design by Amber Interiors
When I saw via Instagram that Amber Lewis was going to have a full house tour up on her blog I was so excited!  She has such a great aesthetic - California, bohemian, colourful, lots of white, texture and pattern - it has a total happy, fresh vibe.  Enjoy!

design by Amber Interiors

When I saw via Instagram that Amber Lewis was going to have a full house tour up on her blog I was so excited!  She has such a great aesthetic - California, bohemian, colourful, lots of white, texture and pattern - it has a total happy, fresh vibe.  Enjoy!

design by Amber Interiors

design by Amber Interiors

design by Amber Interiors

design by Amber Interiors

design by Amber Interiors

design by Amber Interiors

design by Amber Interiors

design by Amber Interiors

design by Amber Interiors

design by Amber Interiors

design by Amber Interiors

design by Amber Interiors

design by Amber Interiors

design by Amber Interiors

design by Amber Interiors

design by Amber Interiors

design by Amber Interiors

design by Amber Interiors

 design by Amber Interiors

 design by Amber Interiors

Never Shoulda’ Let You Go….

Since this is our forever house, I’m trying a slow approach to design - waiting for the just right pieces.  (And who am I kidding.  I have three kids 4 and under… any process at anything is slow these days.)

It’s made me a little trigger shy to go out and get pieces I find on Kijiji or UsedRegina.  I wait it out, and ask, “Is this reeeeally what I want?” - which means I’m sometimes too late.  Or sometimes I’m just dealing with people who don’t answer e-mails.  That’s awesome too.  

Then I end up with items I’ve filed away that haunt me, and I think… “grrr… if only I had jumped on that one sooner.”  Here are a few of the things I’ve been looking at:

This round table.  It eluded me.  But not without my best efforts.  THe seller said they’d be out of town for a few weeks… and then never got back to me.  I want a table just like this (wood in good shape, round, pedestal style, not a dining table) to go in the corner of our living room.  I’m going for this sort of look:

Design by Lauren Buxbaum, Nate Berkus Associates

But alas - despite numerous unanswered emails (to the point of, “am I creeping you out?!”) — this lovely table escaped.  And I have not been able to find anything similar for months.  Bah.

And then I found this one.  It could have worked instead of the round pedestal one… And I flipped and I flopped.  It wasn’t exactly what I was looking for.  But it was kinda’ neat.  Potentially amazing.  But hard to say from the picture.  Was it unique and beautiful?  Or shabby and a little odd?  I couldn’t decide.  And such flippy-floppery meant I waited too long and it sold.  So the table search continues…

For the bedrooms in our house I went with very basic, cheap flush mount fixtures, in hopes that I could either find some great second hand  fixtures or do some nifty DIY’ing, when the inspiration struck, to replace the plain flush mounts .  So when I found this chandelier for a good price, I thought it could potentially be great in the master bedroom.  I’d whip those shades off and replace the bulbs with some big round modern ones.  Giving more of this vibe…

Design by Janell Beals, House of Fifty

But I hesitated, because we have so much grey in our bedroom and I kind of want to add some warm metals instead of silver or chrome.  I blinked, and I missed it.

Speaking of warm metals - how about this shiny brass fixture beloved by some old granny?  It’s actually sitting on the counter in our laundry room awaiting a paint job - either white or pale robin’s egg blue.  It’s obviously super feminine (notice the sweet petal details?) and will go in L’s room.  Hey!  One that didn’t get away!

This one I actually went to look at.  It sort of threw me off.  Looking at the picture I thought it was a sofa table, and might work as a console table in the entry.  But the description said “coffee table”.  So then I thought I could upholster the top and make a cool bench.  But when I went to see it it was too high to be a bench (especially upholstered), and too low to be a console table.  And some of the fluting details were a little too 80’s for me.  Sayonara weird brass table…

And while we’re on a brass kick… look at this beaut.  Mmm.  WHY did I hesitate?!?!?  (Because for some reason I always feel like it’s not worth it to pack up 3 kids and drive across town to pick up a $10 picture.  I don’t know why I feel that way.)  But this one sold before I could say “JUSTINE.  Pack up those kids.  NOW.”  I would have maybe put the print in a modern white frame in the powder room and used the gold frame for another art grouping I’m working on.  Kicking. My. Self.

And these ones I hesitated on too.  I think the coloured mats threw me off.  But the botanicals on the black background are kind of hot, no?  Not that I need botanicals anywhere.

This was a weird one too… pool table pieces.  I saw those legs, and thought “I don’t know what I’d do with those, but whatever I do could be awesome.”  I could use them to create a coffee table, or a bench, or SOMETHING.  It was really hard to tell the scale of the legs from the picture, but I didn’t waste any time asking for measurements, like I often do.  I just asked if they’d sell the legs separately.  And for some reason the seller never replied… but the ad was renewed a couple of times.  Maybe my message went to their spam folder?  I don’t know.

This one was actually a little pricey.  I get it, it was a legit antique.  And I would probably want to desecrate it by upholstering it.  We just weren’t meant to be together.

And this one… is what inspired the whole post.  One I’m crossing my fingers doesn’t get away.  A runner - only $30! It’s hard to tell the condition and colours from the pictures, but I reeeeally want to check it out.  It might look really cool in my kitchen, or the hallway.  But I’m on e-mail #2 to the seller (first one didn’t get a response… but the seller lives in an area of Regina that got some flooding this weekend, so maybe they were preoccupied.  Or maybe my email went to spam.  Or maybe they’re lazy and didn’t take the ad down.  Maybe they were recruited for a Mars mission and had to leave suddenly.)  Anyways… wish me luck!

Photograph by  Patric Johansson, via Desire to Inspire

Photograph by  Patric Johanssonvia Desire to Inspire