Thursday, January 22, 2015

What is Happening Around Here...

Sorry for the lack of posts as of late! I have been happily plugging away on some design projects that I can't wait to share with you! There is something about this time of year that is so optimistic. The Holiday decorations have been put away, routines are back again and I feel energized to get more accomplished. That's a great feeling, isn't it?!? This is always the time of year I start to organize and make changes, both in the decor of my home and in business. If you have stuck around here for quite some time {thanks Mom!}, you may realize that I have had more business name changes than Puff Daddy. Well, maybe it's the same number of changes. Let's count... First, there was Puff Daddy, then Puffy, then P Diddy and now- just Diddy. Ok, so he has had four. He does have me beat by one. I went from Simple Dwellings Interiors, to Amber B Interiors and now officially... Amber B Design! I have always wanted to use the name Design for the business. It's not a big change from Amber B Interiors, but it makes me happy. The links on my sidebar might be broken for a bit, but should be up and running soon. I think I might keep the blog name as Simple Dwellings, since that name does have a special place in my heart and has been around since the beginning. But all of my social media accounts {for the most part} have changed to Amber B Design.

Great, now that's out of the way... let's talk design projects. I am currently working on a local design project that I refer to as #projectvintagegem. The apartments in this building have such character and charm. My client has just moved into this apartment, hence the boxes.


Oh, my client's precious cat!! I am also working on my first commercial project, which is a wine tasting room that is part of their production facility. Here is some inspiration to show you the direction we are headed with that...


It has been a real challenge to push my creativity further with this commercial project. But, I have learned so much and am grateful to have that opportunity to bring myself out of that comfort zone.

In March, I am ecstatic to be working again with a wonderful client. Room by room, she is renovating her 1930's Georgian Brick colonial. We first completed her daughter's sweet, delicate nursery...

more on the nursery here

And then we moved onto her eating area in the kitchen...

more on the kitchen here

There is still a full reveal coming soon, since this spot in the kitchen is only about 90% complete. One of the rooms we will be tackling in March is their sun room. Currently, the walls, windows and all trim are wood stained. That look won't stay that way for long. Here is my inspiration for that space...


Deep blue walls were made for her space! For some reason, when a design idea hits me that I know will work so well, I just want to sing in an operatic voice. Is that just me?!? Probably should have kept that one to myself. Needless to say, I can't wait to show you that reveal. 

Thanks for checking back in! 

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

I Am Speechless...

Happy new year! I hope everyone feels refreshed, energized and excited for the opportunities a new year brings. We had a nice, long break from school and I have to say, the house feels a bit too quiet. It was such a relaxing break and I miss the little fam. But I am ready to jump back into working and see what 2015 has in store! I am thrilled to be writing my first post of the new year about my blog friend Sue, from her popular blog, the Zhush. Her new Connecticut home was featured on Domaine yesterday and is a stunning interpretation of Sue's chic, coastal style. Sue worked along with designer Lauren Muse of Muse Interiors to make this house a home. Nicole Cohen from the blog Sketch 42 captured the home's character with her amazing photography. Let's take a look!

{I spy a Target Threshold ottoman above!!}

I love Sue's effortless and chic style! Enjoy your gorgeous new home with your family, Sue!

Home of: Sue De Chiara
Designed in collaboration with: Muse Interiors
Photography by: Nicole Cohen
Seen on: Domaine

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Our Holiday Home Tour

I have finally put together a little Holiday home tour for the blog. Better late than never, right? This year's tour has more little snippets of our home, instead of full room reveals. Less is sometimes more, I guess! Let's get right to it, starting with our tree...

We also have a wreath on most windows, but my camera skills are not very good when taking pictures into the sunlight. Our fridge is full of sweet treats and festive food and we are ready for this year's Holiday season!

Wishing you a safe and Happy Holiday!!

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Before and After: A Mini Reveal of #projectclassickitchen !!

I am thrilled to reveal a local project I have been working on! I first started working with these clients with #projectdelicatenursery and we have since began working on other areas of their home. I am so fortunate that my clients found me... they have been wonderful to work with. They just completed a major renovation of their gorgeous kitchen and needed my help with dining furniture, wall accessories and just pulling the eating area together. Let's get right to the pictures!! Here is the dining area after the renovation and before we started working together on the space...


In these before pictures, the kitchen renovation was almost complete. They were just waiting on the counters to arrive and some finishing touches. The kitchen area is now complete and is fabulous! They can also check the eating area off their list of finishing touches!


To say that I am thrilled with the space would be an understatement! I am so lucky to have trusting clients that allowed me to show them an eclectic mix of furnishings for the space and try something that was a little out of their comfort zone. Luckily, they loved it all when it was complete and my client said she was just speechless when she saw the reveal! That truly made my day!  :) We went with an upholstered banquette that has a very durable, family friendly fabric. The brass nailhead trim is the icing on the cake! My clients had a wonderful collection of photos from their travels, which made the gallery wall meaningful and special to them. We are waiting on a few elements, before this room has the full reveal. The wall space to the left of the gallery wall will have a message station. That will hold mail, keys and even has a small shelf for a pretty picture frame. That is why the gallery wall might look like it stops too early right now. Don't worry... more to come! The windows will be dressed in roman shades in this fabric...

They are on their way as we speak and I cannot wait to see them in the room! The wall to the opposite of the dining nook (near the fridge) will have this old school style clock...

And the before and after {because I know we all love them} just one more time...



Thank you so much to my amazing clients for allowing me to share their home here on my blog. :)

If you would like to work together, I am now booking for the spring! Please e-mail at for more information

Happy Holidays!!

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Jump Start Your Decorating With a Pinterest Board... A Local Client's Lake House Project

I recently had the privilege of meeting with a client who is going through a major gut renovation of her cottage lake house. Her home is nestled on the bay of a beautiful lake. I can just imagine looking out of the windows during the changing of the seasons! What a treat! She hired me to come in and give her a jump start on ideas for her home, so she can hit the ground running. She took advantage of a new local design package that I offer for clients... it's a style session complete with a pinterest board! We had our initial meeting at the cottage and brainstormed ideas. She came ready with all of her questions and we started to get to solving them right away. Then, I came home and began work on a pinterest board just for her. This board will help her get a start on the decorating process and is complete with specific ideas and inspirations for her to complete her cottage herself, over time. She can click on the product links to take her directly to the site for purchase. I also made specific comments under each image, so she can go back and know exactly why the image was pinned to her board. This is a great design package if you are looking for a designer's advice, but you primarily want to accomplish the work yourself over time. My client told me she wanted to hear that her ideas were valid and also wanted the answers to some of the questions that had puzzled her about her home. Here is what the cottage looked like when I visited...

Cottage Lake House

The main entrance is the door to the right

This is an antique mantel that will be used

There will be built ins on either side of the fireplace

Amidst all of the renovation, there sits a little potted plant I brought to give to my client. I always like to come with a small gift in hand.  :)  

This will be the serving counter and dining area 

I love all of the windows and natural light!

This was my first time seeing a project from the ground up like this and I was so excited! The part that made me the most excited was the fact that I could envision this cottage complete. That was such an amazing feeling to walk around and tell her where the furniture should go and how the layout will flow throughout the main floor. This visit, we tackled everything from a wall color scheme to furniture placement, counter finishes, etc. We covered so much during that session. I then came home and got to work on the pinterest board.

Since my client wanted to tackle this project herself over time, this style session/pinterest board design package was perfect for her. It gave her a start on the process and encouragement to move forward with some of her ideas and many new ones from myself. Here is a glimpse into her pinterest board and the direction we will take with this cottage lake house...

The Plan via her Pinterest board

Ship Lap on the ceiling throughout the main level
pin via

Four club chairs facing each other, by the wall of windows
pin via

Coastal accents
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A basket for cozy blankets
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A window seat to lounge and watch the water
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An overall cozy design aesthetic with slipcovered furniture pieces
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A warm and rustic, yet modern style with hints of green accents
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My client is excited to move forward and is so happy about the design vision. She is also a pinner to this board, so she can add and edit the board over time. To see the rest of the board, visit my pinterest page HERE.

Would you feel at home with a cottage like this??
To see this new local design package and other packages I offer, visit my design services page HERE!

Have a wonderful and happy Thanksgiving!!  :)
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