Style At Home: Amber Lewis

Written by on October 25, 2011 in Lifestyle, Style At Home - 48 Comments
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Photography: Jessie Webster

Amber Lewis, professional designer behind Amber Interiors, brings her distinct penchant for design to a unique range of clients. Thoughtfully designed to emphasize quality time with her husband, daughter, & furry friends, Amber’s own abode overwhelmingly reflects her life calling. This passionate expert lovingly transformed a once-dingy dwelling into her own cheery and eclectic home sweet home. Her creative vision is further evidenced by her affinity for unique artwork and undeniable knack for incorporating cultural influences from her world travels. Brimming with an unexpected, dynamic use of colorful textiles and accessories, Amber’s functional living space is airy, comfortable, and undeniably chic.

Tell us about the way you’ve decorated your home! What pieces or designs in particular scream “Amber,” and why?
I guess you could say I’ve decorated my home with family and friends in mind. When we first purchased our house a year ago, it looked nothing like it does now. It was covered in this horrible grape-and-ivy-leaf wallpaper. The rooms were cramped and practically unusable, and a stinky emerald green shag carpet grew all over the floor. Even the bathrooms were at their moldy mercy… yuck! Needless to say, I looked at this house with rose-colored glasses and knew once we were in, I could make it a comfy haven for my growing family and me. We tore this house’s guts out, and I created a big open floor plan with a living, eating, and entertaining area all in the same room. I can be making dinner, watching my daughter play, and working on my laptop at my kitchen island without leaving the room once! I guess what screams “Amber” is the fact that my house is bright, happy, and eclectic. I have light walls and a white couch, but somehow it manages to stay kid and pet-friendly. Nothing is precious in my house… it’s just a mix of stuff!

Tray from Furbish Studio and matching coasters were a gift, also from Furbish Studio.

How would you describe your personal design aesthetic?
I think the most important thing is balance: using neutrals on the big ticket items (like a sofa) and then adding layers of bright, poppy colors. I’m the queen of grey or white couches, set on top of a wild-colored rug with tons of bright, funky pillows and textiles thrown around. I love color and I love changing it all up. I love to mix styles and add unexpected touches. It’s totally my aesthetic.

“I write things down the old-fashioned way! My Crocodile desk Diary is from Graphic Image and I would loose my head if I didn’t have this.” The “Good Morning” mug is from World Market.” Amber wears a Michael Kors watch, initial bangle bracelets from Alex and Ani, a chevron friendship bracelet from a hippie fair in Ojai, and Forever 21 top.

“This might be the prettiest part of my house. I love the colors in this rug. It is from Turkey. I think the color combos might just be the perfect example of how to mix colors!”

Do you have a favorite room?
My bedroom is my favorite room. If you asked me to go on a hot date with my hubby…I would choose to get in my sweats and crawl into bed. It’s the best place EVER! Add my daughter, a dog, a cat, some Bravo TV, and all is right with the world!

“The lamp shades are from an old pair of lamps. I hated the bases but loved the paisley print of the shades! Recycling is my vibe. The mirror jug lamps are from Home Goods. The console is vintage.”

“I find it hilarious that I had to empty my bottom shelves. I hate empty shelves, but I hate cleaning up toys all day long even more! The chair is from the Rose Bowl flea market, and the Audrey Kawasaki painting is one of my favorite pieces of art we own. It’s called “Her Secret Bird.” I love her work.”

Do you consider your home a finished product, or are you constantly rearranging things and dreaming up new ideas?
My house is forever a work in progress! In fact, the pillows I have in here now will soon be in route to a client. They’re brand new, but they were too pretty to just sit in a bag. They needed some sunlight! I think it’s why I choose such neutral furniture — this way, I can always change up the pillows and the vibe of the whole house.

What are your top 5 online places to shop for your home?
2. Furbishstudio.com (amazing accessories and furniture and the blog is always inspirational)

The Indian poof is from Home Goods. The geometric textile is an antique baby wrap from Bolivia. The chevron Ikat pillow is from a Uzbek source. Similar pillow here.

What is one of the best compliments you’ve ever received about your home and/or interior design work?
That’s a tough one. Every time clients say they love anything I do, I get giddy and very grateful for my career. I love what I do, so to be recognized positively for it is an amazing feeling. Having a blog with such awesome readers helps, too. They always lift me up!

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  • http://www.domestikatedlife.com Kate {domestikatedlife}

    What a gorgeous kitchen!

  • mandy

    Great spotlight! What talent she has!

  • http://www.modeinitaly.blogspot.com mode in italy

    what a stylish!!!

  • http://www.livecreatingyourself.com Alaina @ Live Creating Yourself

    Beautiful! Love all the colors and patterns in her home.

    Source Question: the lighting fixtures hanging above her desk and kitchen window – where are they from?

  • Vinaya

    Her daughter is too cute! When I was her age I also had ‘cool dude’ sunglasses.

  • http://adiaryoflovely.blogspot.com Helena – A Diary of Lovely

    this is probably my favourite Style at Home, Amber and her style is amazing!

  • http://coralcafe.blogspot.com Drew {Coral Cafe}

    I am loving these eclectic pieces in Amber’s home!! The kitchen is fantastic, as well as the front door!!

  • http://artsyforager.wordpress.com Lesley

    Fantastic Style At Home feature! Love her sense of color and the way she has mixed the old and new. Off to look at more artwork from Audrey Kawasaki..

    http://artsyforager.wordpress.com

  • Katie

    What an awesome feature! My favorite one :)

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  • Christine

    I am in LOVE with that front door, where on earth is it from?

  • http://www.rachaeldiab.blogspot.com rachael

    Loved this post. I love seeing how people mix fashion and decor and when houses reflect a person’s style.

    http://www.rachaeldiab.blogspot.com

  • http://www.queenofla.blogspot.com Jordan @ Queen of LA

    i love every single thing about amber’s home! i may need to hire her STAT!

  • http://outlawnotahero.blogspot.com Honey

    Love this post and all the neutral and bright mixes!

    What is Amber wearing in that first outfit? Love all of it!!! Would love a brand for the cardi, romper and boots…

    Thanks!

  • Jennifer

    Love your style, Amber! Any tips on keeping a white loveseat pristine? Especially with kiddies running around? Thanks!

  • http://www.maisonboheme.blogspot.com Sarah @ Maison Boheme

    I love Amber. So talented and so groovy. Thanks for featuring her here!

  • http://gb73.blogspot.com/ GB

    Love her space!

  • http://www.amberinteriordesign.com Amber Interiors

    Hi Everyone! Thanks for the love. I want to answer everyones questions so here it goes!
    Alaina: the island lighting are a vintage find! I believe they are old hubcaps..

    Christine: The door is original to my 1960′s ranch style home…You can always try salvage yards or architectural wherehouses to see if you stumble upon a similar one.

    Honey: The image in the first picture is a romper from Urban Outfitters I bought months ago. The kimono style blazer is also from Urban Outfitters!! The boots are H by Hudson.

    Jennifer: There is no easy answer to keeping white couches clean….I would just say throw some cool blankets over them and tuck it into the cushions so the seat is covered while the kiddies running around…Then when you have company over you can have the bankers off!

    • Jessica

      Can you tell us where you got the material/quilt for your headboard? I’ve been looking ALL over for a boho inspired quilt for my room. THIS is what I’ve been looking for.

  • http://athomewithsamandi.blogspot.com Mimi

    A truly beautiful home. I love every room. Mimi x

  • http://www.kirstenann.etsy.com Kirsten

    What a gorgeous eclectic mix of natural and glam pieces :)

  • http://www.looklingerlove.blogspot.com Chassity (Look Linger Love)

    I ADORE Amber! Her house is gorgeous, just like her. One of my favorite features of GG’s!

  • http://www.mymarrakesh.com Maryam in Marrakech

    Wish we could have actually seen a bit more of her house, like her couch from the front, her bedrooms, her bathrooms. Lots of pretty little accessories, though.

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  • http://www.treschicmama.com Paula

    This is one FABULOUS home!! I love everything!!! Very inspiring!!

    http://www.treschicmama.com

  • carla mccarthy

    Totally in love the table/ bar… I did the same in my new home without the shades! You are very inspiring person! beijosss from Florida!

    htt://www.cougarvintage.blogspot.com

  • Nona

    What an amazing talent you have. I absolutely love everything about your style and fashion sense. The way you mix the old with new, and the eclectic riot of color and pattern…. it’s brilliant! Your momma must be very proud of you :-) You keep on truckin girl!

  • http://bromeliadliving.blogspot.com Bromeliad

    Go Amber. Gorgeous place. And you look great.

  • https://twitter.com/#!/intothefray ambika

    I really think I need to start incorporating bright pink into my decor.

  • http://lovedesignbarbados.blogspot.com Natasha Simpson

    LOVE her home! I am feeling super inspired after reading this!

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  • Allison Buck

    Where did you get the fabric for the headboard??? It’s fantastic!

    • Meghan W

      I also want to know!!!

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