed the behind the scenes of shopping and creating this fun space full of my favorite colors and things. This place is one of my favorite spots in Greenville to find unique things for clients and myself and getting to hang there for the day was a dream. Here's a roundup of how fun the day was!


Dining Dreams

I believe in living bigger, bolder, and having your home be a true extension of your personality. As such, when I'm asked to work on more than one room, I put extra effort into making the flow of these spaces known. When a living room and adjacent dining room just jive, it's really good vibes only. There's a way to go about this without particularly seeing double, or getting too matchy matchy. That's why, when my clients from last week's living room reveal asked me to go on with my bad self and also design their dining area, I set out to create a space that seamlessly worked from living to dining, and back again. Often times we use both of these rooms to invite, comfort, and entertain our loved ones. Thus, you know it's gotta be epic.

So for this space, we chose what might be my favorite wallpaper in the whole entire wide world to add interest to the back wall. With this being an open space to the living room, there was only one wall that it made sense to paper, but I love how it draws your eye to the back of the space and creates layers. 

We let the rug and wall color mimic each other and by doing that, they act as neutrals that we built on with vibrant primaries. The client's already had the furniture pieces in the space and we just strategically updated them. The corner cabinet was painted to pull a color in from the living room and we put Schumacher fabric on the chairs that also brings in color represented on the big, beautiful, pattern-positive sofa.

We paired the traditional furniture with this modern pendant from Anthro and brought in a mixture of vintage and modern accessories to pull the two styles together. With the open plan, some extra space serves as a little reading nook with a comfy chair that can be pulled into the living room for extra seating when needed. 

There's a space that comes up every now and then, that you just really wish you could keep for yourself and this living/dining combo is def one of them. I mean, that wallpaper is everything my dreams are made of. 

Happy Sunday, friends! 
XO, Amanda Louise  

Photos: Luke Cleland



Color Cultured Living Room

If I don't say this often enough, I absolutely love re-designing living rooms. It's where we spend the majority of our time, that re-charging center of our home. Where we go to relax, but also where we find ourselves gathering with friends. Hosting a happy hour or watching the National Champ (cue cadence count). It's like the heart of your home, and when I'm invited to take part in its transformation, I get all sorts of color-coma giddy. 

This living room truly takes on the personality of it's owners. These lovers of color and pattern were on board with our plans for all the hues from day one. The lovely peeps that reside here are full of both warmth and creativity. When you're in the room with them, you get all the good vibes. So obviously, their living room should feel the same way. An uber talented artist and graphic designer, a rad real estate agent who sees too much gray in the world, their cool and crafty, gymnastics-loving daughter, and Willis, the chillest cat in all the land, abide here. We wanted them to have a space as baller as they all are. 

We started with a few key pieces and built the rest of the room around them: the big blue beauty, the rug in my favorite shade, and those green goddesses of chairs. On top of these key pieces we layered pillow on pillow on pillow on pillow. We used an acrylic table to keep the center of the room visually open. An old door with hairpin legs acts as a perch for lamps to flank the television and a trunk serves as beautiful storage. 

The back wall of the room, has to be my favorite part of the whole darn space. It was the best feeling, when on a snow day not too long ago, I heard the fam spent the entire day by the window with a cheese tray and a stack of books. My dream life, basically. We had the custom window seat built by John Fulton and his uber talented team at Summit Design Woodwork. It truly is the best perch. 

The client's have a great art collection of pieces that they created and gathered.  That's Gary there on the wall. He was the homeowner's friend in college and when going through a nutso stack of paintings and prints by the homeowner, I thought Gary and his stack of books needed a prominent place on the wall nodding back to the days of art school.

Huge moments of high/low here. We spent where it counted, like with the Schumacher Chiang Mai used on big cushy pillows... because it compares to no other. We went all out on the staple pieces of the room but brought in so many crazy deals, like the green velvet pillows in the reading nook that were literally $5.99 from World Market, vintage accessories sourced locally from some of my favorite Greenville spots: Rock House Antiques and Cottage Grove Vintage

So this space is a personal fave. It's extra rewarding when you just jive with clients, enjoy the same pallets and patterns, and they are down to let you do your thing. We set up some Pinterest action so you can get the look here. Peace, friends.