Color Smitten: Bittersweet & Zinc

Hello friends! I know we are still in the throes of Summer, but I can’t help but be drawn to these warm autumnal colors, Bittersweet and Zinc.  I love all the varying shades of orange, from the palest apricot to a rich warm rust.  I know many clients shy away from this color for fear of it feeling juvenile or Halloween-ish.   But paired with grays and cream, orange can become sophisticated and luxurious.

 

bittersweet & zinc

 

Oh how I would love to be bold enough to try a persimmon lacquered ceiling.

Gray orange

Designer Jeffrey Bilhuber

Mary McDonald, who is known for her use of rich bold color, has a beautiful kumquat orange fabric from her Schumacher line.

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Mary McDonald- Schumacher 

 

I love these more relaxed patterns from Thibaut in soft grays and orange.  These would be great in a kids playroom or a kitchen breakfast nook.

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Thibaut

And this room just makes me want to sit with a hot cup of tea and a captivating novel.

Belgian Pearls

Belgian Pearls

This space is probably my favorite.  It has a luxurious feel  but with a touch a masculinity.

Elle Decor

Elle Decor

Its all in the details, orange drapery panels with a contrasting gray and white banded edge.

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Traditional Home 

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So, how about you?  Would you try some orange in your decor or do you have visions of pumpkins and Home Depot?

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Hamptons Style- Get The Look

Ahhh Summer- sandy feet, sun kissed skin, brightly painted toes, sun bleached hair, lazy days and fruity cocktails. Hanging out by the water by day and sun-set evenings with friends and cocktails.

I am forever drawn to the classic tailored stye of the Hamptons.  I love crisp whites and rich navy’s with a little warm brass.  Let’s take a look at some of these beachy-chic spaces.

This is the home of fashion designer Vince Camuto.  The homes interiors were a collaboration with Architect Andre Tchelistcheff and designer Carol Egan. How about that millwork?? Gorgeous no?  You can see more of this beautiful New York home over at Architectural Digest.

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The dining room:

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And then there is Aerin Lauder’s Hampton home, *sigh*.  That chandelier is everything!!

Aerin Lauder Home

 

Crisp whites, blues, texture, warm woods, this space has got it all.

Coastal living magazine

Coastal Living Magazine

Would you believe this photo is an ad for Williams Sonoma Home?  Lots of  layers and interest, and that coffee table is what inspired me to create a little Hampton’s  look for you.

Williams Sonoma Home

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In Search Of: Cocktail Table

Hello dear ones!  On today’s In Search Of  I am sharing some of my favorite recent cocktail table finds.  Cocktail tables need not be boring and the more unique the better.

 

Cocktail Tables

 

A-Lillian August/B-ShopTen25/C-Bunny Williams Home

D-Global Views/ E-Zinc Door

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Color Smitten- Green

Hello lovlies!  As many of you know I am a wee bit partial to green, so today I’m sharing some greenspiration for you.

 

*Green is a cool color that symbolizes nature and the natural world. Green also represents tranquility, good luck, health, and jealousy. Researchers have also found that green can improve reading ability.  Green is often used in decorating for its calming effect. For example, guests waiting to appear on television programs often wait in a “green room” to relax.

* Excerpt from About.com: Green

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Lillian August 

Evers & Andersen

Evars Anderson

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Douglas Mackie

 A little assemblage of green for you.  I recently saw this art piece (#2) at Mecox  and could not get it out of my head.  It reminds me of the piece hanging above the fireplace in the Douglas Mackie room above.  And I tell you now, the Schumacher Chiang Mai Dragon in the new Jade color way, needs to make an appearance in my home STAT.

Going Green

1-Shop Ten25/2-Mecox Gardens/3-Nine West/4-Zinc Door/5-Hillary Thomas

6-Zinc Door/7-Kendra Scott/8-Hillary Thomas/9-Schumacher Fabric

10-C Wonder/11- Taylor Burke Home

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In Search Of: Lamps

Hello all!  Hope you had a wonderful Fourth of July.  We kept it pretty low key, spending time with family, reading, and taking naps.

I am starting a new series here on the blog called “In Search Of”.   I am always on the hunt for unique pieces for clients and thought it would be fun to share some of my favorites with you.  Today’s series kicks off with LAMPS.  Confession:  I enjoy lamp shopping just as much, if not more, than shoe shopping.  Please tell me I’m not the only lamp lover out there?  That chunky alabaster (E) lamp is one of my favorites.

Lamp Love

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Clients Master Retreat

Hello friends!  Hope you are enjoying your summer so far.  It’s been an adjustment having the kiddos at home with me all day and still  working on client projects.  I try and schedule time in for pool and library days.  And for the days I need to get things done I have a great group of sitters that I have rounded up to help me out!

I am currently working on a serene and elegant master bedroom for a client.  We pulled together a few of these bedrooms as our inspiration.

 

Master retreat collage

 

Here is what we’ve come up with so far with pillow and drapery still to come.  How fabulous is that Currey & Co. chandelier?

Master Retreat Design Board

 

I absolutely love designing master bedrooms, sadly I hear clients tell me all the time that it’s the last space they decide to decorate in their home.  I guess because we think the main living areas, that others can see , require our attention first.  Can anyone else relate to that?  How many of you have decorated your bedrooms and asked yourself “why didn’t we do this sooner?”

Here’s to a happy and restful weekend!

Cheers!

 

 

 

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Diane Von Furstenberg for Kravet

The dazzeling and iconic Diane Von Furstenberg launched her first fabric line with Kravet recently.  Her prints are classic with an edge with fun colors and fabulous neutrals.

 

DVF- Neutral

 

DVF-Navy

 

I seriously never tire of an animal print.  How fun are these colors?

DVF-Spotted Cat Navy

DVF-Spotted Cat Mink

DVF-Spotted Cat Kohl

DVF-Spotted Cat

DVF-Spotted Cat

Or these aptly named- Funky Zebra

Funky Zebra

And this pattern reminds me of David Hicks La Fiorentina.

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China Club in Dune & Indigo

You can see her entire collection here.

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Color Smitten- Navy

 

Navy Blue-  is associated with the darker shades of blue, navy conveys importance, confidence, power, and authority as well as intelligence, stability, unity, and conservatism. Like black it carries a sense of elegance, sophistication. ———via: about.com

Navy blue is just one of those colors I never tire of.  It’s classic, fresh, and sophisticated.  Pair it with gold finishes for an elegant traditional look or with silver finishes for more of a modern feel.

Thibaut has a new collection with Anna French and the navy color way does not disappoint.

Thibaut Anna French

Thibaut-Anna French

 

Thibaut

Thibaut- Anna French

Designer Timothy Corrigan recently launched his new fabric line with Schumacher also in a Navy color way.

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Schumacher- Timothy Corrigan

My favorite is the navy leopard!  This photo does not do it justice!  It’s so rich & velvety in person. I may or may not have petted it when I visited the showroom recently.  I actually tend to do that a lot with fabrics.  I can’t help it I’m a tactile girl.

Timothy Corrigan Navy Leopard

Schumacher- Timothy Corrigan

One of my favorite go-to trim sources is Samuel & Sons- these gorgeous tapes all in navy are perfect for the leading edge of drapery or for an accent on pillows.

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Samuel & Sons Passementerie 

 

We are incorporating a lot of navy in one of our recent client projects.  I Love how well it pairs with the grasscloth wall covering and sisal rug. Im thinking we will go with the warm gold finishes on this one.

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How about you are you a Navy lover? or do you prefer a softer shade of blue?

 

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Amanda Carol Interiors Favorite Lighting Round-Up

Greetings friends!  I have been wanting to share this post with you for sometime, but I’ve just now got around to pulling it together.  Next to fabrics, lighting has got to be one of my favorite elements to add to a space.  Lighting is also one of those things I tell clients not to skimp on.  A fabulous chandelier, lamp, or sconce can take a space from beautiful to extraordinary.  Design is all in the details and your lighting is the jewelry of the room.

Here are some of my favorites, I’ve put them into three different categories- Silver finish, Gold finish, and Unique.

SILVER FINISH LIGHTING

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GOLD FINISH LIGHTING

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UNIQUE LIGHTING

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Coffee With…… Tiffany Jones

 

Coffee With Tiffany Jones

 

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Today I am once again excited to introduce another incredibly talented designer to you! I stumbled upon  Tiffany Jones‘ work last year and have been secretly stalking her website to see her latest projects.  Tiffany is from Dallas, Texas and her interiors are full of vibrant color and classic elements that are très chic!  Make sure you follow Tiffany on her Blog and Face Book.

Tiffany Jones Pink Dining

 

Tiffany Jones Entry

 

Tiffany Jones Color

 

Tiffany Jones Kitchen

 

Tiffany Jones Office

 

ACI: When did you know that Interior Design was your passion?

TJ: When I was in high school.  I took an Interior Design class and an architecture class and I was totally hooked! It has been part of my life in some form or fashion every day since then and it truly makes me happy.

 

ACI:  Where do you find your inspiration?

TJ: Oh wow!  I seem to find inspiration everywhere. As designers, we are always looking at the little details and I think, see things with a different eye than most people.   I might spot a pattern on some dishes in London that inspire the trim on some pillows or draperies or pictures of spice markets in Marrakech which might ignite a color combination for a new project.  One of my greatest learnings that inspires me every day comes from the years in lived in London.  Europeans approach Interior Design in such a unique way… they focus on beauty and creating a welcoming space…not so much perfection. Most American designers are perfectionists by nature so it is a good reminder for me.

 

ACI: What is your favorite book/magazine on design? How about your favorite site?

TJ: I love every single design book I have ever owned and my collection is always growing so it is hard to choose a favorite book but my favorite magazine is definitely VERANDA.  I love the way they approach their photography.  Hands down, PINTEREST is my favorite site!  Again, I love the beauty of the images and I find it ridiculously therapeutic…especially if I can do it on my iPad in a bubble bath with a glass of wine.  Heaven!

 

ACI:  What is the most frustrating aspect of your job as a designer? And the most rewarding one?

TJ: I would have to say delays from vendors frustrates me the most as I have ZERO control over it and it can make a huge impact on a project.   The most rewarding thing to me is when a client refers one of their friends or family members to me.  That not only says I did a great job for them, but also that they are confident in my work and the way I run my business. There is no greater compliment.

 

ACI: What decorating techniques/ideas/projects would you recommend to a homeowner who wants a quick update to their space?

TJ: Declutter! Throw out… edit knick-knacks…simplify!  While I am not a minimalist designer, I do try to keep a sophisticated balance of accessories that actually can make a statement.  For example, bookshelves do not have to be filled in entirety… leave some space on the ends, put only one thing on shelf if it is really great, and create some symmetry.  It will change the entire feeling of the room.

 

ACI:  What’s something you should never skimp on when decorating your home?

TJ: Upholstered furniture!  Always buy the best you can – even if means skipping on another purchase until later.  An investment in high quality sofas and chairs will truly last you a lifetime.  I have a sofa that is over 25 years old and has been re-upholstered 3 or 4 times and it is as if I bought it yesterday.

 

ACI:  What’s your favorite color combination lately?

TJ:  I always love the classy combination of blue & white.  However, I have two different projects right now where lavender is playing a big role.  I am really loving it’s freshness and have a new appreciation for the sophistication and elegance it can bring.

 

ACI: What is your most cherished possession?

TJ:  Tough question…I have lots of “things” that have a great story behind them that I really love but I think it would have to come down to two things… My wedding photos (my husband and I were married in Paris) and the first piece of art we bought together on our honeymoon.

 

ACI:  What would your dream project be?

TJ: My dream project would definitely be a London townhouse or a flat in Paris… and preferably, they would be mine!

 

Im with Tiffany- a flat in Paris would be divine!  (told you she was so très chic!)  Thank you Tiffany for sharing with us today!

 

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