11/16/2017

One Room Challenge - Porch Partay - Final Reveal




Well, this day is always like Christmas morning... One Room Challenge reveal day is here, people... and Jenny, From Boho Style File and I finally get to share our Porch Partay with you! 



Seven Weeks ago now, we started with a blank slate - a day bed and a coffee table and that was about it. The daybed was in need of some love - a la color and pattern, comin' up - and overall, we just had to figure out what stuff to put in the space to make it live up to it's comfy, cozy, let's just live on the porch, potential. Because, here is SC, the porch is the place to be at least 9 months out of the year - and works hard in the entertaining department, well through the Holidays.

Check out the Process:



So here we are! All the color, all the pattern, just how I like it. And we couldn't have made it happen without a bunch of real, fine folks and real, rad stuff!

| Shout Outs |

Partner in Porch Partaying: Jenny Hall, Boho Style File 


Art: 

Le Big Beautiful Plants: 

Pillows: 

Furniture & Textiles: 


Accessories: 

Bar Cart & Accoutrements:




I hope that you enjoy the space and get inspired to make that outdoor space of your own - the place to partay. 

Now, I am going to grab some java, curl up and check out all the other amazing spaces... you can see all the other participants here and here

A special thank you to Linda from Calling it Home who puts on this crazy thing twice a year, creates this community, and invites us to participate! 

XO, Amanda Louise 











































11/12/2017

November Highlights



This month has really been full of some exciting-humbling-big dreams kind of things. 

Five years ago (HOW?!) to the month, I decided to pursue my passions and went out on a limb to start my own business in residential design and styling. Honestly, I was a little bitty baby who didn't know a dang thing... I was still in college studying business (but reading way more design books than ones for my classes) and just didn't know any better than to jump all the way in on what I had always loved and immersed myself in. With no real reason to believe in me or trust me, there were a few people in the beginning who whole heartedly embraced me and let me into their lives/homes. 

One of these people trusted me to help throughout a big renovation of their 1970s ranch. The first renovation I had ever worked on. Taking a dated, boxy, chopped up, dark ranch and making it into a real spot for bright, light, open living and entertaining. It was a real fake-it-til-you-make-it situation, but together we worked through details and then transitioned into decorating the home - building a relationship that enabled us to make the house truly representative of the people who live there. 

In the November issue of HGTV Magazine, this home was featured in a spread, highlighting the way that we incorporated family pieces into the home while still made it feel young, fresh and fun. I can't even describe how seeing this project come around full circle made me feel all the things. 

Of course being published has been a big dream from the beginning, but for this special project that I feel like really gave me the gumption to go for it, to be highlighted, was incredibly meaningful to me. 

Since working on this project - which honestly is one that will never be done, and is constantly evolving to meet the families needs (the best kind of project) - there have been so so many people that I owe gratitude and appreciation to for letting me do my thang and letting me help to make their homes a happier place to be. So many people who trusted me. So many people who continue to trust me to think outside the box, bring in some bold hues, and create spaces where people can live beautiful lives. 

And if that weren't enough to make November a month bursting with gratitude and feelings, our little humble abode was featured on Design*Sponge this week. Of course DS is a constant stream of inspiration and to be added to the mix of interiors highlighted on the site, was oh-so humbling. With a move most likely in our future within the next year, seeing our home on the screen, is a reminder of how any place can really become a home and of all the many memories here in la condominium. 

So enough with all the mush, check it below, friends... and know that I am truly, truly, truly so grateful for all of you who let me explore my passions and follow along for the ride. 

XO, 
Amanda Louise 










 Photos: Kim Cornelison Publication Styling: Charlotte Safavi





11/09/2017

One Room Challenge - Porch Partay - Week 6

Y'all! We did it. Jenny and I completed the porch and finally got to the PARTAY part. We have one more week before the final Calling it Home, One Room Challenge Reveal - so this week we are sharing the barcart essentials and other than that, being a total tease. We can let you in just yet... but, did I mention that we finished with time to spare!? 

We are beyond jazzed with how the space turned out and cannot wait until next Thursday when we get to reveal all of our hard work to you fine people and truly celebrate le porch partay! 

In the mean time, here are lots of details of the space, lots of pictures of us making cocktails, and make sure you scroll to the bottom of the page and check out all the links to EVERYONE who helped make this thang happen. 

Happy Thursday peeps, 
AL 


We started with a total blank slate. We had a daybed and a coffee table. That was about it and now... all the layers. Get caught up on our progress here! 


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| Shout Outs |

Partner in Porch Partaying: Jenny Hall, Boho Style File 


Art: 

Le Big Beautiful Plants: 

Pillows: 

Furniture & Textiles: 


Accessories: 

Bar Cart & Accoutrements: